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Van Der Graaf Generator


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Peter Pan
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5 stars This is a review of the remastered version of "Still Life".

The remastering process has polished the song material of this album in a remarkable way. The republished "Still Life" has four sections.

- "Pilgrims" (Track 1) and "La Rossa" (Track 3) were recorded during the "Godbluff"-Sessions, which easily can be heard. Both are powerful songs and typical for this VDGG-phase in 1975.

- "Still Life" (Track 2) is in my opinion the best song in popular music at all and shows what an amazing man Peter Hammill is. His topic are the inevitable paradoxes of eternal life if there is such a thing. The lyrics have high literary quality and give you a shiver if you follow them closely. Peter Hammill's singing is breathtaking and the instrumentation changes between sensitiveness and power according to the respective verses. Already on Vinyl the recording technique of this song had the high standard of the follow-up "World Record" which benefits the remastered version naturally. All instruments including the bass drums and bass pedals are clear and isolated. In the calm sections of this song you can hear Peter's exquisite voice as if he sits right in front of you at his piano.

- Track 4 and 5 are a matter of taste. Personally I like the expressive and intense solo live interpretation of "My Room" (released on on "Typical") much better than the sweetish version on "Still Life".

- The bonus track "Magog" is taken from a former bootleg and has the same extreme trashy sound quality as the bonus tracks on the remastered "Godbluff".

The booklet is pretty and useful but the text has many repetitions from the "Godbluff"-booklet.

Three great songs remain. The song "Still Life" alone is worth knowing Peter Hammill and Van der Graaf Generator.

Peter Pan | 5/5 |


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