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Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

4.06 | 1092 ratings

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5 stars It would seem that the remastering process came just a little to late to save the single version of refugees which sounds a little worse for wear (time) Otherwise the sound is very good at least on a par with the original Pink Label release and superior to all later pressings. This is an awesome set of songs starting with the dark and brooding Darkness we are treated to a sonic delight. Hammil's voice is somewhat sweeter on this recording that on later ones, possible due to vocal nodes forming from his bellowing vocal attack. Refugees is pretty but has not dated as well as the rest of the album, it sounds very like procol Harlem in places. White hammer is a great track, and ends with the sound of the four riders of the apocalypse seeming to jump out of the speakers to join in this party at the end of time. Side two;'s opening number what ever would Robert have said is a brilliant tune and still gets me going after 30+ years of regular play. Out of my book is a wonderful little love song with a twist. The Last Cut hints at what is to come on later recordings and is the most obviously prog number on the album, after the flood is different and features some very heavy riffing as well as pleasant acoustic sections...there is even a dalek quoting Einstein....wonderful. The two extras are the essential Boat of millions of years which tells the tale of Horus and set excellent material a little genesis like only better. The last cut being the aforementioned single version of refugees which sounds a tad strange (the single is better) but is still different enough from the original to be essential, this is a slightly butchered version of the original but is also a different arrangement. All in all a very brilliant record and one which got rave reviews at its release. The Musicianship is very good on this recording and Nic potters bass and guitar are sadly missing from later VDGG albums. Really this recording is essential so it has to get all five stars. Buy it tomorrow if you don't already own it.
burgersoft777 | 5/5 |


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