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Peter Hammill


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Peter Pan
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3 stars Between the recording sessions of "H to He" and "Pawn Hearts" and in between lengthy touring Peter Hammill in April 1971 invited fellow musicians from his band Van der Graaf Generator, from Lindisfarne and King Crimson guitarist Peter Fripp to record his first solo album.

As Peter Hammill explained, Fool's Mate was one of two albums (the other being Nadir's Big Chance from 1975) which came closest to being "pop" albums.

Fool's Mate is a collection of 12 songs, mainly in the 3-4 minutes length, which Hammill had composed at the end of the 60s.

Works in the manner of VdGG and of later solo albums from Peter Hammill may not be expected from Fool's Mate. All tunes are nice and "harmless" songs though already setting Peter Hammill aside from "real pop music" through interesting patterns which here and there give a little impression what might still occur on Peter Hammill's career. The contributions of excellent musicians like David Jackson from Van der Graaf Generator or Ray Jackson from Lindisfarne on "Candle" are worth hearing.

The best songs are the dynamic opener "Imperial Zeppelin", the romantic-melancholic "Candle" (Ray Jackson on mandolin) and "Viking" with a great instrumental part in which Ray Jackson on harp and Bob Fripp on electric guitar play a short duette.

The remastered edition of Fool's Mate comes with a nice booklet and alternative versions of three songs from a VdGG studio session.

Fool's Mate might be of interest only for Peter Hammill fans out of historical interest.

Peter Pan | 3/5 |


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