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Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

4.43 | 2142 ratings

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5 stars Going all out on the Archives' deservedly hard-earned star system operating here seems churlish in this case. Pawn Hearts is second only to H To He in the Van Der Graaf league table and definitely among the top prog LPs ever - up there with Close To The Edge, 2112, The Lamb... and Roxy's For Your Pleasure (which is proggy, not poncey, honest!) When I first heard it about 20 years ago I was reduced to trawling the likes of Magma and PFM for new prog to get into, having exhausted all the mainstream stuff I could find in those mellotron-starved times. Pawn Hearts just blew me away. I've bought the rest of the VdGG catalogue since CDs appeared and adore 'em, while never learning anything about the mysterious individuals who made such unique music. Then, when the box set came out, I was delighted to see they looked and sounded as mental as I'd imagined - especially Jaxon! Get H To He first if you're a beginner by all means, but if you ever dug Crimson, PiL, Tool or Tull, you need Pawn Hearts too.
Nizzy | 5/5 |


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