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4 stars Stunned to discover no previous review of this quite excellent album.Of the live P>H albums I think this one is my personal fave.There are some brilliant performances here, any real PH fan should own this one and any casual rock listener would find something here to whet there appetite to want to hear more of this brilliant maverick artist(and I use the word advisedly-for the man is a true artist) The renditions of the tunes here are formidable and when PH rocks he really rocks man! Stand out moments for me are the old VdG track 'the habit of the broken heart' and 'Lost and Found' taken from Hammill's masterpiece 'Over' but there is not a weak track on this one The playing is awesome we find Stuart Gordon in blistering form then Nic Potter holds the thing to with his usual competence Manny Elias (an excellent session player in any band) adds some stunning work to this ensemble BUT the greatest accolades go,as usual to the man himself he truly seems to relish playing with these guys! So all I can sum up with is do not hesitate if you don't already own this one GO NOW WASTE NO TIME BUY IT GO ON WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR DO IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted Tuesday, January 18, 2005 | Review Permalink
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3 stars "There goes the Daylight" offers 72 minutes of a live concert at The Grand, London, on April 29th, 1993. Peter Hammill, singing and playing the guitar, staffed an unconventional rock band ("The Noise") for this evening with his exquisite fellow musicians Stuart Gordon (violin, guitar), Manny Elias (drums) and Nic Potter (bass). No keyboards, no saxes here. The concert was recorded by David Lord, mixed and produced by Peter Hammill in an excellent way.

The 12 songs are taken from Peter Hammill's solo albums "Over" (1976), "Sitting Targets" (1981), "In a Foreign Town" (1988), "Fireships" (1991), "The Noise" (1992) and the Van der Graaf album "The Quiet Zone, the Pleasure Dome" (1977).

The concert must have been rehearsed well, the musicians play with enthusiasm, but still sound very relaxed. All concert long "The Noise" act as a band and there's no focus an any of the musicians on the stage.

The intonation of the songs mainly reminds to the sound of "The Quiet Zone" or "Vital" (1978) and so is not every Peter Hammill's fan's taste. But there are two tracks here for which it is worth owning the album.

The first of these songs is "Sign". The Noise play a stunning version of this tune from "Sitting Targets" (1981), also published by Peter Hammill and the K Group on "The Margin" (1985). Stuart Gordon uses his violin here as a rythm guitar and produces a funky rythm section together with drums and bass. It's most interesting to compare the three released versions. The interpretations are totally different on the basis of the same song.

The other track is "Lost and Found" from "Over". One of my all time favourites. Peter Hammill plays a marvellous guitar on this live version. I could listen forever to the heavenly swinging chords at the beginning of the song. The guitar solo at the second part of the song is as breathtaking as on the studio version.

The booklet shows five pictures with most expressive portraits of the band and it's members.

A most rewarding album for Peter Hammill listeners, no must for others.

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Posted Sunday, September 4, 2005 | Review Permalink
4 stars When Peter Hammill makes a live album with a band that includes a drummer, he usually really rocks. This is especially true for this recording. Even a mellow song like "I Will Find You" definitely gets a rock brushing-up here, and "Primo on the Parapet" and "Cat's Eye/Yellow Fever (Running)" will make the walls shake, if listened to at the right numer of DBs. Hammill's voice is of course always something special on live recordings, and Nic Potter's monster bass and Manny Elias' solid drumming are a good basis for several solo excursions of Stuart Gordon's violin, though of course as usual with recordings of Peter Hammill or VdGG, it is the band as a whole that is in the spotlight. Highly recommended!
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Posted Sunday, September 25, 2005 | Review Permalink

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