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Poll Question: Lots of Peter Hammill solo albums. Which rocks your world the most?
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    Posted: January 25 2019 at 18:03
Lots of Van Der Graaf Generator polls lately but what's your favorite Peter Hammill solo album? 

I have a feeling The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage will probably blow away the rest but give me a second runner up. That may vary a lot more.


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Yes, The Silent Corner And The Empty Stage wins for me! 

Second is a tie between In Camera and Over. I can't decide.

While i love ever VdGG album i've not  yet listened to most of the albums of Hammill after the 80s and there are many. If anyone can recommend some particularly good ones, i'd love to check them out!

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Patience!(Furthermore Sitting Targets over all those listed.)


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Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

Lots of Van Der Graaf Generator polls lately but what's your favorite Peter Hammill solo album? 

I have a feeling The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage will probably blow away the rest but give me a second runner up. That may vary a lot more.


I consider very similar the level reached by Hammill with Chameleon and Silent Corner (very high level, very few artists have reached it and consolidated in two consecutive Lp). The first is more a singer-songwriter album, the latter is more progressive. I have not yet chosen my favorite between the two, and if I had the multiple choice I would have voted both, but being the only choice, go for Chameleon.
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Originally posted by Lewian Lewian wrote:

Patience!(Furthermore Sitting Targets over all those listed.)

Nice! You are a diehard fan indeed :)

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Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

Yes, The Silent Corner And The Empty Stage wins for me! 

Second is a tie between In Camera and Over. I can't decide.

While i love ever VdGG album i've not  yet listened to most of the albums of Hammill after the 80s and there are many. If anyone can recommend some particularly good ones, i'd love to check them out!

In my opinion (and watching my photo you can see who I am Big smile ) And Close As This (1986) is very good. But there are only vocals and keyboards. Very good even Out of Water (1990) with Stuart Gordon on violin, David Jackson on sax. Then Fireships (1992) is quite good. Roaring Forties is maybe the more progressive (1994).

After that, since Clutch (2002) Hammill came back inspired and he has largely done good records, particularly Singularity (2007) and Consequences (2012).

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^ another true fan! And you're both in Italy! He really did strike an Italian chord, huh? 

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll get to all of them eventually. 

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In contrast to Van der Graaf Generator, which define me on this forum (my username, avatar, and signature are all connected to VdGG), I do not consider myself a "fan" of Peter Hammill's solo work, and have comparatively few of his solo albums. Most of the Peter Hammill solo albums I have are from the late '70s - early '80s period, which is when I got those albums. I do like that Peter Hammill's solo music is distinct from the music of VdGG (even if other band members contributed). However, I also consider Peter Hammill's solo work to be somewhat uneven in appeal. But, of the albums that I have, my favourite is pH7, which was the first Peter Hammill solo album I got.


 

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The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage

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I voted for The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage, but I like many of his albums very much (and many more I have never heard).
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Really tough choice between Silent Corner & In Camera.  In Camera has the brilliant Gog Magog, but Silent Corner opens with my favorites Modern and closes with A Louse so gets my vote.  Also almost voted for the 1990 'Room Temperature Live' since I saw the tour at San Francisco's club Slims and it's such an amazing live album, but I'm always a bigger fan of studio than live albums.  Still, anyone who hasn't heard Room Temperature Live owes it to themselves to hear the live versions of many songs from those great 70's albums Thumbs Up
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Chameleon, coz I’m such a miserable b*****d
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Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

Originally posted by Lewian Lewian wrote:

Patience!(Furthermore Sitting Targets over all those listed.)

Nice! You are a diehard fan indeed :)

Not so sure... there is a fair quantity of Hammill's albums that I don't like much, and I don't know every single one.
I think the thing is that in his solo work I appreciate his idiosyncratic songwriting combined with arty intelligent but accessible music rather than him serving the prog and VdGG crowd, as he had done better in earlier days. I like most of his 70s output, but with Patience in particular and a number of other later recordings he took a turn to more personal and direct music that I can appreciate (although I also find some of his more song oriented albums too one-dimensional music-wise, and I also know that the turn actually started already in the 70s, but it seemed more tentative before Patience; surely none of those gets close to Patience's rate of  almost 100% of songs that I really love).


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1. Silent Corner - It might have been my favorite VdGG-album as well... followed by:
2. Over
2. In Camera
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Always had a soft spot for 'Enter K'  (Side one, anyway)
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Many favorites but...Roaring Forties.

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Will go with the majority on this one, Silent Corner it is.
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