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Godbluff

Van Der Graaf Generator

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Following the release of Pawn Hearts, bandleader Peter Hammill took time out to develop a solo career, choosing to focus his energy on darkly introspective works that seemed to be intended to examine the personal consequences of his life. When it came time for reuniting the members of Van Der Graaf, this change in direction had its effect on the band's post-1975 music. While the musical structures continued to be complex and dense, there seemed to be far less accent on the demonstration of musical skill than had formerly been the case. Indeed, the album opened with daring quietness, with David Jackson's flute echoing across the stereo space, joined by Hammill's voice as he whispered the opening lines. There was sturm und drang to come, but the music had been opened up and the lyrics had developed more focus, often abandoning metaphor in favor of statement. Godbluff was a bravura comeback -- only four cuts, but all were classics.
© Steven McDonald /TiVo

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1
The Undercover Man (2005 Digital Remaster)
00:07:32

David Jackson, Flute, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Pat Moran, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Hammill, Composer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Van Der Graaf Generator, Producer, MainArtist - Guy Evans, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Banton, Organ, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

2
Scorched Earth (2005 Digital Remaster)
00:09:43

David Jackson, Composer, Flute, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Pat Moran, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Hammill, Composer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Van Der Graaf Generator, Producer, MainArtist - Guy Evans, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Banton, Organ, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

3
Arrow (2005 Digital Remaster)
00:09:47

David Jackson, Flute, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Pat Moran, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Hammill, Composer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Van Der Graaf Generator, Producer, MainArtist - Guy Evans, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Banton, Organ, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

4
The Sleepwalkers (2005 Digital Remaster)
00:10:41

David Jackson, Flute, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jackson, Composer - Pat Moran, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Hammill, Composer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Van Der Graaf Generator, Producer, MainArtist - Guy Evans, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Bantou, Composer - Hugh Banton, Organ, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Kevin Barry Evans, Composer

(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

5
Forsaken Garden's (Live, 2005 Digital Remaster)
00:07:58

Peter Hammill, Composer - Van Der Graaf Generator, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

6
A Louse Is Not A Home (Live, 2005 Digital Remaster)
00:12:47

Peter Hammill, Composer - Van Der Graaf Generator, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

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Following the release of Pawn Hearts, bandleader Peter Hammill took time out to develop a solo career, choosing to focus his energy on darkly introspective works that seemed to be intended to examine the personal consequences of his life. When it came time for reuniting the members of Van Der Graaf, this change in direction had its effect on the band's post-1975 music. While the musical structures continued to be complex and dense, there seemed to be far less accent on the demonstration of musical skill than had formerly been the case. Indeed, the album opened with daring quietness, with David Jackson's flute echoing across the stereo space, joined by Hammill's voice as he whispered the opening lines. There was sturm und drang to come, but the music had been opened up and the lyrics had developed more focus, often abandoning metaphor in favor of statement. Godbluff was a bravura comeback -- only four cuts, but all were classics.
© Steven McDonald /TiVo

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