HAMMILL & VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR
He was ostensibly promoting the newly released The Silent Corner and the Empty Change album, but it doesn't even get a look-in. Accompanied only by acoustic guitar, the set ranges from Van Der Graaf's "Out Of My Book," through "The Birds," "Slender Threads" and "German Overalls," and onto a Chris Judge Smith number that would not make it onto Hammill vinyl for another five years, "Time For A Change." And every last moment of it is magical.
The Canadian show
is the meat and potatoes of the disc; somewhat unnecessarily, the package
is rounded out by Van Der Graaf's now oft-reproduced 1971 Belgian TV performance
- that is, a full length "Plague of Lighthouse Keepers" (deceptively split
over two tracks) and a very poorly recorded "Theme One"; and the equally
familiar BBC In Concert versions of "Killer" and "W." It's a disappointing
way of filling up an otherwise essential disc, but you don't need to play
the whole thing. The first six tracks are more than enough. -
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