H to He, Who Am the Only One [Bonus Tracks]

H to He, Who Am the Only One [Bonus Tracks]

by Van der Graaf Generator

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Overview

The foreboding crawl of the Hammond organ is what made Van Der Graaf Generator one of the darkest and most engrossing of all the early progressive bands. On H to He Who Am the Only One, the brooding tones of synthesizer and oscillator along with Peter Hammill's distinct and overly ominous voice make it one of this British band's best efforts. Kicking off with the prog rock classic "Killer," an eight-minute synthesized feast of menacing tones and threatening lyrics, the album slowly becomes shadowed with Van Der Graaf's sinister instrumental moodiness. With superb percussion work via Guy Evans, who utilizes the tympani drum to its full extent, tracks like "The Emperor in His War Room" and "Lost" are embraced with a blackened texture that never fades. The effective use of saxophone (both alto and tenor) and baritone from David Jackson gives the somberness some life without taking away any of the instrumental petulance. H to He is carpeted with a science fiction theme, bolstered by the bleak but extremely compelling use of heavy tones and the absence of rhythms and flighty pulsations. This album, which represents Van Der Graaf in their most illustrious stage, is a pristine example of how dark progressive rock should sound. [The 2005 reissue contains two bonus tracks: an early version of "The Emperor in His War Room" and the previously unreleased epic "Squid1/Squid2/Octopus."]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/2005
Label: Blue Plate Caroline
UPC: 0724347488825
catalogNumber: 74888

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Van der Graaf Generator   Primary Artist
Peter Hammill   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Nic Potter   Bass
Hugh Banton   Bass,Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals,farfisa organ,Oscillator
Guy Evans   Percussion,Drums,Timpani
Robert Fripp   Guitar
David P. Jackson   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Devices

Technical Credits

Peter Hammill   Composer
John Anthony   Producer
Robin Geoffrey Cable   Engineer
Phil Smee   Artwork
Mark Powell   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Tape Research

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