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Classic Rock Legends: Van Der Graaf Generator [DVD] [2011]

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  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Import, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 14
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004QY4P98
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,548 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Filmed and recorded in late December 2010 this Van Der Graaf Generator concert took place in an intimate club atmosphere with just 120 guests jammed into Metropolis Studios, London. The atmosphere of this concert was simply incredible and will never be recaptured. It includes the new songs Your Time Starts Now; Bunsho and Mr. Sands. Also included in the 89 minute concert set are many of the band's greats like Man-Erg. Footage and menus include rehearsal and setup for the concert.

Songs featured are as follows:

Interference Patterns
Nutter Alert
Your Time Starts Now
Lemmings
Lifetime
Bunsho
Childlike Faith
Mr. Sands
Over The Hill
We Are Not Here
Man-Erg

DVD Extras
Includes individual interviews with Peter Hammill; Hugh Banton; and Guy Evans recorded on the day of the concert.

The DVD is filmed in HD with stereo and 5:1 sound

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Clarke on 12 Jun. 2011
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Roy Harper has been making fine music and joining it to beautiful poetry and intelligent ideas since the early 60s. On June 12, 2011, he celebrates his 70th birthday, and the Festival Hall is already sold out (for November 5) for a celebration of his attaining this great age, yet it is a fair and safe bet that far less will be made of the event than the shenanigans surrounding his American contemporary's arrival at the same life-landmark.
Watching this DVD (of a specially-arranged-for-filming performance) simply deepens the mystery surrounding the reasons why Roy is not acknowledged widely for his genius. One only has to read the reviews across the decades to note how sincerely he is respected by his fellow-artists yet, for some reason, he simply doesn't seem to merit the airtime afforded to others. Conspiracy theories abound, of course. Perhaps he just presents too much of a challenge to meejur types bred to ingest and regurgitate pap.
Each track on the DVD is a classic Harper song; each is brilliantly performed. Roy's voice may have deepened over the years, but it still has real quality, and his guitar work is as magical as ever it was. Both as an introduction for newcomers and as a keepsake for longtime afficionados, this recording is worth far more than its modest price. Buy it, enjoy it, and spread the word.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Jacklin on 12 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
I was fortunate enough to attend the recording of this gig at the Metropolis Studios in west London. Along with a hundred or so other fans, I braved the snowy conditions to witness a band still on overdrive. The studio was barely large enough to contain us all - I ended up some two metres from the stage and had to dodge an athletic cameraman as he captured a variety of close-ups of Peter Hammill. Still, it was the performance that mattered, and golly did VdGG deliver! The three-way dynamic (Peter Hammill - vox/electric piano/guitar; Guy Evans - percussion; Hugh Banton - keyboards) has now had chance to gel, so with some punchy new songs and rearrangements of classics they performed a blinder. Standout new song (from the album A Grounding in Numbers) is `Your Time Starts Now' which wryly seems to equate life with participation in a TV game show (always dodgy to deconstruct a Hammill lyric on first hearing, so I may be way off the mark!). As is often the case with new material, the audience received the new songs with quiet respect. However it was the delivery of the classic-era VdGG songs which set the studio alight. An incredible `Childlike Faith in Childhood's End' concluded with a near-hysterical reception by the audience, and I've never heard with `Man-Erg' performed with such attack. The band obviously enjoyed themselves, and it is reflected in their performance here.

At last we have a proper visual memento of VdGG playing live. Their excellent German Rockpalast concert from 2005 shows no sign of gaining an official release, and the 1970s material that is still available does not do justice to these true pioneers of rock. So well done to ITV for finally capturing a performance worthy of the band. The producer of the show told me that it's all been captured in high definition... so will there be a Blu-Ray version available as well as this DVD?
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By popchicken on 4 April 2011
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I was lucky enough to attend the recording of this very intimate Roy Harper performance at the weekend. I have to say that despite having seen the highly esteemed "legendary folk voyager" (thanks Mojo) many times over the years both at Glastonbury and the 100 Club, and more recently supporting Joanna Newsom at the Festival Hall, this has to be one of the best performances I've been to.

The small and appreciative audience (no-one further than 10 feet away) were treated to a selection of gems from the back catalogue, interspersed with much tuning of the acoustic guitar, intimate explanations of some of the songs and typically dry banter. I would challenge anyone not to be moved by the performances of Another Day, Twelve Hours of Sunset and Pinches of Salt.

If you aren't familiar with Roy Harper's work, or have just heard him being recommended by the likes of Led Zeppelin, this is a perfect introduction - and if you are familiar, you will love it. Highly, highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Dutton on 17 Jun. 2011
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I stand by everything I said in my original review, but even if you can get hold of this rare item I'd recommend you go instead for the re-release on Sound Vision entitled Van De Graaf Generator Recorded Live in Concert at Metropolis Studios, London. The re-release has everything the original DVD had plus two audio CDs of the music, a booklet and superior packaging, making a five-star product in my book. Here's what I wrote in 2011:
After years of thinking that the only visual record of VdGG would be grainy footage from the 70's (eg: "Godbluff Live 1975") we now have two DVDs of the trio version of the band, 2007s magnificent "Live at the Paradiso" and this new set filmed by ITV. It's fractionally less good than "Paradiso" but in some ways a braver release as only three of the eleven tracks are old classics: they are being consistent with their philosophy of concentrating on the here-and-now by basing the set on post-2005 songs, including three from the new album "A Grounding in Numbers".
This is an excellent release: well filmed, full of good music and with enlightening interviews with all three band members. Highlights are the new songs "Your Time Starts Now" and "Bunsho" along with the stand-out track from "Trisector", "Over the Hill". "Childlike Faith In Childhood's End" is a very welcome return for one of the older songs and the two pieces from "Pawn Hearts" are performed with such energy that they could have been written yesterday.
This is a fantastic set, as near to the full five stars as makes no difference; a must for VdGG fans and well worth checking out for those of you who are intruiged but have not yet stepped into the weird and wonderful world of Mr Hammill and friends.
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