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Live In Concert At Metropolis Studios London [2CD+DVD] Box set, CD+DVD, Collector's Edition, PAL

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Product details

  • Audio CD (4 Jun. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD, Collector's Edition, PAL
  • Label: Salvo Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B007WR32XG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Interference Patterns
2. Nutter Alert
3. Your Time Starts Now
4. Lemmings
5. Lifetime
6. Bunsho
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Mr. Sands
2. Over The Hill
3. We Are Not Here
4. Man-Erg
Disc: 3
1. Interference Patterns
2. Nutter Alert
3. Your Time Starts Now
4. Lemmings
5. Lifetime
6. Bunsho
See all 12 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Few bands of the late 60s and 70s inspired such a devoted following as Van Der Graaf Generator. Fans found theirs some of the most rewarding and challenging music of the era. "The times were intense, and we were an intense, even scary band," admitted founder member Peter Hammill (whose work was a major influence on many musicians, including David Bowie and John Lydon). Splits and reunions, an ongoing Hammill solo career, CD reissues, a box set, sporadic one-off get togethers and on and off reunions eventually culminated in this studio rendezvous for three charter members of the band in December, 2010. On the evening in question, 120 lucky Van Der Graaf Generator fans braved a blizzard to travel to Metropolis Studios, West London, to take in a rare UK appearance by Hammill, Hugh Banton and Guy Evans in an intimate atmosphere that was captured in a manner unlikely ever to be achieved again. The DVD also includes revealing interviews with all three band members in which they describe this "unrepeatable, fantastic event" which showcases work from their recent A Grounding In Numbers album as well as their illustrious past. Fractured time signatures... Hammill's fervent, occasionally terrifying, vocals... the complexity of the band's music... the inscrutability of their lyrics... it all adds up to a unique and inimitable performance.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Dutton on 20 Jun. 2012
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If you are a fan of Van Der Graff and/or Peter Hammill's solo work this is an essential release- even if you purchased the original DVD a short time ago. This version scores over the original in that a 2CD set of the concert accompanies the DVD (which is identical in all respects) and the packaging is superior. For those who didn't catch the DVD-only release eight of the eleven songs are from 2005 onwards, consistent with the group's philosophy of going forward rather than reliving the glorious past. Three songs come from the then unreleased A Grounding in Numbers, including the wonderful Bunsho and Your Time Starts Now. Old material is represented by excellent versions of Lemmings, Man-Erg and Childlike Faith in Childhood's End. Go for it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael Adams on 23 July 2012
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A very good buy indeed. We are all going grey together but that it no way affects the music in any way. A superb concert in a truly fascinating setting. People who obviously care about the band and have followed them for as long as I have make for a truly appreciative audience. The band are tight and exciting playing great music from differing times. At this price a wonderful buy for a fan or even somebody who wants to dip into the band's repertoire.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jose Mario Serra on 3 Jun. 2013
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As a long-time VdGG and PH admirer, I bought this double-CD + DVD package as a completist. But need to say that the performance is really good, and once again these old misters are playing finely and with a lot of energy. Really recommended live recording from these prog masters.
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As an old fan of VdGG and Peter Hammill, I took a punt on this set as it was so cheap. The DVD picture and sound quality is excellent and it also reveals just how much Guy Evans and Hugh Banton are contributing to the performance. Hammill always gets the 'star' treatment as the front man, but this video just shows that it is very much a band performance. There are a few of the old favourites but most of the tracks were recent at the time of recording. As well as the three discs in a nice gatefold case there is a small booklet with photos and a short essay which is interesting.

Another reviewer mentions Hammill's voice as an issue, but if you didn't have the video or photo's, I think you'd struggle to tell the difference between a live performance from the late 70's and this set. He pushes his vocal chords to the limit and there were times on Vital that you might notice similar traits. On the whole, a few more old favourites might have been nice, but this is a good bargain priced set for the fans.
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By RobV on 14 Dec. 2013
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This is an enjoyable couple of hours and a bargain of 2 cds and a dvd for less than a tenner. Peter Hammill looks a little frail and his voice is weaker on some songs but that's to be expected when he's much older and has had health probs. The drummer is great and so is the keyboard playing - really tight instrumentally. The songs are all strong performances which is to be expected from 3 great musicians. It grows on you each playing and the audience are really appreciative. It's a reall excellent live set and worth the money and all fans of VDGG should have it in their collection. Shame Jacko wasn't there which would have capped the whole thing off - for sure.
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By wim leyssen on 18 Feb. 2015
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Great to see my old heroes again after such a long time.
Great recording !
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