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Nadir's Big Chance

Peter Hammill Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Oct 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Charisma
  • ASIN: B0000247EJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nadir's Big Chance
2. The Institute Of Mental Health, Burning
3. Open Your Eyes
4. Nobody's Business
5. Been Alone So Long
6. Pompeii
7. Shingle Song
8. Airport
9. People You Were Going To
10. Birthday Special
11. Two Or Three Spectres

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5.0 out of 5 stars The birth of punk? 28 Sep 2006
By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It is difficult for me to be objective about this album as it has become so ingrained in my subconscious over the years. Many years! It is one of those albums that personally means so much and conjures up so many vivid memories of youth. It was the perfect soundtrack to all that angst adolescence which we indulged in as we became teenagers. Surely Peter wrote "Shingle Song" just for me! How did he know the loneliness and pain which I was going through! All seems a bit silly now!! But there is no denying the power and raw naked emotion which Hammill could write about.

Listening to this remastered version now, this album still touches raw nerves! Maybe those angst filled days are gone, but I can still appreciate Hammill's songwriting craft. Much has been made about how this was so influential on a fledgling Johnny Rotten and how it shaped English punk. To be honest there are only about two or three tracks which could be considered proto-punk; the title track and possibly "Nobodies Business" and "Birthday Special". In saying that, lyrically "Nadir's Big Chance" must have been what the punks were waiting to here! The rest fall into Hammill as literate troubadour. Tales of Pompeii and lost love on the reflective "Been Alone So Long" and "Shingle Song". Has there ever been a song as desperate as "Shingle Song"? When he sings "can't get you out of my mind" you know he has experienced this and anyone who has been there can feel it too.

This is probably Hammill's (as in the guise of Rikki Nadir) most rawest, stripped down album. Eschewing the experiment with synths which adorned the previous "In Camera", this is back to basics stuff. Only the live VdG album "Vital" would match this for grittiness. It is a classic for sure, but listening to it now although the meaning of it is not as important as it felt way back when, it still strikes a deep, personal chord within me. It should you too!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The bridge between his 'old and new' 1 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
In the guise of his alter ego, Rikki Nadir,Peter Hammill crafted back in 1974 what he defines now as his second album of 'pop songs', the other being solo debut, 'Fools Mate', both including material dating back to the 1960s and both featuring members of his former band, Van Der Graaf Generator,poised to reform with tighter, tauter material befitting the times, but - as always - ahead of them. A raw vitality pervades this as it does the band's incoming 'Godbuff' and the gentler progressive elements found in songs like 'People You Were going To' (a re-working of a very early VdGG song) are counterpointed by three-chord banshee blasts such as the eponmyous opener. Hammill is name-checked today as an influence by the incoming punk movement. The bridge not only between his 'old and new' but analogous with the quantum shift that rock music of the late 1970s was to face, this album asserts the need to 'move on', to keep swimming, or die. Life-affirming stuff, it's matured beautifully.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nadir still great. 4 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have recently listened to Nadir's big chance again. Years and years ago we listened to the vinyl version. Allways followed Peter and his band Vandergraaff.
Very special music. Sometimes in dutch we call it "piep-piep- knor " music.
In English something like " squeek-squeek-rumble ". Listen to a song like The institute of Mental health and you know what I mean. Great class and actually a bit under-estimated music. Glad that Peter is still going strong.
Music lovers that are younger that me ( 55 years ) should be educated to listen to this music. Great stuff and now as a remaster,it sounds fanatastic.
Peter de Langen, Amstelveen Netherlands.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Smash the system with a song!" 19 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
Gigidunnit's review is a competent introduction to the disc and a pleasure to read; the quotes of the original Lp liner-notes are really precious. What still amazes now about this epic recording is the purity of its lyrics and the honesty of its music, so far from the pressures of stardom or fashion: a rare example of true human expression and intelligent energy in music. In my opinion this concept album was the first and last of the "indie" rock albums. Just Incredible. Hammill's fantastic gift of expression will soon move to different sound worlds and masterpieces like "The Future Now", "PH7" and "A Black Box", all very recommended. One last note: the Track "Nadir's Big Chance" was also the encore on the glorious Van Der Graaf "Vital", one of the most extraordinary live recordings in rock history. Thank you Rikki Nadir, the genius behind the mask, the mirror image, the chameleon, the undercover man!
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