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The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (30 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0009F9O6C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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1.Darkness (11/11) (2005 Digital Remaster)
2.Refugees (2005 Digital Remaster)
3.White Hammer (2005 Digital Remaster)
4.Whatever Would Robert Have Said? (2005 Digital Remaster)
5.Out Of My Book (2005 Digital Remaster)
6.After The Flood (2005 Digital Remaster)
7.The Boat Of Millions Of Years (2005 Digital Remaster)
8.Refugees (Single Version) (2005 Digital Remaster)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By alextorres on 30 Dec. 2007
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If you exclude "The Aerosol Grey Machine", which was really a Peter Hammill solo album released under the VDGG name for contractual reasons, then "The Least We Can Do...." was the band's first album release.

I would say that it's one of my favourite VDGG albums because it is one of the most accessible ones; there is discernable melody here and plenty of it too. That is always important to me, more so than lyrics (but there may be many VDGG/Peter Hammill fans who fixate on his lyric writing as one of their favourite aspects) and this is one of VDGG'd most melodious albums. Tracks (not sure I can call them songs) such as the opener "Darkness (11/11)", "Refugees" and "After the Flood" are good examples, with the music on "Refugees" being quite beautiful at times.

The songs are complex, long and not in a usual rock format or beat at all but another feature of this album that I find enjoyable is the wonderful rhythm that Nic Potter (bass) and Guy Evans (drums) can set up - quite jazzy in a modernistic sort of way (not in an Ella Fitzgerald way at all!). Hugh Banton on keyboards and David Jackson on saxes and flute add wonderful aural textures and energy, as well as melody. These four create a wonderful musical soundscape for Peter Hammill to deliver his "sung" lyrics - well, if you've ever heard peter Hammill "sing" then you will understand that his is a delivery that will not suit everyone. It suits this music and I like it.

I used to have the version of the CD released before the millenium and the sound on that was pretty poor but I'm pleased to say that it is of excellent qaulity on this remastered CD - so well worth getting again for any of you fans with the old copy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Shackelford TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Day dawns dark... it now numbers infinity". These lyrics are embedded in my soul having listened to this album every few months since I bought the original vinyl copy back in 1969.
This album is (IMHO) better than the equivalent (and equally superb) Court of the Crimson King. But only just. It has the same mix of majestic classical-tinged riffs and melodic acoustic tracks. Darkness 11/11 has one of the most spine-tingling introductions - howling wind and then gothic organ and bass notes peering out of the Dark - and then on and on up the trade-mark spiral of VDGG barely-controlled chaos. But the musicians are (as Guy Evans said) telepathic in their co-ordination. Just stunning. Followed by the "take a breather before the onslaught continues" delicious Refugees - a song of such beauty and longing - on a par with the more pastoral tracks on Atom Heart Mother. Then you are bludgeoned (literally and lyrically) with the White Hammer and the following tracks until "After the Flood" which has my all time favourite Bass Riff [still brings a tingle down the spine] - coming after some gentle (?) acoustic guitar chords, until the band finally sweeps in and roars off into the distance.
It is suggested by some that "H to He" or "Pawn Hearts" were better albums, but the Least We Can Do (perhaps because this was my first introduction to VDGG at an early and impressionable age) has remained my all-time favourite - of ALL albums, even considering the magnificent Atom Heart Mother, the Yes Album, the above mentioned CotCC, not to mention Tull's Aqualung, or Colosseum's Valentye Suite.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter Duff on 16 April 2008
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What an exellent debut from Van der Graff, and the remastered version is done really well (not always the case). I would recommend this to anyone wishing to explore more thoughtful and satisfying music. sadly there are not that many bands these days that sound this original. It is in parts the most melodic of all their output but all their albums from this period are right up there with the best progressive rock ever made.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Greville Rob on 9 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Charisma Records was the love-child of the late sports writer, racehorse owner and all-round bon viveur, Tony Stratton-Smith and this band. Once introduced, he took on their management, resolved previous and unhappy contractual issues - and when they couldn't get a label deal, started his own.
Whilst he nurtured the careers of an eclectic and talented roster of acts (many of whom went a long way to pay for the lifestyle - step forward Genesis), Van Der Graaf Generator were always 'the ones' for Strat.
Progressive rock was the new kid on the block, but whilst there was no shortage of labels and acts loaded onto its bandwagon, few were actually 'progressing' for long. VdGG were amongst few that were truly progressive in that they innovated, and by so doing, paved the way.
This is the first release in an exhumation of the VdGG catalogue. EMI has formed an ace team for the reissue programme of the Harvest and Charisma catalogues and this album bears their hallmark.
Issued to critical acclaim in 1970, The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other - 35 years later - delivers the goods again in an informative and entertaining package, re-mastered with extra tracks, and original artwork enhanced with intelligent and informed booklet notes, previously unpublished publicity photography and period memorabilia.
One incarnation of the band had supported mainman Peter Hammill on his debut solo Aerosol Grey Machine in 1969 (later credited to VdGG).
But it was the line-up of song-writer Peter Hammill (guitar/vocals), drummer Guy Evans, classically-trained church organist, Hugh Banton, jazz-fusion horn player David Jackson, and bassist Nic Potter that formed the nucleus of this creative, wayward act.
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