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H To He Who Am The Only One Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR H To He Who Am The Only One (2005 UK 7-track digitally remastered CD issue of the 1970 album featuring two bonus tracks - including the previously unreleased Squid/Octopus picture sleeve CASCDR1027)
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Opening with the brilliant "Killer", the album is a wonderful mix of rock, jazz and modern classical influences. Peter Hammill's lyrics, as usual, are superb but it is the band's music making that makes this the wonderful album that it is. The instrumentation arrangements are outstanding: in particular the way that David Jackson weaves his saxophones and flutes into the songs is absolutely magic. Hugh's playing of various keyboard instruments and an "oscillator" is equally inventive.
The bonus tracks include an early version of "the Emperor in his War Room" and, more interestingly, an excellent new work "Squid 1/Squid 2/Octopus" which was recorded after the release of this album and is previously unreleased.
Indispensable for Van der Graaf fans who don't yet have the CD in their collection.
"THE BOX" had of course prepared us for the sound quality of these remasters, but an extra track like "Squid" is indeed an unexpected pleasure (although "pleasure" may not be the most appropriate word in this case). If you thought "Pawn Hearts" was weird , think again and think hard, because this is something else, I can tell you. "Squid/Octopus" is more than bizarre even by VDGG standards; the whole band sounds POSSESSED during the 15 minutes of this piece. You know rumour at the time had it Nic Potter left Van Der Graaf halfway through "H to He" because he was getting increasingly uneasy with Hammill's occult obsessions. Well on the basis of THIS it's a miracle they didn't ALL quit (and join a monastery or something to save their souls!) Diabolical! But why wait so long to release it? Then again, do I want to know???
Killer starts things off in remarkable style. So many different things going on musically and lyrically. Is it prog, jazz, both or something different? The sweeping and majestic Pioneers Over C has always been a favourite – check out Hammill’s vocals from the ear-piercing high to the deepest low all which help to set the mood as the song weaves it’s way through space. Always makes me think of the old classic Dark Start film. Don’t know why.
Anyway – remarkable stuff as VDGG found their feet with this album. Even now some forty years after original release it holds its own against anything out there today. Essential, influential.
What surprised me is the re-master, everything sounds very clear and fresh (and no noise), done respectfully to the music.
Maybe the original vinyl sounded more like this edition, what is clear is that the original recording was of a very high standard, modern technology and good musical ears have brought the best of it to us.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If King Crimson were the first true prog band then Van Der Graaf Generator weren't far behind. 'H To He Who Am The Only One' is a sophisticated piece of progressive rock expertly... Read morePublished 9 months ago by John F
I have owned the LP ever since it was first released. Rather than put LP to CD as I have been doing with lots of my other ones, I decided to buy the CD. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rosie Griffith
Fantastic musical ideas abound in this album as well lyrics that convey the darkness which haunts the heart of every human soul. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Vinpin77