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  • Audio CD (30 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0009F9O6M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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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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It is a tremendous tribute to Peter Hammill, Hugh Banton, David Jackson and Guy Evans that Van der Graaf Generator's second album, the wonderfully inventive "H to He Who Am The Only One", sounds as fresh and new today as it did nearly 40 years ago.

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.
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I have recently got a copy of this remastered version of this classic and mighty pleased i am too. Often Re Mastered versions of 70"s albums particularly can actually make them sound worse. To echo sentiments already expressed here this is a fine job. Killer is still spine tinglingly exellent and the whole album is of the highest standard musically. Its a pity young musicians these days do not push the envalope as much the bands of this era. Sounds like an old geezers nostalgia? Not a bit of it Im only 12!.....and a bit.
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If you like progressive music with a dark and disturbing undercurrent then 'VDGG' are definitely the band for you with 'H To He...' providing many marvellous moments. The opening track, 'Killers', is a classic and Robert Fripp's contribution on 'The Emperor In His War-Room' gives an interesting twist in the middle of the album. Personally, I found this collection harder to get into than its predecessor 'The Least We Can Do Is Wave...' but it is definitely worth buying especially with plenty of interesting Bonus content.
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This disc has over 70 minutes of music, with the original album being given a new lease of life via a fantastic remastering job. In addition we get an alternative take on "Emperor" (as topical today as the day it was written) and a red hot 15 minute live studio version of "Squid/Octopus" from 1971. Add to that a booklet with the original artwork, lyrics, photos and information and you are looking at a five-star package.
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Thank God, we can at last throw the appalling mid-price Virgin VDGG cd's where they belong : into the bin!
"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???
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VDGG develop their unique approach to deeply progressive rock with H to HE. A step forward from The Least We Can Do. Even more complex arrangements which border on the spontaneously structured. Even though sometimes it sounds like a freeform jam session it works. Intricate, complex, variable, engrossing, wonderful.
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.
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I'm not going to comment on the merits of the album as this is a known prog classic.
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.
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By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 21 Mar. 2007
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Perhaps I made a mistake in making 'Pawn Hearts' my first VDGG album, as I keep using it as the benchmark for their other albums. Even so, I've yet to hear a VDGG album that isn't stimulating. What surprised me about this one is that it's much more accessible than 'Pawn Hearts'. The melody that takes you straight into 'Killer' is no aberration. All of the tracks have vivid musical themes, but they are accessible in relative terms. There's still a lot going on aside of the good tunes, with VDGG making imaginative use of the combination of organ and sax. At quieter moments, the music seems to descend into dreamlike madness, such as on passages of free-form solo sax. 'House With No Door' stands out for its fragile melancholy, but every track is worth its place.
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