- Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Import, PAL
- Language: English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 14
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 23 May 2011
- Run Time: 105 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B004QY4P98
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,607 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Classic Rock Legends: Van Der Graaf Generator [DVD] 
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Filmed and recorded in late December 2010 this Van Der Graaf Generator concert took place in an intimate club atmosphere with just 120 guests jammed into Metropolis Studios, London. The atmosphere of this concert was simply incredible and will never be recaptured. It includes the new songs Your Time Starts Now; Bunsho and Mr. Sands. Also included in the 89 minute concert set are many of the band's greats like Man-Erg. Footage and menus include rehearsal and setup for the concert.
Songs featured are as follows:
Your Time Starts Now
Over The Hill
We Are Not Here
Includes individual interviews with Peter Hammill; Hugh Banton; and Guy Evans recorded on the day of the concert.
The DVD is filmed in HD with stereo and 5:1 sound
Top Customer Reviews
At last we have a proper visual memento of VdGG playing live. Their excellent German Rockpalast concert from 2005 shows no sign of gaining an official release, and the 1970s material that is still available does not do justice to these true pioneers of rock. So well done to ITV for finally capturing a performance worthy of the band. The producer of the show told me that it's all been captured in high definition... so will there be a Blu-Ray version available as well as this DVD?
When I was VERY young I joined a few friends at a concert in Cambridge (great "marmite" sandwiches, thanks Pete). We sat on the wooden floor (good for splinters in the bum - but who cared?). This was the glory days of the full-on, high velocity, take no prisoners, "Day Dawns Dark" Van Der Graaf - with a real bass player and a real saxophonist.
Much water has passed under the bridge since those days (and much [hop flavoured] down the throat), and we have seen and heard even more glorious stuff (especially Godbluff and Still Life) from these astonishing musicians. And then they went their separate ways - building organs, solo gigs, being a maths teacher... (just down the road from where we used to live - my daughter went to school with Jaxon's daughter).
So now, we are all much older, much stiffer and (in theory) much wiser. And we moved on and found new sounds to listen to ... perhaps the Smashing Pumpkins, or the National .. but never quite the same as the "Good Old Days".
A few years ago the impossible happened - VDGG reformed and we were given a present: "Present" - the four original members back together - tears to the eyes, tingles down the spine... great stuff. And that was not enough - how about the wonderful "Real Time" - live and dangerous - with my favourite "Darkness" and "Refugees" - this was Nirvana.
But all was not well in the VDGG camp and after some scary toing and froing, Jaxon departed back to the real world (and doing some fantastic work with disabled children...).
Well, that was that. Surely? They can't go on - they are all too old to start again.Read more ›
The next song is a new one the singer says; `Bun Show'. That's what it sound like. Anyway, he's still on guitar and it gets worse. The drummer and organist are incredible, the singer is great but his playing is all over the place and the song ends on a very bum note. The singer knows this too.
Eventually the singer returns to his piano and everything is fine. His hands work well and the songs are wonderful. Would I come back and see them. I doubt it.
Imagine another scenario: I am an avid VDGG fan. I have all their albums and the solo albums of PH (man!) and I have seen them live on numerous occasions. I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of this DVD. I had seen them live in Manchester only recently and they were on fire.
Well... as PH has said VDGG can play live brilliantly and some nights it's like a road-crash waiting to happen. This DVD falls somewhere in the middle. The sound and visuals are wonderful. Finally get see at close quarters just how HB's hands and feet work.
PH looks tired and his guitar playing is decidedly off.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I imagine this won't be for everyone, but what a powerful performance from just 3 guys, who open the show with 2 keyboards and drums, not a guitar in sight to start with. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2012 by C. A. Kilgour
A heart warming Live performance from 2011 of VDGG in their latest trio Line-up(Peter Hammill,Hugh Banton, Guy Evans)
The sound and picture quality are excellent and... Read more
Got this release as soon as it hit the shops.
The filming is of the highest quality and with the 5.1 surround sound is just first rate. Read more
A full and glorious evening of entertainment on this dvd disc. To watch the recorded concert was like being at the venue, but with even more detail in the camera shots of the... Read morePublished on 1 July 2011 by Carole V
I stand by everything I said in my original review, but even if you can get hold of this rare item I'd recommend you go instead for the re-release on Sound Vision entitled Van De... Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2011 by N. Dutton