VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR

THE AEROSOL GREY MACHINE

p 1968 Mercury 6430 083

Afterwards 4:53
Orthenthian Street I 2:33
Orthenthian Street II 3:53
Running Back 6:32
Into A Game 5:56

Aerosol Grey Machine 0:56
Black Smoke Yen 1:18
Aquarian 8:27
Necromancer 3:30
(May be replaced with "Squid" on rare pressings)
Octopus 7:41

All titles published by MRC Music Inc., except "Black Smoke Yen" by Stratsong

All selections produced by John Anthony except "Afterwards" which is produced by John Anthony and Van der Graaf.

All selections arranged by Van der Graaf

Jeff (Flute on "Running Back")

All songs by PETER HAMMILL, except for "Black Smoke Yen" (ELLIS/EVANS/BANTON) "Into a Game Pt. II" & "Giant Squid" (VANBLON). Recorded at Trident Studios, London, July 31/Aug. 1, 1969.
Recorded at Marquee Studios, London, Jan. 1969. Engineers: ROBIN CABLE, GERRY COLLINS.

Instrumentation:

HUGH ROBERT BANTON: piano, organ, "Black Smoke Yen" sasaka, dissent, "?" vocals.

KEITH IAN ELLIS: "?" wah wah bass, "?" added vocals, bass, "Black Smoke Yen" chant, croon.

GUY RANDOLPH EVANS: drums, "Black Smoke Yen" talking drums, "??" sasaka.

PETER JOSEPH ANDREW HAMMILL: vocal, acoustic guitar, "Black Smoke Yen" chant, hype.

JEFF: Flute (on "Running Back")

THE AEROSOL CHORUS: (Aerosol Grey Machine / Aquarian)

GORDIAN, GUY, HUGH, INES, JOHN, KEITH, MICK, PETER, SHEILA,
Aggro. c/o JOHN & ROBIN (eg spilling coke in the faders).

Thanks for humping: STU & MAC. For drums (assorted) & goodies: CHRIS & SIDDY. And for guidance & good cheer in the office: TONY STRATTON, GAIL, SUSIE & MARGARET. This album is dedicated to CHRIS J.J. SMITH & NICK PEAME, without whom VAN DER GRAAF would never have existed.


THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS WAVE TO EACH OTHER

p 1969 Charisma CASCD 1007 // Philips 6369 901

SIDE ONE

Darkness (11/11) 7:11
Refugees 6:13
White Hammer 8:08

SIDE TWO

Whatever Would Robert Have Said? 5:50
Out Of My Book 3:58
After The Flood 11:34

ALL SONGS BY PETER HAMMILL EXCEPT 'OUT OF MY BOOK' (HAMMILL/JACKSON)

Recorded at Trident Studios, London, on the 11/12/13/14 December 1969.
All titles done on 8-track, except 'After the Flood', on 16.

Produced by John Anthony (of Tynemouth and Playgrounds)
Engineered by Rob ('Oh sorry I forgot to take that') Cable*
Tape Jockeying: Dave and Alan.
  * but he's great really!!

HUGH BANTON - organ, piano and backing vocals
PETER HAMMILL - acoustic guitar and lead vocals
NIC POTTER - bass guitar and electric guitar
GUY EVANS - drums and percussion
DAVID JACKSON - tenor and alto sax, flute and backing vocals

Thanks for adding things: Gerry Salisbury, Cornet on 'White Hammer'
Mike Hurwitz, 'Cellos on 'Refugees'
The cello parts were written by Hugh
Piano on 'Refugees' played by Peter
The quote in 'After the Flood' was from Albert Einstein
Reading matter: Asimov/Donleavy

Dedicated to L. & M., without whom everyone would have been much happier....


H TO HE, WHO AM THE ONLY ONE

p 1970 Charisma CASCD 1027 // Philips 6369 907

 

H to He

The fusion of Hydrogen nuclei to form Helium nuclei is the basic exothermic reaction in the sun and stars, and hence is the prime energy source in the universe.

Who am the Only One

 

Killer (Hammill/Banton/Smith) 8:07
House with no door (Hammill ...... Jackson) 6:03
The Emperor in his war-room (Hammill) 9:04
   i) The Emperor
  ii) The Room

Lost (Hammill) 11:13
   i) The dance in sand and sea
  ii) The dance in frost
Pioneers Over c (Hammill/Jackson ...... Band) 12:25

All Lyrics: Peter Hammill

ALL ARRANGEMENTS BY THE BAND

INSTRUMENTATION:

GUY EVANS: Drums, Tympani, percussion.
HUGH BANTON: Hammond and Farfisa organs, piano, oscillator, vocals.
PETER HAMMILL: Lead vocals, acoustic guitar.
DAVID JACKSON: Alto, tenor and baritone saxophone and devices, flute and vocals.

Bass on Killer, Emperor and Lost: NIC POTTER
Bass on House and Pioneers: HUGH
Piano on House: PETER
Guitar on Emperor ROBERT FRIPP


PAWN HEARTS

p 1971 Charisma CASCD 1051 // Philips 6369 915

LEMMINGS
including COG. 11:36 (Hammill)

MAN-ERG 10:20 (Hammill)

A PLAGUE OF LIGHTHOUSE-KEEPERS.
    I. Eyewitness. 23:05 (Hammill)
   II. Pictures/Lighthouse. (Banton/Jackson)
  III. Eyewitness. (Hammill)
   IV. S.H.M. (Hammill)
    V. Presence of the Night. (Hammill)
   VI. Kosmos Tours (Evans)
  VII. (Custard's) Last Stand. (Hammill)
 VIII. The Clot Thickens. (Hammill/Band)
   IX. Land's End (Sineline) (Jackson)
    X. We Go Now. (Jackson/Banton)

Early pressings contain a track called "Theme One".

All arrangements by the band

Hugh Banton:- Hammond E&C, Farfisa Professional organs, Piano, Mellotron, ARP Synthesiser, bass pedals, bass guitar, psychedelic razor, vocals.
Guy Evans:- Drums, tympani, percussion, piano.
Peter Hammill:- Lead vocals, acoustic & slide guitar, electric piano, piano.
David Jackson:- Tenor, alto & soprano saxophones and devices, flute, vocals.

and

Fripp:- Electric guitar.

PRODUCER:- John Anthony

ENGINEERS:- Robin Cable, David Hentschel, Ken Scott
Tape op:- Mike and Dave C.
Brightest Hope:- Howard.

COVER by Paul Whitehead/CLEEN MASHINE STUDIO
PHOTOGRAPHY: Keith Morris!
CD ARTWORK: MEKON

Recorded at Trident Studios, London W1 July through September 1971 aided and abetted by Nohjindijcrackycracky

All lyrics by Peter Hammill
All titles produced by John Anthony
All titles published by Stratsong/Carlin Music.


GODBLUFF

p 1975 Charisma 9103 105, CASCD 1109

1. THE UNDERCOVER MAN (Hammill)
2. SCORCHED EARTH (Hammill/Jackson)

1. ARROW (Hammill)
2. THE SLEEPWALKERS (Hammill)

HUGH BANTON
PETER HAMMILL
GUY EVANS
DAVID JACKSON

Produced by Van Der Graaf Generator


STILL LIFE

p 1976 Charisma 6369 976, CASCD 1116

 

Pilgrims 7:07 (Hammill/Jackson)
Still Life 7:20 (Hammill)
La Rossa 9:47 (Hammill)

My Room (Waiting For Wonderland) 8:09 (Hammill)
Childlike Faith In Childhood's End 12:20 (Hammill)

Hugh Banton: organs, bass pedals and guitars, mellotron & piano
Guy Evans: drums & percussion
Peter Hammill: vox, guitars & pianos
David Jackson: alto, tenor & soprano saxophones, acoustically, electrically & collectively, & flute

PRODUCED BY VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR
ENGINEERED BY PAT MORAN

Recorded and mixed at Rockfield Studios between June 9-29, 1975 and January 12-25, 1976


WORLD RECORD

p 1976 Charisma 9124 001

 

WHEN SHE COMES (Hammill) 7:58
A PLACE TO SURVIVE (Hammill) 10:00
MASKS (Hammill) 6:55
MEURGLYS III, THE SONGWRITER'S GUILD (Hammill) 20:47
WONDERING (Banton/Hammill) 6:33

PRODUCED by VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR
Engineered by PAT MORAN

Hugh Banton: Manuals and Pedals (Manuel and his Music of the Pedallos)
Guy Evans: drums, cymbals, percussion & fingerpop
Peter Hammill: vox, Meurglys III and Wassistderpunktenbacker
David Jackson: alto, tenor & soprano saxophones and accoutrements, & flute (all in The Grotto)

The album was recorded and mixed at Rockfield Studios 1&2, between May 10-30, 1976 and rehearsed at Headley Grange through April 1976.

All lyrics by PETER HAMMILL
All songs published by Static Music Ltd.


THE QUIET ZONE / THE PLEASURE DOME

p 1977 Charisma 9124 014, CASCD 1131

THE QUIET ZONE (Cover time/text time:)

Lizard Play 4:11 (4:28)
The Habit Of The Broken Heart 4:19 (4:34)
The Siren Song 5:43 (6:01)
Last Frame 5:52 (6:12)
(P. Hammill)

THE PLEASURE DOME
The Wave 3:01 (3:12)
Cat's Eye /Yellow Fever (Running)
(G. Smith / P. Hammill) 5:04 (5:20)
The Sphinx In The Face 5:40 (5:58)
Chemical World 5:52 (6:10)
The Sphinx Returns 1:10 (1:12)
(all titles: P. Hammill, except title 2)

Some pressings may contain "Ship Of Fools" (not live version).

GRAHAM SMITH : Violin, Viola
NIC POTTER : Bass
PETER HAMMILL : Vox, Guitars, Keyboards
GUY EVANS : Drums, Percussion

...with sphinx-line saxophone inserts by David Jaxon...

Cover Photography: ROBIN SCHWARTZ/Painting: JESS ARTEM/Loop + Layout:
JOHN PASCHE/Liner Photography: ANTON CORBIJN v.W./Calligraphy:JET/
Collator: FRANK SANSOM
PRODUCED by PETER HAMMILL
GORDIANISATION by TROELLER
Toons by P.H., except 'Cat's Eye /Yellow Fever', by Graham Smith

Lyrics by P.H. Arrangements by the band

All songs published by STATIC MUSIC Ltd./CHAPPELL a Co. Ltd.

Recorded, dubbed and mixed between 13th May - 12th June 1977 at FOEL, Llanfair Caerinion; MORGAN, London; Rockfield, Mournaith.
engineering: Ian Gomm is Dave Anderson; Dave?; PAT MORAN

... that's all the info, so CRANK IT UP!


VITAL

p & c 1978 Suki Films CVL CD 101

1. Ship Of Fools 6:43
2. Still Life 9:42
3. Last Frame 9:02 25:27

1. Mirror Images 5:50
2. Medley 13:41
(1) Plague Of Lighthouse Keepers
(2) The Sleepwalkers 19:31

1. Pioneers Over c 17:00
2. Sci - Finance

1. Door 6:00
2. Urban pt.1 - Killer - Urban pt.2 8:20
3. Nadir's Big Chance 3:40 18:00

The compact disc doesn't contain "Sci-Finance" and "Nadir's Big Chance".

ALL LYRICS BY PETER HAMMILL

THE BAND
Graham Smith: violin
Charles Dickie: Cello, Electric Piano, Synthesiser
David Jackson * : Saxes and Flute
Nic Potter: Bass
Peter Hammill: Vocals, Guitars, Piano
Guy Evans: Drums
(* NOT UNTIL SIDE TWO)

Recorded Live at the Marquee Club, London, January 16th, 1978
Recording Engineer: Mike Dunne
Mixed at Foel Studio, Llanfaircaereinion, Powys
Engineering by Dave Anderson
Cut by: Allen Landau at C.B.S.
Produced by: Guy Evans
Existential Producer: Peter Hammill
Front Photo by: Gordian Troeller
Centre Photos by: Guy Evans, Peter Hammill & Ria Granneman
Stage Lighting: Model & Back Photo by: Rod Illingworth
Stage Equipment by: Mike Faraday & John Goodman
Sound by: H.H.B. Martin Westwood, Noel Mawer & Graham Hayes
16 Track by: Brian
Gordianisation by: Troeller
No overdubs have been employed in this recording


PETER HAMMILL

FOOLS MATE

p c 1971 Charisma CASCD 1037

1.) IMPERIAL ZEPPELIN

Guy, Martin, Hugh, Dave, Nic, Bob, Peter       

2.) CANDLE

Martin, Rod, Ray, Peter       

3.) HAPPY

Guy, Nic, Hugh, Dave, Peter       

4.) SOLITUDE

Martin, Rod, Ray, Peter       

5.) VISION

Hugh       

6.) RE-AWAKENING

Guy, Nic, Hugh, Dave, Peter, Benny on the high bits       

7.) SUNSHINE

Guy, Nic, Hugh, Dave, Bob, Peter       

8.) CHILD

Nic, Dave, Hugh, Bob, Peter       

9.) SUMMER SONG (IN THE AUTUMN)

Guy, Nic, Hugh, Peter       

10.) VIKING

Martin, Rod, Ray, Dave, Bob, Paul, Peter       

11.) THE BIRDS

Guy, Nic, Hugh, Bob       

12.) I ONCE WROTE SOME POEMS

Peter, Bob       

 

All songs are by Peter Hammill
Except 'Imperial Zeppelin' and 'Viking', which are Hammill/Smith
All songs published by Stratsong/Carlin Music Corp

PRODUCED by John Anthony
ENGINEERED by Robin Cable
Recorded at Trident Studios, London W.1. April 20/21/27/28 1971

CONTRIBUTORS
Guy Evans drums + percussion
Martin Pottinger drums
Hugh Banton piano, organ
Rod Clements bass, violin
Nic Potter bass
Ray Jackson harp, mandolin
Dave Jackson alto + tenor saxes, flute
Bob Fripp electric guitar
Paul Whitehead tam-tam
Peter Hammill all lead vocals, acoustic guitar, piano

and the Fluctuating Chorale:-       
Guy, Hugh, Dave, Ray, John, Norman, Alastair, John, Peter       


CHAMELEON IN THE SHADOW OF NIGHT

p 1973 Charisma CAS(CD) 1067, 6369 937

1. GERMAN OVERALLS (Jaxonsax)
2. SLENDER THREADS
3. ROCK AND ROLE (Nic "Killer" Potter, Randolf (a), The Honker)
4. IN THE END (TIME: 24:40)

5. WHAT'S IT WORTH (Mellifluteous David)
6. EASY TO SLIP AWAY (Nic... and David...)
7. DROPPING THE TORCH
8. (IN THE) BLACK ROOM Sandwiching
9. THE TOWER (Electrostatic Retrospective) TIME: 24.12)

ALL COMPOSITIONS BY PETER HAMMILL
PRODUCER: JOHN ANTHONY
March 1973

THE UMBRACEOUS ENSEMBLE:

PETER HAMMILL: Vocals and tesseraschizoid warbling, acoustic and electric guitars, electric and grand pianos (bar leapfrog), one flight of mellotrons and some Gothic harmonium.
GUY EVANS: (a)Drum and cymbal
(b)The Thundering Horsemen of the Darkest Dawn
DAVID JACKSON: Acoustic and electric tenor and alto saxophone, flute, screams in the night and icy waterfalls.
HUGH BANTON: Bomber, banshee, organ and leapfrog piano, foot and hand bass, the Rack.
NIC POTTER: Bass and Cortina

All "Songs" by PETER HAMMILL (courtesy of Panel Enterprises)
Cover by PAUL WHITEHEAD (in contact with subject, Endeavour (B.M.A.) and Arcturus)
Photography: O.D. TROELLER (Sussex and Scacchi)
BETTINA HOHLS (Hamburg foliage)
CONDUCTED by JOHN ANTHONY and PETER HAMMILL
(Mr. Anthony's costume: Fab Creations (Millinery) Ltd.)

GORDIANISATION: O.D. Troeller

ANCILLARIES: The tin, dogs, socks, the Beaufort Arms, Antipodeanism ("The tape is rolling"), pink champagne, General Hospital, Nationwide and Subbutio (Poland 3 Scotland

Recorded in February and March, 1973 at Sofa Sound, Sussex
Engineer and factotum: Rodney Sofa
and
Rockfield Studios, Monmouthshire
Engineers: Ralph "Newport" Down Pat Morahan
Mixed at Trident Studios, London W.1.
Engineer: David Hentschel.


IN CAMERA

p 1974 Charisma Records CAS(CD) 1089, CHC 33 // 9198770

1. Ferret And Featherbird 3:43
2. (No More) The Sub-Mariner 5:47
3. Tapeworm 4:20
4. Again 3:44
5. Faint-Heart And The Sermon 6:42
1. The Comet, The Course, The Tail 6:00
2. Gog
   Magog (In Bromine Chambers) 17:21

Peter Hammill
Guy Evans - drums on 3(I), 2(II)
Paul Whitehead - cymbal, drum, cello & percussion
Chris Judge Smith - percussion
David Hentchel - engineering

December 73 - April 74

All tracks by Peter Hammill
Produced by Peter Hammill
Published by Stratsong


THE SILENT CORNER AND THE EMPTY STAGE

p 1974 Charisma CAS(CD) 1083, CA-1-1503 // 9198771

"Thankyou for getting this far, and I can only hope that it will get
you as we (you and I together) venture into and across .....

THE SILENT CORNER
and the
EMPTY STAGE
.... which comprises:-

Side One

MODERN * 7:28 (cities) (7:28)
WILHELMINA * 5:18 (children) (5:17)
THE LIE (Bernini's St Theresa) ** 5:41 (religion/sex) (5:40)
FORSAKEN GARDENS ** 6:16 (loss & hope) (6:15)

Side Two

RED SHIFT 8:11 (scientific alienation) (8:11)
RUBICON * 4:41 (choice) (4:41)
A LOUSE IS NOT A HOME ** 12:15 (search....|?) (12:13)

All songs written by Peter Hammill
Produced by Peter Hammill
Published by Stratsong/Carlin
CD Artwork by Mekon Design Ltd

Arrangements are organic/human/undefinable-

************************************************************

Except for "RED SHIFT" [Island Studios, London; April 1973]
The album was realised at:
* Sofa Sound, Sussex
and
** Rockfield Studios, Monmouthshire
in September & October, 1973T
Engineering : Rodney Sofa (Sofa)
Pat Morahan (Rockfield).....best left back!
vox & mellotrons on "MODERN" & "WILHELMINA" were dubbed onto
Sofa backing tracks at Rockfield
The whole thing was mixed at Trident Studios, London in October 1973,
starring David Hentschel on desk, machines, effects and all pts. in between....

PRODUCTION : JOHN ANTHONY & PETER HAMMILL (EGO EGO)
with incidental intrusions from : Lizard Bizarre
Rodney Sofa
and The Dazzler.....

GORDIANISATION : TROELLER !
COVER(including globetrotting):BETTINA HOHLS
(is there more in this than meets The I?)

*************************************************************************

Performers ....
HUGH BANTON :- Foot and hand bass (**), organ and part-choir (F.Gdns.)
GUY EVANS :- Drum, symbol & Aunapuma
JAXON :- Altotenorandsopranosaxophones and routings; flute
RANDY CALIFORNIA :- Pulsating lead guitar ("RED SHIFT")
EGO :- Acoustic & electric guitars, assorted pianos, bass (*),
harmonium, mellotrons, oscillator and vox

Grateful acknowledgements/random information dept :-
Run-ups : (Sofa) The Judge
(Foel)->(Rockfield) Capt. Banana or Whatever
Initial Integration Location : Clearwell
Cuisine : (Rockfield & Sofa) Alice (Clearwell) Frogs & Toads
"Smoky" O.S.A. Truck & Hwnp : J. Buonuomo & the other 2 (sorry, but names lost in the ensuing madness)
Sofa bass presence : Red Max Hutchinson R.S. Film crew : Sparkes, Jeept, Overload Transatlantic co-ordination : Chris Konsczes..??
Comedy team : Dylan & Laddie
Others (in order of disappearance)
Dave Anderson & Reveried components
Pancho, Bjorn Oird, The Big Girl, D.D.
Tap-bat, picture-darts, golfwinks
Jean-Pierre Bumdrop
Meriuque, All Wards, "N." Down & the fly circus
Several taxi drivers in search of N. Feltham
Sue Jaxon
Sebastian
Peter Hammill
DEC '73/JAN '74
....but all of this ( ^ ) is only of cryptic semi-informational value, given at the turning of the years with appropriate arbitrariness; it has all been diverting to recall and to write, and so also (perhaps) to read. The songs, however, must speak - or remain silent - for themselves, so here follow their words and here 'I' disappear to make way for them.


NADIR'S BIG CHANCE

p 1975 Charisma CAS(CD) 1099 // 9198772

1. * Nadir's Big Chance (Hammill)
2. ~ The Institute Of Mental Health (Burning) (Hammill/Smith)
3. * Open Your Eyes (Hammill)
4. * Nobody's Business (Hammill)
5. Been Alone So Long (Judge Smith)
6. * Pompeii (Hammill)

1. * Shingle Song (Hammill)
2. * Airport (Hammill)
3. # People You Were Going To (Hammill)
4. * Birthday Special (Hammill)
5. * Two Or Three Spectres (Hammill)

p 1975 * p 1968 CHARISMA RECORDS LTD
c 1975 CHARISMA RECORDS

* PUBLISHED BY STATIC
# PUBLISHED BY B. FELDMAN AND CO. LTD/EMI MUSIC
~ PUBLISHED BY STATIC/CHAPPELL/JIVING BROS LTD
'BEEN ALONE SO LONG' PUBLISHED BY JIVING BROS LTD

All songs written by Peter Hammill except
'THE INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH (BURNING)' (Hammill/Smith) and
'BEEN ALONE SO LONG' (Smith)
All songs produced by Peter Hammill

The way of it is this: I was sitting in the waiting-room when I gradually became aware that I was not alone - or at least, not singular. This lasted only a moment, however, and then my alter ego, Nadir, took me over, so that I was both him in body and myself in observation. Light; a curious desultory silence; several moments of disorienting neo-dematerialisation. An ice-blue Stratocaster spinning through space; Nadir crashing his way through distorted three-chord wonders.

The anarchic presence of Nadir - this loud, aggressive perpetual sixteen-year old - has temporary though complete dominion, and I can only submit, gladly, and play his music - the beefy punk songs, the weepy ballad, the soul struts.

This album is, more or less, what he plays and who he is; how could I deny his simply say?

After all, with the state the world's in there's always room for another Nadir.

P.H.

********************************************************

Nadir's Big Chance * Open Your Eyes * Pompeii * Airport *
Nobody's Business * People You Were Going To * Birthday
Special * Shingle Song * Two or Three Spectres (Peter
Hammill) * The Institute of Mental Health, Burning
(Hammill/Smith) * Been Alone So Long (Smith)

Recorded at Rockfield, 1-7 Dec. 1974. At the desk: The Meringue
Mixed at Trident, 10-13 Dec. 1974. At the desk: The Stone

PETER HAMMILL/RIKKI NADIR: guitars, pianos, bass, vox
HUGH BANTON: bass, keyboards
GUY EVANS: drums
DAVID JAXON: saxes + flutes
Gordianisation : Troeller
Truck 'n' hump : Buonuomo
Cover : Dino M'Brela

*****************************************************


OVER

p 1977 Charisma CAS(CD) 1125

Crying Wolf * (5.12)
Autumn # (4.13)
Time Heals * (8.42)
Alice (Letting Go) (5.33)
This side of the looking-glass & (6.57)
Betrayed # (4.44)
(On Tuesdays she used to do) Yoga (3.55)
Lost and Found * (7.11)

Produced by Peter Hammill
All songs written by Peter Hammill
Published by Static Music Ltd. - Admin: Zomba Music Publishing Ltd.
Except 'Time Heals' Carlin Music Corp.

* Drums: GUY EVANS/Pharoah
* Bass: NIC POTTER/Blade
# Violin: GRAHAM SMITH
& Orchestra arranged and conducted by MICHAEL BRAND
All other voices, instruments and arrangements by PETER HAMMILL

Recorded and partially dubbed at FOEL STUDIOS, Llanffair Caerinion,
Wales, June 27 - July 4, 1976
Engineer: IAN GOMM/Comulo, with DAVE ANDERSON/Drek
Final dubbing, recording of #, mix at ROCKFIELD STUDIOS, Monmouth, July 5 - 14, 1976
Engineer: PAT MORAN/Splat

Photography: SEBASTIAN KEEP/Heap
Art direction: FRANK SANSOM
Artwork: A.D. Design


THE FUTURE NOW

p 1978 Charisma CAS(CD) 1137

1. Pushing Thirty
2. The Second Hand
3. Trappings
4. The Mousetrap (Caught In)
5. Energy Vampires
6. If I Could

1. The Future Now
2. Still In The Dark
3. Mediaeval
4. A Motor - Bike in Afrika
5. The Cut
6. Palinurus (Castaway)

Recorded at Sofa Sound Surrey 18/3 - 26/4 1978
Mixed at Rockfield Studios Monmouth 27/4 - 3/5 1978

Produced played sung & engineered by Peter Hammill
bar
Saxophone David Jackson
Violin Graham Smith
Mixdown Engineer Pat Moran

Photography Brian Griffin

All songs by Peter Hammill
published by Static Music/Charisma Music/Chappell & Co Ltd
'If I Could' and 'The Cut' feature the Aphex Aural Exciter

Special thanks
Immediate: Hilary, Cracky, Gordian, John and The Black Prince
Long-term: Judge, Bjorn, Brain, San Carlos, Mozart, Hoover, Beckie, Flag and Mentor


VISION

p 1978 Import Records IMP 1016

Imperial Zeppelin
(No More) The Sub-Mariner
Modern
Dropping The Torch
Vision
Sunshine
Nadir's Big Chance
The Institute Of Mental Health (Burning)
The Comet, The Course, The Tail
In The End

Vision.

Back cover "poem"

The aspects of vision are many, and in addition there are reflections, illusions, and hallucinations.
If some can be shared, that makes us less alone.
If the dark can be faced, that makes us less afraid.
If we accept sight, then that makes us more visible.
I feel the city caging me like an animal;
I am crushed by the weight of the system, but can still raise a - human - shout against it.

I feel the tension of doubt surge in me, the release of eye-on-eye love, the loss of childhood idols and aspirations I clutch the transitory prizes of knowledge and unspoken faith.
I feel the torch in my hand, the spark in my heart, and I must carry both as long as I can.

We all have our torches; but lone flame-bearers do not make a procession of humanity.
It has been, and remains, my hope that through songs vision can be shared and enhanced.

As for me, disappearing like the Cheshire Cat with hardly even my smile intact,
I can still look at you only through the camera.
There is more urgent vision than that.

Listen to yourself.

Peter Hammill

London - 1 NOV 1977


A BLACK BOX

p 1980 Mercury 6302067 // TYPE PHS 1 // CDOVED 140

1. Golden Promises 2:55
2. Losing Faith In Words 3:37
3. The Jargon King 2:40
4. Fogwalking # * 4:05
5. The Spirit 2:35
6. In Slow Time * 3:23
7. The Wipe * 4:41 23:56

1. Flight 19:38
a) Flying Blind
b) The White Cane Fandango
c) Control #
d) Cockpit #
e) Silk-Worm Wings
f) A Black Box

All songs by Peter Hammill
except 'In Slow Time' - Hammill/Ferguson
published by Hit and Run Music

Recorded at Sofa Sound, Wiltshire Nov '79 - Apr '80
Mixed at Crescent Studios Bath Apr 6-13, 80

ARRANGED, PERFORMED and PRODUCED
by
Peter Hammill
with
David Lord - mixing engineer
David Jackson - saxes and flute #
David Ferguson - synths and tambourine *

All lyrics by Peter Hammill
Published by Hit and Run Music Publishing Ltd.
Printed by permission.

S-type records, 55-59 Shaftsbury Ave., London W.I.
Calligraphy by Jet

p c 1980 Static Music Ltd


SITTING TARGETS

p 1981 Mercury 6302 130 / Virgin CDV 2203

Side One

BREAKTHROUGH *
MY EXPERIENCE *
OPHELIA %
EMPRESS'S CLOTHES & #
GLUE
HESITATION * &

Side Two

SITTING TARGETS * & #
STRANGER STILL %
SIGN * %
WHAT I DID & #
CENTRAL HOTEL &

All songs by Peter Hammill,
published by HIT AND RUN MUSIC (Publishing) Ltd.
lyrics printed by permission c 1981
Recorded at Sofa Sound, NOV '80 - FEB '81
Dubbed and mixed
at Crescent Studios, Bath, FEB/MAR '81

Cut by Arun at the Master Room

Produced, arranged, recorded and played by Peter Hammill,
with invaluable contributions from:
David Lord : Engineering (Crescent)
Guy Evans : Drums (*)
Phil Harrison : Synthesisers (%)
David Jackson : Saxes + Whistles (&)
Morris Pert : Percussion (#)

Management : Gail Force Ltd.,
55-59, Shaftesbury Ave., London W.1.

For support, tolerance, inspiration, criticism &&. thanks are due
to the following :-
Hilary, Gail, Norma, David F., David R., Peter G., Glen, Ida, Richard, Gordian, John, Nicolas and GUS.

Information / Mail Order :-
Sofa Sound,
P.O.Box 2, Westbury, Wilts.

(s.a.e. / International Reply Coupon(s) please!)

Photos by courtesy of
Ford Motors Company Ltd.
Design by Rocking Russian
CD Design by Mekon Design Ltd


ENTER K

p 1982 FIE! FIE 9101

1. Paradox Drive (4'31)
2. The Unconscious Life(*) (5'05)
3. Accidents (4'35)
4. The Great Experiment (5'05)
5. Don't Tell Me(*) (4'45)
6. She Wraps It Up (4'20)
7. Happy Hour (9'15)
additional track:
8. Seven Wonders (4'39)

K/Peter Hammill - Vox, Keyboards, Guitar
Brain/Guy Evans - Drums, Percussion
Mozart/Nic Potter - Bass
Fury/John Ellis - Lead Guitar
with
Jaxon/David Jackson - Sax O

A K Production
All songs by Peter Hammill
Published by Static Music Ltd.

Recorded in 1982 at Sofa Sound and Crescent Studios, Bath
Mixed at Crescent Studios
Engineering by David Lord and PH

Remastered 1991 at Terra Incognita

Photography by Jo Swan
Re-covered by Ridout/K

Fie! Records: 144 Walcot St, BATH BA1 5BL
Info/Merchandise: Please send a large S.A.E./
International Reply Coupon to
Sofa Sound, P.O.Box 66, Freshford, BATH


PATIENCE

p 1983 NAIVE NAVL 3

p c 1992 FIE! / Rockport Records GmbH GH 70052

1. Labour Of Love * 5:52
2. Film Noir 4:16
3. Just Good Friends ^ 4:26
4. Jeunesse d'Oree 4:45

5. Traintime 4:25
6. Now More Than Ever 5:36
7. Comfortable? * 4:56
8. Patient 6:14

K/Peter Hammill - Vox, Keyboards, Guitar
Brain/Guy Evans - Drums, Percussion
Mozart/Nic Potter - Bass
Fury/John Ellis - Lead Guitar

with

Jaxon/David Jackson - Sax *
David Lord - Prophet S
Stuart Gordon - Violin

A K Production
All songs by Peter Hammill
Published by Rhein Man Musikverlag

Recorded in 1982 at Sofa Sound and Crescent Studios, Bath
Mixed at Crescent Studios
Engineering by David Lord and PH
The Cut: Arun at The Master Room
Remastered 1991 at Terra Incognita

Photography by Jo Swan
Re-covered by Ridout/K

Special thanks to : Hilary, Gail, Norma, Gordian, and all at Crescent.

All lyrics by Peter Hammill. c 1983 STATIC MUSIC LTD.


SKIN

p 1985 Enigma ST-73206

1. Skin 4:12
2. After The Show 4:15
3. Painting By Numbers 4:00
4. Shell 4:10
5. All Said And Done 3:35
1. A Perfect Date 4:10
2. Four Pails 4:24
3. Now Lover 9:45

? You Hit Me Where I Live

Performed and produced by PETER HAMMILL in 1985

with GUY EVANS drums and percussion
DAVID JACKSON saxophones
DAVID COULTER didjeridu
STUART GORDON violin
HUGH BANTON perfect mad cello
DAVID LUCKHURST an alternative vox

and
PAUL RIDOUT manipulation - umi, midi, wave and 'what if?'

All songs by Peter Hammill published by Static Music Ltd,
except
'Four Pails' (Copyright Control) by C.J.J. Smith and Max Hutchinson

Recorded at SOFA SOUND and the WOOL HALL by Hammill, Ridout, and Coach, Steve Street and Neil Perry

Cover by Hammill and Ridout
Image digitisation by
Gladstone Electronics

Cut by Arun at THE MASTER ROOM

Thanks to Hilary, Holly and Beatrice, Paul, Gail and Norma, Gordian and Steve, Peter Dolan and all at Beckington, Steve Poole and crew, Tony and Don Larking, Roberto Colombo, Crescent.


THE MARGIN

Peter Hammill & The K Group Live

p c 1985 VIRGIN CDOVD 345

1. THE FUTURE NOW 3.47
2. PORTON DOWN 5.40
3. STRANGER STILL * 6.20
4. SIGN * 6.35
5. THE JARGON KING * 3.15
6. EMPRESS'S CLOTHES * 5.48
7. THE SPHINX IN THE FACE 5.14
8. LABOUR OF LOVE 5.49
9. SITTING TARGETS * 5.40
10. PATIENT 7.23
11. FLIGHT * 20.33

ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY PETER HAMMILL

PUBLISHED BY STATIC MUSIC - ADMIN: ZOMBA MUSIC PUBLISHERS LTD.
EXCEPT * HIT AND RUN MUSIC PUBLISHING LTD

A K PRODUCTION

K/Peter Hammill: vox, guitars, piano.
FURY/John Ellis: lead guitar.
MOZART/Nic Potter: Bass.
BRAIN/Guy Evans: drums, percussion.

Recorded live in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, December 1983.
Mixed at Sofa Sound.
Produced by K.
Recorded by Paul Ridout.
Desk by Ray Smith.
Sound and lights by Protolog Ltd.
Front cover photography: Anton Corbijn.
Inner Photography: John Ellis.
Cover design: Paul Ridout.

Thanks to Grant and The Station Agency, Gail and Norma, Gordian and Steve, and everyone else who has worked for or with The K group during its chequered existence.

No applause, and no overdubs -
This is what happened on stage.


AND CLOSE AS THIS

p 1986 Virgin CDV 2409

Enigma ST-73246 / Date DALP 4.00 254

1. Too Many Of My Yesterdays
2. Faith
3.* Empire Of Delight
4. Silver

1. Beside The One You Love
2. Other Old Cliches
3. Confidence
4. Sleep Now

All songs by Peter Hammill
except * by Emerson/Hammill

Produced by Peter Hammill

All songs published by Static Music Ltd except
* Copyright Control/Static Music Ltd

(c) 1986 Static Music Ltd. All rights reserved.


Peter Hammill - Guy Evans

Spur of the moment

p 1988 Date DACD 9.00564 O

1. Sweating it out 6:34 (Hammill-Evans)
2. Surprise / Little did he know 9:31 (Hammill-Evans)
3. Without a glitch 3:29 (Hammill-Evans)
4. Anatol's proposal 4:01 (Hammill-Evans)
5. You think not? 4:33 (Hammill-Evans)
6. Multiman 8:07 (Hammill-Evans)
7. Deprogramming Archie 1:46 (Hammill-Evans-Ridout)
8. Always so polite 5:24 (Hammill-Evans)
9. An imagined brother 5:21 (Hammill-Evans)
10. Bounced 5:11 (Hammill-Evans)
11. Roger and out 1:37 (Hammill-Evans-Ridout)

Produced by Peter Hammill.
Engineered by Peter Hammill and Paul Ridout.
Programming, sequencing and manipulation by Paul Ridout.

Sleeve by Ridout.

Recorded and mixed at Sofa Sound, Freshford, Bath.
Remastered at Crescent Studios, Bath.

All compositions published by Static Music Ltd.

Equipment
Gors and Kallman baby grand piano
Washburn Tanglewood semi-acoustic guitar
Akai MX73 mother keyboard
Roland Octapad
Customised acoustic kit ( Zeuss pipes,
castanets, hi-hat, cymbal and crash drum)

Akai 9000 sampler
Bit 01 analogue synth module Emax samplers
Roland MKS 20 piano module
Roland MKS 80 Super Jupiter module
Yamaha DX7 and TX modules
Apple Macintosh running Total Music
Atari ST running Steinberg Pro 24
Steinberg SMP 24 EBU synchronisation
Analogue recording on Soundcraft 24 track
Digitally mastered on Sony F1
Remastered on Mitsubishi X-80

This is the first collaborative venture by Peter Hammill and Guy Evans
since their days as members of Van der Graaf Generator. This music is
instrumental and entirely improvised.

Peter Hammill plays grand piano, semi-acoustic guitar and,principally, a
mother keyboard driving various rack-mounted samplers and synthesizers.

Guy Evans performs on a percussion 'kit' consisting of a number of acoustic instruments and an Octapad with which he triggers a variety of sampled and synthesized sounds. Some of these belong to the traditional percussion family, including sampled versions of instruments of his own design; others are pianos, strings, woodwind and other customised voices.

Additionally, both players use samples taken from various field recordings, and often play 'mirror images' of each other's sounds. In much of this music the straight edges of the conventional instrument/instrumentalist picture become blurred; often the overall effect is of one instrument being played by four hands in some strange modern variant on the traditional piano duet.

Eah piece of improvisation was preceded by a process of 'instrument selection' in which the sounds which each player could control were chosen, and fundamental note-patterns for the ensuing performances were decided upon. Beyond this, no structure for the music was arranged in advance, and complete performances were then recorded both on tape and sequencers; in the course of these, sounds and scales could be changed both by the performers themselves and by Paul Ridout, who was in charge of the live and computer recordings as well as being librarian and editor of the voices employed. Selections were then taken from the resulting improvisations and were mixed and treated, without overdubbing, to produce the music contained herein. In places, the use of cross-fades moves the action from one moment's landscape to another; in some cases, loops were taken from performances, either in computer sequence or analogue tape form, from which 'new' pieces emerged. In general, though,this music is in real time,and the discovery and development of themes and patterns are heard exactly as they heppened.

Although these pieces are incapable of being placed in any normal musical classification they draw on the spirits,sounds and styles of all."Spur of the Moment" is an effort - by a pair of musicians with two decades of shared playing experience - to pull together the tradition and excitement of improvisation with the challenges and technical opportunities offered by modern instruments and recording techniques...something new.


IN A FOREIGN TOWN

p c 1988 Restless Records 7 72337-2 AAD

HEMLOCK
INVISIBLE INK
SCI-FINANCE (Revisited)
THIS BOOK
TIME TO BURN
AUTO
VOTE BRAND X
SUN CITY NIGHTLIFE
THE PLAY'S THE THING
UNDER COVER NAMES
SMILE
TIME TO BURN (Instrumental)

Performed and produced by Peter Hammill
with
Paul Ridout - Sound Creation and Consultancy!
David Lord - Mix Engineering!
and
Neil Perry - Maintenance!

Recorded at Sofa Sound, Avon, Oct '87 - Jan '88
Mixed at Crescent Studios, Bath, Jan - Feb '88
Photography: (Poolside) Hilary Hammill (Stageside) Armando Galo
Sleeve by: Ridout

All songs written by Peter Hammill
lyrics c 1988 Static Music Ltd./Zomba Enterprises Inc.(ASCAP)
except
"This Book" written by Hammill/Colombo Ameli
lyrics c 1988 CBS Songs Ltd.(ASCAP) and
"Smile" written by Gronemeyer translation by Hammill and Gronland

Management: Gail Golson, Gail Force Ltd., 25 Ives St., London SW3 2ND.
Information: Sofa Sound, P.O.Box 66, Freshford, Bath.


THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER

An Opera by PETER HAMMILL

Libretto by CHRIS JUDGE SMITH

From the tale by Edgar Allen Poe

The Characters:

The CHORUS.........................................Sarah-Jane Morris

MONTRESOR..........................................Andy Bell

RODERICK USHER.....................................Peter Hammill

MADELINE USHER.....................................Lene Lovich

The HERBALIST......................................Herbert Gro"nemeyer

The VOICES of the HOUSE............................Peter Hammill

ACT I (The road to the House of Usher)
1. "An unenviable role" The Chorus 2'27"
2. "That must be the House" Montresor 4'52"

ACT II (Within the House of Usher)
3. "Architecture" The Voices of the House 3'35"
4. "The Sleeper" Usher 3'22"
5. "One thing at a time" Usher / Montresor 2'50"
6. "I shun the light" Usher 3'38"
7. "Leave this House" Usher / Montresor / Chorus / House 5'15"

ACT III (Immediately following)
8. "Dreaming" Madeline 3'45"
9. "A chronic catalepsy" Usher / Montresor 3'15"
10. "The Herbalist" Herbalist / Montresor 3'43"
11. "The evil that is done" Montresor / Chorus / House 3'07"

ACT IV (The following Morning)
12. "Five years ago" Madeline / Montresor 3'27"
13. "It's over now" Madeline / Montresor 3'44"
14. "An influence" Usher / Montresor 3'20"
15. "No rot" Usher / Montresor / House 2'04"

ACT V (Dawn the next day)
16. "She is dead" Chorus / Usher / Montresor / Herbalist 6'04"

ACT VI (Three days later)
17. "Beating of the heart" Chorus / Usher / Montresor / House 5'13"
18. "The Haunted Palace" Usher / Montresor 4'20"
19. "I dared not speak" Usher 1'45"
20. "She comes towards the door" Usher / Montresor / Chorus / Madeline 2'29"
21. "The Fall" House 3'07"

TOTAL RUNNING TIME 76'47"

Performed, arranged and recorded by Peter Hammill at Sofa Sound and Terra Incognita

Except: Parts of Ms. Lovich's performance recorded at H.O.M.E. Studios by Les Chappell.
Mr Gronemeyer's performance recorded at Outside Studios by Christoph Matlok.

Artwork and Sleeve Design by Ridout

Andy Bell appears by permission of Mute Records
Herbert Gronemeyer appears by permission of EMI-Electrola

Special thanks to:

All the singers; David Luckhurst; Fish; David Lord; Neil Perry; Michael Morris; David Jones; Fizle Sagar.

p c 1991 SOME BIZZARE SBZ-CD 007

Manufactured in the U.K. Distributed by A.P.T.

Information: Please send a S.A.E. to: Sofa Sound, PO Box 66, Freshford, BATH.

'The Sleeper', by Edgar Allen Poe, first published 1831.
'The Haunted Palace', by Edgar Allen Poe, first published 1839.

'The Fall of the House of Usher', by Edgar Allen Poe, first published 1839.


FIRESHIPS

p 1992 FIE! FIE 9103

I Will Find You 4'43''
Curtains 5'43''
His Best Girl 5'00''
Oasis 5'37''
Incomplete Surrender 6'38''
Fireships 7'21''
Given Time 6'32''
Reprise 4'18''
Gaia 5'32''

Produced by Peter Hammill and David Lord
All songs by Peter Hammill
except 'Reprise' by Hammill/Lord

Recorded and Mixed at Terra Incognita, Bath, November 1990 - August 1991
Cover by Ridout
Original Photography by Martin Bailey Reynolds

Management: Gail Golson, Gail Force Ltd.
25 Ives Street, London SW3 2ND
Fie! Records: 144 Walcot Street, Bath, Avon, BAI 5BL

Special thanks are due to:
David Lord, John Ellis, Stuart Gordon, David Jackson and Nic Potter;
Neil Perry (Audio Dosing); Heinz (Wires); Stevo and Mike at Some Bizarre (Parallels); Herbert G. and Ray Hearn / Alpha Records (Diversions); Eda (A Roof); Gail, Norma, Louise and Hilary (An Office); Hilary, Holly, Beatrice and Phoebe (The Home Fires Burning);

Info/Merchandise: Please send a large S.A.E./International Reply Coupon to
Sofa Sound, P.O. Box 66, Freshford, Bath

Number One in the BeCalm Series

P H - Guitars (1,6,7), Keyboards (1,3,5,6),
Percussion (1,6), Piano (2,7,9), Pads (4), Strings (5), Wind (5), Bass (6), Arrangement (8), Vox (1-9)
David Lord - Strings (1,7), Percussion (1,4), Keyboards (2,4,7), Orchestral Arrangement (2), Bass (4), Wind (7), Arrangement (8), Samples (8), Orchestra (9)
Nic Potter - Bass (1,3,5)
Stuart Gordon - Violin (2-6)
David Jackson - Soprano Sax (4), Flute (4), Alto Sax (6)
John Ellis - Guitar (5)


THE NOISE

p 1993 FIE!
p c 1993 ROCKPORT RECORDS GMBH GH 70082

GOLDEN HIND a label of ROCKPORT RECORDS, distributed by ROUGH TRADE

1. A Kick To Kill The Kiss (4:07)
2. Like A Shot, The Entertainer (5:08)
3. The Noise (6:09)
4. Celebrity Kissing (4:30)
5. Where The Mouth Is (5:29)
6. The Great European Department Store (4:54)
7. Planet Coventry (4:01)
8. Primo On The Parapet (8:53)

All songs by Peter Hammill, published by Rhein Man Musikverlag D-6050 Offenbach
Recorded and mixed at Terra Incognita, BATH between January and September 1992

Produced by Peter Hammill
Cover Design by Ridout

The Musicians:
Peter Hammill: Vox, Guitars, Keyboards
Manny Elias: Drums
Nic Potter: Bass
John Ellis: Guitar
David Jackson: Sax Flute

Management: Gail Force, 24 Ives St., LONDON SW3 2ND
Information/Merchandise: Sofa Sound, PO Box 66, Freshford, BATH
(Please enclose SAE or International Reply Coupon)

Fie! Records: 1 Walcot Gate, Bath BA1 5UG

Thanks to
David, Neil, Manny, Mozart, Fury, Jaxon,
Gail, Norma, Louise, Hilary, Andy W, Paul, Hooly, Mark, Helen, Hilary, Holly, Beatrice and Phoebe.

Number one in the A Loud series

ROCKPORT RECORDS GMBH, Kurfu"rstenstr., 23 D-6050 Offenbach


Roaring Forties

(1994)

Sharply Unclear
The Gift of Fire (Precursed)
The Gift of Fire (Talk Turkey)
You Can't Want What You Always Get...
...If You Haven't Got It Yet
A Headlong Stretch
o Up Ahead
o Continental Drift
o The Twelve
o Long Light
o Backwards Man
o As You Were
o Or So I Said
Your Tall Ship


X My Heart

(1996)

A Better Time (Acapella)
Amnesiac
Ram Origami
A Forest Of Pronouns
Earthbound
Narcissus (Bar & Grill)
Material Possession
Come Clean
A Better Time


Sonix

(1996)

1. Emmene-Moi Bare Theme (instrumental)
2. A Walk In The Dark (instrumental)
3. In The Polish House (instrumental)
4. Dark Matter (instrumental)
5. Hospital Silence (instrumental)
6. Four To The Floor (instrumental) (Hammill/Elias)
7. Exercise For Louis (instrumental)
8. Labyrinthine Dreams
9. Emmene-Moi Full Theme (instrumental)


Everyone You Hold

(1997)

Everyone You Hold
Personality (P. Hammill / H. Hammill)
Nothing Comes
From The Safe House
Phosphorescence (Cosentino / Hammill)
Falling Open
Bubble
Can Do
Tenderness


This

(1998)

Unrehearsed
Stupid
Since the Kids
Nightman
Fallen (the City of Night)
Always is Next
The Light Continent


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