H to He, Who Am the Only One [Bonus Tracks]

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The foreboding crawl of the Hammond organ is what made Van Der Graaf Generator one of the darkest and most engrossing of all the early progressive bands. On H to He Who Am the Only One, the brooding tones of synthesizer and oscillator along with Peter Hammill's distinct and overly ominous voice make it one of this British band's best efforts. Kicking off with the prog rock classic "Killer," an eight-minute synthesized feast of menacing tones and threatening lyrics, the album slowly becomes shadowed with Van Der Graaf's sinister instrumental moodiness. With superb percussion work via Guy Evans, who utilizes the tympani drum to its full extent, tracks like "The Emperor in His War Room" and "Lost" are embraced with a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
The foreboding crawl of the Hammond organ is what made Van Der Graaf Generator one of the darkest and most engrossing of all the early progressive bands. On H to He Who Am the Only One, the brooding tones of synthesizer and oscillator along with Peter Hammill's distinct and overly ominous voice make it one of this British band's best efforts. Kicking off with the prog rock classic "Killer," an eight-minute synthesized feast of menacing tones and threatening lyrics, the album slowly becomes shadowed with Van Der Graaf's sinister instrumental moodiness. With superb percussion work via Guy Evans, who utilizes the tympani drum to its full extent, tracks like "The Emperor in His War Room" and "Lost" are embraced with a blackened texture that never fades. The effective use of saxophone (both alto and tenor) and baritone from David Jackson gives the somberness some life without taking away any of the instrumental petulance. H to He is carpeted with a science fiction theme, bolstered by the bleak but extremely compelling use of heavy tones and the absence of rhythms and flighty pulsations. This album, which represents Van Der Graaf in their most illustrious stage, is a pristine example of how dark progressive rock should sound. [The 2005 reissue contains two bonus tracks: an early version of "The Emperor in His War Room" and the previously unreleased epic "Squid1/Squid2/Octopus."]~ Mike DeGagne
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • Label: Blue Plate Caroline
  • UPC: 724347488825
  • Catalog Number: 74888
  • Sales rank: 61,922

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Van der Graaf Generator Primary Artist
Peter Hammill Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Nic Potter Bass
Hugh Banton Bass, Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocals, farfisa organ, Oscillator
Guy Evans Percussion, Drums, Timpani
Robert Fripp Guitar
David P. Jackson Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Devices
Technical Credits
Peter Hammill Composer
John Anthony Producer
Robin Geoffrey Cable Engineer
Phil Smee Artwork
Mark Powell Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Tape Research
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