World Record [Bonus Tracks]

World Record [Bonus Tracks]

by Van der Graaf GeneratorVan der Graaf Generator

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Released in the latter half of 1976 as a half-hearted attempt at some sort of commercial focus in the U.K. and U.S., World Record suffers from several ailments: there was much tension in the band at this point, particularly between leader Peter Hammill and keyboardist Hugh Banton. In the end, the band would split apart, with Banton and wind player David Jackson leaving, while Hammill and drummer Guy Evans recruited replacements. World Record is very much a divided record, sounding beautifully clean, but lacking in both performance and focus. Evans plays as well as ever, but without the creative spark of earlier records; Hammill, meanwhile, was responsible for the rambling, scattered "Meurglys III (The Songwriter's Guild)," a lumbering piece named after one of his guitars. Of the cuts present, the best are the operatic "Masks," which mines one of Hammill's favorite themes, that of identity, and "Wondering," written in collaboration with Banton. "Wondering" is beautifully hymn-like until the very end, when it suddenly becomes querulous and uncertain, ending the album both with a note of hope and a desperate question. [This version of the album contains the bonus tracks "When She Comes" and "Masks."]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/09/2005
Label: Astralwerks
UPC: 0094633295728
catalogNumber: 32957
Rank: 33751

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Van der Graaf Generator   Primary Artist
Peter Hammill   Vocals
Hugh Banton   Pedals
Guy Evans   Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Finger Snapping
David P. Jackson   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Peter Hammill   Composer
Van der Graaf Generator   Producer,Reissue Producer
Hugh Banton   Composer
Joe Werner   Composer
Pat Moran Quartet   Engineer
Phil Smee   Packaging
Mark Powell   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Pat Moran   Engineer
Frank Sansom   Art Direction

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