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Van der Graaf Generator

Van der Graaf Generator, sometimes known by the shorter Van der Graaf, are a progressive rock band formed in Manchester, England. The band achieved considerable success in Italy during the 1970s. In 2005 they embarked on a reunion, which continues to the present day.

The signature Van der Graaf Generator sound in the 1970s was a combination of Peter Hammill’s distinctive and dynamic voice and David Jackson’s electronically-treated saxophones, generally playing over thick chordal keyboard parts (such as Hammond organ and/or clavinet). Van der Graaf Generator albums tended ...read more

Van der Graaf Generator, sometimes known by the shorter Van der Graaf, are a progressive rock band formed in Manchester, England. The band achieved considerable success in Italy during the 1970s. In 2005 they embarked on a reunion, which continues to the present day.

The signature Van der Graaf Generator sound in the 1970s was a combination of Peter Hammill’s distinctive and dynamic voice and David Jackson’s electronically-treated saxophones, generally playing over thick chordal keyboard parts (such as Hammond organ and/or clavinet). Van der Graaf Generator albums tended to be darker in atmosphere than many of their prog-rock peers (a trait they shared with King Crimson, whose guitarist Robert Fripp guested on two of their albums), and guitar solos were the exception rather than the rule.

Hammill is the primary songwriter for the band, and the line between music written for his solo career and for the band is often blurred. « hide

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ALT
06/25/2012

2.3
15 Votes
A Grounding in Numbers
2011

2.7
20 Votes
Trisector
2008

2.6
28 Votes
Present
2005

3
32 Votes
The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome
1977

3.4
54 Votes
World Record
1976

3.4
58 Votes
Still Life
1976

4.1
112 Votes
Godbluff
1975

4.4
171 Votes
Pawn Hearts
1971

4.3
195 Votes
H to He, Who Am the Only One
1970

4
124 Votes
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1970

3.8
85 Votes
The Aerosol Grey Machine
1969

3.2
52 Votes
Live Albums
Real Time
2007

4.8
2 Votes
Vital
1978

3.5
18 Votes
Compilations
Time Vaults
1982


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