01. Darkness (7:17)
02. Man-Erg (11:00)
03. Scorched Earth (9:40)
04. Sleepwalkers (8:58)
05. Still Life (7:20)
06. La Rossa (10:00)
07. When She Comes (8:08)
08. Masks (7:22)

Total playing time: 71:13

All tracks by Hammill except 3 by Hammill/Jackson

Peter Hammill: Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Guy Evans: Drums
Hugh Banton: Organ, Bass Pedals, Guitar
David Jackson: Saxes, Flutes

Produced by John Muir (tracks 1 & 2) for 'Sounds of Seventies' & by Tony Wilson (tracks 3-8) for the 'John Peel Show'

Recorded at the BBC on 6/10/71 (tracks 1 & 2), 7/03/75 (tracks 3 & 4), 4/01/76 (tracks 5 & 6) & 11/11/76 (tracks 7 & 8)

Engineered by Adrian Revill & John White

'There were always two Van der Graafs: the one which skirted the limits of making "pop records" in the studio... & the live one. The latter was as noisy as it was unpredictable. In any sequence of three shows one was likely to be an execrable cacophonie maelstrom, one a comparatively measured representation of songs & arrangements... & one the real, chaotic/controlled, Tempest/calm, thing which was our aim & our raison d'etre. The recorded legacy of VdGG, though almost complete in terms of studio work, doesn't show how much of the live aspect. The only live recording made of the band was at the end of its days in an atypical line-up. Apart from the predictable crop of dodgy cassette-recorded bootlegs these BBC sessions are probably the closest thing to the sound & style of the live band which still exists. The line-up throughout is the classic four-piece one: myself (vox, piano, guitar & moods), Hugh Banton (organ, bass pedals & design), Guy Evans (drums & tiptoe) & David Jackson (saxes, flutes & his own devices) & the songs are presented in their chronological order. Many people thought we were mad to play music like this... for us it was always Serious fun. There you go... there we went. Pass me my mirrors shaders.' (PH)

(P) © 1994 BBC Enterprises Ltd.
(P) © 1994 Band Of Joy Music Ltd.

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