Unreleased tracks 1971-75

01. The Liquidator (5:24) (Hammill, recorded Rockfield 1973)
02. Rift Valley (4:40) (Hammill/Jackson/Evans, rec. Norton Canon 1975)
03. Tarzan (2:09) (Hammill/Jackson/Evans/Banton, rec. Rockfield '74)
04. Coil Night (4:12) (Jackson, rec. Norton Canon 1975)
05. Time Vaults (3:33) (miscellaneous)
06. Drift (I Hope It Won't) (2:40) (Banton, 1972)
07. Roncevaux (6:55) (Hammill, rec. Ross-On-Wye 1972)
08. It All Went Up (4:07) (Hammill, Rec. Crowborough 1972)
09. Faint And Forsaken (2:45) (Hammill, rec. Norton Canon 1975)
10. Blackroom (8:52) (Hammill, Ross-On-Wye 1972)

Total playing time: 45:21

All lyrics by Peter Hammill

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

Produced by Nigel Molden
Recorded at Rockfield (tracks 1, 3); Ross-on-Wye (tracks 6, 10); Norton Canon (tracks 2, 4, 9) & Crowborough (track 8) between 1971 & 1975

'These are not studio-quality recordings: they are derived from the time vaults of original rehearsal tapes and rough mixes, ranging in format from 3 3/4 ips 1/4- track to 15 ips master. The sound itself is often bizarre, but always evidences something of the VdGG spirit. In order to make as much of the original material as possible, the cassette duplication is in real time; but it should be said that this 'anti-compilation' is intended for those who are already VdGG aficionados!

The period of VdGG history represented here is the 'lost' one, post-'Pawn Hearts' and pre-'Godbluff', and the line-up - though instrumentation varies - is the 'classic' one: David Jackson, Guy Evans, Hugh Banton and myself. Some of the tunes are VdGG ones which never reached the full recording stage; others are band versions of 'solo' songs; and the set is completed with a number of other types of playing, from the free to the random. The only dubs have been those implicitly intended in the original recordings - sax in 'Coil Night' and vox on three songs. All dubbing was completed in nine hours, in order to stay true to the spirit of the venture.'   (Peter Hammill)

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Demi-Monde, 1985 Magnum Music, 1992