Van der Graaf Generator – The Aerosol Grey Machine (1969)

Artist Credit
John Anthony Producer
Hugh Banton Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Vox Continental
Robin Geoffrey Cable Engineer
Keith Ellis Bass, Vocals, Vox Continental, Wah Wah Bass
Guy Evans Drums, Percussion, Talking Drum
Andrew Hammill Guitar (Acoustic), Promotional Director, Vocals
Peter Hammill Composer, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Keyboards, Liner Notes, Vocals, Vox Continental
Jeff Flute
Peter Joseph Guitar (Acoustic), Promotional Director, Vocals
Pete Kirtley Composer
Gordon Troeller Cover Photo

Beginning as a Peter Hammill solo effort following the dissolution of the first Van Der Graaf Generator, this quickly recorded album brought Hammill together with producer John Anthony and caused the reformation of the band (which immediately thereafter shifted personnel once again). A raw, energetic effort that sometimes did little to show off the young Hammill’s talents, the album nevertheless has some fine moments that hint at the possibilities for future releases. The fact remains, mind you, that the second album, The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other, is far superior. [CD versions of this album appeared in 1996 and 1997, both including additional material such as the first (and very rare) Van Der Graaf Generator single, and the previously unreleased VDGG recording of “Ferret and Featherbird.”]

 

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