Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Van der Graaf Generator - Real Time


This is the band's first 21st century live show in its entirety. The setlist is pretty damn good, with 3 songs from Godbluff, 2 from The Least We Can Do, Pawn Hearts, World Record, and Present, 1 from H to He, Still Life, and the Hammill solo song "(In The) Black Room". Sure, Peter's voice isn't what it used to be, but the original albums were recorded 30 years ago! It's only natural that he sounds different, and he gives a good performance despite the fact that he shows his age.
My only real issues with this album are that most songs don't really add anything to the studio versions, and that there are some sections of dead air that didn't get edited out. I also would have like to have seen more improvisation based on the strong second disc of Present.Otherwise, this is an exemplary live release that completely destroys the horrible memories of Vital.

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