Thursday, April 9, 2009

Van der Graaf Generator - Time Vaults

3/10

Van der Graaf Generator went on hiatus for several years following Pawn Hearts, and this compilation collects rehearsal recordings and outtakes. The liner notes state that these "are not studio-quality recordings," which is the understatement of the century. The quality starts out okay, but soon degenerates into near-unlistenability. It's a shame, since the music is interesting (although not quite up to par with the band's other work at that time), but the insanely lo-fi quality kills this dead.
I'd say that this release is for die-hard fans only, but I consider myself one and I really have no need for this whatsoever. This is only for people who can tolerate really low fidelity recordings.

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