Thursday, April 9, 2009

Van der Graaf Generator - Time Vaults


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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