Monday, 22 October 2018

Monday Long Song


And so we turn to prog - an almost inevitable consequence of hosting a long song series, at least in my world. Van Der Graaf Generator's catalogue offers an embarrassment of riches when it comes to lengthy, intricate pieces. 'Lost' from 1970's 'H to He, Who Am the Only One' is a particular favourite. Lyrically, it's a fairly straightforward ode to a love affair gone wrong, albeit embellished by the odd unexpected time signature and instrumental wig-out.

'...without your hand in mine I am dead, 
reality is unreal and games I've tried just aren't the same, 
without your smile there's nowhere to hide, 
and deep inside I know I've never cried as I'm about to...' 

Think yourselves lucky that on this occasion I didn't dig out the half hour masterpiece that is Emerson Lake & Palmer's 'Karn Evil 9'. It could still happen.

Van Der Graaf Generator - Lost

5 comments:

drew said...

I know nothing about this band apart from Peter Hammill was the singer and I only know his name as there is a connection with Peter Gabriel. I thing Lex, one of the older hippies I hung about with when a teenager may have played me some of their stuff.

Interesting.

Swiss Adam said...

I'll give this a go later. Got some Tangerine Dream earlier this year so am clearly at a point where this should work for me.

The Swede said...

Drew. I think VDGG and Genesis might have toured together in the early days.

Swiss Adam. It's a bit of a musical leap from Tangerine Dream to VDGG, but hopefully you'll dig the tune!

Spreadin' Rhythm! said...

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Thanks.

Spreadin' Rhythm! said...

Okay, Mr. S, they seem to have fixed it. Your blogroll and mine are now back to normal. Clearly, Google has been messing around with some algorithms.

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