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Van Der Graaf Generator

THE CHARISMA YEARS 1970 -1978

UMC/Virgin



17cd + 3blu-ray boxset including 68pp book + rare photos (pre-order)

Expected Release: 3rd Sep 2021

£135.99


A lavish deluxe 20 disc boxed set comprising 17 CDs and 3 Blu Ray discs covering Van der Graaf Generator’s entire recorded work for Charisma Records.

Between the years 1970 – 1978 the band released 8 albums (two under the name Van der Graaf) for the legendary Charisma label. Each record was ground breaking and the influence of the band’s unique music would be felt in the ensuing decades by artists of many different musical genres. This boxed set features all of their Charisma albums newly re-mastered from the first generation master tapes and much more. The albums “H to He Who Am the Only One”, “Pawn Hearts”, “Godbluff” and “Still Life” have been stunningly remixed from the original multi-track tapes in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound by Stephen W Tayler. These feature on 4 additional CDs and two Blu ray discs. Also featured are two CDs of a recently discovered and previously unreleased entire concert recorded in Paris in December 1976 by French radio and all of the surviving BBC sessions recorded by the band. In addition there is a Blu ray disc featuring all of the surviving VdGG television footage and promotional films including their appearance on German TV’s “Beat Club” in 1970, their filmed appearance at The Bataclan in Paris in 1972 for the French TV show “Pop Deux”, the 1972 appearance on “Pop Shop” for RTBF Belgium, a live performance shot by Belgian TV in Chaleroi in September 1975, the promotional films of “Wondering” and “Cat’s Eye”, and a 20 minute documentary with live footage shot by Austrian television at The Kohfidisch Open Air Festival, Austria in June 1978. Lavishly packaged with a 68 page book and rare photos, “The Charisma Years” is the definitive collection of work by Van der Graaf Generator.

THE CHARISMA YEARS 1970 -1978

Tracklist

CD One:

“The Least We Can Do is Wave to Each Other”

Released as Charisma CAS 1007 in February 1970

Darkness (11/11)

Refugees

White Hammer

Whatever Would Robert Have Said?

Out of My Book

After the Flood

 

Bonus tracks:

Refugees (single version)

Boat of Millions of Years

 

A & B-sides of single – Released as Charisma CB 122 in April 1970

Darkness

After the Flood

 

BBC Radio One “Top Gear” session – 20th January 1970

 

CD Two:

“H to He Who Am the Only One”

Released as Charisma CAS 1027 in December 1970

 

Killer

House with No Door

The Emperor in His War Room

Lost

Pioneers Over C

 

Bonus track:

 

Killer (first version) – Previously unreleased

The Emperor in His War Room (first version)

 

Recorded at Trident Studios in July 1970

 

Lost

Killer

 

BBC Radio One “Top Gear” session – 12th October 1970

Previously unreleased

 

CD Three:

“Pawn Hearts”

Released as Charisma CAS 1051 in October 1971

 

Lemmings (including Cog)

Man Erg

A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers

Eyewitness

Pictures / Lighthouse

Eyewitness

SHM

Presence of the Night

Kosmos Tours

(Custard’s) Last Stand

The Clot Thickens

Land’s End (Sineline)

We Go Now

 

Bonus tracks:

 

Man Erg

Theme One

Vision

Darkness

 

BBC Radio One “Sounds of the Seventies” session – 10th June 1971

 

CD Four:

 

Theme One

W

 

A & B-sides of single – Released as Charisma CB 175 in February 1972

 

The Pawn Hearts sessions:

Squid / Octopus

Angle of Incidents

Ponker’s Theme

Dimunitions

W (first version)

Theme One (original mix)

 

Man Erg

W

Killer

 

BBC Radio One John Peel Concert – 23rd September 1971

 

Refugees

 

BBC Radio One John Peel session – 14th December 1971

CD Five:

“Godbluff”

Released as Charisma CAS 1109 in October 1975

 

The Undercover Man

Scorched Earth

Arrow

The Sleepwalkers

 

Bonus tracks:

 

Scorched Earth

The Sleepwalkers

 

BBC Radio One John Peel session – 3rd July 1975

 

CD Six:

“Live in Rimini 9th August 1975”

 

A Louse is Not a Home

(In the) Black Room / The Tower

Forsaken Gardens

Lemmings

Scorched Earth

Man-Erg

 

CD Seven:

“Still Life”

Released as Charisma CAS 1116 in April 1976

 

Pilgrims

Still Life

La Rossa

My Room (Waiting for Wonderland)

Childlike Faith in Childhood’s End

 

Bonus tracks:

 

Gog (live)

 

Recorded at the Theatr Gwynedd, Bangor, Wales 10th May 1975

 

Still Life

La Rossa

 

BBC Radio One John Peel session – 1st April 1976

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD Eight:

“World Record”

Released as Charisma CAS 1120 in October 1976

 

When She Comes

A Place to Survive

Masks

Meurglys III (The Songwriters Guild)

Wondering

 

Bonus tracks:

 

When She Comes

Masks

 

BBC Radio One John Peel session – 11th November 1976

 

Part One (Approx. 35% of) Meurglys III (The Songwriters Guild)

 

B-side of single – Released as Charisma CB 297 in October 1976

Previously unreleased on CD

 

CD Nine:

Live at Maison de la Mutualite´, Paris

6th December 1976

Previously unreleased

 

Arrow

When She Comes

Masks

Still Life

Lemmings

Childlike Faith in Childhood’s End

 

CD Ten:

Live at Maison de la Mutualite´, Paris

6th December 1976

Previously unreleased

 

Meurglys III (The Songwriter’s Guild)

Gog

Sleepwalkers

Killer

Man-Erg

 

 

 

CD Eleven:

“The Quiet Zone / The Pleasure Dome”

Released as Charisma CAS 1131 in September 1977

 

Lizard Play

The Habit of the Broken Heart

The Siren Song

Last Frame

The Wave

Cat’s Eye / Yellow Fever (Running)

The Sphinx in the Face

Chemical World

The Sphinx Returns

 

Bonus tracks:

 

Door

 

Ship of Fools

B-side of single

Released in France as Charisma 6837 441 in September 1977

 

The Wave (demo version)

 

Cat’s Eye / Yellow Fever

The Sphinx in the Face

(Fragments of) A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers / Sleepwalker’s End

 

BBC Radio One John Peel session – 24th October 1977

 

CD Twelve:

“Vital”

Released as Charisma CVLD 101 in July 1978

 

Ship of Fools

Still Life

Last Frame

Mirror Images

Medley: A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers / Sleepwalkers

 

CD Thirteen:

“Vital”

Released as Charisma CVLD 101 in July 1978

 

Pioneers Over C

Sci-Finance

Door

Urban / Killer / Urban

Nadir’s Big Chance

 

 

Disc Fourteen

“H to He Who Am the Only One”

Released as Charisma CAS 1027 in December 1970

THE NEW STEREO MIX

 

Killer

House with No Door

The Emperor in His War Room

Lost

Pioneers Over C

 

Disc Fifteen

“Pawn Hearts”

Released as Charisma CAS 1051 in October 1971

THE NEW STEREO MIX

 

1.Lemmings (including Cog)

2. Man Erg

3. A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers

Eyewitness

Pictures / Lighthouse

Eyewitness

SHM

Presence of the Night

Kosmos Tours

(Custard’s) Last Stand

The Clot Thickens

Land’s End (Sineline)

We Go Now

 

Bonus tracks:

 

4. Theme One (new stereo mix)

5. W (new stereo mix)

 

Disc Sixteen

“Godbluff”

Released as Charisma CAS 1109 in October 1975

THE NEW STEREO MIX

 

The Undercover Man

Scorched Earth

Arrow

The Sleepwalkers

 

 

Disc Seventeen

“Still Life”

Released as Charisma CAS 1116 in April 1976

THE NEW STEREO MIX

 

Pilgrims

Still Life

La Rossa

My Room (Waiting for Wonderland)

Childlike Faith in Childhood’s End

 

Disc Eighteen – Blu-ray Disc:

“H to He Who Am the Only One”

High resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix / New Stereo Mix / Original stereo mix

 

Killer

House with No Door

The Emperor in His War Room

Lost

Pioneers Over C

 

“Pawn Hearts”

High resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix / New Stereo Mix / Original stereo mix

 

Lemmings (including Cog)

Man Erg

A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers

Eyewitness

Pictures / Lighthouse

Eyewitness

SHM

Presence of the Night

Kosmos Tours

(Custard’s) Last Stand

The Clot Thickens

Land’s End (Sineline)

We Go Now

 

Disc Nineteen – Blu-ray Disc

“Godbluff”

High resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix / New Stereo Mix / Original stereo mix

 

The Undercover Man

Scorched Earth

Arrow

The Sleepwalkers

 

“Still Life”

High resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix / New Stereo Mix / Original stereo mix

 

Pilgrims

La Rossa

My Room (Waiting for Wonderland)

Childlike Faith in Childhood’s End

 

Disc Twenty – Blu-ray Disc

The video vaults:

 

Darkness

Whatever Would Robert Have Said

 

“Beat Club” – German TV 23rd June 1970

Previously unreleased

 

Lost

Killer

Octopus

 

“Pop Deux”

Filmed at The Bataclan Theatre, Paris 18th March 1972

Broadcast 27th May 1972 on French TV

Previously unreleased

 

Theme One

A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers

 

“Pop Shop”

Recorded 23rd March 1972

Broadcast RTBF TV, Belgium 21st September 1972

FIRST OFFICIAL RELEASE

 

The Undercover Man

Arrow

Scorched Earth

Sleepwalkers

 

“Live in Charleroi Palais des Expos – 27th September 1975”

Broadcast RTBF TV Belgium 17th April 1976

FIRST OFFICIAL RELEASE

 

Wondering

Charisma promotional film 1976

Previously unreleased

 

Cat’s Eye

Charisma promotional film

Previously unreleased

 

 

Van der Graaf in Concert

The Kohfidisch Open Air Festival, Austria 17th June 1978

Broadcast by ORF TV, Austria 1st July 1978

Previously unreleased