Present is the ninth studio album by British progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator, released in 2005. It was the band's first studio album since The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome in 1977, and the first with the 'classic' line-up since World Record in 1976. The Charisma Records label was reactivated for its release, as well as a reissue series of Van der Graaf Generator's back catalog and Peter Hammill's solo releases from 1972-80. The album was named as one of Classic Rock‘s 10 essential progressive rock albums of the decade.
Esoteric Antenna are delighted to announce the release of the excellent new album by the legendary Van Der Graaf Generator. "Do Not Disturb" is the band’s 13th studio album and was recorded in the closing months of 2015 and the Spring of 2016. A true group effort, Peter Hammill, Hugh Banton and Guy Evans continue to follow in the tradition of Van Der Graaf Generator by delivering an album that is both powerful and possesses and emotive beauty. "Do Not Disturb" is another highlight of the band’s career, during which their music has been influential on successive generations of musicians. It is surely one of the key album releases of 2016.
In April 2010 Peter Hammill, Hugh Banton and Guy Evans undertook some intensive tracking sessions in Cornwall, arranging, rehearsing and recording the album in a week. Over the next few months the tracks were overdubbed, edited and adapted by the band in their own studios, and by September the project was ready to be mixed by legendary producer Hugh Padgham (the first time anybody outside the band has been entrusted such responsibility). After three weeks at Hugh's studio, Sofasound, "A Grounding in Numbers" was complete. With a fantastic clarity and depth of sound, and a helter-skelter stretch of tunes, "A Grounding…" sees VDGG pushing ever further forward into the twenty-first century, and their fanbase is certain to enjoy this strong, cohesive set.
"Alt" is a new studio project by the legendary Van Der Graaf Generator and follows on from the release of "A Grounding In Numbers” in 2011. "Alt” is no ordinary Van Der Graaf Generator album (if the term "ordinary” could ever be applied to this visionary group). Peter Hammill explains: "Instrumental Improvs & Experiments - Most of the music on "Alt” was made while we weren't really looking, or perhaps only while the left side of our collective brain was engaged. The album is a mixture of improvisations recorded at sound checks and in the studio and more considered sonic creations which often verge on Musique Concrete.
This album features 5 discs celebrating 5 legendary progressive rock labels! Part of the successful EMI Global Prog Rocks! Campaign, highlighting the work of some of the World's greatest artists associated with the genre. Featuring classic Prog riches from Harvest, Charisma, Virgin, Liberty / UA and newer, more cutting edge progressive rock from the enterprising Inside Out label. This compilation serves as the ideal introduction to the wide variety of bands and musical styles on these labels and offers a broad insight into the delights of progressive music! Syd Barrett, Electric Light Orchestra, Barclay James Harvest, Van Der Graaf Generator, The Nice, Peter Hammill, Gong, Hatfield And The North, Tangerine Dream, Steve Hillage, Daevid Allen, Hawkwind, Pain Of Salvation, Riverside and many more.