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The Charisma Years 1970-1978 Van Der Graaf Generator

£139.99

Released: 3rd September 2021

Barcode: 602435234540

  • Format: CD/Blu-ray Album
  • Category: Rock & Pop
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Released: 3rd September 2021

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  • Description

    A lavish deluxe 20-disc boxed set 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. 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, plus much much more.
  • Track listing

    ⠀ Disc 1

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Darkness (11/11) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 Refugees Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 White Hammer Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 Whatever Would Robert Have Said? Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Out of My Book Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 6 After the Flood Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 7 Refugees (Single Version) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 8 Boat of Millions of Years Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 9 Darkness (BBC Radio One 'Top Gear' Session, 20th January 1970) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 10 After the Flood (BBC Radio One 'Top Gear' Session, 20th January 1970) Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 10

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Meurglys III (The Songwriter's Guild) [live at Maison De La Mutualite', Paris, 6th December, 1976] Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 Gog (Live at Maison De La Mutualite', Paris, 6th December, 1976) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 Sleepwalkers (Live at Maison De La Mutualite', Paris, 6th December, 1976) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 Killer (Live at Maison De La Mutualite', Paris, 6th December, 1976) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Man-erg (Live at Maison De La Mutualite', Paris, 6th December, 1976) Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 11

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Lizard Play Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 The Habit of the Broken Heart Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 The Siren Song Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 Last Frame Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 The Wave Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 6 Cat's Eye/Yellow Fever (Running) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 7 The Sphinx in the Face Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 8 Chemical World Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 9 The Sphinx Returns Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 10 Door Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 11 Ship of Fools Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 12 The Wave Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 13 Cat's Eye/Yellow Fever (BBC Radio One John Peel Session, 24th October, 1977) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 14 The Sphinx in the Face (BBC Radio One John Peel Session, 24th October, 1977) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 15 (Fragments Of) a Plague of Lighthouse Keepers/Sleepwalker's End (BBC Radio One John Peel Session, 24th October, 1977) Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 12

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Ship of Fools Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 Still Life Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 Last Frame Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 Mirror Images Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Medley: A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers/Sleepwalkers Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 13

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Pioneers Over C Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 Sci-finance Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 Door Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 Urban/Killer/Urban Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Nadir's Big Chance Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 14

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Killer (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 House With No Door (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 The Emperor in His War Room (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 Lost (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Pioneers Over C (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 15

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Lemmings (Including Cog) [stereo Mix] Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 Man Erg (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 Eyewitness (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Pictures/Lighthouse (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 6 Eyewitness (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 7 SHM (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 8 Presence of the Night (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 9 Kosmos Tours (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 10 (Custard's) Last Stand (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 11 The Clot Thickens (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 12 Land's End (Sineline) [stereo Mix] Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 13 We Go Now (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 14 Theme One (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 15 W (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 16

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 The Undercover Man (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 Scorched Earth (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 Arrow (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 The Sleepwalkers (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 17

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Pilgrims (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 Still Life (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 La Rossa (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 My Room (Waiting for Wonderland) [stereo Mix] Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Childlike Faith in Childhood's End (Stereo Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 18

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Killer (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 House With No Door (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 The Emperor in His War Room (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 Lost (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Pioneers Over C (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 6 Lemmings (Including Cog) [high Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix] Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 7 Man Erg (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 8 A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 9 Eyewitness (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 10 Pictures/Lighthouse (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 11 Eyewitness (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 12 SHM (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 13 Presence of the Night (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 14 Kosmos Tours (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 15 (Custard's) Last Stand (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 16 The Clot Thickens (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 17 Land's End (Sineline) [high Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix] Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 18 We Go Now (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 19

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 The Undercover Man (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 Scorched Earth (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 Arrow (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 The Sleepwalkers (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Pilgrims (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 6 La Rossa (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 7 My Room (Waiting for Wonderland) [high Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix] Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 8 Childlike Faith in Childhood's End (High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound Mix) Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 2

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Killer Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 House With No Door Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 The Emperor in His War Room Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 Lost Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Pioneers Over C Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 6 Killer (First Version - Previously Unreleased) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 7 The Emperor in His War Room (First Version) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 8 Lost (BBC Radio One 'Top Gear' Session, 12th October 1970) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 9 Killer (BBC Radio One 'Top Gear' Session, 12th October 1970) Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 20

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Darkness (Beat Club - German TV, 23rd June, 1970) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 Whatever Robert Would Have Said (Beat Club - German TV, 23rd June, 1970) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 Lost (Filmed at the Bataclan Theatre, Paris 18th March 1972) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 Killer (Filmed at the Bataclan Theatre, Paris 18th March 1972) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Octopus (Filmed at the Bataclan Theatre, Paris 18th March 1972) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 6 Theme One ('Pop Shop', 23rd March, 1972) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 7 A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers ('Pop Shop', 23rd March, 1972) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 8 The Undercover Man (Live in Charleroi Palais Des Expos, 27th September, 1975) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 9 Arrow (Live in Charleroi Palais Des Expos, 27th September, 1975) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 10 Scorched Earth (Live in Charleroi Palais Des Expos, 27th September, 1975) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 11 Sleepwalkers (Live in Charleroi Palais Des Expos, 27th September, 1975) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 12 Wondering (Charisma Promotional Film, 1976) [previously Unreleased] Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 13 Cat's Eye (Charisma Promotional Film) [previously Unreleased] Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 14 Van Der Graaf in Concert (The Kohfidisch Open Air Festival, Austria, 17th June, 1978) [previously Unreleased] Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 3

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Lemmings (Including Cog) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 Man Erg Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 Eyewitness Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Pictures/Lighthouse Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 6 Eyewitness Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 7 SHM Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 8 Presence of the Night Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 9 Kosmos Tours Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 10 (Custard's) Last Stand Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 11 The Clot Thickens Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 12 Land's End (Sineline) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 13 We Go Now Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 14 Man Erg (BBC Radio One 'Sounds of the Seventies Session', 10th June 1971) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 15 Theme One (BBC Radio One 'Sounds of the Seventies Session', 10th June 1971) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 16 Vision (BBC Radio One 'Sounds of the Seventies Session', 10th June 1971) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 17 Darkness (BBC Radio One 'Sounds of the Seventies Session', 10th June 1971) Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 4

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Theme One Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 W Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 Squid/Octopus (The Pawn Hearts Sessions) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 Angle of Incidents (The Pawn Hearts Sessions) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Ponker's Theme (The Pawn Hearts Sessions) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 6 Dimunitions (The Pawn Hearts Sessions) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 7 W (First Version) [The Pawn Hearts Sessions] Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 8 Theme One (Original Mix) [The Pawn Hearts Sessions] Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 9 Man Erg (BBC Radio One John Peel Concert, 23rd September 1971) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 10 W (BBC Radio One John Peel Concert, 23rd September 1971) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 11 Killer (BBC Radio One John Peel Concert, 23rd September 1971) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 12 Refugees (BBC Radio One John Peel Session, 14th December 1971) Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 5

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 The Undercover Man Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 Scorched Earth Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 Arrow Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 The Sleepwalkers Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Scorched Earth (BBC Radio One John Peel Session, 3rd July, 1975) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 6 The Sleepwalkers (BBC Radio One John Peel Session, 3rd July, 1975) Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 6

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 A Louse Is Not a Home (Live in Rimini, 9th August, 1975) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 (In The) Black Room/The Tower (Live in Rimini, 9th August, 1975) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 Forsaken Gardens (Live in Rimini, 9th August, 1975) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 Lemmings (Live in Rimini, 9th August, 1975) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Scorched Earth (Live in Rimini, 9th August, 1975) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 6 Man-erg (Live in Rimini, 9th August, 1975) Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 7

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Pilgrims Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 Still Life Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 La Rossa Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 My Room (Waiting for Wonderland) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Childlike Faith in Childhood's End Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 6 Gog (Live at the Theatr Gwynedd, Bangor, Wales, 10th May, 1975) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 7 Still Life (BBC Radio One John Peel Session, 1st April, 1976) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 8 La Rossa (BBC Radio One John Peel Session, 1st April, 1976) Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 8

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 When She Comes Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 A Place to Survive Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 Masks Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 Meurglys III (The Songwriters Guild) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Wondering Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 6 When She Comes (BBC Radio One John Peel Session, 11th November, 1976) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 7 Masks (BBC Radio One John Peel Session, 11th November, 1976) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 8 Part One (Approx. 35% Of) Meurglys III (The Songwriters Guild) Van Der Graaf Generator

    ⠀ Disc 9

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Arrow (Live at Maison De La Mutualite', Paris, 6th December, 1976) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 2 When She Comes (Live at Maison De La Mutualite', Paris, 6th December, 1976) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 3 Masks (Live at Maison De La Mutualite', Paris, 6th December, 1976) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 4 Still Life (Live at Maison De La Mutualite', Paris, 6th December, 1976) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 5 Lemmings (Live at Maison De La Mutualite', Paris, 6th December, 1976) Van Der Graaf Generator
    Track 6 Childlike Faith in Childhood's End (Live at Maison De La Mutualite', Paris, 6th December, 1976) Van Der Graaf Generator
  • Product Details

    No. of discs 20 disc(s)
    Format: CD / Box Set with Blu-ray
    Label Virgin EMI Records
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