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    VdGG: cover of The Wire

    VdGG on the cover of The Wire!

    New issue on the stands this Thursday, May 13!

    THE WIRE - ISSUE 448, JUNE 2021
    Van der Graaf Generator special!
    With a new box set of all Van der Graaf Generator's albums being readied for release in July, and its singer and songwriter Peter Hammill about to release an album of cover versions as well as a new collaboration with Amorphous Androgynous (aka Future Sound Of London), the cover of the June issue will be a two-part special devoted to these perennial outliers of UK underground art rock. In part one, Emily Bick talks to Hammill, and fellow group members Guy Evans and Hugh Banton, about 50 years of collaboration; while in part two, Mike Barnes, author of A New Day Yesterday: UK Progressive Rock & The 1970s, contributes an extensive user's guide to the group's back catalogue, as well as Hammill's parallel and prodigious solo output.

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    I've now read the article(s... there are two of them) in the new Wire and they're great. Very well written and, with the first especially, different angles than what's often written about (i.e. it doesn't harp on Johnny Rotten's love of the band, lol). There is a bit more about the VdGG re-issues coming out in a few months. From the arictle:

    Over the last year, VdGG have been working with veteran recording engineer Stephen Tayler, known for his work with Peter Gabriel and his longstanding collaboration with Kate Bush. Tayler started his career in the mid-1970s at Trident Studios, then noted for its state-of-the-art technology and multitracking capabilities… Tayler brought the spirit of the early Trident years to the remixes, opening up space in the recordings and bringing previously hidden elements to the fore. “He’s done mixes of all the old albums in surround sound, like a Dolby Cinema Sound, and I was the only only of the three of us with that kind of set-up at home on TV,” says Banton. “With ‘A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers’ in particular, he’s gone to town and things come from behind you, and so on.” Evans fills in some of the details of these extraordinary recordings. “I’m normally pretty underwhelmed by the task of vetting masters of old albums, even though I’m very fond of them,” he says. “I just don’t like spending lots of time mentally in the past. But the moment I heard one of these mixes, it was a revelation, because particularly the drums, I was really, Oh! That’s the kit like it should have been! I can hear this cymbal, it’s all balanced. I hadn’t heard that since 1975, and I don’t know how he’s done it. And it wasn’t just the drums, there were parts that I’d forgotten were there. That actually *weren’t* there, in the first case, that Stephen has chosen to use a different vocal line on it, or add a vocal line that we decided not to have.”

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    Their four best albums in 5.1 Surround Sound. But only if you buy the 20-disc set?

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    Getting more and more excited for this box!
    I want to dynamite your mind with love tonight.

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    Sounds like a box set I'd like to have!
    Just sitting at home rocking back and forth and jealously caressing my invisible collection of theoretical assets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yesstiles View Post
    Their four best albums in 5.1 Surround Sound. But only if you buy the 20-disc set?
    Looks like the box set it is then! Do we know who is putting it out?

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    Hungry for details!

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    I'm curious as to where we got this information that only four of them have been put in surround sound? In one part of that interview quote they say that all the albums have been done in surround sound

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Czar View Post
    I'm curious as to where we got this information that only four of them have been put in surround sound? In one part of that interview quote they say that all the albums have been done in surround sound
    There was a post in the "Peter Hammill (cover of Prog)" thread that stated that the "latest information" was that only H to He, Pawn Hearts, Godbluff and Still Life would get 5.1 releases, but didn't give the source for this information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    There was a post in the "Peter Hammill (cover of Prog)" thread that stated that the "latest information" was that only H to He, Pawn Hearts, Godbluff and Still Life would get 5.1 releases, but didn't give the source for this information.
    Now I am hoping it was just false information and all the albums are in 5.1!
    But if it's true, then at least Still Life is one of them 👍🏻

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    Stephen W. Tayler was Rupert Hine's right-hand man at Farmyard Studios for many years. Tayler's 2012 solo project, Ostinato, is worth a listen. Wayside has it for only $5. Very much worth the price, YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Newman View Post
    Stephen W. Tayler was Rupert Hine's right-hand man at Farmyard Studios for many years. Tayler's 2012 solo project, Ostinato, is worth a listen. Wayside has it for only $5. Very much worth the price, YMMV.
    I was wondering if they were referring to Stephen W. Taylor above. He is my favorite engineer of all time. I would definitely like to hear these new VAn Der Graaf surrounds.

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