Thursday, March 20, 2014

Prog Thursday: Van Der Graaf Generator's Godbluff

Going "retro underground" with one of my favorite albums of all time: Van Der Graaf Generator's Godbluff.   VdGG is not the easiest band to listen to, and they never hit the mainstream at their peak in the mid-70's, never hitting the spotlight of some of their peers (Yes comes to mind).

This is a guitar-drums-bass-keyboards-saxophone outfit, where you'd expect some jazzy stuff but no, not there, and this is part of the magic.  VdGG has a very intense sound and when I picked up the album "World Record" (follow-up to Godbluff) the guy at the CD store told me he would not charge me the rental if I did not like it.  In the late '80s & early '90s I could rent CDs.

Why VdGG?  I asked the store owner to take make me listen to something out of the beaten path and he made me a fan.  I own all the albums on vinyl (it was cheap when I was a student!) and most on CD.

Now this is my favorite but not all will like.  One of my brother's friends says returning his copy of the CD: "Thanks for wasting 37 minutes of my life.".  That says a lot.  Now your call try it with the 1st track of the album:

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