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Van Der Graaf Generator: The Charisma Years (Boxed Set) (17 CD + 3 BluRay)

The Charisma Years (Boxed Set) (17 CD + 3 BluRay)

Van Der Graaf Generator

  • CDN $226.99
  • Release Date 03 September 2021
Product code
3523454CA
Format
Compact Disc
Label
USM

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.

Tracks
Bluray1
96 Killer  
97 House with No Door  
98 The Emperor in His War Room  
99 Lost  
100 Pioneers Over C  
101 Lemmings (including Cog)  
102 Man Erg  
103 A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers:  
104 a) Eyewitness b) Pictures / Lighthouse c) Eyewitness d) SHM e) Presence of the Night f) Kosmos Tours g) (Custard’s) Last Stand h) The Clot Thickens i) Land’s End (Sineline) j) We Go now  
Tracks
Bluray2
105 The Undercover Man  
106 Scorched Earth  
107 Arrow  
108 The Sleepwalkers  
109 Pilgrims  
110 La Rossa  
111 My Room (Waiting for Wonderland)  
112 Childlike Faith in Childhood’s End  
Tracks
Bluray3
113 Darkness (‘Beat Club’ – German TV 23 June 1970) – previously unreleased  
114 Whatever Would Robert Have Said (‘Beat Club’ – German TV 23 June 1970) – previously unreleased  
115 Lost (‘Pop Deux’ Filmed at The Bataclan Theatre, Paris 18 March 1972 – Previously unreleased)  
116 Killer (‘Pop Deux’ Filmed at The Bataclan Theatre, Paris 18 March 1972 – Previously unreleased)  
117 Octopus (‘Pop Deux’ Filmed at The Bataclan Theatre, Paris 18 March 1972 – Previously unreleased)  
118 Theme One (‘Pop Shop’ Recorded 23 March 1972 for RTBF, Belgium) First official release.  
119 A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers (‘Pop Shop’ Recorded 23 March 1972 for RTBF, Belgium) First official release.  
120 The Undercover Man (Live in Charleroi Palais des Expos – 27 September 1975) First official release.  
121 Arrow (Live in Charleroi Palais des Expos – 27 September 1975) First official release.  
122 Scorched Earth (Live in Charleroi Palais des Expos – 27 September 1975) First official release.  
123 Sleepwalkers (Live in Charleroi Palais des Expos – 27 September 1975) First official release.  
124 Wondering (Charisma promotional film 1976) Previously unreleased  
125 Cat’s Eye (Charisma promotional film) Previously unreleased  
126 Van der Graaf in Concert (The Kohfidisch Open Air Festival, Austria 17 June 1978 recorded by ORF TV). Previously unreleased  
Tracks
CD1
1 Darkness (11/11)  
2 Refugees  
3 White Hammer  
4 Whatever Would Robert Have Said?  
5 Out of My Book  
6 After the Flood  
Tracks
CD2
7 Killer  
8 House with No Door  
9 The Emperor in His War Room  
10 Lost  
11 Pioneers Over C  
Tracks
CD3
12 Lemmings (including Cog)  
13 Man Erg  
14 A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers:  
15 a) Eyewitness b) Pictures / Lighthouse c) Eyewitness d) SHM e) Presence of the Night f) Kosmos Tours g) (Custard’s) Last Stand h) The Clot Thickens i) Land’s End (Sineline) j) We Go now  
Tracks
CD4
16 Theme One (A-side of single Feb 1972)  
17 W (B-side of single Feb 1972)  
18 Squid / Octopus (from Pawn Heart sessions)  
19 Angle of Incidents (from Pawn Heart sessions)  
20 Ponker’s Theme (from Pawn Heart sessions)  
21 Dimunitions (from Pawn Heart sessions)  
22 W (first version) (from Pawn Heart sessions)  
23 Theme One (original mix) (from Pawn Heart sessions)  
24 Man Erg (BBC Radio One John Peel Concert 23 Sep 1971)  
25 W (BBC Radio One John Peel Concert 23 Sep 1971)  
26 Killer (BBC Radio One John Peel Concert 23 Sep 1971)  
27 Refugees (BBC Radio One John Peel Concert 14 Dec 1971)  
Tracks
CD5
28 The Undercover Man  
29 Scorched Earth  
30 Arrow  
31 The Sleepwalkers  
Tracks
CD6
32 A Louse is Not a Home  
33 (In the) Black Room / The Tower  
34 Forsaken Gardens  
35 Lemmings  
36 Scorched Earth  
37 Man-Erg  
Tracks
CD7
38 Pilgrims  
39 Still Life  
40 La Rossa  
41 My Room (Waiting for Wonderland)  
42 Childlike Faith in Childhood’s End  
Tracks
CD8
43 When She Comes  
44 A Place to Survive  
45 Masks  
46 Meurglys III (The Songwriters Guild)  
47 Wondering  
Tracks
CD9
48 Arrow  
49 When She Comes  
50 Masks  
51 Still Life  
52 Lemmings  
53 Childlike Faith in Childhood’s End  
Tracks
CD10
54 Meurglys III (The Songwriter’s Guild)  
55 Gog  
56 Sleepwalkers  
57 Killer  
58 Man-Erg  
Tracks
CD11
59 Lizard Play  
60 The Habit of the Broken Heart  
61 The Siren Song  
62 Last Frame  
63 The Wave  
64 Cat’s Eye / Yellow Fever (Running)  
65 The Sphinx in the Face  
66 Chemical World  
67 The Sphinx Returns  
Tracks
CD12
68 Ship of Fools  
69 Still Life  
70 Last Frame  
71 Mirror Images  
72 Medley: A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers / Sleepwalkers  
Tracks
CD13
73 Pioneers Over C  
74 Sci-Finance  
75 Door  
76 Urban / Killer / Urban  
77 Nadir’s Big Chance  
Tracks
CD14
78 Killer  
79 House with No Door  
80 The Emperor in His War Room  
81 Lost  
82 Pioneers Over C  
Tracks
CD15
83 Lemmings (including Cog)  
84 Man Erg  
85 A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers:  
86 a) Eyewitness b) Pictures / Lighthouse c) Eyewitness d) SHM e) Presence of the Night f) Kosmos Tours g) (Custard’s) Last Stand h) The Clot Thickens i) Land’s End (Sineline) j) We Go now  
Tracks
CD16
87 The Undercover Man  
88 Scorched Earth  
89 Arrow  
90 The Sleepwalkers  
Tracks
CD17
91 Pilgrims  
92 Still Life  
93 La Rossa  
94 My Room (Waiting for Wonderland)  
95 Childlike Faith in Childhood’s End