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  • Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B0009QZ4CE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Van Der Graaf Generator is back! In their 5th studio album, 'Godbluff,' the first after they reformed in 1975, the band displays their trade progressive rock, but with a whole host of new sounds. Peter Hammill, songwriter and bandleader, had left the group following, 'Pawn Hearts' and focused on his own, very introspective works. He brought this darker, quieter tone back, evidenced by, 'The Undercover Man,' the lead track on the album, which begins at a whisper. But Van Der Graaf Generator builds to a roar, as always, and while the original album included only 4 tracks, critics and fans alike were sold on these soon-to-be classic tunes. A 2005 reissue included two of the group's live performances, 'Forsaken Gardens' and, 'A Louse Is Not A Home' - songs off of Hammill's 'The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage,' recorded in Rimini, Italy. Godbluff is a tour de force, and no fans of Van Der Graaf Generator will want to miss the band, newly reunited, proving they hadn't lost their stride.

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Wonderfully, the band was still at the height of its powers.
Gavin Wilson
The band always had a very focused, very individual song, but they found lots of interesting ways to change it up.
Mr. Benac
I remember listening to one of these songs and thinking "MAN, this is just off the hook!"
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ryle Shermatz on February 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
You know, for "geezer" fans like me who have already bought "Godbluff" and many, many other prog classics over the decades twice or more as new improved formats become available, these reissues are starting to get annoying. That is until we pull the shrink wrap off and experience again everything that made these recordings worth our investment of time and money in the first place.

I am not completely familiar with the full story of "Godbluff," but I do believe that this was their 1973 "comeback" album, after a brief break-up; singer/songwriter Pete Hammill had become wrapped up in his solo career, while keyboardist/drummer/sax-flautist Hugh Banton/Guy Evans/David Jackson retreated to Italy (where VDGG was a #1 chart-topping act) to record their interesting but not-spectacular "Long Hello" album.

Reuniting with "Godbluff," the quartet roared to life again in a HUGE way with this (skimpy by modern CD standards) 40 minute reaffirmation of their collective power. All four tracks are lucid, mighty testaments to the visionary talents of Hammill and company, but I most especially want to direct your particular attention to the track that scorches with the most frightful intensity: ARROW, track 3 (1st cut side two for us LP era neanderthals).

This is STRONG stuff, here folks, and not in a profane or cartoonish death-metal sort of way. Rather, it's all intensity and execution, starting with the fade-in bass & drum intro, skipping along nervously as Jackson's sax bleats in over the top to add some high-plateau drama to the soundscape. The musical suggestion of traveling by horseback across a barren landscape is evoked vividly before a single word is sung.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Aaron Morgan on March 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The 1975 comeback album "Godbluff" is the album that puts the other prog giants (Pink Floyd, ELP, Yes, etc.) to bed, and that's no bluff. This album is absolutely relentless in its emotional intensity and lyrical profundity. It must be noted that Hammill isn't merely a singer, but a PERFORMER of lyrics, which is what lines like "If all is lost none is known/and how can we lose what we've never owned?" demand. Being a long-time hardcore Pink Floyd fan, it really means something when I say Peter Hammill really makes a dwarf of Roger Waters on this album (particularly in execution). While the other big names were running on autopilot by this time, "Godbluff" really makes the others pale in comparison. VDGG arrived to kick major ass on all fronts with a vengeance.
The opener "The Undercover Man" creeps along with Hammill whispering in the shadows, building suspense before the song opens up with a reflective & confessional soliloquy. The band always supplying the perfect canvas for Hammill to paint his lyrics to profound effect, which become universally addressed by the end of the piece.
Like a restless ocean wave comes "Scorched Earth", beautifully segued from the opening track. The song builds with Evans' drumming really punctuating the intensity that soon reaches its tantric release. Banton's modified Hammond sounds downright frightful during the heavy angular riffs (this music would've scare the crap out of me as a child), which again help convey Hammill's wrath with lines like "It's far too late to turn, unless it's to stone". The band then goes into an absolutely frenzy, demanding that the listener turn his stereo up well into the red (and well past 11). Hammill's guitar abuse at the end is absolutely perfect.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. Looney on March 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Released in 1975, after a 4-year hiatus following the stunning PAWN HEARTS, GODBLUFF came as a surprise to many American fans who thought they had heard the last of Van der Graaf as a band. Maintaining the same personnel as their last recording -- Peter Hammill, Hugh Banton, David Jackson and Guy Evans -- the band blasts back with a vengeance. The four lengthy songs contained here are replete with their strongpoints and the trademark sound -- in this case, not a bad thing -- that listeners and fans had come to expect. The songs flow together almost as one continuous piece -- the band is obviously enjoying its rebirth. Repeated listenings -- as with all of their work -- reveal different insights and aspects both to the music and the lyrics.
This recording was followed in short order by the stunningly beautiful -- and powerful -- STILL LIFE and WORLD RECORD, all three albums being released in the span of less than two years. It seemed at the time that their hiatus had ended like a cork being blown out of a bottle.
This is a great 'come-back' album -- and simply a fine example of the work of one of the greatest progressive rock ensembles of our time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By matt on October 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
a brief layoff, a solo album or two and a long a hello. then, 1975, there's godbluff. if you're reading this review, you're probably already interested. if you are a casual progger, then you should look away. there are no synths. there are no solos. there's only van der graaf. sax, organ, drums, vox and some clavinet on this one. and let me tell you, there's a lot of vox. i'm currently replacing my old vdgg cds and buying the reissues. this is one of the best. buy it for the sound alone, but the bonus live tracks only add to the experience. ph always said this was a band that bordered between chaos and control. not only do the studio tracks affirm this; the live tracks underline it. vdgg is a dangerous band.
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