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(2-LP set) 2013 release.

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  • Vinyl (January 8, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B006UFCFCU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Because it is easily their best.
Mr. Benac
The production may be as "clean" as most progressive rock, but the music is just blistering with passion and feeling.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TheIntruder on October 6, 2002
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This is not the first Van Der Graaf Generator album you should buy. That would be World Record, which is probably their most accessible album. Once you've listened to that (and hopefully liked it), pick up Pawn Hearts (which is generally considered their masterpiece) and then come here. H to He Who Am The Only One is difficult to get into, except for the brilliant opening track Killer, which is perhaps my favourite Van der Graaf song ever. Its about a killer fish, of all things.
The other tracks slowly grow on you. They contain some of Peter Hammil's best lyrics and some great music. Its not as complex as other progressive rock bands, but Van der Graaf generator is a tight band that stretches its capabilities.
My second favourite song is Pioneers Over C. because I love space epics. Emperor in his War Room has Robert Fripp as a guest guitarist but he doesn't turn in an overly impressive performance. Still, its a pretty good song as are House with No Door and Lost.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By swriter7 on September 23, 2002
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What an emotional journey, this takes you across all feelings and you wind up exhausted and content. Van Der Graaf Generator is not progressive rock in the same vein as Yes, Genesis, and Jethro Tull but have defined their own category. The band features intense vocals and crazy sax in a progressive way. It does take a few listens to get used to Peter Hammil's vocals but once you get it, what can I say???
The lead track is Killer, and a very upbeat, intense, crazy, and wonderful track. The sax is frightning at times and I believe features Robert Fripp on guitar. The year is 1970 and heads above anything done in this time period. The second song, House with no Door, calms things down in the musical department with Hammil's emotional vocals turned down a bit but the lyrics may bring a tear to the eye, the first two are the highlights of the album. The Emperor and Lost are also amazing at around 10 minutes per song. These feature the same intense vocals, sax, and great keys, I believe a Hammond sound as well as some piano and synths. Van Der Graaf is a darker type of prog that is heavy at times and again, the vocals have to be heard to witness the full experience of the band. Be prepared for a roller-coaster of emotions. Then get Still Life and Pawn Hearts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vunder on April 17, 2005
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I'm glad you like the band and this ablum, but as far as Guy Evans being just moderatly competent your showing very little knowledge of drumming. While he may not be as tight as Bill Bruford, he makes playing in odd meters with multiple changes look effortless in the DVD. Just being able to play this music is worth more than that. Also Jackson plays some of the most creative sax and devices I've ever heard. Your review just seemed like a backhanded compliment to me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Prog-King on April 5, 2001
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It's a classic prog-rock record, and the best overall of the first 4 Van der Graaf Generator Records, and their entire career. There's no denying that on "The Emperor in His War Room" and "Lost" things pump along with drama and finesse and are perfectly counterbalanced with psychopathic high volume rock jolt to set things straight. The scorching and wildly acrobatic electric guitar solo by special guest ROBERT FRIPP on "Emperor" is just icing on the cack of this wonderful composition.
The remaining 27 minutes of "H to He Who Am the Only One" (one of the most bizzare title in the bizzare world of rock record names ever, with such contenders as "Trout Mask Replica") are great but "Emperor" is the stongest track. "Killer," an allegorical song reflecting Hammill's doubts about anyone being a "peaceful" person rocks along nicely (and the video of them performing this song on Euro tv of that period is striking.) "House With No Door" is a great slower tune that instantly takes one's appreciation; and "Pioneers Over c" is another well-thought-out piece of complex yet intelligent progressive rock. For an album made by two versions of this band, the sheer consistent quality is amazing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Benac on May 6, 2005
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i don't suggest starting here with Van Der Graaf. It's an album to work up to. Because it is easily their best. Peter's song writing suggest complete genius here. Very beautiful, very harsh, very strange, very van der graaf. I just want to say all these guys are way above average on their instruments. They just don't "flash". They're not about that. They're about experimentation, pulsation, contrasting beauty with ugliness. Killer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on August 14, 2001
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Many people regard Pawn Hearts as their ultimate masterpiece, but for me, it's H to He. Not only do I think this is Van der Graaf's best, but one of the best progressive rock albums ever! Especially with such great cuts as "Killer", "Emporer in his War Room" and "Pioneers Over C". There is even some spacy tendencies in the Hammond organ departmant. I remembered after a few listens just being nothing short of amazed by the album, I could hardly believe what I was hearing. The music here is truly a powerful listening experience, and it's little wonder why this is included on my Desert Island Discs. It's also hard to believe how much the band evolved in one short year (and three albums released)! The Aerosol Grey Machine shows the band just starting, recording mostly song-oriented numbers. The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other finds the band recording a more progressive album, but you can tell that greater music was just around the corner, and H to He fulfilled that promise. If you're a lover of quality progressive rock, you should not go without this album!
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