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Ph7 Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered

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2006 digitally remastered edition of the Van Der Graaf Generator frontman's eighth solo album that was originally released in 1979. Eschewing his experimental tendancies for this outing, Hammill composed this set of pop songs and played most of the instruments, augmented by David Jackson on saxophone and Graham Smith on vioin.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. My Favourite
  2. Careering
  3. Porton Down
  4. Mirror Images
  5. Handicap And Equality
  6. Not For Keith
  7. The Old School Tie
  8. Time For A Change
  9. Imperial Walls
  10. Mr X (Gets Tense)
  11. Faculty X
  12. Mr X (Gets Tense) (Recorded For The John Peel Show On BBC Radio 1)
  13. Faculty X (Recorded For The John Peel Show On BBC Radio 1)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000I5Y9GI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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pH7, released in 1979 and cousin to Peter Hammill's masterpiece predecessor The Future Now, mixed simple folk songs with artful experimental rock.

Peter Hammill is one of the more deftly insightful and introspective singer/songwriters of the last 40 years; the type of thoughtfulness, brilliant wordplay and expression is certainly a rarity of art in this day and age, let alone in the world of rock. As the songwriter and leader of Van Der Graaf Generator as well as numerous solo efforts, Hammill wrote songs that asked all the searching questions about God, existence, relationships, and anything else one might question because of it's seemingly dual nature. Introspective art does not lend itself easily to mass appeal; sometimes too extreme, Hammill's music is not always pretty or agreeable but the integrity and honesty comes out in all it's substance, and purely shows an experience in the human condition.

His solo projects tended to delve even deeper into those searches mostly because he wrote, produced and played most of the instruments on those albums. The results were always interesting because although he was not an accomplished musician on all the instruments he played, but he had a way of expressing his depth through inspired need.

pH7 has a certain accessibility where previous Hammill/VDGG albums did not have as much, mainly due to some of the less challenging material like My Favorite, Not For Keith, and Time For A Change. That's not to say the strength of spirit is not there, but now he let the ideas come up more gracefully.

Still, there are plenty of fascinating and challenging songs that can get your mind working overtime to follow. Porton Down hums in your ears as the lyrics warn of the future dangers of chemical warfare. Mr.
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pH7, released in 1979 and cousin to Peter Hammill's masterpiece predecessor The Future Now, mixed simple folk songs with artful experimental rock.

Peter Hammill is one of the more deftly insightful and introspective singer/songwriters of the last 40 years; the type of thoughtfulness, brilliant wordplay and expression is certainly a rarity of art in this day and age, let alone in the world of rock. As the songwriter and leader of Van Der Graaf Generator as well as numerous solo efforts, Hammill wrote songs that asked all the searching questions about God, existence, relationships, and anything else one might question because of it's seemingly dual nature. Introspective art does not lend itself easily to mass appeal; sometimes too extreme, Hammill's music is not always pretty or agreeable but the integrity and honesty comes out in all it's substance, and purely shows an experience in the human condition.

His solo projects tended to delve even deeper into those searches mostly because he wrote, produced and played most of the instruments on those albums. The results were always interesting because although he was not an accomplished musician on all the instruments he played, but he had a way of expressing his depth through inspired need.

pH7 has a certain accessibility where previous Hammill/VDGG albums did not have as much, mainly due to some of the less challenging material like My Favorite, Not For Keith, and Time For A Change. That's not to say the strength of spirit is not there, but now he let the ideas come up more gracefully.

Still, there are plenty of fascinating and challenging songs that can get your mind working overtime to follow. Porton Down hums in your ears as the lyrics warn of the future dangers of chemical warfare. Mr.
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Peter Hammill is one of my favorite performers. His lyrics never fail to provoke thought and emotion, his musical ideas are almost always interesting, and his singing style never fails to provoke a response.
PH7 finds our hero in familiar territory: exploring social issues,politics, ancient and future history, love, death, the dangers of giving advice and taking photographs of topless women.
The favorites are many: Careering, Mirror Images, Handicap and Equality, Polaroid, The Old School Tie, Imperial Walls, Mr.X, and of course, Faculty X. But all the songs are strong.
A solid CD, and a must-have for fans.
And remember kids, it won't be the drug, it won't be the sex, it's gotta be the Faculty X!
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I think this is one of Peter Hammill's best albums. I listened to it a lot in high school and college. Porton Down and Not for Ketih are two of his most ineresting songs. People who like Early Gabriel, Talking Heads, Fripp and the like will like this album, though it sounds very late 70s. Singer Songwriter stuff but almost all electric and no pop melodies so it isnt easy on the ears. listen to a few times though and it will be very interesting. Sitting Targets is more commercial but similar in tone. Not as reflective as Over or as sweet as Fool's Mate. Does not sound like Van der Graaf, a real move in his own direction.
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Peter Hammill apparently thought it was best to abandoned the creative futuristic-sounding experimentation of The Future Now and either go back to his usual brand of personal balladry that made him successful, or attempt to be diverse but missing the mark for whatever reason. It's definitely disappointing. I thought Peter had a heck of a lot of potential with his experiments from the previous album (and Nadir's Big Chance) and would go on to do more of the same, but... apparently he wanted to take his career in another direction. Oh well.

An example of Hammill's fine display of balladry is found right in the beginning with "My Favourite". A beautiful though *very* typical (especially by his standards) vocal melody. It's short and it's nothing Peter Hammill hasn't already perfected on better albums in the past, but I love it all the same. An example of a failed experiment can be heard by the time the second track rolls around titled "Careering". An extremely ugly vocal melody- and I'm referring to every single aspect of this song. It's really terrible if you ask me. Hammill repeatedly sings/screams the same line over and over, and it sounds like it consists of only a few notes and that's it. The screechy Brian Eno-resembling guitar solo is the only interesting feature.

"Porton Down" actually reminds me of the Firm- that 80's band with Paul Rodgers. It's because of the crunchy electronic sounds that take up most of the song... unless that's actually an electric guitar I'm hearing and it's combined with messy saxophone work. Hmmm... Not a very appealing track to me personally, but I respect a modest attempt at variety. I wish the song actually went somewhere though.
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