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Quiet Zone / Pleasure Dome Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered

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Reissue of this 1977 classic album has been remastered and includes the 9 original tracks plus 3 bonus tracks: 'Door', 'Ship of Fools' (single B-side released in '77 in France only) & 'The Wave' (demo version, previously unreleased). EMI. 2005.

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  • Audio CD (August 9, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B0009Y33E2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Hank Napkin on August 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's always interesting to see what happens when stubbornly non-commercial musicians stumble into the some possibly commercial music. If any Van der Graaf album had the chance to reach a broader audience, this one was it. The music here shows a bigger emphasis on beats, on songs with a real "chorus", some hooks and some pretty accessible lyrical content when compared with the defining components of the VdGG catalog. Still, the music and the ideas hit hard. From the corrupting influence of commerce and markets (Chemical World) religion (Habit of the Broken Heart) and Hammill's incessant pursuit of the "I" (Sphinx in the Face) it's all still too smart and too aware to break through to that broader audience, since for the most part the broader audience is largely tone deaf and more interested in what musicians wear than what they write and perform. So what happens, again, is little or nothing: Great artists continue to labor in relative obscurity and mediocre entertainers continue to dominate. Oh well, no reason to let that spoil our fun.

Which is a too long way of saying that if you're buying this it's probably because you already have it or had it before. While it was always easy to assume that the studio time given to these guys to do what they do would have been far less than -- I'm guessing here -- any number of disco artistes dragging their shop worn nonsense 'round the labels in 1975, be assured that the remastering is well worth the price of readmission. This is true of all the recent VdGG reissues, including the remarkable "Fool's Mate".

The sound quality far exceeds that of the original import vinyl, and certainly outperforms the original CD versions. Which is a big, big deal when it comes to the music of Van der Graaf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JIM G. on January 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After "World Record", gone were Hugh Banton and Dave Jackson, in were Graham Smith (violin) and Nic Potter (bass).Hence the aptly named "Van Der Graaf." The result was a more stripped down approach.Dare I say it, but this may be their most accessable album.If you consider how prolific Peter Hammill was at this time (1975/1976),and how he maintained the high quality of songwriting/performance, it makes this release that much more incredible!!

This remastered reissue is a delight.It's augmented with three bonus tracks.EMI/VIRGIN is to be commended on the whole Peter Hammill/VDGG reissue series to date..Being in the U.S.A. this title hasn't been released here yet(import only),but it is worth every cent..

Highly recommended!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ignaciocuev on May 3, 2012
Format: Audio CD
You are not going to get pawn hearts, godbluff, still life, not even the older vdgg repertoire. The marvelous keyboard of hugh banton said goodbye and hammill brought along a freaking violin! and it works great. The format just adds piano, acoustic guitar, great , i mean great drums and the sludgy creative bass of nic potter.
The material is catchy yet proggresive. hammil was quite inspired . A great record for my taste. Get it inmediatly.
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By Robert on January 2, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Van Der Graaf Generator created some of prog rock's most brilliant and unique music. Except for "Time Vaults" [which unfortunately sounds like it was recorded on an Edison disk}, all of their albums are a treat. If you like King Crimson, you will probably like Van Der Graaf Generator. Like many prog acts of the time, many of their recordings exceed 8 minutes.

"The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome" is their last studio album of the 1970's. With some line-up changes, they dropped the "Generator" from their name, and came up with an album of shorter, more commercial songs, a bit like the Yes album "Tormato". Peter Hammill's songwriting is terrific, as usual. His ideas condensed into shorter songs almost makes this sound like a Peter Hammill solo album. Almost like his album "Nadir's Big Chance".

This Van Der Graaf rocks a bit. In fact, there are hints of punk here and there. It was a confusing time for music. Nobody was sure what would sell, and bands like Van Der Graaf, Yes and Gentle Giant explored shorter songs, perhaps thinking that the record buying public was developing a shorter attention span.

I am pleased to have gotten the EMI/Virgin edition of this CD, as it has 3 bonus tracks I've not heard or possessed before. It has the studio versions of "Door" and "Ship Of Fools" (not the Grateful Dead song!). These two songs were B sides of singles. There are live versions of these two songs on "Vital" (recorded on the "Quiet Zone" tour), but I've never heard the studio versions until today. Very nice! It reminded me a little of Be Bop Deluxe in a more psychotic state! The third bonus track is an instrumental demo of "The Wave", which, honestly does nothing for me in this form.

If you have all the old Van Der Graaf Generator albums, you may as well get this one and "Vital". Have fun.
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