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Over Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered

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2006 digitally remastered edition of the Van Der Graaf Generator frontman's sixth solo album that was originally released in 1977. The album deals with the gamut of feeling and emotions associated with the end of long term relationships in Hammill's most intelligent and inspired songs.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Crying Wolf
  2. Autumn
  3. Time Heals
  4. Alice (Letting Go)
  5. This Side Of The Looking Glass
  6. Betrayed
  7. (On Tuesday's She Used To Do) Yoga
  8. Lost And Found
  9. Bonus Track: Betrayed
  10. Bonus Track: Autumn
  11. Bonus Track: This Side Of The Looking Glass


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2006)
  • Hk Rmst ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000I5Y9G8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Peter Hammill wrote this album after his wife left him. It is a sincere account of his feelings at that time, his questions on himself, on humanity, on what went wrong... This kind of album can be ridiculous when it's by a lesser artist, but Peter Hammill is a talented one, and it's hard not to be moved by this album.
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It has been said this is Hammill's most personal release. I am not sure about that. But I feel it is his most painful. Breakups can be acutely painful and that formed the setting, the catalyst for this gem. Peter Gabriel would do his own broken relationships album with "Us" many years later. That too is a gem but not the subject at hand.

When I went through my second divorce this CD became my friend. I knew there was someone out there who had felt like I did , who had anguished like I was doing. Someone who had been both very sad and very angry. Someone who knew. Someone who knew intimately the pain of a breakup. Peter Hammill. Got to love him. I do.

This is an essential release for the Hammill fan. I am not going to review each song. That I am sure is covered elsewhere. Get the CD and discover it for yourself. But I would be amiss if I did not mention a few titles. Like the achingly sad but beautiful "Looking Glass" or the following track "Betrayed". Betrayed is one of the most if not the most vitriolic angst filled Hammill songs ever. Last mentioned here is "On Tuesdays..." which to me is almost unbearable to listen to. It has on more than once occasion reduced me to tears. Incredible stuff.

Powerful music. Inspired music. Music born of raw emotions. In the vast catalogue of Hammill releases this must be considered a must have, no questions asked.
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Heartbreak and the subsequent anger it spurns are the main topics of this, my personal favorite Hammill album. He never really made another one like this. I think it's one of those love-it-or-hate-it albums... the drenched-in-sorrow cuts "Autumn", "This side of the looking glass", and "Alice (Letting go)" are possible tear-inducers. The anger felt on "Betrayal" will touch anyone who has ever felt betrayed, particularly in a relationship. Absolutely an excellent album, which does not fit at all with it's harder-edged progressive predecessors, but rather stands beside them as a different perspective.
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Stepping back from the more complex arrangements typical of his work with his band, Van der Graaf Generator ? as well as those utilized on some of his recent solo outings (CHAMELEON IN THE SHADOW OF THE NIGHT [1972], THE SILENT CORNER AND THE EMPTY STAGE [ALSO 1972], and IN CAMERA [1973]) ? Peter Hammill delivered OVER to the world in 1976, one of the most painfully honest and soul-baring albums of his career. While Hammill is a (thankfully) prolific artist, with some of the most revealing self-analytic lyrics ever written, his personal life has always been kept private ? a difficult task for a performer, but one that has meant enough to him that he has managed to do it. That being said, it's pretty evident from the lyrics on OVER that he was going through an extremely painful and emotional period in his life ? and what better catharsis to expedite and enable the healing process than his music?
Joined here by Van der Graaf bandmates Guy Evans (drums), Nic Potter (bass) and Graham Smith (violin), Hammill frames these intensely personal songs brilliantly with his expressive piano and guitar ? and every bit of the emotion contained in the lyrics is carried perfectly by his unique and powerful voice. Pain, loss, self-doubt ?and, ultimately, hope ? are portrayed here in such a naturally vivid fashion that the listener cannot help but experience some degree of the feelings that inspired these works. It's a breathtakingly intense journey ? and one that connects the artist with the listener at the most human level possible.
The album begins with 'Crying wolf'.
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That is how this album ends. This album was a personal album for Hammill in an attempt to come to grips with his emotions and get "over" the painful split with his longterm girlfriend.
The split came after being "Betrayed" by his best friend, and, fittingly, this is the most emotional and extreme song on the album.
This album contains less "classical-style" melodies and has more of a folk/rock singer-songwriter approach. This is fitting given the soul-bearing lyrical content.
The album is not without flaws. There is an odd-tempo change in "Time Heals" that detracts from the rest of the tune and the guitar line in Alice (Letting Go) is repeated a little too often for this listener.
The rest of the album is stunning and emotional. Not one to play at parties or relax with the girlfriend. But for personal listening and exploration, things don't get much better than this.
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Peter Hammill's albums are difficult to describe. He is intense and personal, dramatic and cathartic, emotional and articulate. He sometimes screams, sometimes whispers. He communicates great joy and great sorrow, personal loss, but also redemption and hope. This album has sold more than any other title in his catalog. Written to help him articulate his feelings after divorcing his wife of many years, it is at times harrowing and chilling. Sometimes it soars and makes you feel there is hope. For me, this album has never been a favorite. It can't compare with the power and originality of 1975's "Nadir's Big Chance" or his first four LPs: "Fool's mate" (1971), "Chameleon in the shadow of the night" (1973), "The silent corner and the empty stage" (1974) and "In camera" (1974.) He has released 39 studio albums, not counting compilations or re-releases. As leader of Van Der Graaf Generator, which began in 1967, he's released twelve LPs. Listen to Van der Graaf Generator's first seven LPs to discover the best Peter Hammill performances: "The Aerosol Grey Machine" (1969), "The least we can do is wave to each other" (1970), "H to He, who am the only one" (1970), "Pawn hearts" (1971), "Godbluff" (1975), "Still life" (1976), "World record" (1976), and "The quiet zone, the pleasure dome" (1977).
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