Van Der Graaf Generator – In Session 1971 – Nights At The Roundtable: Session Edition

Van der Graaf Generator - one of the most influential bands of the Progressive Rock period. And you definitely couldn't dance to them.

Van der Graaf Generator – one of the most influential bands of the Progressive Rock period. And you definitely couldn’t dance to them.

. . .or click on the link here for Audio Player – Van der Graaf Generator – live at the BBC 1971 – BBC Radio 1

Probably one of the most influential bands of the Prog period, Van der Graaf Generator have maintained a large and loyal following ever since they first started in 1967. Fronted by the enigmatic and highly-intense Peter Hammill, Van der Graaf Generator created a stir throughout Europe, particularly in Italy, where they became the prototype for countless bands from the 1970-1975 period.

Although not that well known in the U.S. – not having the benefit of touring to any extent, save for a brief trip around the East Coast in 1972, they nonetheless caught the attention of many musicians and listeners who kept their ears to the ground for anything new and interesting coming from overseas.

Having split up and reunited several times, they’ve reunited again in recent years and have been touring lately, picking up a whole new audience of fans in the process.

Tonight, it’s a session recorded for the BBC in 1971 and it features three songs:

1. Darkness
2. Vision
3. Theme One

If you aren’t familiar with them, take a 12 minute break and check them out. If you are familiar with them, you need no introduction, no enticements and no excuse to crank this up and enjoy it.

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