Van Der Graaf Generator The Aerosol Grey Machine 50th Anniversary Box Set Review

Van Der Graaf Generator: The Aerosol Grey Machine 50th Anniversary Edition
2CD/ Gatefold 180 Gram LP/ 7-Inch Single Limited Edition Deluxe Boxset
Cherry Red Records / Esoteric Recordings

This deluxe set celebrates the 50th anniversary of the very first VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR release and features the re-mastered album, an additional CD of rare & previously unreleased tracks including two previously unreleased demos from 1967, the complete BBC Radio Top Gear session from 1968 (including the “lost” previously unreleased version of ‘Octopus’) & the single tracks ‘People You Were Going To’ and ‘Firebrand’, a facsimile 180 gram vinyl LP of “The Aerosol Grey Machine” (cut at Abbey Road Studios) housed in the impossibly rare unreleased British gatefold sleeve design, a 7-inch single of the very rare withdrawn release ‘People You Were Going To’ b/w ‘Firebrand’, a lavish book with many previously unseen photos and cuttings and an essay by Sid Smith featuring an exclusive interview with Peter Hammill and a replica 1968 poster designed by Peter Hammill.

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“This album has a whiff of Psychedelia about it, that was never to be repeated,so Aerosol Grey Machine is a Van Der Graaf Generator album enthusiasts of Psychedelia maybe enjoy,as the sound is on that psych/prog crossover sound so prevalent in the late 60s, very early 70s in the UK….. plus to have the alternative artwork which I think is beautiful,is a nice addition,so having the Vinyl record did have a purpose for me in the end…. THAT sleeve screams late 60s with the swirling artwork with the 60s dressed model… couldn’t have come from another period.This has more accessible sound to it, than what came after…. though it still has a disordant menacing vibe in places. . But It’s a fine debut very much of its time!! ” Stuart Robinson

See also
Van Der Graaf Generator – The Charisma Years – Unboxing Video and Review

Van Der Graaf Generator : Interference Patterns : The Recordings 2005 – 2016 14 Disc Box Set Review

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