Van der Graaf - The Quiet Zone / The Pleasure Dome (1977) (1 Viewer)

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Ok, one listen in and I doubt there will be any more.

I like it well enough but I'm just not that into prog like this - I like when a band goes off on one for a track or two on an album (a good example being 4ever 2Gether on ABC's Lexicon of Love) but for a whole album, hmmm. Its kind of like the proggiest Kate Bush bits I suppose. Is there a pop album by them I could listen to? Even Gentle Giant have this yoke.

It's cool that music like this was coming out on a pretty big label in 1977 though. We could do with a bit of that in 2018.
 

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This is as close to pop as they came really. Apparently they thought that their previous album (World Record) was going to be a hit in the dance clubs, but that was a delusional notion.

Is this one really prog though? It sounds kinda normal rock to me, but in my head it sits along side other vdgg albums like Pawn Hearts and Godbluff so I can't be sure.
 

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I suppose it's not the dancing gnomes with disco gregorian chanting side of prog, no. Wiki calls their stuff "art rock" which is probably a bit more accurate.

I'd be curious on how to connect this kind of shape-shifting songwriting with someone I like, say Throwing Muses, who also have songs that go all over the shop but are never accused of being prog.
 
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Only seeing this now,I listened to this the other night!

Cracker. I love Peter Hamill
 

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