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2 selections as Proggnosis Best of 1974 Release

The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage

a Studio release
Peter Hammill

Release Year: 1974

Date Label Catalog # Comments
1974 LP
1973 LP Charisma 1067
1973 CD Blue Plate CASCD1067
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 12/1/2000 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 1/5/2011 10:36:00 PM by: Rob
  1. Modern (7:28)
  2. Wilhelmina (5:17)
  3. The Lie (Bernini's Saint Theresa) (5:40)
  4. Forsaken Gardens (6:15)
  5. Red Shift (8:11)
  6. Rubicon (4:41)
  7. A Louse Is Not a Home (12:13)
Peter Hammill
Guitar, Piano, Bass, Harmonium, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocals, Producer, Mellotron, Oscillator
Randy California
Hugh Banton
Organ, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Guy Evans
Percussion, Drums
David Jackson
Flute, Saxophones

Reviewed by Eric on 27 Feb 2004

I will go on record by saying Van Der Graff Generator’s Pawn Hearts is one of the better early 70’s progressive albums I’ve heard and one I still listen to from time to time along with their excellent debut album Aerosol Grey Machine. The rest of the band’s catalog I could do without simply because I find Peter Hammill so difficult to listen to. The same can be said of his solo works which I have bought several of over the years, yet sold off when the opportunity arose. The Silent Corner And The Empty Stage is the only Peter Hammill that has remained in my collection and probably always will because here the material is so interesting and unusual that the vocals add another dimension not really found on other Hammill albums. Hard to pick a favorite track here as they are all uniformly excellent, but the haunting The Lie (Bernini’s Saint Theresa) and Red Shift have a slight edge, but not by much.
I advise all prog fans who have not investigated Hammill’s extensive solo catalog to start here. Prog at it’s best.

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