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H To He Who Am The Only One

a Studio release
Van der Graaf Generator

Release Year: 1970

Date Label Catalog # Comments
01 Dec 1970 Charisma CAS 1027 LP
1990 Blue Plate CAROL-1638-2 CD
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 7/1/2005 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 6/11/2021 7:09:00 AM by: DBSilver
  1. Killer
  2. House With No Door
  3. The Emperor in His War-Room
    1. The Emperor
    2. The Room
  4. Lost
    1. The Dance in Sand and Sea
    2. The Dance in Frost
  5. Pioneers Over c.

Guy Evans
drums, percussion, tympani

Hugh Banton
organs, piano, bass, vocals

Peter Hammill
lead vocal, guitar, piano

David Jackson
saxes, flute, vocals


Robert Fripp: guitar
Nick Potter: bass

Reviewed by Nuno on 01 Dec 2000

I admit it, I'm a true fan of VDGG work. But H to He Who, Am the Only One figures in my top albums ever made.
For the first time i listened to it (thank you sister) i was fascinated by the musical richness and hability of the players. David Jackson is absolutely, completely, entirely, grandiously amazing on Saxophone and Flute, Hugh Banton really Hammond us all in great style, Guy Evans drums are essential to the whole plot and Peter Hammil is...well he's an event, one big event in music.
After growing some years (i first heard this when i was 12), i begun noticing the lyrics on the album and draw some conclusions:
Undoubtely these are great lyrics, real poetry with an (sometimes) obscure and hard to get message underneath. My opinion (just one opinion, neither more nor less than an opinion) is that PH was going through a very difficult phase, i may be mistaken but the soul exposed in his poems is one of a lonely, heartbroken man, traped inside his own thoughts and sceaming for help...
House with no door and Lost are images of a hurt and broken heart, confused in hope for a setback and the feeling of rejection burning out, they are, i think, self-loneliness portraits as seen from both outside and inside. The lyrics on Lost are a matter of celestial enlightment, as many times in my life i felt exactely the same way.
Killer is more a statement in anger, for the frigid thoughts that PH was trying to reject; even if you must scrubble inbetween the words of this song, i really feel the message is there.
The Emperor in his War-Room is another story of loneliness and its punishment.
Pionners Over C. closes the album with a fable of space explorers lost in their own adventure outside the boundaries of normal life being, as another loneliness self-portrait in different colors, traped inside its fable suit.
Concerning musicallity, the Saxophone solos on Killer and Pionners Over c. are pure diamonds in a jewelery exhibition that this whole album is.
Dated from 1970, the outmost experimental voyage to the deepest corners of the soul, guided by fabulous progressive music.
Knowing this is a strange review from a Progressive Metal fan, please note that i begun listening to metal at 15 , 3 years later than my first escapes to progressive rock experiences.
Many other things might have occured me to say about this album, but i think i made my point and I'll end this review as i started, by stating this is one of my all time favourite albums, as a whole, as a source of inspiration, as a companion of my dark moments, as a turning back point to my childhood, as many other things...

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