Disc One - 1. Interference Patterns 2. Nutter Alert 3. Your Time Starts Now 4. Lemmings 5. Lifetime 5. Bunsho 6. Childlike Faith Disc Two - 1. Sands 2. Over The Hill 3. We Are Not Here 4. Man-Erg It opens with a terrific highlight from "Trisector", 'Interference Patterns' London gets the crowd warmed up and they seem impressed judging from the applause afterwards.
One can never be disappointed with hearing a live version of 'Nutter Alert', and Hammill absolutely belts this out with as much passion and drive as on "Present". The live set includes some of the quintessential VDGG classics including, from the brilliant "Pawn Hearts", 'Lemmings', that clocks a mind bending This is followed by "Trisector"'s 'Lifetime'a song I had forgotten but as soon as it started I was delighted with the familiar melody.
The piano is everpresent and a delightful augmentation of the overall texture, that resonates between dark and light with crashes of distorted chords. The tensions are subtle, releasing various musicians to take over and then holding back enough to let the music breathe. It London never overblown or pretentious due to the sincerity of blending Hammill's alienated vocals with Banton's keyboard finesse.
The instrumental section is brilliant, sliding and swooping keyboards pouncing upon plunging guitar sweeps, creating a sense of isolation and intense abandonment in the icy wasteland. Disc Two is shorter at onlysomething I was not impressed with, as the whole thing only runs for about an hour and a half, but at least the concert is here to enjoy.
It begins with 'Mr. Sands' from "A Grounding In Numbers". It is a sensational way to close the program, and the crowd offer their rapturous applause demonstrating their appreciation for a great concert experience.
On the downside there is no sax because Jackson is absent and it is really missing the old VDGG magic without those blasting duel sax layers. This is a mistake in my opinion as they could have easily injected London 4 or 5 songs, but I guess they are in the golden years now and not as spry as in the 70s years. One expects a decent length concert with the amount it costs to see a band these days so anything less than 2 hours is not really value for money.
If this is La Nuit Profonde - Eva - Le Cœur Battant whole concert it feels a bit short for comfort. The other live albums were also quite short, though concerts generally were in the 70s, and we may recall that "Vital" from is Van Der Graaf Generator - Recorded Live In Concert At Metropolis Studios 90 minutes, "Maida Vale BBC Sessions " from the 70s is about 70 minutes, but "Real Time" recorded in is over 2 hours long!
In any case the CD is exceptional quality, some great songs here and any excuse to revisit these songs given a live treatment is definitely worthwhile. It could have been better certainly, but overall this is excellent prog and proves there is life in the old generator yet! You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.
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