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A blueprint for the future, VDGG's 1969 debut is ample testament to Peter Hammill's already apparent originality and creativity.
More acoustic and melodic than much that followed, 'The Aerosol Grey Machine' sits between the singer-songwriter intimacy of 'Fool's Mate' and the brooding, apocalyptic Progressive sound of 'The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other'.
An all too often overlooked gem, this is the Fie! label digital re-master.
1. Afterwards (4:58)
2. Orthenthian St. (Part I) (2:23)
3. Orthenthian St. (Part II) (3:53)
4. Running Back (6:32)
5. Into a Game (5:56)
6. Ferret & Featherbird (4:34)
7. Aerosol Grey Machine (0:56)
8. Black Smoke Yen (1:18)
9. Aquarian (8:27)
10. Giant Squid (3:19)
11. Octopus (7:41)
12. Necromancer (3:30)
Bass, Backing Vocals - Keith Ellis
Cover [Digitally Recovered] - RidArt*
Drums, Percussion - Guy Evans
Engineer - Robin Cable*
Flute - Jeff Peach
Photography By [Front] - Gordian Troeller
Photography By [Rear] - Barrie Wentzell
Piano, Organ, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Hugh Banton
Producer - John Anthony (2)
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar - Peter Hammill
Written-By - Evans* (tracks: 4, 7, 9), Banton* (tracks: 4, 7, 9), Ellis* (tracks: 4, 7, 9), Peter Hammill (tracks: 1 to 6, 8 to 11)