Saturday, 11 January 2020
Hammill. Peter - The Silent Corner And The Empty Stage (1974)
The third album by this British artist.
Peter Hammill did the harmonium, mellotron, fx, piano, guitars and vocals himself on this album.
He had help from the rest of Van Der Graaf Generator plus Randy California who provided guitars, drums, organ, woodwinds, drums, percussion and backing vocals.
Peter Hammill had and have a parallel career as a solo career in addition to being the main man in Van Der Graaf Generator.
That system works as Peter Hammill's own songs are pretty stripped down into a singer-songwriter format and VDGG is a full band with full orchestration.
As a VDGG fan and admirer, it is natural that I am drawn to his solo albums and want to review as many of them as possible.
The Silent Corner And The Empty Stage is more a band effort than a singer-songwriter album. It is a halfway house between a solo album and a VDGG album.
It has all the darkness and gloomy views as you will expect from a VDGG album..... and a Peter Hammill album.. from what I understand.
It is indeed a dark album with a lot of very good themes and songs. It is an album that has hypnotic powers.
In short, this is a good album and one to really check out.