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Van Der Graaf - Vital album

Van Der Graaf - Vital album
  • Performer Van Der Graaf
  • Title Vital
  • Date of release 1978
  • Country Russia
  • Style Prog Rock
  • Other formats DTS MP4 AAC AUD APE ASF AHX
  • Genre Rock
  • Size MP3 1970 mb
  • Size FLAC 1103 mb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 485

Vital: Van der Graaf Live is the first live album by English progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. It was recorded 16 January 1978 at the Marquee Club in London and was released in July, one month after the band's 1978 break-up

The recording quality is surprisingly good, with a close, intimate sound, which is the only way one could properly capture this band live and not have the results come out like a bunch of noise.

Vital is a music live recording by VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR (Eclectic Prog/Progressive Rock) released in 1978 on cd, lp, vinyl and/or cassette. Only for completionists (2%). All in all, this is a fine live album which shows this phase of Van Der Graff off in its full glory. While there are a few problems here and there with the sound, there is enough pros in this album to have it be worthy of owning. For fans of the band, this is an essential purchase (espcially since live material is rare).

Van der Graaf Generator are an English progressive rock band, formed in 1967 in Manchester by singer-songwriters Peter Hammill and Chris Judge Smith and the first act signed by Charisma Records. They did not experience much commercial success in the UK, but became popular in Italy during the 1970s. In 2005 the band reformed, and are still musically active with a line-up of Hammill, organist Hugh Banton and drummer Guy Evans.

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Is Vital the best album by Van Der Graaf Generator? BestEverAlbums. com brings together thousands of 'greatest ever album' charts and calculates an overall ranking. This album At A Glance. Vital by Van Der Graaf Generator (1978) Overall rank: 6,878th. Accolades: Top albums of 1978 ( 121st ). Top albums of the 1970s ( 1,144th ). Best albums of all time ( 6,878th ).


A1 Ship Of Fools
A2 Still Life
A3 Last Frame
B1 Mirror Images
B2 Medley (Parts Of "A Plague Of Lighthouse Keepers" And "The Sleepwalkers")
C1 Pioneers Over C
C2 Sci-Finance
D1 Door
D2 Urban
D3 Nadir's Big Chance

Companies, etc.

  • Marketed By – Charisma Records Ltd.
  • Distributed By – Phonogram Ltd.
  • Manufactured By – Phonogram Ltd.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Charisma Records Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Charisma Records Ltd.
  • Printed By – Gothic Print Finishers Ltd.
  • Published By – Static Music Ltd.
  • Published By – Charisma Music
  • Published By – Chappell & Co. Ltd.
  • Published By – Stratsong Ltd.
  • Published By – Carlin Music Corp.
  • Recorded At – Marquee Club
  • Mixed At – Foel Studio
  • Lacquer Cut At – CBS Studios, London


  • Bass – Nic Potter
  • Cello, Electric Piano, Synthesizer – Charles Dickie*
  • Drums – Guy Evans
  • Engineer – Dave Anderson
  • Engineer [Recording] – Mike Dunne
  • Lacquer Cut By – Allen*
  • Lyrics By – Peter Hammill
  • Mastered By [Cut By] – Allen Landau
  • Photography By [Back Photo], Lighting [Stage], Other [Model] – Rod Illingworth
  • Photography By [Center Photos] – Guy Evans, Peter Hammill, Ria Granneman
  • Photography By [Front Photo] – Gordian Troeller
  • Producer – Guy Evans
  • Saxophone [Saxes], Flute – David Jackson (tracks: B1 to D3)
  • Violin – Graham Smith
  • Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Producer [Existential] – Peter Hammill
  • Written-By – Jackson* (tracks: C1), Hammill*
  • Written-By [Urban (Section)] – Banton* (tracks: D2), Smith* (tracks: D2)


Recorded live at the Marquee Club, London, January 16th 1978.
Mixed at Foel Studio, Llanfaircaereinion, Powys.

No overdubs have been employed in this recording.

℗ 1978 Charisma Records Ltd.
© 1978 Charisma Records Ltd.

No track durations are stated on this edition of the release.

Gatefold sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side A, Record 1): †CVL 1-A†
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side B, Record 1): †CVL 1-B†
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side C, Record 2): †CVL 2-A†
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side D, Record 2): †CVL 2-B†
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A (Variant 1)): CVL 1 A//1 C ALLEN
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B (Variant 1)): CVL 1 B//1 C ALLEN
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C (Variant 1)): CVL 2 A//1C ALLEN
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D (Variant 1)): CVL 2 B//1C ALLEN
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A [Stamped] (Variant 2)): CVL 1 A//1 C 11 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B [Stamped] (Variant 2)): CVL 1 B//1 C 11 1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side C [Stamped] (Variant 2)): CVL 2 A//1 C 11 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side D [Stamped] (Variant 2)): CVL 2 B//1 C 11 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, B, C & D [Etched] (Variant 2)): ALLEN

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
0946 3 32981 2 5, CVLCDR 101 Van Der Graaf* Vital ‎(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial, Har) Virgin , Charisma 0946 3 32981 2 5, CVLCDR 101 Russia 2005
SFX-10067~8 Van Der Graaf* Vital ‎(2xLP, Album) Philips SFX-10067~8 Japan 1978
0 0777 7 87545 2 7, CVLCD101 Van Der Graaf* Vital ‎(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin 0 0777 7 87545 2 7, CVLCD101 Italy 1989
SFX-10067~8 Van Der Graaf Vital ‎(LP, Promo) Philips SFX-10067~8 Japan Unknown
VJD-25023~24 Van Der Graaf* Vital ‎(2xCD, Album) Charisma, Virgin Japan VJD-25023~24 Japan 1989