H to He, Who Am the Only One

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H to He, Who Am the Only One
Studio album by Van der Graaf Generator
Released December 1970
Recorded 1970
Trident Studios, London, England
Genre Progressive rock
Length 47:15
Label United Kingdom Charisma Records
United States Dunhill Records
Producer John Anthony
Van der Graaf Generator chronology
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H to He, Who Am the Only One
Pawn Hearts
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

H to He, Who Am the Only One is the third album by the British progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. It was released in 1970.

During the recording of the album, bassist Nic Potter quit the band. Organist Hugh Banton offered to play bass guitar on the two tracks that had not yet been finished.[2] In concert, Banton would play bass pedals to substitute for the lack of a bassist à la Ray Manzarek, but he would continue to record bass guitar parts on subsequent albums. H to He, Who Am the Only One also featured Robert Fripp of King Crimson playing lead guitar on one track, "The Emperor In His War Room". Fripp would collaborate again with Van der Graaf Generator on their next album, Pawn Hearts.

The album contains several references to modern physics: "H to He" in the title refers to "the fusion of hydrogen nuclei to form helium nuclei"; c in 'Pioneers over c.' refers to the speed of light.

The mid-priced "Charisma Classics" re-issue from the early 1980s had a blue cover. The first U.S. issue of the album was on the Dunhill Records division of ABC Records. It featured a revised cover with a white background instead of purple. A re-mastered version of this album added bonus tracks and was released in 2005. One of the additions is a rough studio version of "Squid / Octopus", a song that had been a staple of early Van der Graaf Generator concerts.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Hammill except as noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Killer" (Peter Hammill, Chris Judge Smith, Hugh Banton) – 8:24
  2. "House With No Door" – 6:37
  3. "The Emperor In His War Room" – 8:15, including:
    • "The Emperor"
    • "The Room"

Side two[edit]

  1. "Lost" – 11:17, including:
    • "The Dance in Sand and Sea"
    • "The Dance in the Frost"
  2. "Pioneers Over c." (Peter Hammill, David Jackson) – 12:42

Bonus tracks on 2005 reissue[edit]

  1. "Squid 1" / "Squid 2" / "Octopus" – 15:24 (bonus track on 2005 reissue)
  2. "The Emperor in His War Room" (first version) – 8:50 (bonus track on 2005 reissue)


Mike DeGagne of Allmusic gave the album 4 out of 5, noting that "On H to He Who Am the Only One, the brooding tones of synthesizer and oscillator along with Peter Hammil's distinct and overly ominous voice make it one of this British band's best efforts."


Additional personnel


  1. ^ DeGagne, Mike (2011). "H to He, Who Am the Only One - Van der Graaf Generator | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Christopulos, J., and Smart, P.: "Van der Graaf Generator - The Book", page 87. Phil and Jim publishers, 2005.

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