The Aerosol Grey Machine

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The Aerosol Grey Machine
Studio album by Van der Graaf Generator
Released September 1969
Recorded January 1969
31 July-1 August 1969 at Marquee and Trident Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, psychedelic rock
Length 46:58 (Original release)
53:50 (CD release)
Label Mercury Records (USA)
Fontana Records (Germany)
Vertigo Records (1974 Italian release)
Repertoire Records (German CD reissue)
Producer John Anthony
Van der Graaf Generator chronology
The Aerosol Grey Machine
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

The Aerosol Grey Machine is the first album by the British progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. It was released in September 1969.

The album was originally intended as a solo album by the band's lead singer and main songwriter, Peter Hammill. When the band signed with Charisma Records, a deal was worked out whereby The Aerosol Grey Machine would be released under the Van der Graaf Generator name, in return for Mercury Records releasing Hammill from his earlier contract with it.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Peter Hammill; except where indicated.[3]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Afterwards" – 4:55
  2. "Orthenthian St., Pts. 1 & 2" – 6:18
  3. "Running Back" – 6:35
  4. "Into a Game" (Peter Hammill, Hugh Banton, Keith Ellis, Guy Evans) - 6:57

Side two[edit]

  1. "Aerosol Grey Machine" – 0:47
  2. "Black Smoke Yen" (Hugh Banton, Keith Ellis, Guy Evans) – 1:26
  3. "Aquarian" – 8:22
  4. "Necromancer" – 3:38
  5. "Octopus" – 8:00

Bonus tracks[edit]

These additional tracks (comprising the two sides of the band's first single) were included on a CD version of the album released in 1997 by the German company Repertoire Records:

  1. "People You Were Going To" – 2:44
  2. "Firebrand" – 4:08

These additional tracks were included on the CD release of the album from Peter Hammill's own UK record label, FIE! Records, also in 1997:

  1. "Giant Squid" (Peter Hammill, Hugh Banton, Keith Ellis, Guy Evans) - 3:20
  2. "Ferret And Featherbird" - 4:34


Additional personnel
  • Jeff Peach – flute


  1. ^ McDonald, Steven (2011). "The Aerosol Grey Machine - Van der Graaf Generator | AllMusic". Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Christopulos, J., and Smart, P.: "Van der Graaf Generator - The Book", page 59. Phil and Jim publishers, 2005. ISBN 0-9551337-0-X
  3. ^ McDonald, Steven. "The Aerosol Grey Machine - Van der Graaf Generator : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-04-23.