The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (January 2010)|
|The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other|
|Studio album by Van der Graaf Generator|
|Recorded||Trident Studios, London, 11–14 December 1969|
|Label|| Charisma Records
|Van der Graaf Generator chronology|
This track demonstrates the typical style of the band in this period.
|Problems playing this file? See media help.|
The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other is the second album by the British progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. It was released in 1970. The album was reissued in re-mastered form, with two bonus tracks, in 2005.
While this is the second album in the Van der Graaf Generator catalogue, it is really the first proper album by the band. Their previous album, The Aerosol Grey Machine had been written and recorded as a solo record by singer and main songwriter Peter Hammill, but because of a deal with the record company, was released under the Van der Graaf Generator name.
The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other was recorded at Trident Studios, London, 11–14 December 1969. Trident was one of the most advanced studios in all of Europe at the time. Most of the album was recorded on an 8-track reel to reel machine. However, the song After The Flood was recorded on a new state of the art 16-track recorder. It was one of the first such 16 track recordings made in the U.K.
The album credited Hugh Banton with writing the cello parts on "Refugees", but he was not given an actual songwriting credit. The first U.S. issue of the album was released by the Probe Records division of ABC Records also in 1970. It featured a different cover than the U.K. version.
The title is taken from artist John Minton: "We're all awash in a sea of blood, and the least we can do is wave to each other."
All songs written by Peter Hammill, except as noted. (Published by Stratsong Ltd.)
- "Darkness (11/11)" – 7:28
- "Refugees" – 6:23
- "White Hammer" – 8:15
- "Whatever would Robert have said?" – 6:07
- "Out of my Book" (Hammill, David Jackson) – 4:08
- "After the Flood" – 11:29
- "Boat of Millions of Years" – 3:50 (bonus track on reissue)
- "Refugees" (single version) – 5:24 (bonus track on reissue)
- These tracks were the B- and A-sides of an April 1970 single.
Van der Graaf Generator
- Peter Hammill – acoustic guitar and lead vocals; piano on "Refugees"
- Hugh Banton – Farfisa organ, piano and backing vocals
- Nic Potter – bass guitar and electric guitar
- Guy Evans – drums and percussion
- David Jackson – tenor and alto sax, flute and backing vocals
- Van der Graaf Generator – arrangements
- John Anthony – producer
- Robin Geoffrey Cable – recording and engineering
Sales chart performance
|1970||UK Albums Chart||47|
- McDonald, Steven (2011 [last update]). "The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other - Van der Graaf Generator | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
- Scaruffi, Piero (1999). "Van Der Graaf Generator". pieroscaruffi.com. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
- Christopulos, J., and Smart, P.: "Van der Graaf Generator - The Book", page 59. Phil and Jim publishers, 2005. ISBN 0-9551337-0-X
- Q Classic: Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, 2005.
- "UK Chart info". www.chartstats.com. Retrieved 22 August 2011.