Over (album)

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Peter Hammill Over.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1977
Recorded27 June-4 July 1976
StudioFoel Studios, Llanfair Caereinion, Wales
GenreArt rock
ProducerPeter Hammill
Peter Hammill chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

Over is the sixth studio album by the English singer and songwriter Peter Hammill, released on Charisma Records in April 1977. It was issued for the first time on CD on Virgin Records in the early 1990s, and was reissued again in a remastered version in 2006 with bonus tracks.

The album details the break-up of a long-term relationship with a woman known as Alice. The album was originally to be called Over My Shoulder with a different cover shot in which he was caught looking back over his shoulder with a very mixed expression.[2].

The album was recorded during a period of line-up change for Hammill's band Van der Graaf Generator. It features VdGG drummer Guy Evans, VdGG's new recruit Graham Smith (formerly of String Driven Thing) on violin, and the return of VdGG's bass player from 1969 to 1970, Nic Potter.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Hammill.

  1. "Crying Wolf"
  2. "Autumn"
  3. "Time Heals"
  4. "Alice (Letting Go)"
  5. "This Side of the Looking Glass"
  6. "Betrayed"
  7. "(On Tuesdays She Used to Do) Yoga"
  8. "Lost and Found"

The following bonus tracks were included on the 2006 CD reissue:

  1. "Betrayed" (BBC session with Graham Smith, 13 April 1977)
  2. "Autumn" (BBC session with Graham Smith, 13 April 1977)
  3. "This Side of the Looking Glass" (solo version, All Saints Unitarian Church, Kansas City, US, 16 February 1978)


  • Peter Hammill – vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Graham Smith – violin (2,6)
  • Nic Potter – bass (1,3,8)
  • Guy Evans – drums (1,3,8)
  • Michael Brand – orchestra conductor (5)
  • Dave Anderson, Ian Gomm – engineers (Foel Studio)
  • Pat Moran – engineer (Rockfield Studios)
  • Frank Sansom – art direction
  • Sebastian Keep – photography


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