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Time Vaults

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Time Vaults
Demo album by
RecordedCrowborough 1971, Ross-on-Wye 1972, Rockfield 1973/1974 and Norton Canon 1975
GenreProgressive rock
LabelSofa Sound (original cassette release SS3)
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Time Vaults is an album by Van der Graaf Generator. It was originally released in 1982 on cassette only, almost four years after the break-up of Van der Graaf Generator in 1978. Later it was released as a vinyl LP, and in 1992 it was released on CD.

The album contains outtakes and rehearsals from the period 1972-1975, when the band was on hiatus. The recordings "are not studio-quality recordings", according to Peter Hammill.[2] It contains previously unreleased songs taken from rehearsals by the reformed band in 1975, plus a few live numbers from mid-1972, originally intended for a projected album in late 1972.

"Coil Night" features Peter Hammill on bass guitar and David Jackson on piano. The title track "Time Vaults" is a collage consisting of several unreleased pieces mixed with studio chatter. A different version of "Black Room" appeared on Peter Hammill's solo album Chameleon in the Shadow of the Night. "Faint and Forsaken" is a combination of the instrumental middle passages of "Forsaken Gardens" and "Faint-Heart and the Sermon", different versions of which appeared on Peter Hammill's solo albums The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage and In Camera respectively.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Liquidator" (Hammill) – 5:24
  2. "Rift Valley" (Hammill, Jackson, Evans) – 4:40
  3. "Tarzan" (Hammill, Jackson, Evans, Banton) – 2:09
  4. "Coil Night" (Jackson) – 4:12
  5. "Time Vaults" (uncredited) – 3:33
  6. "Drift (I Hope It Won't)" (Banton) – 2:40
  7. "Roncevaux" (Hammill) – 6:55
  8. "It All Went Red" (on some pressings incorrectly called "It All Went Up") (Hammill) – 4:07
  9. "Faint and Forsaken" (Hammill) – 2:45
  10. "Black Room" (Hammill) – 8:52


Van der Graaf Generator


  1. ^ Prato, Greg (2011). "Time Vaults - Van der Graaf Generator | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  2. ^ Album notes by Peter Hammill for "Time Vaults", cd (1992). Thunderbolt.