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World Record (Van der Graaf Generator album)

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World Record
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1976
Recorded10–30 May 1976
StudioRockfield Studios, Monmouthshire
GenreProgressive rock
LabelUK Charisma Records,
Virgin Records[1]
USA Mercury Records
ProducerVan der Graaf Generator
Van der Graaf Generator chronology
Still Life
World Record
The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [2]

World Record is the seventh studio album by the British progressive rock group Van der Graaf Generator, originally released in 1976 on Charisma Records. Bonus tracks were added for the 2005 rerelease.

It was the last album recorded by the classic line-up of the band until their 2005 reunion: Hugh Banton and David Jackson departed in December 1976 and January 1977 respectively. Banton's departure owed to financial troubles and his then-recent marriage, but he stayed to finish touring commitments.[3] Jackson continued with Peter Hammill and Guy Evans to rehearse with the new line-up in January 1977, which featured returning bassist Nic Potter and newcomer violinist Graham Smith (of Scottish folk-rock act String Driven Thing), but left shortly after the band started rehearsing, just before the next tour.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Hammill, except where noted.

Side one
1."When She Comes"8:02
2."A Place to Survive"10:05
Side two
4."Meurglys III, The Songwriter's Guild" 20:50
5."Wondering"Banton, Hammill6:33

2005 re-release bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "When She Comes" – 8:13
  2. "Masks" – 7:23


Van der Graaf Generator


  1. ^ "Van der Graaf Generator - World Record (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  2. ^ McDonald, Steven. "Van der Graaf Generator - World Record (1976) album review at AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b Vital (2005 Charisma reissue) liner notes.
  4. ^ "Planet Mellotron". Archived from the original on 28 February 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012.

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