World Record (Van der Graaf Generator album)

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World Record
World Record (Van der Graaf Generator album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Van der Graaf Generator
Released October 1976
Recorded 10–30 May 1976
Studio Rockfield Studios, Monmouthshire
Genre Progressive rock
Length 53:01 (Original)
68:37 (Re-Release)
Label UK Charisma Records,
Virgin Records[1]
USA Mercury Records
Producer Van der Graaf Generator
Van der Graaf Generator chronology
Still Life
(1976)Still Life1976
World Record
The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome
(1977)The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

World Record is the seventh studio album by 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 1976 and 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 Graham Smith (of Scottish folk-rock act String Driven Thing), but left before the next tour.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Hammill, except where noted.

Original release[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "When She Comes" – 8:02
  2. "A Place to Survive" – 10:05
  3. "Masks" – 7:30

Side two[edit]

  1. "Meurglys III (The Songwriter's Guild)" – 20:50
  2. "Wondering" (Banton, Hammill) – 6:33

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". Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  2. ^ McDonald, Steven. "World Record (review)". Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Vital (2005 Charisma reissue) liner notes. 
  4. ^ "Planet Mellotron". Retrieved 19 January 2012.