- Title:The Aerosol Grey Machine
- Style:Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock
- Date of release:
- Size FLAC version1731 megabytes
- Size MP3 version1445 megabytes
- Size WMA version1946 megabytes
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The Aerosol Grey Machine is the debut studio album by English progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. It was released in 1969 by record label Mercury. The album was originally intended as a solo album by the band's lead singer and main songwriter, Peter Hammill. When the band signed with Charisma Records, a deal was worked out whereby The Aerosol Grey Machine would be released under the Van der Graaf Generator name, in return for Mercury Records releasing Hammill from his earlier contract with it.
THE AEROSOL GREY MACHINE sessions began life as an intended solo album for Peter Hammill, featuring Banton, Evans and Ellis as session players. This deluxe set celebrates the 50th anniversary of the very first VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR release and features the re-mastered album, an additional CD of rare & previously unreleased tracks including two previously unreleased demos from 1967, the complete BBC Radio Top Gear session from 1968 (including the lost previously unreleased version of ‘Octopus’) & the single tracks ‘People You Were Going To’.
Producer – Van Der Graaf Generator (tracks: A1). Producer, Liner Notes – John Anthony. Vocals, Acoustic Guitar – Peter Joseph Andrew Hammill. The Aerosol Grey Machine (LP, Album, MP, Promo). Written-By – Evans (tracks: B2), Banton (tracks: B2), Ellis (tracks: B2), Peter Hammill (tracks: A1 to B1, B3 to B5). Notes. Recorded at Trident Studios, London July 31, August 1, 1969; except "Afterwards" & "Necromancer", recorded in one afternoon in January 1969 at Marquee Studios, London. The Aerosol Grey Machine (LP, Album). 6360 510 A, 6360 510 L. Van Der Graaf Generator.
Aerosol Grey Machine" Track Info. The Aerosol Grey Machine Van der Graaf Generator.
Aerosol Grey Machine" is short joke song little in vein of Emerson Lake & Palmer's "Benny The Bouncer", being a really terrible in my opinion, making me think why to title the whole album with such piece? "Black Smoke Yen" is another short one with jumpy rhythm for the dance of piano and bass guitar, morphing to "Aquarian". In a rare moment of strange happenstance, I agree with Van Der Graaf Generator fans: no, I do not like this album very much either! Weird, huh? Not that there’s anything wrong with the album.
My version of 'Aerosol Grey Machine' contains all the tracks which were involved in these recordings and 'Ferret And Featherbird' which was also recorded at that time. from an interview by DisAgreement Online in Sandweiler, Luxembourg, May 1999. The Italian cassette tape. boxed set was released on 26th April 2019. 50 years of being different. Exactly half a century ago, the debut album of an unusual band from Manchester named Van Der Graaf Generator (VDGG), entitled THE AEROSOL GREY MACHINE, was released. An opulent box has just been released for this work, which contains not only the remastered original but also a lot of bonus material from that time. Mastermind of these progressive rock pioneers was and is singer, pianist, guitarist, and composer Peter Hammill. The 70-year-old answered the GoodTimes questions by e-mail.
Beginning as a Peter Hammill solo effort following the dissolution of the first Van Der Graaf Generator, this quickly recorded album brought Hammill together with producer John Anthony and caused the reformation of the band (which immediately thereafter shifted personnel once again). A raw, energetic effort that sometimes did little to show off the young Hammill's talents, the album nevertheless has some fine moments that hint at the possibilities for future releases. The fact remains, mind you, that the second album, The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other, is far superior.
Van der Graaf Generator.
|A1||Aerosol Grey Machine||0:56|
|A2||Black Smoke Yen||1:18|
|B2||Orthenthian St. (Part I)||2:23|
|B3||Orthenthian St. (Part II)||3:53|
|B5||Into A Game||6:56|
- Bass, Backing Vocals – Keith Ian Ellis*
- Drums, Percussion – Guy Randolph Evans*
- Engineer – Gerry Collins*, Robin Cable*
- Flute – Jeff Peach
- Piano, Organ, Percussion, Backing Vocals – Hugh Robert Banton*
- Producer – John Anthony
- Vocals, Acoustic Guitar – Peter Joseph Andrew Hammill*
NotesRecorded at Trident Studios, London July 31 / August 1, 1969; except "Afterwards", recorded in one afternoon in January 1969 at Marquee Studios, London.
White Label test press in a slick (proof print) cover
|SR 61238||Van Der Graaf Generator||The Aerosol Grey Machine (LP, Album)||Mercury||SR 61238||US||1969|
|SR 61238||Van Der Graaf Generator||The Aerosol Grey Machine (LP, Album, MP)||Mercury||SR 61238||US||1969|
|6360 510 A, 6360 510 L||Van Der Graaf Generator||The Aerosol Grey Machine (LP, Album)||Vertigo, Vertigo||6360 510 A, 6360 510 L||Italy||1974|
|LGR 109||Van Der Graaf Generator||The Aerosol Grey Machine (CD, Album, RE)||Lumpy Gravy Records||LGR 109||France||2015|
|SR 61238||Van Der Graaf Generator||The Aerosol Grey Machine (LP, Album, MP, Promo)||Mercury||SR 61238||US||1969|