UK Prog got an early start in the late ’60s with a few pioneers. Many of them turned monumental, bands like Yes, Tangerine Dream, and King Crimson. One of those bands who maintained a lower profile was known as Van der Graaf Generator. Formed by Peter Hammill in 1967, the band charmed the UK, and by extension, some US listeners. To date, they have released 13 studio sets, their last being in 2016 with Do Not Disturb.

On 23, Esoteric Recordings (Cherry Red UK) will release a new Van der Graaf Generator box paying close attention to their works from 2005 through 2016. This will include six studio albums and three live set (Real Time – 2007, Live At The Paradiso – 2009, Merlin Atmos (with bonus tracks) – 2015).  The new box, which will compliment the previously released The Charisma Years 1970-1978, issued in September of 2021, and will house 13CDs and a region-free DVD by itself.

The box will encompass all the released studio albums that include Present (2005), Trisector (2008), A Grounding In Numbers (2011), ALT (2012), and Do Not Disturb (2016). The included DVD will hold the film version of Live At The Paradiso, previously only available for the Japan market. A booklet is packed in with essay, notes, photos, interviews, and more.

Interference Patterns The Recordings 2005-2016 – Van der Graaf Generator

CD1 (Present)
01 Every Bloody Emperor
02 Boleas Panic
03 Nutter Alert
04 Abandon Ship!
05 In Babelsberg
06 On the Beach

CD2 (Present 2)
01 Vulcan Meld
02 Double Bass
03 Slo Moves
04 Architectural Hair
05 Spanner
06 Crux
07 Manuelle
08 ‘Eavy Mate
09 Homage to Teo
10 The Price of Admission

CD3 (Real Time – Royal Festival Hall)
01 The Undercover Man
02 Scorched Earth
03 Refugees
04 Every Bloody Emperor
05 Lemmings
06 (In the) Black Room
07 Nutter Alert
08 Darkness (11/11)

CD4 (Real Time 2- Royal Festival Hall)
01 Masks
02 Childlike Faith in Childhood’s End
03 The Sleepwalkers
04 Man-Erg
05 Killer
06 Wondering

CD5 Real Time 3 – Royal Festival Hall) [Previously unreleased outside of Japan]
01 Pilgrims (Paris – July 12, 2005)
02 When She Comes (Amsterdam – July 23, 2005)
03 Still Life (Taormina – July 15,.2005)
04 Gibberish (Soundcheck – Amsterdam July 23, 2005)

CD6 (Trisector)
01 The Hurlyburly
02 Interference
03 Patterns The Final
04 Reel Lifetime
05 Drop Dead
06 Only a Whisper
07 All That Before
08 Over the Hill
09 (We Are) Not Here

CD7 (Live At The Paradiso – April 14, 2007)
01 Lemmings
02 A Place to Survive
03 Lifetime
04 (In the) Black Room
05 Every Bloody Emperor
06 All That Before

CD8 (Live At The Paradiso 2 – April 14, 2007)
01 Gog
02 Meurglys III, The Songwriter’s Guild
03 The Sleepwalkers
04 Man-Erg
05 Scorched Earth

CD9 (A Grounding In Numbers)
01 Your Time Starts Now
02 Mathematics
03 Highly Strung
04 Red Baron
05 Bunsho
06 Snake Oil
07 Splink
08 Embarrassing Kid
09 Medusa
10 Mr Sands
11 Smoke
12 5533
13 All Over the Place

CD10 (ALT)
01 Earlybird
02 Extractus
03 Sackbutt
04 Colossus
05 Batty Loop
06 Splendid
07 Repeat After Me
08 Elsewhere
09 Here’s One I Made
10 Earlier Midnite or So
11 D’Accord
12 Mackerel Ate Them
13 Tuesday, The Riff
14 Dronus

CD11 (Merlin Atmos)
01 Flight
02 Lifetime
03 All That Before
04 Bunsho
05 A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers
06 Gog

CD12 (Bonus Merlin Atmos)
01 Interference Patterns
02 Over the Hill
03 Your Time Starts Now
04 Scorched Earth
05 Meurglys III, The Songwriter’s Guild
06 Man-Erg
07 Childlike Faith in Childhood’s End

CD13 (Do Not Disturb)
01 Aloft
02 Alfa Berliner
03 Room 1210
04 Forever Falling
05 Shikata Ga Nai
06 (Oh No! I Must Have Said) Yes
07 Brought to Book
08 Almost the Words
09 Go

DVD (Live At The Paradiso April 14, 2007)
01 Lemmings
02 A Place to Survive
03 Lifetime
04 (In the) Black Room
05 Every Bloody Emperor
06 All That Before
07 Gog
08 Meurglys III, The Songwriter’s Guild
09 The Sleepwalkers
10 Man-Erg
11 Scorched Earth

By MARowe