H to He, Who Am the Only One

Label
Caroline
Release date
1970
Running length
7 tracks
Running time
71:23

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Killer 8:22 41,364
2 House With No Door 6:35 31,796
3 The Emperor in His War Room 8:18 5,529
4 Lost 11:17 21,794
5 Pioneers Over C 12:39 11,624
6 Squid 1/Squid 2/Octopus 15:23 688
7 The Emperor in His War Room (First version) 8:49 1,559

About this album

H to He, Who Am the Only One is the third album by the British progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. It was released in 1970. The mid-priced “Charisma Classics” re-issue from the early 1980s had a blue cover. The first U.S. issue of the album was on the Dunhill Records division of ABC Records. It featured a revised cover with a white background instead of purple.

During the recording of the album, Nic Potter quit the band. Organist Hugh Banton offered to play bass guitar on the two tracks that had not yet been finished. In concert, Banton would play bass pedals to substitute for the lack of a bassist. H to He, Who Am the Only One also featured Robert Fripp of King Crimson playing lead guitar on one track.

The album contains several references to modern physics: “H to He” in the title refers to “the fusion of hydrogen nuclei to form helium nuclei”; c in ‘Pioneers over c.’ refers to the speed of light.

A re-mastered version of this album added bonus tracks and was released in 2005. One of the additions is a rough studio version of “Squid / Octopus”, a song that had been a staple of early Van der Graaf Generator concerts.

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  • citanulpt

    I'm a great VDGG fan and I love almost all of their stuff, but I really don't get the hype around this one? I've been listening to it non-stop for the past couple of days.

    8 Jan 2014 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    <3 -- One of the most important albums of the progressive rock history... (And as I see above the album is very underrated as usual the best albums)

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Vidreven

    Best VDDG album.

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • rotovick

    Este disco, no es mi favorito... pero tiene algunos detalles ke son buenos..!! Como los sonidos de las Guitarras en algunas partes. =)

    19 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    This and Pawn Hearts have to be two of the greatest prog albums ever recorded.

    25 Jun 2008 Reply
  • yuval_ritt

    The correct title..great album :)

    8 May 2008 Reply

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