I was lucky enough to se VdGG a few times in the 70's, and to my ears I prefer the clavinet sound to the later synth sound on this - there's something more intense and urgent-sounding about the Clavi. In defence of the later version, I suppose at least the band have enough artistic freedom to 're-imagine' their older music in whatever way they see fit, so presumably it sounds like they wanted it to. Before the Clavinet, Peter used to have rely on a very temperamental Hohner Pianet which I think broke down at some point during the gig nearly every time I saw them
I have to agree with Newt here. This is also one of my favorite VdGG songs, and it's odd and jarring to hear these recent performances which so clearly pale in comparison with older studio and live versions. If last fm must play live versions they should play the 1975-6 version from Maida Vale, which is vastly superior to this. It makes one wonder why these comparatively chintzy trio versions are sold on albums like the Paradiso. Reluctantly, I admit that I don't really care for the reformed VdGG. Their originals (e.g. Grounding in Numbers, et.al.) are just okay when you consider their brilliant 70s output, and PH's rich and varied output over several decades. Also, while Banton and Evans can lock in quite well, PH is not always up to it, as evidenced by this track. With Jackson and Potter (RIP) or just Jackson and the other 3 (like Maida Vale version) there's a more fluid feel to the playing. This is almost clunky-- and , yes, itaos2, the 80s-ish synth setting doesn't help.
If you're looking for a great Prog Rock experience. Look no farther. Just check out Pawn Hearts and H to He Who am the Only One. Two albums by VDGG when in their prime that I believe are among the top 10 albums in the genre.
Using The Google Chrome Browser Player to listen . I am not too familiar with this band . I have known about them for a very long time . They were just a band I never bought an LP from because I knew so little about them. I am liking what I am hearing . Very interesting Prog style.
Also I am thinking that this is not the live version that some people are complaining about . It sounds like a 70's studio version to me . So I guess VU.Com has the correct version on it.
If anyone else has the Chrome Player Please give me a shout and let me know if this is the original version (Since I have no clue ) It would be nice too know fore sure . When I have a little more spare time I am going to explore this band further . Thanks bytorthesnowdog ! This was a cool recommendation .
Listening to the Paradiso Live version for the first time and I have to agree with Pdna2. I think that a lot of the old material does work when played by Hammill, Banton and Evans, but not Scorched Earth. Without Jackson it's just not as good.
I think it's about someone who often moves on, and when he does he tries to erase his previous life, like a Scorched Earth policy where armies wipe out everything they leave behind. He seems to be running from something, because he expects traps and ambushes. But whether his enemy is real or not isn't clear; maybe he's delusional or maybe it's all just a metaphor for moving on from one relationship to another while destroying any love or friendship between himself and those he has left behind.
I'm hearing a live version from the recent VDGG trio sans Jackson. It (sorry to say) pales in comparison to the extraordinary Godbluff version-- an all time favorite of mine. Not sure VDGG material from seventies works so well with this line-up. Jackson was really crucial to the sound.