Van Der Graaf Generator ‎– World Record

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When She Comes
A Place To Survive
Masks
Meurglys III, The Songwriter's Guild
Wondering

Versions (36)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CAS 1120 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album, Mad) Charisma CAS 1120 UK 1976 Sell This Version
9124 001 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record (Record Mundial)(LP, Album, Mono) Philips 9124 001 Argentina 1976 Sell This Version
9103 111 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album) Charisma 9103 111 France 1976 Sell This Version
SRM-1-1116 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album) Mercury SRM-1-1116 US 1976 Sell This Version
9124 001 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album) Charisma 9124 001 UK 1976 Sell This Version
9124 001 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album) Charisma 9124 001 Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
RJ-7185 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album) Charisma RJ-7185 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
9124 001 A, 9124 001 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album) Charisma, Charisma 9124 001 A, 9124 001 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
9124 001 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album) Charisma 9124 001 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
9211-1120 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album) Charisma 9211-1120 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
DJ-1116 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album, Promo) Mercury DJ-1116 US 1976 Sell This Version
91 24 001 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record (LP, Album) Charisma 91 24 001 Spain 1977 Sell This Version
71 64 056 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(Cass) Charisma 71 64 056 Spain 1977 Sell This Version
9124 001 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album) Charisma 9124 001 Portugal 1977 Sell This Version
9124 001 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album) Charisma 9124 001 Brazil 1977 Sell This Version
VJD-28086 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(CD, Album) Charisma, Virgin Japan VJD-28086 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
CASCD 1120 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(CD, Album, RE) Charisma, Virgin CASCD 1120 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CASCD 1120 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(CD, Album, RE) Caroline Blue Plate, Virgin CASCD 1120 UK & US 1988 Sell This Version
CAROL 1825-2 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(CD, Album, RE) Caroline Blue Plate CAROL 1825-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
FCCD 10020406 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(CD, Album, Unofficial) 2000 FruitGum Corp. FCCD 10020406 Australia 2004 Sell This Version
VJCP-68763 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Virgin, Charisma VJCP-68763 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
00946 3 32957 2 8, CASCDR 1120 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(CD, Album, RM) Virgin, Charisma 00946 3 32957 2 8, CASCDR 1120 UK 2005 Sell This Version
00946 3 32957 2 8, CASCDR 1120 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(CD, Album, RM, Unofficial, Har) Virgin (2), Charisma (2) 00946 3 32957 2 8, CASCDR 1120 Russia 2005 Sell This Version
TYCP-80014 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(CD, Album, Lim) Virgin, Charisma TYCP-80014 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
UICY-77003 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, SHM) Virgin, Charisma UICY-77003 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
UIGY-9682 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(SACD, Album, RE) Virgin UIGY-9682 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
CASCD 1120, 0777 7 87555 2 4 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(CD, Album, RE) Charisma, Virgin CASCD 1120, 0777 7 87555 2 4 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
CASCD 1120 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(CD, Album, RE) Virgin CASCD 1120 UK Unknown Sell This Version
00946 3 32957 2 8, CASCDR 1120 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Virgin, Charisma 00946 3 32957 2 8, CASCDR 1120 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CAROL 1825-2, none Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(CD, Album, Unofficial) Caroline Blue Plate, Not On Label (Van Der Graaf Generator) CAROL 1825-2, none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
9124 001 , 9124 001 5016 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album) Charisma, Charisma 9124 001 , 9124 001 5016 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
9124 001 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album) Charisma 9124 001 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
CHC 62 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album) Charisma CHC 62 UK Unknown Sell This Version
206912 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album, RE) Charisma, Virgin 206912 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
CAS 1120 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album, RE, Blu) Charisma CAS 1120 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CAS 1120 Van Der Graaf Generator World Record(LP, Album, RE, Blu) Charisma CAS 1120 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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aoguy

aoguy

October 9, 2016
referencing World Record, LP, Album, SRM-1-1116
My Copy has the Mercury Skyline lable but unlike the photos included her, the label has:

"SIDE A" above "STEREO" to the centre left and "SRM-1-1116" above [in smaller font] "SRM-1-1116-A" to the centre-right. There are also some other font differences.
rhorhorho

rhorhorho

August 17, 2016
referencing World Record, CD, Album, RE, CASCD 1120
My copy has Matrix / Runout: CASCD 1120 MASTERED BY NIMBUS ("1:4" is missing).
peterfitton

peterfitton

May 30, 2016
edited 10 months ago
referencing World Record, CD, Album, RM, 00946 3 32957 2 8, CASCDR 1120

World Record was a massive disappointment after the superb Godbluff and Still Life albums. Considered an embarrassing aberration/abomination by almost all UK VdGG fans at the time (the "word of mouth" on this album was atrocious. Bizarrely, however, it's been inexplicably "rehabilitated" by some present day VdGG fans), World Record sounds like the work of an exhausted, uninspired band at the end of its life, which is pretty much what it was. Most of what made VdGG great is conspicuously absent, and is replaced with what might best be termed a sort of "simplified VdGG" music. This means an album of mostly generic sounding, often plodding, and slightly clunky prog rock. Even the lyrics are nowhere near Hammill's usual standard and could have been written by any slightly-more-literate-than-average rock lyricist. Roger Waters, say.

Godbluff and Still Life gave us Hammill thoughts on consciousness, alter egos, death, the nature of memory. immortality etc., World Record gives us songs about someone pretending to be depressed (Masks) actually being depressed (A Place To Survive), and Hammill droning on about his bloody guitar (the dreary, laboured Meurglys III, complete with a risible extended cod-reggae jam). Only the opening When She Comes and the closing Wondering hint at anything resembling VdGG at its best. Well, they sound like songs not considered good enough for either of the two preceding albums, which, for When She Comes at least, was actually the case.

This line up of the band fell apart within weeks of World Record's release - which came as a surprise to no-one who had actually heard the thing - by which time Charisma had already dropped its doomed "VdGG Is For Everyone" campaign like a stone (presumably upon first sight of the album's initial sales figures). As tired and unimaginative as its awful title and even worse cover, World Record is best avoided by all but completists and is definitely not recommended for newcomers to the band's work. Start with either Godbluff, Still Life or Pawn Heats.

BadCatRecord

BadCatRecord

November 12, 2008
referencing World Record, LP, Album, SRM-1-1116

Their second studio release in a year, 1976's self-produced "World Records" has always been savaged by critics who saw it as a sell-out attempt by the band to court a more commercial sound and a bigger audience. While I can see why hardcore VDGG fans were put off by the album, reflecting my own lowbrow tastes, I'll readily admit that I've always enjoyed the album. At least part of the reason I like this outing stems from the fact it isn't as intense and complex as earlier releases. Don't get me wrong, propelled by Hammill's challenging lyrics and full of the band's patented melodic and rhythmic twists and turns this was instantly recognizable as a VDGG product. On the other hand, 'When She Comes' and 'A Place To Survive' may have been two of the most straightforward rockers they ever recorded (both literally kicked butt). Elsewhere 'Meurglys III, The Songwriter's Guild' even saw the band incorporating reggae into a song ... reggae for gawd's sake !!! No wonder critics had a meltdown. Another big surprise - Hammill was a decent guitarist. Who knew. Nah, he wasn't about to put Beck, or Clapton out of a job, but for a band that had relied on Hugh Banton's keyboards, Guy Evans' drums, and horn player David Jackson it was a surprise to hear an occasional guitar solo (check out Hammill's work about half way through 'Masks'). Standout track was the closing ballad 'Wondring'. Easily one of the prettiest things Hammill ever composed. It wasn't all as impressive. Clocking in at over 20 minutes, the second side suite 'Meurglys III, The Songwriter's Guild' seemed even longer. Reportedly inspired by one of Hammill's guitars, the composition bounced all over the place without ever establishing much of an identity, though you got to hear some additional Hammill lead guitar (though it was almost drown out by Jackson's squawking sax)..

In the UK 'Wondering' b/w 'Meurglys III, The Songwriter's Guild' (Charisma catalog CB 297) was released as the single. In France 'Masks (Parts 1 and 2)' was released (Charisma catalog number 6837 345).

The band toured extensively in support of the album, 1976 saw them undertake their first US tour. Unfortunately the album marked the last release by the original foursome. Personality conflicts with Hammill saw keyboardist Banton leave, followed in short order by sax player Jackson. The two were quickly replaced by ex-String Driven Thing violinist Graeme Smith and bassist Nic Potter. The revamped line up also decided to streamline the name to Van der Graaf.

"World Record" track listing:(side 1)
1.) When She Comes (Peter Hammill) - 8:01
2.) A Place To Survive (Peter Hammill) - 10:00
3.) Masks (Peter Hammill) - 6:55

(side 2)
1.) Meurglys III, The Songwriter's Guild (Peter Hammill) - 20:50
2.) Wondering (Peter Hammill - Hugh Banton) - 6:34