Peter Hammill ‎– The Future Now

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CAS 1137 Peter Hammill The Future Now(LP, Album) Charisma CAS 1137 UK 1978 Sell This Version
CT-1-2202 Peter Hammill The Future Now(Cass, Album) Charisma CT-1-2202 USA & Canada 1978 Sell This Version
91 24 029 Peter Hammill The Future Now(LP, Album) Charisma 91 24 029 Spain 1978 Sell This Version
9124 029 Peter Hammill The Future Now(LP, Album) Charisma 9124 029 Greece 1978 Sell This Version
9211-1137 Peter Hammill The Future Now(LP, Album) Charisma 9211-1137 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
9124 029 Peter Hammill The Future Now(LP, Album) Charisma 9124 029 Scandinavia 1978 Sell This Version
CA-1-2202 Peter Hammill The Future Now(LP, Album) Charisma CA-1-2202 US 1978 Sell This Version
9124 029 Peter Hammill The Future Now(LP, Album) Charisma 9124 029 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
9103 124 Peter Hammill The Future Now(LP, Album) Charisma 9103 124 France 1978 Sell This Version
9124 029 Peter Hammill The Future Now(LP, Album) Charisma 9124 029 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
CA-1-2202 Peter Hammill The Future Now(LP, Album, Promo) Charisma CA-1-2202 US 1978 Sell This Version
VG 50227 Peter Hammill The Future Now(LP, Album) Charisma, Virgin VG 50227 Greece 1986 Sell This Version
CHC 59 Peter Hammill The Future Now(LP, Album, RE) Charisma, Virgin CHC 59 UK 1986 Sell This Version
VJD-28082 Peter Hammill The Future Now(CD, Album) Charisma, Virgin Japan VJD-28082 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
CASCD 1137 Peter Hammill The Future Now(CD, Album, RE) Virgin CASCD 1137 UK 1988 Sell This Version
97349106 Peter Hammill The Future Now(CD, Album, Unofficial) Agat Company Ltd. 97349106 Russia 1998 Sell This Version
PHCD 1978 Peter Hammill The Future Now(CD, Album, Unofficial) ООО "Канкард" PHCD 1978 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
00946 370515 2 8, CASCDR 1137 Peter Hammill The Future Now(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Charisma 00946 370515 2 8, CASCDR 1137 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
00946 370515 2 8, CASCDR 1137 Peter Hammill The Future Now(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Charisma 00946 370515 2 8, CASCDR 1137 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
VJCP-68797 Peter Hammill The Future Now(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Charisma, Virgin VJCP-68797 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
CASCDR 1137, 00946 370515 2 8 Peter Hammill The Future Now(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Charisma, Virgin CASCDR 1137, 00946 370515 2 8 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
none Peter Hammill The Future Now(CDr, Album, Promo) Charisma none Europe 2011 Sell This Version
none Peter Hammill The Future Now(14xFile, MP3, Album, RE, RM, VBR) Virgin none UK Unknown
CASCD 1137 Peter Hammill The Future Now(CD, Album, RE) Virgin CASCD 1137 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CAROL 1694-2 Peter Hammill The Future Now(CD, Album, RE) Caroline Blue Plate CAROL 1694-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
CASCD 1137 Peter Hammill The Future Now(CD, Album, RE) Virgin CASCD 1137 UK Unknown Sell This Version
TC-VG 50227 Peter Hammill The Future Now(Cass, Album, RE) Charisma, Virgin TC-VG 50227 Greece Unknown Sell This Version

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spp1680

June 24, 2017
referencing The Future Now, CD, Album, RE, CAROL 1694-2
In hindsight it's easy to recognize this as the beginning of a new direction for Hammill. It helps to remember that this was 1978, and the punks had made prog rock, with its pomp and grandiosity, a favorite target. Much of the prog camp felt threatened and dug in their heels. Others took the young upstarts seriously and reconsidered their own approach, opting for a new direction that was more raw and stripped down: Peter Gabriel's second album, Robert Fripp's "Exposure" (on which both Gabriel and Hammill appeared as vocalists), and this, the seventh solo album by the Van der Graaf Generator front man.

Recorded in a small home studio with only eight tracks and very few guest musicians, the production here is bare bones. In truth it sounds a bit dated now - some of these synths, drum machines and effects have not aged so gracefully. And his delivery often falls more on the side of declamatory ranting rather than singing (think the Fall's Mark E. Smith), which is too bad because Hammill is an incredible singer. He can be way over-the-top, but this lack of restraint takes the form of passionate intensity. The man had always been about bearing his soul, but here he seems to tear away the final curtain. It makes you cringe sometimes, but for the right reasons. At the same time, there is a certain tenderness and vulnerability that is heartbreaking.

The other thing he seems to have borrowed from punk was a renewed sense of outrage. His work had always had a cynical edge, but here it was amped up several notches. The music biz comes in for some scathing criticism, whether record company jerks (Pushing Thirty), infantile pop stars ("Trappings"), pathetic has-beens ("The Mousetrap"), creepy fans ("Energy Vampires"), or the industry in general ("The Cut"). On the second half he sets his sights on politics, and is just as pissed off. And in the eye of this storm sits "If I Could," simply one of the most beautiful lost-love ballads of the era.
hafler3o

hafler3o

April 27, 2017
referencing The Future Now, 14xFile, MP3, Album, RE, RM, VBR, none

I've always been left with the impression this album (on the basis of sound, instrumentation, wordiness, grimness and general 'glass half-empty' feel) is a good partner or bookend to Peter Gabriel's second outing. Lots of layered vox, cheap piano, the odd shoestring harmonica and a rebellious chorus or two keep the enterprise from floundering or sounding too stock. PH was heading on a downward curve but rock-bottom was nearly a decade away. Everything here has a weary, grimy (not that kinda grime!) post-protest tint. Less Art, more Alt., and not overburdened with potential singles despite the brevity of the songs.