Notes From Peter Hammill :
As you’ll know, this represents a version Of the guitar only, piano only shows with which I began my residence In Tokyo In 2010, with performances taken from The Japanese shows and also from The UK shows In the same year.
A double CD is, I think, a decent artefact to leave out there as a (semi-) permanent exemplar of Performance. But while compiling The discs From all The available material it came To me That a specific, bigger, thing could also come out Of the various shows
Hence, as The first Fie! release Of 2012, we have “Pno, Gtr, Vox Box”: a seven cd box set Of live songs From The same sources.
This project began with the assembly Of The remaining two shows From The Tokyo stint: The “VdGG” show and The “What If I knew this was the last ever?”.
As It turned out, The first Of These was taken entirely From The evening At The Pit Inn...I simply didn’t play enough VdGG songs elsewhere For It To make sense To mix and match.
Originally my intention had been To create a limited edition simulacrum Of just The four shows. After listening through The various performances, though, I realised That The remit had to be wider. For a start There Were a number Of songs crucial To The current repertoire That I hadn’t performed At all in Japan. Cue Disc 5. And n order To get The timings down To approximately 70 minutes I’d had To drop certain songs From The original listings. Ecco, disc 6. Finally, there Were various alternate performances Which for one reason Or another had simply not fitted into The flow Of The first choice CDs. A final disc Of alternate takes, then.
There are over eight hours Of performances In This box. Far too much To take In At one session. And, as before, It’s not definitive, It is, though, highly indicative Of where I’ve been in my latest spate Of live performance.
There’s also, clearly, some kind of Retrospective Collection aspect here as well: The songs.
Pno, Gtr, Vox, Box is a limited edition 7 cd deluxe box set with a 24 page booklet (featuring sleevenotes from PH), Which greatly expands on The original double cd (both discs Of Which are included here).
Of The five additional discs, one is a set of VdGG/VdG songs and one a set imagining 'What if I knew This was The last show I'd ever do?', The others comprise 'Songs I didn't play in Japan', 'Songs I dropped From The setlists' and 'The best alternate versions'.
Each CD comes In a glossy wallet featuring photographs From Peter's personal collection Of dressing room and way-To-The-stage shots.
Pno Gtr Vox Box serves not only as a testament To Peter's current performances but also, by the nature Of The fact that songs are taken From all stages Of his career, as a significant retrospective collection.
BOX LIMITED EDITION : 2000 COPIES
(P) (C) 2011 Peter Hammill
Made in UK.