A lavish 20-disc Box — 'The Charisma Years Box' comprising 17 CDs and 3 Blu Ray discs — covers Van Der Graaf Generator's entire recorded works for Charisma Records, including previously unreleased tracks and previously unreleased footage. And brand new Stereo and Surround Sound remixes.
Single releases — Refugees (Single Version), Killer (New Stereo Mix), and Pilgrims (New Stereo Mix) will precede release of 'The Charisma Years Box', with further singles TBA. And album releases — 4 x 3-disc Sets and 4 x Facsimile Vinyl LPs will also be released.
Live in 2021 —Van Der Graaf Generator will make their first UK festival appearance since 1976 co-headlining the Beautiful Days festival on 22nd August 2021. Other UK and continental European tour dates have now been rescheduled to 2022. Guy Evans: "The last UK festival we played was Reading '76. The Reading organisation was practically family. We were somewhat nervous though. The PA broke down right at the start of our set just after John Peel announced us, so were stuck up there for a while without sound. But then amazingly, we aced it, going from strength to strength, egged on by the really appreciative audience. It was the first time since 1972 that we played Killer, which brought down the house, and the heavens!"
The Charisma Years Box
The liner notes from 'The Charisma Years Box' put it well:
"Musical pioneers, boundary-pushers, visionaries. Savage, beautiful, experimental, enduring. Although born in the creative maelstrom of late 1960s Britain, the music of Van Der Graaf Generator has inspired a host of musicians of varying style and taste, from John Lydon to Marc Almond, from Mark E Smith to Bruce Dickinson... seemingly laid to rest as a band in 1978, they have since been reborn and revitalised for the 21st century."
Van Der Graaf Generator The Charisma Years Box cover artwork
VDGG released 8 albums for the legendary Charisma label. Each was ground-breaking. The influence of the band's unique music would be felt in the ensuing decades by many artists in many genres. 'The Charisma Years Box' features all their Charisma albums newly remastered from first-generation master tapes.
And much more:
Also featured — 2 CDs of a recently discovered and previously unreleased entire concert recorded in Paris in December 1976 by French radio, and all of the surviving BBC sessions recorded by the band.
In addition — a Blu Ray features all of the surviving high-quality VDGG television footage and promotional films including from German TV's "Beat Club" in 1970, a filmed appearance at The Bataclan in Paris in 1972 for the French TV show "Pop Deux", the 1972 appearance on "Pop Shop" for RTBF Belgium, a live performance shot by Belgian TV in Charleroi in September 1975, promotional films of Wondering and Cat's Eye, and a 20 minute documentary with live footage shot by Austrian television at The Kohfidisch Open Air Festival, Austria in June 1978.
Remixes — the albums H to He Who Am the Only One, Pawn Hearts, Godbluff and Still Life have been stunningly remixed from the original multi-track tapes in both Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound by Stephen W Tayler. (These 4 albums will also be made available separately as 3-disc Sets, including Original Stereo Mixes.)
Packaged with a 68 page book and rare photographs, 'The Charisma Years Box' is the definitive collection of Charisma work by the legendary Van Der Graaf Generator.
Vinyl LP releases are due in 2022 — The Least We Can Do is Wave to each Other, H to He Who Am the Only One, Pawn Hearts, and Godbluff will be released separately as Facsimile Vinyl LP editions.