Peter Hammill – Fool’s Mate (2005 Digital Remaster + bonus)(320 kb/s)

Fool’s Mate is the debut solo album by Peter Hammill of progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. The title is both a chess and tarot reference. It was produced by Trident Studios‘ in-house producer John Anthony. The album was recorded in 1971, in the midst of one of Van der Graaf Generator’s most prolific periods. Hammill used the album to record a backlog of songs which were much shorter and simpler than his Van der Graaf Generator material, and declared on the original album sleeve: ‘This isn’t intended to be any kind of statement of my present musical position, but at the same time, it is an album which involves a great deal of me, the person, basically a return to the roots’. -kept reading in… wikipedia.

Track List:
01 – Imperial Zeppelin (Hammill, Chris Judge Smith) (3:36)
02 – Candle (4:16)
03 – Happy (2:36)
04 – Solitude (4:56)
05 – Vision (3:13)
06 – Re-Awakening (4:01)
07 – Sunshine (3:56)
08 – Child (4:25)
09 – Summer Song (In The Autumn) (2:13)
10 – Viking (Hammill, Judge Smith) (4:44)
11 – The Birds (3:38)
12 – I Once Wrote Some Poems (2:56)
··bonus tracks on 2005 reissue··
13 – Re-Awakening (early demos) (4:37)
14 – Summer Song (In The Autumn) (early demos) (2:50)
15 – The Birds (early demos) (3:23)
16 – Sunshine (early demos) (3:54)
17 – Happy (early demos) (2:49)
All tracks composed by Peter Hammill; except where indicated

– John Anthony (background vocals, producer)
– Hugh Banton (organ, piano, keyboards, background vocals)
– Rod Clements (bass, violin)
– Guy Evans (percussion, drums, background vocals)
– Robert Fripp (electric guitar)
– Peter Hammill (acoustic guitar, guitar, piano, keyboards, vocals)
– David Jackson (saxophone)
– Ray Jackson (harmonica, mandolin, harp, background vocals)
– Nic Potter (bass)
– Martin Pottinger (drums)
– Paul Whitehead (drums)

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