Release Date: 1969

Track Listing
1)  Darkness (11/11)
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2)  Refugees
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3)  White Hammer
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4)  What Would Robert Have Said
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5)  Out Of The Book
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6)  After The Flood
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Member: Chuck AzEee! (Profile) (All Album Reviews by Chuck AzEee!)
Date: 12/5/2002
Format: CD (Album)

Peter Hammill-Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano
Hugh Banton-Hammond Organ, Oscillator, Bass Pedals, Piano, vocals
Nick Potter-Bass
Dave Jackson-Woodwinds, Vocals
Guy Evans-Drums

Van Der Graaf Generator, has had a long career, basically a vehicle for leader/cheif songwriter/lead vocalist/multi instrumentalist Peter Hammill, whose twisted lyrics and haunting shrieking vocals, have often come under criticism, but on the band's second album, the "gothic" image would begin to dominate as for Hugh Banton's keyboards would be utilized more therefore darkening VDGG's sound.

Nick Potter, before being frightened off by the band's image, (for what he believed to be a dark aura around the band) committed some timely bass work that the band would missed when he suddenly departed.

On The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other, the band's "gothic" sound was in its fruition stages here, showing the promise of what was to come on the band's next two releases, H To He and Pawn Hearts.

The album's highlights rank from spooky sounding "Darkness (11/11)", live anthems "Refugees" and "White Hammer" and organ riffed "Whatever Would Robert Have Said?" which also guest Robert Fripp showcased his distinctive guitar work.

The Least We Can Do might be Van Der Graaf's best work but it is a nice introductory to the band's earlier work and a fair representation then the dated, psychedelic flavored first album, Aerosol Grey Machine.

Charles

Album Rating: Three and a Half
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