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Nadir's Big Chance

Artist: Peter Hammill
Label: Charisma
Catalog#: CAS 1099
Format: Vinyl
Country: United Kingdom
Released: 1975-02
Tracklist
A1 Nadir's Big Chance 3:27
A2 The Institute Of Mental Health, Burning 3:50
  Notes:

Backing Vocals - David Jackson
Backing Vocals - Guy Evans
Backing Vocals - Hugh Banton
Backing Vocals - Peter Hammill
Electric Piano - Hugh Banton
Written-By - Judge Smith
Written-By - Peter Hammill

A3 Open Your Eyes 5:10
  Notes:

Electric Piano - Peter Hammill

A4 Nobody's Business 4:15
A5 Been Alone So Long 4:20
  Notes:

Written-By - Judge Smith

A6 Pompeii 4:50
  Notes:

Electric Piano - Hugh Banton

B1 Shingle Song 4:10
B2 Airport 3:02
B3 People You Were Going To 5:10
  Notes:

Electric Piano - Peter Hammill

B4 Birthday Special 3:40
  Notes:

Backing Vocals - David Jackson
Backing Vocals - Guy Evans
Backing Vocals - Hugh Banton
Backing Vocals - Peter Hammill

B5 Two Or Three Spectres 6:20
  Notes:

Bass - Peter Hammill
Electric Piano - Hugh Banton

Credits

Artwork By [Cover Design] - Dinu M'Brela
Bass, Keyboards - Hugh Banton
Drums, Tambourine - Guy Evans
Engineer - Pat Moran
Flute, Saxophone - David Jackson
Mastered By - George Peckham
Mixed By - Mike Stone
Producer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals - Peter Hammill
Written-By - Peter Hammill

Notes

All published 1975 except B3, 1968
Artist Credits on sleeve read Peter Hammill/Rikki Nadir. Cover by Dinu M'Brela (this is also an alias of Peter Hammill)
Recorded at Rockfield 1-7 Dec 1974 At the desk The Merangue (Pat Moran)
Mixed at Trident 10-13 Dec 1974 At the desk The Stone (Mike Stone)

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Following the break-up of Van der Graaf Generator in late 1972, Peter Hammill pursued his solo career in earnest. Released in 1973 and 1974, respectively, both Chameleon In The Shadow Of The Night and The Silent Corner And The Empty Stage were primarily acoustic affairs, showcasing Hammill's one-man show (but not without contributions from former VdGG members). There's no license in labeling them as love/hate affairs; Hammill's voice could reach manic proportions, often bordering on the unlistenable: Check out the former album's "In the End." But In Camera, also released in 1974, was more experimental. Its highlight was the VdGG-like "Gog," which then sank into the murky tape loops of "Magog." On Nadir's Big Chance, however, Hammill gathered Banton, Evans and Jackson, and assumed the role of protagonist Rikki Nadir. It's definitely a group effort; and in fact, the quartet agreed to reform VdGG during the recording of the album. Here, Hammill trades in his usual one-man pallor for an altogether livelier and electric set. The album alternates between the urgency of the title track or the angst-ridden "Nobody's Business" and the contemplative "Shingle Song" or the languorous "Pompeii." "The Institute Of Mental Health, Burning" though is particularly inventive; backwards and panning guitars certainly add to the arrangement. Hammill reprises "People You Were Going To" from VdGG's first single, as well as Chris Judge Smith's "Been Alone So Long." The album concludes with the funky electric piano of "Two or Three Spectres," which is a perfect example of Hammill's newfound attitude. The proto-punk album would garner near-mythical status, with kudos from artists as diverse as David Bowie and John Lydon. Hammill then put his solo career on hold, as the "second generation" of VdGG was just months from taking the stage.
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