Peter Hammill 'The Noise'
Featuring PH (vox, guitars, keyboards), Manny Elias (drums), Nic Potter (bass), John Ellis (guitar) and David Jackson (sax, flute), The Noise was recorded at Terra Incognita, Peter's studio in Bath, in 1992.
It followed on from the 'calm' CD, Fireships and was flagged at the time as being number one in the A Loud series. If the idea of grouping releases together in this way was one which quickly foundered, at least in this case it gave an indication of the general tenor of these songs.
They're not quite Nadir-like in their attack but a fair amount of 'bash-that-electric-guitar' does take place here. If anything, the original release erred on the side of sonic correctness at the expense of level; the remastering of this version puts this right and the amps are definitely turned up this time.
A couple of songs here subsequently became firm live favourites: 'Planet Coventry' and 'Primo on the Parapet.' Another song, 'The Noise' itself, clearly celebrates the joy of making a racket on stage. With the forthcoming prospect of the Van der Graaf Generator reunion it remains to be seen exactly how much of a noise PH is still prepared to make.
The remaster/reissue of this CD certainly puts down a pointer....