Fool's Mate (album)

Fool's Mate (album)

Infobox Album |
Name = Fool's Mate
Type = Album
Artist = Peter Hammill

Released = July 1971
Recorded = 20-28 April 1971
Trident Studios, London
Genre = Art rock
Length =
Label = Charisma
Producer = John Anthony
Reviews =
Last album =
This album = "Fool's Mate"
Next album = "Chameleon in the Shadow of the Night"

"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 VdGG's most prolific periods, shortly before the production of their "magnum opus" "Pawn Hearts". Hammill used the album to record a backlog of songs which were much shorter and simpler than his VdGG 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."

Fool's Mate includes one of Hammill's most celebrated love songs, "Vision", which he still performs regularly in concert to the present day. Guest musicians on the album included the members of VdGG, members of his label mates Lindisfarne, and guitarist Robert Fripp.

The UK music press was generally very positive about Fool's Mate. Melody Maker saw "one of THE albums of the year".

The cover was designed by Paul Whitehead who at the time was the favourite cover artist for Charisma bands Genesis and Van der Graaf Generator.

In 2005 the album was issued in remastered form by EMI Virgin Records, supplemented with bonus demo recordings of several songs.

Track listing

All tracks composed by Peter Hammill; except where indicated

#"Imperial Zeppelin" (Hammill, Chris Judge Smith)
#"Summer Song (In The Autumn)"
#"Viking" (Hammill, Judge Smith)
#"The Birds"
#"I Once Wrote Some Poems"

Bonus tracks on 2005 reissue (demos):
#"Summer Song (In The Autumn)"
#"The Birds"


*John Anthony - Vocals (backgr), Producer
*Hugh Banton - Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals (bckgr)
*Rod Clements - Bass, Violin
*Guy Evans - Percussion, Drums, Vocals (bckgr)
*Robert Fripp - Guitar (electric)
*Peter Hammill - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
*David Jackson - Saxophone
*Ray Jackson - Harmonica, Mandolin, Harp, Vocals (bckgr)
*Nic Potter - Bass
*Martin Pottinger - Drums
*Paul Whitehead - Drums

External links

[ Album information on the unofficial VdGG site]

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