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„Fool’s Mate“ – June 1971 – first solo album – track 5 ‚Vision‘
The album’s 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.“
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 Van der Graaf Generator, 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“.
Personnel * 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
Peter Joseph Andrew Hammill (born 5 November 1948, in Ealing, west London) is an English singer-songwriter, and a founding member of the progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. Most noted for his vocal abilities, his main instruments are guitar and piano. He also acts as a record producer for his own recordings, and occasionally for other artists.