The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other
is the second album by the British progressive rock
band Van der Graaf Generator
. It was released in 1970. The album was reissued in re-mastered form, with two bonus tracks, in 2005.
While this is the second album in the Van der Graaf Generator catalogue, it is really the first proper album by the band. Their previous album, The Aerosol Grey Machine
had been written and recorded as a solo record by singer and main songwriter Peter Hammill
, but because of a deal with the record company, was released under the Van der Graaf Generator name.The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other
was recorded at Trident Studios
, London, 11–14 December 1969. Trident was one of the most advanced studios in all of Europe at the time. Most of the album was recorded on an 8-track reel to reel
machine. However, the song After The Flood
was recorded on a new state of the art 16-track
recorder. It was one of the first such 16 track recordings made in the U.K.
The album credited Hugh Banton
with writing the cello parts on "Refugees", but he was not given an actual songwriting credit. The first U.S. issue of the album was released by the Probe Records
division of ABC Records
also in 1970. It featured a different cover than the U.K. version.
The title is taken from artist John Minton
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