Pawn Hearts

1971 studio album by Van der Graaf Generator / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Pawn Hearts is the fourth album by English progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator, released in October 1971 on Charisma Records. The original album features just three tracks, including the side-long suite "A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers". The album was not commercially successful in the UK, but reached number one in Italy. It has since seen retrospective critical praise and was reissued on CD in 2005 with extra material.

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Pawn Hearts
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1971
RecordedJuly–September 1971
StudioTrident, London[1]
GenreProgressive rock
ProducerJohn Anthony
Van der Graaf Generator chronology
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The songs for the album were worked out while on tour in 1971, with further development and arranging at manager Tony Stratton Smith's house in Crowborough, Sussex over a two-month period. The original plan had been to release more material, making up a double album, but Charisma vetoed the idea. A non-album single, "Theme One" was included on some releases in the US and Canada. The album's strong commercial showing in Italy resulted in a number of lucrative promotional tours there, but the resulting pressure led to the band's split in August 1972.

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