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Watch previously unreleased footage of VdGG performing Wondering from 1976

Van der Graaf Generator
(Image credit: Herman Parmentier)

UK prog pioneers Van der Graaf Generator have shared previously unseen footage of a 1976 record company promotional film of the band performing Wondering, which you can watch below.

It's taken from the band's upcoming The Charisma Years box set, a 20 disc set which will be released through Virgin/UMC on September 3. The set includes 17 CDs and three Blu-rays and feature the band's entire recorded works for Charisma Records, including previously unreleased tracks and previously unreleased footage in brand new stereo and surround sound remixes.

"It’s wonderful to have the whole recorded history of those years collected together as a complete set and the new mixes shed quite a different light on many of the pieces," sys Peter Hammill. "Somewhat to our own surprise, we’ve had a later lease of life after our reunion album and concerts. And as the trio of Hugh, Guy and myself, we’re still working away and will be playing live again as soon as circumstances allow us. This remains a fun job.”

The footage of Wondering is taken from Disc 20 in the set, the Video Vaults disc, the contents of which is listed below. The track originally appeared on 1976's World Record album, which was the last to feature the band's classic line-up, with Hugh Banton and David Jackson leaving after the album's release.

Pre-order The Charisma Years.

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(Image credit: Virgin/UMC)

Video Vaults Tracklisting
Darkness
Whatever Would Robert Have Said
(Beat Club, German TV, 23/6/70 - previously unreleased)

Lost
Killer
Ocotpus
(Pop Deux, French TV, filmed at the Bataclan Theatre, Paris, 27/5/72 - previously unreleased)

Theme One
A Plague Of Lighthouse Keepers
(Pop Shop, Belgian TV, 23/3/72)

The Undercover Man
Arrow
Scorched Earth
The Sleepwalkers
(Live from the Charleroi Palais des Expos, 17/4/76)

Wondering
Cat's Eye/Yellow Fever (Running)
(Charisma promotional films - previously unreleased)

Austrian TV Feature
Lizard Play
Sleepwalkers
Mirror Images
(Live at the Khofidisch Open Air Festival, 17/6/78 - previously unreleased)

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.