Some gentlemen prefer blondes, others blues.
"We set out to make an album by completing unfinished archive material left in the
vaults of Foel Studio (Dave Anderson's studio in Llaneaircaereinion, Powys,
Wales where they had recorded the first Long Hello album). The only track to
survive from this original intention is The Epilogue recorded in 1977 by Hugh
(pianos), Ian Gomm (guitars, engineering) and Eric Cairns (drums) and redubbed
by J.B.E. in 1985. All other tracks are new. Drums on Saigon and Tropic Of
Conversation were programmed by Hugh and humanised by Guy. Baliphones on
The Main Slide were recorded in a vacant London flat and dubbed at Foel. The
track Gentlemen Prefer Blues was the first piece of ensemble playing from this trio
since 1976, immortalised courtesy of an astute punch-into-record by Brain." (From
the sleeve notes of the Gentlemen Prefer Blues album)
The album seems to have been Hugh's only real recording commitment in the 80s.
It could easily have been called The Long Hello vol. Five; it sounds like the
successor of the first Long Hello album and has very little to do with blues. The
Now And Then album is basically a re-release of Gentlemen Prefer Blues but the
two tracks Foggy Foggy Dew and Half-world have been substituted with The
Liquidator and Tarzan off Time Vaults. The cover says Van der Graaf
Generator/Jackson Banton Evans. It seems to be close to a bootleg album and
the gentlemen involved are probably not too happy about it. Avoid it if you can!