World Record is an album by Van der Graaf Generator. It was originally released in 1976. Bonus tracks were added for the 2005 rerelease.
It was the last album recorded by the classic line-up of the band until their 2005 reunion: Hugh Banton and David Jackson departed in 1976 and 1977 respectively, but Peter Hammill and Guy Evans continued, recruiting Nic Potter and Graham Smith to make the subsequent The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome.
By the middle of the 1970s, Van Der Graaf Generator's sound was subtly changing from their early incarnation. Buoyed up by the success of their 1975 reunion album, Godbluff and the reception its follow-up, Still Life received, their 1976 release, World Record was altogether harder and more song focussed than its predecessors. There is crispness in their attack and longer pieces such as ''A Place To Survive'' are stripped-down and less embellished than works of old.