Godbluff is the fifth album released by Van der Graaf Generator. It is their first disc after they reformed in 1975.
It features a tighter, more pared-down sound than the band's earlier recordings with John Anthony. Hammill makes extensive use of the Hohner Clavinet D6 electromechanical keyboard.
The first release of the record in the United States was on Mercury Records. The 2005 reissue added live performances by Van der Graaf Generator of two songs from Peter Hammill's album The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage (1974), recorded at a concert at L'Altro Mondo, Rimini, Italy.
The sleeve design and lettering, with a logo designed by John Pasche, were later parodied on the cover of Fall Heads Roll by The Fall.
In his Allmusic review, Steve McDonald wrote: ".. the album opened with daring quietness, with David Jackson's flute echoing across the stereo space, joined by Hammill's voice as he whispered the opening lines. There was sturm und drang to come, but the music had been opened up and the lyrics had developed more focus, often abandoning metaphor in favor of statement. Godbluff was a bravura comeback - only four cuts, but all were classics."
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