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The first disc contains some of the most visceral, thrilling music the group ever recorded - the dense 'In The Cage' condenses the side-long pomp of previous epics into eight exhilarating minutes; 'Back In N.Y.C', later covered by Jeff Buckley, is raw, aggressive rock; 'The Chamber Of 32 Doors' contains one of Gabriel's most soulful vocals; and 'The Carpet Crawlers' gave the group a standard which remained in their live set for years. The second disc, some very real highlights aside ('it.' 'Lilywhite Lilith'), could have benefited from editing. However, it is never less than interesting and still impossible not to listen to all the way through.
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, along with Tales From Topographic Oceans by Yes has come to be dismissed as reductive shorthand for all that is grim about progressive rock. However, concept aside (a sort of modern day Pilgrim's Progress centering on Rael, a Puerto-Rican leather clad street punk), this is dense, brittle music, that looks as much to harder-edge rock than to anything resembling a madrigal. The problem was, the rest of the band would have rather gone down the madrigal route. At the end of the world tour to support the album, Gabriel left the band. --Daryl Easlea
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Genesis at their creative pinnacle, before the departure of Peter Gabriel. There are so many outstanding tracks on this album I will resist the temptation to list them all. Read morePublished 1 month ago by phaedrus
Brilliant album, arrived really quick and well packaged. Great service!Excellent!Published 3 months ago by Ron Ingley