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A Real Live Masterpiece,
This review is from: Seconds Out (Audio CD)
The 70's were great for producing musicians that could really play. Unlike today where so much music is produced at a touch of button or fashoined by a pop svengali, producing the goods live was seen as the real benchmark of a quality artist or band.
Here is probably THE finest example of a live group at the peak of their powers. Genesis were a good studio band but epic tracks like "Suppers Ready" and "The Cinema Show" are taken to a whole new dimension. The quality of the playing is absolutely superb throughout with a powerful, articulate sound that makes the hairs on the back your neck stand on end. If you are serious music fan, Seconds Out is a must.
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Initial post: 25 Aug 2011 08:13:39 BDT
S. C. Trump says:
Totally agree - this is my favourite live album bar none. It has one flaw for me that no-one ever seems to comment on and that is 'Afterglow' which was played live in the 'Wind & Wuthering' tour as part of the '...in that quiet earth' piece, as it was on the album. To omit that section on a live album and simply 'start up' with 'Afterglow' really jars. I guess it was down to timing on the original vinyl release, but surely these double cds could have belatedly reinstated it?
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2012 22:11:38 BDT
Fair comment, but I'd go further and suggest that 'Afterglow' wouldn't have been missed from the track list anyway. I'd (personally) have greatly preferred to omit it and fill the space with the missing majority of 'Musical Box' - one can only imagine how brilliant a 'Seconds Out' version of that song would have been. But then, I'd have preferred to replace 'The Lamb Lies Down..' with 'In The Cage', and I'd have swapped the (again just my opinion) inexplicably overrated 'I Know What I Like..' for any number of other possible choices. Despite these niggles, 'Seconds Out' is my favourite live album too, even after all these years. In fact, it's probably my favourite recording, live or studio. If I had to narrow down even further, I'd say that the instumental passage from 'Firth of Fifth' is my all time favourite piece of music. Genuinely breathtaking.
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