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An offbeat way of creating a greatest hits album,
This review is from: Live (Audio CD)
When this LP was first released -- in between FOXTROT and SELLING ENGLAND -- proper studio albums cost £2.50. This album cost £1.99. Impoverished though we teenagers were, the 51p difference didn't make the album more tempting. Instead it flagged the fact that, like other cheap albums at the time (CAMEMBERT ELECTRIQUE for £0.69, FAUST TAPES for £0.59, and NO PUSSYFOOTING for £1.30), the material might well not be to everyone's taste.
But actually GENESIS LIVE was far better than that. At the time, Beatles and Dylan apart, there were very few greatest hits albums available. The live album was the standard way, for a serious album band, to create a greatest hits LP. There is a small amount of banter between the crowd and Genesis, but largely this is a record of a band trying to be utterly faithful to the studio recordings.
Personally, I feel the keyboards are a little too high in the mix, drowning out Hackett's guitar at times. Rutherford's Rickenbacker-style bass emerges well.
For me, the band were about to produce their two masterpieces -- SELLING ENGLAND and LAMB LIES DOWN -- and this live album neatly showcases the wonderfully English and classically influenced group before they became tempted by Americana and stadium rock.