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Live

1 Apr 2004
4.7 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 April 2004
  • Release Date: 3 April 2006
  • Label: Virgin UK
  • Copyright: ℗ Digital Remaster 1994 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Virgin Records Ltd © 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.1994 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 46:44
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  • ASIN: B001IAIK1C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,162 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Powerful, weird, rich and highly detailed - and all done on a shoestring budget with home-made equipment - who'd have guessed at the time what Genesis would eventually transform into?
Recorded in 1973 when they were relentlessly touring Europe, this recording accurately captures them at their early prog peak. Dominated by Tony Bank's wall of sound keyboards and Phil Collin's astonishing drumming (we forget how good he is these days), the band give Peter Gabriel free rein to act out his bizarre and often funny character based songs. It's a feast of wonders - killer plants rampage across the genteel English countryside, Summer-frocked girls remove old men's heads with croquet mallets and it all ends up in bloody revolution in Trafalgar Square. Most odd but utterly compelling.
A particular highlight is the clarity with which Steve Hackett's guitar comes through - he was always under mixed in the studio (and on subsequent live albums) but here, his magnificent and inventive playing is heard in its full glory.
A treat if you appreciate classic rock, a must-have if you are into prog rock and absolutely indispensable if you like Genesis.
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Genesis Live

Here we are, the only official live Gabriel era Genesis album out there.

The thing that really grabs me about this masterpiece is how the songs are 10 times more powerful than the sublime studio versions. Crank it up and listen to the incredible " Watcher of the Skies", " The Musical Box" & " The Knife" if your in any doubt. " Get 'em Out by Friday" & " Return of the Giant Hogweed" add to the sheer majesty of all this.

Legend has it that a live recording of " Suppers Ready" missed the cut, as the record company thought it was, " Too high risk" to release it as a double!!...You couldn't make it up!!!. I bet whoever made that decision never recovered from it....LMFAO!!!!

Superb....
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The main recording that became 'Genesis Live' was never intended for record release, but was actually recorded by the King Biscuit live production company, for radio broadcast (on a show called King Biscuit Flower Hour). However, the band and record label Charisma were so impressed by the quality of the sound achieved by King Biscuit's engineers and of the performance, they decided to remix and release a shortened edit of the recording as a live LP, partly to bridge the gap between studio albums (which by today's standards was not that long at all).

By modern standards, the sound is still very good, though not perfect. There are frequent occasions when the sound is a bit heavy on room ambience. This is likely to be slightly over-zealous studio reverb added later to give an authentic 'hall' effect, rather than the actual ambience of the hall, as there are moments when the sound is noticeably drier - last track 'The Knife' is an example of this. The album would sound better generally if it were a little more dry like this throughout.

That aside, the mix is still very good indeed - the drums are prominent, the bass nice and heavy - if a little muddy, the guitars and keyboards well separated - whoever engineered this did an excellent job - and King Biscuit were/are renowned for their high quality productions.

The performance by all is excellent. This is pure classic line-up Genesis, featuring Peter Gabriel on lead vocal and flute, Phil Collins on drums (although the remaster CD wrongly credits sacked drummer John Mayhew, who was frankly rubbish), Tony Banks on keyboards, Mike Rutherford on bass and rhythm guitar, and the wonderful Steve Hackett on guitar (again the CD wrongly credits former member Anthony Phillips on guitar).
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It's a shame there isn't any more commercially available material from the Gabriel era if this is anything to go by. The playing is almost flawless, the atmosphere electric (audience reaction to 'The Knife'), and the album cover is possibly one of their best. There's just something about that picture that is atmospheric and creepy. I also think the production is superb and does more justice to the Nursery Cryme and Trespass material than the original recordings.

Incidentally my view of The Knife is that Gabriel is putting his voice through an effect which is why it sounds like he has forgotten the words.
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This is the last Genesis album from their 1970s heyday I bought. I used to think there was little point in acquiring material that I believed would be far better on the studio albums. Instead, it takes on a new lease of life. 'Watcher Of The Skies' was superb on 'Foxtrot' but here it takes on a more vibrant form. 'Get 'Em Out By Friday' was less impressive on 'Foxtrot' and certainly benefits from a live treatment. One of the big improvements is the contribution of Phil Collins. His percussion work is more prominent and breathes extra life into the material. As he joined the band after 'The Knife' was recorded, this track gains the most. 'Hogweed,' being one of their more aggressive songs, lends itself more to live performance anyway. The closing section of this rumbles with power. Probably only 'The Musical Box' doesn't gain anything here, but it's still a worthwhile performance. I know 'Seconds Out' is highly regarded among fans, but I much prefer this.
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