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Album : Genesis – Genesis Live

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CB was listening to a lot of Genesis back when.  He started with ‘Selling England By the Pound’ and then went back into their library.  ‘Live’ was the next album he grabbed.  Right from the opening cut ‘Watcher of the Skies’ I was digging it. Tony Banks sets the mood with his keyboards.  Drums kick in then a great riff that builds to Gabriel’s vocals.  Great tune and more of the sound I was looking for. Great way to open a concert. ‘Get ‘Em Out By Friday’ is the next tune and just continues the musical ride this band takes you on.  The band laying down the accompaniment while Gabriel tells his “housing” tale and goes through some vocal changes.  ‘Hogweed’ closes out side one. Hackett’s guitar stands out in this one for me.

I really like the sound these guys made together. They all could play.  It fit in with a lot of the music I was listening to,  Zappa, Yes, ELP, Crimson and the Jazz stuff.  Extended jams plus Gabriel’s vocals.

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Side two opens with ‘Musical Box’.  This music was head phone, veg city.  Plus it was really different from the commercial radio fare that was kicking around. The band kicks in hard a couple times in this tune.  Lots of changes in tempo and feel.  Love the way this song builds at the end.  Big sound.  Phil Collins’ drums rock . ‘The Knife’ ends the record.  Steve Hackett lays down some good licks so does Collins, fuck it, the whole band cooks (have a listen to the cut below, it sounds goood!). All I could say was after hearing this record I wanted to see these guys badly.  The crowd was digging it and I wanted to be there.

They certainly weren’t playing Genesis on the radio where CB dwelled. You had to get the records.  I couldn’t explain this music if I tried.  “Listen and see what you think” that’s about the best I could do.  I liked the individual playing but it was the whole that I dug the most.  I was going to find the albums these songs came from and get the music I was missing. Genesis was moving to the top of my listening habit.  Lots of new musical ideas to enjoy.

Genesis Live is a good album that I played a lot.  Very cool jacket front and back. Like I said hard for CB to explain other than he really liked what they were doing.  I’d strap in for a good listen.

30 comments on “Album : Genesis – Genesis Live

  1. Heavy Metal Overload
    March 4, 2018

    I loved the studio albums but this live one didn’t really grab me for some reason. Keep meaning to try it again.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 4, 2018

      I moved into the studio albums after this one (and ‘Selling England’). There was a real mystique about this band at the time. The ‘Live’ album just fed the fire for me. I devoured everything I could get after it. I do like the playing on this record.

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      • Heavy Metal Overload
        March 4, 2018

        Can’t really think why I didn’t get it… I think I might have just overdosed on them at the time and this was one Genesis album too many! I have some other live stuff and it’s wonderful.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 4, 2018

        Like I said I grabbed everything I could by them. I even found an album with a few live cuts off this album and a couple studio cuts. It has a big pic of Gabriel in his flower thing. It was put out by Buddah records so it isn’t a bootleg. I spent a lot of time with their music.

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  2. 1537
    March 4, 2018

    I just love ‘The Knife’, some sterling work from everyone on that cut.

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  3. J.
    March 4, 2018

    I don’t own any Genesis… I was always put off by Phil, but over the years I’ve been thinking I should engage with the Gabriel albums. This is in my list, but it’s not one I’ve seen during any of my record jaunts (typically, it’s all the Phil stuff).

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 4, 2018

      This was before the “Phil” stuff. Back then the guy was playing some solid drums. Yeah, I went on the Gabriel path when they parted ways.

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      • J.
        March 4, 2018

        Yeah… I only care for the Gabriel stuff. I don’t know what it is about Phil that puts me off jumping right in to the whole discography.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 4, 2018

        I’d like to see old Phil take a few bigger swings musically like he did with Brand X. I lost track of him years ago. I’m with you on Gabriel.

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  4. Jim S.
    March 4, 2018

    Great tune. I can’t say I was a huge Genesis fan but I always dug what I heard. Hadn’t heard this live cut. Despite a lot of people’s aversion to the direction Collins took them later, I think we can safely say he’s an outstanding drummer. BTW, my blogger’s playlist has a really nice Gabriel-era Genesis tune.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 4, 2018

      Their music hasn’t stuck with me like some of the other stuff I discovered back then but at the time I ate all their stuff up. Being the axe guy you are I thought you might like Hackets work on ‘The Knife’. Collins went the popular route. Still listenable but yeah he is an “outstanding” drummer. I lean more to the Gabriel side. Looking forward to the Doc list.

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  5. greenpete58
    March 5, 2018

    Good essay, good comments. The band had a certain “mystique,” and this live album is a great artifact of that period in their history. Gabriel was a true artist, he wanted to create a “story” using music, lyrics, costumes, drama. Collins is a fantastic drummer and confident singer/frontman, but he was content with making hits, while Gabriel had more of a ’60s attitude and wanted to explore, grow, and take chances. Better songwriter, too.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 5, 2018

      Yeah, Their whole package appealed to me. I don’t think you could pull the “mystique’ thing off today. I thought it was good that the band achieved some financial reward later. But this is the line up that did it for me. Part of my musical education you could say. Gabriels solo stuff I ate up with the same vigor. Thanks for the input.

      (Pete, I was telling Jim from ME about a jazz doc I just watched about Pittsburgh’s scene. ‘We Knew What We Had’. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m sure you would too. I would guess you would probably be onto it but I was surprised by all the musicians I listen too that came from that scene. Very cool!)

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      • greenpete58
        March 5, 2018

        I went to boarding school outside Pittsburgh. Didn’t know there was much of a jazz scene, although I know that George Benson came from there.

        Genesis is one of my favorite groups. Unlike a lot of other progressive rockers, with Genesis you can strip away all the “smoke and mirrors,” and you’re still left with great tunes. In fact, they started out (in boarding school) as a songwriting collective. It’s all about the song, in my view. I also love the Canterbury Scene, which not many Yanks know about (Soft Machine, Caravan, Gong, Hatfield and the North, Kevin Ayers, Egg…).

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 5, 2018

        Yeah, George is one of the people they feature but so many more plus the whole legacy. Great piece of history, not just musical but cultural. There is a cool bit about Mr. Rogers that comes out of left field. I think it’s up your alley Pete.

        Well said about Genesis. I know about some of their history. But like you said, “it’s all about the song”. Familiar with some of the music from those artists you mentioned and have been reintroduced with the Spotify listening experience.

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      • Jim S.
        March 5, 2018

        Alas, I cant find that doc anywhere. My local public channel did not pick up on it and i can only find trailers online.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 5, 2018

        I watched it on PBS a week ago or so. Funny it was right after I did the Stanley Turrentine take. He was one of the musicians that was featured. Like Pete said, Benson was from there but also another guitarist that you might know of also

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      • Jim S.
        March 5, 2018

        I don’t know how it is up there in the GWN, but PBS stations here are largely independent and pick and choose what they wanna show. So either the Boston channel passed on it or hasn’t gotten around to it yet.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 6, 2018

        Joe Negri is the other guitarist they feature. Old dude with some chops. I picked it up from the Seattle feed.

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  6. christiansmusicmusings
    March 6, 2018

    Boy, I haven’t listened to Genesis in a long time! I think the first of their tunes I ever heard on the radio and instantly liked was “Carpet Crawlers.” That song was definitely more radio-friendly than the tunes on this live album, which probably explains why I heard it on the radio!😀 I also liked the title track from that album, “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.”

    From there I went to “A Trick of the Tail,” which my older sister had on vinyl. I’ve also taped pretty much all of their other 70s and 80s albums on music cassettes, which are still floating around somewhere. This also included “Three Sides Live” but not this live album.

    I also got into Gabriel and his solo stuff – certainly a bit of an acquired taste, but I ended up liking his stuff quite a bit!

    Over the decades since, my taste has evolved, so I’m not sure whether I would get into Genesis nowadays. Though as I’m writing this, I’m listening to this live album and have to admit it brings back memories and is kind of fun!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 6, 2018

      Genesis are a tale of two bands (Similar to Fleetwood Mac). ‘Trick Of The Tail” was the first album without Gabriel. Good album. I still liked the band just wasn’t the same for CB without PG. I don’t listen to them as much as I used to but when I hear this album it still sounds real good and takes me back. Yeah , I followed Gabriel’s solo career. Loved his out put.

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  7. Vinyl Connection
    April 1, 2018

    Just a brilliant live album, especially for the era.
    Read some of the thread. Although I don’t like Phil’s solo stuff, some of the Genesis albums with him singing have fabulous moments. Listen to “Dance on a volcano” and “Squonk” from A Trick Of The Tail. VERY strong Genesis.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 1, 2018

      Yeah the first few Genesis after Gabriel left I was still around for. “Trick’ I really like. Similar to Mac I drifted away. Hung with Peter Gabriel (like Green maybe it’s the “Peter” thing). I’ve been listening to Steve Hackett’s ‘Tokyo Tapes’ Some Genesis redos. I’m enjoying it. Oh yeah I think we agreed on the ‘Brand X stuff.

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      • Vinyl Connection
        April 1, 2018

        Too right. Saw Steve Hackett last year, live. He was really very good indeed!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 1, 2018

        Any body else in his band that CB would know?

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      • Vinyl Connection
        April 1, 2018

        Nick Beggs on bass (Kajagoogoo!) was very cool, while Nad Sylvan did the vocals with theatrical flourish (and bore more than a passing resemblance to Bill Nighy in ‘Still Crazy’). We caught the last night of a very long tour and the band were in cracking form.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 2, 2018

        Thanks for the info. Ends of tours are usually good for a tight show.

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