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Weekly Vinyl – Genesis

6 May

Second’s Out
Genesis
(1977)
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For anyone interested in Genesis, this is a great album to start with. It has some of their best tunes from their early years.
This is a controversial statement for true Genesis diehards because they consider that the band died when Peter Gabriel left.
Whatever. This is a great album.
A great progressive rock album
If you just look at this album on its own, without taking into account the past or future history of Genesis, then you will have to agree that this is a brilliant piece of work. The band faithfully recreates their greatest songs with a spirit and soul that just dips out of the speakers.
There are a lot of highlights on this album. The version of Supper’s Ready is brilliant. The closing section of The Musical Box is very well done, as is Firth of Fifth, as is The Carpet Crawl, as is Cinema Show.
There is really nothing amiss on this album except for the first song, Squonk. It was their big hit at the time and leads off this double album for the new fans to get the familiar right away – nostalgia comes later. It is not the strongest song on the album, nor of Genesis’ repertoire.

Weekly Vinyl – Nursery Cryme

11 Jul

Nursery Cryme
Genesis
(1971)
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Now this is progressive rock at its peak. Well near its peak.
Genesis is one of the main bands of this genre, and this album is very indicative of this.
Each song is a fantastic, surrealistic story. The music is dreamy and sweeps you away on an adventure that is in the story. The sound is lush and on occasion breaking out into a loud fury that denotes that this is still rock-n-roll and not some new age somnambulist music.
What marks this album and most of Genesis’ music is that there really are no big solos or much instrumental noodling. The songs are tight and the instrumental passages are there to convey emotion to the song.
Although perhaps not the strongest work of the classic Genesis line-up (Gabriel, Hackett, Banks, Rutherford and Collins) this is a solid album that does not fail to disappoint.

Weekly Vinyl – Paperlate

2 Aug

Paperlate
Genesis (Phil Collins)
(1982)

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I want to know where this EP came from. I want to know how it ended up in my collection. I want to know why was I cursed to pull this out. Why did I listen to it?
I knew what it was going to sound like. It is like going to McDonalds for a “meal”. You know the flavour and the aftertastes before stepping into the place. You know how you will feel after consuming the “food”. You know how you will feel when you digest that which you ate.
Without getting to deeply involved — Phil Collins is a great drummer — one of the best. Genesis is a great band responsible for some great music.
This was not one of their shining moments.
How did this get into my collection?

Weekly Vinyl – Genesis Bootleg

5 Apr

White Mountain U.K. Tour 1976
Genesis
(1976)
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This is my brother’s album that has been sitting in my collection for a while. He was the big Genesis fan and I’m sure that he shelled out a relatively fair amount for this recording. The record is a Danish bootleg of a UK tour. If you are a Genesis fan then you will be interested to know that Peter Gabriel is not here but Steve Hackett still is. Bill Bruford is on drums and Phil Collins does the vocals. Unlike a lot of bootlegs from the 70s, the quality of the audio recording is actually quite good. It was undoubtabley recorded directly from the mixing board. The music is not as crisp as their live Second’s Out LP, which came out in 1977, but the album is not murky in any way. This is a good quality bootleg with amazing music. This is a progressive rock dinosaur showcasing its technical music as all around, punk rock is breaking out and making prog-rock virtually extinct.