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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 – Live Gabriel

24 Jul

Plays Live
Peter Gabriel
(1983)

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This album is an example of why I love live albums.
This album is a chronical of Gabriel’s first solo tour. I happened tocatch this show whenit rolled into Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. It was a great show and the album does a credible job of capturing the atmosphere of the show. The liner notes mention that some parts of the live album were recorded in a studio later but that is par for the course for most life albums.
That being said – the band does sound great on this album. Although for the most part the soungs sound great, there are some disappointments – I found the song Solsbury Hill a bit flat, without passion, unlike the album version. But his is the only quibble. And this might be just because the previous song, San Jacinto, is so strong and powerful.
This is a fantastic snapshot of an artist at his prime –a very worthy album.

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.

Weekly Vinyl – Peter Gabriel

8 Feb

Peter Gabriel #3 (Melt)
Peter Gabriel
(1980)
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I’m not really sure why Peter Gabriel made a German version of his fourth album, but I’m glad he did. I have the English version as well, but I did not search for it as I did not want to do a comparison and it would be against my self imposed “review at random” approach to this. I don’t understand German, I’m limited to ordering beer and a few basic food items, but I appreciate how the language works with the music.
The album sounds dated and fresh at the same time. I remember it being a landmark album when it came out and it still holds up very well for the most part. The sound is very 80s though simply because a lot of the musical ideas on this album were emulated by other 80s artists. Some of the songs really hold up. Keine Selbstkontrolle (No self control) is one. The big hit Spiel ohne Grenzen (Games without Frontiers) has also stood up very well. Although Biko, one of my favourite Gabriel songs loses a bit in this album. German lyrics and bagpipes do not do it for me. But really, great album to discover again after some 33 years.