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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Genesis Live at the Rainbow 1973

This rare recording was recorded at London's Rainbow Theatre on October 20th, 1973. Frontman Peter Gabriel was at his game including Steve Hackett, guitar; Phil Collins, drums and vocals; Tony Banks 12-string guitar and keyboards; and Mike Rutherford, bass guitar. The recording unlike the previous Genesis Archive 1967-75 box set released ten years ago where Gabriel had to redub his vocals and Hackett dubbing his guitar part also because they felt they didn't give it their best. But here in its entirety is the full performance and it has been called 'The Lost Live Album' as they were promoting their album Selling England By the Pound as they got the audience blown away by their compositions between each song.
Phil Collins who was in his mid 20s whose roots was in the sound of Jazz, The Beatles, and Jazz Fusion drum sounds from Billy Cobham and Chester Thompson who joined the group after Gabriel left for their Wind & Wuthering tour. Collins plays the drums as a madman on pieces like Firth of Fifth and The Battle of Epping Forest. Steve Hackett leads the band into his guitar work and uses his definition on the classical fingerpicking guitar style and his virtuoso style while Tony Banks is almost a keyboard wizard on the recording with the dark mellotronic introduction to Watcher of the Skies and the solo on the moog composition with Firth of Fifth and the echo sound with The Battle of Epping Forest.
There are some of the most suprising compositions and the symphonic prog sounds of Genesis has done in this rare bootleg that defined the golden-era of Genesis. And this is the real deal to get a real kick out of.

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