Boxed sets most often than
not are fodder for die-hard fans, and 11 live discs is really something not
meant for the casual listener. Genesis
Live marks the fourth boxed set Rhino has released in an attempt to upgrade
the group’s catalog. Following the reissue of 14 Genesis studio albums (Genesis 1976 – 1982, Genesis 1983-1998 in 2007, and Genesis 1970 – 1975 in 2008), Genesis Live 1973 – 2007 is probably as
much live material as you could ever desire from the British group.
Housed in an impressive
package, the boxed set includes four individual releases. Genesis Live features the classic line-up of Tony Banks, Phil Collins
on drums, guitarists Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford, and singer Peter
Gabriel. The disc, presented for the first time in 5.1, was in recorded at
shows in Leicester and Manchester for broadcast
on the “King Biscuit Flower Hour” radio show also includes bonus material from
a Los Angeles
show at the Shrine Auditorium.
The double set Seconds Out was recorded in Paris 1977 and features
Collins on lead vocals following Gabriel’s departure in 1975. Exclusive to this
boxed set, Seconds Out is presented
in stereo and 5.1 versions.
Three Sides Live showcases the band already as a powerhouse trio performing shorter, not
quite as complex songs. The original was first released in 1982 as a double
vinyl set with a fourth side of studio B-sides including “Paperlate.”
The Way We Walk was previously released as two separate live recordings (Vol 1: The Shorts, and Vol 2: The Longs) in 1992. This time
around the songs have been combined as per the show’s original set list.
Live At The Rainbow 1973 also features the band’s classic lineup during a London concert and was
recorded during the group’s Selling
England By The Pound tour.
collection also includes space for the most recent live Genesis release – the
2-CD set Live Over Europe 2007. All the
discs feature brand new stereo mixes created by Tony Banks, Nick Davis, and
The set’s 69 tracks feature
Genesis in all of its incarnations. And while the Collins’ led recordings
sonically sound better, it is great to have access to material sung by Peter
Gabriel. Genesis has always been a leading band in concert so you’re only
getting half of the live experience with only the audio but then again, that’s
why this is for the die-hards to cherish and proudly add to their beefy collection.
Standout Tracks: “Supper’s Ready”, “Domino (In The Glow Of The Night/The Last Domino)”,
“In The Cage” JOSE MARTINEZ