Genesis, Genesis Live (1973)
I grew up with the Phil Collins version of Genesis. And this album was my introduction to the Peter Gabriel version. Bought for a buck, as part of a larger haul and formative/crucial in my first year of university; so often you bond with people over records, right? Well, to date, I haven’t bonded with anyone over this record. And that’s fine. I mean, I know there are people that dig this – there must be (law of averages stuff basically) but I’ve never really shared this record with anyone. It feels like a record to listen to alone – to absorb and enjoy. This record was spooky and kooky and mad and charming all at once; on first listen. And it was – instantly – a business card for the early years, it sent me to the stores and garage-sales to find more of the Gabriel-Genesis records. I like a lot of the Phil Collins-Genesis records too – but I’m far more interested (these days) in the early years. Listening to this now and to the recent Gabriel stuff you can draw a line. He had a go at being a pop star, and succeeded. But take his body of work and it makes sense/is consistent when you trace it all back to this.
Sample Track: Watcher Of The Skies
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