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2.99 | 142 ratings

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3 stars These songs were recorded during the recording sesssions for the "Wind and Wuthering" album, and were released in an E.P. in May 1977. And yes, I agree. It seems that "Match of the Day" was mainly composed and released for their British fans (it reached #13 in their record charts). It is a song which tells the story of a football match, including some "bad words" for the referee! "Pigeons" is about a man who doesnīt like pigeons because they damage the city buildings with their "natural waste". The best song of this E.P. (which was available in C.D.) is "Inside and out". The music is better than the lyrics in this song. As somebody in a previous review wrote, the lyrics are about a man who was sent to prison for false accusations of rape, who 20 years later is finally "out" of the prison. When I read the lyrics for the first time, I was surprised. But this song has very good 12 string guitars in the first part, including lead and backing vocals. In the second part, totally instrumental, there is a 12 string rhythm guitar accompanied by drums and bass, with a lead guitar (by Steve Hackett) and a synthesizer solo (by Tony Banks). This song was played live in some of the last concerts of their "Wind & Wuthering" tour in 1977. "Match of the Day" and "Pigeons" are good and funny songs, not to be taken seriously as examples for progressive music, but they showed that GENESIS (at least, Banks/Collins/Rutherford, who are listed as the composers of these two songs) was trying to indicate their fans the new style for their next albums.For me, "Inside and out" is a good example of progressive rock music, and as previous reviewers said, it could have been included in the "Wind & Wuthering" album. "Inside and out" was more influenced by Steve Hackett, but the songwriting of this song is credited to the then four GENESIS`MEMBERS (Rutherford/Collins/Hackett/Banks)."Inside and out" sounds for me as a "Farewell Song" for Hackett and for GENESIS`progressive sound of the mid seventies as a quartet (1976-77). Both "Pigeons" and "Inside and Out" were included in GENESIS`"Archive Vol. 2-1976-1992" Boxed Set. "Match of the Day" wasn`t included in this Boxed Set because Banks/Collins/Rutherford didnīt like the song anymore (mainly the lyrics).
Guillermo | 3/5 |


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