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3.46 | 534 ratings

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3 stars The original double LP contains, as says the album title, "3 Sides Live" and one studio side. So "Fountains of Salmacis", "One for the Vine", "It/Watcher of the Skies" are not there: there are rather ordinary short songs never released that could have been put on the Duke record. The album contains live songs mainly from "Abacab" and "Duke", and no it is not better than on the studio records. But there is an outstanding medley of "Cinema Show" and "In the Cage" lasting more than 10 minutes: the 2 excellent drummers, Phil COLLINS and Chester Thompson (Frank ZAPPA), offer on it a great drum solo; Tony BANKS seems to suddenly awake and delivers one of his best keyboards performance since the 70's. Mike RUTHEFORD's bass is delightful. Steve HACKETT is not there and Daryl Stuermer replaces him; he gives a quite honorable contribution, but Stuermer's guitar sound lacks originality and uniqueness.

On the CD version, I've listened to "One for the Vine", one of my favorite GENESIS' song, we feel that Stuermer has all the pressure: he surprisingly performs well, but the song never has all the subtlety, the refinement of the original one.

greenback | 3/5 |


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