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4 stars When picture and sound quality do NOT matter at all ..!

I just got this DVD yesterday and when I came back home from work last night about 9:30 I saw a package from (Thanks Martin!) already at my desktop. It was colleague Collaborator Erik Neuteboom who recommended me for having this DVD. It's not a regret purchase at all. Thanks, Erik! So after I finished my quick dinner (due to curiosity about this "rare" DVD) I put the disc into my DVD Player. I do not care with the fact that I was so tired after cycling from work (approx 22 KM or 15 miles, it's my Bike to Work Day!) I could not procrastinate any longer even one single night!. My heart gave thumping beats and my adrenaline run faster even before the picture appeared on my TV screen. Well, actually I hate TV but for playing prog rock DVDs! And . BOOM! When the screen started showing picture with its main menu and parts of The Musical Box music with "I've been waiting so long ..." lyrical part, .my adrenaline run even faster and my curiosity reached the ultimate limit. There were three three choices in the menu: 30-10-1973 Shepperton Studios, Borehamwood, UK ; 20-12-1973 Midnight Special - NBC Studios, Burbank, California, USA; and 20-04-1974 The Black Show - University Sports Arena, Montreal, Canada. I clicked the Shepperton concert first.

It started with keyboard solo and mellotron intro for a song that actually I do not favor "Watcher of The Skies" . but this time I really do not care whether I like it or not! It does not matter at all to me. Here we .. go . what I see is Peter Gabriel singing with his white mask and theatrical act. Oh my God . what a great performance! It flows to the next track starting with "Can You tell me where my country lies? ." a lyrical part of "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight" that I used to use to greet friends especially prog heads. Oh I cannot believe that I watch this DVD man! You might not believe that I had tears in my eyes ("mbrebes mili") when I saw Gabriel sings and Steve Hackett follows with his howling guitar solo. What a POWERFUL show!!!! Yeaaaaaaaaahhh ..!!! Genesis Gabriel era rules .!!! that's exactly what I said while watching this DVD. I really do not care about the sound quality and picture quality which are not good actually. But who cares man? What matters most to me was that . thanks God . I finally can enjoy the Gabriel concert with Genesis in its full coverage! And . at the end of this track Gabriel plays his flute beautifully. Oh, I cannot believe it's true ..

Gabriel changes his gear again for the next track "I Know What I Like". His stage act is so attractive. Just before the song really starts he acts like an actor on stage, theatrically. The next rack is the legendary "The Musical Box" which Gabriel opens it with communication with the audience. He sings wholeheartedly and sometimes using flute when necessary. "Play me my song .. here it comes again .". Through this DVD I saw it clearly that actually Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett are all of them play acoustic guitars during opening part! During the performance of this song, after long musical interlude . Gabriel went back stage .. he used an old man (like a grand pa) mask .and then sings "She's the lady .. she is mine ." oh my God .. what a great gesture, mimics and body language he uses while singing this song!

Here comes Supper's Ready ..!

This is really a long awaited video on "Supper's Ready" in concert, by Gabriel! When I first listened to audio version of the concert under Genesis Archives # 1, I already was impressed with it. And now .. what I am facing is the DVD. Oh .. it must be wonderful! Gabriel starts communication with the audience. I like the part when he sings "Jerussalem" with Phil Collins drum work. The audience gave applause and after this short part, Gabriel shake hand with Phil Collins (something that I had ever known before). "Walking cross a sitting room ." oh my God .. finally I watch them in concert! And again, during opening part the three gentlemen play acoustic guitar. I also like when Gabriel plays his flute. This epic song is performed excellently by the band. As usual, Gabriel is well equipped with many types of gears including the big flowers where he puts his head at the center. Oh actually, writing about the live performance of Supper's Ready can take a novel long review! It's amazing! It's powerful!


This DVD is definitely a MUST for avid Genesis music lover. I am sure you will not count the picture and sound quality (which are actually bad) for this long awaited and really memorable video concert! Even the quality of picture and sound for the Black Show concert is really bad. One legendary song "Firth of Fifth" (thanks to Tony Banks for including the piano intro - even though it's shortened) is even truncated in the middle part and continued with end part. Disappointing actually, but again .. I really don't care! This is the best that I can expect for a memorable live performance! Genesis Gabriel ear really rule! Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |


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