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Andy Webb
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4 stars The end of an era.

Peter Gabriel left Genesis in 1975. Many speculated that Genesis would not be able to survive without Gabriel's iconic figure on stage. However, Genesis rebounded with their drummer Phil Collins on vocals and released two successful studio albums the following year, each containing classic Genesis elements as well as a slight transition - this one to Genesis' most popular era, the pop era. In 1977, guitarist Steve Hackett departed from the band. Many say that Hackett took Genesis with him. Seconds Out is Hackett's last expose with Genesis, and it is, in my opinion, the last foray of Genesis as the symphonic giants that we love today.

Always known for their elaborate live performances, a Genesis show without Gabriel must have truly been a dulling experience, in relation to older shows. However, the band is able to preform effortlessly some of the classic songs of their discography, with a fervor and determination of a determined group of musicians. Each song is preformed fantastically, with symphonic atmospheres and instrumental prowess spot on. The production lacks a little, which is seen in many older live releases which lack the computerized enhancements available today. The mixing of classics such as Supper's Ready, The Musical Box, and Cinema Show with more modern (then) hits like Squonk, Afterglow, and Dance on a Volcano make for an especially dynamic set list and shows the slow transition to Genesis' more popularly leaning era. In the end, the live album is a superb display of Genesis' power, and the final outing of the classic Genesis sound. 4+ stars.

Andy Webb | 4/5 |


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