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GENESIS LIVE 1973 - 2007



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3.81 | 105 ratings

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5 stars CD utterly destroyed 'Seconds out', turning what was arguably one of the best live albums ever into nothing more than 'easy listening.' I kid you not.

When I used to hear the original vinyl album the drums were absolutely fantastic on 'Firth of fifth', 'Cinema show' and 'Los endos.' Okay, it may have been my system, but I doubt it, as the CD was going thru' the same amp... Oh, and I admit it, the 'air' drumkit received constant use listening to the old LP.

I'm pleased to say that once more I can bring out that drumkit, as the DVD version of 'Seconds out' (played with the DTS sound system) almost replicates that original experience, and I'm only listening through headphones too.

Amazingly, the remastered CD version is STILL rubbish! It's exactly the same! The mix is all wrong, with the drums taken from the forefront, and the bass being more prominent. I just don't understand why this is the case.

What I'm saying, is that if you haven't heard 'Seconds out' on vinyl, and can't, then you MUST save up for this DVD version, to experience it as it truly should be heard.

Genesis were always best 'live' anyway. It's such a pity that all those fantastic performances have been lost. This boxset goes some way to ensuring that their live reputation remains fully intact.

I have always loved the album 'Genesis live'. One of my all-time favourites in fact. The DVD does little to the sound, maybe there's a little bit more going on perhaps, but the CD was always perfectly adequate anyway. It always had a 'rich' sound. Added on the end of the DVD version are five live tracks from 'the Lamb.' They sound truly amazing. I'd love to hear the full 'Lamb' live on DVD. It's kind of crude, but equally so rich.

There's another disc, which is of a concert performed at the Rainbow theatre in London. I NEVER get bored listening to the tracks from 'Selling England by the pound', never, ever. And I never will.

I haven't even got as far as 'it/Watcher of the skies', from 'Three sides live' yet. Sadly, I know that this hasn't been made into a DVD, but if you haven't heard it, it's an absolute cracker!

I have no hesitation in giving this 5 stars. It's taken me 3 years to take the plunge. The negative reviews took their toll. But in the end, Genesis are MY band. I want to hear them as they should be heard. Re-hearing 'Seconds out' as it SHOULD sound seems like my divine right. Quite frankly, you should make it yours.

As a postscript, it seem that the SURROUND SOUND version may suffer from the 'easy listening' problems as explained. I don't have surround, and listen instead through headphones. it is through these that I heard the drums. Briefly listening to 'Seconds out' on my brother's surround sound system made it immediately noticeable that the bass (as well other instruments) were brought forward in the mix, and made it sound less dynamic. Pity.

sussexbowler | 5/5 |


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