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erik neuteboom
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4 stars In the early Nineties I started to collect 70-77 Genesis footage, in those days hard to purchase. It took some time, efforts and money but gradually I succeeded to build-up an interesting collection. And now ... here is this DVD featuring most of the material of my 70-77 Genesis collection, you can easily and cheaply buy it on many weekly markets, between the shops with tropical fruit, fish and ladies underwear! So one of the lowest priced progrock DVD's (just 5-7 bugs) is also one of the most amazing progrock DVD's, the 1973-1974 live-era.

First Shepperton Studio1973 (UK) featuring five tracks (a bit dark view): Watcher Of The Skies (majestic keyboard intro, Gabriel with the bat wings and the grand finale with the glittercape and powerful Hammond organ sound), Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (funny introduction by Peter Gabriel who is dressed as a medieval soldier and great work on keyboards by Banks and Hackett on guitar), I Know What I Like (funny theatrical act by Peter Gabriel and the electric sitar play by Hackett), The Musical Box (perhaps the visual progrock highlight with Gabriel and the old man mask) and the epic Supper's Ready: the twanging 12- string acoustic guitars by Banks and Rutherford, Rutherford on his Rickenbacker twin- neck guitar, Collins his dynamic drums, Banks his unique and varied keyboard work and, last but not least, Gabriel with his mindblowing visuals and stage-antics: his funny introduction, the crown of thornes, flower mask, red box ('666'), the psychedelic organ solo by Banks and the grand finale with the illuminated tube, AWESOME!!

Then the Midnight Special (December 1973), recorded in the NBC Studios in the USA featuring the two songs Watcher Of The Skies (mindblowing intro with good view on Gabriel his painted face with wonderful blue light) and The Musical Box (mediocre quality but great version with exciting grand finale: old man mask, mimics, switching lights and the mike standard act).

Finally The Black Show (April 1974) in the Canadian city Montreal, this footage is extensively used by the Genesis tribute band The Musical Box. The quality is mediocre but the images are very worth watching, especially the (abridged) version of Firth Of Fifth: Banks playing on the piano and his ARP Pro Solist synthesizer and Hackett his compelling guitar solo, you can clearly see him using guitar techniques like bending, slide and hammering down, goose bumps!


erik neuteboom | 4/5 |


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