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2.96 | 115 ratings | 35 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Match Of The Day (3:23)
2. Pigeons (3:13)
3. Inside And Out (6:44)

Total Time: 13:22

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Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Hackett / electric guitar, 12-string guitar, 6-string guitar
- Tony Banks / organ, mellotron, piano, electric piano, 12-string guitar, voices
- Phil Collins / drums, voices, assorted percussion
- Mike Rutherford / bass, bass pedals, 12-string guitar, voices, cello

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GENESIS Spot the pigeon ratings distribution


2.96
(115 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
15%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(24%)
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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars A game of two halves

The two lightweight songs on the first side of this EP, were not quite strong enough to be hit singles, but too pop orientated for a Genesis album. Interestingly, the band chose to omit "Match of the day" from the recent "Archives volume 2" album, deeming it to be "sub-standard".

"Inside and out" on side 2 of the EP is however more traditional Genesis, and would have sounded good on "Trick of the tail" or "Wind and Wuthering". It was recorded during the sessions for these albums, but not used. Rather than attempting to track down a copy of this now hard to find EP, the track (plus "Pigeons") is now available on the aforementioned "Archives Vol. 2".

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Posted Saturday, March 06, 2004

Review by greenback
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3 stars This is the first album where we feel the real potential of Phil COLLINS's voice for pop hit. He uses very well his voice here, and it passes well through lot of acoustic rythm guitars. BANK's keyboards are less elaborated here, except some free moog solos and other patterns. This record is short and the original LP must be played at 45 RPM. The album is not progressive: it was a warning telling people: "Hey, we are now done of prog, so we gonna make stuff to be more popular".

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Posted Friday, April 09, 2004

Review by Hibou
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2 stars The first two titles, "Match of the Day" and "Spot the Pigeon", are light and humorous pop tunes - nothing to crow about, musically speaking; sort of like your regular Phil Collins era GENESIS ditties ("That's All", as Philly would say a few years later). The third one, although more streamlined than your average 70's GENESIS tunes, is the best of the three. It recounts the story of a young man falsely accused of rape and coming out of jail after a 20-year sentence. Lyrically speaking, it is very moving and the music is a nice slow number with MIKE RUTHERFORD's signature all over it. However, don't expect any musical genius here. This is strictly a collector's item.

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Posted Sunday, May 02, 2004

Review by Guillermo
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3 stars These songs were recorded during the recording sesssions for the "Wind and Wuthering" album, and were released in an E.P. in May 1977. And yes, I agree. It seems that "Match of the Day" was mainly composed and released for their British fans (it reached #13 in their record charts). It is a song which tells the story of a football match, including some "bad words" for the referee! "Pigeons" is about a man who doesnīt like pigeons because they damage the city buildings with their "natural waste". The best song of this E.P. (which was available in C.D.) is "Inside and out". The music is better than the lyrics in this song. As somebody in a previous review wrote, the lyrics are about a man who was sent to prison for false accusations of rape, who 20 years later is finally "out" of the prison. When I read the lyrics for the first time, I was surprised. But this song has very good 12 string guitars in the first part, including lead and backing vocals. In the second part, totally instrumental, there is a 12 string rhythm guitar accompanied by drums and bass, with a lead guitar (by Steve Hackett) and a synthesizer solo (by Tony Banks). This song was played live in some of the last concerts of their "Wind & Wuthering" tour in 1977. "Match of the Day" and "Pigeons" are good and funny songs, not to be taken seriously as examples for progressive music, but they showed that GENESIS (at least, Banks/Collins/Rutherford, who are listed as the composers of these two songs) was trying to indicate their fans the new style for their next albums.For me, "Inside and out" is a good example of progressive rock music, and as previous reviewers said, it could have been included in the "Wind & Wuthering" album. "Inside and out" was more influenced by Steve Hackett, but the songwriting of this song is credited to the then four GENESIS`MEMBERS (Rutherford/Collins/Hackett/Banks)."Inside and out" sounds for me as a "Farewell Song" for Hackett and for GENESIS`progressive sound of the mid seventies as a quartet (1976-77). Both "Pigeons" and "Inside and Out" were included in GENESIS`"Archive Vol. 2-1976-1992" Boxed Set. "Match of the Day" wasn`t included in this Boxed Set because Banks/Collins/Rutherford didnīt like the song anymore (mainly the lyrics).

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Posted Friday, September 24, 2004

Review by slipperman
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3 stars For those who wished Steve Hackett would've hung around a little longer, this is a 3-song EP that's worth a purchase if not priced too outrageously. (It only exists in its original vinyl form, but 2 of the 3 songs can be found on the Genesis Archives 2 box.) Recorded during the 'Wind And Wuthering' sessions, you get two upbeat pop-leaning tracks and a bona fide Genesis classic with "Inside And Out". Those first two songs are fairly forgettable, hardly essential additions to the Genesis collection unless you're a completist. "Match Of The Day" is probably the weakest song, with Phil not putting much effort into the vocal performance. It's about soccer, and you can expect a lighthearted musical approach to match the funny lyrical approach. It truly sounds like filler, as if they wrote it in their sleep. "Pigeons" is a short tune recalling their 1983 hit "That's All", so if you like that sort of bounce to your Genesis, go for it. It doesn't appeal to me, but I have to admit the lyrics are a great read, typically wacky British humor at its best. Then there's "Inside And Out", so damn good it's baffling as to why they decided to leave it off of 'Wind And Wuthering'. With it's ballad- esque intro, it would've made the great 'W & W' album even better had they used this instead of "Your Own Special Way". C'est la vie. From the tranquil beginning, which builds up the storyline of the song, it then widens into a lush section propped up with acoustic guitars in the tradition of their early days, as well as Tony Banks' well-layered keyboards. Then things get a bit more kinetic, with Banks flying all over the keyboard, Michael Rutherford displaying his underrated bass finesse, and Hackett's amazing guitar voice becoming the real highlight of this exciting song. A fun little record to put in your collection as a coda to Hackett's last hurrah on the 'Seconds Out' live album, but it's only "Inside And Out" that justifies its purchase.

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Posted Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Review by Gatot
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3 stars When Genesis "Duke" was released, I purchased the cassette format of the album and I quiet enjoyed the album. But when I upgraded the album into CD format, I was wondering why there were two songs "Match of The Day" and "Pigeons" were not included in the CD format. At the time I did not have internet access and only later I knew that actually these two songs were not part of Duke but it's part of EP called "Spot The Pigeons" which was recorded during or around the "Wind and Wuthering" album. Even though "Match of The Day" is completely a pop song, I really enjoy the melody and mood especially on how bass guitar is played. Usually, I listen to this song for a change only after listening to many heavy and complex stuffs. "Pigeons" is also another nice pop song. "Inside and Out" is probably a song that brings the soul of early Genesis especially with Hackett guitar fills at the opening part.

Overall, I would say that this is a good and memorable record. To my knowledge, this record is hard to find. But you can have two songs "Pigeons" and "Inside And Out" in the Genesis Archives vol. 2 boxed set. Keep on proggin'..!

Progressively yours, GW

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Posted Friday, July 29, 2005

Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars This EP is Hackett his swansong with Genesis. If you listen to "Inside and out" you will be delighted by his splendid contribution. It showcases how Hackett has developped his style into a very distinctive, innovative, moving and compelling blend of classic, rock, blues and symphonic, base upon emotion, GREAT! The track "Match of the day" is a tribute to the weekly soccer BBC TV programm (I LOVE JIMMY HILL!), I wonder how many non- Europeans know what this is about? Anyway, MOTD is a British soccer institute that almost disappeared because of the commercial television in the UK but is it has survived. And Phil Collins was a soccer fan so he wrote this fine, nostalgic piece, credit to him for that but after this EP he became a bit too demanding ....

1. Match Of The Day (3:23) 2. Pigeons (3:13) 3. Inside And Out (6:44)

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Posted Monday, August 29, 2005

Review by ClemofNazareth
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk Researcher
2 stars I’m not the Genesis guru that most of the other members of the Archives are, but I do have the rather dubious distinction of owning an original vinyl pressing of this EP (or big single, or whatever this disc is supposed to be called). I really only got into Genesis briefly about the time ‘Lamb’ was released, so when I saw this import in a local record shop nearly thirty years ago I picked it up mostly out of mild curiosity.

So with that in mind, my apologies in advance to the Genesis hard-core faithful if I overstate the obvious or tread on any sacred cows, but this is really a pretty forgettable piece of promotional fluff in my opinion.

“Match of the Day” is a silly little ditty about some hooligans (er., ‘fans’) acting out the soccer equivalence of armchair quarterbacks, cussing out the referees and generally pontificating on their expert knowledge of the sport. This is an early glimpse of the Phil Collins-inspired pop phase of the band post-Gabriel. I gather these were songs that were written for ‘Wuthering’ that didn’t make the cut. No surprise there once you listen to them. Collins shows his masterful talent for deep lyrics with lines like “each side’s eleven men with numbers on their backs” and “there’s the reds and there’s the greens… they’re accompanied by three men dressed in black”. It sounds like he plagiarized from a soccer rules book to get his lyrics. The music is just very simple pop, and one of those songs that clearly doesn’t translate very well if it travels west across the Atlantic.

“Pigeons” is another short pop tune that’s a tribute to those smelly flying rodents that congregate along city blocks to drop crap on everyone and everything. I’m guessing the tourist bureau will never come knocking to see if they can use this in a travel commercial. The music itself is pretty much monotone, as in there is a single note that basically takes up all but the few last seconds of the song.

The flip side contains just one song, the longer “Inside and Out”. This one is a bit meatier, a song about a poor guy who’s wrongfully convicted of rape and ends up spending twenty years behind bars. Once he finally gets out, he finds he can’t live down the stigma of what he’s been accused of. Not the kind of subject matter that Genesis has become known for either in their actual prog days, or after this album when they started their male-Britney pop phase, but it is certainly more substantive than pigeon sh!t or corner kicks, and in Hackett’s swan song with the band he shows off some decent guitar licks, so it’s not a total waste.

This isn’t something that would inspire me to spend any time on Amazon or in old record shops trying to find today. However, I suppose for hard-core fans of the band it makes for a necessary finishing piece to the collection if they don’t already have it, so we’ll mark it as a two star effort and put it back in the stacks so the grandkids can rediscover it someday.

peace

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Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars "Match of the Day" which inspired the sleeve, is a poppy song like the band will produce later on. It is not essential but not bad either. "Pigeon" has more flavour and was an attempt to a more commercial approach. But we know how the band will evolve... It is a fresh and light song; doing no harm. Just pleasant, I guess.

Sounds a bit like "Counting Out Time" to give you an idea. It would be impossible to write the same lyrics today though. Talking about pigeons : "Who congregate around Trafalgar Square Taking pot shots at the tourists" Then talking of an honest man saying "I want them out of here" !

It was quite premonitory since nowadays there aren't no pigeons any longer on Trafalgar ! "Inside Out" is the track I prefer. It has the mood of "And Then There Were Three" even if it was written during the "Wind" sessions.

It starts in a mellow, quiet mode with nice vocals and acoustic work in the background . The second part of the song (from 3'30 onwards) is quite rocky and instrumental (lots of nice keys).

Three stars for this good but not essential EP.

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Posted Saturday, December 30, 2006

Review by progaardvark
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2 stars A 3-track EP featuring music that didn't make it onto Wind and Wuthering which means basically out-takes. Match of the Day and Pigeons are short, somewhat radio-friendly pieces. Nothing really exciting, but probably worth your time if you are a completionist.

Side B contains the 6+ minute Inside and Out which is more serious and would fit nicely on Wind & Wuthering or Trick of the Tail. It has some nice 12-string guitar work and some wonderful synth textures from Tony Banks.

Since the last two songs are now available on the Genesis Archives vol. 2 box set, there really is no reason to search for this EP unless you are a collector. Two stars seems fitting to me.

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Posted Monday, June 25, 2007

Review by UMUR
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2 stars I was quite surprised when I learned about the existence of this EP, because I thought I had collected everything there was to collect from the early Genesis. Well a nice surprise it is, even though I fear the standard of the first two tracks are not really that good. I think they are far too pop orientated and radio friendly. Inside and Out is a very good track though and worth listening to a couple of times.

This EP makes a nice link between Wind and Wuthering and ...and then there were Three. Actually I thought these songs were outtakes from the later, but it seems they are outtakes from the Trick of the Tail and Wind and Wuthering sessions. These are the last recordings with Steve Hackett on board, and a nice testimony to him ( even though this is not his best or most innovative work, itīs nice and melodic). Nothing special though and only for completists.

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Posted Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Review by Prog-jester
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2 stars An EP you can easily live without.

...even if you're GENESIS fan (like me...to some point). Listening to this I see why Steve decided to quit. Honestly, there's nothing utterly disgusting, first two tracks are rather enjoyable even despite their pop-nature, and closing mini-epic wouldn't be out of place on any 76-78 era album. But this is not the level Gabriel's GENESIS has always been known and loved for. A collector's item for sure, it won't grab your attention much, just to complete your collection. 2,5 stars and no ''rare gem'' thing here.

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Posted Sunday, March 09, 2008

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
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2 stars It's strange for a GENESIS fan specially from the Prog era, not to have Spot the Pigeon, but to be honest, back in the 70's I heard Match of the Day and that was enough to know that not even Steve Hackett could make miracles and save the band from the POP debacle that was about to reach them.

But a few days ago while buying some DVD's, the guy from the store offered me a used copy at one buck (seems he was stuck with it), so I bought the EP immediately, and the disappointment was almost total.

Match of the Day is one of the worst and most repetitive songs that the 4 men era Genesis could release, only better than Your Own Special Way and that song is not hard to beat. I understand why Steve left the band knowing what path GENESIS was walking to.

Pigeons is even worst, reminds me of one of the comedy relief tracks by ELP (Benny the Bouncer or The Sheriff), but without any sense of humor or imagination plus Phil Collins flat vocals instead of Greg's excellent voice, at this point I was thinking in how many better things I could had done with my buck instead of wasting it in this reminder of how depressive GENESIS turned after Wind & Wuthering.

But it was time for Inside and Out, which is not a masterpiece but by far the best track of the album without any doubt, despite the boring vocals by Phil Collins, the elaborate keyboards sections and the excellent 12 string guitar by Steve, makes of this song a good reason to pay one buck for the record.

Even when Inside and out is a good track, the complete album doesn't deserve more than two stars.

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Posted Saturday, December 13, 2008

Review by Nightfly
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3 stars Spot The Pigeon is a 3 track EP released between Wind and Wuthering and the And Then There Were Three. albums. It's really only worth owning for Inside And Out, the other 2 tracks being throwaway pop songs and not very good ones at that.

Inside And Out is an excellent song in the Genesis tradition of the era. The first half is a slow and melodic vocal section and then it explodes into a frantic instrumental finale, excellent stuff!

Unfortunately Pigeons and Match Of The Day I can quite happily live without. Pigeons skips along with a kind of jolly 1920's vibe and is pretty poor. Equally so is Match Of The Day; lightweight fluff with an almost Caribbean feel in places, a tribute to the British TV football programme of the same name.

Worth 3 stars for Inside And Out alone, without which though I'd only give it 1.

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Posted Sunday, March 22, 2009

Review by snobb
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2 stars Commercially oriented Genesis EP. "Match Of The Day" and "Pigeons" ( Side A) is both pop songs with characteristic Phil Collins vocals. There you can perfectly feel that the beginning of his solo career is not too far ( and even can hear how it will sound).

Side B is one longer song, but more under the Genesis standard. I mean - Genesis without Gabriel. So - kind of pop symphonic rock. But still listenable.

I believe the target of this release was strictly commercial, so it could only make happy Genesis collectors.

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Posted Friday, January 15, 2010

Review by J-Man
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2 stars A Collector's Item Only

I first heard this EP when I was in the car with my dad about 3 years ago. This was during my Genesis obsession phase, and I was a borderline fanboy for all of the Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett-era Genesis music. These were the days when I would listen to The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway on a once-a-day basis, the flute solo in Firth of Fifth lulled me to sleep, and Supper's Ready consumed every 23 spare minutes I had. I learned how to play The Knife on keyboards, and I would try all day to figure out that damn Apocalypse in 9/8 solo! All in all, Genesis has produced some of the best music I have ever heard and holds a special place in my heart.

So when I heard the EP in the car I only heard the closing track, which left a natural good impression. When I got home I listened to the EP in whole, and I was generally impressed. The first two songs, while I wasn't blown away, I thought they were generally very good. My tastes have changed a little bit since then, and I don't appreciate the first two songs as I used to. Songs like Firth of Fifth and Supper's Ready still continue to impress me, but much of this EP tires after multiple listens. Not to say that it's "bad", but I would stop at calling it above average.

THE MUSIC:

"Match of the Day"- The first song opens up with an upbeat and poppy guitar and keyboard riff. It evolves into a very poppy bassline with some nice acoustic guitar chords in background. This sounds like something that could have come off of And Then There Were Three. This song is not as high of quality of something from that album, even though this is catchy.

"Pigeons"- This song just isn't worth your time. The vocal performance from Phil Collins is irritating, and the melodies and chord progressions are mediocre at best. This is definitely a "catchy" song though, and I will give them that. However, this isn't the type of "catchy" song where I enjoy its presence in my head, and am comforted by its solid melodies and composition. This is the type of song that I want to manually remove from my head with a pair of pliers. Needless to say, this song is pretty boring and uninteresting.

"Inside and Out"- This is honestly the only song that makes this EP worth taking a look into. It sounds like something directly off of Wind and Wuthering. It starts with a pleasant acoustic guitar melodies and solid vocal lines from Phil Collins. A drum rhythm enters, and the same melodies continue. It evolves into a beautiful chorus with great mellotron sounds from Tony Banks. An instrumental section that reminds me of the Genesis glory-days soon enters. A proggy rhythm section with a solid keyboard solo opens the instrumental section. It is extremely well played, and Steve Hackett delivers a great guitar solo soon after. I wish more of the EP would be like this song. I would have easily rated it four stars if the other songs were of this quality.

Conclusion:

Spot The Pigeon is a passable EP from Genesis. This is the last Genesis piece of material with Steve Hackett present, and he didn't exactly leave on a high note with this EP. When rating this album, I am torn between giving this 2 or 3 stars. On one hand you have 2 songs that are passable at best, and on the other you have an excellent piece of prog rock. Since this really is only a collector's item, I'm going to be a little unfair and give this a 2. It is good, but you can easily get by without this EP. I still recommend this to any hardcore early Genesis fan such as myself.

2 stars.

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Posted Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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3 stars Genesis - Spot the Pigeon is the last release with Steve Hackett in the band. This EP is interesting and could have made Wind and Wuthering even better than it ended up being. Inside and Out is obviously the best track on this EP, and would have fit in quite nicely ontheir last album. Having it l ... (read more)

Report this review (#899354) | Posted by wehpanzer | Friday, January 25, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I had a vinyl copy of this, and miss it very dearly. The obvious one of these outtakes from Wind & Wuthering that would have fit in best on that album, Steve Hackett's "Inside and Out", bears some resemblance to some of his solo work, but adding very lovely vocals from Phil Collins and very s ... (read more)

Report this review (#458315) | Posted by 7headedchicken | Wednesday, June 08, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Spot the Pigeon is a very obscure EP that most Genesis fans would find quite dandy if it kept it's status of obscurity but this humble reviewer feels its objective to think for himself rather then conform to consensus opinion. For soley that reason, I have done just so and given this EP a fair ... (read more)

Report this review (#291701) | Posted by LionRocker | Friday, July 23, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Hey, what's wrong with "Match of the Day"? It's funny and it's got a great bassline... not bad for an EP. "Pigeons" is really weird, kind of a ragtime with the guitar piercing your ears with the same high note over and over and lyrics about a businessman wishing for birds to be exterminated. It s ... (read more)

Report this review (#112459) | Posted by Guillermizzimo | Saturday, February 17, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I'm not sure why so many people slam this 3-song EPt. Recorded during the same sessions for Wind & Wuthering, and released in 1977, it compiles 3 tracks that just didn't quite fit on the album. And I think all 3 tracks are great. Being from the US, I found "Match Of The Day" to be a fun l ... (read more)

Report this review (#105227) | Posted by | Tuesday, January 02, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Of any of the works of Genesis, why do I choose to review this 3 song EP? Primarily because it is a turning point in the bands' career. Side one with" Match of the Day" and "Pigeons" gives us a glimpse of what's to come. Side two shows us what was with "Inside and Out." The first two songs are ... (read more)

Report this review (#87178) | Posted by alias10mr | Monday, August 14, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Definatley a forgotten GEM!! Should come back and be played on radio as my kids grew up listening to Genesis, but have never heard this album. The young listeners of today are really into the older music and they should have the right to hear this album. It really shows how the Genesis song wri ... (read more)

Report this review (#85305) | Posted by | Monday, July 31, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I must say that this is a record to own. I like every song here but, "Inside and Out" really outshine the other two songs. "Inside and Out" is IMO one of the best track Genesis has ever recorded. I don't know why i like this song so mutch, but every time the ending starts, with the keyboards sol ... (read more)

Report this review (#82567) | Posted by Fido73 | Monday, July 03, 2006 | Review Permanlink

2 stars I remember hearing this back when it first came out, and my reactions were similar to those mentioned here: "Match of the Day"?? However, the funny thing is that just reading about it I can still hear that stupid chorus in my head, all these years later. "Match of the Day's the only way/To spend ... (read more)

Report this review (#77299) | Posted by yonder | Saturday, May 06, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars "Match of the Day", while funny, is the type of song that'll bore you after a couple of plays. "Pigeons", on the other hand is a song that slowly grows on you - it takes some time to appreciate the chord changes which in fact are very interesting (most people would be distracted by the one-note ... (read more)

Report this review (#36488) | Posted by | Tuesday, June 14, 2005 | Review Permanlink

2 stars One of my friends bought this EP in London. When he cames in Italy shows me this rare vinil and we listened it. The first listening was totally boring and my friends cried on the 12Ģ of the cost of the disc. After several listening we appreciate the musicianship, but the result was the same: t ... (read more)

Report this review (#35504) | Posted by dodaro | Tuesday, June 07, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This EP almost felt like a message to fans when it was released. It seemed to be an announcement regarding the change of direction the band was clearly moving in. Looking back, this seems like a perfect bridge between W&W and ATTWT. "Match of the Day" has a catchy, quirky pace to it. Lively ... (read more)

Report this review (#10240) | Posted by bertburt | Tuesday, May 10, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Things you must know about Spot the Pigeon: 1. It is only 13 minutes long. 2. The songs are outtakes from the Wind and Wuthering album and represent their last released studio recordings with Steve Hackett. 3. Good luck finding it. Two of the three tracks are found on Archive 2, but Match of t ... (read more)

Report this review (#10239) | Posted by beterdedthnred4 | Saturday, March 26, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This little gem is one of the best things this great band produced. Perhaps on the lighter side of progressive rock, but progressive nevertheless. The songwriting, the wit and the good-natured sense of fun is there as always in their music up until th emid 80's. These songs are above all fun, ... (read more)

Report this review (#35508) | Posted by EMinkovitch | Tuesday, February 22, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I would have given this a higher rating, but two of these three songs are on the second Archives box set in remastered form. Match Of The Day is not. The best song here is Inside And Out, and is an absolute masterpiece! It is my favorite prog-oriented song from the Phil Collins era. ... (read more)

Report this review (#10232) | Posted by | Friday, September 24, 2004 | Review Permanlink

3 stars After years of searching, i stumbled across this record and immediately purchased it. Maybe my expectations for this rare EP were too lofty, but given the quality of Genesis music in the mid-late 70's, i felt that this would be close to the feel of those masterpieces. Unfortunately, the ... (read more)

Report this review (#10231) | Posted by | Thursday, July 15, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars `Cute` is the word I would use to describe this gem. I have an LP copy on 45 rpm, and it is so fun to listen to. Short, sweet and to the point. Well worth the 1978 $5 I spent for the import. ... (read more)

Report this review (#10225) | Posted by | Monday, January 26, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars A forgotten gem! You can see why this stuff never made it to 'Wind' 'Mouses night' is one 'comedy' song enough, and 'Pigeons' and especially 'Match' are largely too 'English' to translate to the global fan-base. However, Inside and Out is fantastic, and much prefarable to 'One for the Vin ... (read more)

Report this review (#10223) | Posted by | Wednesday, January 14, 2004 | Review Permanlink

2 stars I said average to be polite but its not that good either. Iits mostly popish balads a la Phil Collins.It is often said to be in the same style as Wind and Wuthering but I don't agree at all and this is probably why it was never include with that album even though it was made at the same time.Buy a ... (read more)

Report this review (#10219) | Posted by Aztech | Friday, November 14, 2003 | Review Permanlink

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