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Poll Question: What's your favourite song on VotA?
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    Posted: August 22 2010 at 15:29
A favourite album of mine, I've come back to this one many times over the years. The 'lost Genesis album' as many see it. I love every second of this album. Which do you prefer?

- The frenetic, fusiony "Ace Of Wands"?
- The haunting acoustic nature of "Hands Of The Priestess"?
- The quirky romp that is "A Tower Struck Down"?
- The first-ever Hackett vocals on "The Hermit"?
- The Phil-voiced "Star Of Sirius"?
- The track nobody will vote for: "The Lovers"?
- or the epic "Shadow Of The Hierophant"?

...if it's been awhile for you, do yourself the favour and pull this one off the shelf for another spin. The remaster from several years back is nice too, and includes the original 17-minute "Hierophant", for those who can't get enough of that epic finale.


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Star Of Sirius is wonderful. One of my favourite Phil Collin's vocal performances.

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"Shadow of the Hierophant" is enchanting.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lark the Starless Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 22 2010 at 17:08
One of my personal favourites as well. I went with "Ace of Wands", although "Star of Sirius" is up there as well.
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There's something about The Hermit that just sticks in my mind.
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"Star of Sirius" is fantastic.
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One of my favourite albums related to Genesis-i love every second of it,  Ace Of Wands is my fave track
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Great album indeed, no major flaws. Star of Sirius is beautiful although the poor chorus blows it a bit. My vote goes to Ace of Wands.
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Star of Sirius followed by Shadow... A very, very good album!
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Star of Sirius!
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I always got confused where The Lovers ended and Shadow begins. I always thought that all the singing bit was The Lovers....hell it sounds loverish......and the repeated section at the end was Heirophant from the quiet start.

I still think it makes more sense.
Coldness doth get away with the badness.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Progatron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 23 2010 at 12:45
Interesting to see "Star Of Sirius" get so many votes! I did not expect that!

As for "The Lovers", it really is just a precursor to "Shadow", only a minute or so long. To me, it's quite clear where it ends and where "Shadow" begins. Wink  ... with a bang!
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Originally posted by Progatron Progatron wrote:

Interesting to see "Star Of Sirius" get so many votes! I did not expect that!

As for "The Lovers", it really is just a precursor to "Shadow", only a minute or so long. To me, it's quite clear where it ends and where "Shadow" begins. Wink  ... with a bang!

Not to me it wasn't. I thought that minute acoustic bit was just the introduction to the main song. Then the song fades at the end and actually stops. The Heirophant fades in.
Coldness doth get away with the badness.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Progatron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 23 2010 at 13:10
I know, I'm just teasing. Perhaps just consider it a "Horizons/Supper's Ready" kinda thing. Smile


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Originally posted by Progatron Progatron wrote:

I know, I'm just teasing. Perhaps just consider it a "Horizons/Supper's Ready" kinda thing. Smile



I know I'm wrong.......believe i have been checking live versions etc.

Unless its a conspiracy!

I just remembered. On the back cover there are lyrics to Shadow Of The heirophant so for YEARS I was convinced it was mistake by the printer.Embarrassed
Coldness doth get away with the badness.
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I've always have liked A Tower struck down.

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i also wanted to mention Star Of Sirius-how can you go wrong with this one, it features Johnny Gustafson!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Slartibartfast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 23 2010 at 17:57
No love for The Lovers.  CryCryLOL

I like the whole album as an integral piece, but I'm going to have to pile on Heirophant.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote otto pankrock Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 23 2010 at 18:25
Went with Ace. But yeah, the whole album is a masterpiece. Love it all.
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