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3 stars I know this song from a bootleg CD called "The Shepherd - Live in London 1970-1972" I bought from Germany in 1991. I still have that CD, it includes several non-abum tracks and surprisingly good ones too. One of them is this song which appeared also as the B-side of 'I Know What I Like'. The song existed at the time of Foxtrot, and I agree that it would have fit into that masterwork if there had been room for yet another track. (All the merrier for us fans to discover these gems from obscure places. The song has appeared here and there - this particular item is a one-sided flexi disc published by a magazine, informs our guaranteed Genesis specialist Erik Neuteboom - but it nevertheless has a rarity status.)

'Twilight Alehouse' is a dark, theatric miniature musical drama in the similar style you know from Trespass and Nursery Cryme albums. Somehow I see it closer in spirit to Trespass, perhaps because on Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot Genesis put on even a bigger prog gear; that is, this song (7:48) is not as epic as e.g. 'Fountain of Salmacis' or 'Can-Utility and the Coastliners'. It starts in a slow and creepy manner and the faster chorus and instrumental sections have quite aggressive and edgy guitar work from Hackett. There's some flute too.

The song is a pleasure for Gabriel-era fans, but I'd say the realization of it is a bit half baked, and I'm sure had they decided to take it on an album, they would have worked it further.

Matti | 3/5 |


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