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Genesis - Live - The Way We Walk Volume Two - The Longs CD (album) cover




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2 stars Genesis return to their prog roots... but still manage to ignore what made them great.

The Longs is an accompaniment to the Shorts which featured a bunch of ballads and 80s singles. Well, obviously this live collection of longer songs is a progger's delight. Every track on this is a killer classic and wonderful to indulge in. The Old Medley is a 20 minute piece with gorgeous versions of Dance On A Volcano, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, The Musical Box, Firth Of Fifth, I Know What I Like - all jammed into one non stop classic that I played more than the rest of the album. Unfortunately it does not hold a candle to the original songs and even has some tacky pop offerings at the end which ruins the experience.

Nevertheless, surely this track would have shocked the teenage set that would have bought this after loving Invisible Touch and Abacab albums. I hope they got a pleasant surprise too as this is the Genesis that we all know and love, those of us who know Genesis is far more capable of more that I Can't Dance and Hold On My Heart. I just wish if they are going to play old classics that they would do them justice. I must admit their recent Live In Rome DVD does just that, but not here on the tour.

The next track is a great version of Driving The Last Spike and I was also quite enamoured of this live take on Domino with both parts clocking 11:20. Perhaps this is better than the Invisible Touch version. Fading Lights is an unusual choice, rarely heard live these days but it is always a delight to hear the ominous Home By The Sea / Second Home By The Sea and this 12 minute attack is followed by a 6 minute Drum Duet that does nothing for me. All in all this Cd captures imperfectly why we all love the prog era of Genesis, and it typifies that the band have no idea what to do with this great music. It is just a shame they reverted to the 80s pop kitsch instead of remaining true to their progressive roots.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 2/5 |


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