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3 stars Remaining the only officially released live document of the classic Genesis era,(besides the archives boxset) this record is of large importance for Genesis fans.

The album contains 2 songs from Nursery Cryme, 2 from the newly released (at that time) Foxtrot, and the old encore "The Knife". Unfortunately, as most know, Supper's Ready was intended to be on the original release but was cut. Tragic mistake..

The performance of the songs is top notch, in terms of reproduction of the original studio tracks. Genesis were never a band for improvisation. That isn't really much of a setback for me though, I find the tracks flow better and seem less forced than the studio cuts. The two Foxtrot tracks are very dull, (just as they were to begin with!) but the Nursery Cryme tracks are great, Hogweed is full of energy and The Musical Box is surrounded in the mysticism so present on the original. The down tempo version of The Knife is the best part of the album, slightly below the studio version in my eyes but it's such a brilliant track it sounds good in any situation.

If only Supper's Ready was included, I would trade the whole album for that one track. Either way it is an essential for the fans of early Genesis, and a solid but not outstanding live release.

OGTL | 3/5 |


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