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4 stars An underrated gem. Genesis Live 73 is the only official document of the famous Gabriel era concerts (until Archives I was released), we can't see his strange outfits or the amazing show, but we can listen fragments of the fluid feedback between Peter and his audience and listen 5 classic songs.

I read somewhere they planned to include Supper's Ready, Fountain of Salmacis and probably Can-Utility and the Coastliners but they couldn't do that on a single LP and the risk to release a double album from an obscure cult band was too high .

The album has that dark mysterious sound (almost spooky) so characteristic of early Genesis that combines perfectly with the shocking story Gabriel wrote on the cover and the obituary for Richard Mc. Phail who is in fact alive.

There's not much to comment about the tracks because all are well known and commented before in their original versions which sound not much better to the ones in this album, except maybe for The Knife, recorded for the first time with Steve Hackett instead of the correct Anthony Phillips.

Even though the styles of both guitar players is very similar, the atmosphere created by Steve is more dense and closer to hard rock but again this version is almost faithful to the original.

Mike Rutherford deserves a special paragraph, because I never heard him so aggressive and strong as in Genesis Live, he's simply outstanding.

An excellent addition for any Genesis fan who wants to have an idea about the legendary concerts with the charismatic Peter Gabriel and a chance to listen the live versions by the fabulous five without new vocals and sounds added 30 years later.

Try to get the Definitive Remastered Edition which is far superior to older versions, you won't regret.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 4/5 |


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