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5 stars A live album with songs from all of their prog-era albums! This was the first album with Genesis I got, along with 'And then there where Three'. I got them from my sister who had bought them in France somewhere. It is indeed a good starter for Genesis. After this album Genesis declined, although Duke is still good in my opinion

Now the tracks:

1. The Album starts with Squonk from ATTOT. The base is better in the original, everything about the original is slightly better, but this is still very good.

2. The Carpet Crawlers, from The Lamb. Phil takes on a Gabriel-era song. It's easy for him here since it's a softer song, wish suits his voice better than Pete's. It becomes almost too soft. The original is still better even though Phil does well here.

3. Robbery, Assault and Battery. Still the originals do better. This quite humorous piece maybe isn't the best of Genesis songs but a highlight on ATOTT. And it has a very fine keyboard solo and this part is better here.

4. An ending piece which ends the first side. Some hints of what is to come are heard but this is still quite good.

5. Firth of Fifth. Now we're talking good music. One of Genesis best tracks! Peter's voice is better suited for this song. Phil's voice is too much ballad-oriented and this song isn't a ballad. But that doesn't matter on the long run. It takes more than a weak voice to destroy this masterpiece.

6. The first song on the album which is better than the original. Mainly because the flute-part is changed to a lengthy keyboard solo. I think they did so live back in Gabriel's days too. Cause he didn't have time to pick up the flute. This is one of prog-era Genesis biggest hits but unfortunately one of their weakest. But as said this version is better.

7. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Another one better live. As with the other track from The Lamb, Phil's voice fits quite well. This version feels somewhat wilder and rockier than the original.

8. A fine bridge consisting of the classic Broadway song (Don't remember group or name of the song.) takes us on to the closing section of the Musical Box. I'd rather have heard the whole song but this is ok. Again better than the original and again because Phil's voice is better suited.

9. The real stuff begins with the second LP. It kicks of with a superb version of Supper's Ready. The live version of the 1973 live video with Gabriel is nearly as good as this but As sure as Eggs is Eggs (Don't remember if that's the right name) really gives me the shivers on this version. Not to forget that the rest of the song is wonderfully done.

10. Cinema Show. My all time Genesis favourite (Which means all time favourite in my case.) in an even more superb version than the superb version of Supper's Ready. Wow, this music really blows me off. First comes the ballad part, which again Phil has a better suited voice and then comes the best keyboard solo the world (My world at least.) has ever known!

11. Dancing on a Volcano. Back to the worse versions of the originals. This sounds weak compared to the ATTOT original, and even weaker after the mind blowing Cinema Show! It's even shorter than the original, the ending jam missing.My CD version of the record also has an error here: half of Los Endos is on this track. But hey nothing is bad with prog-era Genesis IMO.

12. The best track of ATOTT. Just as good here. Heck, it's always good. A real show off!

Conclusion: The best Live-album I have heard so far

Frasse | 5/5 |


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