Written By Braddon S. Williams
Genesis : Live
Genesis were a phenomenal progressive rock band when Peter Gabriel was their lead singer and Phil Collins was merely the drummer.
Later, after Gabriel left and Collins stepped up front as the new lead vocalist, they became a monstrously successful pop band. I am here to sing the praises of their first live album, appropriately titled Genesis Live (1973).
Genesis Live contained only 5 songs, but they were all fairly long and complex tunes.
I used to see pictures of Gabriel’s elaborate stage costumes in the rock magazines I read all the time in my teenage years, and I’m quite sure that these characters he inhabited were all on display during songs like The Musical Box, Watcher Of The Skies, and The Return Of The Giant Hogweed.
The production on Genesis Live is really quite good for an album that was essentially put together from performances that initially appeared on The King Biscuit Flower Hour (a syndicated radio show).
I do like some of the later pop stuff they did, but the original 5 man lineup of Genesis is where the best creativity was happening, in my humble opinion.