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Brian Tait
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Posted: 09 April 2007 at 7:31pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Just listening to Supper's Ready.
Y'know, if there were ever a five man reunion I just might pony up the bucks just to hear them play this live.
With todays technology and instrumentation I wonder how it would sound.


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Your Genesis lyric of the day:

"A dusty table
Musty smells
Tarnished silver lies discarded upon the floor
Only feeble light descends through a film of grey
That scars the panes.
Gone the carving,
And those who left their mark,
Gone the kings and queens now only the rats hold sway
And the weak must die according to nature's law
As old as they."

"Time Table" - Foxtrot, 1972

Be back with another tomorrow.



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Gotta say ... I'm immersing myself in early Genesis for the first time. 

Today, I listened to some "early studio sessions" with stuff like Stagnation, Twilight Alehouse, Looking for Someone and Happy the Man ... and really connected with those songs for the first time.  I'll be listening to this era quite a bit more, methinks...

I'm also finally discovering The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway ... for some reason, I never got into that record ... listening to the stream on Wolfgang's Vault as I type this.  :)

 

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I think you'll find it's just as rewarding as the Genesis you first "met".  I hopped on board with Abacab - quite possibly the album that LOST them the most fans - and I was able to follow the often thin thread between that band and the one you're dipping a toe into.  I can still remember the day I recognized the bit in "Stagnation" that I first heard on "I Know What I Like" on Seconds Out.  Plus the older stuff has the sense of whimsy that I absolutely flat-out adore.  So today's Your Genesis Lyric of the Day I recommend to Mr. Gene(sis) Best.  Dig Banks on the pie-anny!

"Up on the ledge beside him, his mother made a last request:
'Come off the ledge; if your father were alive he'd be very very very upset!
 You just can't jump!
 You just can't jump!
 Your shirt's all dirty; there's a man here from the BBC!"

"Harold the Barrel" - Nursery Cryme, 1971

Tomorrow: one from Calling All Stations!



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I`m off to see Spock`s Beard locally next month,their drummer/vocalist played drums on Calling All Stations.
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Bill -

Nick DV is an incredible talent.  He seems to pop up all the time - he was also on a lot of Kevin Gilbert stuff, as well as the last Tears for Fears album/tour.

 

Kevin -

I remember my "Stagnation"/"I Know What I Like" moment, too, back in 1978 or so ... Seconds Out had become a second language for me, and I'd found Trespass in a discount bin.  It was such a nice surprise to discover that motif, as I listened to the album the first time.  I even remember calling my friends with the news.  LOL

Now playing:  Nursery Chryme.  It's cool to go back and listen to stuff you didn't care for - and find that you like it more than you remember.

 

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Gene,why didn`t i think of calling him Nick DV when i couldn`t be arsed to look up the spelling! ;-)
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Posted: 16 April 2007 at 2:09am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Your Genesis Lyric of the Day

"Statues carved right out of stone, out of wood, made from gold -
 Praying for their mercy, that won't save their souls.

 Don't you know what means the earth to some or only one
 Can mean just nothing nothing nothing to another?

 There are only dreams like any other.
 There are only hopes and beliefs one like any other
 Worth living but not dying for,
 Living but not dying for not killing for."

"One Man's Fool" - Calling All Stations, 1997

Tomorrow: a lost classic

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Posted: 16 April 2007 at 8:41pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Calling All Stations ... a not-entirely-bad record that probably should have been released under a different name.  Some really nice moments, though ... and Ray Wilson is truly a talent.

"A lost classic" has me wondering ...  :)

 

 

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Posted: 16 April 2007 at 11:20pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Instead of that boxy thing he wore, imagine Gabriel coming out in a Galactus outfit during Apocolypse in 9/8 ...

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Okay, I've been seeing this in my head since I wrote that comment ...

 

 

 

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Posted: 17 April 2007 at 7:36am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Geezus, hard to follow THAT!

Trespass needs its props, dammit.  Awesome album.  Nascent genius.

Your Genesis lyric of the day:

"Looking for someone, I guess I'm doing that,
 Trying to find a mem'ry in a dark room.
 Dirty man, you're looking like a Buddha,
 I know you well - yeah!

 Keep on a straight line, I don't believe I can,
 Trying to find a needle in a haystack.
 Chilly wind you're piercing like a dagger,
 It hurts me so - yeah!

 Nobody needs to discover me,
 I'm back again.
 You see the sunlight through the trees to keep you warm,
 In peaceful shades of green.
 Yet in the darkness of my mind, Damascus wasn't far behind.

 Lost in a subway, I guess I'm losing time,
 There's a man looking at a magazine.
 You're such a fool, your mumbo-jumbo
 Never tells me anything - yeah!

 Nobody needs to discover me,
 I'm back again.
 You feel the ashes from the fire that kept you warm,
 Its comfort disappears,
 But still the only friend I know
 Would never tell me where I go.

 Looking for someone,
 And now I've found myself a name.
 Come away, leave me,
 All that I have I will give.
 Leave me, leave me,
 All that I am I will give."

"Looking for Someone" - Trespass, 1970

 

You know what Genesis song this reminds me of?  This is like a tamer version of "Back in NYC" to me.  Your thoughts?




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It actually reminds me of The Lamb as a whole (as one who recently listened to the whole thing for the first time, even though I've owned it for 30 years).

It appears PG had a fascination with getting lost in subways for awhile.  And this:

You're such a fool, your mumbo-jumbo
 Never tells me anything - yeah!

... totally reminds me of "Don't look at me, I'm not your kind ... I'm Raaaaaaaaaaaeeeellllll!!!"

 

 

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Your Genesis Lyric of the Day:

"Dragons breathing fire, but friendly,
 Mushrooms tall as houses.
 Giant nymphs and goblins playing,
 Scenes from a night's dream, poor Little Nemo."

"Scenes from a Night's Dream" - ...And Then There Were Three..., 1978

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Posted: 18 April 2007 at 9:31am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Funny ... listening to the And Then There Were Three tour rehearsals right now ...

 

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That's one of the harder albums for me to wrap my head around.  Even nestled in the rich fields of The Hentschel Years, it's my least favorite of the band's oevre.  I'm listening to the album soon, the ol' Sandisk is currently paused at the beginning of "Dance on a Volcano" on Seconds Out.

 

Tour rehearsals, eh?  SOMEONE has more boots than I.  Aw, who am I kidding; almost everyone has more boots than I.  :(

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Your Genesis Lyric of the Day:

"Wearing feelings on our faces while our faces took a rest,
 We walked across the fields to see the children of the West.
 But we saw a host of dark-skinned warriors standing still below the ground, waiting for battle!

 The fight's begun they've been released; killing foe for peace.
 Bang, bang, bang.
 Bang, bang, bang.
 And they're giving me a wonderful potion
 Cos I cannot contain my emotion,
 And even though I'm feeling good, something tells me I'd better
 Activate my prayer capsule!"

(cue one of the greatest guitar solos ever)

"Supper's Ready" - Foxtrot, 1972

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I have about 10 different "favorite parts" to Supper's Ready.

The best thing about the Calling All Stations tour (for me) was the unplugged "Lover's Leap" in the middle of the show.  Woo-HOO!

 

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Tour rehearsals, eh?  SOMEONE has more boots than I.  Aw, who am I kidding; almost everyone has more boots than I.  :(

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The Genesis Movement Torrent Site would change that within a week.  :)

 

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Huh. I just listened to "Duke" for the first time. It's... not bad.
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Aki, give it some time and a few more plays. There's a couple of clunkers on the album, but the four part "Duke suite" and one or two other tracks are standouts.
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"Man of Our Times" is an all-time favorite.
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I listened to it again to drown out the sound of mosquitoes buzzing in my ears (I'm doing sound design for three plays)...

"Heathaze". Wow.
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They must have been confused making that album.

  • Behind the Lines:  "But wait a minute, I don't understand..."
  • Guide Vocal: "Nobody must know my name, for nobody would understand, and you kill what you fear."
  • Man of Our Times: "I'm one of many, I speak for the rest, but - I don't understand."
  • Misunderstanding: "There must be some misunderstanding..."
  • Alone Tonight: "There's nothing here I can understand."
  • Duke's Travels reprises "Guide Vocal" with the addendum "And you fear what you don't understand"
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Posted: 19 April 2007 at 10:04pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Kevin, if you weren't The Honorary JBF Genesis Lyric Czar before, you certainly are now.

 

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As my high school janitor once said: "I may not have a fancy title and office, but I do have all the keys!"

What do you guys think "Heathaze" is about?  Some people say it's about a pothead.  Personally, I feel it's an impassioned, defensive, navel-gazing song about the change in the band's direction.

Discuss.

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