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3 stars Going through reviews of the Genesis collection, I come to ...Live, and it is the only LP of the Gabriel era I can give less than four stars to.

This is the band's first official live album, and I feel that it absolutely suffers a little from poor production and the feeling (at the time and confirmed by the band since) that it was rushed out by the record label.

For the very few visitors to this site who are not familiar with the band's work, I would recommend that you save a few extra pounds (or dollars etc.) for the first Archives Boxset, which is a far better representation of the band live - for a start, there is barely any of the actual interaction between Gabriel and the audience/Collins on this, barring the unaccompanied bass pedal solo from Michael Rutherford bit.

You do, though, get a sense of how powerful they were live at this stage, and The Musical Box and The Knife certainlty shout out as far more noisy and driving than the studio equivalents, and they were great in themselves. You also marvel at Hackett on The Knife, which, by this stage, he has made his own.

The Return of the Giant Hogweed is a poor rendition, and deserving of a star knocked off in itself. It sounds disjointed and an effort to complete.

The first two tracks, Watcher of the Skies and Get 'em out by Friday, are enjoyable, but, again, suffer from the weedy and primitive production.

Certainly essential for completists, but to really enjoy this band in all their prog glory, get the Archives.

lazland | 3/5 |


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