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Genesis Live 1973-2007 (8 CD/3 DVD)

Genesis Live 1973-2007 (8 CD/3 DVD)

Genesis Live 1973-2007 gathers the four live albums recorded by the legendary British group from 1973 to 1992. Featuring brand new stereo mixes, the boxed set also includes the long-awaited release in stereo and 5.1 of Live At The Rainbow 1973 only available with this collection.
Genesis Live 1973 – 2007 11 disc boxed set that includes:
Genesis Live, the band’s first Top 10 album in the UK, recorded in Leicester and Manchester and issued in 1973, and featuring the classic line-up of Tony Banks (keyboards), Phil Collins (drums, vocals), Peter Gabriel (vocals, flute), Steve Hackett (guitars) and Mike Rutherford (bass, guitars). Genesis Live, for this box-set release, has been extended to feature five bonus tracks recorded at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles on January 24, 1975 and the full album is also presented in 5.1 for the first time. The double set Seconds Out, a Top 5 entry in 1977 that documented the group s Paris dates as a quartet with Collins on lead vocals following Gabriel’s departure in 1975. The tour featured touring drummers Bill Bruford and Chester Thompson. Exclusive to this boxed set, Seconds Out is presented in stereo and 5.1 versions. Three Sides Live, a #2 album in the U.K. in 1982, mostly showcasing the Banks-Collins-Rutherford incarnation augmented by Thompson and guitarist Daryl Stuermer. The Way We Walk, finally sees these two live albums resequenced as per the original show’s set list. Originally released separately and entitled Vol I: The Shorts, which made the Top 3 in Britain in 1992, and Vol 2: The Longs, this was the band s sixth # 1 album, and their only concert recording to top the charts in 1993. Recorded in London by the Banks-Collins-Gabriel-Hackett-Rutherford lineup, Live At The Rainbow 1973 expands on the live material first issued on the Archive 1967-1975 boxed set in 1998 and will delight die-hard fans of that period in their lengthy career. The concert from October 1973 features most of Selling England By The Pound at the time of its release, along with the conceptual piece ‘Supper’s Ready’ and ‘Watcher Of The Skies’ from their breakthrough album Foxtrot, and ‘The Musical Box’ from Nursery Cryme, the last two titles on 5.1 version only. Genesis Live 1973 2007 has been designed to incorporate space for the most recent live Genesis release – the 2-CD set Live Over Europe 2007. All albums feature brand new stereo mixes created by Tony Banks, Nick Davis, and Mike Rutherford, while Genesis Live, Seconds Out and Live At The Rainbow 1973 all feature 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound versions.

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  • Alan Caylow says:
    52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Live Musical Box, November 2, 2009
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    This review is from: Genesis Live 1973-2007 (8 CD/3 DVD) (Audio CD)

    The Genesis box set releases continue! This time around, the band focuses on their live albums for this particular set, “Genesis Live 1973-2007″. Four live albums: “Genesis Live,” “Seconds Out,” “Three Sides Live,” and a re-sequenced “The Way We Walk,” all remastered and remixed by Nick Davis, who worked on the band’s previous box sets of studio albums. There is also an empty slot in the box to put in 2007′s “Live Over Europe” (as the band wisely assumes that most diehard fans have already bought it), AND, as an added bonus, you get a CD and 5.1 DVD of the band’s complete “Live At The Rainbow” concert from 1973! Also included is an excellent 52-page booklet, with insights from the band members, and wonderful photographs of the band taken from many years of live concerts. Overall, I’m very happy indeed with this live box set, but I still have to agree with other reviewers that “Live 1973-2007″ still falls short of perfection. Let’s briefly go through the live albums:

    “Genesis Live”—the band’s only proper live album with Peter Gabriel, recorded in 1973, sounds great, but it now includes 5 bonus tracks from the 1975 “Lamb Lies Down On Broadway” show in Los Angeles, and they’re not even in the correct order—”Back In NYC,” “Fly On A Windshield,” “Broadway Melody Of 1974,” “Anyway,” and “The Chamber Of 32 Doors.” On the one hand, yes of course it’s great to hear some live “Lamb” material in this box set, but why not give us the *whole* “Lamb” concert? In fact, why didn’t they just expand “Genesis Live” into a double album so it’s now the complete 1973 show (and not just five songs), and throw in the entire L.A. “Lamb” show as a bonus? That, I think, would have been the much better way to go. (At least the whole L.A. “Lamb” concert—more or less—is available on the “Genesis Archives Vol. 1″ box set).

    “Seconds Out”—this classic Genesis live album, recorded in Paris in 1976 and ’77 on the “Trick Of The Tail” and “Wind & Wuthering” tours, sounds amazing, and the slipcase packaging is excellent, but dammit, there are a couple of CD glitches: the second song on Disc One, “Carpet Crawlers,” starts to play, only to restart itself before it plays properly (the very beginning of the song is mistakenly attached to the end of Track One, “Squonk”—the CD player then switches over to Track Two and restarts “Carpet Crawlers”). The exact same problem happens again with the second song on Disc Two, “Cinema Show,” the beginning of which is mistakenly attached to the end of Track One, “Supper’s Ready,” so it too begins to play, and then restarts itself. Sure, we’re still getting the complete performances of both songs, as neither of them are chopped up in any way, but it’s still an annoyance. May as well keep your old CD copy of “Seconds Out” until the folks at the record label can fix the problem, and I hope they do.

    “Three Sides Live”—mostly recorded in 1981 on the “Abacab” tour, as well as some concluding live material taken from the “Trick Of The Tail” and “Duke” tours, this re-issue replicates the UK release of the album, and, once again, the sound quality is excellent, but I do have one very minor quibble—I always liked the album’s concluding touch of hearing Ethel Merman singing “There’s No Business Like Show Business” over the PA system as the album fades out, after the band conclude “It/Watcher Of The Skies”. Alas, Ethel has been removed, and that’s a shame.

    “The Way We Walk”—recorded on the “We Can’t Dance” tour from 1992, this a GREAT revamping of this live album, as the original release cut the album in half: “Vol.1: The Shorts” was all the shorter hit songs, and “Vol. 2: The Longs” was the longer, more art-rock sounding stuff. This new version of “The Way We Walk” re-sequences the songs in the correct performance order, and combines them into the complete double album that “The Way We Walk” should’ve been the first time around. There’s also some extended bits of inbetween-song dialogue from Phil Collins that wasn’t heard before, which is really nice. I couldn’t be happier with this new, improved version of “The Way We Walk”.

    The bonus set “Live At The Rainbow 1973″—*of course* I’m thrilled to have a complete live concert of Genesis with Peter at the microphone, and it sounds awesome, but there’s a catch: the 5.1 DVD has the complete concert, but the accompanying CD omits “Watcher Of The Skies” and “The Musical Box,” presumably for CD time limitations, and also because the band didn’t want to give us *two* live versions of the same song (there’s still the live versions of “Watcher” and “Musical Box” on the “Genesis Live” CD). It’s understandable, but it still ticks me off that I can’t play the *entire* concert in my car or on my home stereo system, just only on my DVD player. Also, the CD of the “Rainbow” concert also omits some of Peter and Phil’s inbetween-song dialogue with the audience. Luckily, some of the Rainbow material was previously…

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  • Simon E. says:
    26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Awesome!, September 29, 2009
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    This review is from: Genesis Live 1973-2007 (8 CD/3 DVD) (Audio CD)
    Well, pre-order complaints can now fall by the wayside in favor of ACTUAL listening reports ….

    This set is awesome, easily my favorite of the four Genesis box set re-releases. Athough they could have been more extensive, the extras on this set are nice, particularly if you had been hoping for the eventual release of the classic 1973 Rainbow Theater show. But extras are not the reason to buy this set, glorious sound quality is! All four of the major albums are transformed, with improvements being more significant with the older albums. Genesis Live, for example, has gone from muddy and over-processed, to a dynamic, crystal-clear record that captures the power and brilliance of the early days of the band. The 2-channel versions are very nice, but if you have the gear, the 5.1 channel alternatives are amazing. My only sore point with this set is that Three Sides Live is not offered here in surround.

    There is an empty slot for Live Over Europe, as the view was that most fans would have recently bought it and should not be asked to so again since it had not been remixed or remastered.

    This is a great set!

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  • Gary Thobaben says:
    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very good, but a few minor quibbles, January 26, 2013
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    This review is from: Genesis Live 1973-2007 (8 CD/3 DVD) (Audio CD)
    I just received this in the mail a few days ago. I’ll try and be brief and give a short list of pros and cons, IMO.

    Pros:

    - Having the 1973 Rainbow concert, especially in 5.1 is amazing. There’s never really been a great live Peter-era album, and this is tremendous to have. Energy, humor, and great sound.

    - Seconds Out sounds terrific. I never had a problem with this album, but it sounds even more clear and more “live” somehow. It feels like the older versions had you sitting in the nosebleeds, and now you’re in row 10. Very well done

    - All the stereo copies of the albums sound MUCH better than the stereo versions of the 1976-1982 especially. That set contains some of my favorite Genesis records, but they really killed those stereo mixes with a ton of compression. In these, sure there is probably some, but the music is still very dynamic.

    - Having a cleaned up Genesis Live is awesome. I remember an old friend playing me this record on vinyl in the 8th grade, and it was so murky sounding to me that I just couldn’t get into it. Now I can.

    Cons:

    - I understand, in a way, the decision not to include the 5.1 mixes of Three Sides Live and The Way We Walk, but I’m still a little irked by it. I have no intention of ordering The Movie Box, because 1981 is just about the time in the band’s history where I become much less interested. I really love all the 5.1 mixes, so I’m bothered that I can’t get those last two live albums on DVD here.

    - I’m not really sure how bad Peter’s vocals on parts of Supper’s Ready on the 73 Rainbow Show must have been, but to replace them with mid 90s gruff Peter Gabriel is a) apparent and b) hilarious. There isn’t much that old Peter had to overdub, but when it’s there, it’s silly sounding to me. Just let the thing be a historical document, warts and all. A small issue, but it distracted me for a bit and made the whole live album experience a little less authentic.

    - Also, even though there is a space for the 2007 When In Rome CD, I have no interest in that item. I saw that tour and I’m not interested in hearing all my favorite songs tuned down a minor third again.

    That’s about it. The mixes are great, and those albums presented in 5.1 (the first 3, and the most important IMO) sound killer. Sure, there are no extras/videos/interviews like on the studio album sets, but that wasn’t make or break for me. Recommended very much for big fans and collectors.

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