Seconds Out

Seconds Out

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Depending upon your point of view, Genesis in 1976/1977 was either a band ascending toward its peak commercially, or a group crippled by the departure of a key member, and living on artistic borrowed time. In reality, they were sort of both, and fortunately for the members, their commerciality was more important than their artistic street credSee more details below

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Depending upon your point of view, Genesis in 1976/1977 was either a band ascending toward its peak commercially, or a group crippled by the departure of a key member, and living on artistic borrowed time. In reality, they were sort of both, and fortunately for the members, their commerciality was more important than their artistic street cred, as their burgeoning record sales and huge audiences on tour during that period attested. Seconds Out caught the band straddling both ends of their history, their second concert album and this time out a double LP. Apart from capitalizing on a successful tour, the album's raison d'etre appears to have been to present the case to critics and longtime fans that post-Peter Gabriel Genesis, with Phil Collins as lead singer, was essentially the same band as Genesis fronted by Peter Gabriel. The original side one songs consisted of repertory from such post-Gabriel albums as Trick of the Tail and Wind & Wuthering, and most of those live versions, including "Squonk," "The Carpet Crawl" (positively ethereal), and "Afterglow," are superior to the original studio renditions of the same songs. Indeed, part of the beauty of this album is the sheer flexibility of the band during this period -- in addition to superb vocals by Collins throughout, the drumming by Chester Thompson is at least a match for Collins' best playing. On that older repertory (which comprised sides two and three of the LP version), the results are more mixed, though still surprisingly enjoyable -- on "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway," despite the best efforts of Collins, backed by Michael Rutherford's and Tony Banks's singing, he really can't match the subtlety or expressiveness of Gabriel's singing, though he comes close; he actually fares slightly better on the closing section of "The Musical Box," a piece that requires power as much as subtlety. "Supper's Ready" -- which, sung by Gabriel, missed making it onto 1973's live album -- holds up well, mostly by virtue of the playing; and in fairness, the band even extended itself to including "Cinema Show," which is worth hearing just for Bill Bruford's transcendent drumming, over and above how well everything else works; as this track was never represented with Gabriel, even on the group's boxed set, it's difficult to complain too loudly about any weakness in Collins' singing. ~ Bruce Eder & William Ruhlmann

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/29/1994
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678268922
catalogNumber:
82689
Rank:
27505

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Squonk  - Mike Rutherford  - Tony Banks
  2. The Carpet Crawlers  -  Steve Hackett  - Tony Banks
  3. Robbery, Assault & Battery  -  Collins  - Tony Banks
  4. Afterglow  - Tony Banks
  5. Firth of Fifth  - Tony Banks
  6. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway  -  Collins  - Tony Banks
  7. Musical Box (Closing Section)  -  Collins  - Tony Banks

Disc 2

  1. Supper's Ready  -  Collins  - Tony Banks
  2. Cinema Show  -  Collins  - Tony Banks
  3. Dance on a Volcano  -  Collins  - Tony Banks
  4. Los Endos  -  Collins  - Tony Banks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Genesis   Primary Artist
Bill Bruford   Percussion,Drums
Phil Collins   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Voices,Soloist
Steve Hackett   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Koto
Chester Thompson   Percussion,Drums
Tony Banks   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Mellotron,ARP,Arp Pro Soloist,Epiphone
Dale Newman   Guitar
Mike Rutherford   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,8-string Guitar,Moog Bass

Technical Credits

Phil Collins   Composer
Peter Gabriel   Composer
Genesis   Producer
Steve Hackett   Composer
Tony Banks   Composer
Chris Blair   Remastering
Nick Davis   Remastering
Robert Ellis   Sleeve Photo
David Hentschel   Producer
Mike Rutherford   Composer
M.L.   Monitors
Geoff Callingham   Remastering
Armando Gallo   Sleeve Photo
Frank Sanson   Art Direction
Craig Schertz   Engineer
Graham Wood   Sleeve Photo
Handsome Harvey Baker   Special Effects,Stage Technician
Tex Yodel Read   Tour Manager
Hunter MacDonald   Contributor
Randy Blair   Contributor

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