The Genesis 2014 Remikeifications

“Can’t I just call it ‘audio restorations’ or something sane?” you’re probably wondering.  Why not be megalomaniacal about it?  I am quite awesome at it.  And one day – one day – I shall have me a tropical volcanic island lair/headquarters with the volcanic mountain carved into the shape of my head.  One day.

But for now, I’ve completed going through all of my Genesis albums and re-doing all of the audio, just because I found all of the 2007 remixes to be so horribly botched and terrible-sounding.  Here’s an album-by album breakdown of how everything turned out:

1969 From Genesis to Revelation

Like I mentioned before, this one wasn’t in the crop of remixes, and the original sound quality is notoriously bad.  But I managed to make this one eminently listenable, and even sound downright great in some places.  The corny strings and horns that Jonathan King added to most songs have been drastically minimized thanks to creative channel mixing on my part.  The guys who wrote and played these songs really should cut themselves some slack over the material, because it’s not as bad as they declare it to be.  There are some fine songs on here, and even some great lyrics.  Some of the instrumental passages between songs show flashes of genius, particularly some by Tony Banks.  I don’t think they should feel ashamed about starting out as an arty pop band that hardly anybody listened to.  That’s how they ended up on their last studio album.  Zing!

1969 Xtra Tracks

Not an official release, but a collection of tracks mostly leftover from disc 4 of the first box set to come out in 1998.  This consists of the early recordings, demo versions of other songs that would appear on their first album, and b-sides.  I’ve always thought that the lyrics to “One-Eyed Hound” are about anal sex, but I bet they’re not.  The lads were much too proper for such shenanigans.  There’s also one track (a demo of “Image Blown Out”) that is taken from the 2005 reissue of “From Genesis to Revelation”.  The sound quality of all these recordings was quite poor before I got to work on them:

  1. Patricia
  2. She is Beautiful
  3. Try a Little Sadness
  4. Image Blown Out
  5. Sea Bee
  6. Hey!
  7. Where the Sour Turns to Sweet
  8. In the Beginning
  9. One Day
  10. In the Wilderness
  11. A Winter’s Tale
  12. One-Eyed Hound
  13. That’s Me

1970 “The Lost Second Album”

This is a collection of songs that I invented out of thin air.  It’s also sourced from the 1998 archive, and features the remainder of the songs from disc 4.  This is by far the stronger half of the material from that era:

  1. Let Us Now Make Love
  2. Hidden in the World of Dawn
  3. The Magic of Time
  4. Going Out to Get You
  5. Build Me a Mountain
  6. Shepherd
  7. Image Blown Out
  8. The Mystery of the Flannan Isle Lighthouse
  9. Hair on the Arms and Legs
  10. Pacidy

All of them have been Mikeified and now sound as good as they’re going to sound with my methods.  And they do sound pretty damn good, even for demo recordings and BBC tapes.  I also put some thought into the running order of these songs, and I really like the way the “album” flows.  It’s short, and some of the songs are kind of goofy, but it’s not a bad listen.

1970 Trespass

Like the recordings before it, this one required some drastic EQing to bring out the very low and very high frequencies that were buried within.  I used basically the same two tools (Noise Reduction plugin and EQing) on this album as I always have, but I can get much better, more clear, and precise results now than when I first did these albums more than ten years ago.  The difference is easy for me to hear, and I don’t have to put up with the nonsense and bad decisions that Nick Davis introduced in 2007.  And even though I heard this and the following albums as I was working on them, to be honest, I was stunned at how good they all turned out.  Simply amazing.

1971 Nursery Cryme

This album also benefited greatly from my simple yet masterful approach.  So much of Steve Hackett’s guitar work was lost in the mix, and it’s now easy to hear after I’ve gotten through with it.  Not to mention that I didn’t squash down and ruin the album’s dynamic profile.

1972 Foxtrot

I was disappointed the most by this one when I heard the 2007 remixes, and I think this one turned out the best with my method.  Remember, I only have the two tracks to work with – left and right channel.  Foxtrot contains some of my favourite Genesis songs, and it’s wonderful to hear them sounding so full and so powerful and so clear.  The 2007 remix version of this album sounds muddy and flattened.

1973 Live

This was one I actually took from the 2009 remixes.  The original release could have been polished up to sound great, but like I mentioned before, the live remixes weren’t botched or fucked-with anywhere near as badly as the studio albums were.  I can hear a guitar overdub here or there, but I don’t mind since this album as a whole came out sounding so great.  I’ll let it slide.  I had to do quite a bit to the sound actually, so I did a lot of work on this one too.

1973 Selling England by the Pound

I spent a lot of time on this one.  Most of this album had a loud and nasty hum through it that I had to eliminate.  It also had more tape hiss than the previous two albums, and it just took longer to do the EQing on each track.  It too turned out great.

1973 Live at the Rainbow Theatre

This was remixed and released in 2009, and some songs were also released on the 1998 Archive box set.  I found neither of these sources to be satisfactory by themselves because of the overdubbing and track omissions, so I went back to the source and found a bootleg of the original 1973 recording.  As a result, it took a lot of work.  Another thing that bothered me about the 2009 version is that they cut out all the on-stage banter, like the awesome part when Phil Collins isn’t paying attention during Peter Gabriel’s intro to “Supper’s Ready” and he misses his drum cue.  “Sorry everybody… I wasn’t paying attention to what he was saying.”  It’s a funny moment, and I’ve restored it.

I did have to use the very ending of “Supper’s Ready” from the 1998 box set because the bootleg I found cut out early, so I fixed up that bit and spliced it in.  My 1973 source was also missing the totality of “The Cinema Show” and the ending of the preceding song “Dancing with the Moonlit Knight”, so I had to take those parts from the 2009 remixes – even though there is some new keyboard work from Tony Banks to repair some flubbed notes during his solo on “The Cinema Show”.  I can live with that.

The 1973 bootleg was also the only source for the show opener “Watcher of the Skies”, which was performed a little differently in some spots compared to the album version.  “The Musical Box” was apparently also performed at the show that night, but I couldn’t find any source audio for that.  There’s an excellent version on the album “Live”, anyway.  The real gems here are “The Battle of Epping Forest” and “Supper’s Ready”.  My version extends the running time of the whole concert up to around 85 minutes.

In other spots, I had to adjust the volume in some places and otherwise smooth and iron out certain spots because someone had attempted to “fix” certain quiet passages in the audio by just suddenly boosting the volume.  Yikes, that sounds bad.  But after I’d gotten through with it, you can’t tell it had even been fucked with.  I dun good.

1973 Xtra Tracks

Again, not a proper album release, but tracks leftover from other sources that didn’t fit anywhere else:

  1. Dusk
  2. Provocation
  3. Frustration
  4. Manipulation
  5. Resignation
  6. Stagnation (live)
  7. Happy the Man
  8. Watcher of the Skies (single version)
  9. Twilight Alehouse

Arranged in chronological order.  The first track is a demo from 1969.  Tracks 2 through 5 are some recently resurfaced recordings done for the BBC that were meant to be used as part of a special on the work of a painter named Michael Jackson.  I know what you’re thinking, and no.  It’s not the famous beer connoisseur.  These are only available on one of the remix box sets, but thankfully the source audio is untouched.  I was able to edit them into sounding superb.  The last four tracks are from the 1998 box set, and are from a BBC broadcast, a 1971 single, a 1972 single, and a 1973 single.

1974 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

This is another album that took quite a while.  One obvious reason it did is because it’s a double album.  Another reason is because it’s, well, it’s sonically complex.  With my first aim to be removing tape hiss, I had to hunt for areas of the album with more and leave alone areas with less.  Most albums and most songs are quite easy to do in comparison.  The results paid off though, and I think my version of The Lamb sounds better than any version I’ve heard.

1975 The Lamb Live

This is basically the Mikeified version of discs 1 and 2 from the 1998 Archive box set.  Live bootlegs of The Lamb are spotty and rather poor quality, so rather than try to piece one together, I just went with this one even though (horror of horrors!) it contains rerecorded vocals by Peter Gabriel and rerecorded guitar parts by Steve Hackett.  To be perfectly honest, The Lamb isn’t my favourite Genesis album anyway, and I think some songs could have easily been left off had it not been a concept album.  Other than that, the audio was already great, and now it sounds excellent.  The only thing I did change was I axed the 1998 remixed studio version of “It” from the end of the recording and replaced it with a Mikeified bootleg of that song from a recording of the same show.  I can also see why they replaced it on the box set.  There are a few flubbed notes here and there, and overall it’s not a great version.  But it sounds better to me than a studio version stuck on the end of a live album.

1976 A Trick of the Tail

This is my favourite album by anybody, so I was also very disappointed by the way the 2007 remix ruined it.  My version sounds full and excellent, like it ought to.  There are no re-recorded vocals and the original balance of the original mix is intact.  The new clarity I’ve been able to give the album makes it sound even better.

1976 Live at the Hammersmith Odeon

This is sourced from a high-quality recording that was intended for live album.  I was looking for some concert material from this tour because it features Bill Bruford on drums, and my original choice was the Genesis in Concert VHS video that was included with the 2007 remixes.  But the audio on that is just too poor in quality for me to get anything that sounds great from it, so I’ve tracked down this London concert instead.  It sounds awesome now, and I much prefer this to “Seconds Out”.

1976 Wind & Wuthering

This album sounds fricken incredible now.  I hadn’t had to alter the sound of an album so drastically since “Trespass”, and it paid off just as well as that one did.  The source for my new version (like most of these albums) is the 1994 “Difinitive Edition Remaster”, and that version was always very quiet and weak-sounding.  I remember trying to listen to it on a Sony Discman in a moving vehicle and it was a lost cause.  Now… well shit.  This is another one of my favourite albums, and even though I’d done a decent job on it many years ago, I’m in jaw-dropped awe of how excellent this sounds.

1977 Seconds Out

I had never much cared for the sound of this album before.  It was always a great live album – in theory.  The band still had a great lineup including Steve Hackett, the song selection is very strong and it’s a double album.  But I always found the sound of the album to be weak and neutered.  I think this was due to the way it was originally mixed.  The only other live album that sounds the way the original version of “Seconds Out” does to my ears is “Wings Over America“.  That live album also came out in 1976, and I think the producers were using some early form of noise gate technology on the albums to get the background noise and tape hiss down.  That’s just rampant speculation on my part.  Whatever the reason, both albums have a “deadened” sound that makes the albums seem very quiet and spiritless, even when they’re played at a loud volume.  There is also a lot of reverb on both albums, which makes me suspect the use of a noise gate even more.

Well slap me upside the head and call me Babsabi, the 2009 remixes by Nick Davis actually sound pretty damn awesome to begin with, so I used that version of “Seconds Out” for a source here.  For whatever reason, he didn’t repeat the mistakes that were made with compression and mixing on the studio album remixes, so after I had done my Mikeification thing to it, this album sounds simply amazing.  It sounds like you’re right there in the audience.  You can hear everything clearly, and I must say I really like this album now.  I also restored the final little audio joke at the very end of the album… the opening of Ethel Merman’s performance of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” that faded out with the crowd noise.

1977 Xtra Tracks

Another little pause to collect the non-album songs that came along since 1973.  “It’s Yourself” is taken from the Archive 2 box set, even though that version had about a minute cut from the original running time.  It’s missing a verse, but it sounds way better than the ruined remix that Nick Davis mangled.  Track #2 is sourced from the “Spot the Pigeon” CD because it was omitted from the Archive 2 set.  Turns out there weren’t many past the first four tracks here, so they’ve been padded out with a live version of “Entangled” from the Archive 2 set and some more live performances from the 1976 and 1977 tours.  “White Mountain” is a nice find for me – I didn’t know they did this one on the 76 tour.  The version here is a very clear sounding bootleg from Cleveland.  The final four tracks come from a show in São Paulo, and were not featured on “Seconds Out”.

  1. It’s Yourself
  2. Match of the Day
  3. Pigeons
  4. Inside and Out
  5. Entangled (live)
  6. White Mountain (live)
  7. One for the Vine (live)
  8. Eleventh Earl of Mar (live)
  9. In that Quiet Earth (live)
  10. Inside and Out (live)

1978 …And Then There Were Three…

Another album that had a “weak” sound to it before I got to it.  I really like most of what’s on this album, although this is where Genesis started going Pop.  I thought about stopping the new Mikeifications after this one, but I pressed on, even though as we progress from here I like the albums less and less.  Back to sound quality.  I brought out an amazing sound again, and I hear things in this album that I’ve never heard in it before.  Not so much instruments and parts, but an overall “feel”.  This boosts my opinion of the album up a notch, though “Many Too Many” is still a fucking terrible song.  “Down and Out” and “Burning Rope” were always the best songs here, and now they positively leap out of the speakers.  The latter sounds properly epic, as it should.

1978 Live at Knebworth

Recorded for FM radio broadcast, this concert was the first one Genesis did after Steve Hackett left the band.  It’s not really noteworthy other than that, though there are nice versions of “The Fountain of Salmacis” and “One for the Vine” on here.  I did an okay job editing this one a few years back, but I’ve done a proper job of it now and the audio sounds as good as it’s going to get.  The band sounds nervous throughout, especially Phil.  They really didn’t know how their new lineup would be received at this point.

1980 Duke

I love about half of this album.  And there are a few songs on here that I just can’t stand.  The drumming on this album is phenomenal though, and so is the singing.  My version brings out all the good stuff good.  It’s because of the way that Genesis would shift from a Prog to a Pop band over the years that I compiled the “1978-1991” collection listed below.  I usually don’t listen to these albums as a whole to often just because of all the pop filler on them.

1981 Abacab

A lot of fans of the old Genesis really hate this album and everything after it.  I don’t like many of the songs on it, and that sentiment holds for the albums that follow.  But I do really like about half the songs, even though there is nothing here that can really be called “Progressive Rock”.  My new sounding version sounds much better than the one I had done before, because I really didn’t spend a whole lot of effort on it the first time around.  I gave it a proper Mikeification, and everything sounds great now, even the weak throwaway material.

1982 Six of the Best

You know you have a famous bootleg when it’s got a proper title.  And that title is of course the title of the 1982 Milton Keynes concert that saw Peter Gabriel join up with Genesis for one performance.  The reason for this was to raise money for WOMAD.  Steve Hacket even joined the festivities, though he only plays on the last two songs because he arrived late from South America.  The audio quality of this recording was quite poor to begin with, though it’s actually a decent audience recording as far as bootlegs go.  It really is a shame that nobody thought to properly record audio or video of this because the performance is very special to most fans.

This one took the most work out of any album here to fix and get right.  I had to use my full arsenal of tricks to get the audio under control.  I had to remove as much of a “ringing” noise in the recording as possible, which I was mostly successful at doing.  That made the biggest difference.  I also removed the electric hum that was present throughout and tamed the tape hiss.  Once I EQ’d it properly, I was amazed to hear how clear and powerful everything sounded.  One thing I couldn’t fix was all the dumbass blokes yelling out “THE KNIFE!!!” and “SUPPER’S READY!!!” throughout the whole fucking concert, even when Peter was trying to tell his classic stories to introduce the next song.  But this is a great listen, and it’s turned out so much better since the last time I tried to fix the audio more than a decade ago.

1982 Three Sides Live

Sourced once more from the 2009 live remixes, which sound damn fine.  I always liked this live double album more than “Duke” and “Abacab”, especially after I got the “English” release version which contains four sides live.  The performances are stellar and there just aren’t any bad songs on here, though I have to be in the right mood to really enjoy “Follow You, Follow Me” and “Misunderstanding”.  The audio sounds impeccable now, and I didn’t have to do much to get it that way.

1983 Genesis

Only “Mama” and “Home by the Sea / Second Home by the Sea” interest me.  The rest of this album is forgettable, throwaway pop.  “Silver Rainbow” is the only thing that redeems side 2.  But it all sounds really good now, even if the actual material is weak.

1986 Miserable Touch

I can’t stand most of this album.  “Land of Confusion”, “Domino” and “The Brazilian” are the only songs I like.  I’m getting a new appreciation for “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” as well now that I don’t listen to the radio and I know what the lyrics are about.  I never bothered to get this album on CD actually… my Mikeified version is sourced from my rarely played cassette.  It’s amazing how good I can make a cassette sound.

1991 We Can’t Dance

This album had the weakest sound out of all the recent albums, I think.  And look at that, Nick Davis produced it.  I’ll give him credit though, the 2007 remix was one of the least offensive to my ears and actually improved a lot on the original instrumental mix.  If the compression and vocal mix errors hadn’t marred that one too, I would have gladly kept it as my favourite version.  As I’ve done it now, it sounds a lot better.  There still are way too many bad songs on it though.

1991 Xtra Tracks

This collection assembles some really great and some really terrible tracks that were left off the albums from 1978 to 1991.  The source for all of these is the Archive 2 box set, except for track 8, which was left off of that for some reason.

  1. The Day the Light Went Out
  2. Vancouver
  3. Evidence of Autumn
  4. Open Door
  5. Naminanu
  6. Paperlate
  7. You Might Recall
  8. Me and Virgil
  9. Do the Neurotic
  10. Feeding the Fire
  11. I’d Rather Be You
  12. On the Shoreline
  13. Hearts on Fire

The songs are arranged in chronological order by release date.  They all sound way better than they did on the 2007 remixes.

1992 1978-1991

This is another collection of songs that I pulled out of thin air.  It compiles the “Prog” songs from their albums as a trio, and saves me from having to hear shit like “In Too Derp” and “Holon My Heart”.  I had made a collection like this before and burned it to CD, and I listened to it more than some of these later albums.  This one was easy to make because all I had to do was copy & paste from folder to folder and change the mp3 tags.

  1. Down and Out
  2. Burning Rope
  3. Duke’s Travels / Duke’s End
  4. Dodo / Lurker
  5. Home by the Sea / Second Home by the Sea
  6. Domino (In the Glow of the Night / The Last Domino)
  7. Driving the Last Spike
  8. Fading Lights

1992 Live 1978 to 1992

The bulk of this collection is from the Archive 2 box set, though it’s rounded out at the end with a couple of songs from their performance at Knebworth in 1990 and a couple of songs from the “I Can’t Dance” single released in 1991.  That Knebworth performance was for the Silver Clef awards show and features the Phil Collins Band backing them up on horns and vocals on “Turn It On Again”, which becomes an extended medley of UK and US pop songs in tribute for the occasion.  Many of these tracks were spliced together to make a sort of “live album” on disc 2 of the Archive 2 set, but they were out of order and in need of Mikeifying.  I’ve done my magic on them here too, but they all fade in and out with crowd noise now.

  1. Burning Rope
  2. Deep in the Motherlode
  3. Ripples
  4. The Lady Lies
  5. Duke’s Travels / Duke’s End
  6. No Reply at All
  7. Man on the Corner
  8. Illegal Alien
  9. It’s Gonna Get Better
  10. Your Own Special Way
  11. The Brazilian
  12. Mama
  13. Turn It On Again
  14. In Too Deep
  15. That’s All
  16. Dreaming While You Sleep

1992 Remixes

I’m not much of a fan of 12″ mixes and such, but for what it’s worth, here are the leftovers from the Archive 2 box set.

  1. Mama (work in progress)
  2. Invisible Touch
  3. Land of Confusion
  4. Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
  5. I Can’t Dance

1993 The Way We Walk

I never had this on CD, only cassette.  And as amazing, clear and CD-like as I can make a good cassette sound with my process, I couldn’t do the same to these albums.  (They were originally two albums – “Volume 1: The Shorts” and “Volume 2: The Longs”)  My original cassettes have side 2 bleeding through in reverse on side one and vice versa, so the audio quality is compromised.  So it’s really nice that the 2009 remix version sounds excellent and hasn’t been messed with.  The track order has also been rearranged from the original releases, making this more like a real concert.  One note personally for me – when I was in Germany in 1992, I stayed in Hanover for a while.  Genesis played a series of concerts there for three nights, and though I didn’t attend, the hostel where I stayed one night was very close to the stadium where they played.  So I got to hear a full Genesis concert, even though I wasn’t actually a fan at that time.  Most of this album is from those Hanover concerts.

1997 Calling All Stations

This album sounds much, much better now.  I still think there are a bunch of songs (the pop ones) that should have just been dropped entirely from it, but most of it has really grown on me over the years.  “Alien Afternoon” in particular went from a song I didn’t like to one that I think is pretty great.  With the lowest and highest frequencies brought to prominence and the noise effectively eliminated, this album sounds great, and I think that as a whole album, it’s better than the previous three by the band.  It lacks the standout hits, obviously, and the epic numbers that I put onto my “1978-1991” compilation.  I also really wish they hadn’t given up on recording, as they had contracted Ray Wilson to make another full album.  I think he’s a great singer.  I also think they should have just let Chester Thompson become a full-time member like he asked when they asked him to play drums… but playing the what-if game is a fruitless endeavour.

But while we’re at it, here’s what I think the album’s track listing should have been.  This is my preferred version of the album, and it drops the weak songs and adds some great songs that only appeared as b-sides.  “Anything Now” in particular would have made a great single, with a minor edit for length.

  1. Calling All Stations
  2. Congo
  3. Phret
  4. Anything Now
  5. Alien Afternoon
  6. The Dividing Line
  7. 7/8
  8. Uncertain Weather
  9. One Man’s Fool

1998 Live in Katowice

I’ve read this concert described as Tony and Mike playing as grandfathers with a bunch of kids.  That’s funny, but the band still pulls off a full Genesis set admirably.  Chester, of course, chose not to participate and I think the band could have accommodated his request.  Daryl Stuermer was off playing with Phil, so he wasn’t available.  There’s a guy named Anthony Drennan on guitar, and he fills in for the guitar parts well.  Listening to this concert really makes me appreaciate what an amazing drummer Nir Zidkyahu is.  Dude fucking rocks.  He’s able to really let lose in “The Dividing Line”, and he shines throughout the show.  All in all, this is a very enjoyable concert, as I’m a fan of Ray’s voice as it is.  The acoustic medley of old, old songs they do with Mike and Tony on guitar is also really cool.  One cringe-worthy moment is during Mama when Ray mimics Phil’s sinister laugh – complete with lighting under his face.  It just makes me miss Phil, but I didn’t get that feeling anywhere else.  I had to do quite a bit of editing to bring the audio up to my standards, but it sounds awesome now.

1999 Xtra Tracks

Another “Xtra Tracks” collection already?  Well, they actually recorded quite a bit of music for “Calling All Stations”.  Some of this stuff should have made the album, if you ask me.  Phret, 7/8, and “Anything Now” are damn fine songs, and could have replaced snoozers like “Shipwrecked”, “Not About Us”, and “If That’s What You Need”.  In fact, I think the good tracks here and on CAS could have been made into two separate forty-minute albums.  That’s about the right length for an album, if you ask me.  So many albums overstay their welcome, and just because you can fill up an 80-minute CD with music doesn’t mean you should.  CAS is almost 70 minutes in length, and the B sides alone add up to another 40.

Tracks 9 through 12 are from a live performance in Paris in December 1997.  It was recorded for radio broadcast to promote the new album and required a lot of work to clean up the audio and make it sound better.  I chose to include only the “Calling All Stations” songs that weren’t on the “Live in Katowice” DVD.  I don’t need to hear “Mama” again.  Those four performances are great, and I prefer most of those to their album versions.  The last track is a sort of reunion from 1999 which features all five members from their 71-74 heyday.  One thing that bothers me about “The Carpet Crawlers 1999” is that each of the three verses were intended to be sung by the band’s three singers, and in fact each were recorded by them.  But we hear only the first two verses on the track because the band chose not to use Ray’s recorded verse.  Damn, they really snubbed the guy.

As a whole, this is a very enjoyable collection, despite a weak track here and there.  I like this collection more than I like “Calling All Stations”.

  1. Papa Said
  2. Banjo Man
  3. Phret
  4. 7/8
  5. Anything Now
  6. Sign Your Life Away
  7. Run Out of Time
  8. Nowhere Else to Turn
  9. Small Talk (live)
  10. Not About Us (live)
  11. Shipwrecked (live)
  12. Alien Afternoon (live)
  13. The Carpet Crawlers 1999

2007 Live Over Europe

Genesis was on hiatus for a long time while the former members were being a bunch of old grumps. But in 2007, they attempted a reunion.  It was only partially successful, and what we got was a final tour of the pop lineup.  I’d like to say that listening to this is bittersweet for me, but I think the performances are just kind of lackluster in comparison to what the band had done live even nine years previous.  Still, it’s probably the last kick at the can we’ll see or hear out of Genesis, barring some statistical improbability like Peter Gabriel deciding it’s more important than butchering Radiohead songs and Phil Collins physically being able to drum again.

The audio on these recordings didn’t require much work to bring up to my standards, but as it is, I doubt I’ll listen to this particular album much if at all.  These performances really sound like five guys in their late fifties doing songs they’ve done hundreds if not thousands of times.  The new medleys of older material are nice, though it just makes me want to listen to that old stuff again and skip all the Phil era hits.  I really think it would have been something to hear the band rip into, say, Congo with Phil singing though.


The astute Genesis fan will have noticed a few omissions in the live repertoire, like the 1980 Lyceum concert, the Mama Tour, the Invisible Touch tour, etc.  Well, I got all of what I wanted done.  There is plenty of live stuff here past the official live albums, and I think it’s safe to say that I’ve got that covered.  My favorite material by far is the 70s stuff, so I have no interest in getting every live version of “Invisible Touch” that I can.  I did try to Mikeify a very early bootleg of a 1971 concert in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium.  Sadly, that audio is just too poor to get anything listenable from.  It’s a shame because it contains live versions of “Happy the Man”, “The Light”, “Twilight Alehouse” and “Going Out to Get You”.  I’ll have to wait for some enterprising young time traveler to go back and get a better recording of the show.

So I think I’ll go back to the beginning myself. I’m going to go and listen to these albums all over again, though I think I’ll stop somewhere in the 70s. There are so many great albums from back then, and so many hours of awesome music.