...And Then There Were Three... (28/3/78-3/12/78)

   

      
      
      

 

 


As always, see anything you like, email me. All boots are listed in chronological order, and all are on Audio CD-R unless I say otherwise. All dates are written in the European style, as in day/month/year. Click on the text links below to scroll directly to the entry you're interested in.

 

Tour Summary and Menu

Tour Rehearsal '78, 26/3/78 (Reunion Centre, TX)

Tour Rehearsal '78 (2)

BURP 34, 26/3/78 (Las Colinas, Dallas TX)

Suffern '78, 1/4/78 (Rockland Fieldhouse, NY)

Kalamazoo '78, 4/4/78 (Wings Stadium, Michigan)

Cleveland '78, 7/4/78 (Richfield Coliseum, Ohio)

Down in Bloomington, 9/4/78 (Assembly Hall, IN)

Bloomington '78 (SAB02), 9/4/78 (Assembly Hall, IN)

LA Forum '78, 17/4/78 (Los Angeles, CA)

Hackett Down and Out (PRRPGS008), 17/4/78 (LA Forum)

Cologne '78, 14/5/78 (Sportshalle, Cologne Germany)

Munich '78, 16/5/78 (Olympiahalle, Munich Germany)

BURP 29, 20/5/78 (Groenoordhal, Leiden, Holland)

Brussels '78, 21/5/78 (Vorst Nationale, Brussels Belgium)

Soundcheck '78, 26/5/78 (Palais des Sports, Paris)

Lyon '78, 1/6/78 (Palais des Sports, Lyon France)

Dijon '78, 3/6/78 (Palais des Sports, Dijon France)

Dijon '78 Remaster, 3/6/78 (Palais des Sports, Dijon France)

Say It's Alright, Bibo, 4/6/78 (Hallenstadion, Zurich)

Malmo, Sweden (UPGRADED), 6/6/78 (Ishallen)

Once in a While (FAKE), 6/6/78 (Ishallen, Malmo Sweden)

Malmo Complete, 6/6/78 (Ishallen, Malmo Sweden)

Malmo Complete Too!, 6/6/78 (Ishallen, Malmo Sweden)

Once in a While, 7/6/78 (Scandinavium, Gothenburg Sweden)

Oslo '78, 8/6/78 (Ekeberghallen, Oslo Norway)

Apocalypse in Dortmund, 14/6/78 (Westfalenhalle, Dortmund)

Knebworth, 24/6/78 (Knebworth Festival, Stevenage, UK)

Knebworth Show (2), 24/6/78 (Knebworth Festival, UK)

BBC Rock Hour Special, 24/6/78 (Knebworth Festival)

Montreal '78, 13/7/78 (Forum, Montreal Canada)

Milwaukee Summerfest '78, 19/7/78 (Summerfest Grounds)

BURP 20, 19/7/78 (Summerfest Grounds, Milwaukee WI)

Show It Again, Peter, 29/7/78 (MSG, NY)

MSG '78, 29/7/78 (MSG, New York City, NY)

Saratoga Springs '78, 31/7/78 (Performing Arts Centre, NY)

Ulm '78, 26/8/78 (Friedrichsau-Festplatz, Ulm Germany)

One For the Show, 28/8/78 (Stadthalle, Vienna Austria)

Saarbrucken '78 (complete), 3/9/78 (Ludwigsparkstadion)

Live in Arnhem, 5/9/78 (Rijnhal, Arnhem Holland)

Paris '78, 9/9/78 (Fete De L'Humanite, La Courneuve Paris)

Atlanta '78, 4/10/78 (Omni Center, Atlanta GA)

Baton Rouge '78, 6/10/78 (Riverside Centroplex, LA)

Uptown Theatre, Chicago, 13/10/78

Master of Chicago, 13/10/78 (Uptown Theater, Chicago IL)

SAB 05 v2, 13/10/78 (Uptown Theater, Chicago IL)

Coming Down From Houston, 22/10/78 (Hofheinz Pavilion)

Houston From the Vault, 22/10/78 (Hofheinz Pavilion)

Tokyo '78, 27/11/78 (Kosei Nenkin Hall, Shinjyuku)

Izakaya, 28/11/78 (Kosei Nenkin Hall, Tokyo)

Osaka '78, 30/11/78 (Castle Hall, Osaka Japan)

Live in Tokyo 1978, 2/12/78 (Kosei Nenkin Hall, Tokyo)


Tour Rehearsal '78

26/3/78

01 Ripples (9:50)
02 Deep in the Motherlode (5:12)
03 In the Cage (7:50)
04 Burning Rope (incomplete) (6:25)
05 Supper's Ready (Apocalypse in 9/8) (partial) (0:55)
06 Down and Out (4:56)
07 One For the Vine (10:12)
08 Squonk (6:00)
09 Follow You, Follow Me (take one) (4:47)
10 Follow You, Follow Me (take two) (4:48)

Type/Quality: Soundboard/Fair-Poor

Comments: From the "Showco" rehearsals at the Reunion Centre in Dallas, Texas. Possibly the phrase "Las Colinas" is also involved in the place name somewhere. The tape I transferred this from was actually labeled "Rehearsal - London, England 1977." I soon discovered that this could not possibly be correct, but after some heavy research, the help of various fans, and my eventual finding of the complete version of this boot, correctly labeled, I am now able to assign the correct date and venue to this.

The sound quality is mushy and a little low, and at times very, very wavery. When I say "wavery," I mean the way a tape gets when it's been around too long and it starts to fluctuate in pitch. Something was wrong with the tape I transferred this from. This is basically a pretty bad version of this boot, but it's a rehearsal tape, and there are actually some neat bits of them just playing around with their instruments on here, especially between the two takes of "Follow You." There's also an interesting bit after "In the Cage" where they're talking about how to do the songs. Phil flubs up quite a few lyrics on here. This one is just not worth it--what you want is the next entry...

 


Tour Rehearsal '78 (complete)

26/3/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (8:29)
1-2 In the Cage (9:21)
1-3 Burning Rope (7:07)
1-4 Ripples (9:04)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (take one) (6:18)
1-6 Deep in the Motherlode (take two) (4:56)

2-1 The Fountain of Salmacis (8:09)
2-2 Down and Out (5:09)
2-3 One For the Vine (10:16)
2-4 Squonk (6:06)
2-5 Follow You Follow Me (take one) (4:08)
2-6 Follow You Follow Me (take two) (5:47)
2-7 Supper's Ready (from Apocalypse in 9/8 on) (7:55)

Type/Quality: Soundboard/Good

Comments: This is the "complete" version of the rehearsal bootleg. When I say complete I mean these are all the tracks I've seen on other track lists for this boot (however there is yet another version circulating which also includes the "Cinema Show" medley). Having now listened to this one, I can confirm that the previous boot is in fact a partial version of this recording. You'll notice that the track ordering here is a lot different than on the previous entry. "Motherlode" on the partial boot corresponds to the first take of "Motherlode" on here. All the songs are complete except for tracks 1-6 and 2-7, the last one on each disc. They both get cut off abruptly a few seconds away from their actual endings. I don't know if this is a fault of the original taping or of one of the earlier transfers, but I think it is duplicated in most if not all extant versions of this boot, since the track times I've seen elsewhere match mine or are at most one or two seconds off.

The sound quality is good, but not as good as you might expect from a soundboard recording. It's quite hissy and when the songs get loud the sound gets rough. The volume is low and it doesn't sound as if you're really hearing all the textures and layers. Still there are no major problems, no wavery quality and no major snaps, crackles or pops. It sounds better than most audience recordings. There's also some great in between stuff with the band members playing around with their instruments, and a few funny remarks from Phil, particularly his threat to the lighting guy before "Burning Rope." I think Phil is much looser on the vocals than he would have been live--in some cases this results in mess-ups, but I think overall it gives a nice, free, spontaneous feeling to the songs, especially numbers like "Down and Out" and "Deep in the Motherlode." I love rehearsal recordings, because they give you a "behind the scenes" look into the band's live act, and this boot in particular shows this tour in its earlier, developing stages.

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BURP 34

26/3/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:03)
1-2 In the Cage (8:52)
1-3 Burning Rope (7:08)
1-4 Ripples (10:02)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (take one) (5:27)
1-6 Deep in the Motherlode (take two) (5:23)
1-7 The Fountain of Salmacis (8:10)
1-8 Down and Out (5:13)
1-9 One For the Vine (10:16)

2-1 Squonk (6:13)
2-2 Follow You Follow Me (take one) (5:01)
2-3 Follow You Follow Me (take two) (4:56)
2-4 Supper's Ready (from Apocalypse in 9/8 on) (8:09)

Type/Quality: Soundboard/Very Good-Good

Comments: Here is the BURP version of the Showco rehearsals. It is identical in content to my previous version, but sounds better. I must warn those who have not heard this recording before however not to expect "soundboard" quality here: this recording still sounds muffled and the mix is not ideal. Simon's site gives the BURP version a flat A but I cannot agree. Obviously though, it is a very valuable recording, an improvement over the previous version, and certainly better sounding than, for instance, the next entry.

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Suffern '78

1/4/78

1 In the Cage (8:20)
2 Ripples (9:18)
3 Deep in the Motherlode (5:49)
4 The Fountain of Salmacis (8:08)
5 Down and Out (5:15)
6 The Lady Lies (6:01)
7 Intro: Cinema (3:01)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Fair

Comments: At the Rockland Fieldhouse at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York (ever heard of Suffern? neither have I), this is not the first live show from the '78 world tour, but it is the first recorded live show from that tour. Unfortunately it is strangely incomplete, or I might have rated the quality higher--the sound isn't all that bad. The recording starts with Phil's first intro to the crowd, so already the first song is missing. You can tell this is an early show, because Phil totally flubs the lyrics to the whole first verse of "Cage." There is no intro for "Ripples," and the intro for "Motherlode" is cut so that all we hear is Phil saying the title of the song. The ending of "Motherlode" is different than it would be later in the tour; here, the band seems to simply wander around for a while and then stop. There is a break and small hiccup at the very end of "Salmacis." There is no intro present for "Down and Out" or "The Lady Lies." Phil begins his Romeo and Juliet story by asking if anybody in the audience is from Barcelona. Juliet is wearing a diaper and a vest. The recording sadly cuts off right near the end of the story. It would have been interesting to hear more of this early show.

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Kalamazoo '78

4/4/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:44)
1-2 In the Cage (9:02)
1-3 Burning Rope (9:00)
1-4 Ripples (10:28)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (5:24)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:45)
1-7 Down and Out (7:58)
1-8 One For the Vine (10:35)

2-1 Squonk (7:23)
2-2 Say It's Alright Joe (5:53)
2-3 The Lady Lies (5:54)
2-4 Intro: Cinema (3:03)
2-5 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:33)
2-6 Follow You Follow Me (4:36)
2-7 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet (5:22)
2-8 Los Endos (6:08)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Fair

Comments: At Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan, this is an OK audience show from early in the '78 world tour. As an early gig, it features some interesting chatting on the part of Phil, who even after two previous tours still seems to be feeling his way into the role of lead man. Though the recording has its problems, Phil's monologues are actually very easy to make out. He spends more time than usual speaking to the crowd about its behaviour--a lot of talk about the fans in the front standing up and the fans in the back sitting down before "Burning Rope," and some later reproofs to those in the back who were shouting at those in the front during "Ripples." Phil tells a rather hurtful intro for "Ripples" about how girls grow "bumps" which eventually begin to sag and droop. Fortunately in later gigs he greatly curtailed this story. The normal hermaphrodite intro for "Salmacis" seems to have been cut--that song fades in. Phil talks about short men and the bad things that are said about them before the slightly rare "Down and Out"--more hurtful remarks and stereotyping ensue (Genesis were never a very politically correct band, mostly thanks to Phil and a nice British public school upbringing). After "Down and Out" there is a memorable technical screw-up (probably related to Tony's synthesizer, which seems to have caused quite a bit of trouble on this tour--see the July show in Saratoga Springs and the much later Tokyo gig at the end of this tour's section) which eventually results in Phil doing the previous tour's courtship dance for Mertle the Mermaid--not once, but twice!--before the show continues. Phil also takes the trouble to introduce Geoff Banks, who makes an extended appearance on stage to try to repair the problem. (Later in the show, during the instrumental section of "Cinema," Tony seems to get flustered and screws up more than once, hitting the wrong keys.) There is no audience participation for "Lady Lies"--Phil does a short intro for it and then they go right into the song.

Now for the problems with this recording--there are quite a few. Both beginning tracks of both discs start in a few seconds. Both discs had split second pauses which I have now removed (leaving only some slight pops at the edits). Starting right after "Burning Rope" and recurring throughout the show, there were sound disruptions after almost every song. It sounds as if the recorder somehow struck his recording device after every number. It was a kind of hiccuping, stuttering break in the sound. Regardless of what they were, I have removed all of them, so that the recording proceeds fairly smoothly from beginning to end (I also took the liberty of upping the volume, which was a bit low). Unfortunately there are some other problems that I was unable to fix. Aside from the cuts off the beginning songs on the discs, the ending guitar madness of "Lady Lies" seems to have been clipped short. Also, though the "Cinema" medley gets right up to the point when "Afterglow" is about to begin, that entire song is missing from the recording. Finally, there are tape speed problems. The whole recording does sound just a tad wavery, but it doesn't get really bad until around "Cinema Show." It then proceeds to get worse--by "Los Endos," it is quite bad. It's almost fortunate that the encore of IKWIL is missing--it would have been terribly sickly-sounding had it been here.

Still, aside from the wavery thing, the sound could be worse and for most of the show it is not bad at all. As I say, there are some memorable intros and problems arising from this being an early gig in the tour, which makes it worth a listen for the diehard collectors among you.

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Cleveland '78

7/4/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (8:36)
1-2 In the Cage (8:35)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:16)
1-4 Ripples (12:02)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (5:37)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:42)
1-7 Down and Out (6:43)
1-8 One For the Vine (11:06)

2-1 Squonk (6:48)
2-2 Say It's Alright Joe (6:40)
2-3 The Lady Lies (7:47)
2-5 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (15:20)
2-6 Afterglow (4:26)
2-7 Follow You Follow Me (4:30)
2-8 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet/Los Endos (12:08)
2-9 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (9:21)

Type/Quality: Audience/Fair-Poor

Comments: At the Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland, Ohio, I got this show because it was on my wish list. Why it was on my wish list, I'm not sure. It's interesting because it's a very early show in the tour, when Phil's intros are rather spare and the "Lady Lies" booing thing, for instance, had not yet been put into the show. However the sound quality is quite bad. Simon rates his copy as B-, so I think I must have gotten my hands on a higher-generation copy than his. There is an unfortunate distortion running through the whole recording and Phil's intros are very very hard to make out (though I think I heard him mention "Cleveland," thus confirming the show's date). Phil messes up the words to "Down and Out." There is a break in the recording after "Deep in the Motherlode," and it fades back in in time to include a very indistinct intro for "Salmacis." There is a small cut toward the end of "Afterglow." The band (or whoever starts the guitar--I assume Mike) have trouble starting "Follow You Follow Me," and it takes two false starts before the song begins in earnest. Phil makes a comment which may be "shit!" but probably isn't.

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Down in Bloomington

9/4/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (7:57)
1-2 In the Cage (7:09)
1-3 Burning Rope (6:53)
1-4 Ripples (8:58)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (5:12)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (8:00)

2-1 Down and Out (5:01)
2-2 Squonk (6:06)
2-3 Say It's Alright Joe (5:00)
2-4 The Lady Lies (5:56)
2-5 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:08)
2-6 Afterglow (4:36)
2-7 Follow You Follow Me (3:35)

Type/Quality: Soundboard/Very Good-Good

Comments: (See the remaster of this recording, directly below.) At the Assembly Hall of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, this is a soundboard show. It also happens to be one of my favorites from this tour, because the quality is great (apart from some hiss on some of the songs). The show is not complete, unfortunately. "Earl of Mar" fades in--the first couple seconds are missing. All of the song intros have been removed, so you get one song after another with nothing in between. "Say It's Alright Joe" fades out before it can get into the instrumental bit at the end--this is the saddest loss, as the song is a great version and would be even better were it complete. Also missing is "One For the Vine," "Volcano/Endos," and IKWIL. If only this show were complete! It still ranks among my picks for best Genesis bootlegs. The hiss on this show is weird, because it fluctuates in intensity (this has been explained by the person who put the show together--see the entries for this show on The Movement). The songs in the middle of the show have more hiss than those at the beginning and at the end.

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Bloomington '78 (SAB02)

9/4/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (7:58)
1-2 In the Cage (7:09)
1-3 Burning Rope (6:53)
1-4 Ripples (8:58)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (5:12)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (8:00)
1-7 Down and Out (5:03)
1-8 Squonk (6:06)
1-9 Say It's Alright Joe (5:03)

2-1 The Lady Lies (5:57)
2-2 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:09)
2-3 Afterglow (4:36)
2-4 Follow You Follow Me (3:36)

Type/Quality: Soundboard/Very Good

Comments: At the Assembly Hall of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, this is the SAB remaster of one of my favorite soundboard shows. Unlike the other version I have, you can actually hear Phil say "Good evening, Bloomington!" after the first song. The inconsistent hiss I heard only in "Ripples" and SIAJ. I don't seem to have mentioned this in my first version's review, but this time it sounded to me as if the mix was really off on this recording--at times the lead guitar seems almost totally gone (one particularly noticeable part was in the solo in the conclusion of "Lady Lies"--it sounds like there's no solo!). As in the first version, SIAJ fades out early, and "One For the Vine" and the various concluding songs are not here. Still a classic show and still a joy to listen to.

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LA Forum '78

17/4/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:39)
1-2 In the Cage (8:44)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:51)
1-4 Ripples (10:16)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:33)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (8:21)
1-7 Down and Out (6:23)
1-8 One For the Vine (10:46)

2-01 Squonk (8:34)
2-02 Say It's Alright Joe (6:52)
2-03 The Lady Lies (6:07)
2-04 Intro: Cinema (2:57)
2-05 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:43)
2-06 Afterglow (4:56)
2-07 Follow You Follow Me (4:38)
2-08 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet (5:53)
2-09 Los Endos (6:57)
2-10 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (10:05)

Type/Quality: Audience/Fair-Poor

Comments: (See my much, much better PRRP version of this recording, next entry.) At the LA Forum. I think I've been a bit harsh with the rating on this one, though I am going to let it stand. The overall sound is very muffled, and at least the beginning two songs of the show suffer from sickly speed problems. The intros are hard to make out because of the poor sound, there is a pretty big cut in the middle of "Salmacis," and breaks in the sound at other points. I noticed these breaks in the beginning of "Motherlode," once in "Endos," and a few in "Down and Out." There are also some very weird staticy type of noises running over a few seconds of the middle of "Down and Out."

However, it is a well-tracked recording and the sound, though fairly cruddy, is consistent. There is a cut in "Salmacis," but it's the only cut. This was the last show in the first US leg of the '78 world tour (the band would return to America in July and October), so Phil makes sure to thank the road crew before IKWIL.

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Hackett Down and Out (PRRPGS008)

17/4/78

1-1 Audience Noise (1:05)
1-2 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:05)
1-3 In the Cage (8:18)
1-4 Burning Rope (8:22)
1-5 Ripples (10:11)
1-6 Deep in the Motherlode (6:46)
1-7 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:41)
1-8 Down and Out (6:05)
1-9 One For the Vine (10:27)

2-01 Squonk (7:31)
2-02 Say It's Alright Joe (6:40)
2-03 The Lady Lies (6:34)
2-04 Intro: Cinema (3:45)
2-05 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:12)
2-06 Afterglow (5:09)
2-07 Follow You Follow Me (4:27)
2-08 Dance on a Volcano (4:10)
2-09 Drum Duet (1:25)
2-10 Los Endos (5:56)
2-11 Phil Thanks the Road Crew (1:28)
2-12 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (9:50)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Very Good

Comments: At the LA Forum. This is one of those upgrades that collectors dream about--sooooo much better than my previous version, which actually came from a different audience source (as I could tell by the differing chatter). There is some chatter and calls for songs on here--before "Ripples" for instance--but it could be worse and is not that bad during the songs. The sound quality has that slightly tinny, doctored tinge to it, but it's so much better than my previous version that I really shouldn't complain.

This was the last US gig in the opening leg of their world tour for this year. They would not return to the US until July. They put in a pretty great performance; "Cinema Show" in particular sounds really fantastic. This gig may feature one of the first instances of the booing audience participation before "Lady Lies." Phil does a very basic version of the intro and then jumps into the song. There seem to be some lead guitar problems during FYFM--the lead seems to drop out altogether partway through, and the band put in a rather lackluster performance of the song, sounding at times like they're going to give up and stop playing. This was the only part of the performance that seemed off to me.

As mentioned in the previous entry, Phil gets the road crew up on the stage at the end of the show and has everyone thank them. Fortunately PRRP got their hands on a complete recording, so there are no cuts here (as in the last version) and it sounds pretty great! A nice addition to the recordings available from early in this tour.

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Cologne '78

14/5/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (8:41)
1-2 In the Cage (9:17)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:06)
1-4 Ripples (11:14)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:41)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (10:20)

2-1 Down and Out (6:21)
2-2 One For the Vine (11:05)
2-3 Squonk (7:26)
2-4 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (15:37)
2-5 Afterglow (5:04)
2-6 Follow You Follow Me (4:25)
2-7 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet/Los Endos (12:30)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Fair

Comments: At the Sportshalle in Cologne, this recording documents the band's first concert in Germany in 1978. I should say right off that Simon's version of this show is more complete and includes the usual numbers "Say It's Alright Joe" and "The Lady Lies," both of which are mysteriously missing from this version.

There is a small cut in "Salmacis." Phil tells his Romeo and Juliet story in mostly German. The overall recording seems a bit heavy on the bass. I heard some pops. FYFM starts quite low, but slowly recovers. There is no encore, but this seems to be missing from all versions of the recording. Originally on the second disc there was a small portion of "Afterglow" that was repeated, but I have repaired this error.

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Munich '78

16/5/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:31)
1-2 In the Cage (8:29)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:37)
1-4 Ripples (9:51)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:33)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (10:17)
1-7 Down and Out (6:09)

2-1 One For the Vine (11:32)
2-2 Squonk (8:28)
2-3 Say It's Alright Joe (7:11)
2-4 The Lady Lies (first part)(3:15)
2-5 The Lady Lies (second part)(2:29)
2-6 Intro: Cinema (3:38)
2-7 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:31)
2-8 Afterglow (5:10)
2-9 Follow You Follow Me (4:17)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Fair

Comments: At the Olympiahalle in Munich. The quality of this show actually isn't that bad, and I probably would have rated it a flat "Good" were it not for several recording problems and a large cut at the end of the show. The first problem occurs in the first song: for all of "Mar," there is a strange doubling of the sound, with the whole song on there twice, one version of it coming a little before and at a lower volume than the other version. It makes it a bit hard to listen to. Fortunately (and oddly), this is only on the first song. During "Ripples," the recording stops, there is a short moment of silence, and then it starts up again almost exactly where it left off. There is no cut there, just a break--I think there may be a small cut a little later in the song, just before the bridge. Before "Motherlode," you can hear someone apparently snapping photos of the band. Daryl's intro comes after "Down and Out" at the end of disc one.

The second disc begins immediately with the song "One For the Vine"--Phil's intro for this seems to have been cut. Chester's intro comes after "Say It's Alright Joe." There is no audience participation for "Lady Lies"--this is either because Phil hadn't started doing that yet at this point in the tour, or because he doesn't know how to explain the hero/villain concept to the audience in his very basic German. He uses German throughout the show, but his vocabulary is very thin and he gets by through repetition mainly (though he does do the intro for "Cinema Show," mainly in English with a few German phrases mixed in--he probably knows how to say "boobs" and "tied to the steering wheel" in many languages...). Going back to "Lady Lies," though, you'll notice that that song has been split into two tracks. In the split a fairly sizeable cut occurs. There may also be a small cut in the "Cinema" medley, just before the "Scree" theme appears--either it's a cut, or the band just screws up. The biggest cut, though, is the whole end of the show; the recording stops after FYFM, and thus is missing "Volcano/Drums/Endos" and IKWIL. Still, what's here sounds pretty good (except "Mar"), and it is pretty funny to listen to Phil struggle through his German stories.

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BURP 29

20/5/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:28)
1-2 In the Cage (9:05)
1-3 Burning Rope (7:29)
1-4 Ripples (11:33)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:00)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (10:35)
1-7 Down and Out (6:08)
1-8 One For the Vine (10:47)

2-01 Squonk (7:29)
2-02 Say It's Alright Joe (6:31)
2-03 The Lady Lies (7:00)
2-04 Intro: Cinema (3:34)
2-05 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:42)
2-06 Afterglow (5:06)
2-07 Follow You Follow Me (4:24)
2-08 Dance on a Volcano (4:25)
2-09 Drum Duet (1:16)
2-10 Los Endos (7:07)
2-11 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (9:10)

Type/Quality: Audience/Fair-Good

Comments: At the Groenoordhal in Leiden, Holland, this is a recently-unearthed recording from this tour, which is one of the few things it has going for it. It is also pretty much complete. It also happens to be one of the "three dates" that made up the '78 tour movie Three Dates With Genesis, the one whose venue the film narrator refers to as a cattle market. Perhaps this is one of the reasons for the rather mushy sound of the whole recording (are cattle market acoustics really that good??). Phil's intros are fairly short for this one, and though he tells the audience to boo for "Lady Lies," he doesn't seem to try to explain why they're doing it. There is some chatter, some singing along, and possibly even some whistling from the fans near the recorder, and at times ("One For the Vine" being a definite example) the sound is rather wavery. There is a small cut near the end of "Lady Lies," and the band may experience some kind of technical problem soon after the first "Father Tireseas" part in "Cinema Show," though it's not bad enough to totally stop the song.

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Brussels '78

21/5/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (8:39)
1-2 In the Cage (7:51)
1-3 Burning Rope (7:39)
1-4 Ripples (9:58)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (5:49)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:37)
1-7 Down and Out (6:42)
1-8 One For the Vine (10:22)

2-1 Squonk (6:33)
2-2 Say It's Alright Joe (7:30)
2-3 The Lady Lies (6:44)
2-4 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (13:44)
2-5 Afterglow (4:41)
2-6 Follow You Follow Me (3:48)
2-7 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet (5:44)
2-8 Los Endos (5:26)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good

Comments: At the Vorst Nationale in Brussels, Belgium. Phil mangles the French on his intros. There are small ticks at the track transitions on my copy. The sound is a bit hissy--there is a distinct change in the sound in "Lady Lies." That song begins sounding very, very hissy, but it eventually recovers. There is a small cut in the second Father Tiresias section of "Cinema Show," but that is the only cut in the show--other than the fact, of course, that the usual encore of IKWIL is missing. Not a bad show, with the somewhat rare "Down and Out."

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Soundcheck '78

26/5/78

1 Soundcheck/Eleventh Earl of Mar (47:10)
2 Eleventh Earl of Mar/Soundcheck (6:03)

Type/Quality: Audience/Fair-Good

Comments: At the Palais des Sports in Paris, France, this is a below-par quality recording of Genesis warming up. It's really just a lot of messing around, and the only recognizable music is a few minutes of "Eleventh Earl of Mar." The sound is low and hissy. You can hear lots of bass guitar at around 20 minutes in. There may be some hiccups in the recording after 25 minutes; there are definitely some breaks. At around 44:20, "Mar" begins, then fades out, then comes back in at the beginning of the second track. Then the recording cuts off, comes back in near the bridge of the song, then the song peters out.

I've seen other trackings of this which put the "Eleventh Earl of Mar" fragments onto one track, which makes a lot more sense. Regardless, most of this is just fiddling about by the musicians, and I actually found it quite a chore to listen to.

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Lyon '78

1/6/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:14)
1-2 In the Cage (8:10)
1-3 Burning Rope (7:29)
1-4 Ripples (10:19)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (5:42)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:42)
1-7 Ballad of Big (7:07)
1-8 One For the Vine (10:54)

2-1 Squonk (7:57)
2-2 Say It's Alright Joe (5:56)
2-3 The Lady Lies (6:09)
2-4 Intro: Cinema (3:52)
2-5 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:27)
2-6 Afterglow (4:21)
2-7 Follow You Follow Me (4:28)
2-8 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet (5:54)
2-9 Los Endos (6:09)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good

Comments: At the Palais des Sports in Lyon, France. The track times here do not match Simon's version, but Phil clearly greets "Lyon" in his first intro. The quality is not great but it is distinct and the vocals are clear. Phil sticks with French as much as he possibly can in his intros. A bit of his intro for "Ripples" is cut. Phil messes up the words to "Squonk." There is no intro at all for "Lady Lies," just a count-in and off they go. There is a loud boom during the Romeo verse of "Cinema Show," possibly a firework going off. There is no encore on this recording, though it is likely they played IKWIL that night.

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Dijon '78

3/6/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (8:02)
1-2 In the Cage (8:45)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:02)
1-4 Ripples (10:14)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:12)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:22)
1-7 Ballad of Big (5:53)
1-8 One For the Vine (11:11)

2-1 Squonk (7:02)
2-2 Say It's Alright Joe (7:36)
2-3 The Lady Lies (7:10)
2-4 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (14:50)
2-5 Afterglow (4:40)
2-6 Follow You Follow Me (4:13)
2-7 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet (6:18)
2-8 Los Endos (6:00)
2-9 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (9:38)

Type/Quality: Soundboard/Very Good-Excellent

Comments: At the Palais des Sports in Dijon, France, this is a soundboard show of great quality, released around 2004. In fact, it's so good that I have very little to say about it. The recording is a little raw, which means that a bit of "Earl of Mar's" very beginning is clipped and there are some small gaps in the sound--one between "Motherlode" and "Salmacis" (which probably cuts some of Phil's hermaphrodite intro for "Salmacis"--though we still get to hear him say in French that Tony is a hermaphrodite) and one between "Joe" and "Lady." Song intros are at the beginnings of tracks. Also there's a strange thing near the end of the show. "Los Endos" ends abruptly, there are a few seconds of silence, and we hear a very quick scrap of what sounds like a woman's voice before the recording cuts back in at the beginning of IKWIL.

There is another, more remastered version of this show circulating which probably cleans up these small things, but according to Halley's site, the remaster comes from a third generation source and my copy comes from a first generation source (however: see next entry, an independent remaster of the show by someone else). It's a very clean, full gig which happens to have probably the best quality recording of "Ballad of Big," a particularly rare live song. It's a solid '78 show; the only thing I really noticed about the performance was that Phil messes up some of the lyrics to FYFM.

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Dijon '78 Remaster

3/6/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:23)
1-2 In the Cage (8:17)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:04)
1-4 Ripples (10:05)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:06)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:35)
1-7 Ballad of Big (6:01)
1-8 One For the Vine (10:17)

2-1 Squonk (8:52)
2-2 Say It's Alright Joe (6:39)
2-3 The Lady Lies (10:01)
2-4 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:15)
2-5 Afterglow (4:48)
2-6 Follow You Follow Me (4:44)
2-7 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet (5:44)
2-8 Los Endos (6:23)
2-9 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (9:02)

Type/Quality: Soundboard/Excellent-Very Good

Comments: At the Palais des Sports in Dijon, France, this is actually a remastered upgrade to the nearly perfect show above. My "raw" version was missing the very beginning bars of "Mar," but this one has a complete "Mar." This one still probably has a small cut in the beginning of the story for "Salmacis," but the gap between "Joe" and "Lady" is not as noticeable. Also, the strange noise I heard after "Endos" is not present here. The intros for the songs are on the end of the previous track, which is the way I prefer it. Finally, being a remaster, one can assume that the sound quality has improved! Though when it comes to subtle changes like this it's very hard for me to compare. However I definitely appreciate the cleaning up that has been done, making this a basically definitive version of a fantastic soundboard show.

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Say It's Alright, Bibo

4/6/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:51)
1-2 In the Cage (8:34)
1-3 Burning Rope (7:30)
1-4 Ripples (11:05)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:31)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:00)
1-7 Ballad of Big (6:42)
1-8 One For the Vine (11:31)

2-01 Squonk (8:35)
2-02 Say It's Alright Joe (6:07)
2-03 Intro: Chester (1:03)
2-04 The Lady Lies (6:36)
2-05 Intro: Cinema (3:39)
2-06 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:41)
2-07 Afterglow (4:43)
2-08 Follow You Follow Me (4:27)
2-09 Dance on a Volcano (4:28)
2-10 Drum Duet (1:23)
2-11 Los Endos (6:33)
2-12 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (9:17)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good

Comments: At the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland (and if anyone knows what the heck "Bibo" means, please tell me). This is not a bad audience recording for completeness, and the sound is not bad, but it seems somewhat overloud and has a tendency to get very rough during the more aggressive sections of songs, especially as the second disc wears on. Still, it's nice for a change to hear an audience recording where the music really is very loud and forceful. "Salmacis" fades out right at the end. Some of the story for "Say It's Alright Joe" (which is basically the title track, here) is cut, and the beginning of the song fades in. There is some disruption in that song. There is a small cut in "Afterglow," and it was after that that I really started noticing how rough the sound was. Still, it's perfectly audible, and a fairly rousing performance. Phil does a good job on the "Cinema Show" story, even though he has to cobble together German and English phrases to do it. He uses mainly German here, and does not attempt any really detailed stories, though he does do some sort of intro for almost every number. He does not do the booing bit before "Lady Lies." Not a bad show, though probably my other recordings from June are generally better.

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Malmo, Sweden (upgraded)

6/6/78

 

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:07)
1-2 In the Cage (8:49)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:06)
1-4 Ripples (10:33)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:07)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:48)
1-7 Down and Out (6:55)

2-1 One for the Vine (10:55)
2-2 Squonk (7:05)
2-3 Say It's Alright Joe (7:07)
Bonus Tracks (probably also from Malmo)
2-4 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.'/Afterglow (20:41)
2-5 Follow You Follow Me (4:40)
2-6 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet/Los Endos (12:11)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Very Good

Comments: (See following entries for alternate versions of this material.) Most of the show as performed at the Ishallen in Malmo, Sweden on 6 June. The sound quality here is quite good. It sounds kind of far away and echoy (if that's a word), and there are some pops and crackles every once in a long while, but all in all a very good audience boot. The times I list here may be slightly different than are seen on other sites. This is because the original CDs I received of this bootleg had one long track per CD, and I had to reburn them onto new CDs with my own track delineations. The recording of "Fountain" has a chunk missing; it goes abruptly from "...through the cool" to "from my stream." Featured here is "Down and Out," a number that was not always played on this tour. Phil tries to speak Swedish in the beginning, but only enough to tell the audience that he'll be speaking English for the rest of it. He also seems stubbornly determined to convince the crowd that "Ripples" is "a very, very sad song"--this he did in other shows as well.

Now for the info about the additional tracks; I received a show claiming to be Once in a While, and for a while it totally fooled me, but eventually I discovered it was a dehissed version of Malmo with more errors. It was also missing "Say It's Alright Joe" but had the three additional tracks I have tacked onto this show. These songs do seem to match the corresponding songs on the next entry, which claims to be Malmo Complete, so it is likely that they are also from Malmo. There was originally a small break in "Endos," which I have repaired (there is still a small cut, but it sounds smoother than it did).

 


Malmo Complete

6/6/78

1-01 Eleventh Earl of Mar (8:41)
1-02 In the Cage (8:40)
1-03 Burning Rope (8:20)
1-04 Ripples (10:44)
1-05 Deep in the Motherlode (6:23)
1-06 Intro: Fountain (0:28)
1-07 The Fountain of Salmacis (8:40)
1-08 Down and Out (6:17)
1-09 One For the Vine (11:40)
1-10 Squonk (6:52)

2-1 Say It's Alright Joe (7:42)
2-2 The Lady Lies (7:01)
2-3 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (15:26)
2-4 Afterglow (4:39)
2-5 Follow You Follow Me (4:17)
2-6 Dance on a Volcano (4:51)
2-7 Drum Duet (1:03)
2-8 Los Endos (6:13)
2-9 9 June 1980 106 FM Interview with Tony Banks (5:10)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good

Comments: (See next entry for an even better version of this stuff.) At the Ishallen in Malmo. Don't be fooled by the title! This is not an entirely complete show (though it's very close), it is not the best-sounding material I have from Malmo, and unfortunately it does not match the track times for the show that Simon and Halley list with this title. Their version of Malmo Complete is even less complete than this one, with a cut "Cinema" and no songs at all between "Afterglow" and the encore (and no bonus radio interview track). It does however include the encore, which this one does not.

Unfortunately I remain a bit confused as to the origin of these tracks and why my version is so different in the second half from Simon's version. What I do know is that the intros and cuts present on here from "Mar" to SIAJ match the original Malmo material I have (see above entry), and the ending songs on here ("Cinema," "Afterglow," FYFM, Volcano/Endos) match the bonus tracks I tacked onto the end of the previous entry.

This particular version of the recording is probably higher generation than the original Malmo recording of the above entry. It has slightly rougher sound and some slight speed problems that the first entry did not have. It does have the exact same small cut in the middle of "Salmacis." The recording cuts off after SIAJ--apparently a tape change occurred here. This is the place where most versions of Malmo end. However this one comes back in and keeps going: I think after this point the speed problems are gone, though that may be wishful thinking. There is a small gap after "Afterglow" and a small cut in "Los Endos."

The bonus interview really has no connection to the performance. It is an interview with only Tony Banks on the same day as their first of two performances at Pine Knob in Detroit. Over the course of the interview it becomes clear that the year is 1980, and the DJ seals the deal by spinning "Behind the Lines" right at the end of the track, so I was able to pin down the date as listed above. Interestingly this night's show was the gig at which Daryl had to suddenly go to the doctor's and the band played without him as a four-piece (Tony tactfully does not mention that Daryl won't be there--perhaps it was very sudden and he didn't even know yet!). The DJ is kind of a dope who claims to be a big fan of the band, but spouts generic comments and refers to their album "Wind and Withering."

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Malmo Complete Too!

6/6/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:07)
1-2 In the Cage (8:49)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:06)
1-4 Ripples (10:33)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:07)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:48)
1-7 Down and Out (6:55)

2-01 One for the Vine (10:55)
2-02 Squonk (7:05)
2-03 Say It's Alright Joe (7:07)
2-04 The Lady Lies (7:00)
2-05 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (15:26)
2-06 Afterglow (4:39)
2-07 Follow You Follow Me (4:17)
2-08 Dance on a Volcano (4:51)
2-09 Drum Duet (1:03)
2-10 Los Endos (6:15)
2-11 9 June 1980 106 FM Interview with Tony Banks (5:10)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Very Good

Comments: At the Ishallen in Malmo. This version of the Malmo gig is my own compilation of the original Malmo recording (two entries up, all tracks from "Mar" to SIAJ) and the ending tracks from Malmo Complete, which I felt sounded better than their counterparts from my fake Once in a While boot. The Malmo Complete recording also included "Lady Lies" and the bonus radio interview, which none of my other versions had. As with the source shows they come from, there is a small cut in "Salmacis," a small gap after "Afterglow," and a small cut in "Los Endos." You'll notice the shift in sound after SIAJ, but if you read my other entries for this date you'll see why I think all these songs are probably from the same date. This still does not explain why there is another bootleg floating around called Malmo Complete which appears to be a different recording, with different cuts at the end.

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Once in a While

7/6/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:34)
1-2 In the Cage (8:23)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:39)
1-4 Ripples (10:20)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (5:44)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:58)
1-7 Down and Out (5:34)

2-1 One For the Vine (12:19)
2-2 Squonk (7:43)
2-3 Say It's Alright Joe (6:24)
2-4 The Lady Lies (10:37)
2-5 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:41)
2-6 Afterglow (4:35)
2-7 Follow You Follow Me (3:57)
2-8 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet (5:58)
2-9 Los Endos (5:55)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good

Comments: At the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden. I have three shows in a row from this period, all played in Scandinavian countries, and all of exceptional quality (they may have been recorded by the same person?). The audience is hardly audible during the songs and the sound is pretty clear, though it can get rather fuzzy. There is no intro for "Fountain" because it is missing from the recording. There used to be a break in "Down and Out" but it has been repaired. Also the original copy of this that I received had split second pauses, but I have removed them. "Lady Lies" is also missing the booing intro (it could be Phil just didn't use that intro in certain parts of Europe). This show is good; it has no real troubles, just the one cut which I fixed.

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Oslo '78

8/6/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:56)
1-2 In the Cage (8:27)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:16)
1-4 Ripples (10:23)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:16)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:58)
1-7 Ballad of Big (6:13)
1-8 One For the Vine (10:58)

2-01 Squonk (8:16)
2-02 Say It's Alright Joe (6:11)
2-03 The Lady Lies (6:25)
2-04 Intro: Cinema (3:56)
2-05 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:22)
2-06 Afterglow (5:09)
2-07 Follow You Follow Me (4:52)
2-08 Dance on a Volcano (4:17)
2-09 Drum Duet (1:20)
2-10 Los Endos (5:47)
2-11 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (8:45)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Very Good

Comments: At the Ekeberghallen in Oslo Norway. Phil claims at the end of this show that they will be sure to come back again soon, but I consulted a gigography which seems to show that they did not return to Norway until after Phil had left the band! However, this is a good set, with the rare "Ballad of Big," and the quality is really quite good. The sound is nice and clear, although it seems somewhat tinny. It may be lacking a bit in bass. There is no intro for "The Lady Lies," but everything else seems intact (it's possible Phil did not do an intro for that song at this show). This is a good show. I particularly enjoyed "Cinema Show."

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Apocalypse in Dortmund

14/6/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (10:12)
1-2 In the Cage (8:25)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:19)
1-4 Ripples (10:29)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:23)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (10:02)
1-7 Down and Out (6:29)
1-8 One For the Vine (11:00)

2-1 Squonk (7:29)
2-2 The Lady Lies (6:45)
2-3 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (14:15)
2-4 Afterglow (4:56)
2-5 Follow You Follow Me (4:37)
2-6 Dance on a Volcano (4:26)
2-7 Drum Duet/Los Endos (9:33)
2-8 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (10:47)
2-9 Supper's Ready (from Apocalypse in 9/8 to end) (8:51)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good

Comments: At the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund Germany. This is a very unique show, as it documents the only recorded instance when Genesis played the ending sections of "Supper's Ready" (or any sections of it, for that matter) before an audience on this tour (you can hear them rehearse it on the rehearsal bootleg from this tour)--they would not play the song live again until 1982 (unless you count the "Supper's Ready in 10 Seconds" bit). It may seem strange that the band chose to play this song at all, especially at this particular gig in Germany. However, listening to the show you get a bit of a clue. This was the last gig of the German leg of the tour (although they did a few spotty shows later in the year anyway), and the audience is overflowing with enthusiasm--Phil has to tell them to "sit down" at the beginning of the show. Most of the intros are a bit hard to make out, as they are told in Phil's mixture of German and English--and possibly some French is thrown in for good measure, though as I say it's hard to tell. The audience is great, because they clearly love the band, but they also don't interfere with the recording--the only entrance of the recorder (or someone near him) into the soundtrack is near the end of the first verse of "Cinema," where you can hear a gross sort of slurping sound. Either the guy was finishing his beer or snorting some snot back up his nose.

I was rather surprised that the recording quality here was so good--there are no cuts and if there is an error at all it comes at the end of "Squonk," and I'm not really sure it's a recording error or a performance error. It's great when you get a good recording that documents something rare like this playing of "Supper."

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Knebworth

24/6/78

1 Follow You, Follow Me (4:36)
2 Dance on a Volcano (4:22)
3 Drum Duet (1:05)
4 Los Endos (6:32)
5 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (8:25)
6 Ripples (9:29)
7 The Fountain of Salmacis (8:45)
8 Deep in the Motherlode (5:38)

Type/Quality: Radio/Very Good (first half)-Fair (second half)

Comments: (See two entries down for the ultimate version of this radio broadcast.) This was recorded at the Knebworth Festival at Knebworth Park in Stevenage, England. This is one from a radio show, so as usual there are four or five different boots from this show circulating, all with varying track lists and ordering. This particular version of the show is sort of a misfit, as nowadays most boots of this show are much more complete. This is the version that Scott McMahan's discography has, but I haven't seen it anywhere else. For some reason it's been tracked sort of backwards; the first half is the end of the set, and the second half (starting with "Ripples") is somewhere near the beginning. The first half sounds quite good, but the second half starts off crackly (probably the source tape I transferred this from was recorded from a vinyl master) and has a sickly, wavery sound to it for the remainder of the disc. I'd say it was the tape, but the problem quite clearly starts when the early bunch of songs begins; perhaps there was some problem with the original LP.

 


Knebworth Show

24/6/78

1-1 Squonk (7:20)
1-2 Burning Rope (7:49)
1-3 Ripples (10:16)
1-4 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:17)
1-5 One For the Vine (10:24)

2-1 Deep in the Motherlode (6:58)
2-2 The Lady Lies (5:56)
2-3 Afterglow (4:33)
2-4 Follow You Follow Me (4:19)
2-5 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet (5:30)
2-6 Los Endos (5:40)
2-7 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (8:34)

Type/Quality: Radio/Very Good

Comments: (See next entry for a better version of the broadcast.) After getting a taste of Knebworth 78 with the previous boot, I particularly looked for the more complete recording, and it wasn't long before I ended up with this one. It maintains the great quality from the first half of the partial version throughout the whole recording, and seems to have the standard track ordering (at least with regard to the radio broadcast). In addition to being very good quality and having more songs than the partial boot, this one also has some song intros that were cut out of the other one. Based on the set list for audience recordings of this show, "Afterglow" would have been coming straight off the end of the normal "Cinema Show" medley, but that track has been rather smoothly edited out of this recording. Also missing from the broadcast are "Eleventh Earl of Mar" and "In the Cage" (the first two numbers in the show). Some re-ordering of the set has been done as well. If it weren't for the missing songs, I'd say this was a nearly ideal representation of the sets from this tour--good quality sound and a good quality performance.

 


BBC Rock Hour Special

24/6/78

1-1 Squonk (7:39)
1-2 Burning Rope (7:48)
1-3 Commercial (1:02)
1-4 Ripples (10:12)
1-5 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:46)
1-6 Commercial (1:02)
1-7 One For the Vine (11:40)

2-1 Deep in the Motherlode (7:23)
2-2 The Lady Lies (6:10)
2-3 Commercial (1:03)
2-4 Afterglow (4:42)
2-5 Follow You Follow Me (3:58)
2-6 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet/Los Endos (11:58)
2-7 Commercial (1:03)
2-8 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (9:09)

Type/Quality: Radio/Very Good-Excellent

Comments: At Knebworth Festival, the only UK gig on the 1978 tour. This version of the radio broadcast comes from the pre-FM reels of a two-part BBC Rock Hour special edition. It is a definite improvement over my other versions and also includes announcer Brian Matthew and the original Toyota ads. The ads are admittedly annoying, but it's interesting to have them as they are quite dated and strangely enough feature American voice actors. If you don't like listening to them they are easy to skip past.

Audience recordings of this show feature the first two numbers of the concert ("Eleventh Earl of Mar," "In the Cage") and "The Cinema Show" medley before "Afterglow." This is probably the ultimate version of the Knebworth radio material however, since none of the broadcasts included those songs.

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Montreal '78

13/7/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:07)
1-2
In the Cage (8:10)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:21)
1-4 Ripples (10:35)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (7:04)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:18)
1-7 Down and Out (7:00)
1-8 One For the Vine (10:35)

2-1 Squonk (8:17)
2-2 Say It's Alright Joe (7:47)
2-3 The Lady Lies (9:53)
2-4 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (12:18)
2-5 Afterglow (5:02)
2-6 Follow You Follow Me (4:47)
2-7 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet (5:50)
2-8 Los Endos (6:44)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good

Comments: At the Forum in Montreal. The first thing I should say about this show is that it is currently untradeable because the first disc has multiple errors on it. Unfortunately there is major skipping and choppiness in "Mar" and the first minute or so of "Cage." Then there is a tick-tick-tick noise during one section of "Salmacis," and then the skips and errors return for the beginning few minutes of "One For the Vine." The second disc is free of these errors.

It's too bad about that, because this is a fairly nice recording otherwise. Phil speaks French to the audience. There is some shouting from the audience during "Burning Rope" and "Ripples." The audience very quickly gets the hang of booing the villain in Phil's intro for "Lady Lies." Phil manages to stay almost totally in French for his Romeo and Juliet story. Note that the usual encore of IKWIL is not present; I believe this is missing from the master recording, not just from this version. Other than this there does not appear to be anything missing from the show.

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Milwaukee Summerfest '78

19/7/78

1-1 In the Cage (9:12)
1-2 Burning Rope (8:16)
1-3 Ripples (10:42)
1-4 Deep in the Motherlode (6:51)
1-5 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:46)
1-6 One For the Vine (10:44)

2-01 Squonk (8:03)
2-02 Say It's Alright Joe (7:27)
2-03 The Lady Lies (6:22)
2-04 Intro: Cinema (3:37)
2-05 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:00)
2-06 Afterglow (5:12)
2-07 Follow You Follow Me (3:49)
2-08 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet (6:17)
2-09 Los Endos (6:28)
2-10 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (9:04)

Type/Quality: Audience/Very Good-Good

Comments: (See my suspiciously similar BURP version of this show, next entry.) At the Summerfest Grounds of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Daryl's home town), this is a fairly stellar recording which is marred by the fact that it is missing the first number, "Eleventh Earl of Mar" (no pun intended). It seems to begin just after that song has ended, as Phil is greeting the audience with a "Good evening, Milwaukee!" The rest of the show is virtually complete and sounds fantastic; it can get just the tiniest bit crackly on the louder bits, and has the slight digital distortion which is the sign of a remastering, but other than that one might sometimes be tempted to think this is a nice radio show. It is more complete and apparently worlds better than its original Highland counterpart, A Scream From Below.

This is a somewhat interesting performance; played at an outdoor venue at a sort of special event (I presume), the show seems to be run through quickly by the band, as though they were short for time. Phil tells the intro stories quickly (excepting the Romeo and Juliet story before the big "Cinema" medley) and fairly sprints through the usually pause-ridden "Say It's Alright Joe" (it still sounds pretty fantastic to me). I don't think the speed has been increased unreasonably, so I can only assume that the band were anxious to go to sleep that night (or there was some kind of curfew rule for the Summerfest). Phil forgets part of the lyrics for "Lady Lies" and mumbles some made-up ones instead, even dropping in the phrase "in the cage." There is a small cut in the beginning of the instrumental section of "Cinema," and some kind of hitch in one short bit of "Endos." Though this was during the part of this tour when Genesis usually included either "Down and Out" or "Ballad of Big" in their set, they did not play either here--perhaps more evidence of time restraints. The Knebworth show of the previous month also seems to be missing "Down and Out," so it seems for special events Genesis dropped this number. If only this show had "Mar," I would quickly include it among my favorites from this tour, as the quality is so stellar and the show has so few cuts. Certainly worth a listen.

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BURP 20

19/7/78

1-1 In the Cage (9:13)
1-2 Burning Rope (8:16)
1-3 Ripples (10:42)
1-4 Deep in the Motherlode (6:51)
1-5 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:47)
1-6 One For the Vine (10:45)

2-01 Squonk (8:04)
2-02 Say It's Alright Joe (7:28)
2-03 The Lady Lies (6:23)
2-04 Intro: Cinema (3:38)
2-05 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:01)
2-06 Afterglow (5:13)
2-07 Follow You Follow Me (3:50)
2-08 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet (6:18)
2-09 Los Endos (6:28)
2-10 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (9:05)

Type/Quality: Audience/Very Good-Good

Comments: This is the (to my mind at least) famous Summerfest recording, in BURP form. According to Simon there is a master recording of this floating around which he rates higher than any other version, and has a tiny bit of the ending of the opening number ("Eleventh Earl of Mar"), which is unfortunately entirely missing from this version--and most other versions--of the show. (This recording also features a small cut at the beginning of the instrumental section of "Cinema Show," and the tiniest of hiccups about halfway through "Los Endos," as mentioned in the previous entry.)

I would still like to get my hands on that master copy, since this BURP version is not a marked improvement over my previous one. In fact, the tracking and track times of the BURP and my other version are so similar that it is entirely possible that they are in fact one and the same!

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Show It Again, Peter

29/7/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:34)
1-2 In the Cage (8:35)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:25)
1-4 Ripples (10:46)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:02)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (10:17)
1-7 Ballad of Big (7:02)
1-8 One For the Vine (10:54)

2-1 Squonk (7:17)
2-2 Say It's Alright Joe (7:57)
2-3 The Lady Lies (7:21)
2-4 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.'/Afterglow (21:03)
2-5 Follow You Follow Me (4:14)
2-6 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet/Los Endos (12:37)
2-7 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (8:22)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Very Good

Comments: (See my low-gen upgrade to this show, next entry.) At the Madison Square Garden in New York City. This is a very special show, as it not only features a rare performance of "Ballad of Big" (in fact the only time it was played in America), but also features Peter Gabriel on vocals! For some reason he comes on for the encore, "I Know What I Like," and sings along a bit with Phil. Really it's quite hard to hear him, as Phil drowns him out and I also think he wasn't really up on the lyrics at this point, so he doesn't sing every line. But he is there. There is also a version of "Salmacis," which was not played on every show of this tour. This is a complete show and the quality is not that bad. In fact, it's quite a good audience boot, though I wouldn't quite put it up there with the likes of Izakaya (see below). There are a few pops--one always comes a few seconds after the beginning of each track--and some low static every once in a while. I think the sound is OK; it has that far away sound that you get in an audience boot, but it's fairly clear and there's not much muddiness. I believe all of the intros are here except that of "Motherlode," which is cut. Also the first couple of lines of "Afterglow" are missing. In the intro for "Ripples," Phil dedicates the song to the bleach-blonde women who keep plastic surgeons in business. The crowd really loves the Romeo and Juliet story, and Phil tells it well--I didn't used to like this story very much, because it's rather juvenile, but this version of it has...something.

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MSG '78

29/7/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:27)
1-2 In the Cage (8:17)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:12)
1-4 Ripples (9:35)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:42)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:44)
1-7 Ballad of Big (5:56)
1-8 One For the Vine (10:11)

2-1 Squonk (7:21)
2-2 Say It's Alright Joe (8:13)
2-3 The Lady Lies (10:05)
2-4 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.'/Afterglow (15:48)
2-5 Follow You Follow Me (4:28)
2-6 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet/Los Endos (11:31)
2-7 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (7:58)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Very Good

Comments: At the Madison Square Garden in New York City. This version of the famous gig where Peter joins the band for a short reunion on the encore supposedly comes from a first-gen source. It is generally only a slight improvement over my previous version in the sound department, mainly in that it does not have the pops or static I mentioned in my comments above.

It is just as incomplete as my other version: "Mar" fades in. After "Ripples," Phil starts saying they are going to play "another new one," and then the recording cuts into the beginning of "Motherlode." The beginning of "Afterglow" is cut. Other than that, though, this is a great-sounding and very complete recording of a famous gig, with the somewhat rare "Ballad of Big."

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Saratoga Springs '78

31/7/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:09)
1-2 In the Cage (8:47)
1-3 Burning Rope (7:30)
1-4 Ripples (11:05)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (7:20)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:05)
1-7 One For the Vine (11:28)

2-1 Squonk (7:59)
2-2 Say It's Alright Joe (8:15)
2-3 The Lady Lies (5:59)
2-4 Afterglow (4:52)
2-5 Follow You Follow Me (4:14)
2-6 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet/ (4:33)
2-7 Drum Duet (continued)/Los Endos (6:45)
2-8 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (8:21)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Fair

Comments: At the Performing Arts Centre in Saratoga Springs, New York. Phil calls this "the last night of the tour." In fact, it was the last night of their second round of US shows. They would actually return to the US again before the year was out, for some gigs in October (among them the notable Uptown Theatre gig). But after this gig they at least took a rest of about a month before going to Europe for August and September. This was a long, long tour.

Anyways, let's talk about this show. The sound is loud, but rather indistinct--some of this problem is surely due to the nature of the recording, but some of it is possibly due to the acoustics of the venue itself. There's definitely a lot of reverb, which as usual makes Phil hard to understand. There are some pops on the discs. There is a small cut between two verses of "Salmacis," and a break in the ending section of that song. Tony appears to be playing off-key at the beginning of the second verse of "The Lady Lies"--he recovers fairly quickly. There was definitely some kind of technical problem that night, because there is a long silence from the band after "Lady," and all you hear is audience cheering; then the band break into "Afterglow"--without the "Cinema Show" medley which usually accompanied it! This is an almost unique occurrence, which is documented on Simon's "interesting incidents" page. Though an exact explanation is not forthcoming, here is a description of exactly what happened from an eyewitness (thanks to Frank Panaro for this): "Tony started calling technicians over during the playing of 'The Lady Lies' and started shaking his head in disgust after a while. There was about a 10-15 minute break after the song finished in which the band stayed on stage and Phil apologized, saying that next time they'd buy equipment that actually works." Most of this break has been cut out of the recording, as have Phil's comments to the audience, so it's interesting to hear about that part of the show. To continue: later in the show, Phil messes up the lyrics of FYFM. There is a small cut/break in "Los Endos." A fairly typical show from this tour (other than the technical difficulties)--the quality could be worse, and the cuts aren't too bad.

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Ulm '78

26/8/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (8:15)
1-2 In the Cage (7:31)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:12)
1-4 Ripples (incomplete)(3:54)
1-5 The Fountain of Salmacis (8:49)
1-6 Deep in the Motherlode (5:45)
1-7 One For the Vine (10:34)

2-1 Squonk (6:38)
2-2 The Lady Lies (6:16)
2-3 The Cinema Show (incomplete)(5:52)
2-4 Follow You Follow Me (3:27)
2-5 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet/Los Endos (11:28)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Fair

Comments: At the Friedrichsau-Festplatz in Ulm, Germany, this could have been a fairly good audience recording, had it not been so badly recorded. The general sound quality is not bad, but the problems are evident from the very beginning. "Mar" starts a few seconds in, and all other songs except "Ripples" and "Lady Lies" have their beginnings clipped. In addition, all in-between stuff and intros except the one before "Ripples" have been cut. Phil does speak German in that one intro, but that is the only clue to the show's origin (the track times do match Simon's entry for this date).

There is no encore present, and notice the suspicious absence of "Say It's Alright Joe" and "Down and Out" (or its sometime replacement "Ballad of Big"). It's possible that the latter songs were not played that night, but there was almost definitely an encore. Other gaping holes: "Ripples" cuts off before even getting to the instrumental bridge, and the "Cinema" medley cuts off while in the second Father Tiresias section--we don't get to hear a single note of "Afterglow."

If this is not bad enough, the recording device features the dreaded automatic volume control, so that whenever the music gets loud, the volume drops in response. There is also intermittent chatter from the audience. A crinkly noise can be heard at the beginning of "Ripples," and I think there is a tiny hiccup in "One For the Vine." There is some annoying singing along and humming in "Follow You Follow Me" and "Los Endos."

Believe it or not, the music that is here sounds pretty good. But obviously this recording has many problems and is really only for completists.

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One For the Show

28/8/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:59)
1-2 In the Cage (8:26)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:14)
1-4 Ripples (10:26)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:14)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (9:54)
1-7 Ballad of Big (5:59)
1-8 One For the Vine (10:37)

2-1 Squonk (8:49)
2-2 Say It's Alright Joe (7:30)
2-3 The Lady Lies (9:44)
2-4 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:31)
2-5 Afterglow (5:01)
2-6 Follow You Follow Me (4:32)
2-7 Dance on a Volcano (4:24)
2-8 Drum Duet/Los Endos (8:23)
2-9 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway/The Musical Box (closing section)(cut)(6:19)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Very Good

Comments: At the Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria, a country which Genesis would return to on later tours (though they do not seem to have visited the Stadthalle again until 1998!). However this gig was their first visit to Austria, as Phil mentions during his first intro to the audience. Much of Phil's intros are in German, and because of that are relatively short. But he still manages to amuse and enthuse the audience. For the story for the rare "Ballad of Big," he breaks into English and explains the whole song. He manages to stay in German for almost all of the Romeo and Juliet story. He even gets the audience to boo for "Lady Lies."

This is one of the better audience shows of this tour. The sound is a little tinny and a little scratchy, but it's quite clear and quite good. It is also a very complete show. There are very few problems--a pop or bump of some kind near the beginning of "One For the Vine," a small hitch or disruption near the end of "Lady Lies" which results in the cutting of one word from the song. The main problem the show has comes unfortunately during the rarest song of the performance. On the previous tour the band's standard encore was "Lamb/Box." For this tour they had switched to IKWIL, but for some reason for their first night in Austria the band chose to revive the old encore--this may be the only recorded instance of it being played on this tour. Unfortunately almost the whole second half of "Lamb" is cut! The song comes out of the bridge and Phil is singing "Rael Imperial Aerosol Kid..." and then it cuts all the way to the beginning of the "Box" section of the song. The rest of the song plays to the end with no problems. It's a shame about the encore, but the rest of the show is pretty great. I have some pro-shot footage from this gig on two different DVDs.

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Saarbrucken '78 (complete)

3/9/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (8:34)
1-2 In the Cage (8:23)
1-3 Burning Rope (7:53)
1-4 Ripples (9:57)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:14)
1-6 Drum Solo (1:54)
1-7 One For the Vine (10:37)

2-1 Squonk (6:13)
2-2 The Lady Lies (7:02)
2-3 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (14:21)
2-4 Afterglow (4:48)
2-5 Follow You Follow Me (4:01)
2-6 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet/Los Endos (11:42)
2-7 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (incomplete)(5:23)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Fair

Comments: At the Ludwigsparkstadion (try saying that five times fast) at Saarbrucken, Germany, this is a fairly complete show with an interesting technical difficulty which unfortunately suffers from multiple errors. Phil speaks in several languages to the audience, including English, French and German. There is chatter during the quiet bridge in "Mar" and into "Cage," particularly by one annoying woman. But eventually the people quiet down. Unfortunately, once they quiet down, errors start cropping up. There are scratches and gaps from the bridge of "Ripples" to its end. Microphone adjustments occur during Daryl's intro (track 1-6). After Phil introduces Daryl, he is forced to introduce Geoff Banks as well, because something has gone wrong--probably with the dreaded keyboard. There is a drum solo, which may or may not be performed by Phil (my belief is that he does a little dance to Chester's drumming, but I have no real evidence for this other than the fact that the solo sounds very similar to the Myrtle the Mermaid courting dance drum solo from the '77 tour), and then the band continue with "One For the Vine." The sound is worse--volume fluctuations abound, and in the second half of the song there are lots of little pops and crackles. The ending minutes of the song are very broken up with fluctuations.

It's very possible that there is a large cut in the recording around this point--normal shows from this point in the tour seemed to include "Salmacis" and "Ballad of Big," both before "Vine," but this one does not. One might be tempted to ask at this point, "If you think songs are missing, why did you put 'complete' in the title of the show?" I did this because there seem to be two generally-traded versions of this show: one with "Vine" and one without (according to Simon's tracking, the other version is without "Squonk," but I think this is a misprint--the track time suggests that what he calls "Vine" is actually "Squonk"). Mine has "Vine," so it is the more complete one. Notice also, though, that "Say It's Alright Joe" is missing; it is possible that the band's technical problems forced them to intentionally curtail their set. This seems to have been a special outdoor event, which may have had an enforced curfew or some such.

At the beginning of the second disc, "Squonk" fades in. It also ends abruptly. The audience enjoy Phil's silly intro for "Cinema"--they are still saying "horny" to each other as the song begins. There seem to be some speed changes during "Cinema" which continue to the end of the show. Phil's "s" sounds begin to sound very static-y. Phil messes up the words at the end of the second verse of "Volcano." IKWIL has one or two small scratches on it; it is cut before it gets to the end. This is a fairly beat-up show. It could be worse, though, and the technical difficulty is interesting.

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Arnhem, Holland

5/9/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:18)
1-2 In the Cage (8:09)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:20)
1-4 Ripples (10:14)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:27)
1-6 The Fountain of Salmacis (10:07)
1-7 Ballad of Big (6:00)
1-8 One For the Vine (11:05)

2-1 Squonk (7:09)
2-2 Say It's Alright Joe (7:22)
2-3 The Lady Lies (6:44)
2-4 Intro: Romeo and Juliet (3:18)
2-5 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (10:51)
2-6 Afterglow (4:34)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good

Comments: From the Rijnhal in Arnhem, Holland. This is another rare occurrence of "Ballad of Big." There's also "Salmacis," which was played much more regularly but had been dropped from the set by the time of the famous Uptown Theatre show (below). This show is not quite complete; a comparison with other gig set lists will show that the ending numbers "Follow You Follow Me," "Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet/Los Endos," and "I Know What I Like" are all missing; presumably the taper ran out of tape, or was forced to stop recording for some other reason--maybe he thought (like everyone else seems to) that "Afterglow" was the last number. The taping does not stop until after "Afterglow" is over, so no songs are incomplete. There are periodic pops that don't come too often, and steady underlying static. Still, not that bad for quality. The sound isn't too muddy or too noisy, and the crowd does not drown out the music.

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Paris '78

9/9/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:17)
1-2 In the Cage (8:09)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:24)
1-4 Ripples (10:20)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (5:41)

2-1 One For the Vine (11:27)
2-2 Squonk (8:23)
2-3 The Lady Lies (9:18)
2-4 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:49)
2-5 Afterglow (incomplete)(3:58)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Fair

Comments: At the Fete De L'Humanite, La Courneuve Paris. The sound is very low on this one, I had to really crank my volume to hear it. This show is...short. Partly this is probably a choice by the band. This marks a point in the tour when "Fountain of Salmacis" was dropped from the set, in addition to "Down and Out" (or its some time replacement, "Ballad of Big"). Also the band appear to have omitted "Say It's Alright Joe" from the set that night, which is rather unusual.

This was the last gig in Europe in 1978--after this, the band took an extended break and then went to the USA and finally wrapped up their tour in Japan. Comments for this gig on the Movement suggest that at least Mike feels this show played in front of thousands of fans was a very important moment in the band's career. Perhaps something about the format of this performance made it necessary for the band to play a shorter set.

Unfortunately the show is also short because the recording is incomplete; it fades off at "Afterglow" and does not return, leaving us without FYFM, "Volcano," "Endos," and the encore. Also, as the recording approaches the cut-off point, the quality degrades. You can actually hear the speed decrease as "Cinema" goes on, and there are some pops. Phil's "ess" sounds begin to sound more and more static-y as the second disc progresses. By the time we are in "Afterglow" the sound is very sickly, with major speed fluctuations--it's almost a relief when the sound fades out, a bit before the end of the song.

One last note, so that I don't end on such a negative: Phil uses a lot of French and gets the audience to boo the villain before "Lady Lies." Sometimes he tried this on non-English audiences and had trouble getting the idea across, but it goes down well here.

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Atlanta '78

4/10/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:30)
1-2 In the Cage (8:19)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:04)
1-4 Ripples (11:00)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (7:33)
1-6 One For the Vine (11:11)
1-7 Squonk (7:54)
1-8 Say It's Alright Joe (8:38)

2-1 The Lady Lies (7:26)
2-2 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.'/Afterglow (20:39)
2-3 Follow You Follow Me (4:06)
2-4 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet/Los Endos (12:45)
2-5 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (10:19)

Type/Quality: Audience/Very Good-Good

Comments: At the Omni Center in Atlanta, Georgia, this gig comes very near the beginning of the final US leg of the sprawling '78 world tour. The band had actually played a bunch of shows in the US in April and July of that year, and were coming back around for a third leg in North America. I really enjoyed this show. I thought it sounded quite nice--I probably rated it a bit higher than it really deserves, but it really is a nice quality audience boot with some nice energy. This is actually kind of ironic, since for some reason the band does not seem to have been playing to a very full house that night: Phil says at the beginning of the show that they "only let in the real fans," and at the end of the show he claims that "Next time we come here we're gonna fill this place!" What audience that did make it to the show seem enthusiastic enough, and there are some humorous interactions between Phil and the crowd. He doesn't bother spending any time at all on the "Lady Lies" intro: he has them do one test "boo," then tells them they did it perfect the first time and goes into the song.

The audience is really into the Romeo and Juliet story before "Cinema"--American audiences seemed to appreciate this story most of all. One part of the story I always found humorous was when Romeo, having started to fondle Juliet, actually gets "bored" with that and goes back to watching the movie. The audience is so into the sleazy bits of the story that they actually boo when Romeo stops groping! This prompts a laugh from Phil: "I'm glad you're getting into the party spirit." Later in the show, when Phil introduces the last number, claiming "We don't know any more songs," one audience member angrily retorts: "Bullshit!" Phil provides some pretty loose vocals for IKWIL, giving the song a different feel than usual: probably he wasn't trying as hard because of the small audience, but it's nice to hear some variety in this song every once in a while.

This is really a stellar '78 gig and I'm surprised it's taken me as long as it has to get to this one--a classic.

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Baton Rouge '78

6/10/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (8:42)
1-2 In the Cage (8:07)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:06)
1-4 Ripples (10:34)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (5:49)

2-1 One For the Vine (10:59)
2-2 Squonk (8:23)
2-3 Say It's Alright Joe (8:01)
2-4 The Lady Lies (6:11)
2-5 Intro: Cinema (2:30)
2-6 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree (incomplete)(10:53)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Very Good

Comments: At the Riverside Centroplex in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. "Mar" starts a few notes in. The sound is nice and clear, but there is some audience chatter, usually confined to between the songs. For instance, after Phil introduces "In the Cage," one audience member comments, "Cage, man, that's a good tune!"

As I say, the sound is overall quite nice, but at the beginning of the second disc the recording device has been moved or something, because the sound is very very low. It remains this way all the way through "Vine" and "Squonk," but partway through "Joe" it suddenly recovers to full volume--the recording device presumably taken out of its hiding place. The other unfortunate part about this recording is that the "Cinema" medley fades out near the time when the segue into "Afterglow" is about to start happening, and that's it--the whole conclusion to the concert is missing. The casualties include "Follow You Follow Me," "Volcano/Drums/Endos," and probably the usual encore of IKWIL. I guess you can say this was almost a very good recording.

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Uptown Theatre, Chicago

13/10/78

 

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:24)
1-2 In the Cage (7:34)
1-3 Burning Rope (7:51)
1-4 Dancing with the Moonlit Knight/The Musical Box (closing section) (8:38)
1-5 Ripples (10:52)
1-6 Deep in the Motherlode (5:37)
1-7 One for the Vine (11:40)

2-1 Squonk (8:21)
2-2 Say It's Alright Joe (6:39)
2-3 The Lady Lies (6:30)
2-4 Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (with the Story of Romeo and Juliet) (15:24)
2-5 Afterglow (4:36)
2-6 Follow You Follow Me (3:56)
2-7 Dance on a Volcano/Drums (5:48)
2-8 Los Endos (6:38)
2-9 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (9:17)

Type/Quality: Radio/Very Good

Comments: This is one of many circulating recordings of the Uptown Theatre show from October 13 (I have much better versions--see next two entries). It's recorded from a radio show, so the quality is very high and a lot of fans seem to rate this bootleg among the top for this tour. The volume level is somewhat low, but besides that there is little bad to be said about this one. If you only want a few Genesis bootlegs, this one should probably be on your list! The version I received was originally called "Live in the USA." It was put together (originally--not by the person who traded it to me, and who is actually a very nice guy) by someone who seemingly didn't know what they were doing. The "Dancing/Musical" medley was split over two discs, and the split occurred right in the middle of the "Musical" section. The list of tracks was all out of order. "Cinema Show" was divided into two tracks for no good reason. "Los Endos" and the drum duet that was supposed to precede it were separated by five or six tracks. In this version, I have fixed all of those errors. There was also an error in "I Know What I Like," but I got a version of this song from another source that did not have any errors and have placed it in here. I think it may sound slightly better than the source the other tracks came from.

For a long time I had a paragraph here about how I disliked Phil's immature intro for "Cinema Show," with Romeo fondling Juliet's buttocks. With time and many repetitions, however, I have come to love the story, so I'm removing my complaints.

 


Master of Chicago

13/10/78

1-01 Introduction (1:48)
1-02 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:34)
1-03 In the Cage (8:17)
1-04 Burning Rope (8:06)
1-05 Dancing with the Moonlit Knight (5:11)
1-06 The Musical Box (closing section) (4:22)
1-07 Ripples (11:02)
1-08 Deep in the Motherlode (6:53)
1-09 One for the Vine (10:51)
1-10 Squonk (7:06)

2-01 Say It's Alright Joe (11:02)
2-02 The Lady Lies (6:36)
2-03 Intro: Cinema (3:44)
2-04 Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:37)
2-05 Afterglow (4:52)
2-06 Follow You Follow Me (4:33)
2-07 Dance on a Volcano (4:24)
2-08 Drum Duet/Los Endos (7:50)
2-09 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (9:32)
2-10 Interview (7:46)

Type/Quality: Radio/Very Good

Comments: (See the definitive version of this gig, next entry.) This is Highland's version of the famous Uptown Theater show, one of the most famous recordings from the ATTW3 tour. This one claims to be "straight from the reels," and though I know nothing about that, I do know that this is a very nice version of this show. My previous (originally disordered and stuttery) version was missing several of Phil's song intros--which I didn't really realize until listening to this one. Here we have not only all of the intros but also an announcer's introduction of the band (which has little to be said for it other than that it is very short, much shorter than the two minutes of the track it's on) and probably that same announcer's interview with Phil right after the show has ended (Phil is still out of breath at the beginning).

My original Uptown Theater show, featuring some of my own early insert artwork, was one of the first real bootlegs I ever received. I've had it forever and when I listened to this version I felt like I'd been missing something important for years. The quality here is more open and not as dull (though it is still a tad rough at the edges), and we get the story before "Lady Lies" with the crowd participation, and even a nice intro for the unique "Moonlit Knight/Box" medley. This intro was interesting, as it confirms my longheld idea that the Uptown gig was probably the only occasion on which this medley was played.

The interview is a tad interesting. It doesn't give too much insight into the band, but it is curious to listen to Phil's predictions about where the band would go in light of where they actually ended up. He talks about working in the studio with Chester and Daryl (something which just never materialized), and seems to be discussing a tour and a new album for 1979. He is right about the band taking a rest after they round off the world tour in Japan, and he is also right when he says they are going to play more small clubs in the near future. It's interesting to hear Phil talk about the concept of "change" as being very vital to the band's philosophy. It's true that the style of music played by Genesis was constantly under some kind of evolution, and that recent years had seen much change in the band's make-up; but in another light it's kind of ironic to hear the man who would be in the same three-man line-up for the next fifteen years (with the same back-up live band members and the same roadies) talking about change.

This is a classic performance in very complete form and in pretty great quality--certainly among the best Genesis bootlegs available. There is a small flaw on my version of this show which may not be on others. Phil takes some time out after FYFM to warn the audience that the next song is the "last" one. While he's doing this, a few break-ups occur in the sound. On the original disc I received, these errors consisted of two gaps. One was during some crowd noise and so nothing seems to have been lost. The other was right in the middle of one of Phil's sentences and has cut out a few words of his speech. I repaired this track as best I could by removing the silences (unfortunately my other version of the show was missing this intro, thus making it impossible for me to patch the missing bits), so it flows along smoothly, but some of Phil's words are missing. If the show had to have a flaw, though, one could hardly ask for a more manageable one.

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SAB 05 v2

13/10/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (10:16)
1-2 In the Cage (8:15)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:04)
1-4 Dancing with the Moonlit Knight/The Musical Box (closing section) (9:34)
1-5 Ripples (10:36)
1-6 Deep in the Motherlode (7:00)
1-7 One for the Vine (10:43)
1-8 Squonk (6:44)

2-01 Intro: Joe (2:04)
2-02
Say It's Alright Joe (9:06)
2-03 The Lady Lies (10:18)
2-04 Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:26)
2-05 Afterglow (4:59)
2-06 Follow You Follow Me (4:32)
2-07 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet (5:47)
2-08 Los Endos (6:46)
2-09 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (9:03)
2-10 Phil's Aftershow Interview (7:38)

Type/Quality: Radio/Excellent

Comments: At the Uptown Theater in Chicago. I am very hesitant to apply a flat "Excellent" rating to any of my shows, but this one deserves it. This could easily be an official release, and is without question the definitive verison of this show. The great majority of this recording comes from a very low generation source (possibly the board tapes that the interviewer mentions at the end of the show when he asks Phil if he wants to listen to the recording), with only a very few bits (mostly talking) spliced in from a slightly lower quality source. In addition lots of work has been done to make the mix really perfect, and every single pop has been hunted down and eliminated.

This version is missing the DJ introduction of the Highland release, but it does have a few station IDs scattered throughout (they never go over the music or over an intro), and it does include the full after-the-show interview with Phil. This one is definitely a must-have.

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Coming Down From Houston

22/10/78

1 Deep in the Motherlode (5:43)
2 In the Cage (7:28)
3 The Lady Lies (5:57)
4 Follow You Follow Me (3:46)
5 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:07)
6 Afterglow (4:26)
7 Dance on a Volcano/Los Endos (edited) (9:16)

Type/Quality: Radio/Very Good

Comments: (See next entry, a better version of this material.) This is a heavily edited show, broadcast by the King Biscuit Flower Hour. This version may have been edited even further than that, as it is missing any announcer intros (except for the word "Genesis!" at the very end of the disc before the fade out). It's almost needless to say that all of Phil's intros are also gone. Many of the songs, you'll notice, are also missing, and the order of what was left has been messed with. As for venue, David Dunnington tells us that this has been put into question. However, every source I consulted had the same place--they just spelled it differently. I've chosen to go with the official site's and Alan Hewitt's spelling, which goes like this: Hofheinz Pavilion, University of Houston, Houston Texas. As it's a radio show, the quality is nice. The only thing keeping this from being a great show is its severe incompleteness. Even the last number takes a hit from rude and heartless radio show guys (or whatever you call them...), as it is missing the "Drum Duet" (which has been sloppily slashed out without even a nice transition) and also a chunk from near the end of "Los Endos." It's worth noting I suppose that when I got this disc it had tiny pauses on it, which I subsequently removed.

As an interesting final note, the second box set saw the release of a song from this show that was not on this radio broadcast: "Burning Rope." This suggests that the tape of this performance actually belongs to the band, and may see full release some day...

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Houston From the Vault

22/10/78

1 In the Cage (7:40)
2 Burning Rope (7:28)
3 Deep in the Motherlode (5:51)
4 The Lady Lies (6:06)
5 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:28)
6 Afterglow (4:31)
7 Follow You Follow Me (3:48)
8 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet/Los Endos (11:48)
9 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (9:23)

Type/Quality: Soundboard/Very Good-Excellent

Comments: This version of the Hofheinz Pavilion show was originally sourced from Wolfgang's Vault, a music archive web site with several valuable Genesis recordings on file. It is possible that Wolfgang will offer the Genesis shows for sale as downloads, in which case the legality of this one could be called into question. However this particular version has been significantly toyed with. The tracks have been put in the correct set order, "Burning Rope" from the box set has been added in the right place, and the edited-out portion of "Endos" has been patched with matching material from the Uptown Theater gig.

A comparison of this version and the previous entry will show that the drum duet and the encore (in addition to "Burning Rope") are added songs as compared to the radio broadcast. On the Wolfgang site the drum duet was offered as a separate track removed from the medley, but the person who created this has seamlessly inserted it into its rightful place.

I've never been a huge fan of this show because of how heavily it has been edited down, but it is still soundboard stuff and until the full show is released (don't hold your breath), this is probably the best version around.

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Tokyo '78

27/11/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (8:46)
1-2 In the Cage (8:27)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:01)
1-4 Ripples (10:47)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:37)
1-6 One For the Vine (11:57)
1-7 Squonk (7:02)
1-8 Say It's Alright Joe (6:20)

2-1 The Lady Lies (8:12)
2-2 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (14:36)
2-3 Afterglow (4:59)
2-4 Follow You Follow Me (3:57)
2-5 Dance on a Volcano (5:13)
2-6 Drum Duet (1:32)
2-7 Los Endos (5:54)
2-8 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (9:01)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Very Good

Comments: At the Kosei Nenkin Hall in Shinjyuku, Tokyo, this I believe is the very first appearance of Genesis in Japan. Listen as Phil struggles to hurdle the language barrier! Also listen to the eerily quiet audience (if you can hear them).

After many tries, Phil manages to get the audience to say "Awww" when he mentions that "Ripples" is a very sad song. A good example of how quiet the audience is can be heard right before "Squonk," where you can clearly hear the count-in! The intro for "Say It's Alright Joe" has most likely been cut--all you hear is Phil saying the title of the song. For all the other songs he seems to have had a full Japanese translation of his normal intro worked out.

Phil works pretty hard on getting the audience to boo before "Lady Lies," but they either are not used to booing or don't understand him that well--eventually it kind of works and they boo a little. Phil manages to tell most of the Romeo and Juliet story in Japanese.

In "Cinema Show," the end of the second Tiresias section is cut, but that is pretty much the only cut in the show. The sound can be amazingly clear on this recording--another example besides the count-in is the guitar opening for "Cinema," which sounds great. However during the louder bits in the music the volume can take a hit, probably some over-compensating on the part of the recording device. Still, a nice show, though maybe not the best recording to be had among the Japanese '78 shows.

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Izakaya

28/11/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:48)
1-2 In the Cage (8:12)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:11)
1-4 Ripples (10:24)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:23)
1-6 One For the Vine (10:47)

2-01 Squonk (8:07)
2-02 Say It's Alright Joe (7:13)
2-03 The Lady Lies (6:16)
2-04 The Japanese Story of Romeo and Juliet (3:05)
2-05 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.' (11:17)
2-06 Afterglow (4:45)
2-07 Follow You Follow Me (4:21)
2-08 Dance on a Volcano (4:26)
2-09 Drum Duet/Los Endos (8:32)
2-10 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (8:32)

Type/Quality: Audience/Very Good-Good

Comments: At the Kosei Nenkin Hall, Tokyo. This show comes from near the end of the ATTW3 tour, during their first few shows in Japan. This Japanese audience is very quiet and respectful while the band is playing. That makes this bootleg one of the best audience bootlegs in my possession. The quality is really astoundingly good for an audience recording. The sound is very clear, and Phil's vocals are very distinct. However, a good deal of his stories are told in Japanese (he even introduces Chester Thompson in Japanese, before "Lady Lies"), so unless you speak that language you miss a lot between the songs. Another difference the Japanese audience has from Western audiences (as you'll notice when listening to this) is that they can actually keep a beat when clapping along to a song. Part of the end instrumental section of "Squonk" is missing. Phil covers his microphone near one of the end choruses on "I Know What I Like," so you only hear the backing vocals. IKWIL gets very near the end, but fades out. There is some static at the very end of the second disc.

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Osaka '78

30/11/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (10:25)
1-2 In the Cage (8:35)
1-3 Burning Rope (8:02)
1-4 Ripples (11:03)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode (6:26)
1-6 One For the Vine (part 1)(1:51)
1-7 One For the Vine (part 2)(7:58)
1-8 Squonk (8:39)

2-1 Say It's Alright Joe (8:00)
2-2 The Lady Lies (10:38)
2-3 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree (incomplete)(10:53)
2-4 Afterglow (4:37)
2-5 Follow You Follow Me (4:35)
2-6 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet (6:09)
2-7 Los Endos (7:36)
2-8 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (10:46)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Very Good

Comments: Played at the Castle Hall in Osaka Japan. Here we have another nice, quiet Japanese audience, and the quality is again good. Unfortunately, unlike Izakaya, this show has multiple missing sections, possibly due to tape flips. A chunk is missing in the middle of "One For the Vine" (which is why it has been divided into two tracks, I suppose), and the "...in that quiet earth." section of the "Cinema" medley is missing, as well as the beginning seconds of "Afterglow." "Vine"'s first part ends around "made him stand and shake with fear" and the second part begins with "Follow me! I'll play the game you want me..."

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Live in Tokyo 1978

2/12/78

1-1 Eleventh Earl of Mar (9:51)
1-2 In the Cage (8:12)
1-3 Burning Rope/Improv (10:11)
1-4 Ripples/Improv (12:09)
1-5 Deep in the Motherlode/Whistling (6:49)
1-6 One For the Vine (10:41)
1-7 Squonk (7:30)

2-1 Say It's Alright Joe (9:09)
2-2 The Lady Lies (10:00)
2-3 The Cinema Show/Riding the Scree/'...in that quiet earth.'/Afterglow (16:03)
2-4 Follow You Follow Me (4:37)
2-5 Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet/Los Endos (12:33)
2-6 I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe) (10:39)

Type/Quality: Audience/Good-Very Good

Comments: At the Kosei Nenkin Hall, Tokyo. At least, I think it is. Apparently this boot is generally labeled as being at the Sun Plaza Hall on 2 December. However, Genesis actually played that venue on the 3rd of the month. This leads some people to theorize that the date should be changed to 3/12. However, given evidence of recordings and gig lists, my theory is that the date should stand as is. On 2/12 the band played the Kosei Nenkin Hall. The 3/12 gig was the last show of the tour, and it's my feeling that this is not that show.

Anyway, ignoring that, this is an interesting show. The sound, as on all the Japanese gigs from this year, is quite nice. There seems to be only one cut, in the instrumental section of "Cinema;" and though there are split second pauses on my version, they are very short and barely noticeable because the audience is so quiet and there is very little hiss (and also because all medleys have been grouped onto single tracks). The main interest in this gig is the fact that after "Burning Rope" Tony's synthesizer dies. Phil says "And now the synthesizer is kaput." He tries desperately to convey this to the audience, but his basic knowledge of Japanese (he shows to the audience early on that he can count in the language--up to 5) does not cover the words necessary for this. He resorts to making strange strangling noises. Then he says "I shall dance" and you hear a snappy drum solo. Probably Phil is doing a dance very similar to his mermaid courting dance from the '77 tour. Then Phil tells the audience about the "very sad" song that is "Ripples," and they play the song without a hitch. But after that song they are still having problems, so Phil does his dance once again, to more drumming. Then there is some silence and a possible cut, and then Phil introduces "Motherlode." After "Motherlode," there still seem to be problems, but Phil is out of tricks and just whistles over the uncomfortable pause while Tony messes around with his keyboards. Then they move on and the problem does not seem to crop up again. Indeed, I noticed no problems during the songs, which are all played well.

Phil tells the Romeo and Juliet story in Japanese. He seems able to connect with the audience to a certain extent, and I think this is a great gig. Although it must have been very annoying for the band, the improvs are an added treat for me, and all the songs seem to be performed with no problems.

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