Video - Genesis and Related on DVD

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As always, see anything you like, email me. Generally the video format of these DVDs is NTSC--probably the ones I describe as only being able to play on my computer are PAL. Also fair to say that some of these were copied onto DVD+R and some onto DVD-R. My experience has been that most people I trade with have no problem viewing either type of disc or video format. Some of these clips have now become available in official form as bonus DVD material on the 1976-1982 box set and the individual 2007 reissues of the studio albums.

These are in chronological order as closely as possible--since some have multiple clips from widely varying time periods, they were hard to organize chronologically. 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.

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GMDVD03, 18/4/72, 20-21/3/72, 10/1/73, 20/12/73, 3/2/74, etc.

Belgium TV 1972 (Total Rock Review), 20-21/3/72 (Pop Shop)

Tony Stratton-Smith Presents: Genesis in Concert 1973/Bataclan 1973

Genesis: in Concert 1976/Seconds Out Promo 1977/Belgium TV 1972

Shepperton 1973 - The 16 mm Film

Midnight Special 1973/Live in Tokyo 1978/Three Dates With Genesis/PG '78

Montreal '74, 20/4/74 (Centre Sportif de L'Univeritete de Montreal, Quebec)

The Lamb Live Down on Broadway (Chris West's reconstruction, various sources)

The Lamb Lies Down on Berlin (RaelMatrix), 23/2/75 (Eissporthalle, Berlin)

3 Dates With Genesis (EFDVDG08), 17/5, 20/5, 24/6/78

Liverpool '80/Austria '78, 2/5/80, 26/8/78 (Liverpool, Vienna)

Duke's Travels in London, 6/5/80 (Lyceum Ballroom, London)

Live At the Lyceum, Pts 1 & 2, 7/5/80 (2 discs; 2nd disc incl. Melody '74, more)

The Old Grey Whistle Test (EFDVDG11), 7/5/80; 2/5/80 (London; Liverpool)

Genesis in the 1980s, 26/9/81, 1983, 1986-1987?

Three Sides Live, 28-29/11/81 and 23/12/81 (Savoy, Nassau Coliseum, NEC)

Mama Tour, 25-29/2/84 (NEC Birmingham)

Detroit '86 (last night), 20/9/86 (Joe Louis Arena, Detroit MI)

Meldrum Tapes, 1/1/87 (Australia)

Invisible Touch Tour, 1-4/7/87 (Wembley Stadium, London)

Genesis Videos, Volumes 1 & 2

Genesis: A History

TV Appearances series

TV Appearances, Volume 1 (1986) (including From the Beginning show)

TV Appearances, Volume 2 ('87-'92) (including MSG '88 and Knebworth '90)

TV Appearances, Volume 3 ('91-'92) (including ABC No Admittance documentary)

TV Appearances, Volume 4 ('92-'97) (w/Opening Night, No Admittance, Congo)

TV Appearances, Supplemental Disc 1 ('91-'92) (MTV Rockline, No Admittance)

TV Appearances, Supplemental Disc 2 ('86-'99) (various, w/ bonus CC '99 video)

One Shirt Not Required, 8/7/92 (Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg Sweden)

CAS Rehearsal, 28/1/98 (Sportshalle, Budapest Hungary)

...A Deeper Blue... (EFDVDG05), 2/2/98 (Prague, Czech Republic)

Archive: 1967-1975 (VH1 special, 1998)

VH1 Rock Honors Special, 12/5/07 (Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas NV)

Genesis Live at VH1 Rock Honors, 12/5/07 (Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas NV)

Dusseldorf '07, 27/6/07 (LTU Arena, Dusseldorf Germany)

Dusseldorf '07 (synched version), 27/6/07 (LTU Arena, Dusseldorf Germany)

Genesis on the Road, 30/6-1/7/07 (Paris and Amsterdam)

Genesis at Live Earth, 7/7/07 (Wembley Stadium, London)

Genesis at Live Earth (Sundance Broadcast), 7/7/07 (Wembley Stadium, London)

Tribute Bands on DVD

Giraffe: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - Live at Progfest '94, 5/11/94 (Variety Arts Center, Los Angeles CA)

The Musical Box: Live in Montreal (NC/Foxtrot), 7/9/95 (Spectrum, Montreal)

The Musical Box: From Genesis to Re-creation, 2004 (various)

The Musical Box: The Lamb Lies Down on Chile, 15/10/05 (Teatro Caupolican)

The Musical Box: Live in Cleveland '05 (Lamb), 6/11/05 (Allen Theater, Ohio)

The Musical Box: Live in Cleveland '06 (Selling England), 4/11/06 (Palace Theater, OH)

The Musical Box: Live in Cleveland '07 (Selling England), 9/12/07 (State Theater, OH)

Phil Collins on DVD

Live at Perkins Palace, 19/12/82 (Perkins Palace, Pasadena CA)

Live '95 in Fukuoka, 7/5/95 (Fukuoka Dome, Fukuoka Japan)

Peter Gabiel on DVD

South Bank Show, 10/82 (Documentary showing making of Security)

Empire Theatre '83, 18/9/83 (Empire Theatre, Liverpool)

So in the Garden, 2/12/86 (Madison Square Garden, NY)

TV Appearances (2 discs)


Piper Club, Rome Italy (18/4/72): Interview/Stagnation (partial)

Belgian TV (20-21/3/72): The Fountain of Salmacis/Twilight Alehouse/The Musical Box/The Return of the Giant Hogweed

Bataclan Club, Paris (10/1/73): The Musical Box/Supper's Ready/The Return of the Giant Hogweed/The Knife

Midnight Special, NBC Studios, Burbank CA (20/12/73): Watcher of the Skies/The Musical Box

North Western University Cahn Auditorium, Evanston IL (3/12/73) and Auditorium Theater, Chicago IL (11/4/74): Various 8 mm clips, w/dubbed audio

Palasport, Torino Italy (3/2/74): Interview and footage

Comments: This compilation of videos comes first on my DVD list by virtue of its having a collection of chronologically early clips. I usually like to have my definitive versions of clips listed last, but you can't have your cake and eat it too. You will see other copies of some of the clips listed here in other entries below, and on my VHS/VCD page. But I think it's safe to say (with the possible exception only of the Belgian footage) that this DVD has the best versions of everything.

The first clip on the disc is one I don't have anywhere else, unless you count its use in part in some of the bio movies about the band. The footage is black and white with a blurred-out timecode in the top center. There is no audio at the beginning and the only thing we can hear when the audio cuts in are the band members' answers to some interview questions (while Peter puts on his make-up). We get to see some of the band's live performance, including a small portion of "Stagnation," though the audio is not quite synched up correctly.

The second clip is the classic "white room" footage from the Pop Shop broadcast. This version has a "3SAT" logo in the top corner and is about the most complete and stable version that I have. It really looks and sounds quite nice--very old footage of the band, about as old as it gets really.

The Bataclan Club footage starts with a pan of the date and venue name, and does not include the footage of a cemetery with French narration that is in some of my other versions (see entry after next, for example). I was never entirely sure that this footage was part of the show anyway, and this one most likely is better quality than any of my other versions. The rest of the clip is complete, edited though the songs are. A "Jimmy" logo is in the top corner. Your chance to see Peter in the fox head getup.

I'm very happy to have this version of the Midnight Special footage, which is much, much better than my other versions. It has no picture roll or jumpiness and looks quite clean. There are a few small cuts in the songs, though: two little edits in "Watcher" and one in "Box," some kind of error in the recording. The band intentionally remove a passage out of "Musical Box" for time reasons, catching Peter off-guard. But the band put in a great little performance, with Peter all dressed up and acting for the cameras, and even Tony seems really into it.

The Chicago footage is apparently from two different Selling England-era gigs. It is silent 8 mm footage with dubbed sound, taken from possibly the Rainbow '73 or Montreal '74 soundboard stuff (you hear most of "Moonlit Knight" and parts of "Supper's Ready"). The video is blobby and too fast and cuts to various parts of the show with very little continuity, but it's in color and you get a glimpse of a lot of Peter's wardrobe changes over the course of the show. It's nice to have this as a bonus on the disc, but it's not really worth it in and of itself.

The Turin footage is mostly interview--there is some Genesis music played faintly in the background, but it's probably not from the live gig. The footage is black and white with a blurred-out timecode in the top center, just like the Piper Club video. The whole clip is only a few minutes long. There are a lot of shots of a surprisingly large audience, who may or may not be fans of Genesis, mixed in with interview footage which is dubbed over in Italian. You don't get to really hear the answers but you do get to see Peter do his famous shoe gag, in which he takes off both of his shoes and holds them up to his ear (and points them at other band members) in order to explain something to the interviewer.

This is a very nice collection that puts together most of the earliest-available footage of the band.

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Belgian TV 1972 (Total Rock Review)

Belgian TV (20-21/3/72): The Fountain of Salmacis/Twilight Alehouse/The Musical Box/The Return of the Giant Hogweed

Comments: This version of the classic and famous "white room" footage comes from a DVD available (as of this writing) on, called "Genesis: Total Rock Review." It sounds as if the main content of the show is very similar to my "Inside Genesis" DVD, with various unknowns discoursing on Genesis interspersed with old footage of the band. This DVD contains only the bonus material from that video (from what I hear, the only valuable part of the video), which is just the Belgian footage.

I was surprised to find that this version is unique for several reasons, the most surprising being that the quality is, in general, better than the GMDVD version above! The colors are not as contrasty as in the GMDVD version, and this one does not have the TV logos in the corners. It is also in a different proportion, seemingly in widescreen format. You'd think this was a "fake" widescreen, with the top and bottoms cut off with black bars, but I have compared with the GMDVD and I don't think anything is cut off--if anything, there is actually more to be seen on the sides of the screen.

However, there are trade-offs which make the superiority of this version questionable. For instance, my version has a lot of digital artifacts, and during footage with lots of movement the video gets choppy and jumpy. Modern captions for each song have been added to the bottom of the screen, at odds with the funky 70s style video effects and titles. The beginning of "Salmacis" is not here and the opening fades in. Finally, I think the audio track on the GMDVD version may be slightly better.

This is an interesting alternative to my other versions of the footage, and I'm still not certain whether the GMDVD version or this one is better.

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Tony Stratton-Smith Presents: Genesis in Concert/Bataclan '73

Shepperton Studios (30-31/10/73): Watcher of the Skies/Dancing With the Moonlit Knight/I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe)/The Musical Box/Supper's Ready

Bataclan Club, Paris (10/1/73): The Musical Box/Supper's Ready/The Return of the Giant Hogweed/The Knife

Comments: A nice compilation DVD of classic Genesis video clips from 1973. The Shepperton footage is, as always, too dark, but looks better than my VCD copy (however, see the entry for the 16 mm version below). The audio is slightly out of synch, but the whole thing is there. The Bataclan footage is better than the VCD. For one, it doesn't have the typical VCD pixellation. For another, it has the full opening of the program, including the cryptic scanning shot of the graveyard while the French narrator seems to talk about Genesis' contemporaries in the prog music scene (this opening scene is probably the only thing it has over the GMDVD version of the footage--see above entry). It's just nice to have these clips on DVD, and these seem to be generally stable and clean VHS transfers. Bataclan's picture is a bit jumpy.

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Genesis in Concert '76/Seconds Out Promo/Pop Shop '72

Genesis in Concert (9-10/7/76): I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe)/Fly on a Windshield/Broadway Melody of 1974/The Carpet Crawlers/Cinema Show (pt 2)/Entangled/Supper's Ready (from Apocalypse in 9/8)/Los Endos

Seconds Out Live Promo (19/3/77): Firth of Fifth/Dance on a Volcano/Drum Duet/Los Endos/The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway/The Musical Box (closing section)

Belgian TV (20-21/3/72): The Fountain of Salmacis/Twilight Alehouse/The Musical Box/The Return of the Giant Hogweed

Comments: This is mainly a collection of clips from the band's four-piece period with Phil as singer, with the famous "white room" footage from '72 on the end. The '76 movie comes from the Japanese laserdisc version; even so, the picture is not perfect, though I think I still would prefer it to my VCD version which chops off the sides of the picture (this version does not!). The ideal version that I have is the officially-released DVD on the 2007 reissue of A Trick of the Tail.

The Seconds Out promo I'm glad to have in good digital form, because my VCD had errors on it. The picture is a bit blurred, but not bad. Please see my previous entries in the VHS and VCD section for descriptions of this footage (including, in the VCD entry, my theories on the actual venue for this footage). This version has some tape interference and a speed drop during the second verse of "Lamb." There's some picture jumping at the end of "Box" as well.

The Belgian clip is unfortunately not an absolutely perfect version, because the opening titles and the first few seconds of "Salmacis" are missing. In the upper left corner, the logo "3SAT" appears. Later in the video, the phrase "ZDF Musik Kanal" appears in the upper right corner. This must come from a different broadcast than some of my other versions of the footage, which do not have these logos. See my VCD for what is possibly a better and more complete version, but see GMDVD03 and the entry following it for the best versions.

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Shepperton 1973 - The 16 mm Film

Tony Stratton-Smith Presents: Genesis in Concert (30-31/10/73): Watcher of the Skies/Dancing With the Moonlit Knight/I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe)/The Musical Box/Supper's Ready

Comments: In 2005, the 16 mm reels for the famous Shepperton Studios footage surfaced on e-bay. A dedicated group of great fans decided to band together and pledge their pooled money to the cause of capturing this major relic. They succeeded, and the amazing results are contained on this DVD. There quite simply will never be a better version of this footage, unless it is some day officially released (which I highly doubt will happen). The DVD features a nice menu screen, some informative credits, and some cool still shot montages animated to the sounds of FoF. There is also an "easter egg," or secret section, of some kind, though I'm ashamed to say I have yet to find it.

Now, before I saw this footage, I heard people raving about it. My reaction was somewhat excited, but more of a: "Yeah, yeah, so it looks slightly better than my six other versions; it can't be that great. The original footage was always too dark, there's no way they can fix that." Still everyone went on about how fantastic it was. I finally got my copy (someone very graciously sent one to me, gratis--the greatest thing about this video is the true generosity which made it possible), stuck it in my DVD player--and watched, utterly dumbstruck, my jaw hanging open, my eyes wide, as "Watcher of the Skies" opened, and I could actually see the band, and see the background slides, and see everything that was just a bunch of mud before.

You have to be familiar with the previous versions of this footage for it to really grab you, but even if you are not familiar with it, you will still love to have this, what is the best video footage we have of Genesis at their costume-and-story-telling prime, the way it really looked and sounded on stage. Now I know those of you who haven't seen this yet are still going, "Yeah, yeah, he doesn't know what he's talking about; so it's a little brighter." But you'll see; you'll see...

By the way, there are already multiple versions of this footage being released. I believe mine is the Genesis Museum version. The soundtrack has also been remastered and sounds great; and what's even better, it's in synch with the video, which was sometimes a problem in my previous versions. The only criticism I have is that when it comes to stuff that is really white, the footage can sometimes get almost too bright--such as when the spotlight shines directly on Peter's head, his head becomes a white blob. But this may have been a problem of the other versions as well.

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Midnight Special ('73)/Live in Tokyo ('78)/Three Dates With Genesis ('78)/Peter Gabriel 1978

Midnight Special, NBC Studios, Burbank CA (20/12/73): Watcher of the Skies/The Musical Box

Genesis Live in Tokyo (3/12/78): Eleventh Earl of Mar/Dance on a Volcano - Drum Duet - Los Endos/I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe)

Three Dates With Genesis (Edited UK TV, 1978)

Peter Gabriel, Grugahalle, Essen Germany (15/9/78): On the Air/Moribund the Burgermeister/Perspective/Here Comes the Flood/White Shadow/Waiting For the Big One/Humdrum/I Don't Remember/Solsbury Hill/Modern Love/The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (partial)

Comments: This DVD features a bunch of stuff I had on VHS that I wanted to have on DVD instead--it has all been transferred from VHS versions. I should mention right away that some of this stuff is not great quality-wise, and that better versions exist (some of which I have!). But all of these are pro-shot clips and they get better as it goes along. I have described all of these elsewhere on the VHS/VCD page, but I'll do some quick explanations here.

The Midnight Special footage is from the US TV program of that name, with the classic Gabriel line-up in the studio doing the full costume and make-up performance of two of their classics. The slideshow does not appear to be on, and the flute solo is removed from "Musical Box," taking even Peter by surprise. Unfortunately the picture especially during the intro of "Watcher" is very flickery and breaks up from time to time throughout the rest of the recording, but when it is not breaking up it looks and sounds not bad. For a better version see GMDVD03, above.

The Tokyo footage is fairly stable and doesn't do much jiggling or breaking up, but the overall visual is very blurry and unless you know what you're supposed to be looking at, it can look sometimes just like a bunch of brightly colored blobs. There are some shots when the lights are certain colors, or when there is a close-up, where the picture looks fairly normal. Strangely there doesn't seem to be a single shot of the audience in the whole thing--apparently they weren't doing anything interesting. There is at least one shot of the strobe laser lights near the end of "Los Endos." Nice text titles for the songs appear in English and Japanese. See the comments on my VHS version for a few extra details.

The "Three Dates" documentary is supposed to follow the band on three of their European gigs: the Eistadion in Mannheim, Germany on 17 May; the Groenoordhal in Leiden, Holland on 20 May (this venue according to the narrator is actually a cattle market); and the Knebworth Festival on 24 June. However my version is a severely edited clip that is about one-third the length of the full documentary, and features only heavily-edited shots from the cattle market (the instrumental section of "Cinema Show") and some footage of Knebworth (a good deal of "Lady Lies"--and a fake "rehearsal" of "Many Too Many" on the Knebworth stage, the same version used as the promo video for that song). There is also a clip of the band doing a bit of "The Lamb" from 1977. I have the full version in its officially-released form as a bonus item on the 2007 reissue of And Then There Were Three, in addition to a PAL bootleg version below--it does not have much more music, but focuses more on interviews (there are little to no interviews here, apart from one shot of Mike Rutherford at the very beginning talking about how hard their music is to classify).

All of these Genesis clips were pretty short, so there was plenty of room left on the end of the DVD for the nice trader I got this from to stick on Peter Gabriel's live performance on Rockpalast, from his second tour. This is probably the highest quality footage on here, which I discuss on the last entry of my VHS section. Very glad to have this all on DVD!

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Montreal '74

Centre Sportif de L'Univeritete de Montreal, Quebec (20/4/74): (all songs edited) Watcher of the Skies/Dancing With the Moonlit Knight/The Cinema Show/I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe)/Firth of Fifth/The Musical Box/The Battle of Epping Forest/Supper's Ready

Comments: This DVD features a lot of audience-shot footage which has been edited together, looped, and otherwise tinkered with to try to put together a good chunk of a Selling England tour show. It is either 8mm or 16mm film, I'm not sure which. I acquired multiple DVD versions of this footage at roughly the same time; most are very high generation, blobby, flickery, and generally nasty. However one of them (the one which I am now describing) appears to be much lower generation than the others and is really quite watchable considering its age. The editing must have taken a lot of work, and does manage to give a fairly good overview of a show from late in the tour (though keep in mind it is very incomplete). It is nice to have something to look at while listening to the Montreal '74 radio material, which is the audio source used to sort of synch to the silent video (note that the radio broadcast is from 21/4, but this footage seems to generally be dated as the day before, at the same venue).

The songs are all in varying degrees of completeness; "Watcher" and IKWIL are the most complete. The whole French story for "Cinema" is present, but only the ending instrumental section of the song is here. You can hear the FoF piano intro and guitar solo, see the ending of "Musical Box" and the intro portion of "Epping Forest." "Supper" starts at the "Sanctuary Man" section, has a bit of the "Ikhnaton," all of "Willow Farm," part of "Apocalypse," and all of the "Eggs is Eggs" section. There are shots of every band member and you get to see most of Peter's costumes. If you look very carefully on the first couple of numbers you can even make out some of the slide projections behind them. There is even some rather indistinct after-the-concert footage: one shot of what may be Tony getting into a car, and a pan shot of the nearly-empty auditorium afterwards, while on the audio track we hear the Montreal DJ trying to figure out whether the band is going to come back on stage for an encore.

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The Lamb Live Down on Broadway

Various amateur/official sources, 1974-1975: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (clips from all songs except "Chamber of 32 Doors" and "Ravine")/The Musical Box/Watcher of the Skies

Comments: Up until 2005, the only video footage of the famous Lamb tour which I had managed to glean--and, indeed, the only stuff I thought was out there--was, to put it bluntly, a bunch of crap. Amateur concert video in the 1970s was really, really amateur. Consult my comments on the Lamb VCD and you'll see what I mean.

However, now Chris West has come along and painstakingly (and I do mean painstakingly) matched all of the existing silent amateur footage with the correct songs, put together all of the still shots taken from the tour, and taken (what was then) the only professionally shot footage (from a German documentary about Bill Graham, a few shots of "In the Cage," "Slippermen," and some backstage make-up application, as well as a shot of a Lamb billboard), and stripped them all together to make a nearly whole concoction which will give viewers a fairly good idea of what it was like to be in the audience for the real thing.

The amount of work which must have went into this feat is mind-boggling. The result, unfortunately, while impressive for the sheer work and care that went into it, and while an eye-opening glimpse into the concert's structure and a nice listen for all those who really love the album, is still not what fans would ideally like to see: the real concert in full. For the time being, it is the best we have, and if you take it for what it is and not for what you'd like it to be, it is a fantastic thing. I take my hat off to everyone involved.

The DVD itself is very nice and has a great main menu screen from which you can directly jump to any song. There is also a very well-written set of credits which gives you a very detailed run-down on all the video footage and where it came from (which is why I won't bore anyone now reciting venues and dates). The soundtrack which was used is from the 10/1/75 soundboard material. Many of the songs are edited to last for whatever amount of video footage was available. Sometimes, little clips of band members are looped to fill in time, and still shots are repeated. There is some very clever cutting of video to help match the rhythm of the music, and some of the audio editing is also very seamless--verses are removed from songs without a beat being dropped.

The best songs to watch are, of course, "In the Cage" and "Colony of the Slippermen," as those are the numbers with the most amount of footage shot of them. "In the Cage" in particular has some impressively long shots of Peter singing which totally synch up to the audio. You also get a lot of great shots of Peter jiggling around in his slipperman outfit, plus some neat footage of Peter's fire bomb during "Back in NYC." And don't forget Peter behind his "shower curtain" for "Lamia." A section of the last bit of storytelling is also present, and even some footage from the two encores. The still shots are actually very valuable, since the video footage never gives you a good view of the slides being shown behind the band--the photos show quite a few memorable slides. The two numbers which are missing from all of this are "Chamber of 32 Doors" and (nobody's favorite) "Ravine," both of which do not seem to be represented by any extant video footage.

Anyways, for all of you searching desperately for that hidden Lamb footage, I think this is about as good as you can get--unless you go out and see The Musical Box do their re-creation of the tour (which I highly recommend). Also see next entry.

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The Lamb Lies Down on Berlin (RaelMatrix)

Eissporthalle, Berlin (23/2/75): Short clip, featuring audio section of "It"

Comments: This is a fascinating little fragment of pro-shot Lamb footage, only about two minutes long, which surfaced recently enough that it was not incorporated into Chris West's footage (above entry). It is an Italian language report on the Genesis show, very low resolution, in rather blotchy black and white, with lots of shots of the audience and some of the band. The only actual audio from the gig is from the song "It," though we see the typical glimpses of the Slipperman outfit and the "Lamia" shower curtain. Pro-shot Lamb footage is very rare and exciting; otherwise this wouldn't be anything to write home about. This DVD comes from RaelMatrix Productions and has a menu screen.

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Three Dates With Genesis (EFDVDG08)

Eistadion, Mannheim (17/5/78); Groenoordhal, Leiden (20/5/78); Knebworth Festival (24/6/78): Clips from the three dates, featuring Say It's Alright Joe/The Cinema Show/The Lady Lies

Stadthalle, Vienna (26/8/78); Ulm, Summerfest (28/8/78): German TV, mostly interviews with Phil

Many Too Many: alternate redubbed promo video

Comments: This is in PAL format. This Epping Forest DVD is probably my best quality bootleg version of the BBC Nationwide programme, though the officially-released version included as a bonus item on the 2007 reissue of And Then There Were Three has now made this version somewhat obsolete. My other bootleg versions of this show are severely edited, but this is the full broadcast. It features more band history at the beginning (the same kind of stuff you've heard before, and some footage re-used in the A History video), and a great deal more interviews. There is an extended clip from Phil Collins' big, big movie, Calamity the Cow, including some commentary from Phil on his disagreements with the director.

This show is very much a product of its time and is quite dated, which makes it amusing (the narrator calmly asserts that the band's music would "never go down in the discos"), but also at times can hit you with waves of nostalgia. All of the "high-tech" gear which the band uses, for instance, is ridiculously antiquated. Consider that in 1978 the personal computer and the Internet were both many years away. The footage of all those happy-go-lucky youngsters camping out on the Knebworth grounds almost brought a tear to my eye--where are those youngsters now?

Strangely enough, the programme ends up being more about the "modern" British rock group in general than it is really about Genesis. Lots of time is spent showing the stage and road crew breaking up and putting away all of the gear (without the help of the local crew, who for the Mannheim date just up and left!), and there are several interviews with the truck drivers and lighting engineers. There is a long piece about getting through customs, a tour of the crew coach (bus), and extended figures for all of the refreshments that had to be shipped to the Knebworth festival.

Of course, in between all of this (perfectly fascinating) information, there is some actual footage of the band playing. At Mannheim we see a very short clip from "Say It's Alright Joe," and at Leiden an edited portion of the instrumental passage from "Cinema Show." At Knebworth, the third of the three dates featured and the only date in the UK, we are treated to a nearly-complete "Lady Lies." Also included is a mimed performance to the studio track "Many Too Many." This was the promo video for the song and shows the band on the Knebworth stage. Of course it is just the three of them for the video; even during the actual live performances there is very little footage of Daryl and Chester, and their names are not mentioned at all.

From time to time the band members are asked questions, but apart from the past history stuff at the beginning of the video, most of the questions are very generic, like "Are you a millionaire?" "Do you like your job?" "Do you live in a mansion?" They provoke generic and noncommital answers from the guys. In one ironic passage Tony is asked if he will still be performing when he's 40. Ha!

I really liked the background music which was used--it was all studio Genesis tracks from their entire catalogue up to that point. I don't think an album was overlooked except their first one, and the songs were always well-used (I particularly enjoyed the use of the flute solo in "Firth of Fifth" while the camera filmed roadies sleeping on the bus).

There are a few picture fluctuations and speed drops in here, all in the first third or half of the show, but mostly this is just an excellent presentation of this fascinating show. Also we get some neat bonus footage. The first bit is a German news show of some sort; mainly it's an interview with Phil and a little with Mike, but it also features some live footage of the band which was probably taken at the gigs listed above, in Vienna and Ulm (though the program has inaccurately labeled the songs as being from 1977). Since it's all in German it's hard to get much out of it except for the tiny live clips (unless of course you speak German!). Though this footage is better quality, I have a more complete chunk of the live Vienna footage and Phil interviews on my Liverpool '80/Austria '78 DVD (see next entry).

The other bonus clip is a better-quality version of the "Many Too Many" promo video, with a time code running along the bottom and the message "Nationwide Genesis 21/7/78" on the top. This time it has been overdubbed with a new audio track taken from the Platinum Collection remix--it sounds very nice.

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Liverpool '80/Austria '78

Empire Theatre, Liverpool, UK (2&3/5/80): Granada TV Documentary, including edited footage of: (Part One) Behind the Lines/Turn It on Again/Duke's Travels/Follow You Follow Me/Deep In The Motherlode/ (Part Two) Behind The Lines/Duchess/Duke's End/I Know What I Like/Dance On A Volcano - Drum Duet - Los Endos

Stadthalle, Vienna (26/8/78): German TV, interviews with Phil, clips from: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - The Musical Box (closing section)/In the Cage/The Cinema Show/Afterglow

Comments: This DVD features two unconnected clips (and no menu system, unfortunately). The first, a good documentary from the Duke tour (a la the Three Dates documentary of the previous entry), I have in better quality as a bonus item on my Old Grey Whistle Test (EFDVDG11) entry, below. Please go to that entry for a description of the show. This version doesn't look bad, but the Epping Forest version is pretty stunning comparatively.

The real interesting thing for me is the second clip, from the band's gig in Austria in 1978. I have a severely edited bunch of footage from this on my previous entry, but this version features longer clips from the live show and more interview footage with Phil. My other version was clearly from a different TV broadcast and had some shots from their Ulm gig as well as interviews with Mike, which are not included here. This one is unfortunately not as good quality, and has a bit of a jiggly picture. It's still pro-shot stuff, though, and it's undeniably nice to have these much less edited versions of the live numbers. The Vienna gig happens to have been one of the very few on the '78 tour for which the band revived their "Lamb/Box" medley of the previous tour--the footage begins with this number.

Unfortunately though more of the songs are here than in my other version, they are still heavily edited: only the beginning minutes of "Lamb" are there, and some of the "Box" section, separated by some interview footage. We get to see the crazy light show at the end of "Cage." "Cinema" is the most complete number and goes all the way from the beginning to the second Father Tiresias section (though the instrumental interlude before that has been edited). Another interview bit comes in as Phil is getting behind the drum kit for the instrumental section. When the live footage cuts back in it is partway through "Afterglow." We get to see another big light display with smoke machine effects in that song, which continues to its end. At the end of the song the DVD abruptly ends.

As for the interviews, they are dubbed in German but some of the English questions and answers are audible; Phil talks about the background of the band members and the light show (most of the band members' references to their light show during this period are very defensive and downplay the importance of the thing--they feel it necessary to stress that they are musicians first and foremost). He also talks about how he considers himself a drummer more than a singer.

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Duke's Travels in London

Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK (6/5/80): Deep in the Motherlode/Dancing With the Moonlit Knight (intro)/The Carpet Crawlers/Squonk/One For the Vine/Behind the Lines/Duchess/Guide Vocal/Turn It on Again/Duke's Travels/Duke's End/Say It's Alright Joe/The Lady Lies/Ripples (partial)/In the Cage - The Colony of Slippermen (The Raven) - Afterglow/Follow You Follow Me/Dance on a Volcano - Drum Duet - Los Endos/I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe)/The Knife

Comments: This is the 1980 Genesis footage that I have come to know and love (I already have the bulk of this on VHS and VCD, and footage from a very similar gig, below). This one is probably about the best version I've seen. Most other versions have suffered from some wavery sound and a very dark picture, and the VCD had pauses between songs and a few video glitches. This one has no glitches, is definitely a bit brighter (though still too dark in places), and I actually thought the sound was better as well. It has the ending part of "Ripples," coming in at the the end of the bridge section and going to the end of the song (my original VHS version was missing the entire song). The big bonus, which may actually come from the same source as the below DVD, is video of "The Knife." The way it works is, the whole regular movie is on the DVD, going to the end of IKWIL, showing the band leaving and the house music playing. The crowd boos, then the frame freezes. Then there is some dead air. Then some footage comes in near the end of IKWIL. It is a handheld camera from behind Tony Banks, the same type of feed presented on the below DVD. IKWIL gets to the end, the band leave, the camera points at something very dark, and eventually the band come back on and do "The Knife." My guess is this "Knife" comes from 7/5/80, not 6/5, but I could be wrong. Either way, it's cool to have a very full, clean version of this 1980 footage.

One thing to note: this DVD appears to be PAL video format, which means it did not work in my home DVD player. It did work in my computer DVD player, which is how I'm able to review it here.

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Live At the Lyceum, Parts 1 & 2/Melody '74/Santa Monica '74

DVD 1:
Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK (7/5/80):
Deep in the Motherlode/Dancing With the Moonlit Knight (intro)/The Carpet Crawlers/Squonk/One For the Vine/Behind the Lines/Duchess/Guide Vocal/Turn It on Again/Duke's Travels/Duke's End/Say It's Alright Joe/The Lady Lies/Ripples (partial)/In the Cage - The Colony of Slippermen (The Raven) - Afterglow/Follow You Follow Me

DVD 2:
Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK (7/5/80):
Dance on a Volcano - Drum Duet - Los Endos/I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe)/The Knife

ORTF Studios, Paris (Melody) (12/2/74): I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe)/Supper's Ready

Live At the Civic Reunion Center, Santa Monica CA, USA (21/3/74): Dancing With the Moonlit Knight/The Cinema Show/I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe)/Firth of Fifth/The Musical Box/Supper's Ready (All songs very incomplete)

Live At the Civic Reunion Center, Santa Monica CA, USA (21/3/74): Same footage as above, different source

Comments: Mainly this 2-DVD set comprises an almost-complete video record of the famous 7 May 1980 Genesis show at the Lyceum Ballroom (made famous, of course, by its radio broadcast and subsequent bootlegging as Musica). The more common video footage from the Lyceum gigs is that from 6 May, which is cut together from various cameras and seemingly ready for public viewing (though, to my knowledge, it was never officially distributed--see above entry). The 7 May is also distributed in a very edited form as a broadcast from the "Old Grey Whistle Test" program (see next entry). This footage is of surprisingly much better quality than those (the picture is shockingly clear, and the picture and sound are much better than one might expect), but comes from only one handheld camera. The guy holding it was on stage, shooting from behind Tony Banks. I have no idea how this footage leaked, but here it is, very raw: the cameraman seems at times to have been drunk or suffering from seizures, since the camera sometimes veers away and points at nothing, or refocuses. A lot of the time the camera is pointed at Tony, and keyboardists will be able to make out what chords Tony hits for a lot of the songs. The camera can also catch Phil (mostly in profile, though for SIAJ you get to see the back of his head--his best side!), and sometimes it points at Mike or Chester (thrill as, before the encore, Mike sips his beer!). Sometimes the camera seems to be almost sitting on the floor of the stage, getting some very low angles.

One very interesting thing about this footage, aside from the curious raw nature of it, is that at last we can hear the full song introductions for the 7 May performance--something that is often missing from the radio bootlegs (and the Whistle Test footage). In fact this video was almost certainly the source for the spliced intros in the excellent 7 May audio bootleg, As Good as Gold. Phil does some great intros (though during them we are left almost entirely in the dark, since the lights went down between songs), and really seems to have a better time with the crowd than he did on the more common footage from the previous night. As with that footage, "Ripples" seems to have been the spot where the tape was flipped (or whatever)--about the first half of the song is missing (note though that there is more of "Ripples" here than on the 6/5 footage). After a long break and silence during which we see solid black and solid white screens, the video picks back up at the chorus right before the bridge.

My copy begins with a title screen which appears to be a still from the performance. It mentions the Genesis Museum in the corner and plays a short bit from "The Knife." This Lyceum footage, from what I recall, leaked fairly recently and has been released by various sources. Most releases fit it on one DVD, but mine has been spread over two, the second disc filled up with some nice bonus material. First up after Lyceum is the Melody TV clip from 1974, featuring a surreal broadcast of Pete and the gang, Pete probably at his weirdest (at least as a member of Genesis). The picture is not perfect--this one was probably transferred from VHS--but it's probably clearer than the VCD I have. It also features a split second of additional title footage at the beginning.

The final set of footage, which is actually on the disc twice, comes from an 8mm amateur video recording. I usually try to stay away from amateur footage, and viewing this footage helped strengthen my stance on that issue: the picture is very contrasty, has ghosting, speed problems, and an unstable picture. All of the songs are very incomplete, as the taper was forced to turn his camera on and off to avoid being caught. You get a bit of the story for "Cinema," but I believe that is the only story on here. "Moonlit Knight"'s footage comes mainly from the ending of the song. The guys taping the show are very impressed by the ending of "Musical Box," most of which they manage to catch on tape. "Supper" cuts out during the last section of "Apocalypse in 9/8."

The repeat of the footage is from a different source or generation; it has fewer of the tape defects (picture instability, speed drops) of the first one, but the overall image may be even more unclear than the first. Interestingly, when this footage is described on the Movement it is said to be silent video footage with "dubbed" sound. If so, I guess the guys who lugged in their hefty 1974 8mm camcorder also lugged in an audio recorder, because the audio certainly seems to be from the concert, and it's synched up quite well. (I have an incomplete audio recording of the second Santa Monica gig of 22/3 which was probably made by the same people who took this video and may have been the source for at least some of the audio on this clip, though definitely not all, since that audio recording ends at "Firth of Fifth" and does not include any portion of "Box" or "Supper.") As I hinted earlier, you can sometimes hear some audience chatter, but actually in general the audio is quite nice and probably better than the video.

This set would be more than worth it just for the Lyceum stuff, but it's even better to have these bonus clips, even if the amateur one is very amateur.

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The Old Grey Whistle Test (EFDVDG11)

Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK (7/5/80): Intro/Behind the Lines/Duchess/Guide Vocal/In the Cage - The Colony of Slippermen (The Raven) - Afterglow/Dance on a Volcano - Drum Duet - Los Endos

Empire Theatre, Liverpool, UK (2&3/5/80): Granada TV Documentary, including edited footage of: (Part One) Behind the Lines/Turn It on Again/Duke's Travels/Follow You Follow Me/Deep In The Motherlode/ (Part Two) Behind The Lines/Duchess/Duke's End/I Know What I Like/Dance On A Volcano - Drum Duet - Los Endos

Comments: This Epping Forest DVD (which begins with a very very cool montage of animated chunks of artwork from the band's albums and a soundtrack featuring pieced-together bits from songs throughout their history) presents a very good quality version of the Old Grey Whistle Test footage from the famous Lyceum gig. I have this footage on various media in various forms, but this is no doubt the best non-official version of the Whistle Test footage (see previous entry for a more complete version of the gig, from a more raw and unedited video source). Of course the Whistle Test footage is now available officially as a bonus clip on the 2007 reissue of Duke. This version, unlike others I have, begins with a countdown screen and then plays the full Whistle Test opening graphics and has a female announcer introducing the footage. I think this must have come from a nice low-gen source, because it looks pretty great and of course sounds great also.

The interesting section of the DVD for me was the "bonus" stuff, a two-part TV documentary about the band's two-night run in Liverpool a few days before the Lyceum gig. Though I have since obtained other copies of this footage, my first time seeing the complete unedited show was on this DVD, and this is by far the best quality version. (Incidentally, this footage was cut up and used without the band's permission in the DVD Inside Genesis 1975-1980, which I review on my Compilations/Misc. page.) The format of the show and the way it is presented reminded me pretty strongly of the 3 Dates documentary from 1978. This one fortunately has more live music than that show, though the songs are generally very heavily edited and sometimes play in the background during interviews with band members. In the track listing above I tried to list all the live songs played in the order in which they were played, even if it was a small section. Generally from "Motherlode" on the songs are much more complete and we see and hear the band playing most of the song, though during the ending numbers the video intercuts between interviews and the theatre.

The whole documentary has a timecode running near the top of the screen. The video is very good but the sound is rather crackly, with scattered pops. The more complete songs are given text titles at the bottom of the screen, sometimes with the song's chart position, but in a few cases the song titles are incorrect (bizarrely, "Duke's Travels" is labeled by what I think was its working title, "JAZZ," and "Deep in the Motherlode" is labeled simply "Motherlode"). The non-song parts of the video feature some good interview footage, not only with members of the band but also with random fans stopped on the street or gathered in a local record store. This footage is particularly fun to watch and very interesting. It gives you a very good idea of the incredible level of excitement among Genesis fans during the 1980 tour--there is one intense-looking German fan who hiked all the way from Cologne with no tickets, hoping to be able to buy some on arrival. It's also interesting to find that Genesis have a very "uncool" aura about them, very similar to the general feeling some twenty years later. Very few other shows about the band get such a good cross-section of the band's fanbase and their attitudes.

There is some footage at the beginning of part one showing the crew unloading the trucks and talking about the lighting and merchandise, very a la 3 Dates. Apparently there was a ticket-forging problem which required security to very carefully check everyone's ticket before they were allowed into the Empire. We also get to see some very awkward-looking young contest winners meeting members of the band, and band members signing autographs in the street. There is some very short footage of the band doing a soundcheck/rehearsal. This is a very nice documentary which gives an accurate overall picture of the band's image and way of working in 1980. The interviews are done in a nearby Liverpool hotel it seems, and there are good answers from all three of the guys, including a memorable line from Phil about how playing a live set to an audience has to be done "the same way you would titillate a woman."

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Genesis in the 1980s

Incontri Musicali, TV Rai Due, Venezia Gondola D'Oro, Spain (26/9/81): Turn It on Again/Man on the Corner/No Reply At All/Keep It Dark/Abacab

TV Rai Uno, ZUM (1986): In Too Deep

TV (1983?): That's All

Whistle Test Extra (1986): Documentary

German TV (6/87?): Tour Documentary

Comments: This Genesis Museum DVD (from the Reformed Sniper) features a bunch of clips that I don't have anywhere else. All of the "live" footage except for the tiniest bit in the last section is not really live music at all, just the band miming to the studio version of the song. In fact, the first clip may well be the most fake "live" performance I have ever seen. The first indication that something is clearly not right (if you can't tell right off that the first song is the studio version) is at the end of the first number, when Phil is somehow able to sing the lead vocal "Turn it on again" while simultaneously singing the backup vocal line of "I can see another face" (which he never sang live anyway). Chester's "drumming" at the beginning of "Man on the Corner," which clearly begins with a synthesized drum machine beat, is also a big clue. Meanwhile Daryl and Mike hang out in the back of the stage and pretend they are causing the synthesized clapping noise. The stage, by the way, is a pretty impressive setup, with a floor that can light up in different patterns, a classical-looking set of columns, and some pictures made out of lights on the back wall.

More obvious fake stuff occurs in "No Reply." Since they are using the studio version, it is complete with the Phenix horns, and Mike and Phil have to pretend they are playing the sax and the trumpet--Phil has to quickly get some toots in in between doing the vocals, often missing his cue. For "Keep It Dark," Chester pretends to play guitar for some reason while Mike has an absolute blast behind the drum kit. Chester does about the most fake strumming of a guitar I have ever seen, kind of banging the strings with his thumb. In "Abacab," the hilarity continues, as Phil pulls a napkin or paper towel out of his pocket partway through the song and dabs his forehead with it. For the line "There's a hole in this somewhere," he puts the napkin up to his mouth and attempts to knock a hole in it with his tongue. He is unsuccessful and ends up with a string of paper hanging out of his mouth! Afterwards he goes around wiping everyone's forehead with the licked napkin.

If this weren't all enough, the fakeness is made even more obvious by the very unconvincing piping in of applause over random moments in the songs, and the shots of the audience between songs, which are clearly just the same two shots over and over again. This may sound just very silly, and not an enjoyable thing to watch, but I got a big kick out of it and I think the band did as well.

The next two clips on the DVD are just individual studio songs. The first aired on a program called "Zum" on TV Rai Uno, which is an Italian TV channel (the Incontri Musicali show of the first clip was on TV Rai Due--you'd think since it was a Spanish gig it might be on Spanish TV, but Due is the Italian word for two, and I'm pretty sure Rai is an Italian network). The band mime to the studio version of "In Too Deep" while standing in a big airplane hangar, surrounded by a giant Alitalia plane which has been wrapped in plastic. A smoke machine has been hard at work filling the hangar with atmosphere. It is just Phil, Mike, and Tony, so they weren't really trying to fake this one too much--nobody is playing drums at all. I have no idea what the date for this one is; if you do, please contact me.

The next clip's date is again a mystery to me. It features the trio on a stage miming to "That's All." Based on Phil's hairstyle and the song chosen, I think this one must be from 1983, possibly 1984.

The next clip is much longer than the previous two, a "Whistle Test Extra" with extended interviews with band members. This was almost definitely before the band went on tour for Invisible Touch, but it does feature footage from the promo video of "In Too Deep" and the end of "Invisible Touch." It also features the band supposedly playing a few cuts from the new album in the studio, but I think they are again simply miming to the album versions. The only one that is questionable is "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight," which is clearly not the final album version as it is instrumental only. The interviews on here were a lot of the same old stuff (Phil's well-worn tale about going for a swim in Peter's parent's pool and learning all the drumming parts for his tryout), but maybe has a few new little revelations--for instance, Phil had some slightly more detailed things to say about the timing of Peter's departure and Steve's departure than I remember hearing before. The footage also features some clips from the Tony Banks video for "This is Love," which I'd never seen before--it was funny.

The only actual tour footage on the whole disc comes in the last clip, from a German TV show. The woman introducing the footage and conducting the interviews with the band speaks in German and mentions something about Hanover, so the date for this one is most likely some time around June 1987. The DVD menu puts this one in 1986, but this is just not possible, since the band didn't even hit Europe until May of '87, and did not tour Germany until June of that year. The clip is obviously narrated all in German, but has some nice behind-the-scenes footage of the road crew building the stage, and the band (and opening act Paul Young) getting out of their plane and being driven to the venue. The interview is necessarily conducted in English, but has been dubbed over in German; if you listen very carefully you can kind of make out the English parts. There is a question to Phil which involves him talking about buying lots of suits in Texas. There is some very very short live footage of "Mama" which is probably the Hanover gig. There is some footage of Tony playing table tennis, and a weird final shot of the announcer standing in a small room while a set of stage lights blasts a colorful pattern behind her. It seems to end very abruptly and it's possible this is not the entire program.

As a final bonus, there is a tiny Genesis-related gag from a British TV show stuck on the end--nice to end with a laugh (and begin with one, considering how humorous I found the first clip)!

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Three Sides Live

Savoy Theatre and Nassau Coliseum, New York; NEC Birmingham, UK (28-29/11 and 23/12/81): Behind the Lines/Duchess/Misunderstanding/Dodo-Lurker/Abacab/No Reply At All/Who Dunnit?/In the Cage medley: The Cinema Show, Riding the Scree, The Raven/Afterglow/Me and Sarah Jane/Man on the Corner/Turn It on Again

Comments: Originally released by Weinerworld Video in 1982, this is a look into the Abacab tour. Apparently it was put together by people who thought that just sitting down and watching the band play their show would be way too boring. Interspersed between the live footage are various interviews with Hugh Fielder, behind the scenes stuff with the roadies and Tony Smith and the band (and their various families), a radio interview with Phil, and some other footage of the stage set-up, etc. This is all well and good--in fact I find the Fielder interviews very interesting and illuminating, and they give you a good picture into the atmosphere of the recording of the album and the feelings behind it. Also the radio interview is a special treat for me (even though some of the guys they get to talk to Phil are some real wackos--one of them seems to want him to sing "To grandmother's house we go"), because the station he's at is 93.3, WMMR--I'm from South Jersey, and this Philadelphia station is the one I listened to when I was growing up. However, often this extra footage will cut into the live performance. Bits of "Duchess" are missing, "Me and Sarah Jane" is incomplete, and you only get the very end of "Man on the Corner." This is rather annoying. I'd rather have the full songs. Except for this song editing, however, this is an entertaining video that probably gives you a better picture of the way the band works on and off the stage than many of the other tour videos I've seen. It's interesting to compare the songs on this video to the songs used on the actual album 3SL, as they are quite often different versions--the video is from the same few nights as the album, but they must have used quite a few takes from different nights. Also whatever footage on here that's from the Birmingham show is not used on the album--I believe the album was taken from only 28-29/11/81.

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The Mama Tour

Genesis Live - Mama Tour (25-29/2/84): Abacab/That's All/Mama/Illegal Alien/Home by the Sea/Second Home by the Sea/Keep It Dark/It's Gonna Get Better/In the Cage medley: The Cinema Show, Riding the Scree, In that Quiet Earth, The Raven/Afterglow/Drum Duet/Turn It on Again medley

Comments: This is the pro-shot, official video of this tour, taped at the last range of gigs at the Birmingham NEC in the UK. This one was transferred from the officially-released VHS version, now out of print (as far as I know). The picture is very good and you get a great set of songs from the band, well-performed since it was at the end of the tour. Phil has a great time with the UK audience and tells what I think are some of his best intros. Too bad it's not the full performance (as with all official material from this tour, it's missing the "Earl of Mar" medley, as well as a few other songs--see a great full audio performance from the 29/2 show here).

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Detroit '86 (last night)

Joe Louis Arena (20/9/86): Mama/Abacab/Land of Confusion/That's All/Domino/In Too Deep/The Brazilian/Follow You Follow Me/Tonight, Tonight, Tonight/Home by the Sea, Second Home by the Sea/Throwing It All Away/In the Cage, In That Quiet Earth, Supper's Ready (ending sections)/Invisible Touch/Drum Duet (incomplete)

Comments: The IT tour began with a few shows at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. This is the last of those shows, taped by an audience member and transferred by my good friend Dennis Lengel onto DVD for my viewing pleasure. This is a nice alternative to the official tour video, because it comes from the beginning of the tour rather than the end and features a rather vastly altered set list. Also it has the "In the Cage" medley, and not just any medley, but the rare version featuring the ending sections of "Supper's Ready." Other rarities are "In Too Deep" and (for this tour anyway) "Follow You Follow Me." Unfortunately the tape cuts off right in the middle of the drum duet, so it's missing "Los Endos" and the encore of "Turn It on Again."

Another unfortunate thing about the video, other than the obvious fact that, being amateur-shot and handheld, the quality is not perfect and the picture is sometimes quite shaky, is that the person taping was clearly in a main thoroughfare of the stadium; people are walking in front of him off and on through the whole concert, and quite often their big black shapes block out a good portion of the stage. The taper is able to avoid a good deal of this by zooming in on Phil or other band members (mostly Phil), but it is still a problem. The taper is sitting a bit to the band's left in the arena, so he only really sees the back of Tony, but he can see the whole stage and gets many close shots of Phil. The light show is pretty visible--I was a bit surprised that I didn't see the video screens that are seen on the Wembley Stadium footage; perhaps the screens didn't fit in the Joe Louis Arena? Or maybe they weren't using them yet.

Phil tells some OK intros, but messes up the opening lyrics in HBTS. There is a break and slight cut in the instrumental section of "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight." The band seems to have a false start for "Brazilian" before they get into the song. The video, by the way, begins with a nice shot of the marquee at the front of the arena, so we know what we're getting into. It's nice to have this nearly-complete video example of an early IT show--especially for the "Supper" medley!

Interestingly, Simon has a video of the first gig in this tour (18 September), but not one of this one--and this is definitely from the last night at Detroit, not the first, since Phil mentions it is the last night there. Also Simon's video from the 18th is cut in different places.

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Meldrum Tapes

Australian TV (1/1/87): Various interviews; some old live footage (2 DVDs)

Comments: This 2-DVD set includes what appears to be two episodes of an Australian TV programme with extensive interviews with band members, produced no doubt to help celebrate and promote the band's first trip to that continent at the end of 1986. Each episode is introduced by an Australian man with a colorful sweater and a big cowboy hat. The date I have given was lifted from Simon and may be a broadcast date. The quality is generally very good and there are very little picture problems. The first episode and disc features some old live footage of the band but I don't think it has anything from the IT tour--just the basic stuff from the Shepperton and In Concert '76 movies, etc. There are also a few complete promo videos. The main focus is interviews. The interviewer walks the band through their albums one by one, starting with The Lamb. You get to hear some interesting stuff about the recording process for the different albums and how the band feels about the music (Tony for instance says that the band were all sick of The Lamb when they were done recording it). Phil and Tony were interviewed outside The Farm recording studio on a sunny day; Mike was interviewed separately in what may be a dressing room.

The second episode and disc focuses on all of the band members' solo careers. Actually they seem to almost entirely ignore Tony on this episode (with good reason, since they're trying to prove everyone has incredibly successful solo careers), and no one seems to have ever heard of Steve Hackett; but they did manage to grab Peter Gabriel, who was in the middle of his huge So tour (he has a big banner with the album name hanging behind him for the interviews, and for some reason wears sunglasses through the whole thing). Mike talks about his Mechanics and Phil gives his opinions on how music videos should look (his take on the medium is drastically different than Peter's--not surprisingly); we get to see footage from his "Easy Lover" video. It's always interesting to hear the band and hear how interviewers talk to the band at this stage in their career, which was basically the apex in terms of chart success and popularity--it seems that they can do no wrong and will never do wrong.

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Invisible Touch Tour

Wembley Stadium (1-4/7/87): Mama/Abacab/Domino/That's All/The Brazilian/Land of Confusion/Tonight, Tonight, Tonight/Throwing It All Away/Home by the Sea, Second Home by the Sea/Invisible Touch/Drum Duet, Los Endos/Turn It on Again medley/Do the Neurotic (studio, closing credits)

Comments: The official IT tour video, transferred to DVD (I also have the officially released DVD version of this, released in late 2003, making this entry fairly redundant and useless--see my Compilations/Misc. page). Quality is great and there are no problems. For comments you may consult the entry for my VHS version. As an aside, it's actually possible given some info I saw flashed by on the credits of this video that the correct date range is actually 2-4 July, not 1-4. But according to the official DVD, the range is 1-4 July. Who knows...

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Genesis Videos, Volumes 1 & 2

Genesis Videos, Volume 1: Mama/No Reply At All/Land of Confusion/That's All/Tonight, Tonight, Tonight/Duchess/Anything She Does/Robbery, Assault & Battery/In Too Deep/Abacab/Follow You Follow Me

Comments: For my comments on this video, you can just take a look at the video section of my compilations/misc. page. Everything is the same, except that this version has no picture roll in it.

Genesis Videos, Volume 2: Illegal Alien/Throwing It All Away/Misunderstanding/Ripples/Keep It Dark/A Trick of the Tail/Home by the Sea, Second Home by the Sea/Man on the Corner (live)/Turn It on Again (live)/Many Too Many/Invisible Touch

Comments: These two volumes on two DVDs were transferred from the old official VHS tapes released around the late 80s. Of course, you can now get (nearly) all the videos from these two volumes, plus more recent ones, on the official DVD "The Video Show"--which is much better than this! So owning these DVDs is now pretty pointless. However there are some things on here that don't quite match the DVD release; read on for some comments/reviews of the videos featured herein.

There are some good videos on here; if you can look past the stereotyping inherent in the "Illegal Alien" video, it's actually very funny. "Throwing It All Away" is kind of like a behind the scenes documentary of the IT tour. "Keep It Dark" is an interesting video, kind of cool, involving the trio wandering around a foreign city in overcoats, but fading to a nice open field and the band wearing all white for the chorus. In "A Trick of the Tail" we can watch a tiny-sized Phil prance about while Steve Hackett menaces him with a fake monster claw--weird. "Home by the Sea" looks like the band playing the song live during the album's tour, but the audio is just the studio version of the song. "Man on the Corner" most likely comes from the 28/11/81 Savoy performance, and the ending minute or so of this very same song can be seen on the Three Sides Live tour movie. Interestingly, the DVD releases of this video replace the live audio track with the studio version of the song--this one uses the original live version. "Turn It on Again" is directly from the 3SL video (which is again interesting, because the official DVD release of the video, as well as my second Lyceum VCD and my VHS tape Various Bits, 2 feature an alternate promo video for the studio version of this song, which I think may be from the British "Top of the Pops" show).

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Genesis - A History

Comments: For my comments on this video, you can just take a look at the video section of the compilation/misc. page. I don't have that many comments there, though. This is a good look at the history of the band, well edited and with lots of good interviews. It was put together in 1990, as the centerpiece of the video is the band's performance at the Knebworth Festival of 1990 (I have this full performance on bootleg, of course). This makes it rather dated, so you don't get the full history of the band, but for what it covers it does a good job. It also has lots of short but tantalizing video clips from various moments in the band's career (many of which I have in fuller form as other entries on this page). As far as I know, this video is out of print.

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TV Appearances series

I'd just like to pause for a moment here to introduce the next bunch of DVDs. They catalogue a wide array of promotional television performances made by Genesis over the period of the Invisible Touch and We Can't Dance tours--and even, to a very small extent, Calling All Stations. They're very well put together and have nice DVD menus detailing and breaking up all the different sections. They are in chronological order (barring a bit of rearranging due to the time constraints of the medium), and altogether they add up to something like six hours of viewing! And this is with commercials cut out, and most music videos removed. It's a lot of stuff and it makes for a very interesting look at the band over this range of years--it gives a very good idea of how they generally stood up to interviews and ad campaigns. It also gives one a very different view of Genesis than is currently had. In the late '80s and early '90s, if you watch this stuff, it seemed the band could do no wrong. They were at their height commercially (if not critically), and Phil was an incredible superstar, respected throughout the music community. It's almost amazing to look at it in the light of their current status (whatever that may be). Anyways, I digress. Let's get down to it...


TV Appearances, Volume 1 (1986)

From the Beginning (59:38): MTV Special, Fall 1986

Fast Copy (7:18): May 1986

MTV Interview (13:55): Aired 27/6/86

Friday Night Videos (12:34): 11/7/86

MTV Music Video Awards (4:11): 15/9/86 - Throwing It All Away

Montreux Golden Rose Festival (20:23): Summer 1986 (exact date unknown) - Anything She Does/Invisible Touch/Tonight, Tonight, Tonight

Comments: I'll just go through these one at a time--the comment sections for these DVDs ended up being very long, because there are so many different sections that they require a lot of explanation and description--oh well! The first segment is probably one of the first available video histories of the band; it features a lot of the information that would turn up on later more official releases like Genesis: A History and the Songbook video. However it makes use of some different graphics and different interview clips. It has some interesting information on the early days (including a bit of talk on the band's first professional gig, which is not really talked about in other video histories) and on the band's search for a new vocalist after Pete left. There is footage of the band playing live, though for the Pete era they rely almost entirely on the famous Shepperton Studios video. The format is basically a lot of interview clips from various different recordings edited together; there's even some stuff with Chester and Daryl. Most intriguing to me is the very fleeting glimpse we are afforded of a video from Mike's long lost second album, Acting Very Strange. This is a nice little thing to have. There are a few looks into solo member projects, a bit on Phil as a record producer (for the likes of Eric Clapton), more than I've ever heard before about Varilites (sp?), and some interesting choices of live clips from Phil-era performances of "Keep It Dark" and "Supper's Ready." The actual history segment is followed by a special about the Invisible Touch world tour, including a look at the crew set-up and the show. Tony gives us a reason for why "Anything She Does" was not played live (it's "difficult to do"). This clip is I believe identical to the "Tour Documentary" which is provided as bonus material on the official Live at Wembley Stadium DVD. Still, this version is interesting in the context of the other footage, and since it's been taken from TV there are some small differences, if only in the commercial breaks.

There's some tantalizing footage from early in the tour, video shot not at the ending Wembley concert but--judging from a passing comment made by Phil to the crowd and by a passing shot of a marquee--22/9/86--my eighth birthday--at the CNE Grandstand in Toronto. We even see a small bit from the rarely-played "Cage" medley with "Supper's Ready" at the end! Some of the live clips they use have merely studio versions of the songs as the soundtrack, but some clips use the actual live audio ("Turn It on Again," "Los Endos"). There are also some tiny clips from a soundcheck. It's possible that there is video here from several gigs from early on in the tour--but this seems odd, considering the fact that I have not heard of any bootlegs of this video material.

At the end of all this, which is still just the first segment (and this part is not on the official DVD), there are some ads for the Genesis programs, and also some footage about Peter Gabriel's current work and Steve Hackett's project at the time (GTR, a sort of supergroup formed with Yes guitarist Steve Howe). There are some clips of Mike and the Mechanics and a small bit from Peter Gabriel's performance of "Biko" at an Amnesty International concert. Apparently to advertise Genesis' world tour, MTV seemed to be running all-day programming about the band and its various members, solo or otherwise. This is merely a compilation of several spots. The quality is very good.

The second clip, "Fast Copy," is a shorter byte about the band. It features a general profile and focuses on the members' longstanding friendship and their ability to maintain both group and solo projects. The quality is not as good as the first clip and has some rolling lines. There are some interview clips which differ from the first segment's, and some solo project stuff, including bits of a Mike and the Mechanics video. It has a live performance of "Turn It on Again," which is from the Mama tour video.

The third clip is from an interview with Martha Quinn (a VJ who shows up in a couple more of the segments on these DVDs--in the old days of MTV, the network actually kept its VJs around for a while!). The setting is casual and the boys as ever are pretty mellow--Phil ends up doing most of the talking. This particular clip comes from before the start of the IT tour, and thus to be perfectly correct from a chronological standpoint, it should actually come before the first clip--but I like the band profile coming first. It's interesting how well you can date this program, because it is stated quite clearly that Phil is right in the middle of working on an Eric Clapton album, and Mike is just about to go on a tour with his Mechanics. Also at this point only one video, the title track, had been released from the IT album (although it is almost entirely cut out of this recording--I have the full video elsewhere--they did play it, and at the end when it fades back to the studio the band are carrying on with the harmony singing from the end of the video; cute!), and there were no tour dates set yet. Martha ends up talking over one of Tony's answers to a question, and gets very embarrassed about it. "It's the only time you've said anything all night, and I talked over you!" she berates herself. Pretty funny. There are frequent commercial breaks, but all the ads have been taken out.

The fourth clip is one of MTV's "Friday Night Videos" shows, with Genesis as the hosts. All of the videos and commercials have been removed, so basically what you get is just the band talking to each other and reminiscing between videos. There are one or two interesting stories about the fights Tony and Mike used to have (the famous chair-throwing incident; and apparently a time when the rest of the band showed their fighting spirit by quickly leaving the stage and letting Mike deal with a gang of rowdy bikers), and some background for Phil's recent appearance on the show "Miami Vice." The picture isn't perfect--there are some rolling lines. The boys talk about Pete, about Phil's success, and about their relationship as a band and as friends. All very off-the-cuff and quite nice; probably they're more open than they would be if they were being directly interviewed (though Phil ends up doing a majority of the talking). Amazingly enough, they actually played a GTR video that night! Some of it is still on this recording. I now have another version of this clip, and the last two clips from this DVD, on another DVD later in this section; the guy who made these for me re-sent a bunch of the footage because he got a new recorder that was able to transfer the footage with fewer errors. I don't recall there being any errors even in the original version of this clip, but some of the other clips on these TV Appearances discs did have some small cuts and speed drops in them, and the new discs correct those problems.

The fifth clip is a performance given by the band for the MTV Music Video Awards. They were at this point currently prepping for their world tour (which would begin in a matter of days), but apparently they weren't quite ready enough to actually play a live song, because "Throwing It All Away" is entirely lip-synched and the studio track is played. Phil appears to be reading his lyrics off of a sheet! The band played in London though the actual awards ceremony was held in New York. There is a DVD skip which results in a small cut near the beginning of the song--this will happen at other times throughout these volumes, albeit not too often (and every clip in which a cut appears is reproduced, without a cut, in the "supplemental discs" described after these volumes).

The last clip is a rather strange artifact. The most famous thing about Montreux is probably its Jazz Festival, and while this performance seems to be related to that, it is not the actual jazz part (obviously Genesis don't really qualify for that anyway). Probably this takes place in Switzerland, and probably it was taped some time from June to September of 1986. The ending part of the performance calls it a Christmas special, but probably it was filmed earlier. It seems to have been a European meeting place for rock and pop groups to congregate and basically sell themselves to European audiences. All of the Genesis numbers are lip-synched to studio versions of the songs--ironically enough, they seem to have chosen to begin the performance by "playing" the one song from the IT album which was never ever actually performed live: "Anything She Does." They also play two songs which actually faded out in the studio versions, and the fade-outs have to be rather crudely cut short. There is a pretty humorous interview which comes after the second song, which seems very casual (like many of the interviews on here, actually), and features Phil making some dangerous comments about his wife (as to the lack of time he spends with her: "See you in the divorce courts!" And so he did...) and the band performing some aborted introductions ("Hi, we're Genesis...We're Genesis, hi!"). They claim they have to get used to doing interviews again, as they are out of practice. There's a skip near the end of "Anything She Does." Also the audio seems a bit wavery at first, but it soon smooths out. I'm not sure in what order these songs were actually played; the way this recording was edited, it seems possible that these songs all came from different television airings.

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TV Appearances, Volume 2 ('87-'92)

American Music Awards (7:36): Live from Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland Ohio, 26/1/87 - Invisible Touch (also features news spot)

Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary (27:42): At the Madison Square Garden, New York, 15/5/88 - In the Air Tonight (Phil)/Turn It on Again (unique medley: Land of Confusion/Misunderstanding/Throwing It All Away/You Can't Hurry Love/Shortcut to Somewhere/All I Need is a Miracle/That's All/Tonight, Tonight, Tonight/Invisible Touch)(Genesis)

Much Music Spotlight (3:29): Aired circa 1988

Knebworth '90 interview (11:19): 29/6/90

Knebworth '90 performance (30:38): Complete performance broadcast, MTV, aired 14/7/90, played 30/6/90 - Mama/That's All/Turn It on Again (medley)/Throwing It All Away

Good Morning America (7:16): 25/11/91

Live on 5 (4:55): Aired 5/12/91

MTV News (2:50): 6/12/91

Billboard Music Awards (7:58): 9/12/91

The Real Story (5:47): CNBC, aired 30/1/92

Real Life (6:46): CNBC, aired 14/5/92

Comments: A pile of segments here, featuring a few clips I'm very happy to have in video form. The first clip is an interesting satellite performance. It starts out a bit wavery but gets better. The band had quite a few gigs at the Richfield Coliseum, but it seems that only this one number was broadcast on TV over to the American Music Awards--Phil lets the crowd know they're on TV. Earlier in the night the band had a short talk via satellite with Diana Ross, the same woman who would announce their performance later that night. You see a little of the behind the scenes technology in a news spot following the performance; apparently the local news channel was pretty thrilled that their local arena had gotten onto the awards show.

The second clip also starts out just a bit wavery, and suffers from cable interference in the form of a sliding ghost of another channel which floats in the background--a bit distracting, but not awful. I also have the Genesis portion of this performance on audio CD, but this video also shows Phil's performance of "In the Air Tonight" earlier in the program--amazingly, he flubs the lyrics to his own song! In an interview afterwards he points this out with a sort of incredulous frustration. He then went on to mess up the lyrics to Tony Banks' song in the giant "Turn It" medley. This footage also has some of Phil's chatter from other parts of the ceremony--he was actually the host that night.

The third segment is just a compilation of various interviews from '82-'86 (they are all nicely dated in the upper right corner). It originally seems to have had lots of Genesis videos mixed in as well, but all of these have been removed in the assumption that the viewer will already be familiar with them (they are all officially available now anyway). This clip is reproduced on one of my later "Supplemental Discs," in order to get me a version free of perceived errors (though I don't remember there being any noticeable cuts or hang-ups in this clip).

The fourth segment seems like a real treasure, and I don't know how it got broadcast on MTV--it's very raw footage, and has not been edited in any way. Kurt Loder is interviewing the band before their performance at Knebworth 1990--they're right near the stage where a somewhat distracting soundcheck is going on--and the band also records some rather sub-par announcements which may have been used during the broadcast of the festival. The beginning of the clip is very funny, because the network seems to have started broadcasting the feed before the camerman, the band or the interviewer were really ready; there are lots of cuts and zooms and the band sort of sit around uncomfortably until Kurt wakes up and says, "Oh, are we rolling?" The audio is a bit hard to hear, because of the soundcheck and because the microphones just aren't as good as they could be, but Kurt asks them questions about their participation in the festival, some other groups that are there, and about their memories of the 1978 Knebworth performance (which was interesting).

The fifth segment is the actual full Genesis performance at Knebworth '90 as broadcast on MTV and as later released on an official video (though the video was missing "That's All"--this broadcast has it). The "Turn It" medley was the standard one from the last tour, except that during this particular performance Genesis were backed up by Phil's solo band. Great to have this one.

The sixth segment is a somewhat short interview from "Good Morning America," which I already have bits of on one of my compilation discs. This is one of the first promotional TV appearances from Genesis in support of the We Can't Dance album.

Next we have "Live on 5," a local Cleveland news show where the interviewer talks via a video screen with the band. He's smart enough to ask particular band members questions, so they don't have to fight over who answers what. Pretty basic questions, pretty basic answers.

The next clip, a short MTV interview clip, was at a period when the second single ("I Can't Dance") had been chosen, but no video had yet been made (they try to bypass this problem by compiling various footage of the band playing past videos and putting it in slow motion while playing the song). The audio for this interview was used on my compilation disc for WCD. The interview also mentions what the solo projects are, and talks a bit about Phil's dubious movie career.

Then the famous Billboard Music Awards performance, introduced by the annoying Paul Shaffer, which features Phil singing "No Son of Mine" live to a backing studio track. I have this performance in various other places; the best video version of this (and the last two clips) is on a later supplemental disc, as this one has errors.

The last two clips are little spots about Genesis and their new album which were broadcast on CNBC, of all places. Both feature various clips from recent band videos, from WCD and IT, and also some live footage of the band from official sources. They also both feature clips from the same interview. Unfortunately both are plagued by speed drops (all fixed on the supplemental disc mentioned earlier). The speed of the recording is generally normal, but often it will suddenly get slower before recovering to normal speed again. Also the first clip towards the end starts fluctuating its level of brightness. The picture is not perfect for the second clip either. At the end of the last clip the two hosts agree that there is "no difference" between Phil Collins and Genesis. Arrrrggggghhh!!!

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TV Appearances, Volume 3 ('91-'92)

MTV Rockline (40:18): Call-in show, aired 12/11/91; includes video for "No Son of Mine"

No Admittance (40:50): ABC broadcast of WCD documentary; aired 6/12/91

In Concert (21:38): Aired 15/5/92; includes video for "I Can't Dance" and some clips of tour rehearsals

Hold on My Heart video (4:46)

Comments: This volume is unfortunately particularly heavy in the speed drops and cuts department. All of the clips from this disc except this version of "No Admittance," which did not seem to have errors, are reproduced without speed drops on my two supplemental discs, below. Usually when I copy these volumes for people I omit this disc entirely, as the more complete Disney version of "No Admittance" is on another disc, making all of this footage redundant.

The first segment, Rockline, is almost unwatchable due to the number of cuts and speed drops--I was provided with an audio CD of the show which does not seem to have any cuts. It still has some sound problems, but they may have been in the original broadcast, as MTV seemed to have some trouble getting the satellite feed (Genesis were in Spain at the time). The audio CD does not include the audio part of the "No Son of Mine" video which was played, but the DVD does have it (albeit with lots of speed problems). I usually don't really like call-in things, because the people can ask some pretty dumb questions. Also in this case the moderator (our old friend Martha Quinn) cuts off several people before they have a chance to ask the second parts of their questions--which, even if they were dumb questions, is still kind of rude. However, there are some really good questions--for instance, one fan asks each member of the band to name his favorite album by one of the other members. Also the band is asked which singles they were surprised did well (and which they were surprised didn't do well), which is a good question and has an interesting answer.

The second section is the documentary of the recording of the WCD album, as aired on ABC; I already have the Disney and the ABC airings of this one on two different VHS entries, and you can read my reviews of it there. The quality is much better than the first clip on here. Interestingly enough, the next volume in this series of DVDs features the Disney channel broadcast of the show, which has a lot more footage in it (the errorless version of the full Disney version is here).

The In Concert clip following it is different than the In Concert show I have on VHS tape; it has some black and white interview footage of the band, answers only, and some behind the scenes footage on the videos for the WCD album. It has some speed changes, but not that many. Here you can see the full video for "I Can't Dance." There are some rare clips of not one but two Tony Banks videos, and also some footage of the tour rehearsals, played at a big blimp hangar in Texas. There was originally some footage of REM playing live, introduced by Tony Banks (why?! one asks), but it has been removed. The program also flashes up some tour dates while playing the "Turn It" medley from the IT tour video in the background.

The last bit is an attempt to manufacture the video for "Hold on My Heart" by synching the album song with the video. It has some problems. There are a few speed fluctuations, and the sound seems to be rather off-synch with the picture at first. Both the beginning and ending of the video picture are not there, and are filled in with a freeze frame. This is an interesting artifact but has been made redundant by the release of the official Video Show DVD.

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TV Appearances, Volume 4 ('92-'97)

No Admittance (53:13): Disney Channel broadcast of WCD documentary; aired 22/3/92

Genesis: Opening Night (48:36): aired 13/6/92, featuring clips from 8/5/92 performance at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas--the first night of the WCD tour; includes video for "Jesus He Knows Me"

Congo video (4:53): Aired 11/9/97 on VH1's "Crossroads"

The Web (2:06): Aired 21/12/97 on the Sci-Fi Channel

Comments: The first clip here is the same "No Admittance" show as seen on one of my VHS tapes and on the previous volume--except this version has more footage. Unfortunately it also has more speed drops (again, fixed on a supplemental disc below). The first 15 minutes of the show are fine, but after that the speed problems get worse and worse. They never become really awful, but they are distracting, especially during music sections. However, this version of the show features more information about the studio crew that help Genesis on The Farm. It also features more of the questions which Genesis seem to pull out of a hat and then flip a coin to decide who has to answer it. There's a question about which band they would have liked to have been in if they were not in Genesis (Phil: The Beatles or Cream). There's more footage of Nick Davis, the engineer for WCD, and a clip about the eventual b-side "Hearts on Fire," which was also included on my WCD compilation audio CD. There's more about Mike's guitar playing skills (or lack thereof), and a nice in-depth explanation of the origin of "Driving the Last Spike." There's a section about the band's children and whether or not they are considering music careers as well; and finally a bit about Tony's fear of flying.

The second bit I already have some of on VHS, coming after the ABC version of the "No Admittance" special. This has some nice and valuable footage of the opening night of the WCD tour, including clips from a live version of "Mama," a song which was not played much on this tour. You also get to see some of the drum duet from that night, as well as tiny bits from several other songs. More rehearsal footage and planning of the stage show is shown, with dates leading up to the first performance; there's stuff from 16 April, 5 May and 7 May. A brief history of the band is constructed using clips from various songs. There's some info about solo career stuff, with some nice footage of some of Phil's live performances. You also get the full video for "Jesus He Knows Me"--which is really very funny, and probably the best video made from this album. There's some behind the scenes footage, and also even an ad Genesis did for Virgin Airlines, which is pretty funny. This section of the DVD has no problems and is in great quality.

Next we have the video for "Congo," which has a short introduction talking about the change in lead singer and showing some footage of the band playing live from their Cape Canaveral set of 26/8/97. It also has some very short, edited interviews from what looks like a NASA control room, perhaps on the same day as the album launch performance. I'd like to say that, while it's nice having the video in this form, I think its style is utterly at odds with the band and that it was a big mistake for them to drop Jim Yukich as their video director--why change not only your lead singer, but also your back-up live band (Daryl and Chester) and your steadfast video crew? The video for "Congo" is freakish, curiously water-obsessed, rather overtly homoerotic (IMO; I don't have anything against homosexuality, it's just another thing that seems at odds with the band's image), and has seemingly no connection with the subject of the song--not an uncommon trait of music videos, really, but Genesis used to do better.

Finally we have a clip from an old Sci-Fi Channel news show called "The Web," which details advancements in the internet. It talks about how the Cape Canaveral set of August '97 was broadcast over the web. When this segment was taped it's possible that the US tour wasn't even cancelled yet.

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TV Appearances, Supplemental Disc 1 ('91-'92)

MTV Rockline (43:00): Call-in show, aired 12/11/91; includes video for "No Son of Mine"

No Admittance (53:13): Disney Channel broadcast of WCD documentary; aired 22/3/92

Comments: This is the first of two DVDs recapitulating footage from the previous five volumes of TV appearances which, in their initial versions, had speed drop or clipping errors. These versions, transferred and recorded by a different recorder, are without those errors. These two clips are particularly nice to have, as the first (Rockline) was basically unwatchable in its original version and needed to be backed up by a separate CD-R just to give me an idea of what the correct audio sounded like. This one, though the picture is not absolutely perfect and though the satellite feed by which the band in Madrid are linked with MTV studios creates some audio difficulties (including a delay between when the VJ asks a question and when the band actually hear it, a repeated and annoying beeping noise, and some crackly sound when the band talk), is very watchable and listenable and also includes a fairly good copy of the video for "No Son of Mine"--with no speed problems.

The second clip is the longer of the two versions of the making-of documentary for We Can't Dance. While I have previously complained about the fact that it doesn't really show the band creating their songs (even though that is exactly what it claims to be doing), this still remains a very good depiction of the band's recording style and has some nice outtakes and interviews, as well as some interesting answers to questions taken out of a hat. I'm glad to have this longer version of the footage in good quality on DVD.

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TV Appearances, Supplemental Disc 2 ('86-'92; '99)

Friday Night Videos (12:34): 11/7/86

MTV Music Video Awards (4:11): 15/9/86 - Throwing It All Away

Montreux Golden Rose Festival (20:23): Summer 1986 (exact date unknown) - Anything She Does/Invisible Touch/Tonight, Tonight, Tonight

Much Music Spotlight (3:29): Aired circa 1988

Billboard Music Awards (12:00): 9/12/91

The Real Story (5:47): CNBC, aired 30/1/92

Real Life (6:46): CNBC, aired 14/5/92

In Concert (21:38): Aired 15/5/92; includes video for "I Can't Dance" and some clips of tour rehearsals

Hold on My Heart video (4:46)

Bonus: The Carpet Crawlers 1999 video (4:00)

Comments: This is a smattering of clips taken from the previous TV Appearances volumes. We have the last three clips from volume 1, four clips from volume 2 (including the last three), and the last two from volume 3 (volume 4's only clip with errors is on the first supplemental disc). These versions are cleaner, without speed drops or cuts, and in at least one case actually have more footage. There's also a bonus clip at the end: the promo video for the "Carpet Crawlers '99" song, which was really a shameless promotional gimmick to try to get more fans to buy the darkly prophetic best of CD (Turn It on Again: The Hits). Heh. Still a good song, though.

Even though I have described all this footage in my comments for the original volumes, I think I can still manage to drone on about them a little more. Friday Night Videos still has some rolling horizontal lines in it. MTV Music Video Awards features an intro of the band from Downtown Julie Brown (remember her?! No, me neither ;). The Montreux footage has a nice picture and probably beats all the other clips for sheer weirdness (it's hard for me to understand the purpose of Genesis fake-playing to an audience of fans who are screaming about dubbed-over studio songs--or why they were at Montreux at all!). Much Music has some interesting interview bits from the '80s.

The Billboard show is the one that is actually quite a bit longer than my other version (in fact, it is longer by about four minutes). Unfortunately this extra footage does not feature more of Genesis. But you do get to see the opening titles of the awards show, which feature a montage of songs and video clips of bands from throughout the history of rock. You also get the full ending credits, accompanied by an instrumental version of a Phil song ("Only You Know and I Know"). There's also the tiniest fragment of something about Peter Gabriel in there. Otherwise, this is still mainly the band pretending to perform "No Son of Mine" while Phil sings live over the studio track (introduced by the "irrepressible" Paul Shaffer).

"The Real Story" and "Real Life" are both shows on CNBC, and both feature interview footage from the same interview (in fact, the shows are so similar that even the CNBC announcer back in the studio has trouble remembering which show he's on when he makes his final comments on the end of "Real Life"). I think there's one interview question that is repeated on both segements, but mainly they manage to use different footage for each one. The picture for the first bit is still jittery and seems to kind of flicker, but as I say it lacks the speed problems of the other clip and as a document of interview footage is just fine. The second segment has a better picture; CNBC makes use of various bits of stock footage of the band, including what was probably the band's most recent live performance at the Knebworth '90 festival.

In Concert has a nice picture here, with the promo video for "I Can't Dance." I described this clip just fine in my previous comments for volume 3. Nice to have it without the speed drops. The lack of speed drops also makes the "Hold on My Heart" video slightly better, though it still has problems with synching and is bookended by some ugly freeze-framing.

The bonus clip is fairly exciting for me, since I had never seen the video for CC99 before watching this. (Of course it is officially available on the video DVD now.) The videomakers had to deal with the fact that they had no actual footage of the band playing this new version, nor did they even have any current video footage of the vocalists singing it. Instead they have one actor who seems to have been designated as "Rael" and who, along with some other unfortunate extras, crawls through a grimy tunnel which I assume is their idea of a carpeted corridor. Meanwhile, vintage video footage of the band from the '70s is projected onto people's backs and faces. The very beginning of the video features an infant dressed in a wooly outfit; the ending suggests that our hero, Rael, has escaped the imprisonment of the tunnel and is blissfully walking the beach of spiritual enlightenment, a la Shawshank Redemption (in the context of the album-story, of course, Rael was less than halfway through his painful journey at this point, and his escape from the corridor and staircase only led him to another chamber--with 32 doors). Really, though the video gets full marks for actually trying to a certain extent to be faithful to the surreal subject matter of the song's lyrics, it could have done a more accurate job. It's still nice to see anyone trying to create a visual depiction of the Lamb album, however, and I really do think this is a nice version of the song--though be warned, the last verse of the song has actually been cut for this '99 remix, and the video may actually cut some additional seconds from this version of it.

Many, many thanks go to Dennis for getting all of this great footage to me, and most especially for keeping track of the segments with errors on them from the first batch and resending me errorless copies in these two supplemental discs. Cool stuff! I love anything that gives me a chance to fill up screen after screen of web page with criticisms.

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One Shirt Not Required

Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg Sweden (8/7/92): Soundcheck, version 1, including: Jamming/Firth of Fifth/Home by the Sea/Driving the Last Spike/Land of Confusion

Interview, version 1

Soundcheck, version 2, including: Jamming/Firth of Fifth/Home by the Sea

Interview, version 2

At the Show, versions 1 and 2, including parts of: Land of Confusion/No Son of Mine

Comments: This is an interesting artifact. It appears a local television crew came to visit Genesis during their gig in Gothenburg, Sweden, as part of the We Can't Dance tour. This DVD collects some raw, unedited footage from what seems to be at least two different cameras, capturing the band's soundcheck before the show, an interview, and the beginning of the actual gig.

We begin with the soundcheck or rehearsal, and the band messing around on stage. Not long into the proceedings, Phil removes his shirt (!), providing the inspiration for the DVD's title. The band perform tiny bits from "Firth of Fifth," "Home by the Sea," "Driving the Last Spike," and "Land of Confusion." Phil also does some vocals which I didn't recognize, but according to information on the Movement they are from the song "Helpless Heart." The video stops and starts at times, with snow in between.

The first version of the interview begins, strangely enough, at the end of the chat, with Phil making some comments about ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr (Phil says he is underrated, though not the best rock drummer ever). After a break, the interview starts over from the beginning, with the camera zoomed in very tightly on the band members' faces, and at times wandering around, sometimes focussing on their hands. Tony mentions with seeming certainty that the band (with Phil) will be doing further albums and tours! The videos and singles from the new album are discussed and Phil mentions how they made fun of Michael Jackson's "Black and White" video at the end of "I Can't Dance."

The band seem to get quite testy when the interviewer asks them questions about an apparently spurious news article. The article claims that the band are insured for the tour, but that their insurance policy requires that they not do any dangerous activities, like drive, run, or use double-necked guitars. The band tell the interviewer it is "all rubbish" and suggest he not subscribe to whatever newspaper printed the information. Phil also gives his opinion about then-new and popular bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

After this rather interesting talk, we return to more soundcheck. I'm fairly certain that this is the exact same soundcheck from the beginning of the disc, only this time from a different camera. We get more jamming, bits of "Firth of Fifth," and "Home by the Sea" (with Phil again going shirtless). It doesn't cover as much as the first soundcheck version, since after this we return to the full interview. It's the same interview over again, this time from a camera that is taking a long shot of the whole band on the couch, instead of close-ups. I'm sure the intention was to later cut the two sets of footage together into a nice, cleaned-up version, ready for broadcast (I don't know if the edited, broadcast version is available for trade). The footage cuts off before it gets as far as the first version (in the first version, the interview ends and we get to see the band walk out of the room and hear a bit of talk from the people left in the room before the footage cuts off).

Finally, after two sets of soundcheck and two run-throughs of the interview, we get to the very partial footage from the actual Gothenburg gig. We see silent shots of the stadium and the audience gathering, then the sound comes in, and the band arrive on stage. Unfortunately the cameramen did not capture a complete version of any of the songs, and only shot the beginnings of the first two numbers. First we see a bit of "Land of Confusion," then we cut to the beginning of "No Son of Mine." After a bit of that, we return to "Land of Confusion," this time shot by camera 2. Again the filming cuts off after only a minute or so, and we cut to the beginning of "No Son." During "No Son of Mine," the camera crew walks out of the stadium, but the guy using camera 2 keeps his camera running. So we get to see a bouncy view going away from the stadium. The crew walks all the way behind the stage, then out through a hallway. The music gets fainter and fainter and finally becomes inaudible, and then the camera is finally turned off. There is a lot of snow at the end of the disc.

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CAS Rehearsal

Sportshalle, Budapest Hungary (28/1/98): No Son of Mine/Land of Confusion/The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway/Calling All Stations/Hold on My Heart/Alien Afternoon/There Must be Some Other Way/Domino/The Carpet Crawlers/Firth of Fifth (instrumental section)/Congo/Home by the Sea - Second Home by the Sea/Dancing With the Moonlit Knight (intro)/Follow You Follow Me/Lover's Leap/Mama/The Dividing Line/Invisible Touch

Comments: This DVD is exactly identical to my VHS version, because it was transferred to DVD by the same person I got my VHS tape from! This is a cool video and I'm glad to have it in a digital form. Feel free to consult my description of this in the VHS section. Basically this is amateur-shot footage of the band performing a show to an empty arena (just how it would have looked if they'd played in the US--ha, ha, ha). The light effects are all there, but what little Ray said between songs has been edited out, often at the expense of the first few seconds of the next song. There is a small cut in SHBTS. Also the last few numbers of the performance are cut--they were probably recorded but are missing from this version.

Included at the beginning of the DVD are shots of the guys (including Tony Smith) arriving in an airport, the setting up of the stage and equipment, and a brief warm-up by the band. Quality is quite nice for a handheld recording. The shooting is a bit more static than the pro-shot stuff from this tour, but it gives you a better idea of the whole picture. Also see my CAS audio page for an alternate version of this same gig.

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...A Deeper Blue... (EFDVDG05)

Sportovinhala, Prague, Czech Rebublic (2/2/98): DVD 1: No Son of Mine/Land of Confusion/The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway/Calling All Stations/Alien Afternoon/Shipwrecked/Congo

DVD 2: There Must Be Some Other Way/Domino/Home by the Sea/Second Home by the Sea/Mama/Invisible Touch/Turn It on Again

Comments: The first thing I should probably mention about this is that it is in PAL format, and so will not play on a normal US NTSC format television. It does, however, play on my computer, and of course if you're in Europe and/or have the right equipment, it should not be a problem. As of now, this is one of only two DVD entries with footage from the CAS tour, which I find rather amazing (see the VCD section for plenty of goodies from '97-'98). This one is very nice, though: two DVDs with a very good quality TV broadcast of an early performance in the tour. The broadcast was taped to VHS and then remastered and transferred to DVD by the people of Epping Forest (which is what the "EF" in the name stands for), who created a nice menu screen for each disc. I'm not sure it really needed to be spread across two DVDs, but the show seems to have been broadcast in two one-hour installments, so it kind of makes sense to divide it that way.

Each DVD ends with production credits in whatever language they speak in the Czech Republic. Between songs a big "GENESIS" graphic appears on the screen, with a kind of cool video effect. The direction is rather choppy, cutting between the various cameras pointed at the various band members, and sometimes we get views from underneath the glass stage. Every once in a long while there is a tiny flicker or disruption in the video, but mostly it looks and sounds great. There is a little "Nova" logo in the upper left hand corner of the footage, because this was broadcast by "TV Nova." You can hear and see Ray's first intro to the audience, reading his prepared words from a piece of paper, but all of the other intros have been edited out (except the band introductions, which Ray does at the end of "Turn It on Again"). Also missing are quite a few songs from the normal set, including "Carpet Crawlers," FoF, the entire acoustic set, and the last couple encore numbers (no, you don't get to see Ray pluck an audience member for "I Can't Dance"). The biggest loss I thought was "Dividing Line," a great showcase for the band's talent and one of the better songs from the CAS album. Still, a fantastic video from the tour, all the better for me since I don't have this one on audio CD.

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Archive: 1967-1975

VH1 Special (1998)
Bonus: Shipwrecked (promo video)

Comments: This DVD documents a special produced by VH1 as promotional material for the release of the band's first box set, detailing previously unreleased live and studio recordings from the Peter Gabriel era. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think it's a nice addition to the collection of bio videos about the band, in good quality and with the commercials smoothly edited out. I've shown my appreciation by writing an incredibly lengthy review of the whole thing. (I got this DVD from a UK resident, which is probably the reason why my DVD player refused to recognize it. Of course I didn't even consider that compatability would be an issue until I put the thing in the tray--even though I'd made a big deal out of NTSC/PAL comparison when making a VHS tape for him to complete the trade. That's what you can expect from a college education. However, as with any PAL DVDs, when I put it in my computer's DVD drive, the computer read it and played it perfectly.) The fact that this video focused only on the formative years of the group gave the producers more of a chance to spread out and further explore some details of the history that don't usually get discussed.

For instance, the video has more footage of Charterhouse School than I've ever seen before, including some unique interior shots (and a look at THE PIANO that may even be the same one Peter Gabriel used to climb through a service hatch to reach before the other kids--though I would hope Charterhouse has better funding than to keep around the same piano for thirty years). Through narration and interview, especially with Anthony Phillips, one gets a better idea than ever before of the real revolutionary aspect of the conservative English public school boys' career choice, and the interesting effect rock and roll was having on Charterhouse. It's as good a time as any to mention that the video is actually narrated by none other than Ray Wilson--this gives you a good idea of when this video was produced!

In addition to the Charterhouse shots, there are some nice (and in some cases oft-heard) details about the separate band groups that were to become Genesis, including Anthony's description of Anon as including Rob Tyrell, Rivers Job, and later Mike Rutherford. Apparently it was Ant's idea that they start writing their own songs instead of just being a Stones cover band--Ant is once again depicted as the driving force behind the creation of the band; he was the "number one" guy in Anon because he actually knew a few tunes.

One interesting tidbit that I'd never heard before: the person who actually gave the Genesis demo tape to Johnathan King was named John Alexander (according to Tony). He was the only one with enough guts to confront King, apparently. There is also a nice little interview with John Silver (who can also be seen in different interview footage on the Songbook DVD) about the band getting signed on to produce their first album, and there are multiple interviews with King and the band members talking about the production of the album and what they think about it (more than one usually hears about the first album, which is generally ignored by all films except as a landmark stepping stone on the band's way to eventual recognition).

There are some nice memories from the band about their favorite clubs to play in the '70s, including (of course) the Friar's Club in Aylesbury. We learn that "Chobham" was the name of Pete's parents' house where they held the drummer and guitarist auditions which brought Phil Collins and Hackett to the fold (hence the unreleased early Genesis track called "Chobham Chords"). There's the very typical story of Phil's audition, told a million times before, but with the interesting addition that after Phil was hired, the band went on holiday for two weeks and Phil was forced to work his only "proper" job--as an exterior decorator (he hated it). Phil makes some interesting comments about his early time with the band, being surprised at the seemingly constant emotional flare-ups between Mike and Tony, as well as the fact that they were a band more interested in composing than flashy playing (Phil, having come from the opposite tradition, had one more thing to get used to).

Tony makes some humorous comments about how Phil was probably trying desperately to write out an ever-expanding list of jokes to tell on the tour van, so he'd have something to say--there's his reputation as the band joker to maintain. There is even a brief, fleeting mention of the elusive Mick Barnard, the shady interim guitarist who was nudged out to make way for Hackett; Phil tells a story I've never heard before about how he got himself totally wasted on the night of Steve's first live gig with the band.

Steve makes no mention of this embarrassment, but does point out how excited he was with the band's new equipment: apparently they bought a mellotron off of King Crimson! The Charisma tour that Genesis was thrown on after the release of the Foxtrot album is depicted as a sort of "crash course in band intimacy," since Phil and Steve were new to the circle of boyhood chums and everyone had to get used to each other. Generally stories about the band seem to downplay the creative tension within the group, mostly because it pales in comparison to the violent stories told by other, more famous rock groups; but in this telling of the history one really gets the sense of the emotional intensity of these young men and the real conflicts that did go on.

Interestingly, with the pacing of the video, it is already well into the thing before they even get to talking about Pete's costumes--though the costume stuff is discussed in detail, including an interesting comment from Mike Rutherford about how the costumes were an attempt to visually tell the story of the song to help make up for their crappy PA system, which made Pete's well-crafted lyrics unintelligible (there is sometimes a tendency to explain the costumes entirely as an incredibly creative piece of original thinking on Pete's part, which largely ignores the important part that necessity played in their creation).

Behind the early bits of the show we can hear songs from the fourth disc of the box set: all the b-sides and unreleased tracks from very early in the band's history (appropriately enough). Later the focus shifts to more officially released '70s stuff, and we get to see the typical video footage from those years: the Bataclan stuff from the Foxtrot tour, and the ubiquitous Shepperton clip of October '73 (though strangely there is not a frame of the Belgian "Pop Shop" clip of '72). The camera scans some of the classic album covers and also displays a lot of the nice band photos used in the box set's booklet.

Eventually the video gets to talking about The Lamb and Pete's decision to leave. This is probably due to a bit of a hazy recollection on Pete's part, but the way he tells it here, he seems to have decided to leave the band almost before their tour for that album began (previously I'd gotten the idea that it was something that happened kind of mid-tour)! Again, in this version of the band's story I got a stronger sense than ever before of the feelings that caused Peter to split from the group (though by now they are of course much more distanced from the whole thing and don't feel nearly as strong about it anymore). There are still some arguments, though, and it's fairly clear that the Tony Banks/Peter Gabriel relationship never fully recovered from the band split. Tony, it appears, is convinced that Pete still has some old tapes of classic Genesis recordings, while Pete claims to have none of them. We get a frustrating look into what has been lost, as Peter mentions a session at John Silver's house in which their "first 20 minute piece," called "The Movement," was recorded--this is on one of the tapes that was not found.

As a final rounding out of the show, there is some discussion of the process of choosing the collection on the box set, what the set contains, and what re-recording was done (there's a great clip of Hackett recording the FoF solo in a dimmed room with his sunglasses on--can he play without his sunglasses??). There's some interesting talk about Pete's vocal range (Mike claims that after Pete went solo he realized that he'd been singing too high for ten years; Pete seems to explain this change as the natural process of aging), as well as the youthful band's habit of refusing to change the key of their songs when playing live to help save the vocalist's voice (Pete: "those bastards!"). Mike admits that this was a symptom of their immature intensity, and mentions that he has no problem with changing the key of a song now. Mike also gives a very nice compliment to Phil, saying how there are some old Genesis songs that only Phil can play right (though he tries to give due credit to Chester and Bill Bruford).

To round out the show, all of the core band members (excepting Ant, who kind of doesn't count in this context; and Steve, who is just left out) are asked about their willingness to ever get back together and perhaps reperform The Lamb or some other piece of their past. Peter Gabriel's answer is a very firm No; he adds that his work on the box set is about as far as he is willing to delve back into the past (he claims it took him twelve years of solo work just to get away from being called an "ex-Genesis" member--he's not going back there!). Tony also surprsingly voices a negative opinion, half-jokingly claiming that he can no longer play the parts and that Peter can no longer sing them. Mike Rutherford is positive about the album and says that he was "thinking about" it; Phil provides an emphatic Yes! All interesting given events in 2007.

As a final touch, on the end of the DVD I got to finally watch the full video for "Shipwrecked," one of the singles from the Ray Wilson era Calling All Stations album (all the videos for that album are now available on DVD officially). I have the video for "Congo" on a previous video entry (TV Appearances Volume 4), and in my comments I gave the video a severe drubbing for its creepy, inappropriate imagery and its lack of connection to the band and their sensibilities. I assume this "Shipwrecked" video was made by the same guy, because it has the same problems--though to a slightly lesser extent. There are still creepy, weird-looking people in this video, and a good deal of them are still drenched with water (what is this director's deal with the water obsession?? it's like nobody looks good unless they're dripping with moisture! makes you wonder and worry...), but somehow the band doesn't seem so out of place or uncomfortable here. Perhaps it's because you barely ever see them, except for some good close-ups of Ray, who anyway is the young sore thumb in the context of the band and seems quite in his element in the alterna-rock grime and gloom of his surroundings. Basically the video features various people who are "shipwrecked," and at least one storyline suggests it's because of wrong choices in love. However, the main condition of being "shipwrecked" seems to involve staring slackjawed into space with a wide-eyed, empty expression, preferably pretending to be a storefront mannequin, or else swimming in an oversized aquarium tank with the same expression (the people outside the tanks often drip with water, as though they've just stepped out of their tank for a quick second in order to stare vacantly at some point in space). Admittedly, the "shipwreck" theme of the song makes the water make more sense, but it's still weird and off-putting. But I'm glad to have the video.

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VH1 Rock Honors Special

Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas NV (12/5/07; aired 24/5/07): Full two-hour TV broadcast, commercials omitted; featuring performances by Nickelback, ZZ Top, Alice in Chains & Gretchen Wilson, Heart, Keane, Genesis, Queens of the Stone Age, Ozzy Osbourne

Keane set: That's All; Genesis set: Turn It on Again/No Son of Mine

Comments: This is a straight-to-DVD recording of the VH1 TV special which marked Genesis' return to live performance in preparation for their Turn It on Again tour. Along with three other bands (ZZ Top, Heart, and Ozzy), Genesis was honored and received rings (presented to them backstage by Robin Williams). There are probably a lot of recordings of this show out there. This one has had the commercials edited out. It does not have scene selection but it has been automatically broken up into scenes at approximately six-minute intervals. (Want a version with just the Genesis performance? See next entry!)

This was an exciting moment for fans everywhere, since Genesis with Phil had not performed in front of an audience for about fifteen years. The full Genesis set actually included "Los Endos" (prefaced by the obligatory drum duet from Chester and Phil), but not surprisingly VH1 decided a six-minute instrumental was not ideal for prime time television viewing--it has been cut. (Streaming video of the song was made available on their web site, however.) Also the ending section of "No Son of Mine" has been slightly edited, though it's hard for me to tell whether this was done purposely by the band or was cut in post production. Genesis, technically the third band on the "Honors" bill (after ZZ Top and Heart), was introduced by presenter Robin Williams, who threw in some cute song title references and made his introduction into a bible-thumping prayer meeting ("I come to preach to you from the book of Genesis--can I get an amen!?!"). I thought this was at the least better than having to listen to Paul Shaffer's 1991 Billboard Awards introduction. There was also a brief interview clip of the band, making a few comments about their history. Phil mentions that they rehearsed a few weeks previously and that it was "like falling off a log--painful!"

The show had more "current" acts performing covers of the honored bands before they took the stage--either this was to show how influential the older music was to newer performers, or it was just a marketing gimmick to get a wider demographic to tune to VH1. Either way, we end up with the UK three-piece Keane's cover of "That's All." My first impression of the performance was that the lead singer sounded incredibly nervous, but I think that's just the way his voice sounds. I liked the way he sang "that's all" but was confused by their changing the "tell me it's black when I know that it's white" line to "tell me it's white when I know that it's right"--or something. The song also features an alternate keyboard improvisation.

The Genesis performance itself is thrilling just because of what it is. I'm probably being influenced by someone else's review, but I think that they sounded a bit rusty on the opening song "Turn It on Again," and were a bit more together for "No Son." Phil looked okay in interviews of the band from the same year, but looked very old on stage. The stage show was probably dictated a lot more by the show producers than by the band--there were lighting effects, and a different image was put in the circular video screen behind them for each song. The image for "Turn It" was very generic but the image for "No Son" was the figures on the We Can't Dance album cover. Apparently the smoke machines were employed for "Los Endos," but unfortunately that can't be seen here.

As for the choice of songs, given their tour title and reunion, "Turn It on Again" was almost mandatory as the set opener. The sixteen-year-old "No Son" actually counts as one of their "newer" hits (as Daryl mentioned about the band's live set in an interview earlier that year, "They're all old!"), with possibly the best chance of being recognizable to most of the audience members. That song always worked well live, even when sung by Ray Wilson; though it's not exactly the kind of pounding rock tune that most of the other bands present would have played. "Los Endos" I thought was a fantastic choice--always a great live number, a classic piece with tons of drama and a great part for every band member, and a chance for Phil to get behind the drums. Of all the songs they chose to play it was the one that I felt was most indicative of the band's adventurous songwriting style, and would have enjoyed watching the most. But obviously it was never hit single material and it's not surprising that it was cut from the show.

Regardless, this is a cool thing to have--the band back in action after all those years. As for the rest of the program, I have to admit that I haven't really watched it! Probably this is also an interesting item for fans of Ozzy, though, since he seems to have been the biggest and most popular act on stage that night.

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Genesis Live at VH1 Rock Honors

Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas NV (12/5/07): Turn It on Again/No Son of Mine/Drum Duet - Los Endos

Comments: This version of the Rock Honors performance cuts everything out of the television broadcast but the two songs that were aired, and also features the song that was not aired: "Los Endos," taken from the VH1 web site's streaming video. I made this DVD myself. The first two songs are ripped from the DVD above, and look great, but for the streaming video I had to use capture software. The resulting clip is somewhat choppy and the audio has some periodic hitches in it. But the quality is not too bad, and this is the complete live performance with no frills. The DVD has menu screens (based on some default menus provided by the Apple iDVD software I used to make this) and song selection.

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Dusseldorf '07

LTU Arena, Dusseldorf Germany (27/6/07): DVD 1: Behind the Lines - Duke's End - Turn It on Again/No Son of Mine/Land of Confusion/In the Cage - The Cinema Show - Duke's Travels - Afterglow/Hold on My Heart/Home by the Sea - Second Home by the Sea/Follow You Follow Me/Firth of Fifth (instrumental section) - I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe)

DVD 2: Mama/Ripples/Throwing It All Away/Domino/Drum Duet - Los Endos/Tonight, Tonight, Tonight - Invisible Touch/I Can't Dance/The Carpet Crawlers/Interview

Comments: As one of the promotional gimmicks on the Turn It on Again tour, the band's gig in Dusseldorf was broadcast live via satellite to cinemas in the UK and Sweden. Somehow or other, technologically savvy private citizens managed to capture the broadcast and it was immediately slapped onto DVDs and uploaded to torrent sites. Genesis management quickly requested that it be pulled down. However, somehow I have acquired this 2-DVD PAL version, which is a fairly raw and untouched version of the capture.

A seemingly unavoidable side effect of the capture are some audio dropouts. They average out to about one per song, though they are not evenly distributed throughout the show, and are just momentary hitches in the playback. Also the audio is slightly out-of-synch for most of the recording--I believe this is a result of the frame rate of the original feed having to be cut down considerably for DVD viewing. Later, touched-up versions of the footage fix this problem.

That was the bad news. The good news is, this is a completely uncut, incredibly high resolution, fantastic-sounding, professionally-shot show from the band's reunion tour. It is probably destined for official release. The band are on form to an almost anticlimactic degree: it seems as if they have picked up exactly where they left off fifteen years ago. When this tour began there was a lot of concern about spoilers from people who had bought tickets to see the show, and I was a bit worried myself about not being surprised when I finally saw them in the US. This did not stop me from immediately downloading and watching these DVDs, however. If you are still concerned about spoilers, please do not read the following paragraphs, in which I will give a brief outline of the performance and stage show.

The band's stage is very impressive, though its true range and variety of tricks are only slowly revealed. The first few numbers rely mainly on the light show, which is in itself impressive enough. The set itself necessarily includes many classics and well-worn numbers, though some in unusual and original configurations. The tired "Cage" medley receives a welcome facelift of sorts. The first really good use of the gigantic video screens behind the band comes in "Home by the Sea." This is where the show's impressive visuals really come into their own. In addition to the ghostly images on the screens, a set of smoke-emitting, fiery lighting rigs travel up the series of curved pylons set behind the screens, then shine pairs of eye-like red lights into the audience. (It later becomes apparent that some sort of fabric can be automatically unfurled between all of the pylons, making another large canvas on which to shoot lights.)

Following this impressive number, I was surprised to see Phil remaining behind his drum kit for the entirety of "Follow You Follow Me"--singing a whole song from behind the drums is something I can't remember him doing in his whole previous history of live performances with Genesis. The screen visuals for this song are also cool, showing line animations of characters from various old album covers. IKWIL features lots of old photos of band members that scroll across the width of the video screens, and a 1976 clip of Phil's tamborine dance, synched to his 2007 version (yes, he's still doing it)!

Phil takes lots of pictures of the audience, using the photo ops as segues for his song intros. Generally his age did not show much during the performance, though his lit-up face during the evil "Mama" laughs was even creepier than in the past. There are some very pretty forest images for "Ripples." I loved the drum duet, which has a new and amusing introductory section. I had noticed a stool set stage center behind Phil earlier in the show. It turns out there are two stools set side by side, with microphones hooked over the seats, and the drum duet begins with Phil and Chester hitting the stool seats and metal legs with their drum sticks. This is particularly cool because I remember hearing an interview with Phil in which he explained that Phil and Chester worked out all their drum duets by slapping the backs of chairs. The guys eventually work over to their drum kits and do a full throttle and satisfyingly-long duet, leading into the always-dramatic "Endos."

The regular show ends at "Invisible Touch," and the band are sent off with a series of fireworks that cascade across the edge of the screens and pylons. Daryl and Chester are not on stage for the beginning of the first encore, "I Can't Dance," appearing a few minutes into the song. The song has a very colorful lighting pattern and nice visuals. Phil waits until after this first encore to finally introduce Daryl and Chester (clearly realizing that most of the audience would hang around for the encores!).

The DVD concludes with an interview which was presumably shown only to the people watching the show in the theatres, and was taped before the live performance. Mostly this is old hat to anyone keeping up with previous interviews and press conferences, but there are some funny comments from the guys about the cinema broadcast, particularly one from Tony at the end about how people are hoping for the band to screw up during the performance--he equates it to the morbid desire of NASCAR fans to see the cars crash.

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Dusseldorf '07 (Synched Version)

LTU Arena, Dusseldorf Germany (27/6/07): DVD 1: Behind the Lines - Duke's End - Turn It on Again/No Son of Mine/Land of Confusion/In the Cage - The Cinema Show - Duke's Travels - Afterglow/Hold on My Heart/Home by the Sea - Second Home by the Sea/Follow You Follow Me/Firth of Fifth (instrumental section) - I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe)

DVD 2: Mama/Ripples/Throwing It All Away/Domino/Drum Duet - Los Endos/Tonight, Tonight, Tonight - Invisible Touch/I Can't Dance/The Carpet Crawlers/Interview

Comments: This 2-DVD set is exactly the same as the previous entry, except that the audio has been correctly synched to the video (by Peter N.), making for an even more pleasurable experience. Unavoidably, the multiple hitches in the video have not been removed or repaired; but the video and audio are of such excellent quality, and the performance so great, that it shouldn't be too bothersome. The only other difference between this and the previous version is that the menu screens have been changed to one-page song lists, making song selection easier.

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Genesis on the Road

Parc des Princes, Paris France (30/6/07) and Arena, Amsterdam Holland (1/7/07) Behind the scenes and concert footage

Comments: This PAL DVD is a RaelMatrix production of an MTV Italia special, no doubt an attempt to gear up Italian fans for the big Rome gig of 14 July 2007. It features interviews with the band, crew, and manager, as well as behind-the-scenes footage from their Paris and Amsterdam gigs, and some very edited bits of the performances. Fortunately for English speakers like me, the interviews have been subtitled in Italian, not dubbed, so I can hear and understand almost everything that is said. The exceptions are the interviews with the sound engineer and intervews with various fans before and after the Paris gig--they speak French.

This is a nice, well-produced special. You get some information about the video screens, some background on the reunion from manager Tony Smith, some interesting information on Phil's drum kit, and some innocuous interviews from the band, including (at the end) a few comments about the then-upcoming Rome show. There is even an interview with Mike's son, Harry Rutherford, who is apparently involved in the recording of the shows. The general consensus from the various crewmembers is that the band are very laid-back and having a great time, which is nice to hear, whether it's true or not.

The performance footage is unfortunately very short, but what is there sounds and looks great. There is also some soundcheck footage--apparently the band are getting more in the habit of doing soundchecks on this tour. During other parts of the show we are treated to various instrumental passages from past Genesis albums, as background music. So nothing earth-shattering here, but a nice addition to the available footage from this tour.

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Genesis at Live Earth

Wembley Stadium, London UK (7/7/07): Behind the Lines - Duke's End - Turn It on Again/Land of Confusion/Invisible Touch

Comments: This DVD is very simply just the Genesis performance which opened the UK portion of the international Live Earth benefit concert. This video is in PAL format. The stage setup is Live Earth's idea, so the lighting rigs and gigantic video of the actual Turn It on Again tour are not present. There are some video screens and lights, but nothing particularly fancy. The band play a clean and shortened performance. Phil makes one tiny intro before "Land of Confusion." The DVD has no menu screen, just the songs. This version was recorded from the TV broadcast in a digital form and the quality is very nice. The video is supposed to be widescreen format but plays in a different proportion, making for a slightly warped picture.

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Genesis at Live Earth (Sundance Broadcast)

Wembley Stadium, London UK (7/7/07): Behind the Lines - Duke's End - Turn It on Again/Land of Confusion/Invisible Touch

Comments: This DVD is the Genesis Live Earth performance as recorded from the US Sundance channel broadcast, in NTSC format. The Sundance channel clearly broke for commercials after every number, though they have been almost totally edited out of this recording. There is a simple menu screen with song selection. The video proportion is correct for this one, unlike the PAL version above. Phil's use of the "f" word in "Invisible Touch" is blanked out. Unlike the previous version, there is a bit more footage before and after the performance here, and you can hear someone introduce the band.

You won't really notice if you watch this on TV, but when I compared the two DVDs on my computer the PAL was very clearly higher quality and resolution. The audio on this one is also very low and I had to turn my volume up higher than usual to get a good sound level. Of course this version is more likely to work on most US televisions, and the proportion is correct.

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Giraffe: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - Live at Progfest '94

Variety Arts Center, Los Angeles CA (5/11/94): Introduction/The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway/Fly on a Windshield/Broadway Melody of 1974/In the Cage/The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging/The Story of Rael/Back in NYC/Intro/The Carpet Crawlers/Lilywhite Lilith/The Story of Rael/The Lamia/The Colony of Slippermen/Ravine/In the Rapids/It/Watcher of the Skies (instrumental)/Intro: Box/The Musical Box (edited)

Comments: This is a professionally recorded video of Giraffe's entire performance at Progfest '94, for which they performed an edited-down but rocking version of The Lamb. The quality is very good and the audio is excellent--I also have a fantastic audio CD of this recording. The introduction is hilarious and features a Rael-clad Kevin Gilbert (the lead singer and front-man for the band) brutally destroying a stereo when the radio station he's listening to starts playing "Invisible Touch." He falls to his knees as the smoke machine erupts, the curtains part, and the piano intro for "Lamb" begins.

For time reasons the band had to omit quite a few numbers from their set, which is unfortunate, but they hit most of the better songs and play with great energy and feeling. Throughout the entire first half of the performance you can watch Kevin struggle with his mic stand, which he cannot figure out how to operate. He requests a new one at the beginning of one of his intros but doesn't seem to have much better luck with that one. The stage show of course cannot match the original band's (or the one that The Musical Box puts on--see following entries!): there are no slides and the light show is pretty basic. As I mentioned there is a smoke machine, and Kevin makes some attempt at changing costume. For "Lilywhite Lilith" his Rael jacket comes off. For "Lamia," his white T-shirt comes off (there is no Lamia "shower curtain" thing, though). For "Slippermen," Kevin dons a rubber goblin-type mask, and during the "Visit to the Doktor" section he inserts a balloon into his trousers. By the "Raven" section the mask and the balloon have been removed. Per the album version, the drummer (Nick D'Virgilio) picks up the "Where the Raven flies there's jeopardy" line. During "Ravine" Kevin leaves the stage and changes back into his shirt and jacket. I was pleasantly surprised to see him jump onto the keyboards along with David Kerzner for the fantastic "Watcher" conclusion, and he even helps out on guitar at the beginning of "Musical Box." For the conclusion of that song he wears a good replica of the old man mask.

You'll see from the song list that Kevin also tells the story, which is fairly close to the real thing. "It/Watcher" is played as a medley just like it was done during the Genesis tour of 1976 (except Giraffe plays the entire "It" with no lyrics omitted). The band play a heavily edited version of "The Musical Box" which has a running time of only about seven minutes. The band clearly had fun playing this, which is great to watch, and it's nice to hear a slightly different interpretation of the old classic.

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The Musical Box: Live in Montreal 1995

The Spectrum, Montreal Canada (7/9/95): (Nursery Cryme show) Harlequin/Stagnation/The Fountain of Salmacis/Twilight Alehouse/Seven Stones/The Musical Box/ (Foxtrot show) Watcher of the Skies/Can-Utility and the Coastliners/Get 'em Out by Friday/Supper's Ready/The Return of the Giant Hogweed/The Knife

Comments: This is--from what I understand--a pro-shot video of a fairly early Musical Box gig, taped for a local news program, to promote the show. I was amazed to find that the band had been playing as far back as 1995, but it appears the band was formed two years earlier than that. In its 1995 incarnation the band is composed of almost an entirely different set of people than it would be in the 21st century. The only people who I recognized were "Peter" and "Mike." For this particular gig the band have an extra, third guitarist, making six on stage.

This is a Nursery Cryme/Foxtrot show, and it really is two distinct sets representing those two different Genesis tours. For the first show, the stage is very bare with a black background and Peter appears in a black outfit with a shiny decorative band draped over his shoulders and chest. The camera is positioned stage center. Since this footage was supposed to be edited together for a short news piece, the camera is not always properly handled, and can sometimes zoom suddenly or jerk to the side.

Another unfortunate consequence of the video's purpose is that the camera does not film the entire show--every song is here, but there are a few cuts. The story for "Salmacis" starts a bit in. Interesting to note that, unlike the Genesis live versions of this song and later Musical Box renditions, this version features the extra backup vocals from the studio version. There is a small cut in the song. There is no story for "Alehouse" (he may just not have told one, but it could have been cut) and that song ends abruptly, cutting abruptly into the beginning of "Seven Stones." There is a cut in "Stones." Peter wears his fox head costume at the end of "Musical Box"! This was fun to see.

After "Box" the first show comes to an end and the band must have taken a break. When the next show begins it is with the standard Foxtrot white stage and Peter in full batwing regalia. This gig is appropriately more costume-heavy, with all the normal get-ups, including the Magog outfit at the end of "Supper." The camera begins in a different position, over on the right side of the band, but moves as the show goes on. "Coastliners" fades in: the beginning is missing. "Friday" fades in as well, but not much is missing. There is no story for "Supper," and there are multiple cuts in that song. There is a cut in the transition between "Lover's Leap" and "Sanctuary Man," the ending of the "Ikhnaton and Itsacon" section is cut, and there is another cut at the end of "Willow Farm." There actually is a puff of flash powder at the end of "Supper." "Hogweed" cuts in.

It was interesting for me to compare this Musical Box performance with the multiple performances I have seen them do over the ensuing years. "Peter's" accent appears heavier here than it was when I saw them, but at the same time he appears awkward at using the French language--I wonder whether this was intentionally a put-on on his part, to simulate the real Peter's inexperience with the language. I also think his singing has improved over the years. It was nice hearing them with all the different guitarists. I think the weakest link is probably the keyboardist, who is fairly good at his parts but obviously no Tony Banks--some of the keyboard effects do not sound quite right and there are plenty of bum notes. The band's keyboardist in later shows was much better.

This is a very cool show to have regardless, not only because it is pro-shot and nearly complete. We see that from their beginnings, the band was a special group with a devoted attention to detail and a high sense of professionalism. This video also features a lot of rare songs which I had never heard the Musical Box play (and which in several cases were barely ever played live by the original band). Keep in mind that while both sets feature songs played on the respective tours, neither reflects an actual set played by Genesis--for instance, no Foxtrot set that I know of featured both "Can-Utility" and "Supper," though both songs were played on that tour at one time or another.

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The Musical Box: From Genesis to Re-creation

Various venues (2004)

Foxtrot Show: Get 'em Out by Friday/The Return of the Giant Hogweed

Selling England by the Pound Show: Watcher of the Skies/Firth of Fifth/The Musical Box

The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Show: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway/Back in NYC/The Carpet Crawlers

Comments: This DVD, one of my small but growing collection of legally-questionable items, was the planned official release video from the fantastic tribute band The Musical Box. I was very much looking forward to purchasing this DVD way back when it was being advertised as an upcoming release on their web site, but the release never materialised. Apparently there were quality issues with the footage and it was decided to scrap it.

This is a real shame because the band deserves to have their very hard work detailed as it is on this movie for all to see. I did notice a bit of pixellation in some of the video clips here, but compared to a lot of other "pro-shot" bootlegs it is excellent, and very exciting to watch and (especially) listen to. The program begins with some general background on Genesis, then details the tribute band's three different tour re-creations. Each show has its own "documentary" discussing the difficulties in obtaining the original gear and working out the staging, lighting, and costumes. Then we get a small sampling of songs from the corresponding live show.

In the introduction there are various clips from the Montreal '95 gig seen in the previous entry. The introductory section for Foxtrot is the only place where we get to see a few short excerpts from "Supper's Ready"--obviously the whole song could not be placed on the DVD due to time constraints. The two complete songs we do get also include the stories; "Friday's" is the one about the love story between a female butterfly and a male dog.

The behind-the-scenes bit for the Selling England show is especially cool, because it shows all of the little one-off things the band did to re-create special moments from the original tour. There is footage of "Pete" and "Phil" doing the Jerusalem Boogie with a mechanical monkey, and a shot of "Peter" being raised into the air at the end of "Supper." There is also footage of the real Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford talking with the band, checking out their instruments and discussing playing methods. Hackett does the FoF solo with the band backstage, and then on stage for a special performance.

Then we are treated to a few highlights from the typical SEBTP re-creation, complete with the Five Rivers story before FoF (which has the full piano intro, thank you very much) and the standard decapitation story before "Box." A bit surprising that "Cinema Show" is not featured, but one of the main problems with the film is that there is just not enough time to show all the different, great perfomances the band is capable of.

Last in the line-up is The Lamb. There is some interesting footage detailing the very complex planning that went into precisely reproducing all of the aspects of the show: ordering the slides, painting the Lamia fabric cone, building the Slipperman costume, etc. For the live portion of the video, the decision was made to omit the story (a wise decision, I think), and three of the best numbers from the show are played--I thought the title track sounded especially nice. I was surprised that "In the Cage" was not featured, though I wasn't particularly disappointed.

Right after "Crawlers" we get to see the beginning of "It," with Rael and his duplicate on stage together. The song is edited and the video becomes a montage showing various shots from various performances throughout the band's career. Finally, at the very end of the film, the credits roll and we find the names of the performers--something not mentioned at all during the entire preceding footage. This may have been less modesty on the part of the band and more to avoid confusion, as two almost entirely different line-ups are shown in the different tours. The line-up seen in the Selling England footage is I believe the one I'm most familiar with from having seen them in 2004-2006.

Bonus items are also included on the DVD but there are no extra live songs. We get a text history of Genesis over the 1972-1975 period that The Musical Box focuses on, various snapshots of venues the tribute band has played in, a collection of Musical Box concert posters, and an ad for Armando Gallo's book I Know What I Like.

It's a real shame that this DVD was never officially released. I would have bought it.

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The Musical Box: The Lamb Lies Down on Chile

Teatro Caupolican, Santiago Chile (15/10/05): Introduction/The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway/Fly on a Windshield/Broadway Melody of 1974/Cuckoo Cocoon/Hairless Heart/Counting Out Time/The Carpet Crawlers/The Chamber of 32 Doors/Lamia/The Colony of Slippermen (partial)/The Light Dies Down on Broadway/In the Rapids/It/The Musical Box (partial)

Comments: This is an amateur-shot look at the Musical Box's Lamb Lies Down on Broadway show. Unfortunately there are a lot of missing songs and cuts, but what is here looks remarkably good. The audience member was up in a balcony seat and has no audience heads to obstruct his view. The camera gets an excellent full shot of the whole band and the slides, and it can zoom to an amazing extent (though the camera operator seems a bit too willing to show off this feature IMO--I would have preferred to be able to see the slides more often). I almost think he must have had some kind of tripod or image stabilizing technology, because the camera is very steady. There is very little problem with focusing after some initial fiddling. There is some occasional chatter, probably from the taper(s).

Now it's time to detail the cuts. Those familiar with the set will see that there is a big hole after "Cuckoo Cocoon," removing "Cage," "Grand Parade," the story (we do get to hear the initial Spanish story intro before the show starts, but the other story sections are missing), and "Back in NYC." The openings of both "Crawlers" and "32 Doors" are clipped. "32 Doors" is pretty majorly cut, ending after Peter sings "my mother to the right." Quite a bit of the beginning of the second half of the album is missing, including (very unfortunately) "The Waiting Room." "Lamia" is the first song we get, and it starts a bit in. "Silent Sorrow" and the "Arrival" improv are missing, and we only get to see about a minute of Pete jiggling in his "Slipperman" costume before that song cuts to the opening of "Light Dies Down." The end of that song cuts into "In the Rapids," and "It" cuts off before the ending chorus. After that we see only the ending bit of "Musical Box," with Pete in the old man costume.

This is a very well-shot look into the Lamb show. The band, as usual, do a great job. It's just a pity the video isn't more complete.

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The Musical Box: Live in Cleveland '05 (Lamb)

Allen Theater, Cleveland Ohio (6/11/05): Introduction/The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway/Fly on a Windshield/Broadway Melody of 1974/Cuckoo Cocoon/In the Cage/The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging/The Story of Rael/Back in NYC/Hairless Heart/Counting Out Time/The Carpet Crawlers/The Chamber of 32 Doors (incomplete)

Audio portion: remainder of performance including both encores, The Musical Box/Watcher of the Skies

Comments: This is an amateur-shot clip of tribute band The Musical Box's presentation of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. As you can see from the track list, the video covers only about half of the show, and "32 Doors" cuts off before getting very far in (the camcorder battery ran out), but this is still far more than is available from the "real" tour. As a bonus, once the video cuts out the screen turns blue and the remainder of the show (recorded on a digital voice recorder) plays audio-only.

The video footage is surprisingly clear and the sound is very nice. Of course, this footage does suffer from the typical problems of all amateur-shot stuff: shaky picture, audience heads in the way, low light, and focusing problems. But for all that there are many moments when the camera is in focus and the view is not entirely blocked by the back of someone's head. Occasionally you can even make out some of the slides behind the band. The band member who is most often visible is "Mike." The music of course is good all the way through, and we even get to hear the opening story from "Peter" (though you can't really see anything until a little ways into the opening song). I would say that of the amateur-shot video I have, this is probably among the best in terms of overall quality (though see previous entry).

As for the audio-only section, it is slightly lower in quality than the audio from the camcorder, though still fairly clear. I think the voice recorder picked up the audience more, or maybe I just noticed them more with the picture gone--there are some calls and yells over the music. There is also an extended break in the middle of "Silent Sorrow," though there does not appear to be much of a cut. Aside from that, if you combine the video and audio portions, you have the whole performance here.

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The Musical Box: Live in Cleveland '06 (Selling England)

Palace Theater, Cleveland Ohio (4/11/06): DVD 1: Watcher of the Skies/Dancing With the Moonlit Knight/The Cinema Show/I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe)/Firth of Fifth/The Musical Box

DVD 2: Horizons/The Battle of Epping Forest/Supper's Ready/The Knife

Comments: This is an amateur-shot clip of tribute band The Musical Box's presentation of Selling England by the Pound. It is the entire performance, with only the first couple of notes of "Horizons" missing due to the camcorder batteries being changed. The audio is quite nice. The video is good but, as with the previous entry, suffers from typical problems: shaky picture, focusing problems, and audience members blocking the full view of the stage. In particular in this case there is a spiky-haired woman who blocks our view of "Phil" for pretty much the entire performance. It is also hard to see "Steve." However the important guy, "Peter," is quite visible. You also get very good views of the slides in the background.

Both DVDs feature nice menu screens and each disc has an extensive slide show made up of still frames from the video footage. A lot of the stills are quite clear and nice. In a way, if you really want to get an idea of the performance Genesis gave for this tour, it is almost better to watch this footage, since the Shepperton performance is not a complete show and does not provide as good a view of the slides.

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The Musical Box: Live in Cleveland '07 (Selling England "Black Show")

State Theater, Cleveland Ohio (9/12/07): DVD 1: Watcher of the Skies/Dancing With the Moonlit Knight/The Cinema Show/I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe)/Firth of Fifth/The Musical Box

DVD 2: Horizons/The Battle of Epping Forest/Supper's Ready/The Knife

Comments: This is an amateur-shot clip of tribute band The Musical Box's presentation of Selling England by the Pound. This is the "Black Show," TMB's version of a scaled-down stage set-up that the real band used in early 1974 in Europe. The slides are more prominent, the stage (surprisingly enough) is mostly black, and some of Peter's costumes are slightly different. This recording was made with a camcorder and a digital voice recorder, and the two recordings were spliced together afterwards. The result is that the audio is not quite synched with the video. For the beginning, before the camera started rolling, the audio plays with just a black screen. The video also was not running at the beginning of "Horizons" (I think due to the camcorder's battery being changed), but the audio continues uninterrupted using a freeze frame from the video.

One cute addition to the Black Show is that "Phil" and "Peter" use a mechanical monkey toy to keep the beat during their "Jerusalem Boogie" rendition before "Supper." This of course is something the real band did late in the tour, but not something that I've ever seen TMB do.

The quality of the video and audio are okay, suffering from the usual limitations of filming/recording in the middle of a live audience. The audio on its own would I think be considered quite a nice audience recording. Unlike the previous entry from the same taper, this DVD set does not feature fancy menu screens or slide shows.

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Live at Perkins Palace

Perkins Palace, Pasadena CA (19/12/82): I Don't Care Anymore/I Cannot Believe It's True/Thru These Walls/I Missed Again/Behind the Lines/The Roof is Leaking/The West Side/In the Air Tonight/You Can't Hurry Love/It Don't Matter to Me/People Get Ready

Comments: This is a pro-shot video of Phil on his first solo live tour, performing songs from his first two albums. I have the soundtrack to this video in the Phil audio section. Audio-wise, that CD might sound better than this video, which went through a couple generations before getting onto DVD. The picture is good but could be better, and the sound suffers from a few speed drops and can get a little "furry." The DVD is broken into three parts, each of which is preceded by a hitch--the video at the beginning of each part looks a little fluttery.

As for the video itself, it's nice. It begins with the opening of the show, but there are intercut scenes of Phil talking about his band and his musical inspirations, as well as clips from later songs in the show. By the time Phil is about to start singing the first song the intercutting is over and there are no other interruptions. Every member of the band is in a suit--even Chester is at least wearing a tie. Perkins Palace seems a small venue and the stage show is very modest and basic, but it's still an energetic performance of some great songs--"Thru These Walls" in particular is a great one. Obviously this is not the whole show but what is here is fun to watch.

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Live '95 in Fukuoka

Fukuoka Dome, Fukuoka Japan (7/5/95): Drum Duel/I Don't Care Anymore/Another Day in Paradise/One More Night/Separate Lives/Both Sides of the Story/In the Air Tonight/Hang in Long Enough/Easy Lover/Something Happened on the Way to Heaven/You Can't Hurry Love/Two Hearts/Sussudio/Take Me Home

Bonus Promo Videos: Everyday/Can't Turn Back the Years

Comments: This pro-shot video documents a benefit concert Phil did on his Both Sides tour. The footage begins with some background on the concert: there are interviews (in Japanese) with some local fans, and then Phil explains (in English, with subtitles) how the concert came about. Apparently it was broadcast by satellite to an area of the country (Kobe) which had suffered from a major natural disaster, probably an earthquake. Clearly I am sadly ignorant of the sufferings of others. But Phil says that hopefully sponsorship from big advertisers would bring in some bucks to help the afflicted.

The video quality is unfortunately not the best--some fuzzy, ghostly lines and some general blurriness. The picture is not jumpy and there are no speed problems. The audio is okay. As each song begins, its title appears at the bottom of the screen. I was disturbed to find someone who was NOT Chester Thompson playing drums with Phil (Ricky Lawson takes over the post here--Daryl is still on guitar, of course). They do an odd "duel" at the beginning where Ricky responds to Phil's drumming by patting his body. The stage is pretty detailed and the part that Phil starts out in looks like a sort of ratty apartment complex--he walks through a door, turns on the lights and takes off an overcoat. Phil as usual has a whole army of people backing him up, including several vocalists and a horn section. Oddly, I noticed several members of this army seemingly chewing gum during the gig--did they bring enough for everyone else?!

Phil takes a break after "Both Sides" and the video cuts to an aerial exterior view of the venue for a few seconds before going back to the show. During "Sussudio," Phil and some members of his band do the "I Can't Dance" walk. There is also one video dropout during that song. At the end of the show the band and Phil leave through the same door he came in by, and some more interviews with fans follow, then the band line-up and credits.

The DVD has a simple menu screen, but the songs for the Fukuoka portion are not separated out--the footage is broken up into scenes, but just by arbitrary blocks of time, not by song. Also on the disc are two good quality promo videos from around the same period--which is nice, since almost none of the songs on the concert are actually from the Both Sides album!

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South Bank Show

10/82: Documentary (in two parts) detailing Peter's recording of his fourth solo album

Comments: I'm very happy to have this one on DVD. As I mention in several places on this site, Peter's fourth album is probably my favorite of his, and this two-part television special (running at about 46 minutes) showing the making of the album is lots of fun to watch. Unlike other supposed candid recordings of bands making a record, this movie really makes you feel as if you are watching Peter create music. You get a sense of his style of composing (at least at the time), and it's fun to listen to the short comments from all the other band members (including Tony Levin talking about his stick--"It's got lots of strings, I don't even know how many"). The other major highlight is the edited footage from Peter's performance at the 1982 WOMAD concert.

For more details on the show, please visit my entry for the VHS version. That version begins with a short animated title sequence and an introduction from the show's host--the DVD begins right after that is over, with Peter recording a vocal track for "Rhythm of the Heat" in a darkened room. There is no menu screen and the movie just plays until it is done, then stops. The good news is that the video quality on the DVD is a big improvement over my VHS version. On my computer I noticed that the DVD played slightly choppily, but it seemed perfectly fine on my television, and I enjoyed watching it in both places.

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Empire Theatre '83

Empire Theatre, Liverpool (18/9/83): Across the River/I Have the Touch/Not One of Us/The Family and the Fishing Net/Shock the Monkey/Family Snapshot/Intruder/No Self Control/Humdrum/Lay Your Hands on Me/I Go Swimming/San Jacinto/On the Air/Biko

Comments: This is an amateur-shot video of Peter and his band performing a show from the tour for his fourth solo album, Security. The quality could be better, and the sound is mushy, but it's a surprisingly complete recording. The camera is shaky, but manages to point at Peter most of the time. The rowdy audience messes with Peter while he tries to tell his weird stories, but he maintains his aloofness rather well. He does quite a bit of running and jumping and dancing. Sometimes the way he moved gave me a real David Byrne, "Stop Making Sense" vibe. The light show for this tour appears to have been pretty good. When Peter starts going into the audience for the end of "Lay Your Hands," an audience member near the taper (possibly his buddy) keeps looking into the camera, as if to say "He's coming--shouldn't you turn off the camera?" Eventually he does, and the ending of the song is missing.

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So in the Garden

Madison Square Garden, NYC (2/12/86): San Jacinto/Red Rain/Shock the Monkey/Family Snapshot/I Have the Touch/The Family and the Fishing Net/No Self Control/Mercy Street/This is the Picture/Big Time/Don't Give Up/Solsbury Hill/Lay Your Hands on Me/Sledgehammer/Here Comes the Flood/In Your Eyes

Comments: This is an amateur-shot video of a So tour show. I am not a big fan of audience-shot video and was not very impressed with the quality of this at the beginning, but once the audience manages to sit down and the taper gets himself situated, the picture is not that bad. It is of course shaky and people's heads get in the way from time to time, messing up the auto-focus, but most of the time the camera has a good view of the whole stage. There are occasional speed drops due to the original VHS tape being unstable.

After "Don't Give Up" the camera turns off and when it comes back in it is very flickery and takes a while to get on an even keel again. Peter does a lot of big exaggerated and slow movements, a lot of simple stylized dances. For some reason the two main guitarists (Tony Levin and the Other Guy) have huge heads of hair for the first few numbers, but at the end of "Shock the Monkey" they are revealed to be wigs by Peter, who pulls them off.

The whole band gets in line for the introductions during "This is the Picture"--Laurie Anderson is there. Peter crowd-surfs for the end of "Lay Your Hands on Me," and is pulled out of the crowd by a pair of security guards. I had heard he did this but had never actually seen it before (though see previous entry!). A balloon bounces around the stage during "Solsbury Hill," and Peter seems to acquire a hat for a short moment during "Sledgehammer," which is a great version of that song. There is the occasional hitch during a song, but none of the songs appear to be cut in any way. In fact, the only song that may be missing would be the last encore, "Biko," making for a surprisingly complete amateur video recording.

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TV Appearances

Two DVDs, various clips from Us, Up period

Disc One: E! Interview/David Letterman (Red Rain)/David Letterman (When You're Falling)/Late Night with Conan O'Brien (Barry Williams Show)/Last Call with Carson Daly (Digging in the Dirt, Barry Williams Show)/Later (Growing Up, In Your Eyes, More Than This)

Disc Two: Interview (?)/MTV spot (Digging in the Dirt video)/Steam live/Jay Leno (Digging in the Dirt, Washing of the Water)/Saturday Night Live (Steam, In Your Eyes)/Today Interview/Today Interview reprise/David Letterman (Red Rain)/VH1 (In Your Eyes live)/When You're Falling video/David Letterman (When You're Falling)/The Making of the Barry Williams Show video/Larry King Live (I Grieve)/Late Night with Conan O'Brien (Barry Williams Show)/Growing Up Concert Dates/Jay Leno (More Than This)/Growing Up Concert ad/Pop-up Video (Steam, Sledgehammer)/VH1 countdowns (various)

Comments: These are two different DVDs that I have stuck in one entry, as they both deal with Peter Gabriel TV spots. There are clips from the 90s and stuff from his Up promotional appearances. The amount of material here is massive so I will just have to skim through with a very cursory review of the contents of each disc.

Disc one begins with an E! interview with Peter, probably from the mid 90s. Then there is a David Letterman spot with Peter doing "Red Rain" live, followed by a short interview. He is there plugging his Secret World Live album and video. It turns out guitarist Sid McGuiness from Pete's second live tour was in Letterman's band at that time--they say hi to each other! That was neat to see. Also Pete tells a funny story about the band being arrested in Europe. Following that clip is a much later Letterman spot with Afro Celt Sound System doing "When You're Falling," for which Peter provides vocals. Fortunately, unlike the other live version I have of this song, Peter remembers the words.

Then there is a Conan O'Brien appearance featuring a live version of "The Barry Williams Show." We move on to the Last Call with Carson Daly, who refers to Peter as a "legend" (always a sign you're getting old!). The band do "Digging in the Dirt" and "The Barry Williams Show." Finally we switch to the BBC and get the one actual British clip from here. The program is I believe called "Later," and I'm unfamiliar with it, but it seems they have a very expensive studio which allows five or so bands to be set up at once (!). All we see are Peter's numbers, and even with all those bands on the show they still manage to fit in three numbers: "Growing Up," "In Your Eyes" (not the really long version), and "More Than This."

Disc two has even more clips than the first disc, though it does have a few duplicates from disc one unfortunately. We begin with an interview clearly from some time in the 90s. For some reason it is in a very widescreen format, and what would normally be the black bars on the top and bottom have been replaced with a kind of scrolling field of stars in space--it's weird, and it happens again later in the disc. The next spot is a normal full screen clip from MTV, and features Kurt Loder talking about the "new" album Us and its first video, "Digging in the Dirt."

The next clip astounded me. I have no idea where it comes from, but I would assume it was staged at an awards show, possibly the Grammys. It's a live version of "Steam" (though I suspect that some or all of the music is canned, excepting Peter's vocals), but from the very beginning it is way over the top and fantastic. Peter is carried to the stage on one of those chairs that four strong men have to carry. He is wearing his big pimp outfit like in the video for the song. There are Marilyn Monroe look-alikes on stage with the blowing-up dresses. Then there are silhouettes of dancers, acrobats going up and down huge poles and ladders, people spinning fire--it's just insane. Peter is stripped by the dancers at one point and ends up showing a fake naked torso below his neck. I enjoyed this performance a lot.

Next we have a Jay Leno appearance starting with "Digging in the Dirt." Pete's band is weird because it features a guy on the clarinet! Then after a quick interview with Jay Pete plays, of all things, "The Washing of the Water." After that is a Saturday Night Live appearance from 1993, with another great version of "Steam" (no acrobats, but the band do some energetic dancing), followed by "In Your Eyes." Then there is a Today show spot (from the Fourth of July) featuring an interview with Peter about his various projects (including WOMAD and his theme park thing). This interview is then mostly repeated, but in the weird widescreen format of the first clip on the disc. I was confused.

Following that is the first duplicate clip, the David Letterman "Red Rain" performance that was on disc one. Then there is a very interesting live version of "In Your Eyes" from a VH1 broadcast (a lot of the footage on here comes from VH1). Peter is on the stage, but he barely has to do anything because of all the special guests helping him. I saw Natalie Merchant and Gloria Estefan, but there were many more, including (and I know I'm going to spell this wrong) Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, who apparently passed away not long after this performance--which perfectly explains why they couldn't get him to come on tour to sing the vocals in "Signal to Noise." Following that is the promo video for "When You're Falling," which rather obviously consists of a guy falling. He falls through the whole video, and at one point he passes Peter Gabriel, who is walking by on the sidewalk.

Next is the second duplicate clip, the Letterman show with Afro Celt Sound System. Then there is a nice long program about the making of the video for "The Barry Williams Show," followed by a full airing of the finished video. Sean Penn directs, and I learned that Barry Williams is the actor who played the dad on the Brady Bunch. After that is a Larry King Live clip with Peter being broadcast live from his studios in Bath, with his full Growing Up tour band, performing "I Grieve." I think the reason they did the song may have been because it was the first anniversary of 9/11--Peter talks in the beginning about how he felt on that day, and how the song was inspired by that, and during the performance 9/11-related images are flashed up.

After that is the third and last duplicate clip, the Conan O'Brien appearance with "Barry Williams." Following that is a short VH1 clip showing Peter's concert dates. Then Peter does a Jay Leno appearance and plays "More Than This." Apparently he has a cold, and it shows; the performance is rather lackluster. Jay talks to Peter for a bit afterwards and mentions how it's been many years since his last appearance on the show. Being able to see that last appearance on this same disc really shows you what ten years can do to a guy! It's kind of scary to see how totally Peter changes his image from the Us promotional appearances to the Up ones--and also how much older he looks.

After the Leno clip is a TV ad for Pete's Growing Up tour. Then we get to see the VH1 "Pop-up videos" for "Steam" and "Sledgehammer." I like those Pop-up videos; they say some clever and interesting things, and note all of the sexual imagery in the videos. After this is just a lot of various VH1 clips mentioning Gabriel, mostly in connection with countdowns of one sort or another. First the love songs countdown has "In Your Eyes," then Peter appears to have made it to the list of 100 greatest artists, and then his album So is mentioned as having been good. The last clip is a somewhat odd artifact, featuring an adopted Asian man discussing how the song "Don't Give Up" inspired him to be a better person. We are forced to watch clips from the video, which seems to consist entirely of Peter and Kate Bush groping each other while singing the song, as an eclipse occurs pointlessly behind them. "Sledgehammer" made for a better video!

Well that was probably more time than I should have spent describing everything, but it's what I've done all over this site, so you're probably used to it by now. These are all good quality clips and give an interesting look into Peter's career over the last ten or so years. I apologize for not being able to date them with any accuracy, but I don't want to have to research all that, and it's usually pretty clear from how Peter looks and what songs he plays what time period the clip comes from.

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