Genesis recorded Live at The De Montfort Hall, Leicester and the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, February 1973
"Genesis Live" is a live album released by the English progressive rock band Genesis in 1973. It was recorded during their tour in support of their fourth studio album, "Foxtrot". The album features recordings from two concerts: one at The De Montfort Hall in Leicester and the other at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, both held in February 1973.
The album captures Genesis at a crucial point in their career when they were gaining recognition for their complex and theatrical live performances. The band's lineup at the time consisted of Peter Gabriel on vocals, Tony Banks on keyboards, Mike Rutherford on bass and guitars, Steve Hackett on guitars, and Phil Collins on drums and backing vocals.
"Genesis Live" showcases the band's unique blend of progressive rock, art rock, and elaborate storytelling.
"Genesis Live" was released as a 12" vinyl LP, a popular format for music at the time. The album cover features a striking black-and-white photograph of the band members on stage, surrounded by a circular border. The LP also includes a gatefold sleeve with additional photos and information about the recording.
The release of "Genesis Live" helped solidify the band's reputation as one of the leading acts in progressive rock. It received positive reviews from critics and was well-received by fans. Over the years, it has become regarded as a classic live album and a significant part of Genesis' discography, showcasing their musical prowess and theatricality on stage.
The album: "GENESIS - Live ( 1973 )" was produced by: John Burns, Genesis
This album was recorded at: Live at The De Montfort Hall, Leicester and the Free Trade Hall, Manchester,
Album cover photography: Bob Gruen
4.10 p.m. The tube train draws to a halt. There is no station in sight. Anxious glances dart around amongst the passengers as they acknowledge each other's presence for the first time. At the end of the train, a young lady in a green trouser suit stands up in the centre of the carriage and proceeds to unbutton her jacket, which she removes and drops to the dirty wooden floor. She also takes off her shoes, her trousers, her blouse, her brassiere, her tights and her floral panties, dropping them all in a neat pile. This Leaves her totally naked. She then moves her hands across her thighs and begins to fiddle around in between her legs. Eventually, she catches hold of something cold and metallic and very slowly, she starts to unzip her body; working in a straight line up the stomach, between the breasts, up the neck, taking it right on through the centre of her face to her forehead. Her fingers probe up and down the resulting slit; finally coming to rest on either side of her navel. She pauses for a moment, before meticulously working her flesh apart. Slipping her right hand into the open gash, she pushes up through her throat, latching on to some buried solid at the top of her spine. With tremendous effort, she loosens and pulls out a thin, shimmering, golden rod. Her fingers release their grip and her crumpled body, neatly sliced, slithers down the liquid surface of the rod to the floor.
SPLAT! The rod remains hovering just off the ground. A flagpole without flag. The other passengers have been totally silent, but at the sound of the body dropping on the floor a large middle-aged lady, wearing a pink dress and matching poodle stands up and shouts, "STOP THIS, IT'S DISGUSTING!" The golden rod disappeared the green trouser-suit was left on a hanger, with a dry-cleaning ticket pinned to the left arm. On the ticket was written:—
Prog Rock, Classic Rock
Charisma 6499 593
Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram
Genesis is a legendary English rock band that has left an indelible mark on the history of rock music. Formed in the late 1960s, the band has gone through multiple transformations and lineups over the years, but has always remained true to their musical roots and artistic vision. With a career spanning over four decades, Genesis has established itself as one of the most influential and innovative bands in the world of progressive rock.
Genesis was originally formed in 1967 by a group of schoolmates from Charterhouse School in Surrey, England. The original lineup consisted of Peter Gabriel on vocals, Tony Banks on keyboards, Mike Rutherford on bass, Anthony Phillips on guitar, and Chris Stewart on drums. In their early days, the band played a unique blend of psychedelic and pop rock, heavily influenced by the likes of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Pink Floyd.
It wasn't until the early 1970s that Genesis truly found their sound and style. With the departure of Anthony Phillips and Chris Stewart, the band brought in new members Steve Hackett on guitar and Phil Collins on drums. This lineup, known as the classic five-man lineup, produced some of Genesis's most iconic and groundbreaking music. Their album "Selling England by the Pound" (1973) is widely regarded as a masterpiece of progressive rock, blending complex time signatures, intricate melodies, and surreal lyrics. The album features songs like "Firth of Fifth," "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight," and "The Cinema Show," which showcased the band's virtuosic musicianship and innovative songwriting.
Genesis continued to push the boundaries of rock music in the years that followed, experimenting with different genres, styles, and concepts. They explored themes like mythology, science fiction, and personal introspection, all while maintaining their signature sound and vision. Peter Gabriel's theatrical and often bizarre stage presence became a hallmark of the band's live performances, while Phil Collins's soulful vocals and drumming skills helped to define their later sound.
In the 1980s, Genesis underwent another transformation with the departure of Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett. The remaining members, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, and Phil Collins, continued to make music under the Genesis name, but with a more pop-oriented sound. Their album "Invisible Touch" (1986) became their biggest commercial success, featuring hit singles like "Invisible Touch," "Land of Confusion," and "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight." While some longtime fans criticized the band for moving away from their progressive roots, Genesis remained popular and influential throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
In 2007, after a long hiatus, Genesis reunited for a tour featuring the classic lineup of Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, and Peter Gabriel. The tour was a massive success, selling out arenas and stadiums around the world. While the band has not released any new material since then, their legacy and influence continue to inspire generations of musicians and fans alike.