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Genesis: Three Sides Live

ON THIS DATE (30 YEARS AGO)
June 1, 1982 – Genesis: Three Sides Live is released.
# ALL THINGS MUSIC PLUS+ 4/5
# Allmusic 3.5/5 stars
# Rolling Stone (see original review below)
Three Sides Live is the third live album by Genesis, released on this date in June 1982. It reached No.2 in the UK and No.10 in the US. “Paperlate”, from 3 X 3, became a Top 10 UK hit and a smaller US success.
The title for this album comes from the original world release, which contained three sides of live material from the band’s 1981-82 tour, and a fourth side of studio tracks, three of which formed the British 3 X 3 EP and two of which were B-sides from the sessions for Duke. The studio side is no longer issued as part of the album. Only the UK release featured a fourth live side, consisting of performances recorded during previous tours.
The three live sides focus mostly on material from Duke and Abacab. The third side contains the centrepiece of their last few tours, the “Cage” medley. The medley starts with “In the Cage” (from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway), follows with an instrumental which combined motifs from “The Cinema Show” with a changing set of melodies from Wind & Wuthering and The Lamb (in the case of the album version, a few seconds of “Riding the Scree” and a rather more substantial section from “The Colony of Slippermen”), and finishes with “Afterglow”.
It stemmed from Phil Collins’ riffing on one of the lines of their 1973 song, “Dancing with the Moonlit Knight”. According to Tony Banks on the 2007 CD and DVD reissue of Abacab, “You Might Recall” was to appear on Abacab, but Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegün suggested that the band leave the track off in favour of “Who Dunnit?”
ORIGINAL ROLLING STONE REVIEW
Live albums generally are a retrospective of a band’s career from the beginning, but Three Sides Live stands as testimony to what Genesis has become only very recently. Unlike Seconds Out, where the concert versions of Genesis’ songs were shrouded in virtuosic bluster, this album offers incisive, sharply focused performances uncluttered by theatrics or instrumental tedium. Where once Genesis represented art-rock at its most fatuously spectacular, they now show how lean and compelling such music can be. At the center of this change is singer Phil Collins, whose husky vocals no longer merely adorn the instrumental tracks but provide them with direction and pacing. Although Collins is hardly versatile, he is remarkably adept at projecting personality into Genesis’ music, which in turn keeps the instrumental excesses in check.
While all of this might have easily been expected after the leaner sound of last year’s Abacab, it’s still worth noting that Genesis has applied its new perspective to older material, even shrinking such songs as “The Colony of Slippermen” and “The Cinema Show” into a single, concise medley. Too bad that the fourth side of Three Sides Live, comprising unreleased material, is flat semipop that was better left in the vaults. (RS 375)
~ J.D. CONSIDINE (August 5, 1982)
TRACKS:
All songs by Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford, except where noted.
Side one
“Turn It on Again” – 5:16
“Dodo (including Lurker)” – 7:19
“Abacab” – 8:47
Side two
“Behind the Lines” – 5:26
“Duchess” – 6:43
“Me and Sarah Jane” (Tony Banks) – 5:59
“Follow You Follow Me” – 4:58
Side three
“Misunderstanding” (Phil Collins) – 4:06
“In the Cage (Medley – The Cinema Show/Slippermen)” (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett/Mike Rutherford) – 11:53
“Afterglow” (Tony Banks) – 5:14
Side four
“One for the Vine” (Tony Banks) – 11:04
“The Fountain of Salmacis” (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett/Mike Rutherford) – 8:37
“It/Watcher of the Skies” (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett/Mike Rutherford) – 7:22
The North American edition and some European editions of Three Sides Live had originally featured a side four containing “Paperlate”, “You Might Recall”, “Me and Virgil”, “Evidence of Autumn” and “Open Door”. The album was re-issued identically only on CD worldwide with the live performances in 1994.

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Genesis: “The Knife” b/w “The Knife (Part 2)”

MAY 1971 (41 YEARS AGO)
Genesis: “The Knife” b/w “The Knife (Part 2)” (Charisma CB 152) 45 single is released in the UK.
“The Knife” is a song by Genesis from their second album Trespass from 1970. It was performed live often in the band’s early days (a live version appears on the Genesis Live album from 1973) and has appeared sporadically in the band’s setlists all the way up through 1982 (after 1975, however, they performed an edited four-minute version). The first half of the song was released as a single in May 1971 (with the second half as the B-side), but it did not chart.
The song was unusually aggressive for Genesis at the time, as most of their work consisted of soft, pastoral acoustic textures and poetic lyrics. It features a bouncy, march-like organ riff, heavily distorted guitars and bass, and chaotic drumming. (Peter Gabriel said he wanted to write something that had the excitement of “Rondo” by The Nice.) In the lyrics of the song Gabriel, influenced by a book on Gandhi, “wanted to try and show how all violent revolutions inevitably end up with a dictator in power”.
“The Knife” was usually performed as an encore. During one performance in June 1971, Peter Gabriel became so carried away at the end of the song that he jumped off the stage into the audience, breaking his ankle as a result.

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