Posts by raelway siding

    Don't have a problem with the CD tracklisting - fairly comprehensive and loads of Lyceum. Shame we don't get the early version of Musical Box - much more interesting, surely? Very disappointed in the vinyl tracklist. What a missed opportunity to have Shepherd and Pacidy on vinyl. Would have bought the set for them alone.

    Why only 3 LPs anyway? Could have had a two volume release mirroring the CD tracks - maybe four LPs in each.

    Will probably get the CD box if reasonably priced (...doubt it will be...)

    I don't really expect anything from Genesis - they seem to have little interest in flogging stuff to us ageing fans (fair enough really!)

    I'd LIKE to see the following:

    A reissue of FGTR with all existing demo tracks etc (maybe so far unreleased stuff??)

    Complete BBC recordings (not edited) - in more than one volume if necessary

    A special vinyl release for Record Store Day - something like Lyceum 1980 on triple vinyl (droool)

    And - oh go on then - a complete reissue program similar to the Led Zep reissues, with even the bonus tracks on vinyl

    Always feels to me like it could/should have been a "normal" Anthony Phillips album (I.e. not in the PP&P series). It just has the flow of a proper album. It's one of his best, and I'm convinced if it had just been called "New England" and marketed as the new AP album it might have done better commercially.

    Expanding on that, I feel like there was a bit of mission creep with the PP&P series. The first few were collections of various unreleased bits and pieces. Then later you get releases like PP&P V - "Twelve" which seems to have been a single project conceived and recorded as an album. Why put that in the series?

    I quite like the lyrics to "Hair on the arms and legs":

    See him digging, see him weeding

    Every single day of the year

    Coffee at eleven, four thirty tea

    His security is built on routine

    Anyone else reminded of the lawnmower man from IKWIL? (It's one o'clock and time for lunch...)

    ok, so I'm probably missing something really obvious but it struck me recently that I have no idea what this couplet means:

    "It's getting better in your wardrobe / stepping one beyond your show"

    Like, the rest of the song is quirky and surreal but it all makes sense. These lines just don't seem to connect with the rest of the lyrics. Or has it all gone completely over my head for the last 30 odd years since I first heard this song??

    A Google search shows that it's Mike Rutherford - is this correct? It appears to be about short term relationships.

    I always thought it was about infidelity...

    "cause you've taken someone else's girl"

    "..when they answer the telephone, don't you think they'll find out?"

    All the stuff about their being a crack in the mirror, a hole in the window pane, I took as being metaphorical for something being wrong at home / in the relationship.

    That being said, I expect Rutherford wrote the lyrics mainly stream-of-consciousness style. But I feel like the infidelity idea was the hook he hung the words on

    Came across this wonderful description of early Genesis by Chris Welch, in the book "The English Difference" from 1974. The book is a celebration of all that is unique about "Englishness", but is a bit more thoughtful and critical than that description might suggest.* And probably more thoughtful and critical than it would be if it were published today. (Also striking how much of what supposedly made England unique in 1974 no longer exists) -

    "While a rock 'n' roll band might appear to the casual, disinterested observer as a disorganised bunch of incompetents, Genesis are the antithesis of this concept. Four of them are ex-public-school boys, while the fifth, their drummer, Phil Collins, is an East Ender. Here the two class structures meet with mutual benefit.

    Their songs, expanded into long arrangements, give scope for exceptional use of dynamics, light and shade, key and time changes, and a wide range of instruments, powder flashes, and finally the wires and harness which whisk Peter Gabriel, their shy, stuttering but courageous leader into the roof at the climax of their show. Genesis have created a supra-musical entertainment without parallel in theatre or rock music."

    *come to think of it, this is a pretty good description of Selling England by the Pound.

    Title says it all really! Has any other well-known band produced so many solo projects and albums? I can't think of another, but then I know Genesis inside and out, more than any other band. With Genesis you had 6 incredible talented members all producing high quality solo work over several decades. Is there any comparable band?

    I really like the three albums he did with Jean Luc Ponty (Aurora, Imaginary Voyage and Enigmatic Ocean).

    He is the lone guitarist on the first two albums I listed.

    On Enigmatic Ocean, my favourite of the three, he shares lead guitar duties with another superbly talented guitarist, Allan Holdsworth.

    thanks- that's the stuff I was thinking of. Will check it out

    Interesting. As I said, I do want to investigate more AP. I know Invisible and thought it was sort of ok in parts, but don't know Slow Dance at all let alone that it's a fan favourite so I shall give it a go at some point.

    FWIW I'd say the first Private Parts and Pieces albums is one of his best. More varied, arty and experimental than a lot of his other stuff.