My favourite Tony Banks's album is the last one : a perfect writing and one of his best classical album. So...'5'.
Agreed with you Chris !
Playback ? I saw some videos and this is just Steve’s vocals - as usual - in playback, not the music...
Christian, what do you think ?
It's on Spotify since today...
Paris - L'Alhambra
Alan Parsons in Brussels. Im so excited. The new songs sounds amazing.
Then Weyes Blood in Brussels too (a marvellous american singer).
Mark Knopfler in Toulouse on May 7th.
...But I must to wait the end of tour to see Steve. Im into the HMV next November (the last date).
Mike Rutherford was and he's still a great bassist when he wants to do it really (the last BBC's video show him very well on his instrument) but overall, he deciced to stay into the 'pop market side of his music'. So, that's make sense to play the awful 'I Can't Dance' instead of his old classic. That's a pity but it's like that.
Then, It would require a considerable effort to rework these old pieces. And Mike says himself that he prefers to compose than to seriously work his instrument. Also It's too bad that he would like to play as a lead guitarist (although he seems to play more bass guitar than before on the new Mechanics' team band and live show). He's an excellent rhythm guitarist but on lead, he has a poor vibrato and a bad control on his sustain notes.
For me, the best musicians on their 'initial instrument' in Genesis are Phil and Steve. It's not a coincidence that they arrive almost at the same time in the band...
Overall, I'm really impress about the Mechanics in a live situation right now. I do not understand why our new songs sound better in a live context than in a studio? Probably the mix lacks of dynamics and sounds too synthetic for my ears.
...But i prefer Steve's music for sure even if he's a less instinctive and (sometimes) melodic songwriter than Mike.
I found some videos on youtube about the last night:
The voice is not as his best here (to compare with his mature voice today). Sounds clearly (and record) after the Secret World Tour. A descent song.
He dosen't want to make another album...that's clear.
He has a lots of songs in the attic but it seems that it's clearly not his own priority. That's a pity. The only thing that Peter needs, it's a new producer and a new team....
This is my own list:
VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE: Ace of Wands
PLEASE DON'T TOUCH: Icarus Ascending
SPECTRAL MORNINGS: Everyday
DEFECTOR: The Steppes
CURED: Overnight Sleeper
HIGHLY STRUNG: Cell 151
BAY OF KINGS: Second Chance
TILL WE HAVE FACES: Gulf
GUITAR NOIR: Take These Pearls
BLUES WITH A FEELING: Big Dallas Sky
WATCHER OF THE SKIES: GENESIS REVISITED: Déjà Vu
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: Celebration
DARKTOWN: Jane Austen's Door
TO WATCH THE STORMS: Wind, Sand and Stars
WILD ORCHIDS: Man in the Long Black Coat
OUT OF THE TUNNEL'S MOUTH: Fire on The Moon
BEYOND THE SHROUDED HORIZON: Prairie Angel/A Place Called Freedom
WOLFLIGHT: Love Song to a Vampyre
THE NIGHT SIREN: The Gift
AT THE EDGE OF LIGHT: Those Golden Wings
FEEDBACK '86: Oh How i Love You
GENESIS REVISITED II: The Lamia
METAMORPHEUS: The Dancing Ground
SKETCHES OF SATIE: Gymnopédie No. 1
GTR: The Hunter (Guitar mix)
SQUACKETT: Divided Self
My Top Ten
Looking for someone
Back In NYC
Calling All Stations (despite the fade-out and the FM sound)
The Cinema Show
The Musical box
Best to all,
I'm so disapointing: there's no melody, the chorus is very awful and unecessary, and a cold feeling on the guitar part. It's not a good tune at all. And the drums sound...oh my god, that's so awful. Hope that the rest of the album will be better...