Posts by DecomposingMan

    I listened to TSL when it was released, and it was pleasant enough, but it never really registered, apart from one track - and I might be confusing that with something else: wasn't there a version of Firth of Fifth on that album? I seem to remember a rather divisive guitar solo by Daryl. Am I thinking of another album?

    There's no FOF on TSL, and I'm not sure what else you might be thinking of. There's a short version of FOF in the "Long Medley" on THE WAY WE WALK: THE SHORTS, and there's at least one live FOF as a B-side.

    long ago i read somewhere that the lyrics to paperlate were written by phil.


    i bet you anything that they were actually written by mike.

    I think it can be difficult to guess the writer of a song's lyrics based on the writing style. For example, Steve recently said that the lyrics to "Inside & Out" are Phil's, but I think they sound far more Mike-like than "Paperlate."

    The Conqueror:

    correct: "The words of love"

    I heard: "The words of earth"


    Abacab:

    correct: "Do you think I'm to blame?"

    I heard: "Do you think I'm just playing?"


    Bad Moon Rising:

    Original: "There's a bad moon on the rise"

    Misheard: "There's a bathroom on the right"

    I think most people who have ever heard the song have heard it that way.

    Seven Stones:

    correct: "the changes of no consequence will pick up the reins from nowhere"

    I heard: "the change is of no consequence, we'll pick up the reins from nowhere"


    Get' Em Out By Friday:

    correct: "a block of flats with central heating, I think we're going to find it hard"

    I heard : "a block of flats with central heating, I thing we're going to find it hot"

    correct: "restriction on humanoid height"

    I heard: "restriction on humanoid hide"

    Return of the Giant Hogweed:

    correct: "made a present of the hogweed to the royal gardens at Kew"

    I heard: "made a present of the hogweed to the royal gardens, thank you"

    correct: "Mighty hogweed is avenged"

    I heard "fighting hogweeds is a bitch"


    Battle of Epping Forest:

    correct: "the Woodstock nation"

    I heard: "the word stagnation"

    With Genesis you had 6 incredible talented members all producing high quality solo work over several decades.

    6 members? There have been 7 Genesis members making solo albums (though whether or not you'd call all of them "incredible talented members" is up to you).


    BTW, I have at least one solo album by each of the 7 members. And I'm sure lots of other Genesis fans could say the same.


    As far as other bands go, Yes has had more members making solo albums, even if it's not a larger number of albums. I can think of 9 members off the top, and I'm not totally sure if that's all of them.

    Back in the days of vinyl records, when I felt like I had to have everything Genesis-related (but couldn't afford to buy it all), I briefly had the 12" single with the remixes of "Acting Very Strange" and "Couldn't Get Arrested."


    At the time I had no idea that this remix of "Couldn't Get Arrested" was called the "Nix Mix" because it was "Nick's Mix." I assumed that it was called this because most of the lead vocal had been omitted (i.e., "nixed"). I even used this description later for a similar remix I heard elsewhere. And I still think it would be a good term for that kind of remix!

    As a young record buyer at the time, I don't recall thinking about the album being a change of style for the band. I just remember thinking "Who Dunnit?" was hilarious and that Phil's low vocal at the end of "Another Record" sounded odd. The one song from the album that I heard on the radio a lot was "Like It Or Not," which wasn't even a single. (Oh, and I always completely misunderstood "Keep It Dark." I still like my own interpretation better than the intended one.)


    In retrospect, I like the Genesis albums from ABACAB on, but not quite as much as the albums that came before.

    Well, not quite ALL of the tracks -- The video that should be "Relaxation Music for Sharks" is actually "Held in the Shadows," which is thus included twice.

    I note that the "Sharks" goof has now been corrected, so I've been able to listen to the whole album now.


    Miscellaneous, updated thoughts:

    I've decided that it's a good album overall, somewhat better than other recent works.

    Unlike other recent albums there's not just one or two songs making it worthwhile for me; the quality is spread more evenly throughout the album.

    In places where Steve seems to be making a "statement" I'm not entirely sure I'm with him, but that can be overlooked.

    I find "Natalia" far more enjoyable when not watching the video.

    The subtitle of "Sharks" ("featuring Feeding Frenzy") sounds like it could be a humorous nod to the subtitles from IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING.

    There are not as many meandering pieces as I originally thought.

    Well, not quite ALL of the tracks -- The video that should be "Relaxation Music for Sharks" is actually "Held in the Shadows," which is thus included twice.


    Overall, this is fairly typical of recent Hackett -- plenty of good moments, but too often they just come one after another and are not arranged in such a way as to add up to actual, compelling songs.

    With so many Anthony Phillips albums in existence, many of them will probably never have their own threads around here. But I'd like to start one for this album (which I have fondly nicknamed "Soft Waves, Slow Stars").


    I don't recall where I first got the album, roughly 20 years ago, but it may have been the very last vinyl LP I got before seriously starting to replace all my records with CDs. I sat and listened to it once, but -- except for the brief "Bubble & Squeak" -- it didn't do much for me. (In retrospect, it's really not an album for just sitting and listening to.) I proceeded to sell the LP on eBay (which took a couple of tries). After that it remained the earliest of the handful of Ant albums I didn't own (and the only one of the Private Parts & Pieces series).


    For some reason last week, it suddenly occurred to me that I'd like to hear the album again. I found it on YouTube and listened to it (as background music, with interruptions from loud advertisements) and thought, "Hey, I actually like this." It so happened that I was able to find a surprisingly cheap copy of it online, and so it has finally joined my CD collection.

    I have nearly all Hackett stuff (other than most of his many live albums), basically all Banks pre-classical-era stuff, a majority of Phillips stuff, and basically what little Rutherford solo there is.


    I have a little of each of the following but am not a follower thereof: Collins, Gabriel, Wilson, Mechanics, Brand X.

    I just remembered something I read in a review of AVS shortly after it was released (don't know where); it was something like this: "Unlike Phil Collins, Rutherford doesn't have a strong voice, but he does manage to mumble his way through the album."


    (Personally, I would not describe Mike's unsuccessful lead vocals on AVS as "mumbling.")

    OK, here's a question related to opening songs: Do you prefer "Where the Sour Turns to Sweet" or "Calling All Stations"? :)


    For me, it's the first one -- best song on FGTR IMO.


    I almost didn't buy CAS because of the initial impression I had of the title track. It's one of those songs that took me a while to warm up to. (Once I heard the whole album I was glad I bought it, though.)