Review of The Living Room Concert expanded edition:
Posts by Progatron
To me, Shoreline needs to be the opening track. It SCREAMS album opener IMO.
My version of We Can't Dance would be:
On The Shoreline
No Son Of Mine
I Can't Dance
Hold On My Heart
Driving The Last Spike
Jesus He Knows Me
Dreaming While You Sleep
... much better running order IMO, and less bloated with the weak tracks removed.
The title refers to something a woman exclaimed during an amorous encounter with Steve, and the story is in the book.
Here's a review of the book, BTW:
Some of you may be interested in this review of the next volume in the Ant reissue series:
I interviewed Steve Babb for this album a couple of weeks ago:
Blood On The Rooftops, In That Quiet Earth and Eleventh Earl Of Mar.
I love this album apart from the chorus and electric piano section of Your Own Special Way. I wanted to vote for Mouse's Night, with its terrific contrast between the verses from the humans and mouse's perspectives, and finally from the cat's, followed by that classic Hackett solo. Great piece. But its competition on that album is awfully strong!
I've never been as enamoured with One For The Vine as most fans are. I love the middle instrumental section of course, that's pure, classic Genesis. I find the main song a bit dull though. I know that's sacrilege to some people.
This is my favourite Genesis album, I love every track. But forced to choose three, I went with Entangled, Ripples, and Robbery. I almost went with Mad Man Moon as the third choice, but three wistful tracks seems unbalanced. Seriously though, people can choose any three they like from this one and I wouldn't question the choices.
Robbery doesn't get as much love, but it's a brilliant track IMO. That middle section is just stunning!
My favourite Tony Banks's album is the last one : a perfect writing and one of his best classical album. So...'5'.
Yep, this is also my answer. I absolutely love it.
The medleys over the years have been hit and miss, IMO. Cage/Cinema Show/Scree/Raven/Afterglow is very powerful, especially around the time of 3SL/Mama tour.
Less so with the WCD tour, although I enjoyed seeing it live myself. It had some strong moments with Volcano, Firth, Musical Box closing, etc. but it also had that weak section where Phil was just singing random lines from songs without those songs actually being played.
Some weird ones over the years too, like the Eleventh Earl/Squonk/Firth one from an early leg of the Mama tour. The only one that was ever a big success to my ears is the Cage medley (but not the one on the IT tour where they segued into Supper's Ready at a dreadfully slow tempo).
It's a tough call, comparing these two. Supper's Ready has several glorious sections: I love Tony's descending guitar pattern of the intro. I love the gentle acoustic/flute section that eventually leads to "The guards of Magog", and of course Apocalypse in 9/8 is outstanding. But it also has some other parts that lost some of their appeal for me over the years. The "How Dare I Be So Beautiful?" section is pretty dreary, and gives the piece a 'sagging' feeling. Don't get me wrong, I love the song of course. But it is not flawless.
Nor is the Duke suite, but I think Duchess and the Guide Vocal reprise at the climax of DT are two of the finest moments of their entire career, eclipsing even those incredibly strong Supper's Ready moments. Behind The Lines is also a very strong opener.
Duke suite got my vote!
Duchess, Heathaze, Duke's Travels
Was the additional verse of It's Yourself really from an early demo version? I always thought that was a part of the finished studio track that had been edited out at the time of the single release.
Either way, I wish they had kept the working title of Beloved Summer, that's such an evocative title. "It's Yourself" is quite lousy by comparison, IMO.
Me and Sarah Jane and Abacab, but for me, the best track is missing: Submarine! a superb atmospheric track with excellent minimalist drumming.
I *love* Submarine! Such a cool vibe, I love the almost painfully slow build. A real atmosphere piece. My favourite from the entire sessions though is You Might Recall.
Such a shocking and sad day. My short tribute is here:
Me And Sarah Jane
Keep It Dark
Mama, Home By The Sea and Silver Rainbow (I wanted to choose Second Home By The Sea, but I also wanted to make sure Silver Rainbow got some credit, such a great little track!)
Bent Knee are fantastic IMO, one of my favourite modern bands. I was fortunate enough to see them here in Toronto on Halloween night 2018.
If interested, here's my review of their most recent album (the one after Land Animal) :
The Brazilian, Domino and Tonight Tonight Tonight.
The top three in the poll are the same as how I voted. In fact, the top five are how I would vote if it was a five choice poll. I'd also bump Jesus He Knows Me up a little bit, as I love that track. The title track is an okay bit of fun, but the rest of the album I have little use for (apart from possibly the Banks chord changes in Hold On My Heart). Stuff like Never A Time and Since I Lost You are among the worst they ever did IMO.