Posts by Duke of Earl of Mar

    Well, I'm not expecting this thread to go very far. I made some research before, and found nothing related to the idea I have... which is :

    - To post anything related to the band and its members that makes you laugh, even when it's stupid like this :

    https://va.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_qzmarhl8m91zsy4xt.mp4



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    "Cocktails with Pattie Boyd..."

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    the former wife of George Harrison

    How is it possible that I didn't make the connection right away !?

    Her name did ring a bell with me but I couldn't figure why...

    Now it just seems so obvious...


    There is a rumor, which is that George Harrison played on Hideaway, the final song of Mike's second solo album.

    Since Pattie seems to know Mike for a long time, that rumor could gain in consistency...


    EDIT : Actually, not a rumor anymore, but a fact it seems. Someone named Martyn Ford on Youtube put a comment under this video. Since he's credited as the string arranger for the track...


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    According to this lady, who seems to know Mike Rutherford quite well, he is one of the sick members (there are four of them she says, confirming what we already know). Phil Collins is in great shape, she said too.

    Don't worry, nothing serious as she knows, they're all recovering.

    This is not the main point of the video, though. It's more a casual conversation about various things (cocktails, polo...). Quite enjoyable. It happened a few weeks before the start of the tour.


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    Almost all the songs of ATTWT could have been played with Steve Hackett.

    The songs canvas and the overall sound are still 100% "classic Genesis", even if the songs are shorter.

    One exception could be FYFM. I don't think Steve would have been happy to play the guitar part (simple and repetitive, but so effective and nice-sounding - yes I like that song). He had done it already on Pigeons, and we know how it ended (well, not specifically because of that song, that I like too btw, but you see my point I guess).

    I know that album is not very well considered by the fans and especially the band itself. I understand why. Sure, W&W and Duke have "stronger" material. A thing that I like about Genesis is how their albums from Selling to Duke are constructed. Aside from the Lamb, none of these albums are strict "concept albums", but there are lots of musical bits to link pieces together (DWTMK/Aisle of plenty, DOAV/Squonk/Los Endos, EEOM/In That Quiet Earth and OFTV/Wot Gorilla, the Duke Suite). ATTWT doesn't have that. Still, the songs are good (even Ballad of Big or Scenes from a Night's dream which subjectively are not their strongest efforts, with a few others like Another Record, Anything She Does, Never A Time... at least to my ears).

    And I think it has their most powerful and promising opening track ever.

    I feel they were always aiming to finish the UK tour in London strong, building up as they went along before hitting America.


    I feel the UK fans are more forgiving than perhaps some of the American markets, I hope it all goes positively over there for everyone.


    This tour is a bonus, seeing all four of them again, plus the beginnings of Nic is a great thing to cherish.

    I think Phil said that London is usually a more difficult audience than the rest of the UK.


    Once again, too bad the last shows were cancelled, as Phil was getting stronger. He was more confident with his voice on that last gig (On Mama, during the bridge, when he sings "Now listen to me Mama, Mama, Mama...", usually he would go down on the last "Mama", singing an Eb, but in Glasgow he chose to go up to a G - like the original melody).

    Quite strong, considering his condition. And it proves objectively he was getting better over time.


    Your last sentence summarises the purpose of the tour.

    I read somewhere here that Youtube videos tend to highlight flaws in a live show. And I think it's true. I've never been to Genesis show, but being in the moment it is happening changes the whole perspective (and it's probably true for nearly every artist). We get more of a general feeling being there, rather than paying attention to details (even if you can, especially when you're a musician also).

    Every member of the audience, particularly the fans, and most importantly the band itself acknowledge this is not their best show they put on, because of physical problems and age. They're giving the best they can.

    This is expensive, yes. But there is a context for the whole thing : this is their last tour, Phil is tired, and there is a pandemic, so setting a tour is a real bet. So it's quite emotional, not so rational. And it's a good thing. Judging by the amount of people coming, price does not seem to be a problem to most of them, even if the music is not perfect. There is a lot more than that.


    I'm a musician and I know all the songs by heart, so I notice every little mistake or flaw happening while playing. But it doesn't bother me. I'm too happy to see everyone happy... And this is what makes a great concert also.


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    You wouldn't accept this from any other act!

    Probably not. But since it's Genesis in 2021, then...

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    awful Mama

    Well... Actually, this is one of these songs that could have fit on previous albums, to me...

    I can easily hear Gabriel singing it (the big "Oh-Ohhhhh !" before the second verse and the bridge in the song, same as here, kind of : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efEEe2oGCUc , or just here https://youtu.be/1IanjpQoW54?t=224 , the laugh (Haha - Ha) could also be quite theatrical in a Gabrielesque way...

    The guitar is very reminiscent of Hackett, I think (volume swells, vibrato effects at the beginning, and the solo at the end could easily be played by him).

    I feel very bad for the band and the fans... Judging from the videos, their performances were getting better and better (They were not bad of course, but this Glasgow performance is very, very good).

    Particularly Phil's timing. Really impressive. I think doing music and shows could be his medication...

    By the way, He kind of forgot to sing the second verse on Turn It On Again during a few seconds... Funny. The performance is here...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb6_LMyJ12g

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    epoch-making

    Trespass was like that, coming from FGTR.


    And I don't want to be provocative towards some people here, but this is also what Abacab, for exemple, was meant to be...

    And it was. A drastic change, that anyone is free to appreciate or not. Appreciation may change too, over time.

    I didn't like it at all, at first. Now, I understand it.


    People evolve. Music evolves. Miles Davis in the 50's was not the same as Miles Davis in the 70's. The same for Mozart, Debussy, and literally every great musician.


    It is just a matter of taste, nothing more. If you like Who Dunnit more than Supper's Ready, it's fine, even better, it's interesting, and we can have a conversation, find what we have in common, etc...