Monday, February 14, 2005

Album of the Day

Seconds Out, by Genesis (1977): This marked the end of Genesis's classic period (guitarist Steve Hackett left during the mixing of the album), but what a way to go. Disc one contains solid renditions of several cuts ("Fifth of Fifth" in particular), with Collins handling Gabriel's old vocal parts very well. But the real treasure is disc two. A large chunk of that disc is given over to a fuller, richer version of "Supper's Ready" than on Foxtrot. Up next, "Cinema Show" gets a similar treatment. The instrumental second half, in particular, is about the best Genesis ever did. "Dance on a Volcano / Los Endos" bring things to a thunderous conclusion.

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