Friday, March 10, 2006

Album of Yesterday

Archive, 1967-1975, by Genesis (1998): The first of the two multi-disc archive box sets from Genesis is by far the more impressive. At four discs, it contains a tantalizing amount of archival material. Two discs are given over to a full live (mostly) version of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, complete with Gabriel's narration. A third disc contains more live stuff, from the Selling England by the Pound tour, including "Supper's Ready," again with Gabriel's narrative intro. The fourth disc is mostly demos of early songs, some of which appeared on From Genesis to Revelation, but without the tarted-up Jonathan King arrangements.

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