Three Sides Live by Genesis

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Three Sides Live by Genesis
Three Sides Live by Genesis

Album Released: 1982

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1.Turn It On Again5:01
2.Dodo7:19
3.Abacab8:41
4.Behind The Lines5:25
5.Duchess6:33
6.Me And Sarah Jane5:53
7.Follow You, Follow Me4:36
8.Misunderstanding3:55
9.In The Cage Medley: Cinema Show / Slipperman7:45
10.Afterglow8:34
11.Paperlate3:20
12.You Might Recall5:31
13.Me And Virgil6:20
14.Evidence Of Autumn4:57
15.Open Door4:06

Reviews

This was live album #3 for these guys, and the first to be released from their pop period. So why am I not jumping-out-of-my-bones excited about this?

I shall answer that by expressing my sincerest regret that the band didn't save releasing their next live album until after 1983's Genesis had been released - that album has some of the greatest 80's popsongs ever written, and if this live album had more songs from that and fewer songs from Duke (aka Puke), then it would likely have gone from just 'hmm' to 'whoahhh!'.

Nonetheless, we can't rewrite history. And of course I can't blame Genesis, because they might not have been aware that an album like Genesis was cooking in their brains at the time. And I can't complain too much, as listening to songs from Duke can be quite enjoyable when they're interspersed with other songs from their catalog.

They open the album nicely with a rousing rendition of “Turn it On Again”. I might never have noticed it before, but that song was already reminiscent of Abacab thanks to its pulsating synth-bass, which lends it a greater sense of urgency.

I'll say it ... Phil Collins is an excellent singer - I'll never understand people's arguments that he wasn't. He has a nice soulful texture to his voice, and he's able to reach a wide range of notes (naturally, he suffers in comparison to Peter Gabriel who also had the ability to playact).

Most importantly, Collins sounds like he's having the time of his life singing these songs. I can picture the huge smile he must've had on his face as he was boisterously singing “Abacab”, which was probably the best popsong they'd released up to that point. Tony Banks and Michael Rutherford also had a chance to shine there, frequently taking a few moments to improvise with their synthesizer and guitar respectively. They typically solo melodically, and never come across too much like they were showing off.

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by Reviewer: Don Ignacio (blogging at Don Ignacio's Album Reviews)


I'm one of the few people that owns the original US edition of this album. So I'm not going to bother with the live tracks (aside from saying ... "Afterglow" - AGAIN?!), and instead look at the five songs on the non-live Side Four.

"Paperlate" was the obligatory single, basically a copy of "No Reply At All", except with a weaker melody; "You Might Recall" is a good midtempo track with a noteworthy riff.

"Me and Virgil" is rather silly, and its melody is way too repetitive, but it's a worthwhile listen anyway; "Evidence of Autumn" is a typical Banks composition. Luckily, they didn't include a lyric sheet, so I am blissfully unaware of what Collins is singing as long as I don't pay too much attention.

And "Open Door" is a quiet-ish Rutherford number, which is very nice after the bombast of "Evidence". So overall I'd rate the album's studio side only at 4 stars. Highlight: "You Might Recall". Low point "Evidence of Autumn".

by Reviewer: Cole Reviews