It had been more than ten years since Genesis had released a live album, so they figured the time was right for a new one. Except instead of releasing the standard double album, they had the weird idea of splitting it in two and putting all the short songs on one disc and the long songs on another disc. I really don't see the benefit of doing such a thing, so I guess that's just one of pop/rock's great mysteries.
Genesis had the history of being an excellent live band and they're quite good here too. Unfortunately, the material they cover is mostly singles tailor-made for radio, and they do all they can to reproduce the studio originals note-for-note. They mainly concentrate on covering material from the three Genesis albums released since their previous live album ... Genesis
, Invisible Touch
, and We Can't Dance
. They do a good job of covering all the highlights on those three albums, so I doubt this release disappointed any of their fans at the time.
The album opens with a terrific rendition of “Land of Confusion”, and I can hear the audience reacting wildly to it. As is the nature of most live albums from bands like Genesis that thrive predominantly in the studio, this version is much rawer, and probably less exciting too. Though I almost get as much of a kick out of “Jesus He Knows Me” in this live cut as its studio counterpart. I also like that Collins takes a moment to give a 10-second monologue, similar to the one he gave at the beginning of the video. It was Genesis' song of the moment, and I can sense through Collins boisterous singing that he was proud of it, as he should be! I am similarly excited to hear a rousing rendition of “No Son of Mine”, where he kicks up a storm with his passionate vocal performance.
by Reviewer: Don Ignacio
(blogging at Don Ignacio's Album Reviews