I'm still in the land of confusion about Genesis splitting their 1992 live album like this. The release with all their short songs was alright, but now that I've got to The Longs
, I find it a bit cumbersome. I mean, wouldn't it have been better to use the shorter songs to break up the long never-ending stretches of instrumental purgatory?
This was Genesis of course, who had more than their fair share of phenomenally lengthy prog tunes in their repertoire. If this album had been released earlier, 'the longs' might've been pretty good, but their more recent lengthy songs aren't anything to brag about ... “Driving the Last Spike”, “Domino”, “Fading Lights”, “Home By the Sea / Second Home By the Sea” ... are they trying to slowly bore me to death or something? Come to think of it, I'm now three hours closer to death than I was before I started writing this review.
But before Genesis bore us with their boring songs, they do a toast to their olden days with a 20-minute medley aptly called “Old Medley”. They quickly rattle off a series of songs from their old repertoire, all in a manner that sounds like they were reading off a grocery list. They do actually do a very good job of threading the songs together, so there's not much reason to complain, but by default, it's the best track on the entire godforsaken album.
A distant second is “Home By the Sea / Second Home By the Sea”. The first half was an excellent popsong from 1983's Genesis
, but unfortunately the second half was a much less exciting instrumental from that same album. But what was a not-so-exciting instrumental on Genesis
is a highlight on this live release, considering it has pounding drums and an engaging electric guitar solo.
by Reviewer: Don Ignacio
(blogging at Don Ignacio's Album Reviews