Live at Wembley Arena: June 23, 1974

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For a Genesis bootleg, this is one of the best available from the Peter Gabriel era. The tape comes from the soundboard and sound quality is very good. The date printed on the cover is obviously wrong, since this is taken from a show from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour, which started in November 1974 and ended in May 1975. The Wembley show happened on April 15, 1975. The track list is also full of errors. Apart from the fact that track two should read "Back in N.Y.C." and track four "The Carpet Crawlers," more importantly track three is not "The Chamber of 32 Doors" but contains instead "Hairless Heart" and "Counting Out Time." Track six is a suite containing "Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats" and the introduction to "The Colony of Slippermen," which segues artificially (since it was never performed that way) into "Ravine," followed by "The Light Dies Down on Broadway" and "Riding the Scree." About half of the show is presented on this CD. Highlights include a demented ending to "Counting Out Time," a moving version of "The Carpet Crawlers," and an excellent "Evil Jam" (which is the atonal free-form jam credited on the album as "The Waiting Room"). The band is in very good shape (even though Tony Banks plays a couple of wrong notes) and the mix puts Steve Hackett's guitar more to the front -- it was buried on the studio album. For the fan, this bootleg is a must.

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