Twilight Alehouse

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"Twilight Alehouse" is Genesis' best pre-1976 song not to have been included on an album. Written in 1969 or 1970, between From Genesis to Revelation and Trespass, the song had been a regular feature in the band's live show for a few years before it was recorded during the Foxtrot sessions and finally released in February 1974 as the B-side to "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)." Addressing the use of alcohol in order to forget one's problems, the song had a slow verse, bursting chorus, and an unusually open form that allowed for vocal ad-lib and more freedom for the guitar and keyboard solos, the whole thing ending on mad synthesizer portamentos. The studio version lacked the sense of urgency in the ending of the live rendition. Charisma, Genesis' U.K. label at the time, re-packaged the song on a few sampler LPs and live versions (particularly a BBC recording) circulated in bootleg forms. The studio version was included on Genesis Archives, Vol. 1: 1967-1975.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1971
Archive, Vol. 1: 1967-1975 1998 Atlantic 7:48