GENESIS - The LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY
* CLASSIC RECORDS 2LP x 200 GRAM PRESS *
Given all the overt literary references of Selling England by the Pound, along with their taste for epic suites such as "Supper's Ready," it was only a matter of time before Genesis attempted a full-fledged concept album, and 1974's The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway was a massive rock opera: the winding, wielding story of a Puerto Rican hustler name Rael making his way in New York City. Peter Gabriel made some tentative moves toward developing this story into a movie with William Friedkin but it never took off, perhaps it's just as well; even with the lengthy libretto included with the album, the story never makes sense. But just because the story is rather impenetrable doesn't mean that the album is as well, because it is a forceful, imaginative piece of work that showcases the original Genesis lineup at a peak. Even if the story is rather hard to piece together, the album is set up in a remarkable fashion, with the first LP being devoted to pop-oriented rock songs and the second being largely devoted to instrumentals. This means that The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway contains both Genesis' most immediate music to date and its most elliptical. Depending on a listener's taste, they may gravitate toward the first LP with its tight collection of ten rock songs, or the nightmarish landscapes of the second, where Rael descends into darkness and ultimately redemption (or so it would seem), but there's little question that the first album is far more direct than the second and it contains a number of masterpieces, from the opening fanfare of the title song to the surging "In the Cage," from the frightening "Back in NYC" to the soothing conclusion "The Carpet Crawlers." In retrospect, this first LP plays a bit more like the first Gabriel solo album than the final Genesis album, but there's also little question that the band helps form and shape this music (with Brian Eno adding extra coloring on occasion), while Genesis shines as a group shines on the impressionistic second half. In every way, it's a considerable, lasting achievement and it's little wonder that Peter Gabriel had to leave the band after this record: they had gone as far as they could go together, and could never top this extraordinary album. (AMG)
Genesis: Formed in 1967, Genesis are among the top 30 highest-selling recording artists of all time. Their early work is characterized by complex song structures, elaborate instrumentation and the theatrical antics of founder member and vocalist Peter Gabriel, who left the band in 1975. Unable to find a suitable replacement, it was drummer Phil Collins who assumed vocal duties. This change, as well as the departure of guitarist Steve Hackett, two years later, saw the remaining three members (Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford) move into more accessible pop-based music. This change in style resulted in a huge growth in Genesis' popularity throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.
In 1996 Collins left to concentrate on his solo work and other projects, leaving erstwhile bandmates Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks to forge ahead with new recruit; Stiltskin vocalist Ray Wilson. This line-up lasted for one album only (1997's "Calling All Stations") and Genesis soon found itself on hiatus after the poor performance and critical reaction of the new album.
In 2006 - after years of speculation - Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford reformed Genesis for the successful "Turn It On Again" tour. A reunion involving ex-members Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett remains much talked-about and unrealized. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2010 (performer).
A Note on Classic Records: Acclaimed reissue label specializing in audiophile LP reissues of classic albums; employs its own custom-built tube-based mastering equipment on all of its releases; masters its releases from original master tapes (or the best sources available). Earliest releases were a box set of RCA Living Stereo classical titles and Verve jazz titles (subsequently sold individually).
Classic used 180 gram vinyl until 2001. That year they switched to 180 gram "SV" (Super Vinyl) and added a sticker specifying the type of vinyl to all their LPs. They introduced 200 gram "Quiex SV-P" in July 2002. That was followed by "SV-P II" and, in 2008, "Clarity Vinyl." In the 2000s, they also introduced lower priced versions of many of their LPs, pressed from the same masters but on regular 150, 140, or 120 gram vinyl. Represses were always done on the latest vinyl formulation and can be dated by the sticker. (DSC)
Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Label: Atco Records – SD 2-401, Classic Records – SD 2-401
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 200 Gram
Country: US Released: 2001
A1 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway 4:55
A2 Fly On A Windshield 2:47
A3 Broadway Melody Of 1974 1:58
A4 Cuckoo Cocoon 2:14
A5 In The Cage 8:15
A6 The Grand Parade Of LIfeless Packaging Featuring [Enossifications] – Brian Eno 2:45
B1 Back In N.Y.C. 5:49
B2 Hairless Heart 2:25
B3 Counting Out Time 3:45
B4 The Carpet Crawlers 5:16
B5 The Chamber Of 32 Doors 5:40
C1 Lilywhite Lilith 2:40
C2 The Waiting Room 5:28
C3 Anyway 3:18
C4 The Supernatural Anaesthetist 2:50
C5 The Lamia 6:57
C6 Silent Sorrow In Empty Boats 3:06
D1 The Colony Of Slipper Men - The Arrival - A Visit To The Doktor - The Raven 8:14
D2 Ravine 2:05
D3 The Light Dies Down On Broadway 3:32
D4 Riding The Scree 3:56
D5 In The Rapids 2:24
D6 it. 4:58
Producer – Genesis, John Burns
Comes with a glossy sleeve and in shrinkwrap with a sticker 'Classic Records Quiex SV-P 200 Gram Super Vinyl Profile'.
The records come in plain white sleeves and seperate sleeves with lyrics come with them. Two records, 200 Gram Vinyl, plain ATCO logo record labels, Gatefold, includes story of Rael and pictures. Also includes Classic Records postcard.
Matrix / Runout (Side 1): SD2-401-A1
Matrix / Runout (Side 2): SD2-401-A2-B
Matrix / Runout (Side 3): SD2-401-B1-C
Matrix / Runout (Side 4): SD2-401-B2-D
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