|Produced by Brand X|
|Released on November 1977|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
|PB 9824 cover
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T he live adventures of the mathematically minded and mellow-eastern Brand X. Livestock is one of the most subdued-sounding live albums I own; percussion percolates, basses bubble, keyboards creep and guitars growl in this arid, exotic landscape. Concert albums that feature new material (as this does) are interesting animals, and a very different animal than The Bruford Tapes. Brufordís live album was raw, raucous and familiar. Livestock is a calculated exploration of old terrain and new lands. Itís a little like getting half a new album with some live versions tacked on, as close to an EP as sits on the Brand X shelf. Thus itís the least essential of the first four albums. The timing of its release is also questionable. Was the clamor for another Brand X album so great after six months, or did Charisma see Livestock as a last opportunity for the band to cash in on Collinsí cachet? Collins himself is replaced by Kenwood Dennard on two tracks, perhaps because of conflict with the Wind & Wuthering tour, and this does effectively answer the question many people were asking of where Collinsí loyalties would lie when push came to shove. Genesis came first, Brand X second, and the third album all but stated that. So Livestock is at the same time a short celebration and a slight hissing of air from the Brand X balloon. After youíve purchased everything up to Product, looking in Livestock for something to snack on is the logical next step. Personally, I prefer my fusion more explosive. The music of Livestock, like Soft Machine, consists more of gentle eruptions and complex patterns, typical of music constructed by keyboardists and drummers. The subsequent Masques has more soul and spirit, so feel free to skip ahead and save Livestock for another day. Thereís also a review of this at All Music Guide.
|PB 9824 back cover|
PHIL COLLINS -- drums
KENWOOD DENNARD -- drums
JOHN GOODSALL -- guitars
PERCY JONES -- bass
ROBIN LUMLEY -- keyboards
MORRIS PERT -- percussion
Jerry Smith -- engineer
Hipgnosis -- sleeve design & photos
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||November 1977||Charisma||LP||CLASS 5|
|US||November 1977||Passport||LP/CS||PB/PBC 9824|
|US||April 27, 1989||Caroline||CD||1388|
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