82689-2 Seconds Out
Produced by David Hentschel & Genesis
Released on November 1977
UK CHART POSITION #4 . . . US CHART POSITION #47
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G enesis never released a great live album, not for lack of trying but for lack of timing. Genesis Live was released too soon, Three Sides Live too late. And the magic had departed by the time The Way We Walk ambled across the dimming stage. Seconds Out stood the best chance of capturing Genesis at their artistic peak, yet it collapses on the reluctant shoulders of new frontman Phil Collins. Not only does Phil fail to fill the enormous shoes of Peter Gabriel (which is understandable), he doesn’t even rise to his own studio standards on tracks like “Robbery, Assault And Battery” or “Squonk.” By shrinking from the spotlight (audibly anyway), Phil’s humble delivery becomes the unwitting focal point. The rest of the band is brilliant, delivering all of the energy and color that imbued the originals, but the music obscures the vocals, and what you’re left with is a performance that sounds as shrouded as the album artwork looks. That was my impression when I heard this on an 8-track tape years ago, and it remains my impression today as I listen to the definitive edition remaster. The fact is, there is no definitive Genesis live album. In such poor company, Seconds Out wins by default. There is nothing on the other live albums that compares with hearing a complete version of “Supper’s Ready” or such sublime moments from their last two albums as “Afterglow” and “Dance On A Volcano.” With Phil at the mike much of the time, Genesis enlisted drummers Chester Thompson and Bill Bruford (briefly) to support the group, with Phil often playing alongside Chester for a double attack. Thompson is terrific, and I don’t need to sell anyone here on the merits of Bruford and Collins. This was the last album to feature Steve Hackett, so in many ways Seconds Out marked the end of an era. I would have liked to hear Phil come out swinging, wringing the dramatic possibilities from this material the way Peter would have, or at least with the energy of Trick and Wind, but you can’t always get what you want. As the joke goes, he got better. Unfortunately, the material didn’t.

82689-2 gatefold sleeve 82689-2 back sleeve
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TRACK LISTING

    disc one
  1. SQUONK    (Tony Banks/Mike Rutherford)    6:27
  2. THE CARPET CRAWL    (Tony Banks/Mike Rutherford/Steve Hackett/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel)    5:10
  3. ROBBERY ASSAULT AND BATTERY    (Tony Banks/Phil Collins)    6:00
  4. AFTERGLOW    (Tony Banks)    4:18
  5. FIRTH OF FIFTH    (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett)    8:37
  6. I KNOW WHAT I LIKE    (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett)    8:34
  7. THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY    (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett)    5:05
  8. THE MUSICAL BOX (CLOSING SECTION)    (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett)    2:44

    disc two
  9. SUPPER'S READY    (Tony Banks/Mike Rutherford/Steve Hackett/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel)    24:30
  10. CINEMA SHOW    (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett)    11:00
  11. DANCE ON A VOLCANO    (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford/Steve Hackett)    4:22
  12. LOS ENDOS    (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford/Steve Hackett)    6:24

CREDITS

TONY BANKS -- EMI electric piano, Hammond T. organ, ARP Pro soloist, Melotron 400, Epiphone 12-string, backing voices
PHIL COLLINS -- voice, Premier and Gretsch drums, keyboard solos
STEVE HACKETT -- Gibson Les Paul, Hokada 12-string
MIKE RUTHERFORD -- Shergold electric 12-string & bass, 8-string bass, Alvarez 12-string, Moog Taurus bass pedals, backing voices
CHESTER THOMPSON -- Pearl drums and percussion
Bill Bruford -- Ludwig and Hayman drums and percussion
Armando Gallo, Robert Ellis, Graham Wood -- sleeve photos
A & D Design -- sleeve layout
Frank Sanson -- art direction

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK November 1977 Charisma 2LP GE2001 gatefold cover, inner sleeves
US November 1977 Atlantic 2LP/8T SD2-9002 gatefold cover, inner sleeves
CAN 1977 Atlantic 2LP 2SD-9002 gatefold cover
FRA/GER 1977 Charisma 2LP 6641 697 gatefold cover, inserts
JPN   Charisma 2LP 15PP-33/4  
NET 1977 Charisma 2LP 9199 263/4 gatefold cover
US November 1985 Atlantic 2CD/2CS SD/CS2-9002  
BRA 1987 Virgin 2LP 1228001  
UK 1994 Virgin 2CD GECD2001  
US November 29, 1994 Atlantic 2CD/2CS 82689 definitive edition remaster
EUR 1994 EMI 2CD 839 887  

 

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