“Seconds Out,” Genesis’ second live album, provides a snapshot of the group before it shrugged off its oft-forgotten prog beginnings.
Recorded primarily in Paris in the summer of ’77, it has many songs from the band’s Peter Gabriel period, but he exited the group two years prior. The tour was in support of “Wind and Wuthering,” but only “Afterglow” is from that slab.
It’s also the last record with guitarist Steve Hackett. Tony Banks later joked that he was mixed out, but that was just dry British wit.
With Phil Collins behind the microphone, he presses his own style into Gabriel’s songs, although he mimics Gabriel’s different voices and characters in “Robbery, Assault and Battery.”
The second disc starts with the band’s prog magnum opus, “Supper’s Ready,” a 24-and-a-half-minute suite that combines elements from Gabriel’s nightmares and the book of Revelation. Delivering it live seems like a challenge, but the playing is crisp and precise.
It’s the band’s last gasp before its descent into its ’80s pop phase. It’s hard to believe it’s the same band.
Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.