« on: August 17, 2014, 12:48:17 PM »
I saw Gabriel on the Security tour as well and it remains one of my favorite shows of all time. I remember the show starting with the band walking down the aisles, from the back of the theater, all playing various percussion instruments as they eventually made it to the stage playing Rhythm of the Heat. For the song Lay Your Hands On Me, Gabriel walked on the backs of the theater seats singing "lay your hands on me" while the fans were reaching out to touch him. It was like Jesus wading through a fevered crowd.
Fav PG albums in order(not including his excellent soundtracks):
7. Scratch My Back
8. New Blood
I have many of the other Genesis solo outings and they are interesting and varied in quality. I still have a copy of Tony Banks - A Curious Feeling and will listen occasionally for nostalgia sake but it's really not very good. My favorite Mike Rutherford solo effort is Smallcreep's Day. It's not great but has some very good moments, with better guitar playing than normal from Rutherford & keys from former bandmate Anthony Phillips. Speaking of Phillips, I've got several of his albums which I still like, with my fav being 1984. It's got drum machines & tons of big synths, what more could I want back in 1981?!
Obviously the Phil Collins solo stuff is on a different planet entirely. I did like the first 3 albums back in the day but I can barely listen to any of his stuff now. Except for Face Value, which is a pretty darn good pop album. I remember buying it the day it was released, putting it on the turntable and being absolutely blown away by In The Air Tonight. Thanks to The Hangover & the rest of Collins career, the song has become almost a parody of itself but at the time it was pretty awesome. Face Value also has a nice cover of the Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows.
Top spot for Genesis solo material goes to two Steve Hackett recordings, Voyage of the Acolyte and Spectral Mornings. A lot of Hackett's albums are hit & miss, each usually has a couple good cuts. But these two early albums are excellent.
Before I finish this too-long post, here are my favorite Genesis albums in order:
1. The Lamb
3. Trick Of The Tail
4. Seconds Out
6. Wind & Wuthering
7. Selling England By The Pound
8. Nursery Cryme
10. And Then There Were Three