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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. It begins with the awful Phil Collins number, Misunderstanding, which is in contention to be the worst Genesis song ever. Collins' annoying tendency to repeat lines endlessly makes this track even worse.
This disc quick picks up from there. At this point in time, one couldn't expect to hear classic Gabriel era Genesis numbers in full form, and they were relegated to medleys. Luckily, these medleys are performed exceptionally by the band, which makes up for their shortened lengths.
Since this track is off of the tapes, it features Prog Rock drummer, Bill Bruford who toured with Genesis in '76 , and the former Genesis guitarist, Steve Hackett.
The track benefits greatly from the presence of these top musicians, and is executed seamlessly. Sadly, Cinema Show and [The Colony of] Slippermen are only instrumental run-throughs, and do lose power without lyrics. Phil Collins simply could not duplicate Peter Gabriel's vocal theatrics on a track like Slippermen.
The next track is Afterglow, and excellent and emotional Prog- ballad. The next track is probably the strongest on the entire album. It is a resurrection on the mini-epic, One for the Vine. This version runs circles on around the studio version.
First of all, it rocks much harder. Tony Banks is great but his compositions can be a bit spongy at times. The instrumental bridge five minutes in is much stronger, due in large part to the first-rate drumming of Mr. Chester Thompson, who turns in one of his strongest performances with the band. Surprisingly, Fountain of Salmacis gets its first live treatment here, and is performed well, with cohesive guitars, drums, and keyboards.
The second medley of the album is comprised of It and Watcher of the Skies. I never thought these songs came out well in this setting. It is much more emotional with Gabriel handling the vocals, and like Cinema Show, we see Watcher of the Skies receive only and instrumental run-through, a disgrace for this caliber of song, considered by many to be Genesis's anthem. While Steurmer does adequately on Watcher, his guitar is very weak on It. The playing on this album is exceptional, some say prodigious , and while Genesis's creative talents were disappearing, they were still first-rate live musicians.
I gave this album a Four Star rating, as the instrumentation is exceptional, it is bogged down by some weaker tracks i. Misunderstanding, Abacab , and while it does put up a fight, it simply cannot compete with the live Genesis of the Gabriel days. Note: These tracks were recorded in in Europe and America, with the exception of tracks 4 and 5 on Disc Two which were recorded in , and tracks 2 and 6 on Disc 2 which were recorded on the tour.
Note: initially, there were two copies of this album, one released in the UK and one in the US. The edition reviewed here is the UK version, which features a fourth live side. The US version had 'three sides' of live material, hence the title, and a fourth side of studio material.
For the most part, these tracks are garbage, and it is no surprise they never made in on an album. It did contain the UK hit Paperlate. What would you do if you hear the above? And if you ask me with the same question, my answer is pretty damn simple: Totally Numb! Yeah, because I know that what follows is really a wonderful rock music that stirs my adrenalin to explode and reaches a true musical orgasm.
Galileo man! I mean it. He does not need to emulate how Gabriel voice is. He's just doing it his own way and the result is truly a good and powerful voice combined with energetic music full of energies and inspirations.
I bet you with my neck, if you have ever loved the original version of "In The Cage" you would definitely love this version to death. The total arrangement is tight and crispy; it's performed much much much more dynamic than the original studio. And Yes, Genesis has taught us that this is what rock music should sound. It sticks to your heart and brings your emotion to an uplifting mood.
Really powerful man! Get me out of this pain ". The power of this song performed live is the combination of fast-speed keyboard work, fast speed guitar solo and. This dynamic drumming happens right after the end of lyrical parts: "Keep on turning, Keep on turning, Turning around, Spinning around.
It flows to medley "Cinema Show - Slipperman" followed with the encore of "Afterglow". Even though "In The Cage" only has justified you to purchase the CD, I need to add that some other tracks are also excellent performance. Of course, "Behind The Lines - Duchess" is another great rocker to enjoy. Even, I have to admit that even though I do not in particular appreciate "abacab" album, but two songs from this album, ie "Abacab" and "Dodo" are performed with great live vibes here in this live set.
Well, this album bears so many memories for me when it was released as at the time we have a great local band COCKPIT who covered Genesis songs wonderfully during that time. Even in mid nineties I still remember vividly that I enjoyed the music with my other rock-mates consultants. We locked ourselves four of us inside my car, turned the engine and aircon on - turned on the soundstream power and played "in The Cage" LOUD.
We had a great time while playing this track because during that playing time all of us were singing "keep falling on my head 3x" while letting our hands emulate how Phil plays his drum. What a crazy time man! Yeah man, talking about rock music, we sometime must go "insane". What do you think?
I cry out help! This is somewhat of a mixed bag, but for me seems to be on the enjoyable side rather than the frustrated side of the bag.
That is because they chose the better material of the previous few years to perform live. But hey, they were radio hits and more and more of the people attending their concerts wanted to hear that stuff.
You can't necessarily fault them for that. Nonetheless, they perform the amazing Dodo and do a wonderful medley of In the Cage with instrumental sections pulled from Cinema Show and Colony of Slippermen. Even Abacab sounds better than the studio version. The fourth side is basically the weakest side of the album. Me and Virgil and You Might Recall are wonderful songs, but the remaining including the radio hit Paperlate are understandable as to why they never made it onto one of their previous studio releases.
It's not perfect, it's not a masterpiece, but it's also not a mediocre work overall. I found this a rather enjoyable final tribute of the band to it's progressive leanings and the last worthwhile album to acquire. Four stars for an excellent work. Three Sides Live on the other side showed Genesis taking confortably their pop seats. Sophisticated pop, indeed, and it seemed somehow appropriated for that time. The songs may sound odd nowadays, but they are still very good and cannot be discarted as pure commercial stuff.
Genesis simply had this pop sensibility all along. As for the studio tracks, they look a bit like leftovers from the previous albums like Duke or Abacab. Not par to their best stuff at the time but not bad songs either. Recommended for non radical Genesis fans and anyone who likes the good, more accesible side of prog music.
The live tracks were recorded at various locations some on the same date and at the same venue. The tracks from side A, B, and C, are naturally mostly culled from "Duke " and "Abacab " , but Genesis do not deny their progressive rock past and have also included "In the Cage" and "Afterglow" on side C. The live material is not surprisingly well performed and very well produced too. All details are audible and placed at perfect volumes in the mix.
The early progressive rock tracks of course sound different with a more clear sound quality and because of Phil Collins vocals, but other than that, everything is more or less true to the originals. Upon conclusion "Three Sides Live" is a high quality live and partially studio release by Genesis , which well demonstrates how incredibly skilled performers they are, and how well material from different periods work. While Seconds Out was recorded at what must be considered a peak of the band's career, Three Sides Live was partly recorded on the tour for the weak Abacab album.
It surely would have been more appropriate to release a live album directly following Duke which was a much better album to represent the early output of the three man line-up of Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins. Turn It On Again functions very well as a stand-alone and as the opening number. Misunderstanding is decent but hardly among the better songs from Duke.
Dodo is decent , but Me And Sarah Jane is a bit of a bore. For fans of the older Genesis, the In The Cage-medley is clearly the most interesting part of the three vinyl sides the content on the fourth side depends on which version of the album you have. It then flows very nicely into Afterglow, resulting in 17 minutes of continuous, progressive music.
This closes the third side of the original album. Why they decided to fill the fourth side with something else is a bit of a mystery as there clearly was enough live material from the time to fill all four sides of a double vinyl release.
This surplus of really good material proves just how great their output was in those years. The concept of placing a chart success on the fourth album side proved successful; though Paperlate became a hit only in the UK it was nevertheless played frequently on the radio. It is, however, a joint composition. Evidence Of Autumn is a typical Banks composition that would have fit well on his first solo album A Curious Feeling and its melancholy mood.
It is an unusual ending for a lively, stirring live record. The UK version seems a bit more harmonic, though the recordings do not really fit the first three sides, either. Prog listeners have field day, of course. One For The Vine takes us back to the epic songs of the 70s. Again the supremely good performance and the passion of all the musicians are remarkable.
With an epos like this you do not want any meandering jams but pay close attention to the story. The Fountain Of Salmacis rises very lively, a highlight of the fourth side live.
You would be hard-pressed to find a better live version of this song! The collection of old live recordings ends with another medley. It would have fit better on Seconds Out , though, because it was recorded back in It is played very ambitiously, but it cannot get close to the drive the studio version has.
Ending the album with a symphonic piece like Watcher Of The Skies is a good choice. It is, of course, regrettable that it is not the full version, but this finale is a big bang that brings the live set to a wonderful ending.
Three Sides Live is worth getting, though using the original setlist might have been even more exciting. Prog lovers may want to buy the UK edition. If you prefer Genesis during their period of change and you like Abacab you are better off with the eponymous version. The only thing to consider is the circumstance that there is no version so far that combines the acoustic improvements of the remaster version with the five studio recordings.
Track list:. Review available. The Classic, remastered on CD in