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Show #257: Lurking by a Stone in the Mud

February 5th, 2013

gen cinn2 Show #257: Lurking by a Stone in the Mud

Whew! It’s been a while since I actually posted a show. As in years past, the first show of the new year is Genesis. A couple months ago I was listening to Abacab constantly so I am going with a show from that tour.

The first Genesis album I heard was Abacab and so it has a special place in my musical heart. Even today, some 30+ years since I first heard it, I find I still love it. Beyond any sentimental value, I think the music holds up. The Mellotron is gone having been replaced by more contemporary synthesizers and Hugh Padgham brings the white boy reggae influence a la The Police to the table. Sure, “Who Dunnit?” will forever divide fans (I find it an amusing tune) but “Dodo/Lurker” is one of the best things the band ever did. Despite the cheesy 80s harmonica synth, “Another Record” (a leftover from Duke) is a favorite of mine. The drumming is great with the tom fills being a force of their own.

Speaking of drums, one thing about the Abacab tour that sticks out for me is that it sees Phil Collins at his most obnoxious and I love every minute of it. When he gets behind his kit you can bet the tempo will get faster and he will fill every bar he can with a tom fill. The instrumental half of “Abacab” is the most obvious example of this but listen to the opening of “Behind the Lines” or “Cinema Show” and you’ll hear it too. Phil’s drumming was great before this tour and after it as well, but for pure Phil Collins drum acrobatics, this is your tour.

gen cinn1 Show #257: Lurking by a Stone in the Mud
(Photo by Eric Van den Bossche.)

This is Genesis’ show from 21 November 1981 at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio, just a week or so from the gigs in New York which would be recorded for Three Sides Live. Some sources list this as an audience recording while others indicated it’s a soundboard. It sounds like the latter to me. Mike screws up during “Abacab” and you can hear his backing vocals clearly on the song as well. Phil goes crazy on the vocals throughout. And there is some really nice, manic guitar on “Duchess”.


Behind The Lines
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Dodo / Lurker
Me And Sarah Jane
No Reply At All
Firth Of Fifth
Phil’s Mistake
Man On The Corner
Who Dunnit?
In The Cage
Cinema Show / Slippermen
Turn It On Again
Dance On A Volcano / Drum Duet
Los Endos
I Know What I Like

Download Part I
Download Part II


Here’s “Dodo/Lurker” from Three Sides Live:

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