I realised we’re not really getting any younger when I heard the news about the passing of David Crosby in the age of 81 years. It’s an age I hope to reach as well, but it’s another giant of Rock gone. What was another surprise, was that Crosby released a single co-written and produced by our ‘own’ Phil Collins, who can also be heard on backing vocals, drums and keyboards. But who did not do something with Phil in the early nineties?
BTW: Phil also released a version of the song without David Crosby..
At last there’s a new old Genesis release to celebrate and it’s not the least one: BBC Broadcasts, a selection of live recordings BBC made over the years the band was active. Of course the recordings are not new to the bootleg collector. Everything was already available in fine quality, from the first BBC recordings from the John Peel and Night Ride shows, with songs like Sheperd and Stagnation, on through the incredible 1980 Lyceum show, where Phil Collins was at his absolute best, a show that is a must-have for all fans, up to the well known Wembley 1987 show, to Knebworth both 1978 and 1992 shows and even two songs featuring Ray Wilson as the follow up for Phil Collins.
For the Lyceum 1980 show alone, this 5 CD or 3 LP set is worth the buy only. But still the wait is on for an official release of one or more of the incredible ‘The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway’ recordings the band (and BBC) made. The Groningen 1975 show is (in my humble opinion!) one of the best in the band’s history. Available as a bootleg of course. But we want it to be officially released. But so far enjoy this BBC recordings set!
Of course we were there, at the Genesis farewell to Amsterdam in March last year. Great to have the sensation of seeing the band – the three-man version – one more time. We knew Phil wasn’t the same as he was in 2007. Forced to sit during the entire gig, his voice weak and unstable. But hey, it was Phil Collins and Genesis and we enjoyed it. To hear all the well-known songs one more time was super. Here a couple of shots from our little camera.
We’re sorry, but the bootlegs have gone. Yes, we regret that too. But as the site hadn’t been maintained for years, its security became a liability, as well as the overall layout, which was screwed up after PHP version 212b or something. So, we (Peter) had to start all over. And when I say all over, I mean ALL over. The database is not lost, but I have to think about a new way to use it here. Maybe the bootlegs won’t be back, maybe they will. I don’t know yet. Meanwhile check back every now and then to see what happens.