|CD Cover||CD Back||CD Tray|
|Booklet Pages 2 & 7||Booklet Pages 4 & 5||Booklet Pages 6 & 3|
|CD 1 Label||CD 2 Label|
January 11th 1975
Civic Center Concert Hall, Lakeland, Florida
|Tony Banks||Keyboards, 12 String & Backing Vocals|
|Phil Collins||Drums, Percussion & Backing Vocals|
|Peter Gabriel||Lead Vocals, Flute & Percussion|
|Steve Hackett||Lead Guitars & Effects|
|Mike Rutherford||Bass Guitars, Guitars & Backing Vocals|
When Genesis arrived in North America, in the late fall of 1974, to begin their 'Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' tour, it would certainly not be an overstatement to say that the odds were stacked against them. The album had not yet been released in America, Steve Hackett was still recovering from a bad hand injury which made playing the guitar very difficult for him and, most of all, the band were facing the formidable prospect of performing over ninety minutes of brand new material which they had never played on stage before. And that was only on the surface. A fierce battle was raging in Peter Gabriel's mind, the difficult events surrounding the birth of his first daughter and the creation of the celebrated double album having taken their toll on him. With the band about to undertake their most demanding world tour to date, he was contemplating leaving Genesis for good.
In Cleveland, Ohio, only a few gigs into the tour, Peter Gabriel confided in manager Tony Smith that he would be quitting the band after the tour. The singer then proceeded to break the news to his band colleagues and a huge wave of disbelief and despondency engulfed the Genesis camp in an instant. The other band members, especially his old school friend Tony Banks, tried desperately to persuade Peter to change his mind, but to no avail. With this heavy atmosphere, it is hardly surprising that the first weeks spent promoting the new album turned out to be a painful experience for all concerned. However, when the band resumed the North American tour after the Christmas holiday, the tension had begun to lift a little. With the initial shock of Gabriel's decision beginning to subside, Genesis, being the consummate perfectionists that they always were, returned to the 'Lamb' tour with fierce determination. By now, the album had become a more familiar set piece for both band and audience, and each performance improved in confidence and power.
The 'Lamb' show, although a controversial one in shape and form, became an instant classic. While the band members themselves mostly disagree with that assessment, insisting that something always went wrong during the shows or that some of the songs were not best suited to being performed live, for the fans it was nothing less than a total triumph. Over three decades after the event, new live recordings of 'Lamb' shows are still highly sought after by Genesis fans the world over.
For nearly 20 years, avid 'Lamb' fans did not have much to rejoice about as far as live recordings were concerned. One of the Los Angeles performances was recorded by the King Biscuit team, one of the Wembley shows was recorded by the BBC, but in both cases only highlights of the concert ever reached the airwaves. As for audience recordings, only a handful (and often not the best) emerged as bootleg LPs, none of them offering a full 'Lamb' show, complete with encores. Patient fans had to wait until the mid-nineties for some full 'Lamb' live recordings to finally surface. The two most notorious shows to appear on bootleg CDs at the time were soundboard recordings of two Florida concerts: West Palm Beach, recorded on January 10th 1975, released by the Oxygen label under the title of 'The Lamb Descends On Waterbury' (???), and Lakeland, from January 11th 1975, released on the Backstage label under the title of 'The Lamb Lives'. It is now known that both these recordings were doctored with patches used to fill in some missing segments but, at the time, the release of both CDs came as a welcome surprise for all Genesis fans. For the first time, fans could finally hear a full 'Lamb' performance presented in fantastic sound quality.
In the years that followed the release of these CDs, many other 'Lamb' shows have seen the light of day, each one as interesting as the next but, for its great quality both in sound and performance, the Lakeland show has remained a favourite among devotees. A few years ago, a lower generation version of this recording began to make the rounds in trading circles, giving birth to a couple of excellent remasters from SAB and BURP. A still lower generation recording was discovered recently and it is on this version that PRRP has based this brand new remaster. Purists will most likely frown a little, but we have decided to use segments from another show to fill in the missing sections and offer a more complete listening experience. We have drawn the line at Peter Gabriel's story to introduce 'The Musical Box', however. Since he tended to vary the story a little from one night to the next, it would have been inaccurate to use the introduction from another show. Enjoy!
Fans of Genesis have been quite blessed recently with the release of so many Soundboard and Open Air Microphone recordings of the Lamb. For this remaster project we began with a FLAC version of GASP 016, the Genesis Lakeland '75 show. This recording has always had a reputation for high quality and now, with the release of the master from the GASP group, the audio experience is made even better. Still, analysis of this recording did reveal flaws that required correction.
As usual with recordings of this age, many clicks, pop and other tape imperfections were found and corrected. A simple channel imbalance was also present and corrected as were the overall dynamics of the recording to provide a consistency of volume for both the quiet and loud sections of the show. But the most obvious problem with the show was the tape speed. It is clear that two tapes were used to record the show and each had its own speed error. Now corrected, the recording truly shines not only as a good audio capture but also as a great performance of the Lamb. Sections of the show were unfortunately missing but were patched to provide the full show for your listening pleasure. The final step was to track the show in accordance with known standard references.
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