|CD Cover||CD Back||CD Tray|
|CD Inside Cover||CD 1 Full Face Label||CD 2 Full Face Label|
|Booklet Pages 4 and 5||Booklet Pages 3 and 6||CD 1 Label||CD 2 Label|
March 19th, 1977
Moody Coliseum, Dallas, Texas, USA
|Tony Banks||Keyboards, 12 String & Backing Vocals|
|Phil Collins||Lead Vocals, Drums & Percussion|
|Steve Hackett||Lead Guitars & Effects|
|Mike Rutherford||Bass Guitar, Guitars & Backing Vocals|
|With Special Guest|
|Chester Thompson||Drums & Percussion|
When it was confirmed, at the end of the world tour to promote ‘The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway’ in 1975, that Peter Gabriel had left Genesis, few would have reckoned on the band’s chances of survival without him. But the release of ‘A Trick Of The Tail’ early in 1976 (ironically on Gabriel’s birthday – February 13th), confounded and silenced even the band’s harshest critics with its sublime music and, crucially, Phil Collins’ confident and melodic lead vocals.
The positive critical response to the album came as an enormous relief to the quartet of musicians, and the subsequent massively successful tour was a cause for triumphant celebration for their legions of fans, proving that, despite all expectations to the contrary, Genesis’ ascent to superstardom would continue undaunted. Now without Peter Gabriel providing the focal point onstage, Tony, Steve, Phil and Mike were all too aware of the importance of the visual aspect of their live shows. In place of Gabriel’s eccentric characterizations, Genesis relied more on projections and a complex light show (including, for the first time, lasers) to portray the band's unique imagery.
At the end of the tour, eager to capitalize on their success, Genesis immediately set about writing and recording their second album as a four-piece. Amazingly, they emerged from the studios at the end of 1976 with their second album release in ten months, a remarkable feat by anyone’s standards. The magnificent and dramatic ‘Wind And Wuthering’ featured such songs as 'Eleventh Earl Of Mar', 'One For The Vine' and 'Blood On The Rooftops', as well as the mighty instrumental 'Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers…In That Quiet Earth', all of which are rightfully considered among the band's finest ever compositions.
The ‘Trick Of The Tail’ tour had given Genesis the confidence boost they needed. Convinced that the music and their own performance were strong enough to sustain the magic, they abandoned the projections for 1977’s ‘Wind And Wuthering’ tour, concentrating instead on supporting the music with the best light show imaginable. Only the 'Harry' costume from 'Robbery, Assault & Battery' and the inflated dancing flowers in 'Supper's Ready' remained as reminders of a now fading era.
The result was staggering. The sight of those fifty jumbo jet landing lights, lit all at once or flashing in time with the music, or the amazing new laser effects, left audiences stunned and delighted and in no doubt at all that this was indeed a world class band. Musically, Genesis had reached a peak, each performance more assured and polished than the last. This new beginning as a four-piece band, however, influenced the choice of material played on this tour, with much of the set built around their two latest albums, and only a precious few inclusions from a more distant past. Unbeknownst to everyone at the time, this excursion would be Steve Hackett's last with Genesis. At the conclusion of the tour, he left to pursue a successful and highly eclectic solo career.
By the time Genesis reached Dallas on March 19th, 1977, the ‘Wind And Wuthering’ show had been on the road for nearly three months and the band was in fine form, as you will hear from this stellar performance. This was their first visit to Dallas and, as Phil pointed out during the concert, the show was recorded for posterity. It was also here that the famous 'Seconds Out’ promo was filmed, though sadly it was never given an official release. Was the entire show filmed? We’ll probably never know but let us be thankful that at least the complete soundboard recording from that night has now surfaced. PRRP is proud to bring you this brand new remaster of a classic Genesis concert. Enjoy!
This remaster project started with the GASP release, soundboard recording of Genesis in Dallas on March 19th, 1977. The recording is almost complete and quite enjoyable on its own but, as with all GASP releases, no remastering had been done and flaws in the recording were present, needing correction. Phil announces that the show is being recorded so there must have been some thought to using this recording for part or all of the scheduled Seconds Out release. The flaws present here may have altered the plan.
As with all GASP soundboards, the quality of the recording is outstanding. As a soundboard the sound is “dry” and so techniques were used to adjust this sound character to make it sound a bit more like a live performance. Tonality needed adjustment. A number of small changes were made but the most important was adding bass which was quite deficient. Gentle noise reduction was used to enhance the quiet sections of the recording without altering the louder parts. Partial channel dropouts were found frequently and needed repair. This included partial –and rare- complete channel drops. The reason for these is unclear but they were easily corrected. Dialogue and other quiet sections varied in amplitude so dynamics were adjusted to provide a bit of consistency of volume for these, and other, sections. Overall, dynamics were adjusted to correct extraneous peaks and provide some uniformity to the loud sections of the show. A significant speed error was found on the disc 2 material and so this was corrected using standard commercial live and studio references. Clicks and pops were repaired as always and finally, missing sections were patched using other sources.
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