|CD Cover||CD Back||CD Tray|
|Booklet Pages 2 & 7||Booklet Pages 3 & 6||Booklet Pages 4 & 5|
|CD 1 Full Face Label||CD 2 Full Face Label|
|CD 1 Rimmed Label||CD 2 Rimmed Label|
August 29th 1982
Jarry Park Stadium, Montreal, Qc, Canada
|Tony Banks||Keyboards, 12 String & Backing Vocals|
|Phil Collins||Lead Vocals, Drums & Percussion|
|Mike Rutherford||Lead Guitar, 12 String, Bass Guitars & Backing Vocals|
|with special guests:|
|Daryl Stuermer||Lead Guitar & Bass Guitars|
|Chester Thompson||Drums & Percussion|
In the summer of 1982, Genesis were back on the road to promote their newly released double album, 'Three Sides Live'. Compared with the standard Genesis tour, this was a rather short excursion, about 40 dates, mostly in North America and the UK, culminating with the band's celebrated appearance at the Milton Keynes Bowl for the legendary 'Six Of The Best' concert on October 2nd. On that final night, Tony, Mike and Phil, along with Daryl Stuermer and Chester Thompson, reunited with Peter Gabriel to offer the fans a one-off evening of Genesis nostalgia, further enhanced by the surprise appearance of guitarist Steve Hackett for the encores.
A little over a month before that very special evening, though, Genesis were still touring North America and, on August 29th, they visited one of their favorite cities - Montreal, Canada. They had performed in Montreal a good number of times since 1973, commanding a huge number of fans which grew larger with each visit. Due to time restrictions on this tour, and in an effort to please the largest number of fans possible, the promoters decided to stage the event at Jarry Park, where the old baseball stadium could hold more than twice the number of people who could be seated in a single evening at the Forum, the band's usual venue since the 'Lamb' tour in 1974/5. Playing an outdoor venue in Montreal was a first for Genesis and it promised to be a special evening.
One of my best friends since childhood had borrowed his mother's car and, along with his girlfriend, myself and another friend, embarked on the two-hour drive that would take us from our home town to Jarry Park. As we were traveling, it was raining, sometimes really hard, and anxiety was building up. This might not be as much fun as we'd anticipated. But, as if there was a God for Genesis fans, the sky miraculously cleared upon our arrival in the big city and sunshine was on the menu for the rest of the day, with the promise of a starry night to follow. We headed straight for the venue, only to find there were huge queues at the gates, which was unusual at that time in the afternoon. It was only when we reached the turnstiles that we discovered a large number of counterfeit tickets had been circulated on the black market, meaning that each ticket had to be examined under ultraviolet light before the holder could be admitted. This held up proceedings somewhat, to say the least.
Meanwhile, the ever growing crowd of people who had been turned away with fake tickets had begun to voice their discontent, with increasing ferocity. For those who are not familiar with Jarry Park, I should point out that, about 75 feet behind the huge scoreboard, there was a public swimming pool with a rather large tool shed standing at one end. And what was feared would happen did indeed happen. Some of the angry crowd began wrecking the grounds, turning picnic tables upside down, damaging fences, a small group of individuals even setting fire to the tool shed. As we witnessed all this from inside the stadium, we began to fear that the concert might have to be cancelled but quick interventions by both the police force and the fire department soon brought the riot under control and the crowd was quickly dispersed. At last we could concentrate on the matter at hand, an evening of music with Genesis.
It was a rather chilly evening but there was not a cloud in the sky when Genesis hit the stage around 8:30pm. Since they had no new material to promote on this tour, we wondered if they might take some chances with the set list and perhaps offer us a surprise or two. They did not disappoint. The biggest surprise of the evening came when Phil introduced the next number as being a song they had not played in a long time, and which was now ten years old. It didn't take a grand master in calculus to subtract 10 years from 1982 so everyone's mind went straight to 1972 and the 'Foxtrot' album. The goose bumps began to rise as Phil slowly pronounced the magic words: "Supper's Ready". This epic number had not been performed in its entirety since the 1977 tour, and given the more modern, simpler approach of the band's most recent musical endeavors, seeing Genesis play this classic track in its entirety at this point in time was indeed a very special treat.
As the concert drew to a close with the always amazing 'Los Endos', everyone knew there would be an encore, but as we stood and applauded, those of us sitting in the bleacher seats began to notice the movement outside the ball park. I truly can't say how many police cars, with their flashing lights, were parked along Jarry Street alone. But Genesis quickly drew our attention back to the stage as they returned for the encore. A tambourine-driven beat led everyone to believe we would hear 'I Know What I Like', as had happened on the last three tours, but it slowly dawned on us that the beat was too fast for that song, and that something else would come out of it ... and it did! 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway', minus the piano intro, hit us like a ton of bricks. I guess everyone expected to hear the closing section of 'The Musical Box' at the end of it, but Genesis surprised us all by playing instead the majestic opening chords of 'Watcher Of The Skies', which then unfolded into the intro and outro, just as it had at the end of 'it' during the 1976 tour encore. One last curtain call, a final goodbye and it was all over ... at least, as far as the concert was concerned.
If we thought coming into the ball park that afternoon had been a long affair, well, think twice about leaving it! All security guards were dispatched to guide the departing crowd toward a lone exit route which fed us into a long, fenced passageway leading out of the park grounds. Along the fences, on both sides, stood an impressive number of riot-squad agents, an intimidating army of huge men dressed in black, wearing helmets with dark visors and holding their long, solid battle sticks. This was not the kind of scene one expected to see at a Genesis concert but I guess the Montreal authorities were taking no chances, following the afternoon's rocky events. In any case, let me tell you that the walk out was a silent and quiet one.
On our journey back to our home town, the memories of the bad things faded quickly, leaving us to remember the incredible musical moments we had witnessed. And Mother Nature had one more special treat for us. Halfway through the trip, a superb aurora borealis appeared over our heads. My friend pulled the car over to the side of the road, and we all watched this beautiful spectacle in silence. For a few minutes, ironically we ourselves became watchers of the skies.
The Master source was provided on CD for the beginning of this project. Breaks occurred during audience applause and their location would suggest that at least the first half of the show was recorded on a 60 minute cassette. The second half of the show had a break just before the encore. No music was lost. Signal quality was very good and acoustics were also very good, given the outdoor venue.
The first obvious problem with the show was the speed. Both segments had different speed errors and were corrected separately. Comparing the show tracks to standard commercial live and studio recordings, a speed correction was applied. Next, the segmental and overall balance asymmetries were detected and corrected. The tonality/EQ was re-balanced to compensate as much as possible for the open-air acoustics of the park. This brought out better detail in the music. The dynamics were then adjusted. Loud sections were surprisingly quiet while simple monologue sections were inappropriately loud. Adjustments were made to correct this imbalance. Peak suppressions were also corrected so the music was more natural.
The introduction of Daryl was moved to disc 2 to be included - as it should - with the introduction of Chester, prior to the next song. The tracking of the rest of the show remained consistent with other Genesis shows and included separate tracking of the Medley segments.
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