August 31, 2009 – 4:15 am

The “Holy Grail” of Lamb recordings?

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West Palm Beach 1975 [Digital Brothers Production SAB 06, 2CD]

Live at West Palm Beach Convention Hall, Florida, USA, January 10, 1975. A stereo soundboard recording.

At this stage of the tour, can we assume Peter Gabriel had already told band members he wanted to leave? Listen to the first track on CD2. Gabriel uses Phil Collins to make a joke but was there more behind the snipe?

Wikipedia says: “Creating the ambitious The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway album strained relations between band members, particularly Banks and Gabriel. Gabriel was the lyricist, while the other band members wrote the music, with the exception of Counting Out Time and The Carpet Crawlers. The Light Dies Down on Broadway was co-authored by Banks and Rutherford. ”

It’s also been reported that during the tour, Gabriel told the others that he would leave. He stayed to the last and then sent an open letter to fans to the music press.

Wikipedia again: “…entitled Out, Angels Out, Gabriel explained that the ‘…vehicle we had built as a co-op to serve our songwriting became our master and had cooped us up inside the success we had wanted. It affected the attitudes and the spirit of the whole band. The music had not dried up and I still respect the other musicians, but our roles had set in hard’.”

The disagreement cannot be heard in the music, to these ears. Perhaps it was a case of egos. This show in Florida was professionally recorded as there must have been an intention to release a live version of The Lamb Lies Down. In the end, Genesis opted for the January 24, 1975 date in Los Angeles to put on silver discs. But what surfaced of the soundboard recording was incomplete. This SAB version contains remastered filler from other ‘Lamb’ shows.

The following comments from Genesis-Movement:

Obviously, this is not a ‘pure’ recording, but it is definitely an enjoyable ‘Lamb’ listening experience.” [Simon_Funnell]

Definitely better that the others in terms of sound quality - I guess the listener will have to choose a “Pure” show with fillers from audience tapes, or a premium remaster like this that is in my opinion true to the actual concert. The way the necessary fillers are blended in on this remaster, makes this a great listening experience and because it deserves to stick out I give it an A+ rating. Fillers or no fillers, the sound quality on this is truly excellent. My favourite Florida of 1975 so far. [PaulHarald]

In my opinion, this is probably the holy grail of Lamb recordings - utterly superb! [DWL1963]

Fine dining indeed. Thanks to all the fans who made this recording possible. We received ours in an old-fashioned trade years ago.
- The Little Chicken

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download them at a later date.

Disc 1
1. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway 04:37
2. Fly On A Windshield 02:48
3. Broadway Melody Of 1974 02:12
4. Cuckoo Cocoon 02:13
5. In The Cage 08:07
6. The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging 04:15
7. Back In NYC 06:15
8. Hairless Heart 02:14
9. Counting Out Time 03:52
10. Carpet Crawlers 03:52
11. The Chamber Of 32 Doors 05:41

Disc 2
1. Story Of Rael 02:51
2. Lilywhite Lilith 03:00
3. The Waiting Room 05:35
4. Anyway 03:34
5. Here Comes The Supernatural Anaesthetist 03:48
6. The Lamia 07:13
7. Silent Sorrow In Empty Boats 03:01
8. The Colony Of Slippermen 08:22
9. Ravine 01:35
10. The Light Dies Down On Broadway 03:39
11. Riding The Scree 04:30
12. In The Rapids 02:23
13. It 05:38
14. The Musical Box 10:58

Tony Banks - keyboards, 12 string and backing vocals
Phil Collins - drums, percussion and backing vocals
Peter Gabriel - lead vocals, flute and percussion
Steve Hackett - lead guitars and effects
Mike Rutherford - bass guitars, guitars, bass pedals and backing vocals

It’s been said Genesis were not happy with the vocals of their 1974 live recordings. It wasn’t Peter Gabriel’s voice but the mask he wore that sometimes affected the quality of the recordings. An official boxset of their live work was released as Genesis Archive 1967-’75. It avoided the ‘74 shows and offered one full concert from Jan 24, 1975 in Los Angeles. Click on the link to order the four-CD Genesis boxset.

  1. 15 Responses to “THE ROAST LEG OF LAMB”

  2. mmm…. more lamb …mmm
    Thank You!

    By Kevin on Aug 31, 2009

  3. Well, as it turns out, I can’t get enough Lamb! Thank you BigO!!

    By Hulkzilla on Aug 31, 2009

  4. 4 GENESIS SHOWS AT ONCE!!!!!! This is Heaven!!!!! What are the chances of 5??? Maybe 6????? LOL Thank you BigO!!!!!

    By Jason on Sep 1, 2009

  5. Genesis!
    Superb era,what a great tour!!!!!!!!!!
    Please more Genesis concerts from Gabriel and Phil’s 1976-77 era!
    Thanks bigo’s team ;-)

    By Rochacrimson on Sep 1, 2009

  6. I could listen to the Lamb everyday of my life….The Lamb was the greatest concert I ever witnessed. It would be great to have the concert I wast at, Pittsburgh, Syria Mosque, November 30, 1974…..Keep the Lamb and all early Genesis coming…..hey, throw in some Gentle Giant, Yes and Jethro Tull too….come on keep the prog bands coming….great job you guys are doin!!!

    By Laudio on Sep 1, 2009

  7. Now THIS is what BIG O Zine excels at… Classic Prog just as it was played all those years ago when Rock aspired to greatness, and proficiency on one’s instrument was not considered “pretentious”

    Please… Genesis from Trick and Wind and Wuthering, and PLEASE… Some Jethro Tull and Strawbs!

    By Kevin on Sep 1, 2009

  8. I (am old enough to have) witnessed the performance of ‘Lamb’ in Philly at the old Civic Centre in June 1974 - can say I remember the outrageous costumes that Gabriel wore - absolutely amazing! - also remember hearing Watcher Of The Skies but perhaps that was another tour.

    By Adam Dean on Sep 2, 2009

  9. hey bigo, thanks! i just got disc 1. will get disc 2, when i wake up in the morning.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 3, 2009


    and yes…more Tull please, especially a complete Thick as a Brick live……

    By mad mike on Sep 4, 2009

  11. Hi, fantastic set of downloads you’ve provided. Cheers!

    By Matt on Sep 5, 2009

  12. With regards to the paragraph above that says, “At this stage of the tour, can we assume Peter Gabriel had already told band members he wanted to leave? Listen to the first track on CD2. Gabriel uses Phil Collins to make a joke but was there more behind the snipe?”

    Peter had informed the band he intended to leave in Cleveland. This has been documented in several publications including the recent “Chapter and Verse” book.

    Listening to multiple “Lamb” live recordings will show that the Phil Collins joke was used on a regular basis, sometimes substituting Michael Rutherford for Phil. I think that nothing harmful should be read into it, especially since they’ve remained friends over the years.

    By Greg on Feb 19, 2010

  13. Great show…and tremendous sound. It is easier to make out Peter’s lyrics here than it is on the studio records. What has me wondering is the venue.

    Considering I grew up in West Palm Beach I am guessing that the show took place at The WPB Auditorium. The 5,000 seat cone-shaped building was often used for conventions and events like pro wrestling, and is where just about every concert I saw in those years took place. Unfortunately I didn’t discover Genesis (I’m a guitar guy) until the Seconds Out LP so I missed what sounds like an awesome show. Thank goodness for Big-O…it’s like I am back in high school going to the old “Leaky Teepee” once again!!!

    By ZenNews on Feb 18, 2011

  14. Rely to Kevin: Genesis, et all, was considered “pretentious” by most critics at the time, especially the Lamb record. I was at the US premier shows in Chicago and thought the staging, with it’s many screens and Gabriel’s costumes, was revolutionary. Still have my program, framed in my den. Remember, Gabriel uses Rael as a tagger to reflect the growing punk explosion. Neither Gabriel nor Genesis would be popular until they made more MOR recordings.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Feb 21, 2011

  15. can someone repost a link for these
    late comer to the party

    By Chris c Goehe on Feb 14, 2019

  16. can someone repost a link for this show.
    I came to party late

    By Chris c Goehe on Feb 14, 2019

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