The Meandering Hexagon

Listener's Log: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis


Album: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Artist: Genesis
Release Date: 18 November 1974
Date Listened: 29 November 2017
 Stand Out Tracks: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Broadway Melody of 1974, In the Cage, The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging, Counting Out Time (egad it's a single! Sort of), The Chamber of 32 Doors, Lilywhite Lilith, The Waiting Room (ART!), Anyway (ROCK!), Here Comes the Supernatural Anaesthetist, The Lamia, Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats, The Colony of Slippermen, Ravine
Remarks: When I was in high school Peter Gabriel's Genesis was one of my go-to bands. Maybe even a favorite. I had every album From Genesis to Revelation... right up to this one. I think I was afraid it was going to be a Progged Out monsterpiece. After all, the lengthy double album didn't have the best track record for rock bands of the 70s. They usually involved a lot of long winded dullness. Maybe it's because so much time has past since I first heard the piano drenched Selling England By the Pound, but I found this to be infused with energy. When it ended, I almost exclaimed "is that it?" It's beautiful, passionate, and the hardest rocking album in the pre-Collins era of the group. I'm sorry I waited so long, but then, would it have been the same? I can only guess.

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