Posts Tagged ‘Peter Gabriel’

Live Lost Genesis Song “The Light”

Monday, October 5th, 2015

There was a time many years ago when I fanatically collected Genesis bootlegs, but this early gem never showed up on any of them. “The Light” was reportedly a staple of the band’s live shows circa 1970-1971, but they evidently never recorded a studio version of it. Small parts of the music were later incorporated into “Lilywhite Lilith” and “The Colony of Slippermen” from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.

This 1971 recording from La Ferme in Woluwe-St Lambert, Belgium, is the only known recording of the song anywhere, ever….

Unreleased Peter Gabriel Demo Album: Before the Flood

Friday, October 19th, 2012

In mentioning the unreleased Peter Gabriel tracks I had put up here to a couple of other bloggers, I suddenly realized that it had been a year since I put one up. Well, that’s too long?

How about an entire unreleased Peter Gabriel demo album? Before the Flood were mostly piano and voice tracks Gabriel recorded after leaving Genesis, but way before Peter Gabriel I was released. Early versions of “Excuse Me” and “Here Comes the Flood” appear, but there are also five Peter Gabriel tracks (“Howling At The Moon,” “Funny Man,””No More Mickey,” “Get The Guns,” and “God Knows”) that have never seen the light of day.

Peter Gabriel Friday: “Animal Nation”

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Here’s another Peter Gabriel rarity, a song called “Animal Nation” he evidently played on his 2003 tour.

Peter Gabriel Friday: Myst IV Version of “Curtains”

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Here’s a version of “Curtains” Gabriel did for the game Myst IV.

This version is available on iTunes, but only off a compilation album for a foundation supporting Transcendental Meditation. Since I hated my parents dragging me off to TM as a child (it was the 70s; normally rational people did crap like that then…), I’m going to have to pass.

I’ve seen some people claiming that the original version of “Curtains” itself is unreleased, which is not true, since it was included on the CD single of “Big Time.”

The Return of the Giant Hogweed

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

It’s clogging up New York state, but mainly I’m posting this as an excuse to post a video of one of my favorite Peter Gabriel-era Genesis songs, “The Return of the Giant Hogweed.”

And no video, but here’s a cleaner-sounding, kick-ass live version from a BBC performance:

Supper’s Ready (or, Music for an Apocalypse)

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Everyone else is doing it, might as well hop aboard the “I Don’t Believe In the Rapture, But Here Are Some Snarky Blog Posts” bandwagon. Which brings up the question of what music is best for an apocalypse.

Putting aside the blindingly obvious choice of REM’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I feel Fine),” my favorite apocalyptic song has always been Genesis’ 23-minute long art-rock epic “Supper’s Ready,” the ending of which is a pretty literal description of the rapture. Plus it lets me continue the recent Peter Gabriel trend.

So here’s not one, not two, but four full length complete lives versions of the song. Some of the videos are slideshows and the sound quality varies, but some of Steve Hackett’s swoops and slides still give me chills.

This one is a very rare live concert video of the entire song:

Finally, this is not the entire song, as it includes several different snippets of various songs, but it also features live concert footage and the end of the song:

As a bonus, here’s an animated Tony Banks describing how the song came together:

I Have the Touch

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Continuing the Peter Gabriel theme, here’s the version of “I Have the Touch” remixed by Robbie Robertson for the Phenomenon soundtrack. This is availble on iTunes…but only if you buy the full album. Thanks, but I don’t like it that much.

Peter Gabriel: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Live in NYC, With Robert Fripp on Guitar

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Continuing the Peter Gabriel weekend theme, I had a vinyl bootleg of Gabriel live in New York in 1978 with Robert Fripp playing guitar on an absolutely blistering version of “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.”

Well guess what? That’s on YouTube as well:

This is another track I’d happily purchase from iTunes…

Unreleased Peter Gabriel Track: Why Don’t We

Friday, May 6th, 2011

(Still in a brownout, Internet up for now down again. Who knows how long it will last…)

I think today is going to be a Peter Gabriel Day here on Futuramen.

In my youth every day was Peter Gabriel day. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and Peter Gabriel III were the soundtrack of my youth in late high school and early college. I had pretty much every song Gabriel ever recorded, including such non-album rarities as “Curtains,” “Soft Dog,” and “No More Apartheid.” Not to mention a fair number of bootlegs.

In my day, you couldn’t just download bootlegs from the Internet. You actually had to buy them on these round slabs of petroleum byproducts called “records.” And you couldn’t even find them in most record stores. You had to find them in the back room, or record conventions, or even more obscure venues. I remember that there used to be someplace in Austin, down on (I think) 12th Street, that was a used clothing store, except they had a small section where there were like four bins of nothing but bootlegs. And you paid more than regular price for them, only to get them home and find out half the time that the quality sucked.

Good times, good times.

Anyway, while looking for something else, I stumbled across two different videos of a completely unreleased Peter Gabriel song called “Why Don’t We.”

I would happily toss some money Peter Gabriel’s way if he would put a clean recorded version up on iTunes.

I plan to post a lot more Peter Gabriel discoveries today, power and Internet permitting…

Peter Gabriel’s Scratch My Back May Suck…

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

…but Paul Simon’s cover of “Biko” is pretty good:

And Stephen Merritt (who Neil Gaiman is big on) at least makes a credible effort on “Not One of Us”: