Tabletop Genesis Episode 17 – “Duke”

genesis dukeThere’s an extra chair around the Tabletop as Peter Jones of Tiger Moth Tales joins the group to go behind the lines of Genesis’ 1980 masterpiece, “Duke.”

Check out Peter’s version of Guide Vocal (and more): https://youtu.be/nUm8x7YPTBQ

12 thoughts on “Tabletop Genesis Episode 17 – “Duke”

  • November 16, 2016 at 4:15 pm
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    “Paperlate” was the cry that street newspaper sellers would use to sell the final or “late” editions. I remember the sellers of the Evening News and Evening Standard doing this outside the station as I went home after a days work in London.

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  • November 16, 2016 at 7:23 pm
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    Well, as I finish listening to this podcast, finally Duke!, I will tell you how this listening experience went. I listened up thru Guide Vocal and then went and bought the Lyceum dvd on Amazon ( I did not know it existed). I have the bootleg cd of it and love, love, love it. The Duke tour was my first Genesis show and would have been my favorite tour that I saw but then they went and played Supper’s Ready on the Abacab tour, which I saw in Chicago and then L.A., and that was IT for me. My favorite song of all time by anybody! Then, after buying the dvd, I put the album on my ipod and listened to side one because the snippets were not enough. I HAD to hear Duchess in full and loud:)! Then, I listened to the rest of the podcast and now I have to listen to side 2 of the album and the bonus tracks. All this new music I have recently purchased, including Red Bazar, and I am listening to Duke again for the ?????? time. That is what this podcast does to me.
    Thanx from the bottom of my heart.
    Mike

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    • Tabletop Genesis
      November 18, 2016 at 3:47 pm
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      Thanks for such kind words, Mike! I know I can speak for all of us around the tabletop that our envy is “expert level” that you got to see them on the Duke tour. LOVE watching the Lyceum DVD – hey, were you one of the drunkards yelling during the Say It’s Alright, Joe intro? 😉 – Tom

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  • November 18, 2016 at 3:42 pm
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    What?! No mention of “Heath-aze” with Mellotron?! Forsooth! 😉

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    • Tabletop Genesis
      November 18, 2016 at 3:56 pm
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      You’re right! I guess I was too distracted by the pronunciation to think of anything else! 😉 I do enjoy the Mellotron addition – who knows, maybe Tony thought of it as well, but moving into the ’80s they kind wanted to shed some of their old prog staples. Apparently, the last use of the Mellotron was on Many Too Many. – Tom

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  • November 23, 2016 at 11:47 am
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    Still listening.. long = good! 🙂

    Re Evidence Of Autumn, Don’t the track-opening church mourning bells, hint at anything? Death of relationship, or any death?

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    • Tabletop Genesis
      November 23, 2016 at 2:15 pm
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      Very interesting! Never thought of them as bells, but could make a lot of sense! – Tom

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  • November 23, 2016 at 3:21 pm
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    New podcast, yay! Finally!
    This was a great one, guys – enjoyed it quite a bit. It also helps that Duke is one of my favorite Genesis albums (not my favorite from the Phil era, that’s A Trick of the Tail, but absolutely near the top) so I was absolutely interested in hearing what all of you had to say 😀

    “Heathaze” (I also read it as “heath-aze” at first, and english isn’t my first language too!) is one of my favorite Tony compositions and I agree that it sounds a bit more ATTW3 than the rest of the album – it’s kinda the missing link, between the wintery tones of its predecessor and the summery, breezy feel of Duke. I love the fan-made mellotron version too, except for the fact that it’s so low quality and the song (and arrangement) deserve much better.

    Can’t wait for the next episode, keep up the great job!

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  • December 3, 2016 at 12:51 pm
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    Re: Misunderstanding
    You didn’t mention this, perhaps because you’re unaware but the opening riff is taken from Sly Stone’s Hot Fun In The Summertime. Toto also cited this song as the inspiration for Hold The Line. Just FYI…

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  • December 8, 2016 at 5:23 am
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    The maintained root note on the Taurus pedals through the chorus 1-4-5 chord progression on Man of Our Times is devistatingly effective.

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  • January 4, 2017 at 5:06 pm
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    Another great podcast. Duke is the last of the Genesis albums I can listen to in it’s entirety. After that each album only holds one or two tracks I like – blasphemous I know but I wasn’t a fan of their Pop era (it’s very interesting to your views on those albums though!).

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  • March 21, 2017 at 5:19 pm
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    Excellent discussion. Great to have a guest onboard. I was at the same 2007 gig as him at Old Trafford.
    Duke was their last really good album. It does seem like a concept as was mentioned. I remember reading interviews with the band at the time especially Phil who talked about the ideas and the use of the drum machine. Misunderstanding was a great song at the time but repetitive listening rules it out mainly for the ooh ooh ooh in the chorus.
    I don’t agree that tihis was part of a transition. I think this was a fully fledged creation. After this they changed direction and became massive. I went to the Duke gig at Newcastle City Hall (the third time I saw them there) but after that they gave up on the small venues. The next time I saw them was in 2007 at Old Trafford. Fabulous.

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