Tabletop Genesis Episode 26 – “Seconds Out” (Redux)

Seconds OutGenesis’ tour de force 1977 live album Seconds Out is revisited, this time with the Tabletop giving the masterpiece its deserved track-by-track breakdown. Plus, which version of Supper’s Ready do fans prefer: Peter’s Foxtrot or Phil’s Seconds Out? The results of the listener poll are revealed!

5 thoughts on “Tabletop Genesis Episode 26 – “Seconds Out” (Redux)

  • February 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm
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    great podcast, thanx

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  • February 4, 2018 at 5:26 am
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    Excellent discussion, and good analysis. Seconds Out is one of my favourite live albums of all time, and for some time my only complaint was the lack of tracks from Wind & Wuthering. I think you’re right, the restriction of ‘space’ on the album for those big tracks from W&W was certainly one consideration by the band. However, I’ve heard Collins also say that, at least in part, the purpose of Seconds Out was to “Put tracks like Cinema Show & Suppers Ready to bed” giving them the mid 70’s Genesis treatment, benefitting from their matured musicianship and superior recording techniques available at the time. Maybe it should have been a triple album, including One for the Vine, In that Quiet Earth, Entangled and Eleveth Earl of Mar 😉

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  • February 6, 2018 at 5:33 pm
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    Might be my favorite of your many enjoyable podcasts. Love, love, love how you broke down each track for its performance merits without dissecting the song (though I like that too on studio album podcasts). Big kudos to all of you. I was surprised though that you all thought “Squonk” sounded so big live v. studio, yet didn’t mention the same for “Dance on a Volcano.” It’s fun hearing the different viewpoints, as I felt “Dance” was so “in my face” on the live version but “Squonk” seemed thin with live drums and Steve’s guitar mixed lower. Viva la difference!! Please keep the good stuff coming!

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  • February 9, 2018 at 9:16 pm
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    Very engaging and informative. Well done all…and amusing / light hearted too!

    Time can be a cruel judge, but it seems that the misappropriated ‘dinosaur’ label for Genesis et al will just not stick, and that quality, talent and engaging creativity will out.

    Eternal Sanctuary men indeed?

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  • February 11, 2018 at 8:17 am
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    Great episode! I’m more cynical about the band performing & including The Carpet Crawl(ers) in this era: It’s one of the few Gabriel-era tracks that the audience would have recognized Phil’s voice as being a big part of. In my view, this song was a kind of a “hey, remember me? My singing was already a key element to this band” moment.

    The track list on SO is a bit weak, IMO, and the sound is generally not ballst enough. Not even the remixing fixed that. It features some of the finest album artwork & packaging of an LP, ever (those who’ve never owned the double vinyl should really check it out, even if they can’t spin the album).

    Also, Firth of Firth & Cinema Show are PERHAPS superior here to their studio versions, but nothing else on Seconds Out is (not even Supper’s Ready, imo!). The band should consider a full ’76 tour live album; the multitracks obviously still exist.

    Good work, team!

    PS – You should try to interview Richard MacPhail. I really enjoyed his new book.

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