Chalk up another transitive closure to amazon.com's suggestion engine. While hunting for Yes "Live at
Montreaux" on CD, I was presented with the concert mash-up of the last Genesis
jaunt across Europe, appropriately titled "Live Over Europe 2007." I ended up throwing a nice
Rick Wakeman compliation ("Sixty Minutes With...") and Asia's "Fantasia Live in Tokyo" into
my cart. Tuesday provided the perfect chance to audition all of the recent arrivals, as I had
a trip to and from Newark airport along with a reasonable ride to a youth hockey league meeting.
I'm disappointed that the Asia concert assembly didn't include Steve Howe performing Clap
but on "Live at Montreaux" not only do we get Clap
but the condensed game version of
To Be Over
with Howe on acoustic guitar, no lap steel, no other-Magnification required.
It's a great rendition of one of my favorite Yes tunes (I can't further qualify it as favorite on
the "Relayer" album because there are only three tracks on the whole thing).
Surprise, surprise, though, was the live Genesis CD. I was a bit disappointed in the Phil
Collins vocals -- while they're crystal clear and the enunciation is better than most
live recordings, he seems to have lost a bit of his range. The In the Cage medley, drawing
on "Lamb Lies Down", the Slippermen section of Cinema Show and the tail out
of Duke's Travels is spectacular -- I listened to it three times before even popping in
disc two of the set. The segue to Afterglow is very smooth (thank goodness for gapless
playback on the iPod, or I won't be able to listen to this one), but best of all, Firth
of Fifth shows up, in pieces, with some Hackett-like guitar work by Mike Rutherford or Daryl
Stuermer. Only thing missing (besides Supper's Ready): instrument credits per track, to
go along with the location credits for each.