The sound quality is a little on the distorted side, but theres no faulting the quality of the performance here, one week into Genesis second American tour, at Tufts University, Medford, MA, on November 17, 1973 (the disc itself erroneously states November 7). With Selling England By The Pound still very fresh on the racks, its no surprise that that album devours the majority of the set, from the opening "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight," through "I Know What I Like" and (an annoyingly clipped) "Firth Of Fifth," and onto the LPs two epics, a plaintive "The Cinema Show" and a frenzied "Battle of Epping Forest." But older fans are catered for by a stunning "Musical Box," while the evening ends with one of the finest "Suppers Ready" on record.
You do, of course,
have to deal with the raucous reveling of a nearby audience member, and
some seemingly abrupt cut-offs (hands up who remembers turning off the
recorder between songs, to save tape?). Also, the louder passages can
get a little unlistenable as the sound melds into a muffled mess. But
still, First We Were Five can stand proudly alongside any other
Genesis performance of the age, at least until the band reveals what they
have hanging in their own wardrobe. -
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