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Genesis – Duke’s Source Live (Highland HL511/512)

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Duke’s Source Live (Highland HL511/512)

Lyceum Ballroom, London, England – May 7th, 1980

Disc 1 (59:15):  Deep In The Motherlode, Dancing With The Moonlit Knight, Carpet Crawlers, Squonk, One For The Vine, Behind The Lines, Duchess, Guide Vocal, Turn It On Again, Duke’s Travels, Duke’s End

Disc 2 (67:49):  Ripples, Say It’s Alright Joe, The Lady Lies, In The Cage (medley), Afterglow, Follow You Follow Me, Dance On A Volcano, drum duet, Los Endos, I Know What I Like, The Knife

Duke’s Source Liveis Highland’s second attempt at producing the definitive version of the most famous Genesis bootleg.  On the Duke tour they played four shows in London:  in Drury Lane on May 4th and 5th and at the Lyceum Ballroom on May 6th and 7th.  Three nights (all but the May 4th show) were recorded and two were video taped.  These recording were then edited for various broadcasts and official releases.

The earliest and most complete broadcast was in July 1980 on the “Friday Rock Show” which took all the songs from the May 7th show except for “One For The Vine,” which came from the May 6th show.  The only omittion was “Say It’s Alright Joe” and most of Collin’s song introductions.  “Say It’s Alright Joe” was included in a rebroadcast on December 26th, 1980 and in a broadcast dating from  April 1981.

Several tracks from this have been utilized on official releases including “Follow You Follow Me” on Three Sides Live, the green flexi single of “The Lady Lies” (Flexipop 021/LYN 11806) released in august 1982  and “Dukes Travels” and “Duke’s End” on Archive #2. 

Bootleg LPs appeared in the early eighties, the most well known is the American produced 2LP set Revelatory Genesis 80:78 (Steam SR 80001), which mixed songs from this broadcast with some tracks from their appearance at Knebworth 1978 “Follow You, Follow Me,” “The Fountain Of Salmacis” and “Burning Rope.”  Genesis In Concert (Steamrecords-80001) contains material from this tape along with the April 15th, 1975 BBC broadcast.  You’ll Love Us Live(G-Lif-002 A/B) is a poor recording of some of the BBC songs on a single LP.

The earliest compact disc edition can be found on Musica (Stonehenge STDC 2110/2111) and also on Genesis In Concert (Gold Records WARSTR3-C).  Highland’s first edition of the show came with their second Genesis release in 1996 titled Duke Side Live (Highland HL019/020#G2).  Duke’s Source Live, their second attempt at this show, contains “Say It’s Alright Joe” which is missing from the prior release, and Highland fixed a glitch in “Ripples.”  However there is a sequence problem on disc two.  “Ripples” should be placed after “The Lady Lies.”

Collins’ stories and song introductions are still missing, so this sounds more like a live album than a true concert.  This is, however, the final London show and one of the most intense Genesis concerts every committed to tape.  It also has a very rare live version of “The Knife.”  Highland also put much effort into the artwork, something they did for Genesis releases.  Virtuoso released this show several years after this with the correct sequence and might be an upgrade.  However, for those who do not mind that issue, Duke’s Source Live is a phenomenal sounding release worth having.

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