This Is The One! (Satellite 6 SAT6-0208)
Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England – April 14th, 1975
Disc 1: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Fly On A Windshield, Broadway Melody Of 1974, Cuckoo Cocoon, In The Cage, The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging, Story Of Rael # 1, Back In N. Y. C., Hairless Heart, Counting Out Time, The Carpet Crawlers, The Chamber Of 32 Doors, Story Of Rael #2, Lilywhite Lilith, The Waiting Room, Anyway, The Supernatural Anaesthetist, interlude
Disc 2: The Lamia, Silent Sorrow In Empty Boats, The Colony Of The Slippermen, Ravine, The Light Dies Down On Broadway, Riding The Scree, In The Rapids, It, The Story Of Henry And Cynthia, The Musical Box, Watcher Of The Skies
The world tour for Genesis’ epic masterpiece The Lamb Lies Down On Broadwaywas supposed to begin in Newcastle on October 29th, 1974 with the London show scheduled for November 4th. These dates were cancelled because of Steve Hackett’s arm injury and the tour began later that month in Chicago. After playing dates in continental Europe in early April the first shows in England were scheduled for the Empire Pool in London on April 14th and 15th. The second London show is very well known sing a generous selection was broadcast on the BBC and the complete show circulates on a very good audience recording. But the April 14th show, the first Lamb show in England, has been shrouded in mystery for thirty-three years until the release of This Is The One!
Made by the same taper who recorded the Rolling Stones’ September 8th, 1973 early show, this is a good to very good recording. It sounds like he was situated a distance from the stage since there is a big echo surrounding the music. Gabriel’s vocals sound low in the mix and there is distortion in louder passages. There are twenty-four seconds missing in “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway” eighteen seconds into the track and a tape flip between “Lilywhite Lilith” and “The Waiting Room.” Considering this is the only tape to ever surface from this date it is entirely acceptable and captures the atmosphere of the show perfectly. The tape starts with a short bit of audience noise before the familiar keyboard introduction to the title track.
Opening night jitters produce a nervous beginning, particularly evident in “Broadway Melody Of 1974.” There is improvement in a pretty version of “Cuckoo Cocoon” (one of the more underrated songs in the piece) and “Into The Cage” sees Collins very animated. Gabriel sounds tentative during the first Rael story when he says:
“Thank you very much. Good evening. Despite our hero being grabbed by a large wall of cloud in Times Square. Taken underground and is not moving. A reconstruction of his previous life in the streets of New York. In particular, his first romantic endeavors which followed courtesy of a book called Erogenous Zones: The Difficulties In Overcoming Finding Them. After many months of some serious study of the textbook, the moment of realization arrived, our hero was faced with his opposite number and he completed his motions in seventy-eight seconds flat. This lead his opposite number to be less than satisfied and he was lead to a prickly porcupine in a soft carpeted corridor by Sarah Lord. And the Sarah Lord carpet lead to a spiral staircase which lead in a heavenly direction to a large chamber with thirty-two doors. None of which could lead him out.”
Steve Hackett dominates the “Hairless Heart” segment and Gabriel give dramatic screams to “The Chamber Of 32 Doors.” The second Rael story is more confident than the first and lasts four minutes long with the singer giving a literal narration of the plot. “The deceased body of the valiant are consumed by our amours hero which in turns him into a green, ugly species of humanity not totally dissimilar to Mr. Phillip Collins.” The audience laughs loud when Gabriel comes onstage with the Slipperman costume. The piece ends strongly with a fantastic version of “It.” There is a cut in the tape afterwards cutting off some of Gabriel’s “The Music Box” story, and Genesis reward the London audience with a version of “Watcher Of The Skies” that sounds majestic in this recording. This Is The One! is packaged in a digipack and joins other important tapes that have surfaced in the last year and is essential to have.