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Lamb Lies Down on Broadway [Import]

GenesisAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 23, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B001R4MEUM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (365 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
2. Fly on a Windshield
3. Broadway Melody of 1974
4. Cuckoo Cocoon
5. In the Cage
6. The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging
7. Back in N.Y.C.
8. Hairless Heart
9. Counting out Time
10. The Carpet Crawlers
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Disc: 2
1. Lilywhite Lilith
2. The Waiting Room
3. Anyway
4. The Supernatural Anaesthetist
5. The Lamia
6. Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats
7. The Colony of Slippermen: The Arrival/A Visit to the Doktor/The Raven
8. Ravine
9. The Light Dies Down on Broadway
10. Riding the Scree
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Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered two CD edition of this classic 1974 album from one of Rock's most successful bands featuring new stereo mixes of all tracks. From their Progressive Rock beginnings to their commercial superstardom, Genesis created some of the most challenging, creative and rewarding albums of their generation. This edition allows the listener to experience the album as never before! 23 tracks including 'Silent Sorrow In Empty Boats', 'Fly On A Windshield', 'Counting Out Time' and 'Broadway Melody Of 1974' . EMI. 2009.

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110 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a strange masterpeice (the chamber was in confusion) January 4, 2003
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Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is an incredible achievement of artistic ambition and serious musicianship led on the heals of five very talented head strong men all thinking that they knew what direction the band should go in. The end result is something so confusing to follow yet strangely exciting that people will be listening to it for many years to come wondering about it's mystery just as one wonders about the Mona Lisa's smile. Of course the musicians involved have no answers themselves. The new blend of musical ideas such as Eno-esque soundscapes (Brian Eno actually worked on this album), incredibly inventive drumming by Phil Collins; Peter Gabriel pushing his voice to new arenas of sound (he never sounded better before or since) making each character and emotion have it's own voice; Tony Banks creating amazing keyboard passages that rank with anything that Keith Emerson had ever done; Steve Hackett, always under used but always finding just the right phrase to add to put a song to the top; and Mike Rutherford played great bass throughout the album (check out: In the Cage). The theme of Lamb Lies Down on Broadway itself seems to be too much of an enigma but the bottom line is that it is about the inner turmoil of a young NY punk trying to get it together. There are liner notes in the CD further explaining the story, but you need a magnifying glass to read them and even if you do have good eye sight you still may not see what the hell is going on. But since when in art are you supposed to figure it all out at once. The music is more the focal point anyway- the songs work well individually and as well as collectively baring (at times)the theme. For me the first disc has always captured my attention a bit more than the second. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE LAMB STILL STANDS UP July 2, 2001
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A curious one, this. A mass of contradictions. A sprawling, pompous prog-rock concept album packed with taught, snappy tunes. A showcase for the virtuoso musicianship of this most British of progressive bands, but featuring some of the most awesomely tight ensemble playing you will hear this side of a Bartok string quartet. This was the sort of music that punk rock was invented as an antidote for, and yet its obession with the phenomenology of inner city street life was two decades ahead of its time (rap is still going down the same graffiti-strewn alley today).

The story behind the stylish, surrealistic lyrics is that of Rael, a young Puerto Rican graffiti artist on the streets of New York, who finds himself catapulted into a symbolic underworld (a sort of Jungian Hades) where the meaning or possibly the meaningless of his former street life is played out in a series of surreal cameos involving a cloning (The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging), religion (Carpet Crawlers), various sexual urges and anxieties (The Lamia, The Colony of Slippermen, The Doktor, etc.), disorientation (The Chamber of 32 Doors), and death (Anyway, The Supernatural Anaesthetist). The final message about saving one's own self through self-sacrifice is almost but not quite religious, and its curiously cautious optimism does not at all clash with the rest.

This was the last album Genesis made with Peter Gabriel as principal lyricist and vocalist, and the last but two featuring the astonishing Steve Hackett (now a successful solo artist in his own right) on lead guitar. Provided you can cope with the odd few minutes of self-indulgence it ranks as one the band's best albums. It certainly contains some of the best playing and one of the best studio productions of their career.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
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Released in 1974, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is THE magnum opus in the Genesis catalog. A sprawling and impenetrably dense concept work, this double album saw Peter Gabriel pulling out all of the stops in the concept department. Interestingly enough, the album was an attempt to move away from fantasy matter and take on a more modern subject which, in this case, involved a Puerto Rican juvenile delinquent named Rael who had a split personality. As an aside, Mike Rutherford initially suggested that the band use the story of The Little Prince as the concept for the album, but Peter felt it was too much like "prancing around in fantasyland". I for one am glad they went in the direction that they did.

Peter's story mixes Rael's recollections of his home in New York with images of a nightmarish world populated by colonies of hideously deformed Slippermen; the deceptive and wily Lamia that are part female/part snake; blind "seers"; factories where people are "made"; and most importantly, Rael's alter ego "brother" John. Ultimately, the differences in Rael's split personality are reconciled at the end of the album, as he saves John (Rael) from certain death in the raging rapids of a large river. Rael is surprised as he pulls John from the river only to find himself staring at his own face. Peter referred to the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway in interviews as his version of a "Pilgrim's Progress", and was ultimately a "transformation" story. Sound intense? Trust me, it is.

The music itself is proportionally intense and features classic Genesis workouts with pieces like In the Cage; The Colony of Slippermen; and the mind-numbing complexity of Riding the Scree. In addition, Genesis wrote very experimental tracks such as the Waiting Room (which was alternately titled "Evil-jam").
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Published 6 days ago by Karmen B. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 days ago by Michael Monaco
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome record. A classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 10 days ago by Ol'Moondawg
3.0 out of 5 stars A Strange Classic
This album is regarded as a classic, and this designation is justifiable - the music is utterly unlike anything else. Read more
Published 12 days ago by A. Menocal
5.0 out of 5 stars A bloated egotistical classic that I must have!
It is a classic that I wanted on CD due to becoming to lazy to put on albums lately. This is only for those that must have everything Genesis.
Published 14 days ago by HLBAUM
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have.
A must-have for me. I'm surprised (I suppose I shouldn't be) at how different it sounds compressed. My vinyl copy got broken during a messy break-up (What kind of woman goes after... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Richard Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Genesis's Best
I have been getting more and more into Genesis lately, and think this is the best the band has ever done. Read more
Published 1 month ago by pennrj430
5.0 out of 5 stars Lamb Lies Down - still a fantastic hidden gem
Had this on vinyl decades ago. One of my lifetime top albums. The CD quality is excellent, my current playback equipment is sub-par compared to the "good old days" but... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve Gessel
5.0 out of 5 stars Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
good vinyl low noise very well packed, I can't ask for anything more. Very Satisfied and will do business again.
Published 2 months ago by Claude Tremblay
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does anyone know if this is has the bonus DVD?
This does NOT have the DVD. The only way to get it is with the boxset. There are rumours that you can get the 3-disc set through Japan but the cost I believe is quite high. I searched forever for this and could not find it anywhere apart from the boxset. I was lucky enough to find just the... Read More
Aug 15, 2009 by Brad |  See all 3 posts
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