Three Sides Live

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Three Sides Live
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Released4 June 1982
Recorded1976–1981 in various locations [1]
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Length92:42
Label
Producer Genesis
Genesis chronology
3×3
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Three Sides Live
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Genesis
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Three Sides Live is the third live album by the English rock band Genesis, released as a double album on 4 June 1982 on Charisma Records in the United Kingdom. It was released by Atlantic Records in the United States. After touring in support of their studio album Abacab ended in December 1981 the band entered an eight-month break in activity, during which they selected recordings from their previous tours for a live album. Three Sides Live includes recordings between 1976 and 1981; the UK edition contains additional live tracks while the international edition features tracks from their 1982 EP 3×3 with B-sides from Duke .

Genesis (band) English rock band

Genesis were an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey, in 1967. The most successful and longest-lasting line-up consisted of keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins. Significant former members were original lead singer Peter Gabriel, original lead guitarist Anthony Phillips, and second lead guitarist Steve Hackett. The band moved from folk music to progressive rock in the 1970s, before moving towards pop at the end of the decade. They have sold 21.5 million copies of their albums in the United States, with worldwide sales of between 100 million and 150 million.

A double album is an audio album which spans two units of the primary medium in which it is sold, typically records and compact disc. A double album is usually, though not always, released as such because the recording is longer than the capacity of the medium. Recording artists often think of double albums as comprising a single piece artistically; however, there are exceptions such as John Lennon's Some Time in New York City and Pink Floyd's Ummagumma and OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Another example of this approach is Works Volume 1 by Emerson Lake and Palmer, where side one featured Keith Emerson, side two Greg Lake, side three Carl Palmer, and side four was by the entire group.

Charisma Records British record label

The Famous Charisma Label was a British record label founded in 1969 by former journalist Tony Stratton-Smith. He had previously acted as manager for rock bands such as The Nice, the Bonzo Dog Band and Van der Graaf Generator. Gail Colson was label manager and joint managing director.

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Three Sides Live received a mostly positive critical reception and was a commercial success, peaking at No. 2 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 10 on the US Billboard 200, where it sold 500,000 copies. Its release coincided with the band's Three Sides Live concert film. It was remastered in 1994 and 2009, the latter for their Genesis Live 1973–2007 box set.

The Official Albums Chart is a list of albums ranked by physical and digital sales and audio streaming in the United Kingdom. It was published for the first time on 22 July 1956 and is compiled every week by the Official Charts Company (OCC) on Fridays. It is broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and published in Music Week magazine, and on the OCC website.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

<i>Three Sides Live</i> (film) 1982 film

Three Sides Live is a 1982 concert film featuring the English rock band Genesis. It was released in support of the band's same-titled live double album released in June 1982. Directed by Stuart Orme, the film features live performances from two shows during the band's 1981 tour of Europe and North America in support of their studio album Abacab. The shows are from 28 and 29 November 1981 at the Savoy Theatre and Nassau Coliseum, New York, respectively. The film includes interviews footage shot backstage and the group travelling with the crew and families. Some of the featured songs are incomplete due to editing.

Background

In December 1981, Genesis wrapped their four-month tour of Europe and North America to support the release of their eleventh studio album, Abacab (1981). The band then entered an eight-month break in activity, during which they each pursued solo projects and selected recordings from their previous tours for inclusion on a new live album. [2] All editions of Three Sides Live contain recordings from their 1980 and 1981 tours across the first three sides. [1] The fourth side of the UK edition contains additional live tracks from 1976, 1978, and 1980, while the international edition contains tracks from the group's second EP 3×3 (1982) – "Paperlate", "You Might Recall", and "Me and Virgil" and two B-sides recorded during the sessions for Duke (1980) – "Open Door" and "Evidence of Autumn". [3]

<i>Abacab</i> 1981 studio album by Genesis

Abacab is the eleventh studio album by English rock band Genesis, released on 18 September 1981 by Charisma Records. After their 1980 tour in support of their previous album, Duke (1980), the band took a break before they reconvened in 1981 to write and record a new album. Abacab is the first Genesis album recorded at The Farm, a recording studio bought by the group in Chiddingfold, Surrey. It marked the band's development from their progressive roots into more accessible and pop-oriented songs, and their conscious decision to write songs unlike their previous albums.

<i>3×3</i> 1982 EP by Genesis

3×3 is the second extended play by the English rock band Genesis, released in May 1982 on Charisma Records. Its three songs were originally written and recorded for their eleventh studio album Abacab (1981), but they were not included on the album's final track selection. 3×3 reached No. 10 on the UK Singles Chart. In the US, its tracks were included on the international edition of the band's live album Three Sides Live (1982). The lead track, "Paperlate", peaked at No. 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Paperlate 1982 single by Genesis

"Paperlate" is a song from the second of two EPs by the British rock group Genesis. The EP, titled 3×3, peaked at No. 10 on the UK Singles Chart in mid-1982. The success of the EP led to an appearance on Top of the Pops. In the U.S., "Paperlate" was released as a standard single, backed by "You Might Recall." It was also featured on the U.S. version of the band's Three Sides Live album, of which all three tracks from the 3×3 EP are included on Side Four.

Release

Three Sides Live reached No. 2 in the UK and No. 10 in the US. It was certified silver and gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on 14 June 1982, the latter for 100,000 copies sold. [4] In the United States, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on 4 October 1982 for 500,000 copies sold. [5]

British Phonographic Industry Trade association of the recorded music industry in the United Kingdom

The BPI Limited, commonly known as the British Phonographic Industry or BPI, is the British recorded music industry's trade association.

Recording Industry Association of America Trade organization representing the recording industry in the U.S.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trade organization that represents the recording industry in the United States. Its members consist of record labels and distributors, which the RIAA says "create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legally sold recorded music in the United States." The RIAA headquarters is in Washington, D.C.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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In a review published in Record Mirror by Robin Smith, the album received a mixed response. The atmosphere he experienced in concert at one of their Wembley Arena gigs in 1981 was absent from the album, which he deemed "hardly a sparkling addition" to the Genesis catalogue. Smith reasoned this down to the lacklustre track selection and the seemingly lack of interest from the crowd noise. He praised the performances of "Dodo/Lurker", "Behind the Lines", "Duchess", but picked the third and fourth side as stand out tracks. Smith concluded that he will be listening to Seconds Out , the band's second live album, "for years to come". [9] Rolling Stone gave the album a rave review, particularly praising Genesis's advancement to more refined and concise material: "Unlike Seconds Out, where the concert versions of Genesis' songs were shrouded in virtuosic bluster, this album offers incisive, sharply focused performances uncluttered by theatrics or instrumental tedium." [7] AllMusic's retrospective review asserted that the performances were impressive and exciting throughout, delivering nothing but "lean, crisp, and generally bracing accounts of the group's then-current sound." [6]

Record Mirror was a British weekly music newspaper between 1954 and 1991 for pop fans and record collectors. Launched two years after the NME, it never attained the circulation of its rival. The first UK album chart was published in Record Mirror in 1956, and during the 1980s it was the only consumer music paper to carry the official UK singles and UK albums charts used by the BBC for Radio 1 and Top of the Pops, as well as the US Billboard charts.

<i>Seconds Out</i> 1977 live album by Genesis

Seconds Out is the second live album by English progressive rock band Genesis. It was released as a double album on 14 October 1977 on Charisma Records and was their last to feature guitarist Steve Hackett prior to his departure. The majority was recorded in June 1977 at the Palais des Sports in Paris during the Wind & Wuthering Tour. One track, "The Cinema Show", was recorded the previous year at the Pavillon de Paris during their A Trick of the Tail Tour.

<i>Rolling Stone</i> American magazine focusing on popular culture, based in New York City

Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco, California, in 1967 by Jann Wenner, who is still the magazine's publisher, and the music critic Ralph J. Gleason. It was first known for its musical coverage of rock music and for political reporting by Hunter S. Thompson. In the 1990s, the magazine broadened and shifted its focus to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, and popular music. It has returned to its traditional mix of content, including music, entertainment, and politics.

Reissues

In 1994, Three Sides Live was remastered and reissued with the UK edition worldwide. Four of the five additional studio selections from that out of print release were issued in 2000 on the Genesis Archive 2: 1976–1992 box set (all but "Me And Virgil"), and all five songs have since been included on the bonus disc of the Genesis 1976–1982 box set.

<i>Genesis Archive 2: 1976–1992</i> 2000 box set by Genesis

Genesis Archive #2: 1976–1992 is a 2000 box set by veteran progressive rock/pop band Genesis. This retrospective covers the band's history while Phil Collins was the lead singer.

<i>Genesis 1976–1982</i> 2007 compilation album by Genesis

Genesis 1976–1982 is a box set of five studio albums by Genesis. It was released on 2 April 2007 in Europe by EMI and on 15 May 2007 in North America by Atlantic/Rhino. The 6-CD/6-DVD box set includes newly remixed versions of the albums A Trick of the Tail, Wind & Wuthering, ...And Then There Were Three..., Duke, and Abacab. The sixth pair of discs includes B-side songs.

Track listing

Track listing is adapted from the album's 1982 liner notes. [1]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording date and locationLength
1."Turn It On Again" Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford 29 November 1981 at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York5:16
2."Dodo"/"Lurker"Banks, Collins, Rutherford23 December 1981 at National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England7:19
3."Abacab"Banks, Collins, Rutherford23 December 19818:47
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording date and locationLength
1."Behind the Lines"Banks, Collins, Rutherford29 November 19815:26
2."Duchess"Banks, Collins, Rutherford29 November 19816:43
3."Me & Sarah Jane"Banks29 November 19815:59
4."Follow You Follow Me"Banks, Collins, Rutherford6 May 1980 at Lyceum Theatre, London4:58
Side three
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording date and locationLength
1."Misunderstanding"Collins28 November 1981 at The Savoy in New York City4:06
2."In the Cage (Medley – Cinema Show – Slippermen) [lower-alpha 1] "Banks, Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Rutherford23 December 198111:53
3."Afterglow"Banks23 December 19815:14
Side four
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording date and locationLength
1."One for the Vine"Banks5 May 1980 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London11:04 [lower-alpha 2]
2."Fountain of Salmacis"Banks, Collins, Gabriel, Hackett, Rutherford1978 at an unspecified location8:37
3.""it."/"Watcher of the Skies"Banks, Collins, Gabriel, Hackett, Rutherford8 July 1976 at Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland7:03

Personnel

Credits are adapted from the album's 1982 liner notes. [1]

Genesis

Additional musicians

Production

Notes and references

Notes

  1. The track is a medley of "In the Cage", "The Cinema Show", "Riding the Scree", and "Raven"
  2. On some editions, "One for the Vine" is incorrectly divided into two separate tracks, leaving the second part titled as "The Fountain of Salmacis", while "The Fountain of Salmacis" and "it./Watcher of the Skies" follow as a single track.

Citations

  1. 1 2 3 4 Three Sides Live (Media notes). Charisma/Virgin Records. 1982. GE 2002.
  2. Collins, Phil. Interview with Mal Reding at 00:00–00:17
  3. "New Genesis LP, "Three Sides Live," released; "Paperlate" 45 climbs charts". Atlantic Records. 8 June 1982. Retrieved 27 December 2017 via The Genesis Archive.
  4. "BPI Awards - Certified Awards Search - "3 Sides Live"". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  5. "Gold & Platinum Search – "Three Sides Live"". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  6. 1 2 Three Sides Live at AllMusic
  7. 1 2 Considine, J.D. (5 August 1982). "Genesis: Three Sides Live : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone . Archived from the original on 1 December 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  8. Nathan Brackett; Christian David Hoard (2004). The new Rolling Stone album guide. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 328. ISBN   978-0-7432-0169-8.
  9. Smith, Robin (1982). "Live and dead - Genesis: 'Three Sives Live'". Record Mirror. Retrieved 27 December 2017 via The Genesis Archive.

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