Thanks for your in depth reviews of TCO32D, I found it very interesting, and as we all know, an emotional song that we can all get involved with. It still brings a tear to my eye, at times.
I am sure that you already know this, but TMB whole 2hr live version of TLLDOB is on You Tube (see link):-
I was very fortunate to have seen the show live in Liverpool, UK when I was 18yo, and it brought back a huge amount of memories watching TMB play it (albiet on video). I now live in Gold Coast, Australia and so consequently can't get to see TMB as they don't tour 'Down Under'. On a seperate note, are you planning on going on the 2014 'Cruise To The Edge' cruise out from Miami in April? You will have a faboulous time if you are, as I was on this years CTTE.
Keep up the good work, from a passionate Genesis & long time prog music fan,
Hi, Gary ! Thank you so very much for your kind remarks about my most recent Analysis: Lamb Trilogy vids (plus 1)...
It took a long time to research, review, film and edit down - once I had hashed through the written evidence of Gabriel's state of mind, at the time of the writing of The Lamb. There were several kind, like-minded Lamb Fanatic friends with whom I both bounced the possible meanings to Peter's multi-layered allegory and learned from, in their unique interpretations of "Chamber".
It really is a very telling, pivotal piece in Peter Gabriel's story - personally, professionally, lyrically.
I think that after all these decades of us listening to it, over and over again..we become inured to its true meaning(s).
That was why I thought it best to to at it from anew....and start fresh in reviewing it from an adult perspective (as compared to the 15-yr-old fan's mind that I had retained, from its original hearing, in 1975).
I was surprised on how many different levels it could be interpreted.
Since Peter, through his father's lifelong adherence to a life based in Yoga, often sees things through a metaphysical sphere, based in the Eastern religion - my good friend, author Ron Russell Jackson, of Los Angeles - shared his thinking via his rather vast experience/knowledge of the Karmic Wheel of Life, Chakras, etc. He also pointed out the interweaving of distinct images, borrowed from some of the world's finest artists, within the Lamb's slideshow: Dali, Waterhouse - to name a few.
Album cover artist for Genesis, Paul Whitehead, confirmed for me that it was he who introduced those fine art images to Genesis, in the early days..and that Peter had enjoyed them so much, he incorporated them within the show.
Another "Lamb" friend from Portugal - Onofre Garcias - had met Peter, during the Ashcombe House days - and Onofre offered his long-held contemplation of the spiritual dual-personas of Peter vs Rael.
Dr. Kevin Holm-Hudson, professor of Music Theory at the University of Kentucky & author of "Genesis and the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" - was most adept at pointing out the underpinnings of the Christian/Religious imagery Peter wove into his lyrical descriptives.
Filming in the South Beach Studios, with the legendary Tom Lord-Alge (Gabriel's re-mix engineer) was pretty fantastic, too!
My own knowledge of Jungian Theory (from my college days) assisted me in fathoming the Archetypes - once I finally got to witness the REAL (or is that Rael ;-) multi-media slideshow Peter, Theo and Geoff designed for The Lamb - during my first viewing of The Musical Box's LLDOB performance. **(I'm AMAZED you were able to see the RAEL thing for yourself, in Liverpool, all those years ago!)..for there is a much-loved bootleg recording of that particular performance, I believe!)**
Spencer Bright's authorized (now, out of print) biography of Peter - lent a GREAT deal of insightful detail and information on those early days.
His, Peter's and Jill's lengthy interviews as to the various forces at work, in those early years, and his consistent attempt to find personal meaning within the democratic group structure of Genesis - was fascinating....and very telling.
I must admit, I had only to read the bits and pieces he had mentioned throughout that very thick book, consult the lyrics/slideshow of The Lamb...and then do the reading of /research within Jung or Campbell's or the Bardo Thodol, to glean many of his intended points!
It was a true Labor of Love...and I enjoyed every minute of it.
And, I'm so grateful to those who stick with (and through) all three parts...because it is meant to help elucidate how deep a thinker and artist Peter Gabriel truly is!
As for attending this year's Cruise To The Edge - there is nothing I would enjoy more - if I had the funds to do so (for it is right around the time of my 54th birthday!
But, alas...I must pay off the bills I (happily) accumulated attending and documenting a fair amount of Steve's Genesis: Revisited 2 Tour, as it traveled from Chicago to NYC area to Canada.
I am hoping to get all that (really exciting) raw footage edited down into new Analysis: Hackett videos very soon, for all to see and enjoy!
All my best...and with sincere appreciation for your support,