What a wonderful find! Your passion for the body of work Genesis gave us brought me back to my early memories of the band like a reunion of first loves.
I became a fan in '75 while a devoted jazz follower at the age of 15. Contrasted by the mediocre music driven by the record companies of the time, Genesis brought a texture and spirit to music that I had only seen in groups like Weather Report. In the case of Genesis it was Peter's voice that was the rich stock while the recipe of Weather Report was instrumental.
Steve Hackett was an amazing live experience. I can only describe his talent as silk. Soft yet amazingly strong. The notes radiated from his guitar much like Tony's notes on the keyboard. Most other guitarists of the time pulled notes, pressed sounds from their instruments. The difference between them was force as opposed to an almost release of sound from Steve's guitar. Not unlike the soft exhale released the moment you see the one you love after a long absence.
Tony's work equally memorable. Complex and compelling. His mellotron resonated to the depth of nearly changing my heart rate. He was/is such a soft spoken, un-pretentioius genius. The mark of a true professional even at such a young age.
Few things in life hold memories that decades later still have deep feelings attached to them. I am happy to say the Lamb lies down album is as deeply rewarding now as it was then.
And I am very happy to see a deeply engaging project in your analyses. A true delight!
Thank you and be well.
LiLeigh responds: David...your words move me to *tears*..
So spot-on are you in your superlative descriptives on these 3 gentleman...and their enormous talents...that I am at a loss to embellish any more upon your illustrations of them (which is rare!)Thank you, thank you....for taking the time to not only support my unusual-but-unique Analysis series - but, to share your poetic observations of Musical Genius, within our own time and generation.I agree with you, on the organics of Weather Report's rare fusion brilliance (with Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Joe Zawinul and....Chester Thompson!)I spent many a happy afternoon boppin' & jammin' to Heavy Weather & Birdland - after Jaco was recruited to their ranks!;-)You take care, too....xoxo Lil