'Genesis: Three Sides Live' [Blu-ray]
(Genesis / Blu ray / NR / 2014 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: 'Three Sides Live' was filmed in November 1981 on the 'Abacab' tour in North America and was originally released on VHS to coincide with the live album of the same name. It has only ever been released on DVD in the limited edition box set 'The Movie Box 1981-2007'.
Blu ray Verdict: Three Sides Live was the third live album by British rock band Genesis, released back in 1982. The title, curiously enough, comes from the original world release, which contained three sides of live material from the band's 1981–82 tour, and a fourth side of studio tracks, three of which formed the British 3 X 3 EP ('Paperlate,' 'You Might Recall' and 'Me and Virgil') and two of which were B-sides from the sessions for Duke ('Open Door' and 'Evidence of Autumn').
This accompanying 'Three Sides Live' concert footage was filmed in November of 1981 on the 'Abacab' tour in North America and coincided with the aforementioned live album of the same name. Originally filmed in 16mm, the footage has now been fully restored and has been lovingly reissued as a standalone DVD and Blu-ray for the first time ever.
The show focuses on tracks from the Duke and Abacab albums and the tracks are intercut with behind the scenes footage and interviews with the band members. As ever with Genesis, the show is visually stunning and it captures the band in their transition from their progressive days in the seventies through to the hugely successful pop/rock act they became from the mid-eighties onwards.
While Three Sides Live captures quite a bit of candid footage of the band, their families, and roadies both during and between performances, the bulk of the film is comprised of the following songs:
1. Behind the Lines
6. No Reply at All
7. Who Dunnit?
8. In the Cage (Medley), The Cinema Show, Slippermen
10. Me and Sarah Jane
11. Man on the Corner
12. Turn it on Again
In truth, the image is somewhat fuzzy, especially in mid range shots, but there may have been at least some high frequency filtering here, limiting the appearance of grain. Contrast is strong, but at times blacks simply overwhelm the image in the darkest stage scenes, to the point that parts of bodies simply disappear in a sea of crush.
In closing, Genesis: Three Sides Live is a fantastic little time capsule documenting one of the most interesting bands of that era. Collins is genuinely wacky, the Jester on stage most of the time, jumping and dancing around. The other two might well be stand alone guys, but the trio known as Genesis were, and still are, musical legends. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Audio Only Full Length Versions of: 1) Behind The Lines 2) Duchess 3) Me & Sarah Jane 4) Man On The Corner 5) One For The Vine 6) The Fountain Of Salmacis, and 7) Follow You Follow Me.