I remember vividly going to a Sound Warehouse music store in the summer of 1987 and blindly purchasing the Genesis album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway on a double cassette.
It was originally released in 1974, so I was about 13 years late to the party. I had been a huge Genesis fan since the self-titled Genesis album came out back in 1983 and had pretty much spent my junior high through high school listening to the Phil Collins era of the band.
Better late than never.
I had heard that it was a very weird album and unlike any other Genesis album before or after. This peaked my interest. When I opened up the case, the liner notes were blank. Nothing to read. Talk about a complete mystery in listening.
So, I began to listen with a completely open mind. And of course, look at the few photographs that made up the album artwork by the late great Storm Thorgerson, legendary album cover artist and creative visionary.
My first impression was: “What’s up with Phil Collin’s voice? It sounds different. Oh well. I didn’t know about Peter Gabriel yet. I liked the album overall with the opening track “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway”, “The Carpet Crawlers”, “The Waiting Room” and “Riding The Scree” among my favorites.
I ended up putting the album in a drawer and went off to college. About a year later, I had my first psychedelic and everything changed.
I found the double cassette in that drawer and proceeded to listen to it again, now knowing about Peter Gabriel and his contribution to Genesis as an artist on many fronts.
I loved everything about this album: the drums, keyboards, synthesizers, vocals and overall surrealness vibe that literally created a different place to immerse yourself in.
It made sense to my ears and mind now. I truly got what they were trying to do. In fact, it even felt like a musical acid trip to me now. Not too many albums an pull this off on this level but when they do, it’s glorious!
Tony Banks keyboards are part of my musical DNA and show up here and there in my playing. Phil Collins drumming is also in my musical sensibilities. I know I will never play as well as him, but he is such an inspiration to me and has been most of my life, especially with Genesis and even more so with Brand X, his crazy jazz fusion musical entourage.
“The Lamb” is a one of a kind progressive rock concept album that seems to create a life of it’s own within the imagination of the listener.
In 2024, it will hit the 50th anniversary mark. PHISH guitarist Trey Anastasio and drummer Jon Fishman have said that this is one of their favorite albums of all time.
At one point in 2013, they were in talks with Peter Gabriel to perform this as a Halloween album but the talks seem to fizzle out after a period of time.
They said the only way they would perform the album was only if Peter would sing.
Being a HUGE Phsih fan for almost 30 years now, this would have been a dream come true for me and them.
Two of my favorite performers belting out The Lamb LIVE!
But alas, please do yourself a favor and check it out with headphones and see where the musical landscapes take you.
Creating a full multi-camera concert from video clips
One of the most satisfying feelings and accomplishments was assembling all available video clips from a given concert, getting the best audio available, creating an animated intro and outro and figuring out how to put it together seamlessly as though you were watching...
Animated Book Promo
An old friend from college and I reconnected recently and I discovered he was an accomplished author and that he was just about to publish a young adult fiction ghost story. We met and he showed me a screenplay for a 45 second animated video to promote his upcoming...
Autotuned Mr. Rogers – In The Garden of Your Mind
I recently ran across the following video: Autotuned Mr Rogers – In the Garden of Your Mind. "When I was a kid, I grew up watching Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and loved the "Land of Make Believe". It planted the seeds of imagination in my impressionable mind. The...
The Teachings of the Buddha
In November of 2010, I had the fortunate experience to perform a LIVE concert with my band Escher’s Elevator at The Interfaith Peace Chapel during it’s 40 days and 40 nights calendar of events. I also created a Pen and Ink Illustration that was commissioned by Dr....
I remember going to a TARGET store in the early Summer of 1986. While looking around their music section, I noticed an interesting album cover and an artist that I wasn't familiar with. I stared at the artwork on the front very intently and then read the track titles...
I will never forget the day that I found out about Ozric Tentacles and how it changed my life. It was October 1994 and I decided to go to my favorite independent music store called Forever Young Records located at the time in Irving, Texas. I said I was...
Bruce Hall’s the A-300 Country Club 30th Anniversary of the Toilet Paper!
I dug deep into the past when I was a student an University of North Texas for 3 semesters and resided at Bruce Hall's A-300 "The Country Club". It was such a wonderful time and we had a ton of fun. There was always something going on and a plethora of creativity all...
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
So, I first heard about King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard a few years ago now and thought I knew what they were about. I was completely wrong. Having been a fan of all types of psychedelic and progressive rock music for decades now, a friend cued up their latest...
I have been inspired by so many musicians and bands throughout my life. I will never forget when I heard “Fly Like An Eagle” by the Steve Miller Band when I was 8 years old and falling in love with the synthesizers, drums and organ. I had never heard anything like...
Let’s Start Something new
Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit laborum. Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis.