Here’s a rare treat for fans of early 70s progressive rock: Peter Gabriel and Genesis together at the beginning of the band’s classic period, performing live on the Belgian TV show Pop Shop in March of 1972. The half-hour film captures the group a little more than a year after Phil Collins and Steve Hackett joined, and before Gabriel started dressing up in outlandish costumes. The lineup includes Gabriel on flute, tambourine and lead vocals, Collins on drums and backing vocals, Hackett on lead guitar, Tony Banks on keyboards and rhythm guitar, and Michael Rutherford on bass and rhythm guitar. Here’s the setlist:
- “The Fountain of Salmacis”
- “Twilight Alehouse”
- “The Musical Box”
- “The Return of the Giant Hogweed”
The songs are all from the 1971 album Nursery Cryme, except “Twilight Alehouse,” which the group had been performing live since 1970 but wouldn’t release on an album until 1998, when the song was included in the boxed set Genesis Archive 1967-75. Gabriel co-founded Genesis in 1967 and left the band in 1975. Collins then took over on lead vocals.