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The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

Genesis

1974

The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

Album Summary

The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is the sixth studio album by the English progressive rock band Genesis. It was released as a double album on 18 November 1974 by Charisma Records and is their last to feature original frontman Peter Gabriel. It peaked at No. 10 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 41 on the Billboard 200 in the US. While the band worked on new material at Headley Grange for three months, they decided to produce a concept album with a story devised by Gabriel about Rael, a Puerto Rican youth from New York City who is suddenly taken on a journey of self-discovery and encounters bizarre incidents and characters along the way. The album was marked by increased tensions within the band as Gabriel, who insisted on writing all of the lyrics, temporarily left to work with filmmaker William Friedkin and needed time to be with his family. Most of the songs were developed by the rest of the band through jam sessions and were put down at Glaspant Manor in Wales using a mobile studio. The album received a mixed critical reaction at first, but it gained acclaim in subsequent years and has a cult following. The songs "Counting Out Time" and "The Carpet Crawlers" were released as singles in the UK in 1974 and 1975, respectively; both failed to chart. A single of "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" was released in the US. Genesis promoted the album with their 1974–75 tour across North America and Europe, playing the album in its entirety. The album reached Gold certification in the UK and the US. The album was remastered in 1994 and 2007, the latter as part of the Genesis 1970–1975 box set which contains a 5.1 surround sound mix and bonus material.

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Rating

2.98

Votes

675

Genres

  • Rock
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5

This is a thought on. I am neither sure if I loved or hated this and think I need to listen a few more times, but also know it is an hour and a half a time. It was at points beautiful, at points grating, lyrics often daft and sung with seriousness, sometimes at the same time. It sounds like a wierd cross between the Who, Zappa and Preservation era Kinks. My favourite moments tended to be the instrumentals, the waiting room and silent sorrow in empty boats, finding Gabriel's voice and lyrics a bit hard to take. I can't help wonder what the whole thing as pure instrumental would sound like. Yet despite all this, I can't help admire the ambition of it and found myself thinking more about this album than many I have lived. Perhaps that is a sign of its depth or maybe its just too silly for me to properly focus. Who knows, maybe that's what makes this challenge worthwhile.

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4

Solid progressive rock. Production values are very high level, and I think ahead of their time for 1974. This could have come out in 1984 and I would have had the same sentiment. Cons: Even though I mentioned it being great production, I think that synths in the 70s were still a newish tech for bands and acts around this era tended to overdo it. For me, the synth solo throughout the track "In The Cage" really is quite annoying. Synths most often are devoid of any dynamic qualities. They are 100% volume 100% of the time (unless the volume of the instrument is changing at the mixing stage), unlike a piano or a guitar. These solos are blistering runs that lack any kind of interesting layer in them beyond "speed". Not really my thing. Could be my age speaking since I don't really like any kind of solo that's only interesting quality is "fast" "Back in NYC" is really cool. I love the lead instrument. It's repetitive yet really cool and interesting intervals, and tied to the drums to make a really fun groove. "Hairless Heart" sounds like a Final Fantasy video game track. So cool. "Counting Out Time" is very obviously about erogenous zones. Gotta love that. "Colony of Slippermen" is so weird- it's like goblins talking into your ears.t The in between / instrumental tracks are really well placed. This album is an adventure. It really goes places. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The only thing keeping it a 5 is that it doesn't really have any huge memorable / catchy tracks that the band is capable of. Or maybe it's just that it's my first time hearing these. I'm giving it a 4 but it's a very high 4.

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4

Very long but good

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4

Rating: 7/10

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4

Surprisingly it remains interesting and well written despite its long running length.

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4

The last hurrah of the Peter Gabriel era of Genesis, and perhaps the progressive rock era in general, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway never settles for less; a continual bombast of epic proportions involving a street kid named Rael and his kaleidoscopic adventures along the way. Perhaps the band's greatest outing, they grab the listener through the twists and turns that the story requires, soaring with the highs and rumbling with the lows. But, as mentioned, all good things must come to an end and both Peter and the band set off toward different paths. At least we have this to hold on to. Favorites: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Cuckoo Cocoon, In the Cage, Back in NYC, Counting Down Time, The Carpet Crawlers, The Chamber of 32 Doors, Lillywhite Lilith, Anyway, Here Comes the Supernatural Anaesthetist, Ravine, The Light Dies Down on Broadway, In the Rapids, It.

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4

8/10. All of the pretentiousness a growing boy needs

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4

Unique. I like Peter Gabriel so up my alley

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3

Seems a bit redundant to complain about this being self-indulgent. They tell you upfront what they are, so if you hit play, you accept their terms. It's still all a bit much. Whoever invented the phrase "Less is more" was talking to Genesis, and of course they didn't listen. Best track: In the Cage

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3

Interesting mix of songs, nothing particularly stood out though. Could be worth another listen.

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3

Whoa...wasn't expecting this. I know the 4 album run from Trespass to Selling England. Never explored this... Ok half way in.... thing is I like i like prog and I find it a bit of a featureless landscape. I really think it needs several listens.. also those old sounding keyboard solos are becoming a bit wearing...on the positive note its good that they lost their lyrical whimsy. 2.75

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3

massa o progressivo e pa

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3

WAY too long an album. Nice but I lost interest. Liked the mix of Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins tho. 6/10

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3

J'aime beaucoup cet album aujourd'hui, peut-être parce que je l'ai moins écouté. C'est le dernier avec Peter Gabriel à la voix. J'adore le Mellotron et l'orgue sur cet album, tout comme le jeu de batterie de Phil Collins. C'est fou comme l'utilisation bien dosée d'un bass synth donne de l'ampleur à certains passages. Peter Gabriel étant très théâtrale, on a un tout qui s'enchaîne super bien et qui n'est pas ennuyant pour le premier disque (si on aime Peter Gabriel bien sûr, si on accepte de plonger dans l'aventure et si on fait abstraction de Counting Out Time). Je dois admettre que le deuxième disque s'essouffle un peu. La pochette est superbe. En vinyle, c'est sublime (et on peut omettre à l'occasion le 2e disque). Pièces préférées: In the Cage, Broadway Melody of 1974, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, The Carpet Crawlers, Back in N.Y.C.

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3

Not as bad as I had feared!

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3

Good but too long

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3

Interesting concept album, but a tad long and synthy

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3

More prog than I expected. Not bad not great.

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3

"The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" is the 6th studio album for Genesis. It is a double album and the last one with Peter Gabriel as lead singer. It is also a concept album (boy, is it ever) about a Puerto Rican boy, Rael, from the Bronx who goes on a self-discovery adventure in NYC and faces challenges with family ( I think his brother betrays him like two or three times), authority, sex, love and self-sacrifice. The story is both easy and hard to follow the exact details. Peter Gabriel wrote the story and all the lyrics and said it was loosely based on "West Side Story," several pyscological concepts and the western film "El Topo." The first part is more about Raul discovering the outside of NYC and the second side is more fantasy with caves (lots of caves), mythological beings (Lama, Slippermen), ravens, boats and rivers. I really don't know if Rael ends up dead or alive at the end. Although Genesis wanted to avoid the Prog Rock moniker, this is solid prog rock. Musically, the synthesizers, organs, piano and keyboards of Tony Banks and the drumming of Phil Collins are the highlights. To experience this album, you really need to listen to it whole. It is exhausting though at 1 hour 34 minutes and with the entire storyline. For me, the song highlights are the ones you here on the radio (at least in the US). I always liked the title track for Gabriel's vocals (both lead and backing) and the keyboards and piano. It starts Rael off on his journey after apparently witnessing a lamb lying down on Broadway (not entirely clear). "The Carpet Crawlers" has the best and weirdest story, Rael in a room of people on their knees (the carpet crawlers) going towards a door and a Spiral staircase. Well, in the next few songs, Rael goes up the spiral staircase to a room filled with 32 doors and is eventually rescued by a blind women whom he leads across the floor. Anyway, Banks' keyboards and Collins' drums/drum programming are great in "The Carpet Crawlers." If you're a Genesis, Prog Rock, concept album or maybe even a fantasy fan, this album should be right up your alley.

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3

Good progressive rock

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3

Good album interesting sound, does drag on towards the end a bit too long.

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3

Heard this a few times previously, and I really like Genesis. 3/5

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3

I started out liking it, and are bored with the repetition of synth and Gabriels voice. I think Gabriel's solo stuff is great but I found his range on this one too narrow. The instrumentals were great.

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2

Admittedly, pretty exhausting. The synth sounds range from "interesting" to "that hasn't aged well *at all*". Also contains one of the least sensual songs on sex I've ever heard. I can hear Rush being inspired by this. I feel like it'd make an interesting stage show, though. Favorite tracks: "In the Cage"

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2

Nada especial

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fuck... 70s prog rock, double disc, concept album... why? None of these songs are even a Genesis hit. They have good songs. Why this album? To be fair, I only made it about 6 songs and switched back to listening to Visigoth. But fuck this shit.

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2

Hmmm... so there have been a lot of albums on here that are dated and feel cheesy because of that, which is forgivable. This is not one of those albums. It feels so forced, trying to be as epic as The Who but with really clunky lyrics. Maybe I'm just not in the mood for it right now, but its just not doing it for me. :/

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2

Just not getting into this early Genesis stuff, isn't for me.

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2

Not so much fun as it was in high school.

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2

First time hearing. Too whimsical for my taste. I like a lot of prog stuff from this era but couldn't really latch onto any tracks. The album is absurdly long too, which didn't help.

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2

I guess I'll never get Genesis. It's so goofy sounding, but not in a fun way like Rush or Yes or whatever.

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This was hard to follow along with. Kazoos and mouth noises, very weird story, and the end of Gabriel in Genesis. Not for me.

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1

Highlights: Fly On A Windshield Broadway Melody of 1974 Artwork: 5 / 10 Rating:

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1

Meh

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1

So it's a concept album. You know what else is a concept album? "Music From The Elder" by Kiss. That thing isn't anywhere near this list. I wish one could say the same about this album. Maybe I just prefer my Genesis to have the drummer singing lead vocals.

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I respect an ambitious concept album and this reminds me a lot of The Who in rock opera mode. But even those Who albums I tend to enjoy at an arm’s distance. The style can feel pretentious which is definitely the case here. The explicit reference to Broadway is fitting - it sounds like a Broadway show and annoys me the same way a lot of musical soundtracks do. How about this line from “Counting Out Time”: “Erogenous zones, I love you / Without you what would a poor boy do?” Jeez 🤦🏻‍♂️ Also, wow - I read the plot summary on Wikipedia. Truly bonkers. Shame that the final product isn’t more fun considering the story is so trippy and ridiculous.

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1

Pretentious nonsense.

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1

Far too indulgent and proggy. Every now and then it threatens to have a nice melody, but soon turns back into egocentric dirge that probably seemed like a good idea at the time. And then Phil Collins starts singing about erogenous zones 🤢

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