“Freudian Slumber” - The Genesis In Concert Movie reviewed by Ted Sayers. Memorabilia: TWR Archive.
A sadly rather short (forty odd minutes) film of Genesis playing live in 1976. It was used to support the film White Rock in 1977 which was a documentary about the Winter Olympics with music by Rick Wakeman.
The Genesis film was quite well received at the time but for some unknown reason, has never been released on video or shown on British TV. While not being the best quality live footage of the band, it does carry an atmosphere. Some bad cutting ruins one or two parts but on the whole it is a nice little look back upon a time of change within the ranks.
The film kicks off with the roadies setting up the gear to the strains of I Know What I Like but it is not until half way through the track that band actually appear and Phil’s tambourine solo is a masterpiece of comedy. This is followed by an instrumental version of Fly On A Windshield/Broadway Melody Of ’74 which carries an incredibly threatening atmosphere and for my money is one of the highlights. This goes straight into Carpet Crawlers with a very soft ending - always a great live track.
Then we get the first piece of the aforementioned cuttings. We go into The Cinema Show half way through having missed the magical lyric section. Nevertheless, after a few minutes we forget the loss and we are immersed in the building instrumental section. This section keeps jumping to film of an old silent movie, typical of the Buster keaton era.
Then comes one of my personal favourites - Entangled. On this track we get possibly the bets of the fantasy sequences with some very hazy images of a girl on a beach. This doesn’t arrive until the instrumental section so it doesn’t spoil the vocal part - another highlight.
Smoke billows and we cut into Supper’s Ready. Sadly we arrive only in time for the final two parts; Apocalypse In 9/8 and As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs (Aching Men’s Feet), but this always was the most atmospheric part of the classic anyway. Towards the end, there are more fantasy sequences, where film of the Atom Bomb attack on Japan in the Second World War is used to great effect.
And finally the film rolls its credits as Genesis play out on the timeless Los Endos. A Genesis concert wouldn’t be right without it. It is in fact, Los Endos by itself and not spliced together with Dance On A Volcano as it has been until recently. Dance On A Volcano was the set opener in 1976.
So there you have it. The film was shot at Stafford New Bingley Hall and at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow and whoever is responsible for these matters - please show it on TV!