“The Way We Walk : In Concert” - Genesis’ new live video reviewed by Alan Hewitt.
After the release of two highly successful live albums documenting the recent We Can’t Dance tour, comes this full-length video from the shows at Earls Court Arena in London.
Compared with the previous Invisible Touch video, this is an excellent release which manages to capture the full spectacle of a Genesis show, while keeping fancy camera angles to a minimum. From the opening bars of Land Of Confusion, we are treated to a feast of sound and vision, especially during the Seventies medley, where both the musicians and visuals combine in perfect harmony. The music is as explosive as the fireball that burst onto the screen at the beginning of Dance On A Volcano, and it is soon obvious that the indoor shows capture the full effect of the lighting better than outdoors.
Other highlights include Dreaming While You Sleep, missing from the summer shows but here in all its tear-jerking glory, although unfortunately Phil’s story leading up to the song has been edited out. Indeed, this is my only quibble with an otherwise faultless video - why were the between-song stories edited out? Why not leave them intact and give a full length show like Phil’s last solo live video?
The majesty of tracks such as Fading Lights, Domino and Home By The Sea is perfectly captured as is Phil’s atrocious acting during Jesus, He Knows Me and the send up of Michael Jackson’s dance routine during I Can’t Dance was every bit as funny on the video as it was if you were a member of the audience at the shows.
All in all, this has to be the best of a growing collection of Genesis live videos and it is a MUST for collectors and for those who, like myself, were lucky enough to see one or more of these shows.