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Friday, 20th April 2018


Songs performed:
 

Watcher of the Skies (8:28)
Dancing With the Moonlit Knight (10:28)
The Cinema Show (13:18)
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (6:19)
Firth of Fifth (11:34)
The Musical Box (12:45)
Horizons (2:09)
The Battle of Epping Forest (12:55)
Supper's Ready (23:51)


The entire "Selling England By The Pound" set was broadcast live on the air by Montreal radio station CHOM-FM (not to be confused with Toronto's local station CHUM-FM). Genesis were supported that night by Peter Hammill though his songs, introduced by Peter Gabriel, were not broadcast. To round things off CHOM-FM also broadcast a 20 minute post-concert interview and phone-in with Gabriel.

Apparently the live broadcast was sent by telephone from the hall to the radio station, so the original sound is slightly compressed. Nevertheless the broadcast spawned many bootlegs, the more recent CD versions having good sound - for example, "Live In Montreal" [Swingin' Pig Records TSP-CD 040-1/2 - 2CD]. A superior version is circulating on CDR whose provenance is a reel-to-reel tape recorded off air; it includes the Supper's Ready story which is absent from all previous bootlegs. Some listings claim this version stems from pre-FM reels but the cross line telephone conversation during Horizons indicates it must be recorded from broadcast. A definitive remastering of this version is now available as the fourth released of the Fade program

This particular show is a good one to own, not just because it is the only complete professional recording of this set but also because it sports a finely honed performance. Genesis had been on the road with this material for seven months and had already delighted the Montreal crowd at an earlier visit in October 1973. Watch out especially for some great upbeat backing vocals from Phil - during Willow Farm for example.

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