Spot the Pigeon
|Spot the Pigeon|
|EP by Genesis|
|Released||20 May 1977|
Spot the Pigeon is a 7-inch EP by the British progressive rock band Genesis, released in 1977. Its three songs were holdovers from the Wind & Wuthering sessions, which the band felt did not fit the overall feel of the album.
Upon its release, the EP managed to reach No. 14 in the UK singles charts. Although the EP market never took off in North America, their overseas distributor, Atlantic Records, released Spot The Pigeon in Canada as a 12-inch, on a limited edition blue vinyl.
This was Genesis' final studio release before lead guitarist Steve Hackett's departure later in 1977. His discontent was that he was not able to get more of his songs onto Wind & Wuthering and was further aggravated when "Inside and Out," which he felt was worthy of inclusion on the album, was relegated to this EP.
Although Spot the Pigeon saw a CD release, it has since been deleted. Two of its three tracks, "Pigeons" and "Inside and Out" appeared on the band's 2000 box set Genesis Archive 2: 1976-1992: "Match of the Day" was not included due to the band's dislike of the song. It was eventually made available on CD with the 2007 release of Genesis 1976-1982, thus making the entire EP available for the first time on CD in the U.S. "Pigeons" and "Inside and Out" have been also released on Turn It On Again: The Hits – The Tour Edition.
The EP was reissued on vinyl for Record Store Day 2012 by Audio Fidelity again on blue vinyl playing at 33 1/3 rpm on Side A and 45 rpm on Side B.
The title is a variation on the football-themed spot the ball (the cover resembles a spot the ball competition photo), replacing the word "ball" with "pigeon" so that the title links the themes of the first two songs.
AllMusic's retrospective review praised the songwriting on the EP for returning to the sound of early Genesis album Trespass, but concluded their review with: "Spot the Pigeon has never been a popular or even very accessible release in the U.S. Of course, there's a reason for this: It simply isn't very exciting."
- "Match of the Day" – 3:24
- "Pigeons" – 3:12
- "Inside and Out" (Banks/Collins/Steve Hackett/Rutherford) – 6:45
- Tony Banks – keyboards
- Phil Collins – drums, percussion, vocals
- Steve Hackett – guitars
- Mike Rutherford – guitars, bass guitar