The Mama Tour

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Genesis Live: The Mama Tour is the third video album by English rock band Genesis. It was released by Virgin Music Video on 17 October 1985 and contains the footage from the Mama Tour, filmed at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England in February 1984. It was directed by Jim Yukich.


Two-thirds of the group's then current eponymous album appears on this video: the singles "Mama", "That's All", "Illegal Alien", "It's Gonna Get Better" (the B-side of "Mama"), and the two-piece suite "Home by the Sea/Second Home by the Sea".

Two singles from the previous album Abacab are also performed ("Keep It Dark" and the title track), and the set is rounded off with a medley of songs from their seventies period, and the stage favourite "Turn It On Again". The latter song diverges into a medley of well-known songs by artists from bygone years, while the "In the Cage" suite includes extracts from "The Cinema Show", "...In That Quiet Earth", and the "Raven" section from "The Colony of Slippermen".

The tracks that were not included on the video that were performed at the shows were the show's opening track "Dodo/Lurker", the "Eleventh Earl of Mar/The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway/Firth of Fifth/The Musical Box" medley, "The Carpet Crawlers", "Follow You Follow Me" and "Los Endos".

The artwork incorporates aspects of the sleeves from the "Mama" single and the album Genesis, and also gives a nod to the light show for which the band was well known.

The Mama Tour was released on DVD, with 5.1 DTS and Dolby Digital sound, in November 2009 as part of the Genesis Movie Box 1981–2007 DVD set.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Abacab"
  2. "That's All"
  3. "Mama"
  4. "Illegal Alien"
  5. "Home by the Sea"
  6. "Second Home by the Sea"
  7. "Keep It Dark"
  8. "It's Gonna Get Better"
  9. "In the Cage"/"The Cinema Show"/"...In That Quiet Earth"/"The Colony of Slippermen"
  10. "Afterglow"
  11. "Drum Duet"
  12. "Turn It On Again — Final Medley"