Three Sides Live

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Three Sides Live
Live album by Genesis
Released 1 June 1982
Recorded 8 July 1976–23 December 1981
Length 92:42
Producer Genesis
Genesis chronology
Three Sides Live

Three Sides Live is the third live album by British rock band Genesis, released in 1982.


The title for this album comes from the original world release, which contained three sides of live material from the band's 1981–82 tour, and a fourth side of studio tracks, three of which formed the British 3X3 EP ("Paperlate", "You Might Recall" and "Me and Virgil") and two B-sides from the Duke sessions ("Open Door" and "Evidence of Autumn"). The studio side is no longer issued as part of the album. Only the UK release featured a fourth live side instead, consisting of performances recorded during previous tours.

Upon its mid-1982 release, Three Sides Live reached No.2 in the UK and No.10 in the U.S.

The three live sides focus on material from Duke and Abacab. The third side contains the centrepiece of their last few tours, the "Cage" medley. The medley starts with "In the Cage" (from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway), follows with an instrumental which combined motifs from "The Cinema Show" with a changing set of melodies from Wind & Wuthering and The Lamb (in the case of the album version, a few seconds of "Riding the Scree" and a more substantial section from "The Colony of Slippermen"), and finishes with "Afterglow".

"Paperlate", from 3x3, became a Top 10 UK hit and a smaller U.S. success. It stemmed from Collins' riffing on one of the lines of their 1973 song, "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight". According to Tony Banks on the 2007 CD and DVD reissue of Abacab, "You Might Recall" was to appear on Abacab, but Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegün suggested that the band leave the track off in favour of "Who Dunnit?"

In 1994, Three Sides Live was remastered and reissued with the UK edition worldwide. Four of the five additional studio selections from that out of print release were issued in 2000 on the Genesis Archive 2: 1976-1992 box set (all but "Me And Virgil"), and all five songs have since been included on the bonus disc of the Genesis 1976-1982 box set.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]

Rolling Stone gave the album a rave review, particularly praising Genesis's advancement to more refined and concise material: "Unlike Seconds Out, where the concert versions of Genesis' songs were shrouded in virtuosic bluster, this album offers incisive, sharply focused performances uncluttered by theatrics or instrumental tedium."[2]

AllMusic's retrospective review asserted that the performances were impressive and exciting throughout, delivering nothing but "lean, crisp, and generally bracing accounts of the group's then-current sound."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Recording date and location Length
1. "Turn It On Again"   29 November 1981; Nassau Coliseum, New York 5:16
2. "Dodo/Lurker"   23 December 1981; National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham 7:19
3. "Abacab"   23 December 1981; National Indoor Arena, Birmingham 8:47
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date and location Length
1. "Behind the Lines"     29 November 1981; Nassau Coliseum, New York 5:26
2. "Duchess"     29 November 1981; Nassau Coliseum, New York 6:43
3. "Me & Sarah Jane"   Banks 29 November 1981; Nassau Coliseum, New York 5:59
4. "Follow You Follow Me"     6 May 1980; Lyceum Theatre, London 4:58
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date and location Length
1. "Misunderstanding"   Collins 28 November 1981; Savoy Theatre, New York City 4:06
2. "Medley"
  • "In the Cage"
  • "The Cinema Show" (part two)
  • "Riding the Scree" (teaser)
  • "Raven" (solo)
Banks, Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Rutherford 23 December 1981; National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham 11:53
3. "Afterglow"   Banks 23 December 1981; National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham 5:14
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date and location Length
1. "One for the Vine"   Banks 5 May 1980; Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London 11:04
2. "Fountain of Salmacis"   Banks, Collins, Gabriel, Hackett, Rutherford 1978; Unspecified location 8:37
3. "Medley" Banks, Collins, Gabriel, Hackett, Rutherford 8 July 1976; Apollo Theatre, Glasgow 5:14
  • In 1994 the album was re-issued on CD with the live tracks from the UK edition.
  • On some editions "One for the Vine" is incorrectly divided into two separate tracks, leaving the second part titled as "The Fountain of Salmacis", while "The Fountain of Salmacis" and "it./Watcher of the Skies" follow as a single track.


Additional personnel

It / Watcher of the Skies

Additional personnel


  • Produced by Genesis
  • Engineered by Geoff Callingham ("Follow You Follow Me", "The Cinema Show", "One for the Vine", "The Fountain of Salmacis", "it. / Watcher of the Skies" by Dave Hentschel)
  • 2009 New Stereo Mixes : Nick Davis
  • Assisted by Harry Rutherford
  • Technical Assistance : Geoff Callingham
  • Mixed at : The Farm, Surrey 2009
  • Remastered at : Metropolis Mastering
  • Remastered by Tim Young

Tour Personnel[edit]

  • Phil Collins – lead vocals, drums, percussion
  • Tony Banks – keyboards, vocals, 12-string acoustic guitar
  • Mike Rutherford – electric 6 and 12-string guitars, 12-string acoustic guitar, bass guitar, bass pedals, vocals, drums on "Who Dunnit?"
Additional personnel


  1. ^ a b Three Sides Live at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Considine, J.D. (5 August 1982). "Genesis: Three Sides Live : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 1 December 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 

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