Three Sides Live is the third live album by the English rock band Genesis, released as a double album in June 1982 on Charisma Records in the United Kingdom and Atlantic Records in the United States. The album is compiled of recordings from their 1980 and 1981 tours in promotion of Duke (1980) and Abacab (1981), with side four of the UK edition containing live tracks from their 1976, 1978 and 1980 tours, and studio tracks from the Duke sessions and their 3×3 (1982) EP on the North American edition.
Three Sides Live received a mostly positive critical reception and was a commercial success, peaking at No. 2 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 10 on the US Billboard 200. Its release coincided with the Three Sides Live concert film home video.
The title comes from the original vinyl release which contained three sides of live tracks from the band's 1980 and 1981 tours, and a fourth side of studio tracks: three from the group's second extended play, 3X3 (1982) ("Paperlate", "You Might Recall" and "Me and Virgil") and two B-sides that were recorded but not included on Duke (1980) ("Open Door" and "Evidence of Autumn"). The side of studio tracks is no longer issued; only the UK release, that featured the live tracks, was subsequently made available.
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."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."
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.
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.