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lunes, 2 de julio de 2007

Genesis - Duke (1980)


Produced by David Hentschel and Genesis
Released on March 31, 1980

El disco había sido concebido como un sólo lado de seis canciones unidas que contaban una historia, como si fuera un único largo tema. Para no herir susceptibilidades y para que no se realizaran comparaciones odiosas, finalmente se decidió dividir ese material e incluirle otros seis temas.
Inevitablemente se relaciona el disco con Supper's ready, porque tiene algunas características, pero evidentemente son distintos.

Duke se inicia con un extendido y animado introductorio instrumental para Behind the Lines, y para la suite de Duke. Rutherford destaca en la guitarra como pocas veces y tras dos minutos se inicia el tema en si: es esto Genesis? así es, un nuevo Genesis en el que Phil Collins inyecta sus influencias R&B, no siendo raro entonces que Collins retomara el tema para su debut Face Value.

Suavemente Behind the Lines va desapareciendo mientras se inicia un extendido interludio instrumental de la mano de un nuevo juguete: la drum machine, que aquí logra crear una atmosfera increible de la mano de los teclados de Banks y las etereas guitarras de Rutherford. De a poco surge la batería marchante de Collins y entramos de lleno en Duchess, un tema intenso, con Collins entregando un registro lleno de dramatismo. Lentamente los instrumentos se van retirando hasta quedar sólo el piano, el que continúa para cerrar esta trilogía con el breve pero potente y enigmatico Guide Vocal, 90 segundos donde piano y voz quedan a solas.

Man of Our Times rompe la calma reinante de inmediato, siendo una estridente y oscura composición de Rutherford, cuya letra describiendo un individuo atemorizado ante la sociedad actual se ve reflejada en una música acertadamente repetitiva y donde a ratos la voz de Collins casi se pierde. Trae a la memoria temas como Down and Out o Deep in the Motherlode.

Heathaze, de Banks es un suave tema dominado por piano y teclados, con un brillante Banks como liricista, y recuerda composiciones como Undertow de "And then there were three". Cul-De-Sac, tambien de Banks, es un interesante épico en miniatura y por número de ideas presentadas podría haber sido un tema de 10 minutos sin mayor dificultad.

Turn it on Again es todo un clásico de la discografía de la banda y la cuarta parte de la suite de Duke. Un personaje tele-adicto es el que narra su vida en este sorprendente tema rockero, que por cierto tiene una metrica bastante particular.

Los últimos 11 minutos del disco presentan una de las más magistrales secuencias de todo el rock progresivo: el cierre de la suite de Duke. Parte Duke's Travels con una suave introducción en guitarra y percusiones hasta que la batería se abre paso iniciando el tema en si, con un extendido y elaborado solo de teclados que desde un inicio casi lúdico va suavemente cambiando ganando intensidad hasta que surge un inesperado reprise de Guide Vocal, con Collins en un registro lleno de angustia y agregando una nueva e intensa linea, modificando de cierta forma el sentido de las lirica. Suavemente llega la calma hasta que se inicia Duke's End, retomando el tema inicial de Behind the Lines asi como tambien el motivo principal de Turn it on Again, y cerrandose así la serie.

1. BEHIND THE LINES (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford) 5:33
2. DUCHESS (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford) 6:25
3. GUIDE VOCAL (Tony Banks) 1:34
4. MAN OF OUR TIMES (Mike Rutherford) 5:33
5. MISUNDERSTANDING (Phil Collins) 3:14
6. HEATHAZE (Tony Banks) 5:01
7. TURN IT ON AGAIN (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford) 3:51
8. ALONE TONIGHT (Mike Rutherford) 3:57
9. CUL-DE-SAC (Tony Banks) 5:06
10. PLEASE DON'T ASK (Phil Collins) 4:01
11. DUKE'S TRAVELS (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford) 8:41
12. DUKE'S END (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford) 2:07

CREDITS

TONY BANKS -- keyboards, backing vocals, 12 string guitar, duck
PHIL COLLINS -- drums, vocals, drum machine, duck
MIKE RUTHERFORD -- basses, guitars, backing vocals
David Hentschel -- backing vocals, engineer
Dave Bascombe -- assistant producer
Lionel Koechlin -- cover

BEHIND THE LINES

I held the book so tightly in my hands, saw your picture,
heard you call my name
There was something strange, I could not look away
I wanted to be there, I wanted to go

You gave me no warning
You gave no reason
But I was with you
Right by your side
Give me the strength, and I will help you
They can try their hardest, they don't frighten me

It is written in the book

It is hotter than I've known before, but I feel so cold, and I don't know why
But if the fire within your heart can beat the storm
Then I really believe, you could make it right

The time has come now
We must show our feelings
But I'm looking right through you
And your heart is empty

Whatever happened to you it's too late to change now
There's nowhere you can run to, no place to hide
Oh you let me down!

...but wait a minute, I don't understand
It's getting stronger, grab my hand
Don't wanna leave you, don't wanna go
But I'm losing all control
Can't you see me slipping away?
I can only stay if you've the will to keep me here

It is written in the book

Oh so many times since I've read those words
Just waiting to see you, can you see me?


DUCHESS
Times were good,
She never thought about the future, she just did what she would
But she really cared
About her music, it all seemed so important then,

And she dreamed that every time she performed
Everyone would cry for more,
That all she had to do was step into the light,
And everyone would start to roar.

And on the road,
Where all but a few fall by the wayside on the grassier verge,
She battled through
Against the others in her world, and the sleep, and the odds.

But now everytime that she performed
Everybody cried for more,
Soon all she had to do was step into the light,
For everyone to start to roar.
And all the people cried, you're the one we've waited for.

But time went by
It wasn't so easy now, all uphill, and not feeling so strong.
Yes times were hard,
Too much thinking 'bout the future and what people might want.

An then there was the time that she performed
When nobody called for more
And soon everytime she stepped into the light,
They really let her know the score.
But she dreamed of the times when she sang her songs
And everybody cried for more,
When all she had to do was step into the light
For everyone to start to roar.
And all the people cried, you're the one we've waited for.


GUIDE VOCAL
I am the one who guided you this far,
All you know and all you feel.
Nobody must know my name
For nobody would understand,
And you kill what you fear.

I call you for I must leave,
You're on your own until the end.
There was a choice but now it's gone,
I said you wouldn't understand,
Take what's yours and be damned.


MAN OF OUR TIMES
I'm one of many, I speak for the rest but I don't understand
Tonight tonight, oh tonight, tonight
He brings another day another night, another fight
Well there's another day done and there's another gone by
He's a man of our times a man of our times
Tonight tonight, oh he's burning bright

He's a man of our times, he's a man of our times, ooh, ooh, ooh.
And in the beating of your heart there is another beating heart

All at once I can see what we do,
Me into me and you into you
Me into me and you into you
Tonight, tonight, oh he's s burning bright
Everyone is on their feer cos he is out, out on the street
There's another day done and there's another gone by.
No more me into me and you into you
Tonight tonight, oh he's burning bright.

Man of our times, he's a man of our times
He's a man of our times, ooh, ooh, ooh.
And in the beating of your heart, there is another beating heart

Man of our times...


MISUNDERSTANDING
There must be some misunderstanding
There must be some kind of mistake
I waited in the rain for hours
You were late

Now it's not like me to say the right thing
But you could've called to let me know
I checked your number twice, don't understand it
So I went home

Well I'd been waiting for this weekend
I thought that maybe we could see a show
Never dreamed I'd have this feeling
But seeing you is believing
That's why I don't know why
You didn't show up that night

There must be some misunderstanding
There must be some kind of mistake
I was waiting in the rain for hours
You were late

Since then I've been running around trying to find you
I went to the places you always go
I rang your home but got no answer
Jumped in my car, i went round there
I still don't believe it
He was just leaving

There must be some misunderstanding
There must be some kind of mistake.


HEALTHAZE
No cloud, a sleepy calm,
Sunbaked earth that's cooled by gentle breeze,
And trees with rustling leaves,
Only endless days without a care,
Nothing must be done.

Silent as a day can be,
Far-off sounds of others on their chosen run
As they do all those things they feel give life some meaning,
Even if they're dull.

Time to stop this dreaming, must rejoin the real world
As revealed by orange lights and a smokey atmosphere.
The trees and I are shaken by the same winds but whereas
The trees will lose their withered leaves,
I just can't seem to let them loose.
And they can't refresh me those hot winds of the south.
Feel like an alien, a stranger in an alien place.

Now the light is fading fast,
Chances slip away, a time will come to pass
When there'll be none,
Then addicted to a perfumed poison,
Betrayed by its aftertaste,
We shall lose the wonder and find nothing in return.
Many are the substitutes but they're powerless on their own.

Beware the fisherman who's casting out his line
Into a dried up river bed,
But don't try to tell him 'cos he won't believe you.
Throw some bread to the ducks instead, it's easier that way.
Feel like an alien, a stranger in an alien place.


TURN IT ON AGAIN
All I need is a TV show, that and the radio
Down on my luck again, down on my luck again
I can show you I can show you some of the people in my life
I can show you I can show you some of the people in my life
It's driving me mad just another way of passing the day
I, I get so lonely when she's not there
I...

You're just another face that I know from the TV show
I have known you for so very long I feel you like a friend
Can't you do anything for me, can I touch you for a while
Can I meet you another day and we can fly away

I can show you I can show you some of the people in my life
I can show you I can show you some of the people in my life
It's driving me mad just another way of passing the day
I, I get so lonely when she's not there
I...

Turn it on, turn it on, turn it on again
Turn it on, turn it on, turn it on again
I can see another face
Turn it on, turn it on, turn it on again
I can see another face
Turn it on, turn it on, turn it on again


ALONE TONIGHT
There's nothing here that I can understand
And no one cares I'm a lonely man
I touch your face and I don't know why
I call your name but you're going by
Now I'm alone again.

I have no name for each and every day
Until the year is done and fades away
There's a time in between the two
The old years gone by but it's not the new
And I,
I know that'll be all
Alone again, alone again tonight oh I'm
Alone again, alone again tonight oh I'm
Alone again, it seems to me that every time I try to change
Say that you're say that you'll
Help me reach the other side

When the morning comes the sun is out
And warms me up again
What a funny world it is for me
And all I'll never be

It's not enough, it's not enough
This feeling I'm feeling inside
Oh I know it I know tonight that I'll be

On my own again, alone again tonight
Oh I'm alone again, alone again tonight
Oh I'm alone again, it seems to me that everytime I try to change
Say that you'll, say that you'll
Help me reach the other side
Help me please cos I know I'm gonna be
On my own again alone again tonight...


CUL-DE-SAC
Wake up now, this is the time you've waited for.

Far below, where shadown fester as they grow,
An army thousands strong, obsessed by right and wrong,
Sense their time is coming near.
So they turn towards the light from their region of the night,
Marching on and on,
They near the air, it won't be long.

You know you're on the way out,
It's just a matter of time.
You thought you'd rule the world forever,
Long live the king, don't spare the loser.

After all, you're not what you thought you were at all.
You're just a natural fact, another cul-de-sac
On nature's hard unfeeling trail.
And all those dreams of old will be stories left untold,
Cut off in your prime, extinct until the end of time.

Now the host emerges, a shadow starts to fall.
Not one knows what hit them, none can see at all.
Even as the end approaches still they're not aware,
How can you fight a foe so deadly
When you don't even know it's there?
And now that the job is almost done
Maybe some escape, no, not even one.


PLEASE DON'T ASK
Please don't ask me how I feel, I feel fine
Oh I cry a bit, don't sleep too good, but I'm fine
When can I see you?
When can I touch you?

Again and again I ask myself was I wrong?
Oh but time's a healer, and heaven knows I've been strong
Maybe we could try
Maybe we could work this time

I can remember when it was easy to say I love you
But things have changed since then, now I really can't say if I still do
But I can try
I know that the kids are well, you're a mother to the world
But I miss my boy
I hope he's good as gold

But enough of me, tell me how are you? You look good
Oh you lost weight I can see, your hair looks nice, you look good
Maybe we should try, don't say it! I know why

I can remember when it was easy to say I love you
But things have changed since then, now I really can't say if I still do
But I can try
I know the kids are well, you're a mother to the world
But I miss my boy
I hope he's good as gold


DUKE'S TRAVELS (INSTRUMENTAL)


DUKE'S END (INSTRUMENTAL)



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