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It was released as a double album on 18 November by Charisma Records and their last album with frontman Peter Gabriel before his departure in It The Carpet Crawlers - Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway the story of Rael, a Puerto Rican youth from New York City who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and encounters bizarre incidents and characters along the way.
During the writing and recording sessions, Gabriel temporarily left the band to work with William Friedkin which, along with his insistence to write all the lyrics, put strains on the rest of the band. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway was released to initial mixed critical reception, though it has since received critical acclaim. It peaked at No. Genesis supported the album with their — tour across North America and Europe, playing the album in its entirety across dates.
The album continued to sell, and reached Gold certification by the Recording Industry Morning - This Window - Morning of America in for shipment ofcopies.
The album was a critical and commercial success for the group, which earned them their highest charting release in the United Kingdom and the United States. In the following month, they booked three months at Headley Grangea large former poorhouse in HeadleyEast Hampshire to write and rehearse new material for their next studio album. Hackett explained: "Everybody had their own agenda.
Some of us were married, some of us had children, some of us were getting divorced, and we were still trying to get it together in the country". Before discussions were held regarding the album's contents, the band decided to record a double album as the extended format gave them the opportunity to improvise and put down more of their musical ideas.
Gabriel presented the group with a more complicated and surreal story about Rael, a Puerto Rican youth in New York City and his spiritual journey of self-discovery and identity as he encounters several bizarre incidents and characters along the way. During the writing sessions at Headley Grange, Gabriel found himself estranged from the rest of the band which caused some friction.
As he had devised the concept Gabriel insisted that he write the lyrics, leaving the majority of the music in charge with his bandmates. At other times, Banks and Hackett suggested lyrics they thought would fit their songs better, "The Lamia" and "Here Comes the Supernatural Anaesthetist" respectively, which Gabriel rebuffed. Further disagreements arose during the writing period when Gabriel accepted an invitation from film producer William Friedkin to write a screenplay after Friedkin took a liking to Gabriel's surreal story written on the sleeve of Genesis Live Rutherford later admitted that he and Banks were "horribly unsupportive" of Gabriel during this time,  and Gabriel saw this as the beginning of his eventual departure from Genesis.
The band are The Carpet Crawlers - Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway as co-producers, and engineering duties were carried out by David Hutchins. The backing tracks for the entire album were put down in roughly two weeks. Gabriel recorded his vocals at Island Studios, where the album was mixed over a series of shifts as the band struggled to complete the album in time of its November release date.
The album tells the story of Rael, a half Puerto Rican adolescent living in New York City who experiences several bizarre situations and characters. The ending to the story is not directly clear as Gabriel deliberately left the ending of the story ambiguous.
When asked about it, Gabriel does not declare that Rael dies, though he compared the ending to the buildup of suspense and drama in a film as "you never see what's so terrifying because they leave it up in the air without One morning in New York City, Rael is holding a can of spray The Carpet Crawlers - Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadwayhating everyone around him.
He witnesses a lamb lying down on Broadway which has a profound effect on him. Rael wakes up and finds himself trapped in a cage of stalactites and stalagmites which slowly close in towards him. As he tries to escape, he sees his brother John and calls for him, but John walks away and the cage suddenly disappears "In the Cage". Rael now finds himself on the floor of a factory and is given a tour of The Carpet Crawlers - Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway area by a woman, where he watches people being processed like packages.
He spots old members of his New York City gang and John with the number "9" stamped on his forehead. At the top, he enters a chamber with 32 doors, surrounded by Twentieth Century Man - Scorpions - Animal Magnetism and unable to concentrate "The Chamber of 32 Doors".
He finds a blind woman who leads him out of the chamber and into another cave "Lilywhite Lilith"where he becomes trapped by falling rocks "The Waiting Room", "Anyway".
Rael ends up in a pool with three Lamiabeautiful snake-like creatures, and has sex with them, but they die after drinking some of his blood "The Lamia". He leaves the pool in a boat "Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats"and finds himself in a group of Slippermen, distorted, grotesque men who have all had the same experience with the Lamias, and finds that he has become one of them "The Arrival".
Rael finds John among the Slippermen, who reveals that the only way to become Cool To Hate - The Offspring - Americana hits 2000 again is to visit Doktor Dyper and be castrated "A Visit to the Doktor". Both are castrated and keep their removed penises in containers around their necks.
Rael's container is taken by a raven and he chases after it, leaving John behind "The Raven". The raven drops the container in a ravine and into a rushing underground river "Ravine". As Rael walks alongside it, he sees a window in the bank above his head which reveals his home amidst the streets "The Light Dies Down on Broadway". Faced with the option of returning home, he sees John in a river below him, struggling to stay afloat. Despite being deserted twice by John, Rael dives in to save him and the gateway to New York vanishes "Riding the Scree".
Rael rescues John and drags his body to the bank of the river and turns him over to look at his face, only to see his own face instead "In the Rapids".
His consciousness then drifts between both bodies, and he sees the surrounding scenery melting away into a haze. Both bodies dissolve, and Rael's spirit becomes one with everything around him " it. Much of the album's music developed through band improvisations and jams which Banks found particularly enjoyable as they often jammed after setting a single idea.
Banks recalled writing "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" with Gabriel which turned out to be the last track they developed which was "a pretty good song to end on". Banks added: "Instantly the rest of us would conjure up that particular mood. Collins said that, "Steve [Hackett] played these dark chords, then Peter [Gabriel] blows into his oboe reeds, then there was a loud clap of thunder and we really thought we were entering another world or something.
It was moments like that when we were still very much a unified five-piece". The band put together a chord sequence  "in D, E minor and Only Love Can Break A Heart - Gene Pitney - Only Love Can Break A Heart minor with a roll from the drums flowing through it". Gabriel asked Eno to add synthesized effects on his vocals on several tracks including "The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging",  which he dubbed on the album's credits as "Enossification".
Hipgnosis designed the album's artwork. In a departure from their previous albums that featured more colourful designs, the front cover of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway makes use of black and white and no colour.
The band's logo, originally designed by Paul Whitehead and used on Nursery Cryme and Foxtrotwas replaced by a new one in an Art Deco style by George Hardie. The left picture on the front depicts Rael in the area where "In the Rapids" and "Riding the Scree" are set. The band considered releasing the album as two single albums released six months apart.
It became the band's highest charting album since their formation, peaking at No. The album continued to sell, and reached Gold certification by the British Phonographic Industry on 1 February and Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales in excess ofcopies on 20 April Members of the group expressed some concern about the album's critical reception, and expected to receive some negative responses over its concept and extended format.
Gabriel knew the album's concept was ideal for critics "to get their teeth into". Welch wrote, "It sounded superb. Beautiful songs, fascinating lyrics, and sensitive, subtle playing, mixed with humour and harmonies. What more could a Genesis fan desire? She summarised the album as a combination of the "musical proficiency" on Selling England by the Pound with the "grandiose illusions" on Foxtrot and "a culmination of past elements injected with present abilities and future directions".
Charone thought the album had more high points than any previous Genesis album apart from some "few awkward instrumental moments on side three".
Each member received praise for their performances, including Hackett coming across as a more dominant member of the group with his "frenetic, choppy The Carpet Crawlers - Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On BroadwayCollins' backup harmony vocals and Rutherford's "thick, foreboding bass chords and gentle acoustics". The Carpet Crawlers - Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway its release, the album has been met with critical acclaim. InNick Kent wrote for NME that it "had a compelling appeal that often transcended the hoary weightiness of the mammoth concept that held the equally mammoth four sides of vinyl together".
He notes that despite Gabriel's "lengthy libretto " on the sleeve "the story never makes sense", though its music is "forceful, imaginative piece of work that showcases the original Genesis lineup at a peak A Rolling Stone readers' poll to rank their favourite progressive rock albums of all time placed the album fifth in the list.
They described it as "one of rock's more elaborate, beguiling and strangely rewarding concept albums". Banks later thought the album's concept is the weakest thing about it, though the lyrics to some of the individual songs are "wonderful". Steve Hackett remarked how his guitar was underutilized compared to past albums, but thought the album had a lot of beautiful moments and has grown on him over time.
On Genesis: Together and ApartPeter Gabriel stated the album, along with " Supper's Ready ", were his two high points with the band. Also on the documentary, Phil Collins said that the band created their best music on the album. He also cites it as his favourite Genesis album. The included booklet features the lyrics and story printed on the original LP, though some of the inner sleeve artwork was not reproduced. Genesis supported the album with a date concert tour across North America and Europe,  playing the album in its entirety with one or two older songs as encores.
It was to begin on 29 October with an date tour of the UK that sold out within four hours of going on sale, but they were rescheduled for after Hackett had crushed a wine glass in his left hand which severed a tendon and needed time to The Carpet Crawlers - Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway . The group lost money as they were unable to recoup deposits they had paid the venues.
The tour featured at the time some of the biggest instruments used by the band, including Rutherford's double-neck Rickenbacker and the largest drum kit ever used by Collins. The tour's stage show involved three backdrop screens that displayed 1, slides, designed by Geoffrey Shaw, from eight projectors  and a laser lighting display.
He changed his appearance with a short haircut and styled facial hair  and dressed as Rael in a leather jacket, T-shirt and jeans. During "The Lamia", he surrounded himself with a spinning cone-like structure decorated with images of snakes. In the last verse, the cone would collapse to reveal Gabriel wearing a body suit that glowed from lights placed under the stage. The performance ended with Gabriel vanishing from the stage in a flash of light and a puff of smoke.
In one concert review, the theatrics for "The Musical Box", the show's encore and once the band's stage highlight, was seen as "crude and elementary" compared to the "sublime grandeur" of The Lamb During their stop in Cleveland in NovemberGabriel told the band he The Carpet Crawlers - Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway leave at the conclusion of the tour.
By August, the news had leaked to the media anyway, and Gabriel wrote a personal statement to the English music press titled "Out, Angels Out" to explain his reasons and his view of his career Fried Bananas - Dexter Gordon With Junior Mance - At Montreux to this point; the piece was printed in several of the major rock music magazines.
He was being portrayed as if he was 'the man' and it really wasn't like that. It was a very difficult thing to accommodate. So it was actually a bit of a relief. No complete performance of the album has been officially released apart from the majority of the band's performance from 24 January at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles that was released as part of the Genesis Archive —75 box set.
The album's reissue features the album with a visual reconstruction of the tour's stage show using Donna Summer - Im A Fire (Main Club Mixes) original backdrop slides, audience bootleg footage, and photographs.
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