The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway



by Led_Zeppelin678 USER (1 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2005 | 20 replies

Release Date: 1974 | Tracklist

This is probably my favorite album. To give you a quick idea of my tastes, some of the other contenders are Led Zeppelin II, Yes' Close To The Edge, and Rush's Moving Pictures. This is a concept album about a young Puerto Rican gang member named Rael, and the strange events that happen to him seemingly out of nowhere on the streets of New York City (among other places).

Disc 1:

Track 1: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
The title track opens up with a very fast piano part, erupting into a huge-sounding song, with a driving, distorted bass-line. It introduces Rael, and describes his surroundings. All of a sudden, a lamb lies down in the middle of broadway.

Track 2: Fly On A Windshield
The first track merges into the second, and as Rael watches the lamb lying there, so out of place, a wall descends from the sky and starts moving toward him. Nobody else notices it, but it catches Rael and carries him away. The instruments form a wall of sound, the guitar and synth sound absolutely magnificent as the track moves slowly along.

Track 3: The Broadway Melody of 1974
This track describes the strange images Rael sees inside the cloud-like wall. It is fairly slow, but not soft at all.

Track 4: Cuckoo Cucoon
Rael awakes to find himself wrapped in what seems to be a cucoon. Very slow, guitar-driven song.

Track 5: In The Cage
When Rael is freed from the cucoon, he finds himself in a cage formed by stalactites and stalagmites in what seems to be a cave. Many people pass by, including his brother John who refuses to help him. He struggles to get out, and eventually is released. This song has a lot of keyboard in it, and several distinct parts. It is probably one of the best tracks on the album.

Track 6: The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging
Rael finds himself in some strange factory where they assemble people. This song is best described as quirky. It has a sense of oddness to it that the band brings out wonderfully.

Track 7: Back In N.Y.C.
This song is really amazing. All the different parts, telling of how Rael finds himself home again and some of his history in his gang, are amazing. Great drum work on this track.

Track 8: Hairless Heart.
An instrumental track, the title is taken from some of the rather insane and completely genious lyrics from the end of the previous track: As I cuddled the porcupine, he said I had none to blame but me. Feel my heart, deep in hair, time to shave it off, it off.

Track 9: Counting Out Time
Rael tries to attract a girl he likes with the guidance of a book which guarentees success. A lot of synth in this one.

Track 10: The Carpet Crawlers
Probably the best track on the first disc, it tells of Rael awakening back in the world he was taken to before. He finds himself in a hallway with other people all struggling to get to the door at the end.

Track 11: The Chamber of 32 Doors
A great epic closer for the first disc, Rael describes what he finds at the end of the hallway. Great vocal work.

Disc 2:

Track 1: Lilywhite Lilith
A blind woman named Lilith guides him from the chamber they were trapped in. She leaves him on a chair in a room inside the cave they are walking through. The music is very similar to Track 3 on Disc 1 at parts.

Track 2: The Waiting Room
This instrumental begins with a dissonant clatter of bells and such, which after a minute or two the band fades in.

Track 3: Anyway
Trapped in the room by a cave-in, Rael is sure he's going to die. Very dramatic, and dark in places.

Track 4: The Supernatural Anaesthetist
The grim reaper pays Rael a visit. He leaves, and makes a place for Rael to escape. Really freakin weird, but in a good way. Some of the best guitar work on the album.

Track 5: The Lamia
One of the most moving songs I've ever heard. I can't really describe this song in my own words, so I suppose you'll just have to look up the lyrics (you really have to hear it sung, though).

Track 6: Silent Sorrow In Empty Boats
Rael is depressed by the events described in the Lamia. This is a very quiet instrumental, with a lot of soft synth strings.

Track 7: The Colony of Slippermen
The best, and perhaps strangest, track on the album. Rael finds himself in a city populated by twisted freaks, and discovers that he himself must become one. There is a way to undo the spell, but it involves removing something that most men, if not all of them, would miss severely. The organ is placed into a tube to keep if he should change his mind, and a raven grabs it out of his hands. He tries to get assistance from his brother John, who refuses. The bird eventually drops it into a river at the bottom of a...

Track 8: Ravine
This instrumental track is nothing more than the wind for about a minute and a half.

Track 9: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
As our hero walks along the walls of the ravine, he sees a portal to NYC. He is ecstatic, and races towards it only to look down and see his brother John drowning in the waters below. He is faced with a very difficult decision: Be trapped here forever and save his selfish brother, or let him die and return home? The music is somewhat reminiscent of the title track, but more emotional and a tad slower.

Track 10: Riding The Scree
Rael runs down the sides of the ravine to save his brother, and dives into the water. Great drums and keys in this tune.

Track 11: In The Rapids
Rael struggles as hard as he can to save his brother. A somewhat slow, and very emotional song.

Track 12: It
The closer is breath-taking, and nothing short of perfect.

I'm not going to tell you what happens, you'll have to buy the cd.

Nothing I've ever heard has moved my as deeply as this album. A lot of the music I listen to is for the instruments, but this is just perfect song-writing. Nothing at all compares to it. The lyrics and melodies are on their own level.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
August 23rd 2005


Superb for your first. Good job.


August 23rd 2005


i'm actually in the progress of reviewing selling england by the pound. Sputnik should be ashamed at the lack of genesis reviews

edit: and fix the release date on your review, it certainly wasnt rweleased in 2005, good review anywaysThis Message Edited On 08.22.05

December 16th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

This album is very good so is your review

June 9th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

this alblulm is pretty twisted ......

twisted but good... really hard to under stand the concept

September 29th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

this is one of my favourite albums... Gabriel is god

great review too

December 5th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

Astounding, Genesis lost something special when they let Gabriel leave. A twisted and beautiful concept that invokes elements of everything from existentialism to atheism in the form of the strangest story every told through music.

Amazing, truly. a classic

January 26th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0

Finally got around to listening to this after my Dad kept insisting me too. This is the first Genesis album I listened to in full, and it was pretty cool.

One of the better double albums I've heard, and the story in it is neat. A very amibitious album, but sometimes I lose attention listening to it or can't sit through all the way. But I'm gonna listen to it a few more times.This Message Edited On 01.25.07

Digging: Bright Eyes - Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was

August 21st 2008


Umm... how is it that Genesis, who are a good but not great band have such amazing reviews. This is obviously done by someone who's a huge fan of the band

August 31st 2008


have you read any of the later reviews for the band?

November 1st 2008


Album Rating: 5.0

This is one of my favorite albums ever!

Listening to this album while reading the lyrics is an amazing experience

December 17th 2008


Album Rating: 5.0

What a HELL of an album! I've listened through it once now, and I'm not feeling like doing it again very soon. I've really never heard anything like this. Since I've heard it only once, I'm not gonna give it a 5, but I can tell I was completely blown away by it. Such amazing lyricism and musicianship!

December 19th 2008


Album Rating: 5.0

I see you're digging Genesis, what a choice :D

If you liked this and Selling England..., I suggest you to listen to Foxtrot. It has got their best song (Supper's Ready) and unbelievable great mucisianship in all the songs.

May 7th 2009


Classic album, Genesis' best in my opinion. Peter Gabriel was their best vocalist. Phil Collins is undeniably good but with Gabriel at the helm Genesis were truly at the top of their game.

September 8th 2009


Album Rating: 5.0

Personally, I dont see how this is considered by many to be their best album. For me, it will always be Selling England followed closely by Foxtrot

September 8th 2009


Album Rating: 5.0

Well it was my first ever prog album so it will always be special for me.

September 9th 2009


Album Rating: 5.0

nice. That would have been a lot to take in for a first album... First i got into Dream Theater then Pink Floyd

October 6th 2009


Album Rating: 4.5

phil collins sucks.

January 18th 2010


So glad I decided to check this out today

January 18th 2010


Album Rating: 5.0

So you should be

January 18th 2010


Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

*Personally, I dont see how this is considered by many to be their best album. For me, it will always be Selling England followed closely by Foxtrot

same here

And for those who like 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' I encourage you to get ''Genesis Archive Vol 1 (1967-1975)

It features the whole story of Rael live, and what a hell of live performers they were.

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