I have an audio CD version of the Supertramp release in this series (got it as a Christmas gift). It's interesting from an "academic" point of view (lots of discussions about musicianship, techniques, trends of the day, etc., as well as some background on the various band members) but it only contains snippets of performances. I suspect they are all like that and, as such, are likely only of interest to the serious fan.
Also confirming the old material inclusion are snippets from the webcast:
- Phil noting that they will be doing songs from all the way back to 1973 - Phil saying they will play a huge range of stuff - Mike mentioning they will be doing a lot more longer instrumental and double drum stuff than they have in the past - etc.....
Supposedly, Peter does not want to do it, at this time (according to things said in the webcast). However, he will be touring solo at the same time. The stars could easily align for him to show up here and there. Heck, they could just say, "show up here and do Supper's Ready and be done with it".
However.....just heard an answer to a question at the webcast that they are not planning to do Supper's Ready (read: at this time).
However, that is not such a bad thing. They have so much material, and they are heading to the back catalog, that to play the 24 minute opus every night takes away a lot of time.....
Another good question from the crowd: Will you actually be playing old "songs" or doing medlies(sp?)?
Phil responded essentially by saying they were trying to please everyone and that sometimes they pleased no one with it. He said "we have sorted it out". I read that as they will not do medlies. Tony chimed in that there will of course be some instrumental ones, but that has sort of always been the case (i.e., In The Cage/Slipperman/Afterglow, Los Endos, etc).
The release schedule of the SACD was listed in the Genesis SACD thread. Basically, releases will start March 2007 and coming in 3 blocks, up thru Spring of 2008. Will be hybrid stereo/multi-channel SACD packaged with DVD, with bonus tracks.
To coincide with the Genesis tour, EMI Records will be re-issuing 14 Genesis studio albums in three stages during 2007. All the releases will be SACD/DVD double disc sets featuring newly re-mastered 5.1 surround sound and stereo mixes. The release schedule is as follows:
March 2007: A Trick Of The Tail (1976), Wind & Wuthering (1977), …And Then There Were Three…(1978), Duke (1980) Abacab (1981)
June/July 2007: Genesis(1983), Invisible Touch(1986), We Can't Dance (1991), Calling All Stations(1997)
Late 2007/Early 2008: Trespass (1970), Nursery Cryme (1971), Foxtrot (1972 ), Selling England By The Pound (1973), The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway(1974)