As a way to explore what's in the Vault, we decided to make a little adaptation of the 6 Degrees of Separation game.
The rules are simple:
1) Connect 2 artists through a chain of shared performers in concerts in the Vault. (It would be much easier to play this based on writing credits, studio recordings, and anecdotal connections, but where's the fun in that?)
2) The number of degrees doesn't matter (that is, it doesn't have to be done in 6 moves). There might be a more parsimonious way to make the connection, but the whole idea here is to meander through the archives to see where it takes you.
For our first try, we did a little Kevin Bacon action by connecting Jimi Hendrix to Kenny Loggins (singing 'Footloose,' no less):
For this one, we started with prog rock gods Genesis (get it?!) and went with the flow, ending up at the countrified marriage-rock of Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge. It's a nice trip through the Vault including hard rock, jazz, prog rock, and classic rock. Enjoy!
1) "In the Cage"
This was recorded during the last tour during which Gabriel fronted Genesis before Collins stepped out into the spotlight.
2) "Modern Love" - Peter Gabriel / Robert Fripp
Two of the leading figures in the early prog rock movement (via Genesis and King Crimson), it's no wonder these guys were friends. I like to picture them sitting around talking about the thin line between brilliance and insanity.
3) "Elephant Talk" - Robert Fripp / Tony Levin
Though you can hear a little bit of the '80's in this line-up of King Crimson, it included Adrian Belew and Bill Bruford as well, making this as close to a supergroup incarnation as you can get.
4) "Ace in the Hole" - Tony Levin / Richard Tee
Ten years after Simon and Garfunkel had dissolved, Simon was creating complicated music with intricate rhythms that necessitated the inclusion of these jazz greats in his touring band.
5) "Untitled Jam&