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silent sorrow in empty boats

silent sorrow in empty boats

Playing tracks by

Genesis, Slow Dancing Society, Alio Die, Christopher Willits, Pulusha and more.

I have always loved a little known Genesis tune called "Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats". The last song on the end of side three(vinyl), it's a 3 minute instrumental that is more ambient than old prog rock.

I remember a thread at the Hypnos forum, a long time ago, that was list of the best ambient tracks by non-ambient artists. I can't find the list or the thread, but I think I added artists like Radiohead, Daryl Hall, Peter Gabriel, etc. I think "Silent Sorrow" may be the best ambient track by a non-ambient artist.

I'm working on a mellow prog rock mix that I'm sure will include this Genesis tune as well.

Anyway, I've always wanted to use it in a mix so here it is. I used the track as the title for this mix but the music doesn't necessarily take on the sorrowful feel that the title suggests. I can personally attest to the fact that this mix works very for sleeping. Enjoy.



Gorgeous....the key instrument here is the Mellotron, featured on many of the best of Prog Rock in late 60s and 70s. A Mellotron featured ambient mix would be heavenly and right up your alley. Great work!

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Yes, a Mellotron mix would indeed be awesome! I'll have to keep my ears open for tracks. Any suggestions?


Oh my where do I begin...
England - Three Piece Suite

Genesis - Watcher of the Skies, Suppers Ready, Cinema Show*, Fountain of Salmacis, Dancing with the Moonlit Knight, Firth of Fifth, Fly on a Windshield, Hairless Heart, Chamber of 32 Doors, Anyway, Lamia, Silent Sorrow, Entangled, Mad Mad Moon, Ripples, Eleventh Earl of Mar, One for the Vine, Blood on the Rooftops

Gentle Giant - Schooldays

Harmonium - Histoires Sans Paroles ***

Jethro Tull - Cross Eyed Mary

King Crimson - Epitaph, In the Court of the Crimson King, In the Wake of Posiedon*, The Night Watch, Prince Rupert, Starless *

Moody Blues - Tuesday Afternoon, Nights in White Satin, You Can Never Go Home, My Song, Dawning is the Day, New Horizons*, Lost in a Lost World, Gypsy,
Watching and Waiting

Traffic - Dream Gerrard

Yes - Heart of the Sunrise*, And You and I *, Close to the Edge, South Side of the Sky, Revealing Science of God*, The Remembering*, Ritual, Every Days, Yours is No Disgrace, Starship Trooper, Wonderous Stories, America, Soon***

How's that for a start!!!!

Virginia Lobotomy

excellent prfect for my work... and a pleasure ....

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Just watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind and amazed at the similarities of the alien message and silent sorrow. Both 6 basic notes played almost identically.

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Wow, I never made that connection but you're right. Crazy!


Classic track from a classic album. Must be a classic mix! Sounds good so far!!

Michael Gaida

Great one,thanks!

Jamie Campbell



Pure excellent...nice work.

José L. Báez

Wow, i love it. And i certainly love "Silent sorrow in empty boats". What a coincidence since i just use it in a mix i made with some exploratory music from different times. Check it on my profile if you can. It blends quite good with Benoit Pioulard and Trouble Books, artists which had almost nothing to do with Genesis.

Óscar Sp
Óscar Sp

This Genesis song it's one of my favourites since 15 years old...