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Genesis 1976-1982 Box set

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On the occasion of Genesis' 40th anniversary, Rhino begins a complete upgrade of their catalog, to be grouped into three CD/DVD boxed sets. This first installment contains five Phil Collins-fronted albums A Trick Of The Tail, Wind & Wuthering, ...And Then There Were Three, Duke, and ABACAB plus Extra Tracks, a new rarities compilation only available as part of this historic 12-disc box.
Each album is reissued as a CD + DVD edition featuring new stereo mixes of the original album. The sixth double disc, Extra Tracks, presents unearthed gems spanning '76-'82. Each DVD disc includes a 5.1 DTS Surround Sound mix of the album plus bonus video content, photo galleries, images of memorabilia, and previously unseen 2007 interviews with band members filmed just for this historic reissue project. The box includes nearly four hours of previously unreleased video material!

While the five albums chronicled here in new, bonus-rich double-disc editions are neither the most theatrically prog-centric nor pop-focused of Genesis's storied career, they are in many ways the most dramatically triumphant. When colorful frontman Peter Gabriel bolted the band in 1975 for a highly regarded solo career, their prospects seemed dim; coupled with a rapidly emerging U.K. punk scene, Genesis seemed destined for the scrapheap of pop history. Instead, with drummer Phil Collins taking over vocals, the band quickly issued a pair of albums that admirably expanded on their ambitious '70s ethos, the muscular Trick of the Tail and more delicately refined Wind and Wuthering. The subsequent departure of guitarist Steve Hackett seemed another fateful blow, yet the remaining trio responded by retooling its sound for ...and Then There Were Three, then coaxing it into a U.K. chart-topping amalgam of art rock chops and pop savvy on 1980's Duke before refining it further via the angular, New Wave-influenced intrigues of Abacab. Singles like "Paperlate" and "No Reply at All" may hint at the slick, R&B-influenced hit machine they'd soon become (in turn inspiring Collins to leave for his own solo career in the '90s), yet as a whole this quintet of releases represents one of the most gratifying musical/commercial balancing acts by a major rock act. The new editions here include newly remastered versions of each original album, each featuring a bonus DVD-audio disc that includes expansive new 5.1 DTS Surround Sound mixes and visual materials that include vintage promotional videos, TV clips, and live cuts, along with new retrospective interviews with the band. Two further bonus discs treat an eclectic baker's dozen of the era's outtakes, B-sides, and EP cuts to the same audio burnishing. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dance On A Volcano
  2. Entangled
  3. Squonk
  4. Mad Man Moon
  5. Robbery, Assault And Battery
  6. Ripples
  7. A Trick Of The Tail
  8. Los Endos

Disc: 2

  1. Eleventh Earl Of Mar
  2. One For The Vine
  3. Your Own Special Way
  4. Wot Gorilla?
  5. All In A Mouse's Night
  6. Blood On The Rooftops
  7. Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers...
  8. ...In That Quiet Earth
  9. Afterglow

Disc: 3

  1. Down And Out
  2. Undertow
  3. Ballad Of Big
  4. Snowbound
  5. Burning Rope
  6. Deep In The Motherlode
  7. Many Too Many
  8. Scenes From A Night's Dream
  9. Say It's Alright Joe
  10. The Lady Lies
  11. Follow You Follow Me

Disc: 4

  1. Behind The Lines
  2. Duchess
  3. Guide Vocal
  4. Man Of Our Times
  5. Misunderstanding
  6. Heathaze
  7. Turn It On Again
  8. Alone Tonight
  9. Cul-De-Sac
  10. Please Don't Ask
  11. Duke's Travels
  12. Duke's End

Disc: 5

  1. Abacab
  2. No Reply At All
  3. Me And Sarah Jane
  4. Keep It Dark
  5. Medley: Dodo/Lurker
  6. Who Dunnit?
  7. Man On The Corner
  8. Like It Or Not
  9. Another Record

Disc: 6

  1. Paperlate
  2. Evidence Of Autumn
  3. Pigeons
  4. You Might Recall
  5. Naminanu
  6. Inside And Out
  7. Vancouver
  8. Me And Virgil
  9. It's Yourself
  10. Match Of The Day
  11. Open Door
  12. The Day The Light Went Out
  13. Submarine

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 12
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B000P46P82
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Stuart Southerland on May 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
After reading Jamie Tate's review [Amazon has since deleted his negative review of the Genesis box set], I went back to listen to some of my old "Definitive Edition Remaster" discs, and Mr. Tate is correct: the "loudness wars" have struck again and the new CDs are much louder than the old CDs.

The word "compression" gets tossed around a lot these days. I don't pretend to understand it all, but I do know that the recording industry is overwhelmed with fear right now. CD sales are in a free-fall, they have given up on DVD-A and SACD for the most part, and in an effort to increase sales, remasters are all the rage to try to get us to buy the same music over and over. Audio level compression is a remastering technique used by producers to change the sound of the music. One easy trick the industry uses is that they can release a "remastered" CD with increased volume levels, and the average listener's first impression to this is that the "louder" version sounds better. Of course it doesn't, but I disagree with Jamie Tate's opinion that this ALWAYS results in an inferior product. (Although it sometimes does-there are numerous examples of producers going too far.) For one thing, the Genesis CDs are not just LOUDER, the mix has been altered. The most obvious example is that, for the most part, Phil Collins' voice is a little more up front in the new CD mixes. Mr. Tate obviously hates this, but your opinion may differ.

After reflection, I do agree with Jamie Tate on his ultimate conclusion - Don't buy this collection if you are only going to listen to the CDs. Especially if you already have some or all of the "Definitive Edition Remaster Series" discs. That being said, the new mixes on the CD hardly make me sick to my stomach [as Mr.
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The purpose of this review is to help buyers of this and other Genesis box sets get the correct version of this amazing collection of music.

I recently purchased this box set from a 3rd party vendor through Amazon. The description of the box set I purchased said it was the SACD/DVD version of the box set. I received the CD/DVD version of the set from the vendor. I am currently trying to resolve this with the vendor and Amazon. Having searched through Amazon several times for these box sets I have found that there are no fewer than three versions of this set. They differ in the following ways:

US Version (ASIN: B001EO2UJK): Published by Rhino contains audio CDs and DVD-Video versions of the the albums. On the DVDs, the multichannel tracks of the music are encoded in the high resolution, but "lossy" DTS format and also more "lossy" dolby digital. The videos are in the US standard NTSC format. Reviews of the sound on these disks are generally favorable.

UK Version (ASIN: B000MTOQKE): Published by Virgin Int'l contains hybrid multichannel Super Audio CDs (SACD) and DVD-Video (PAL) versions of the the albums. The SACDs are playable on normal CD players in stereo, or 5.1 multichannel sound with a compatible player. The multichannel sound is encoded in several high resolution formats including "lossless" formats. On the DVDs, the multichannel tracks of the music are encoded in the high resolution, but "lossy" DTS format and also more "lossy" dolby digital. The videos are in the UK standard PAL format. While the SACD lossless soundtracks are technically more accurate representations of the music, reviews suggest that both SACD and DTS soundtracks sound excellent.
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With the release of "Genesis: 1976-1982", it's time for the diehard Genesis fans of the world to raise a toast to this most magnificent band, and to be grateful that their music is finally, at long last, getting some respect. The first of three (count 'em, three!) box sets devoted to Genesis, "1976-1982" covers the five albums the band recorded during this period: "A Trick Of The Tail," "Wind & Wuthering," "And Then There Were Three," "Duke" and "Abacab," and each album has not only been remastered, but remixed (i.e. changed in volume levels & effects) by producer Nick Davis. And each album now comes with a bonus DVD that includes all kinds of video goodies: interviews with the band members about the making of each album, rare archival concert & TV footage, and music videos! You also get two more exclusive Genesis treats: a bonus CD/DVD combo with rare Genesis songs from this period---songs released as EP's, B-sides, etc.---and a lovely 48-page book. I'm not going to re-review all five Genesis albums here---I'll just say briefly that I give all five featured albums in this box set the top rating of 5 stars. Instead, what I will touch down on is what you probably *really* want to know about: the sound quality, the DVD's, and the new mixes themselves. My verdict on the sound quality: SENSATIONAL. Sound-wise, these Genesis albums have all been given a fresh---and refreshing---coat of paint. One thing you notice instantaneously on these new mixes is that all of Phil Collins' lead vocals (and some of the backing vocals) have been brought right up front, so you can distinctly hear the words he sings without having to occasionally consult the lyric sheet. The band's instruments now have more crispness and more punch to them.Read more ›
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