Genesis Archive #2 1976-1992 Box set
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The omissions of Match of the Day, Me and Virgil, and the long versions of Mama and It's Gonna Get Better are very frustrating, especially when considering that the reason the first two were left out was because the band `didn't like them anymore' (even though they must have liked them enough at one point to release them on EPs). With that reasoning, I'm surprised the first box set had anything on it at all, given that Phil no longer seems to like any Genesis song that was recorded before 1980. I guess the reasons they didn't include the last two is because the set already has a `work in progress' version of Mama and a live version of It's Gonna Get Better, and so it may have been seen as redundant to include two versions of each song. Same reasoning would go for the inclusion of a live version of Inside and Out. But other omissions of live favorites are IMO inexcusable.
I can understand songs that were only rarely performed live (like Wot Gorilla, Down and Out, Undertow, Ballad of Big, Like It or Not) may not a have a decent recording of them available anywhere so that they could have been included on this set.Read more ›
What is here that's good? Well, even in their pop heyday, Genesis was a pretty experimental band in a lot of ways. Their b-sides and leftovers are NOT generally better songs than the ones that made the cut, but a lot of them are quite good. Notably: "You Might Recall" "Inside and Out" "Evidence of Autumn" and "Open Door." Also, what live cuts are here, were not played live often and hardly any of them have been previously released on live albums in the past. They're great to have. Some have also bemoaned the inclusion of the handful of 12" remixes included. I sympathize with these folks because they, like me, know what's been left off in their place. Still, I like having the remixes. They're a big part of what 80's radio rock was all about and some of them are pretty fun.
That brings me back to my original point. It is unforgivable that Genesis would release an entire rarities box and not include key parts of the EPs "Spot the Pigeon" ("Match of the Day") and "3X3" ("Me and Virgil"). I repeat: Unforgivable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This one is a hard one to find and is a great one if you like there stuff from 1976-1992. It is rare but a great set to get.Published on April 14, 2013 by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
Received the item quickly and met it met all my expectations. Why don't you give it a listen or two.Published on April 2, 2013 by John Daniel Schiefer
I don't know who this boxed set is for. Hard-core Genesis fans (like me) will enjoy it for the b-sides previously uavailable on CD but will curse it for not including all of them. Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by DW
Genesis Archive #2 is a very good, if pricey, box set. The sound is very good and most of the tracks are well chosen.
There are, however, some inconsistancies. Read more
I picked this box set up principally to take the place of the "pop" albums released during the 1983-1986 timeframe that I do not own. Read morePublished on January 27, 2009 by Jeffrey J.Park
Genesis' second box set entitled Genesis Archive # 2 1976-92 was released in November of 2000.
This set, like Genesis Archive 1967-75, covers a chapter in the band's legacy. Read more
"Genesis" has been around for close to 40 years (1968), & this little band is responsible for the solo careers of many fine "pop"
musicians. Read more
Will try not to say too much that's been said already, but... When Tony, Mike & Phil were assembling this set, it's clear they were pleasing themselves and not thinking in terms... Read morePublished on March 1, 2007 by DM
Let's get through the three cd and see what's interesting.
Disc one : two cuts only "Evidence of Autumn" and "Inside and Out"
Disc two : A good version of... Read more