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Genesis Archive #2 1976-1992 [Box set]

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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The Genesis of the Seventies was a very different group from the Genesis of the Eighties and the Nineties - although not as different as some people would like to think.
Most of those who picked up on Genesis during the Eighties as their succession of hits encircled the globe had only the haziest idea of what had gone before. “In the later years there were people coming to our ... Read more in Amazon's Genesis Store

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  • Audio CD (November 7, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: November 7, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • 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: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0000508TB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. On The Shoreline
2. Hearts On Fire
3. You Might Recall
4. Paperlate
5. Evidence Of Autumn
6. Do The Neurotic
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Illegal Alien (Live)
2. Dreaming While You Sleep (Live)
3. It's Gonna Be Better (Live)
4. Deep In The Motherlode (Live)
5. Ripples (Live)
6. The Brazilian (Live)
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Invisible Touch 12in
2. Land Of Confusion 12in
3. Tonigh, Tonight, Tonight 12in
4. No Reply At All (Live)
5. Man On The Corner (Live)
6. The Lady Lives (Live)
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Editorial Reviews

Genesis pulled off one of rock's most successful chameleon acts, making an unlikely segue from prog rockers to MOR staples--imagine Rush morphing into Hootie & the Blowfish. But at the time of original vocalist Peter Gabriel's departure in the mid-'70s, few could have predicted the multiplatinum success that lay ahead. Indeed, it was hard enough to imagine who could even fill the shoes of an illustrious frontman whose theatrical antics included metallic batwing headgear and costuming himself as a giant, bubbling rock; tellingly, drummer Phil Collins originally wasn't even on the band's short list of contenders. Genesis's improbable career certainly warranted a box set. But two? Archive #2 documents the band's stellar Collins era over three discs, though it eschews the era's wealth of hit singles in favor of outtakes, remixes, and live recordings aimed primarily at diehard fans. Even the disc-plus of live performances leans primarily on unreleased versions of nonhit album cuts. It's a set that reveals some of the band's pop bent (the drama of "On the Shoreline," the hook-laden "I'd Rather Be You"), but leans more to its more experimental instincts (including the instrumental workouts "Do the Neurotic," "Naminanu," and "Submarine"). Even the 12-inch remixes of hits such as "Invisible Touch," "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight," "I Can't Dance," and "Land of Confusion" often seem like sly excuses to revisit prog roots. If you're searching for Genesis's greatest hits, this isn't it. But if you're a fan that wants to further explore the full range of the band's multifaceted, if often underestimated, talents, you'll find plenty to ponder in this archive. -Jerry McCulley

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Genesis Box, But It Could've Been Outstanding November 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If you're a diehard quintessential Genesis fan like me, then this second Genesis box set covering the Phil Collins era is a must-have. "Archive Vol.2" gives you the lion's share of Genesis B-sides, rare songs by the band that I, personally, had been collecting over the years on 45" vinyl. To hear them at last in their full stereophonic CD glory is simply awesome. Also included are some fabulous live cuts, and a fine 65-page booklet with great photos of the band.Many Genesis favorites of mine abound: "Feeding The Fire," "Inside And Out," "Naminanu," "It's Yourself"....GREAT stuff. And the live material included here? Simply breathtaking. The band's live versions of "Ripples" & "Entangled" are so beautiful they bring a tear to my eye, while the live renditions of "The Lady Lies" & "Duke's Travels" feature the band at their most rockin' best. much as I'd love to give "Genesis Archives Vol. 2" a perfect score, I can't. The reason? It's an *incomplete* box set. It's an excellent 3-CD set, but think of how outstanding this Genesis box could've been if had only been a 4-CD set. That way, the band could've put *everything* on it. There's absolutely no excuse for leaving off "Me And Virgil," one of the band's very best songs. Read more ›
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Being a life-long fan, I had to buy it, but... November 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Let's face it. If you are a Genesis fan, you have to buy this set, even if just for re-mastered CD versions of b-sides and live cuts that you already own in some form or another anyway, and for the liner notes, and, well, just to be a `completist.' Hell, I spent $15 on the Greatest Hits CD last year just to own Carpet Crawlers '99 - I've never even listened to a single song on the rest of the album - who need's to? We've all heard them a zillion times on the radio already. But let me join the rank with my criticisms of this set (although several of them have already been voiced by others so far).
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.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars They missed again February 4, 2004
By warrian
Format:Audio CD
I know, Shameless of me to use a Phil Collins solo song as a title of my review, but "missed opportunity" is the term this box is best catagorized by. I'm a pretty big Genesis fan, and while it would have been virtually impossible to surpass the near perfect Archives Vol 1, something along the same lines in terms of thoroughness was expected with this one. Likewise, as exciting as it is to finally have some of these tracks in all their remastered glory, it is equally disappointing to know that there are countless more previously *officially* released tracks still floating around out there.
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Genesis fan
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 18 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars Genesis Archive #2 1976 - 1992
Received the item quickly and met it met all my expectations. Why don't you give it a listen or two.
Published 19 months ago by John Daniel Schiefer
2.0 out of 5 stars Confused
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 more
Published on April 26, 2010 by DW
4.0 out of 5 stars Genesis Archive #2
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
Published on October 22, 2009 by William E. Houser Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars While not perfect, this compilation suits my needs
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 more
Published on January 27, 2009 by Jeffrey J.Park
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good overview of the 16 year experiment with Phil Collins as...
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
Published on July 23, 2008 by Terrence J. Reardon
5.0 out of 5 stars A 15-Year Experiment Immortalized on 3 Discs
"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
Published on July 27, 2007 by Alexander J. Shuris
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing themselves, not the fans...
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 more
Published on March 1, 2007 by DM
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better
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
Published on February 18, 2007 by Guy Campeau
5.0 out of 5 stars This Box Set is Awesome!
I've been a major Genesis fan ever since the early 80's. I have every album/video since Duke & this box set is a fine addition to my collection. Read more
Published on October 16, 2005 by Zachery Clift
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