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Genesis Revisited II

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2012 album from the former Genesis guitarist. It took him a while, but finally - in 1996 - he did it: Steve began to deal with his own past as a musician and started to work on a Genesis project. The result was a curious and at times brave album called Genesis Revisited, that did not only combine a large collection of musical styles, but also an impressive list of guest musicians. It seemed like Steve had finally made peace with his Genesis past, but soon after that album and a few shows, he worked on other projects. For a couple of years now, Steve has included more and more Genesis songs in his live set. Finally, Steve decided to go back again and try to recapture the old spirit with his recent confidence and also experience as a musician and arranger. Again, a lot of friends and colleagues were invited to join. This time, Steve took it a step further and it soon became clear that the result would be a double CD. Steve has more guest singers on the new album than on the first one.
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  • Audio CD (October 22, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Inside Out
  • ASIN: B009439HEY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I really enjoyed Genesis Revisited (though with a few artistic questions) so I have been looking forward to Genesis Revisited II. After purchasing it this morning and listening to all tracks, I can honestly say that I am more of a fan of this album than the last.

This album contains re-arranged hits such as Dancing With The Moonlit Knight, Ripples, Afterglow, The Musical Box, In That Quiet Earth, and my favorite of all, Supper's Ready. While his artistic choices of arrangements are unique that I like for the most part, Steve Hackett has managed to keep the artistic integrity of Genesis while exploring new sounds and new techniques with these arrangements.

I am a big fan of this album and I highly recommend it to all Genesis fans!
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I have been a Genesis fan since the mid-70s and this album is like a wonderful trip back through time. The album is not merely nostalgic, however. It stays very faithful to the original arrangements, but the clarity of modern recording magic reveals the wonderful intricacy and dynamics of these songs. Hackett is a much better guitar player than he was back in the day and he finally gets to shine, but not in an overbearing way. For example, the guitars in the end of "Supper's Ready" were never as "present" as they should have been in the other recordings by the band. It's much more powerful in this version. Likewise, the addition of real orchestration on some tunes, particularly on "Can Utility and the Coastliners" really adds something special.

Hopefully, this album will appeal to younger musicians today and influence their musical futures. My guitar-playing 13-year old wss impressed at Hackett's chops and guitar tones. It really says something that these songs still "have it" after four decades. Brilliantly executed!
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Thank you, Steve for this artistic undertaking. What an amazing album. The versions are very true to the original studio recordings but they are also updated in many ways, with string arrangements instead of mellotron, obviously digital instead of analog recording so the sound spectrum capture is fantastic and there is also some extra music, (like the acoustic intro extras for Blood On the Rooftops and 32 Doors). The vocals are really well done (with several vocalists), so well that I don't miss Peter and Phil's singing like I might think I would. He captured the spirit of those original versions but at the same time embellished them so well that the results are nothing short of spectacular. The version of Supper's Ready is definitely one for the ages, it really soars; the last couple of sections are riveting. Can Utility and the Coastliners also is a standout, for me.
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I was in line for the pre-order of this superlative CD set. My vinyl copies of most of the originals that were culled for this song roster have suffered a strange fate that I can only account for by vaguely remembering that I had my records stacked on the floor and leaning against a heat-radiator which (while a student in Buffalo NY), was hot for endless winters... Stunned to find them warped beyond playability I have lived without this music for a long time. I find much of digital (CD) music generally sonically disappointing these days and was hesitant to replace my now-useless LP's with dubious digital versions.

But still I could not resist the compulsion to go after this set and I will testify that I am not disappointed. This is a highly recommended re-creation of much of the classic-period (as I would define it) Genesis repertoire.

These kinds of musical exercises can pretty much go in one of two basic directions, a faithful recreation, maybe with a few of the original cast being one; I was pleased to see that Mr. Hackett and company took the other fork - avoiding the county-fair 'oldies-show' pitfall while re-imagining the music from a modern point of view and taking advantage of the bias of your particular instrument/s while opening the process up to folks who are equally enthusiastic about the journey.

I can see that a fair amount of time has gone into the track sequence and the various ways these songs were re-conceived and performed. The engineering of the material (primarily Roger King) is wonderful in it's innovation, punch and clarity and the reclamation of Steve Hackett's guitar authority within these songs, for my ears, reinvigorates and expands the originals.
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There are no words for how happy this album makes me. To hear these songs played properly, with a 21st century mix, and the guitar parts standing out as they should, is a gift for every true Genesis fan. Grab your headphones, a comfy chair, and slip away for 2+ hours of shear bliss.
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I normally don't write reviews on purchases I make at Amazon, but this is just so special I felt I had to write something to encourage people to support this amazing reimagining of so many of the classic Genesis songs that we have all loved for most of our lives. The money they are asking for this album is a pittance compared to what you will receive. This is well over 2 hours of music. If you have ever wondered how the classic Genesis tracks would sound if they had been recorded today, using modern recording techniques and with all of the new tricks of the trade that are available to the artists making music today, this is the album you need to buy.

The song selection is superb. Hackett sounds better now that he did back when he was 25, and he can now manage some guitar sounds and effects that he had only previously dreamed of in his head but wasn't capable of executing back in those days with the limitations of the equipment, the technology of the day, and the financial support that Genesis had access to.

He has gathered together a vast army of amazing supporting musicians that share his love and reverance for the source material. Hearing Michael Akerfeldt from Opeth sing "Lover's Leap" from Supper's Ready is such a treat, and Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson's gentle, poignant vocals on "Can Utility and the Coastliners" is worth the price of admission alone. Simon Collins' vocals are wonderful and so evocative of his father.

The alterations from the original recordings are extremely slight, if you are worried that the songs might have been greatly changed. I must admit, I pined a bit for the original recordings as I listened to this, but this reckoning of the songs is just amazing, true, and beautifully realized.
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