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1983-1998 Box Set 5CD/5DVD

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To further honor the supergroup's return, Rhino continues its complete upgrade of Genesis' extraordinary catalog with the second of three historic box sets that will ultimately cover their entire output to date. Spotlighting the "power trio years," "Genesis 1983-1998" encompasses two-disc, CD/DVD editions of four classic albums, plus one rarities compilation.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mama
  2. That's All
  3. Home By the Sea
  4. Second Home By the Sea
  5. Illegal Alien
  6. Taking It All Too Hard
  7. Just a Job To Do
  8. Silver Rainbow
  9. It's Gonna Get Better

Disc: 2

  1. Invisible Touch
  2. Tonight Tonight Tonight
  3. Land Of Confusion
  4. In Too Deep
  5. Anything She Does
  6. Medley: Domino: Pt.1: In the Glow Of the Night/Pt.2: The Last Domino
  7. Throwing It All Away
  8. The Brazilian

Disc: 3

  1. No Son Of Mine
  2. Jesus He Knows Me
  3. Driving the Last Spike
  4. I Can't Dance
  5. Never a Time
  6. Dreaming While You Sleep
  7. Tell Me Why
  8. Living Forever
  9. Hold On My Heart
  10. Way Of the World
  11. Since I Lost You
  12. Fading Lights

Disc: 4

  1. Calling All Stations
  2. Congo
  3. Shipwrecked
  4. Alien Afternoon
  5. Not About Us
  6. If That's What You Need
  7. The Dividing Line
  8. Uncertain Weather
  9. Small Talk
  10. There Must Be Some Other Way
  11. One Man's Fool

Disc: 5

  1. On the Shoreline
  2. Hearts On Fire
  3. Do the Neurotic
  4. Feeding the Fire
  5. I'd Rather Be You
  6. Anything Now
  7. Sign Your Life Away
  8. Run Out Of Time

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 20, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Format: Audio CD
Genesis 10-disc box set entitled Genesis 1983-1998, released in November of 2007 here in the US (and a month earlier in Europe) is a MUST for all Genesis fans.
This 5-CD/5-DVD box set featured the second four titles to be re-released in an exhausting and long Genesis remaster campaign which took place in the last year.
The first inklings that a Genesis catalog overhaul was in the making was the release of the 3-CD Platinum Collection box set in 2005.
The albums in this box set include 1983's self-titled effort a/k/a The Mama Album (see my review of the deluxe edition), 1986's Invisible Touch (see my review of the deluxe edition), 1991's We Can't Dance (see my review of the deluxe edition) and 1997's somewhat weak finale Calling All Stations (see my review of the deluxe edition). Plus a bonus CD/DVD set called Bonus Tracks 1983-1998 which is only available in this box set.
Each album was painstakingly digitally remastered and remixed by longtime Genesis producer Nick Davis. Plus the albums in the set are double disc sets that features a CD (whereas in territories outside the US and Canada have Hybrid SACDs as Warner Music do not support Hybrid SACDs) and a DVD (which has each album in 5.1 plus interviews with Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Ray Wilson and Nir Z, videos and concert footage/TV documentaries). The discs themselves all look like their original US vinyl album counterparts with the labels (the custom picture labels that each album had).
The bonus CD and DVD on this set is called Bonus Tracks 1983-1998. We have all three B-sides from the Invisible Touch album with "Feeding the Fire", "I'd Rather Be You" and the superb instrumental "Do the Neurotic" (which was left off of the original album in favor of "The Brazilian").
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Wow. In just an overdone, cliched word, wow. Stunning.

I'm not even going to get into an argument regarding the sound quality. Either you're going to dig the in-your-face sound or you're not. Personally, I dig it. It's nice to have the quieter moments upgraded a bit so that you are not turning it up to hear them only to have your ears rudely blown out by the loud sections. I think it's a much better balance overall.

Having said that, be forewarned that the first two albums here, Genesis and Invisible Touch, are not the same albums sonically. Hugh Padgham was a major force in the eighties, steering bands like Genesis and The Police to a very slick radio-friendly sound. It certainly helped them compete with the eighties sound at the time, but there were sacrifices made to the arrangements to get them there. For those addicted to Hugh's production work, stick with the original CD releases. They don't sound horrible, and maintain the context in which the albums were originally released.

However, if you want to hear some revelations, snag this up.

First off, both Genesis and Invisible Touch are now missing Hugh's almost Phil Spectorish wall of sound. The heavy heavy reverb has been toned down a lot, allowing for a greater clarity of sound and much more delicacy than I thought existed in the material. Some will argue that this deprives the music of some of the power, but I don't think so. I would compare the new mixes to the Naked versions of The Beatles' Let It Be. Hugh was great at providing all sorts of tricks in the studio, but again, at the expense of the original sound. Here, Nick has remixed the tracks with what sounds to me to be a more faithful rendition of the Genesis sound.
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We now come to the second Genesis box set in the band's box set trilogy, "1983-1998," which covers (mostly) the "commercial peak" period for Genesis: hit singles, MTV, etc. Four albums---"Genesis," "Invisible Touch," "We Can't Dance," and the sorely-overlooked "Calling All Stations"---each one remastered & remixed by Nick Davis, with each album containing a bonus DVD of video goodies such as music videos, interviews, concert footage, etc. And this box set also includes an exclusive bonus disc & DVD of rare tracks and footage, as well as a 48-page book, with liner notes by the band's longtime music video director, Jim Yukich. Regarding the albums themselves, I rate "Genesis" and "We Can't Dance" a perfect five stars, while I give "Invisible Touch" and "Calling All Stations" a solid four stars. As for the sound quality, the albums all sound amazing, but the two that benefit the most in the new & improved sound quality are "Genesis" and "Invisible Touch." Nick Davis' magic mixingboard work especially comes to life on these two albums, the sound quality on both SO strong now, with the band's instruments having more power, and Phil Collins' vocals are more up front. "Invisible Touch" is a WHOLE NEW ALBUM, which is terrific since this is the album that Genesis have been unfairly judged by ever since it was released in 1986. To anyone who hates "Invisible Touch," I say listen to this new version. The sound has been totally opened up on this album in particular, and if you couldn't hear the excellent work that Phil, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford did on it before, I have a feeling you will definitely hear it now.Read more ›
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