1983-1998 Box Set 5CD/5DVD
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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").Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This rating is just to warn European customer NOT to buy this product from the USA. The boxset sold in Europe, it doesn't contiain the SACD version of the discs. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lymamach
Having been a Phil Collins/Genesis fan since the early 1990's, I've followed nearly all of their catalog (including Phil Collins' solo LP's) from 1969 to the more recent. Read morePublished on August 22, 2014 by RockStar#1
I didn't know much about this phase of the band. I knew three or four songs out of each album, so I thought it would be sensible to listen to all tracks before forming my opinion. Read morePublished on June 28, 2014 by Eloá C
excellent, the sound 5.1 is perfect, a very good productPublished on May 16, 2014 by Dominique Bigeard
If you really like Genesis, you need to give this box. All times of Genesis are good, and his time is more pop, it is also incredible, a very good material for a good price, if you... Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by Javier
As far as box sets go this one is okay some great music and some nice video's as well as some tasty extra's like live shows and performances, but for the price there should be a... Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by NunYoBusiness
Anyone who's considering buying this box set is already familiar with the music, so no need to comment on that. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Paul L.
A lot of people complain about the "pop" era of the band with Collins up front, I found it different but very good and I would consider compairing it to another prog band... Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by martin campos
This is probably the least favorite group of cds in the Genesis catalog. That being said..its still better than 99% of pop music that is out there. Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by Kindle Customer