Genesis Archive #2 1976-1992
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Manufacturer Sealed w/Unique Front Cover Sticker / Brand New / Atlantic Records Edition - Genesis Three CD Box Set... "Archive #2 1976 - 1992". A 3 CD Set containing a vast selection of Genesis music from "On The Shoreline" to "Invisible Touch". Also includes Live Versions and Rare 12" Re-mix Versions. OOP / Collector's item or a PERFECT GIFT for any Genesis Fan! PLEASE SEE PICTURES...Check out our other Music Selections and Items here on Amazon.
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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With respect to the music on the three discs, I am obviously partial to the material released during the 1976-1980 timeframe, but found a few of the outtakes/singles from 1981-1991 to be very enjoyable. For example, Naminanu, the melancholy Submarine, and On the Shoreline are nice songs and have the Genesis "stamp" all over them. The live material is also very good, but I really need to single out the "unplugged" version of You have your own Special Way (originally from Wind and Wuthering, 1976). Mike (Rutherford) never liked the arrangement on this piece, and the stripped back arrangement is brilliant - a perfect solution.
Of course there are some drawbacks to the set, including tracks that were omitted that should have been included, e.g., Match of the Day, and the fact that, with the exception of a few tunes, Steve Hackett has all been left off. I also would have liked to hear live versions of at least a few of the more interesting (progressive) pieces from Wind and Wuthering that you do not hear too often. Lastly, neither the "dance" remixes nor the work-in-progress version of Mama did anything for me.
The overall package is quite nice however and features a high quality booklet that features color photos of the group and informational tidbits. The sound quality is excellent throughout, although the recordings made during the Nick Davis period sound a bit too loud for my liking. Overall however, this really is just nitpicking - the sound quality is very good throughout - even when it concerns the live material.
All in all, while there are some shortcomings, I feel that this is generally a good sampler of Genesis during this time period. I would also consider this a suitable alternative for those folks that are not prepared (emotionally or mentally) to shell out the large sums of money for the 1976-1982 and 1983-1998 box sets and like me, do not own any of the albums released after 1980 but want at least something from the "pop" era. Besides, the box sets have received mixed reactions, with some folks complaining about lousy sound quality. As far as I am concerned, with the number of complaints that have been cropping up, the prices of the box sets are too high to risk it on poor sounding recordings.