Genesis Box Set 3 (1970-1975)[13 Disc Set]
Remastered, Box Set
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Audio CD, Box set, Original recording remastered, November 11, 2008
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Rhino completes its upgrade of Genesis' catalog with a third and final 7 CD/6 DVD box spotlighting the beginning of their career with CD/DVD editions of five albums expanded with bonus audio & video, 5.1 mixes and more, plus an exclusive rarities disc. Included are CD/DVD versions of Trespass, Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England By The Pound, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, plus a disc of extras.
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What led me to try out some of the older Genesis is the fact that I have always liked Peter Gabriel's solo albums. I had bought the MP3s for 'Selling England By the Pound' and 'Foxtrot' first. These are great albums, and I was hooked since. The next step for me was to get the full fledged CDs for these albums. Yes, they are that good for me to purchase twice! This then led me to the box set where you could buy all of the PG era Genesis in a box set.
I took the plunge and bought the box set, even though the almost $100 Amazon price tag is a bit off putting for what amounts to 5 CDs with some extras and an extra DVD of rarities. I have since realized that this is a fair value for what you receive. Admittedly, I was a bit reserved on reading some of the other reviews on Amazon. Some questions about the quality of the mixing/mastering when compared to the older versions. From an ear that has not heard the previous versions, I would say that the mixing is fine as a whole and that if this is your only reason for holding off then I wouldn't worry about it if you are new comer to old Genesis. From my perspective, ignorance is bliss and I am completely happy with the purchase. The songs are great, sound great, and the extras included are a nice addition.
Admittedly, I haven't watched all of the DVDs yet, but I would like to comment on a few highlights that I have found that I haven't seen in the other reviews that I have read.
-For the DTS/Dolby Digital viewing of the 'Lamb Lies Down On Broadway', they run the slide show from the concert tour as well as some video clips from the actual tour. This is a nice touch and is appreciated for those of us who couldn't have seen the show live.
-One of the extras on the Lamb Lies Down On Broadway is a video of the fellows playing 'Supper's Ready' live for a TV show. Here you get to see a live example of PG's penchant for theatrics during one of their live performances.
-On the Foxtrot DVD, there is another half hour video of the fellows playing on Belgian TV playing songs from Nursery Cryme ( 'Musical Box', 'The Return of the Giant Hogweed' and 'The Fountain of Salamacis' are the ones that I can remember). As a side note, I was able to find some the videos from the box set on a popular video streaming site.
All in all, I am pleased with this purchase and would recommend this to any new comer to Genesis that likes Peter Gabriel as well as epic songs and great musicianship.
Thus I ordered the Genesis 1970-1975 boxed set from Amazon. The set consists of 5 CDs (their actual 1st CD was not included due to contractual problems), and include the Peter Gabriel years. Each also comes as a DVD with either Dolby or DTS mix (latter is preferred). The DVDs contain interviews with the band as individuals from 2007 which are fascinating. There are full length concert videos as well, and though the sound quality is imperfect, give a great idea of what their stage show was. The CDs are remastered and, though I don't have the originals for comparison, sound quite good. It is clear the band needed Phil Collins and Steve Hackett for musical depth and variety, and the last 4 of this set feature this lineup. Each album is superb, and it is interesting to hear the progression in songwriting and musical technique.
There is no doubt Genesis was one of the premier progressive rock bands and this boxed set is a great way to rediscover them.
Other than that recurring problem with the Foxtrot DVD, this is an outstanding set featuring outstanding remixes of classically outstanding music.
I hope I can one day get a good copy of Foxtrot DVD Audio. It is very frustrating to have to send the whole set off for a refund when I'd just like to have a good copy of Foxtrot in 5.1 HIRes audio.