Genesis – 1976-1982, Remixed and Remastered (2007)

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My favorite period of Genesis’ history — the years just after the iconic Peter Gabriel had left the group, when the band shouldn’t have been able to be a success, but drummer Phil Collins stepped up the mic and brought his own brand of iconic, if short, stature to the front of the stage, and somehow made it work.

Many, of course, will be quick to point out that the band was simply a hit factory, but most of those who do so aren’t even aware of the material recorded in the latter half of the 1970s, when Genesis was still heavily focused on progressive rock instead of the pop charts. The albums here, A Trick Of The Tail, Wind And Wuthering, And Then There Were Three, Duke, and Abacab, were remixed by producer Nick Davies for both CD and surround-sound 5.1 DVD, the former a move that was initially greeted by many with derision and upset, the latter scrutinized for a lack of sound quality.

I’ll leave that up to individual listeners: If you have complaints, remember, you don’t have to buy these as you’ll always have your originals to listen to.

The DVDs include newly filmed interviews about the albums in question along with archival footage – some of which include lengthy concert performances. (Trick, for instance, includes a show with temporary drummer Bill Bruford.) For those with some extra cash, be sure and pick up the box set of all five discs which includes, of course, a box plus a book and an additional CD/DVD of b-sides from the era that have also been similarly remixed.

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Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson has contributed to Blogcritics, and maintained a series of stand-alone sites including Known Johnson, Everything is a Mess and others. He studied both creative writing and then studio art at Arizona State. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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