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ARCHIVE 2 1976 - 1992

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

2.93 | 109 ratings

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2 stars This triple-disc dip into Genesis' vaults covers a much more commercially successful span than the first "Archive" box did, but that doesn't mean it's right for casual fans. Yes, there are some hits on this collection of non-album tracks, like the studio "Paperlate," a live "Illegal Alien" (which is at least a little fun), and a few 12" remixes of major smashes. For the most part, however, those remixes can charitably be described as "uninspiring," and the set's overwhelming emphasis on catalog material makes the remainder inappropriate for hit- seekers.

This new box is instead aimed at stalwart supporters who love the "Duke" album as much as "Invisible Touch," who get as excited about Genesis' live "The Way We Walk -- The Longs" as about their "Shorts" (so to speak), and who still crave more. For them, the sheer quantity of high-grade non-album material makes it a worthy purchase.

The live tracks are generally outstanding and thoroughly rewarding, covering previously overlooked favorites like "Your Own Special Way," "Ripples," "Man On The Corner," and even "Duke's Travels." The studio cuts are less consistently compelling, often not as impressive as, say, the studio side of "Three Sides Live" (which, disappointingly, isn't fully included here). Still, they're always graced with Genesis' engaging instrumental textures, and Tony Banks never stops being Tony Banks.

Casual fans are clearly better served by other Genesis compilations. Even devoted fans expecting outstanding, previously unheard neo-prog may be more satisfied with strong efforts by Genesis-influenced greats than with "Archive #2." Nonetheless, the remarkable live versions, the many solid studio songs, and the beguilingly candid glimpse of "Mama" as a work in progress give diehards ample reason to rejoice.

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