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GENESIS 1970 -75

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.55 | 154 ratings

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infandous
5 stars As has been mentioned, this is a REMIXED and remastered box set of the 2nd through the 6th Genesis albums. Basically, the Gabriel years and the best of the Genesis prog rock years.

The should is fantastic. A lot of folks that remember the original vinyl release of these albums may be disappointed by this, because the remix makes them sound different even from the originals. The difference is not extreme, however, and I think everyone can enjoy this.

Trespass is for me the biggest difference. Having never heard the original, and only have the original CD release (no remasters) of this one, the difference in sound was pretty dramatic to my ears. In fact, the only remasters I have are the first ones of Nursery Cryme and Selling England. These sound the most similar to my ears, but even in these cases there are noticeable differences (like hearing Collins dual vocals with Gabriel far more clearly). In my case, this was well worth getting since I had only the two remasters. For someone that has all the remasters, however, it may STILL be worth getting as the remixing does make quite a difference in many areas. 12 string guitars are more audible and clearer in the sound stage, drums sound like drums and are far less boxy than previously. Vocal effects are stronger.

But on the whole, this is the Genesis albums we all know and love, but finally sounding decent. I have seen comments that they sound modern now, implying that is bad because the aura of the 70's recording techniques gave the albums a special charm. I agree with this to a certain extent, but I don't think the aura is gone. What gave Genesis that special feel, and sound, was the compositions and instrumentation. All that is still intact, sounding better than ever.

The bonus material is nice, though aside from the interviews, I had all of it in bootleg form previously. The one exception to this is the Jackson material, which I'd never heard before. This is fascinating stuff, hearing Trespass material in embryonic form, fused together with Nursery Cryme material in similar form. It really makes you appreciate just how big of an improvement Hackett and Collins brought to the band. Not necessarily worthy of repeated listens, but worth hearing none the less. The video performances are fantastic and for anyone who doesn't have them, this set is a no brainer. I already had them all, but did notice some cleaning up of both sound and video, particularly in the Belgian TV material. The interviews are pretty dry, but very interesting as well, with Collins' segments being the most entertaining.

This is a fantastic box set, and a great summing up of the best (IMO) period in Genesis' history. I'd consider it essential to the true Genesis fan, especially those of us who really only like the Prog era of the band.

infandous | 5/5 |

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