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3.19 | 98 ratings

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4 stars First of all, people are forever going to complain about the contents of compilations, so I guess that's no biggie. Everyone's going to have songs that they think should've been included.


I'm probably the target audience, so to speak, of this compilation, since I've recently gotten into Peter Gabriel (through his Up and So albums), and after checking out a few Genesis albums, I thought it'd be good to purchase this collection, since in general it contains at least three songs from most Genesis albums, though some albums are represented by more songs (We Can't Dance, Invisible Touch, Genesis), and some are represented by less (Calling All Stations, Abacab, Foxtrot, etc).

Basically, it gives a career long overview of the band, and gives a general idea of the musical progression. So it's perfect for anyone who wants to get to know the whole career of the band, which I did. The first disc contains a lot of the band's later, "poppier" material, the third disc is focussed on the earlier Peter Gabriel years, while the second contains the material from between the two "eras". And as a huge plus, the sound quality is fantastic and it is great to listen to.

To be honest, I really enjoy the first disc, but that's because I have a pop streak in me a mile wide. However, before you start throwing rotten tomatoes, I was most impressed with the third disc, and tend to listen to that the most. The loser of the bunch seems to be second disc, which I've yet really made the time to explore.

In this case, I'm awarding this release four stars, since although I love the 95% of what I hear on it, there are a couple of dud tracks, such as the somewhat painful "Illegal Alien" and the terrible "Keep it Dark". Oh yeah, and "Your Own Special Way" is diabetes inducing. (ie Horribly sweet).

In short, after listening to this compilation, I'm officially a Genesis fan. As I've mentioned, it contains plenty to listen to, and it gave me a good indication of what albums to check out. (Genesis and Foxtrot, here I come!)

| 4/5 |


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