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4 stars Good compilation, worth the price if you're new to Genesis.

You get a taste of all eras here, although the choices of tracks are rather disappointing. In many cases they chose the worst songs off of their best albums, particularly on the second disc. For example, Your Own Special Way is an ugly blemish on an otherwise perfect album, why they chose it over Blood on the Rooftops is mind boggling. I also felt they focused too much on the six albums from the trio era, granting them almost two full discs while compressing the six albums from the Gabriel era (one of which is a magnificent double album) into a single disc that ends all too soon. They don't even include anything from their first album, the only album not represented by at least one song on this collection.

But, I'll disregard that because most of the songs are remixed and sound a lot better than they do on the original album, although I felt the end of Cinema Show seriously needs a mellotron boost. Prog fans will enjoy the last disc the most for obvious reasons. The period covered on disc two was also a rather progressive period with many classics, but you wouldn't know it from this collection. In the end, you really need to buy the albums, but wait for the SACDs with all the songs newly remixed in quad sound.

Still, this is probably the best intro to the band you'll ever get, and it's quite a bargain at 20 bucks for 3 cd's of mostly really good music.

| 4/5 |


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