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3 X 3

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

2.39 | 27 ratings

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3 stars Three outtakes from the Abacab sessions: "Paperlate", which became a hit upon this release "You Might Recall" "Me and Virgil"

These tracks show the sounds Genesis was experimenting with as they strived to change how the public was perceiving them in 1981. Ultimately, these tracks were left off of "abacab" in favor of the more taut, rock edge of the LP.

"Paperlate" sounds quite similar to the LP track " No Reply at All". Both feature the Earth Wind and Fire horn section, a big drum sound and a similar tone of lyric. Included here is a very strong bridge, with some minor chords courtesy of Tony Banks (whose playing is more subdued here than on No Reply).

The next track, "You Might Recall" is a lovely sentiment about looking back at a former relationship with a bit of regret. Strong percussion and twinkling guitars and Phil Collins exhibits great range in the vocal. A bit of a leftover from the Duke era in terms of sound.

Finally, we get a mini-epic in "Me and Virgil", a domestic tale from the american west. A bit drawn out in length and lyrics that border on sappy, the track does feature some great 12- string guitar-work (very 1960's sounding), and a bridge section that scores a horse race. A throwback to the cowboy themes on And Then There Were Three

Each song is very enjoyable, of course well-played, but none is very daring in the Genesis catalog, all sounding like something done before, so they were wise to exclude from the new-wave tinged Abacab. Certainly not progressive, but worth obtaining as a glimpse into how genesis evolved from the late 70s into the early 80's.

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