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2.57 | 39 ratings | 5 reviews | 10% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD - version 1
1. Shipwrecked (4:26)
2. Phret (instrumental) (4:05)
3. 7/8 (instrumental) (5:09)

Total time 13:40

CD - Version 2 and Cassette
1. Shipwrecked (4:26)
2. No son of mine (Live) (3:21)
3. Lovers leap (Live) (2:20)
4. Turn it on again (Live) (2:33)

Total time 12:41

Line-up / Musicians

- Tony Banks / Keyboards, vocals
- Mike Rutherford / Bass, guitar, vocals
- Ray Wilson / Vocals
- Nir Z / Drums

Releases information

Virgin gensd14 and Virgin gendx14

Thanks to easy livin for the addition
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GENESIS Shipwrecked ratings distribution

(39 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(10%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(26%)
Good, but non-essential (36%)
Collectors/fans only (21%)
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)

GENESIS Shipwrecked reviews

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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars They survived to tell the tale!

"Shipwrecked" marked the second single to be taken from the "Calling all stations" album with Ray Wilson on lead vocals. It is undoubtedly a far more satisfactory offering than the first single "Congo", indeed I rate it as one of the best tracks on the album (along with "Uncertain weather" and the title track). The keyboard orchestrations by Tony Banks provide a lush symphonic basis for Wilson's admirably emotional vocal. As a single though, this was perhaps an overly optimistic selection, and the song failed to reach even the top 50 in the UK.

The oddly named "Phret" sound as if it is an unfinished backing track. Tony Banks dominates the piece, which has gentle plinking sections alternating with louder rhythmic passages. The even more curiously named "7/8", presumably a reference to the time signature might be the theme tune to a mid 90's TV movie. Its basic riff flows effortlessly as Banks and Rutherford engage cruise control. Only in the later stages do the duo (Wilson is apparently completely absent from the recordings) start to inject some desperately needed vitality into the piece.

The second version of the CD single contains an identical version the title track. This time however it is accompanied by three live renditions of older Genesis songs. "No son of mine" is an abridged and slightly softer version of the "We can't dance" song, which otherwise sticks faithfully to the original. Wilson offers a competent vocal performance in a slightly lower key to Phil Collins, the sparser backing affording him the space to display the strength of his voice.

On "Lover's leap" (from "Supper's ready"), Wilson's voice is surprisingly similar to that of Peter Gabriel. Rutherford provides an accomplished rendition of Steve Hackett's acoustic guitar accompaniment. The final track is a brief run through of "Turn it on again", of which the less said the better.

The two versions of the single both offer interesting and otherwise unavailable tracks for those who crave all things Genesis. Those who abandoned the band after the departure of key members may however safely pass by.

Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars A very weak single. Not an entirely poor song as it is easily listenable but the lilting chorus does tend to get irksome after a while. Banks and Rutherford show yet again why they were so strong in the song writing department. Lyrically not as strong as ' Not about Us' but nevertheless better material than Rutherford or Banks could put out on later solo works. Good vocals from Ray Wilson. The other offerings are throwaways but diehard Genesis fans will have acquired this already if only for ' 7/8' and Wilson's rendition of ' Lovers Leap'
Review by SouthSideoftheSky
2 stars "The Ray Wilson Lost Tracks"

In 1997 Genesis released their last album to date, Calling All Stations. This album is unique in that it is the only Genesis album with Ray Wilson on vocals. Three singles were released from the album and all of these singles had non-album b-sides; in total eight tracks that are not available anywhere else (with the exception of three tracks that later appeared on the extra disc on the last remasters box set). Collectively, I have learned, these tracks go under the name "The Ray Wilson Lost Tracks". Recently, when the entire Genesis back catalogue was re-mastered and re-released in boxed sets with an extra disc of non-album material in each, they passed on the chance to make all of these Ray Wilson-era b-sides available even there - and maybe for good reason?

The present single contains two b-sides, Phret and 7/8. Both of these are instrumentals and after searching for these tracks for some time, I must say that I am rather disappointed. I belong to those who actually like Calling All Stations and I consider this album to be better than some Genesis albums from the 80's, but the non-album songs that are found here are far behind the material that made it onto the album. Phret is a slow keyboard dominated tune with discrete drums, both real and drum machine. While by no means bad as such, it is hardly exciting. At best it would function as an interlude or mood-setter, but there is nothing here for it to set the mood to which makes it fall rather flat. 7/8 does not help things much even if it is instrumentally a bit more diverse with discrete guitar and piano lines. Moderately pleasant, but totally unremarkable.

The a-side, Shipwrecked, is a ballad that I find quite enjoyable, but it is not the best song from Calling All Stations.

Needless to say, this is - almost by definition - only for fans and collectors.

Review by Guillermo
2 stars "Shipwrecked" is a Pop Rock ballad with good guitar riffs by Mike Ruherford (maybe he was the main songwriter of this song) and good keyboards arrangements by Tony Banks. Ray Wilson also sang good lead vocals. But again...I think that it was a bit difficult for some radio listeners to identify this song as a song composed, recorded and performed by GENESIS. While there are still some very typical things from the "old" musical style from the band (the guitars and the keyboards really sound as being very typical from this band), Wilson`s voice is so different from Phil Collins`s voice that the song could really be more considered as a solo song by Rutherford sung by a guest lead singer. Anyway, "Shipwrecked" is one of the best songs from their "...Calling All Stations..." album, and a better choice for a single release than "Congo".

The B-sides, "Phret" and "7/8", both instrumental Pop Rock musical pieces, sound more related to the Genesis`s old sound from the eighties, with drummer Nir Z playing good drums in a similar way as Phil Collins did it in the past. Both musical pieces are not bad, not "dark" and more "light" in comparison to the other songs from the album, but both really show why they were released only as "B" sides of this single

Some versions of this single included live versions of old songs from the band, like "No Son of Mine", "Lovers Leap" (from "Supper`s Ready") and "Turn It On Again", all sung by Ray Wilson. Wilson sang the songs well, but again I think that his voice is not very easy to identify as from an official singer of the band. So, some live in concert recordings from this line-up of the band are more interesting for me to listen to the songs from the "...Calling All Stations..." album played live than to listen to the old songs which were originally sung by Phil Collins or Peter Gabriel.

So, this single could be more interesting for the collectors and fans of the band.

Latest members reviews

3 stars #42 Review Disclaimer: CD version 1, for the B-Sides. As stated in an earlier review, this single reviews will be added to the complete CAS review as an update. 1.- Shipwrecked 5/10 This song it's very repetitive, but it's not an unlistenable song, just forgetable. Genesis has done much bett ... (read more)

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