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CALLING ALL STATIONS

Genesis

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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Calling All Stations (5:43)
2. Congo (4:50)
3. Shipwrecked (4:22)
4. Alien Afternoon (7:50)
5. Not About Us (4:37)
6. If That's What You Need (5:12)
7. The Dividing Line (7:44)
8. Uncertain Weather (5:28)
9. Small Talk (5:01)
10. There Must Some Other Way (7:53)
11. One Man's Fool (8:45)

Total Time: 67:25

Line-up / Musicians

- Ray Wilson / lead & backing vocals
- Mike Rutherford / guitars, bass, backing vocals
- Tony Banks / keyboards, acoustic guitar, backing vocals

With:
- Nir Zidkyahu / drums & percussion (1-5,7,10,11)
- Nick D'Virgilio / drums & percussion (4 first half,6,8,9)

Releases information

Artwork: Wherefore ART?

CD Virgin ‎- GEN CD6 (1997, UK)
CD Atlantic - 83037-2 (1997, US)
SACD + DVD Virgin ‎- GENCDR6 (2007, Europe) Mixed by Nick Davis

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2.50
(956 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(5%)
5%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(12%)
12%
Good, but non-essential (26%)
26%
Collectors/fans only (26%)
26%
Poor. Only for completionists (30%)
30%

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Review by The Owl
PROG REVIEWER
1 stars Why did they even bother?

Funny thing is, Ray Wilson actually has a good voice, but it would've been better utilized elsewhere. The songs are so generic and uninspired, not mention quite forgettable.

Pass

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
2 stars As Phil M. says: why did they bother , I answer : why did we bother? This is no better than Abacab but really did we gave them a chance . Actually , the saddest thing about this album is that even Collins proved to be expandable for them to make a mediocre album. To be quite fair , there are a few numbers that intrigued me at the time , so I did get a few listen in , so i guess I did bother. A sad end to a long carreer where the second part was not up to our tastes .
Review by Marcelo
PROG REVIEWER
1 stars Not much to say about this Genesis (???) album. I just remember when a friend told me that "Calling All Stations" would be the Genesis return to his progressive roots. Well, I wasn't too much optimistic, so my disappointment wasn't too much when I listened it. Ray Wilson's voice wasn't too bad, Nir Z's drummer wasn't too bad... but, positively, I reconfirmed once again the Genesis' death in 1978. This album? The homonymous song is good, "The Dividing Line" is very good and "Congo" is just a FM radio hit. The others are boring tracks, there are not surprises nor really progressive music. I wonder why once great Genesis name was used here again...
Review by Proghead
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars I never thought there came a day where I didn't really miss Phil COLLINS departure from GENESIS, but came that day in 1996, maybe GENESIS would find someone to bring the band on track. Not quite, but they wanted a GABRIEL soundalike, so they found a Scotsman by the name of Ray Wilson. Then for a drummer, they found some guy with a weird name (I presume Armenian) which I can't remember his name, and for extra help, they get in another drummer, an American who went by the name of Nick D'Virgilio, a guy who has earned his fame through SPOCK'S BEARD, one of the biggest names of modern prog rock.

"Calling All Stations" is really a mixed bag. There are songs that still sound like '80s pop, which is real odd for a 1997 recording, but true. "Congo" is that example, which got play on MTV and VH-1 for maybe just one week. There are some ballads I can't stand like "Shipwrecked" and "If That's What it Takes". "Small Talk" and "Not About Us" can be also thrown out the window. But "Alien Afternoon" is the band's attempt to return to prog rock, but actually it sounds more like a neo-prog band trying to sound like GENESIS (even though this is GENESIS). Actually a pretty good song. There are a couple of good songs here as well, but there is a lot of questionable material, it's little wonder why this album bombed. Not essential by any stretch of the imagination, but could've been worse.

Review by Hibou
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars And then there were two? Indeed, remaining BANKS and RUTHERFORD have enlisted a new vocalist in RAY WILSON. This man is certainly not a bad singer but his gravelly voice does not exactly enhance the GENESIS sound. This being said, I might very well have considered buying "Calling All Stations" is even if I didn't know it was a G album. There are some fine moments on it, among which "The Dividing Line" ranks as my personal favourite - a tight progger where NIR ZIDKYAHU's drum play manages to eclipse any old memories of PHIL COLLINS. Although some tracks such as"Calling All Stations" and "Congo" have TONY BANKS' signature all over them, most sound a little forced. Even the last track, "One Man's Fool" reminds me of a less successful version of "Fading Lights" (ah, just can't avoid those comparisons...). Many tracks sound a bit stuffed up, making the album a little hard to digest at times. By no means is this a bad album; I do pick it up every so often, especially when I'm in need of a quick TONY BANKS fix.
Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars Don't blame the singer

Let's accept straight away that the only reason this album bears the name "Genesis" was to guarantee it a much bigger audience than it would otherwise have gained. Only Rutherford and Banks are still present, joined by ex-Stiltskin singer Ray Wilson. Given the similarities between the voices of Gabriel and Collins, this is therefore the only Genesis album which really doesn't really sound like them vocally. Yes, the music on some of their later albums was somewhat different to what might have been expected, but the voices and instruments still had the Genesis sound. Wilson is a good rock singer though, and he plays his part well.

With the departure of Collins, it was to be hoped that the band would move back towards their prog roots, but the ghost of Collins is still there with ballads such as "Not about us" and funkier tracks like "Congo". There's very little sign of prog at all on the album, and indeed the lack of any meaty instrumentals is particularly disappointing. Surely this was a golden opportunity for Rutherford, and Banks especially, to use the extra space they had to develop their basic songs into something substantially more. Instead we get Mike and the Mechanics type songs.

I am however letting my frustrations dominate a review of an album which still has much to praise. The title track builds superbly until Wilson sounds so uplifted by the music that he has to be unknowingly carried away. "Shipwrecked" has some lovely keyboard work by Banks, particularly on the powerful intro. "Uncertain weather" is a lovely exercise in suggesting a moving story behind an old photograph. once again sung to great effect by Wilson. The problem is, it's all just straight forward songs. Even the longer tracks such as the last track, which stretches to almost 9 minutes, have nothing more that a basic structure.

In summary, an opportunity missed.

Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars The title track is excellent, Ray Wilson is OK as a vocalist but missing that unique sound that both Gabriel and Collins possessed. Therefore much of the album slips into a ' comfortable' bracket. Alien Afternoon is also a great track and Dividing Line but overall you can see why they did not manage another album with the same line up. they had to canel the USA tour after poor ticket sales in 1998. I was fortunate to see them in Cardiff and what was great to watch was Ray Wilson's best endeavors to mirror the originals. It would be great to see them get together one last time i.e Collins, Rutherford, Banks and Hackett. Gabriel is no doubt spending 20 years on his next great album!
Review by Guillermo
PROG REVIEWER
1 stars I don`t consider this album as their "worst", as I consider their "Genesis" album from 1983 as their "worst" album. So maybe this album deserves 1 and a half stars. The main responsibilities of the quality of this album fell to Banks and Rutherford, who composed almost all the songs (with 2 or 3 songs with Ray Wilson`s colaborations) before they chose the new singer. Maybe the main problem with this album is that is a "Dark" album from start to finish, including the cover design. Ray Wilson is a good singer, but I think that his voice wasn`t right for GENESIS. Banks and Rutherford did a "brave move" with this album, but unfortunately, the songs are almost with the same "colours", I mean, "Dark". The quality of the recording of this album is very good, and both drummers played very good too. There are some good songs:tracks 1 to 6 (particularly "Alien Afternoon" and "If That`s What You Need", a very good song which could have been sung very well by Phil Collins, and it could have been a hit if they released this song as a single instead of "Congo"). "One Man`s Fool" is another interesting song, one of the best. The rest of the songs also have some interesting things, but sometimes they are too long, or have some sections which are repetitive, or even some keyboard solos similar as on previous albums (like the synth solo in "There Must Be Some Other Way", which seems played very similar as the solo in "Home by the Sea/Second Home by the Sea" from the "Genesis" album of 1983, almost with the same synth sound). This album was successful mainly in the U.K. and Europe, but unfortunately for GENESIS it wasn`t successful in North America and in other parts of the world. So, their North American tour was canceled, and the album went out of print in the U.S. some years ago. Another thing which didn`t help GENESIS was their "DarK" image in the promotional photos and in the video for "Congo". Also, Wilson is younger several years than Banks and Rutherford, maybe too much younger. Maybe they should have chosen a singer more of their own age, in my opinion.It seems that there were plans for more albums with Wilson as singer, but in the mid of the year 2000, it was announced that Wilson wasn`t anymore their singer, and in September 2000 Collins appeared with Banks and Rutherford (and Daryl Stuermer) in a special almost acoustic mini-concert dedicated to their manager Tony Smith, who won an award as manager. It seems that it was a "one-off" concert, and since then there have been many rumours about GENESIS reforming with Collins and also sometimes with Gabriel and Hackett.Chester Thompson said in one interview that he approached Banks and Rutherford (when he learned that Collins have left the band) and asked them about becoming GENESIS`s official member and drummer, but they said "no" to Thompson.