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5 stars I have put off reviewing this set for a long time; I have recently started listening to all over again. As I have purchased the 2009 remaster. I have over the years bought a number of copies on Vinyl.During the 1974-1980 period I wore out 2 copies. To say this is my favourite Genesis record, would be going just a tad to far, as I love all their records up to this release and the two later LP's are certainly well worth a spin very often indeed. I have two copies on Vinyl, one for playing and one to ensure I am never without a copy, still in pristine condition and of German origin. My very first copy was bought on the day of issue, and suffered from a faulty tape, the famous buzz. Even so I was reluctant to part with it, and regret doing so now. I believe it is very like the White Album, in so much as there are more than 3 great sides and it is very difficult to decided what could have been left out. For my money I believe that the strongest tracks are "The lamb lies down on Broadway" which even now gives me goose bumps of anticipation. "Fly on a Windshield", "Broadway Melody of 1974,Cuckoo Cocoon, In the Cage"Even the "Grand parade of lifeless packaging" is entertaining, I simple love the effects on Peters voice. "Back in N.Y.C., was the first track I did not love on first hearing but its great really ", "Hairless Heart " Is a delight. "Counting Out Time " is fun, but at a pinch we could possible lose it? "The Carpet Crawlers", Is simply brilliant and "The Chamber of 32 Doors" Is one of the strongest Genesis tracks ever, just awesome and I really did take its message on board, during the long summers of the late 70's."Lillywhite Lilith " is very Who like, although the String loops are so surreal and powerful, and so very well used, It could only be Banks. As a result I adore this one as well. "The Waiting Room " could possible have been dropped, but even so it is certainly an interesting exploration. "Anyway" and "The Supernatural Anaesthetist" are both faultless, "Anyway" has a great melody, and the Lyrics are so deep, it is hard not to get carried away with praising this work as young Peter was incredibly mature, at such a tender age. The latter track is indispensable to the story and has a flippant sound that is worth many plays. "The Lamia " has a great melody and is one of the highlights of the Album so far. "Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats" could be left out, but is still far better than many of the less intelligent posters indicate. "Colony of Slippermen " is OK, If you like "The return of the Giant hogweed" and "The battle of Epping forest" you will love this. I am rather less bothered by any of these tracks, although I do enjoy them when I play them, but this is somewhat less often than the bulk of their material. "Ravine" is only OK, indeed its rather weak really. "The Light Dies Down on Broadway and Riding the Scree" are pretty good, but I have never really warmed to "IT", which also seems Who like. So I stick by my assessment , there are more than three great sides of music. Some tracks that I am less enthusiastic about sounded just brilliant live. In all seriousness I can confirm that this is a classic record. There are very few recordings that come as near to reaching perfection. The new remixed version, is pretty good although if I was going to be picky I might prefer the definitive versions sound, the packaging is certainly an improvement. Both CD versions shed light on the music, and although the original is not as clear, it has the advantage of sounding as intended, when being played on a record deck, and as such is priceless.

burgersoft777 | 5/5 |


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