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2 stars The many faces of Genesis.

Genesis is one of those bands that we all love (I think) but that divide opinions between the Gabriel-era versus Collins-era. Most of all enjoy their studio albums, some of them are timeless, some others are memorable and some others just good, in my opinion there are no bad Genesis studio albums, but it is just a matter of tastes.

A couple of years ago this 3-cd compilation album was released and though it was not my intention to immediately get it, I was lucky to found it in a ver cheap price, so yeah, I decided to buy it. Since then, I've just opened and listened to it once and that was enough, because I will always prefer listening to full studio albums than hits or randomly chosen tracks. But I had a good time, that's for sure. CD one features some of their real greatest tunes (Gabriel-era, of course) such as "Supper's Ready", "The Musical Box" or "The Carpet Crawlers", to name a few, which are of course, a true delight. This first CD has "Ace of Wands" as last song, a surprise because it is the first non-Genesis track featured here, this is an amazing song taken from Steve Hackett's debut album. This CD covers from 1970 to 1975.

CD two offers a wider selection, covering from 1976 to 1975. The difference here is the addition of several solo-songs, such as Banks' "For a While", Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill", Collins' "In The Air Tonight" or "Silently Running" from Rutherford's side project Mike & The Mechanics. Nice hits that most of all know and even like to sing, despite no being the prog we were used to listen in the earlier Genesis. The other tracks in this album are the Genesis ones from the Collins-era, some of them you perfectly know them, love them or hate them, such as "Mama", "Easy Lover" or "Turn it On Again". Let me tell you that I enjoyed listening to every of the albums, but that was a experience I wanted to enjoy just once.

The third and final CD has songs from 1996 to 2012. Some Genesis songs here are "Invisible Touch", "Land of Confusion" and "I Can't Dance". The rest of the tracks were taken from the member's side or solo projects such as: "Over My Shoulder" from Mike & The Mechanics, "Signal to Noise" from Peter Gabriel, "Nomads" from Steve Hackett or "Siren" from Tony Banks. I liked it, but this was the CD I least enjoyed compared to the previous two.

Well, this is actually for collectors, I don't even consider this as a nice introduction to Genesis' music, not at all, which I would not really recommend it unless you want to increase your CD collection. If you get it, enjoy it!

memowakeman | 2/5 |


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