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Review by ProgKidJoel

This is an absolutley fantastic starting place for a newcomer to GENESIS, or indeed prog - It features many of the tracks which brought one of the 70's headlining prog acts to the front, aswell as a few B-Sides to keep the mix interesting and original.

Many members have complained about the poorness of this compilation - Its not for followers of Genesis, its for newcomers! Its made to compile many of their best and/or most popular tracks to give new listeners a sample of what to expect from a band, and its rarer and rarer that you see a compilation do this so well. Discs 1 and 2 feature tracks from the Phil Collins era of GENESIS, and these are all great tracks which give good samples of what to expect from Phil Collins' GENESIS. The third disc is what most proggers would call Genesis' best tracks from their best formation.

Disc one mostly features the band's radio hits, which although isn't great for a prog fan, is good for a newcomer to the band. Disc Two is composed of the bands proggier hits with Phil Collins, which are nearly all standouts in their own right - This also features a B-Side in PAPERLATE, which is a great pop track. Disc three features what I would call the definitive tracks of GENESIS, with FIRTH OF FIFTH, THE CINEMA SHOW, THE MUSICAL BOX and SUPPER'S READY and THE KNIFE.

All of these tracks are great, and my only dissapointment is the lack of a second disc with Gabriel - 9 tracks with Gabriel VS 31 tracks with Collins doesn't really add up properly. A second disc featuring some more Gabriel tracks (and more than ONE track from FOXTROT) would have been a nice addition to round out this collection, although it stands finely as it is.

Great for a newcomer to Genesis!

Enjoy! -Joel

progkidjoel | 4/5 |


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