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Genesis - Turn It On Again - The Hits CD (album) cover




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2.26 | 113 ratings

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2 stars I give this rating based on the criterion of the necessity of this album being in any progressive rock fans collection.

Here are my disclaimers: I am a big Gabriel-era Genesis fan, although I enjoy the Collins years (albeit in decending order) and have always loved Phil's drumming. I am also a huge prog-rock fan but have a large collection of music (about 2000 discs) spanning classical to country to funk to prog-rock.

"The Hits" succeeds for the the two reasons I'm guessing it was released: 1. Gather as many sales as possible with the largest possible audience. This would naturally be the "pop/rock" hits, and many people do want a good compliation of a band with many hits. This is a good compilation of Genesis' radio hits. Obviously, the "progressive" side of Genesis was not very present in their hitmaking days. I would label "Turn It On Again", "Follow You, Follow Me", and "The Carpet Crawlers" as the real progressive songs. "Turn It On Again" has an interesting rhythmic structure of 13/4 (6/4 and 7/4). "Follow You" has great interplay between the synths and basses and guitars, along with a almost Bernard Purdie-style funk drum pattern. "The Carpet Crawlers" is a great remake--probably better than the original with the dual vocals, the updated sound, the running keyboard patterns, and the welcome return of the guitar in the mix. I can do without the typical over-percussive drum loops, but that's the way they do things today. A quick mention to "I Know What I Like" which is a nice song, but very straightforward, even though it's Gabriel-era. 2. Bolster the afore-mentioned sales by adding a "bonus" track with the "classic progressive" lineup. They certainly did that, and that track alone is worth buying the album--if you're a Genesis fan.

Based off of the facts, this album is for collectors and fans only in a progressive sense.

| 2/5 |


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