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WHEN IN ROME

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.16 | 174 ratings

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Ivan_Melgar_M
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2 stars Call me when Gabriel and Hackett are back

Great production, great sound, great video, but there's is a terrible problem....THE MUSIC, most of it is from the infamous three men era and the few songs performed from Gabriel era, are not remotely like the original for two main causes.

1.- The voice of Phil Collins is something I simply cant stand, flat unidimensional, boring, makes every song tedious.

2.- The lack of Steve Hackett is the main cause, I know Daryl Stuermer is an excellent JAZZ musician and admire his work with George Duke and Jean-Luc Ponty, but I can't imagine Firth of Fifth (for example), with anybody playing the guitar except good old Steve.

It's also evident that the songs have to be played in lower key because Phil Collins voice is not the same as some years ago, this is more than obvious in tracks like Land of Confusion and Turn it on Again.

The case is even worst in Mama a terrible song (IMO of course) that already was awful, now with this change of keys, looses the little interest I had for it, it's clear that the best days of Collins as a vocalist are behind him.

I believed this was an unnecessary tour, and of course this is an unnecessary DVD, except for fans of the POP years, but I'm not one of them.

Now, being absolutely honest, the In the Cage Medley touched some fibers of my soul, but as always I hate to see this great tracks reduced to parts of a medley while some less than mediocre songs are played completely, as throwing some scraps to the original and long time fan, in this occasion even worst, because of Duke's Travel....For God's sake, why in hell must Duke Travels be played in a Gabriel era medley? They give us very few songs, the best ones lumped in a medley, why must the effect be destroyed by a three men era poppy track that doesn't belong there?

If we were to rate production, image and technical aspects, I would give four, maybe five stars, but for the music and performance I won't give more than one star, so making my own average (placing more value in the music, because what's the point of interviews and extras if you -as me- can't stand most of the music?)

So I will go with two stars for the Medley.

My opinion hasn't changed, I don't care for any reunion that doesn't include Gabriel, Hackett and/or Phillips.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 2/5 |

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