GENESIS “1970-1975”

THE STORY SO FAR:

Rhino completes its upgrade of Genesis’ catalog with a third and final 7 CD/6 DVD box spotlighting the beginning of their career with CD/DVD editions of five albums expanded with bonus audio & video, 5.1 mixes and more, plus an exclusive rarities disc. Included are CD/DVD versions of Trespass, Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England By The Pound, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, plus a disc of extras.

 

 

THE CRITICISM

The Sound is reason, in and of itself, to buy this box. Even those of us who have heard every note of this music countless times will appreciate the new listening experience afforded by the CD and DVD remixes.

The EQing on these varies, and won’t always be as “bright” as what I described above, but the compression remains pretty consistent, and is a sonic disaster for any but the fan who buys music he enjoys again and again and is content with hearing new “detail” as opposed to being concerned with the warmth and “feel” of the entire signal.

If one is so inclined to look at this stuff in a more scientific fashion to see what was done, you’ll see that many peaks are just gone. I saw a comparison where the original 80s CD of Selling England was displayed next to this new mastering, and I kid you not, it was noted that on “Cinema Show,” the dynamics are about *half* of what they were. This is ridiculous.

It doesn’t take a “purist” to find that these sound bizarre. Heck, I used to think people who said this type of sound makes you “feel a bit weird” or “causes ear fatigue” were New Age wackos, but I’ve come to understand that when music is squashed with compression like this it actually makes you feel a bit dizzy in the head just listening to it. How anyone could get thorugh these entire albums without their ears feeling fatigued eludes me.

 

TRACK LIST

01. Happy the Man  
02. Resignation    
03. The Knife    
04. Harold the Barrel    
05. The Musical Box    
06. Get ‘Em Out By Friday    
07. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)    
08. The Cinema Show    
09. Counting Out Time    
10. Carpet Crawlers    
  and much more!    
   

The country-cathedral air of 1970’s Trespass and the prog-garage jolts on 1971’s Nursery Cryme fuse to perfection in Gabriel’s theatrical fables of greed and struggle in a fading Britain on 1972’s Foxtrot and 1973’s Selling England by the Pound.

I was surprised to hear how good “Dancing With The Moonlit Knight” sounded in surround. There has been a lot of remixing for “Trespass” to “Foxtrot” and the stereo mixes are much better than the original releases IMHO. According to Tony Banks, those albums were recording very quickly and there were really no opportunities to re-fine the final mix so it would appear that these new mixes are truer to what the band wanted and not what fans are used to. But then again its the artist’s pergoative that prevails so there you are.

 

The CD is a decent album, but it lacks that punch. I kept listening to the CD over the last week and I never heard that one track that made it a must-buy. It’s fun music to pass the time listening to while at work. But, I never felt an urge to buy it. Oh well, what are you going to do? It’s a sampler CD, so take my opinion as being the focus of 1/3 of the overall package. 

 

THE BREAKDOWN

  • Final Score: 88% –B
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