Genesis

Genesis 1983-1998

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The long-awaited high-fidelity overhaul of the Genesis catalog began with a multi-album box set spanning 1976-1982 -- the first half of Phil Collins' reign as lead vocalist, otherwise known as the prog years of when the group was a trio. Instead of moving backward to cover the band's early, arty years with Peter Gabriel, the next release in this series moved forward, covering 1983-1998, otherwise known as the "pop years" for the trio. To their credit, Genesis doesn't try to write the 1998 post-Collins Calling All Stations out of their history: it's right here, alongside 1983's Genesis, 1986's Invisible Touch, and 1991's We Can't Dance, plus a bonus disc with eight rarities. Going forward to these albums makes sense for two reasons: first of all, there's the fact that this is the reunited lineup that was touring the world in 2007, but it's also true that these digital-era productions are better showcases for 5.1 Surround mixes and they're the records that have loads of video and multimedia material to fill out these DVD-As (in the U.K., this set is available as Hybrid SACDs as well). The video section of each of the albums contains all the video clips from the record, plus new interviews with the bands about the record, then there's multimedia press kits added to the mix. It may be a more deluxe treatment than either We Can't Dance or Calling All Stations, but it's certainly something that will appeal to hardcore fans who will find this expertly produced set irresistible even if the music itself isn't.

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