Instead of releasing the live document of the We Can't Dance tour as a double CD, Genesis, or some clever record executive, decided to split the material into two separate releases. The first would focus on the group's pop singles, while the second would contain their longer, more progressive work. Done this way, it's difficult to get a sense of the concert's momentum: Even the songs on each disc are shuffled from their original live order. For what it's worth, Volume One: The Shorts contains almost all the Genesis singles from 1983-1992. The band rarely stray from the studio versions of their material, and with the audience barely audible and a greatest hits collection released in 1999, the record is superfluous for all but the most die-hard fans.
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AllMusic Review by Geoff Orens