Turn It on Again: Best of 81-83 [Alex]

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Not to be confused with the well-intentioned but still incomplete career retrospective of the late '90s, this international release focused exclusively on the three albums (two studio and one live) issued during the period stated in its title. At the time, Genesis' three-man lineup was finally coming into their own as a viable commercial entity, having survived the seemingly insurmountable challenge of losing guitarist Steve Hackett and especially singer Peter Gabriel. But after a couple of solid but plainly tentative efforts in 1978's And Then There Were Three and 1980's Duke, which saw the trio cautiously transitioning out of their overblown progressive rock past with chart-oriented songs like "Follow You, Follow Me," "Misunderstanding," and "Turn It on Again" (all featured here in their Three Sides Live versions), the "new" Genesis truly came into their own with 1981's excellent Abacab. The key tracks from this album and its eponymous 1983 successor provide the bulk of the highlights here, including "No Reply at All," "Man on the Corner," "Mama," and "That's All," to name but a few. Also on hand is a live version of the classic lineup's "Firth of Fifth" and the 1982 single "Paperlate." All of which makes for a strange but cohesive snapshot moment from the band's storied and eclectic career.

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