It was about time that Genesis got with the modern times, and realised that not everyone has audiophile equipment. Most people listen on MP3 players either through small earphones, or in a car, and have to hear the music above the car engine or the noise of traffic.
So at last we have the more compressed, narrower mixes that allow us to hear even the quietest parts relatively loud and upfront. This is the way music is going. Everyone is doing it, so why shouldn't Genesis? Now you can play a Genesis track followed by, say, an Oasis song, and they both sound very similar in terms of the sound - equally loud and compressed - a bit like a radio broadcast. It's so cool.
Another good thing: all the different albums sound much more uniform, less individual or 'of their time' (how dated and uncool they were before). You can set your iPod nano to random play mode, and play something from 'And Then There Were Three' followed by something from 'Abacab', followed by something from 'We Can't Dance', and they could all be from the same album. Surely this has to be a good thing?
This collection of mixes is a 'great leveller'. Whether listening on expensive sound equipment or a cheap midi system, or indeed an iPod, it will sound the same, very nicely flattened out, and not over-punchy or too full of life like before. They're also good if you want 'background music' turned down quiet. The once-quiet bits never get lost now, and the louder bits no longer have too much energy.
I think these new compressed, refreshingly less dynamic stereo mixes are just wonderful. Thank you Nick Davis and Tony Cousins. Thank you very very very very very much. Sincerely.