And Then There Were Three Original recording remastered
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When the departures of original frontman Peter Gabriel and guitarist Steve Hackett left Genesis a studio trio of Phil Collins, Tony Banks, and Mike Rutherford, few could have expected the band to climb to greater levels of commercial success. But that's exactly what happened, and Genesis' left-field rebirth as a unlikely pop act began with this album, which introduced the newly slimmed-down lineup. But that's not the whole story. While the haunting love song "Follow You, Follow Me" introduced the band to the singles charts, elsewhere the group's penchant for accessibly complex composition and evocative lyrical dramas is in force on tracks like "Deep in the Motherlode," "Burning Rope," "Down and Out," and "Ballad of Big." --Scott Schinder
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Wind & Wuthering, for example, seems to reflect a lot of this album with the songs "all in a mouse's night" "afterglow", and the main parts of "eleventh earl of mar". However it is Steve Hackett's touch that keeps that album more interesting, such as the accoustic interlude in "eleventh earl of mar" or the classic introduction to "Blood on the rooftops." Mike Rutherford could not fully duplicate his elegant style, and therefore Tony Banks takes a more dominant role to further fill in the gap that Steve left.
That being said, I enjoy listening to this album. The creativity is definitely still with the three remaining members. The production is above average, the compositions have nice quirks and touches to them. Phil Collins does some inspired, non-typical drum/percussion work in addition to his relaxed vocal stylings. Its middle way between the early 80s efforts and the 70s progressive efforts, so its no surprise that this album can be enjoyed by those on both sides of the tracks. I'd give it 5 stars, but in comparison to previous genesis works its only a 4 star album.
I recently re-discovered And Then There Were Three, and to my surprise, I found out this album to be one of Genesis' best, both musically and lyrically. Oddly enough, my least favourite track here is the most commercially known (Follow You), as the other songs, when slowly digested, have many different and interesting things to offer.
This is not The Lamb, Selling England, et all... and it is definitevly not the horrible sellout of the band's post-releases. This is simply darn good music! I challenge hardcore Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett's aficionados to really listen to this album and to finally give credit where is due.
This album at the same time still has a sort of wintery feel similar to their previous outing "Wind and Wuthering" but the sound of this album is much more accessible and easier to get into than their previous outings. In my perspective, this is their least progressive album they've ever made in their 30 year career. Even their more pop sounding 80s works had a more progressive style than "Then There Were Three". "The Burning Rope" is the closest this album comes to being progressive but it's only a little over 7 minutes long but it's still a really good song.
Not their best by any stretch of the imagination but ATTWT is arguably their transitional album where they went from prog rock and went totally pop and this has likely angered a lot of their audiences at this point but I feel like I'm the only one who loves almost everything they've done from Nursery Cryme to Invisible Touch and all the way to Calling All Stations.
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Prob the best mastering for a Genesis vinyl lp relative to the original recording. Sounds better than the original issues. Charisma Records 180 Gram; very quiet pressing.Published 4 months ago by Mr.Vinyl
The first cd before the sellout, Phil Collins took over the band.Published 18 months ago by yummywheels
In the same time as this was released Steve Hackett put out an album called Please Don't Touch Chester Thomson plays on it and has all the missing solos that were always on a... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Truthteller
when I first got this album on vinyl I didn't seem to get into it as much as wind and wuthering or trick of the tail but reliving it now on cd I see how great this one actually... Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2013 by tintin
Let me start with the fact that 'I am a fan of Genesis, good or bad (to an extent). I even liked "From Genesis to Revelation" in spite of the relatively short and... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2005 by Michael
Ugh. No wonder Steve Hackett left the band. An uneasy attempt at mixing prog rock musical elements and pop music. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2004 by George Vona