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Archives: Vol 1 -1967-75 (4CD) [Box set, Original recording remastered, Live]

Genesis Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
2. Fly On A Windshield
3. Broadway Melody Of 1974
4. Cuckoo Cocoon
5. In The Cage
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Lilywhite Lilith
2. The Waiting Room
3. Anyway
4. Here Comes The Supernatural Anaesthetist
5. The Lamia
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
2. Firth Of Fifth
3. More Fool Me
4. Suppers Ready
5. I Know What I Like
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. In The Wilderness
2. Shepherd
3. Pacidy
4. Let Us Now Make Love
5. Going Out To Get You
See all 20 tracks on this disc

Product Description


The Who needed two rock operas to reach their apex, but Genesis climaxed first time out with The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. On the live version which takes up half of this four-CD box, the Peter Gabriel-fronted incarnation goes out with a bang, dressing up its art rock in black leather and brass knuckles. Disc 3's live renditions of "Supper's Ready" and "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" are nearly as powerful, while Disc 4's demos from the embryonic late-'60s lineup offer a pleasing glimpse into the group's folk and psychedelic roots. Expansive yet muscular, this compelling set shows Gabriel and company paving the way for a generation of pop explorers right up through Radiohead. All nostalgia should sound this vital. --Billy Grenier


On this four-CD box--a live recording of "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" plus demos, live tracks and alternate versions--[Peter] Gabriel's raspy charisma elevates many songs beyond their prog pedantry. -- Entertainment Weekly

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but well worth the money Aug. 7 2001
Format:Audio CD
Genesis wisely decided to take a unique route when compiling this boxed set, releasing a collection devoted entirely to songs or versions of songs unavailable on any of their albums. Since the Peter Gabriel-era Genesis has a small, but dedicated, following, the band knew that few, if any, music buyers outside of that camp would pick this up. It was a very nice gesture since most of us own every album, but it still manages to come up a little short.
The first 3 discs are fabulous. 1 and 2 are "The Lamb" played live in its entirety. The sound is supurb and the playing (especially Phil Collins') is inspired and looser than on the album. However, it's very noticeable where they fixed Steve's guitar and Peter's vocals. His voice has gotten much raspier in the past 25 years and you can tell the difference. At least it only affects a few songs. Disc 3 consists of 5 cuts recorded at a 1973 show, a BBC recording, and a few studio tracks. Disc 4 definitely has its moments - e.g. the three BBC recordings - but for the most part, the songs really don't do much and Tony Banks even admits as much in the booklet. Some songs are kept unreleased for a reason.
And all of this could have been easily avoided. The weaker material could have been jettisoned from the fourth disc, the final four cuts from disc 3 could begin disc 4 and, voila, more live songs from the '73 show and an overall stronger boxed set. But this is small change. It's obvious that the band spent a lot of time making the songs sound as good as possible and working on the fabulous booklet overflowing with pictures and essays on the band.
If you like early-'70s Genesis, you will enjoy this very much. If you're just starting to get into the band, stick to the studio albums before dropping $...on this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Genesis! Aug. 19 2006
Format:Audio CD
There's a lovely story behind how I got this box set... It was the Christmas '98. I was 16. For a few years already I had been into the Beatles, and I guess my father was doing his Christmas-shopping bearing that in mind. Funnily enough, he ended up picking and wrapping this newly-published box to me. I hadn't heard much of Genesis and was very surprised when opening my presents. Well, years went by....I listened to the music but never really got into it. Knew how to sing along to "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway", though.

Nowadays, I'm really thankful for this gift. As I started to listen progrock I also found the beauty behind all this music.

Let me tell you, if you are into prog and Genesis, you can't go wrong with this. The live-Lamb is stunningly beautiful and the third and fourth discs are pure gems. Also the packaging is marvellous, love the colour, love the discs, love the cover-art. Love the thick booklet inside, both informative and fun, filled with classic photos.

Even though this was my first Genesis -album, this may not be the perfect place to start your Genesis-journey. But then again, it might just be what you'd need. Depends how you look at things, I guess.

So, all in all, go ahead: take the plunge! And thanks, dad! :o)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A complete document Jan. 12 2004
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A complete document of one of the most important progressive bands. Of course Genesis is still alive, but this period, from their early demos to Peter Gabriel's depart is always been said their most creative work time. Dramatic music, artistic lyrics, at the same time with rich, complex yet beautiful music. To celebrate 30 years Genesis anniversary, Virgin records released this CD box. CD1 and CD2 have a live version of "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" (originally a double LP and then a double CD). CD3 has another live concert but from "Selling England By The Pound" era plus a few single songs never released on LP or CD. Both concerts were never heard before on an official release and are a totally superb versions of the studio albums. If does not sound as an heresy, "The Lamb Lies.." live sounds even better than in studio. On CD3 most pieces are from "Selling England By The Pound" (their best album) and also included a live version of "Suppers Ready", a 23 minutes piece. CD4 brings demos from early Genesis (pre "Trespass", from "From Genesis To Revelation" era, the actual 1st Genesis album) and are mostly acoustic pieces with voice/piano and acoustic guitars. A bit simple compared to what would come later. Yet already sounded unique and Peter Gabriel appeared as a powerful singer and lyric writer. The CD box also comes with an amazing 80 pages book with tons of photos and essays, who trace band's history during that period. Anthony Phillips(guitars 68-71) Steve Hackett (71-76 guitars), Jonh Mayhew (drums 68-70), Phil Collins (drums 70 to 97, just of one the best drummers ever), and Tony Banks (keys) and Michael Rutherford (bass/guitars). Last two still Genesis members. An essential item for fans. A precise document of one the quintessencial progressive rock bands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The stuff Genesis' fans dreams are made of Feb. 9 2003
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This 4-CD box set of the Peter Gabriel era of Genesis is an embarrassment of riches for fans of "the old Genesis". The first two CDs contain an ENTIRE live performance of "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" from 1975. There are some new overdubs, in fact the closer "it" was entirely recorded in the studio because sound engineers allowed the tape on both recorders to run out (note Mike Rutherford simultaneously playing rhythm guitar and bass). But overall it comes off very well, except for "Back in N.Y.C.", which is slowed down and loses some power. On the original album, the 1st CD is much better than the 2nd--here the performance is more consistent, with cuts like "The Waiting Room" and "The Lamia" (with a great solo by Steve Hackett) coming across great. The 3rd CD contains some more live tracks, most notable a Gabriel-led rendition of "Supper's Ready", which I prefer to the "Seconds Out" version. In the early days, Genesis' guitarists would use several unusual tunings, and Gabriel would tell weird stories between songs while they tuned up; here, the intro to "Supper's Ready" includes one of these stories, with help from Phil Collins.
My favorite part of the box is the previously unreleased material. "Twilite Alehouse" is a GREAT song that was written circa "Trespass" and was a staple of early Genesis shows, but was only released in the U.K., as the B-side of the "I Know What I Like" single. I've heard bootlegs of the song, studio and live, for 20 years, now I finally have a copy. "Happy the Man", an early single, isn't so good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Avec Peter Gabrel, c'est vraiment spécial :-)
Genesis a sagement décidé de prendre une route unique, lors de la compilation ce coffret, libérant une collection entièrement consacrée aux... Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2011 by Markyoloup
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
I was realy curious about this box set, as i'd seen it in stores but the price was just too high especially without any description of what was inside. Read more
Published on May 5 2007 by Bernard Reeves
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
Peter Gabrial has been a strong vocalist since the Genesis album Trespass (despite what sellouts may say) which first featured his trademark powerfull husky voice, a far better... Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by Brian Ogilby
5.0 out of 5 stars Lamb Lies Down ON Broadway version on this outing
This CD set is worth the price of admission for the live version of LLDOB. It is better than the original. I love it. It is simply incredible. Read more
Published on May 30 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Rock Theater
Though surprising that they chose the Shrine show considering there are plenty of good recordings of The lamb lies down on Broadway, the remastering and overdubs make for a great... Read more
Published on March 29 2003 by Eric E. Weinraub
2.0 out of 5 stars What a rip off !
Well the cost of this is one issue. But if we as consumers where treated better thet the first two discs which are "The Lamb" Live should have been released as a stand alone. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2003 by "bonzey"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Motherlode For Gabriel-Era Fans
I'm a quintessential Genesis fan, and I love ALL of the band's music, whether it's the early stuff with Peter Gabriel singing lead, or the later stuff with Phil Collins at the mike... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2003 by Alan Caylow
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! The memories...
Just delivered... I have already listened to it twice! This is one of the best, if not the best, collection of music by Genesis! Read more
Published on Dec 3 2002 by "sherob11"
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great album!
This is a jewel of an album, especially for any of you that were Genesis fans back in the Peter Gabriel days. Read more
Published on May 23 2002 by T. Stuart
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds Good To My Ears
Some of the reviewers here just pick a bit too much. Big deal the vocals sound re-recorded. I kind of like the 90's vocals of Peter Gabriel wherever they are. Read more
Published on April 5 2002 by G. J Wiener
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