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Duke Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 21 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atco
  • ASIN: B000002J2F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Behind The Lines
2. Duchess
3. Guide Vocal
4. Man Of Our Times
5. Misunderstanding
6. Heathaze
7. Turn It On Again
8. Alone Tonight
9. Cul-De-Sac
10. Please Don't Ask
11. Duke's Travels
12. Duke's End

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Duke saw Genesis start, somewhat unwillingly, to shed their progressive-rock mantle. Partly this was a response to the radically changing musical scene, partly a result of Phil Collins's new-found influence within the band as a songwriter, and partly it was a logical direction if they were to capitalize upon the success of "Follow You Follow Me" from 1978's And Then There Were Three. Recorded at Abba's Polar Studios in Stockholm, Duke showcased a more commercial sound, brisker arrangements, and more down-to-earth (some would say merely more prosaic) lyrics. Though Tony Banks was still responsible for the majority of the songwriting, turning in the classic "Duchess" and "Heathaze," the album also contains Collins's first two solo compositions, including "Misunderstanding," a template for the songs of his forthcoming solo career. In contrast to the relatively muddy-sounding And Then There Were Three, Duke is clear and sharp, with Collins's increasingly arena-friendly drum sound showcased in the mix. --James Swift

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Genesis released their first album of the 1980s entitled Duke in March of 1980. The album was the band's first of the new decade and Duke saw the band start to shed their progressive-rock sound slowly but surely. This was mainly because of the radically changing musical scene and also because of drummer and vocalist Phil Collins' new-found influence within the band as a songwriter and also to capitalize upon the success of 1978's Gold selling Then There Were Three. Recorded at Abba's Polar Studios in Stockholm, Duke showcased a more commercial sound, brisker arrangements, and more down-to-earth (some would say merely more prosaic) lyrics. Though keyboardist Tony Banks was still responsible for the majority of the songwriting, turning in the songs Guide Vocal Heathaze and Cul-De-Sac. Also, guitarist and bassist Mike Rutherford had his songs Man of Our Times and Alone Tonight. The album also contains Collins's first two solo compositions, the Top 20 US hit Misunderstanding and Please Don't Ask which was intended for Face Value but Tony and Mike loved the demo version of the song so much that they decided to record it as a Genesis track. The songs all three wrote together were the opening Behind the Lines and Duchess, the British hit Turn it On Again and the classic finale of Duke's Travel and Duke's End. This album was another Top 20 smash and another Gold seller for the band. I first bought this CD in October of 1997 when I bought the remastered edition and it is easily one of their best efforts. Highly recommended!
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I felt compelled to give a brief review of Duke because of the inexplicably negative ones here, so that those new to Genesis or who haven't listened to Duke would know the truth. I first bought this record at the age of 13 a few years after its release, and it has always stood as one of my favorites of the Genesis catalog, as well as among my record collection as a whole. I return to it time and again. As others have pointed out, stylistically it's a transitional album for the group, between their art-rock period and their more pop-oriented era. As such, it has elements of both eras and this is one of its great attributes. This is simply a phenomenal listening experience. It's ear candy from start to finish, with doses of the layered, complex arrangements we love from this band, like "Duke's Travels/Duke's End," to pop tunes like "Turn It on Again" that never get old. It is wholly accessible both to those who might dig Phil Collins' solo stuff and those who are looking for more intelligent and stylish art rock. No it ain't "Lamb Lies Down..." or "Selling England...," but all bands evolve and like those records, "Duke" has its own prominent place in the creative world of Genesis.
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I'm as fond of the B-3 and Mellotron as any good progger, but looking back on Duke, and listening to how updated technology influenced the band's sound, I still consider this one of the band's great albums. I do miss the Yamaha CP-70 of yesteryear!
Turn It On remains one of my all time favorite Genesis Hits, because while it is pop, it remains prog. Many pop tunes sound like at least a handful of other songs, especially in today's world, but Turn it On keeps its uniqueness, and never grows stale.
You must listen to the entire album to appreciate its strength. I can't agree with those who say this album is a sellout at all. There are too many wonderful, unique songs that sound like nothing else the band, nor other proggers have ever done.
This is the essence of Progressive Rock in my opinion.
OK - I admit it - Misunderstanding gives a musical nod to two earlier pop songs - "Hot Sun in the Summertime", (artist not known to me), and "Sail on Sailor" by the Beach Boys, but the band never denied this, and while I didn't care for the tune when it first hit the charts, I wish today's best songs sounded as "bad" as this one.
Other gems on the album: Duchess, Man of Our Times, and the incredible Duke's Travels/Duke's End - some of the best licks Phil Collins and Tony Banks ever laid down on vinyl. I haven't commented at all on Rutherford, and his presence is not felt on this one like other works, and musically he is no Hackett, but does a hell of a job keeping up with his bandmates with the guitars. He probably deserves more credit than I give him here.
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Genesis released their first album of the 1980s entitled Duke in March of 1980. The album was the band's first of the new decade and Duke saw the band start to shed their progressive-rock sound slowly but surely. This was mainly because of the radically changing musical scene and also because of drummer and vocalist Phil Collins' new-found influence within the band as a songwriter and also to capitalize upon the success of 1978's Gold selling Then There Were Three. Recorded at Abba's Polar Studios in Stockholm, Duke showcased a more commercial sound, brisker arrangements, and more down-to-earth (some would say merely more prosaic) lyrics. Though keyboardist Tony Banks was still responsible for the majority of the songwriting, turning in the songs Guide Vocal Heathaze and Cul-De-Sac. Also, guitarist and bassist Mike Rutherford had his songs Man of Our Times and Alone Tonight. The album also contains Collins's first two solo compositions, the Top 20 US hit Misunderstanding and Please Don't Ask which was intended for Face Value but Tony and Mike loved the demo version of the song so much that they decided to record it as a Genesis track. The songs all three wrote together were the opening Behind the Lines and Duchess, the British hit Turn it On Again and the classic finale of Duke's Travel and Duke's End. This album was another Top 20 smash and another Gold seller for the band. I first bought this CD in October of 1997 when I bought the remastered edition and it is easily one of their best efforts. Highly recommended!
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