Duke Original recording remastered
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|12. Duke's End|
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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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.Read more ›
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Despite the fact that MISUNDERSTANDING IS A STOLEN SONG from from Sly & The Family Stone's 1969 hit "Hot Fun In The Summertime" Greatest Hits by Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford had... Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2014 by Truthteller
there are some great tunes on this but overall not their best - not certain how much they worked at this but to me this was really trying to work their more commercial side - it... Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2013 by tintin
This one's my fave. I jsut can;t get enough of Behind the Lines, Duke's Travels and Duke's End. Cul-De-Sac is also quite the drug. Read morePublished on July 8 2005 by Chris Courtois
Duke marked the start of the late period of Genesis (1980-1997) when the band were a pop/rock act with less then 4 prog rockers on every album. Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Brian Ogilby
This is not the prog Genesis of the early years, witch is awesome too, but so what?? This is at least awesome music made by awesome artists, musicians and composers! Read morePublished on May 13 2004
Trickoftail and the "anonymous" reviewer from Chicago are obviously the same person. I'm starting to think Wendy Trainor is the same person also. Read morePublished on May 13 2004
DUKE is the first great album Of Genesis' pop period. The highlights are the opener, "Behind The Lines", "Misunderstanding" (also their first US Top 20 single),... Read morePublished on May 8 2004
Well, I heard Genesis for the first time in my life in 1989, I was 8 years old, and I was immersed in the AOR/Hard/Glam/Pop universe of the 80's. Read morePublished on April 30 2004 by Ricardo