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Genesis (Audio Cassette) [Import]

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Witnessing an attempt at genre crossover is kind of like watching a logrolling competition. The failures are almost as excruciatingly embarrassing for the audience as they are for the performer. But when one gets a glimpse at one of the rare success stories: Ah! What a thing of beauty! Genesis's 1983 eponymous release sits proudly in the latter camp. Laying down nine midtempo tracks that are full and crisp without wearing too glossy of a pop sheen, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, and Mike Rutherford create an aural world where Yes fans and those who like chart-toppers live in harmony. And whatever lyrical well Collins chooses to tap proves to be a gusher, whether he is dipping into reservoirs of Gabrielan menace ("Mama," "Home by the Sea," "Silver Rainbow"), stealing a page from pop music's huge tome of conflicted-heart numbers ("That's All," "Taking It All To Hard"), or getting just plain ol' ridiculous ("Illegal Alien"). At the risk of seriously ruffling indie-rock feathers, one might even say that, in a way, Genesis sits as the great-grandfather of Radiohead's OK Computer. The idea that your body can rock while your brain gets tickled ain't a new one; it's just that people don't put it into practice that often. --Bob Michaels

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Digitally remastered edition of this classic 1983 album from one of Rock's most successful bands featuring new stereo mixes of all tracks. From their Progressive Rock beginnings to their commercial superstardom, Genesis created some of the most challenging, creative and rewarding albums of their generation. This edition allows the listener to experience the album as never before! Nine tracks including 'That's All', 'Mama', 'Home By The Sea' and 'Illegal Alien'. EMI. 2009.

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4.0 out of 5 stars It was official now; Genesis were superstars! Feb. 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
At the start of the MTV generation in the early 1980s, most veteran bands faced a dicey proposition. Now that visual image was becoming even more of a factor in a musician's success than it was in the past, did that mean being older and having been around the business longer mean things would work against you now? In a few cases, some musicians and bands saw their stock rise now that something like MTV would help increase their audiences by millions. One band was Genesis.
By 1983, Genesis had been a trio for 5 years, and saw their success slowly increase as the years went by. If that wasn't enough, their drummer-turned-leader Phil Collins was pursuing a solo career that would almost eclipse his band's in terms of popularity and records sold. Their days as a progressive rock collective were long gone, and even though they retained some aspects from that era, pop music was now their bread & butter, and with albums like their 1983 self-titled, fans who stuck around need not have worried if too much success would cloud the band's judgement.
It's amazing that after Phil Collins released 2 best-selling solo albums, he was willing to get back together with his full-time band to create an album that further broke Genesis through to the mainstream, perhaps helped by Phil's success on his own. Unlike previous albums, where individual members might contribute their own songs, all 9 songs on GENESIS were composed by the group together, proving that no amount of solo success could tear them apart.
Genesis had been no stranger to the top 40 by early 1984, but they finally reached the top 10 with "That's All" peaking at #6. A relentlessly upbeat piano pop song, perhaps some fans wondered about Genesis' motivation towards abandoning their progressive past once they heard this song.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "something doesn't feel quite right" Feb. 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
Genesis' self-titled release is definitely the tale of two sides (in vinyl and cassette terms for us old-timers). The first half is amazing. 5-Star material all the way. "Mama" is one of the most powerful, kick butt songs Genesis ever released. Phil Collins' tortured vocals to rather disturbing lyrics and Tony Banks' spooky keyboards make this track one of the darkest of the band's amazing repertoire. It sounded great live. "That's All" was a nice pop song with a cute video that helped the band get more air play (in fact it was the way I discovered the band in 1983 when I was nine). "Home By the Sea" and the instrumental "Second Home By the Sea" are the innovative tracks the band is known for and was so good at. Then things start to fall apart...
"Illegal Alien" sounds blatantly commercial with mocking stereotypes and racist undertones. Although, in some cases, there is some truth to some of the lyrics, releasing it as a single with a silly video was a little much. I've always liked "Taking It all Too Hard." It is not as remembered as much as other Genesis singles, but it is one of my favorites. It is very catchy. The rest of the album sounds like B-Side material. Very banal music that makes the less memorable tracks off Abacab sound fantastic. "Silver Rainbow" is almost embarrassing: "but if you're sitting there beside her and a bear comes in the room and you keep on going cos you're unaware then you know that you are there." Still, there is enough great stuff on here to make it well worth it. This eponymous release was the calm before the storm for, three years later riding on Collins' solo triumphs, the band released an album that made them superstars with music far less creative and innovative than most of the material on this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pop Perfection. Feb. 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was Genesis' last great album. In fact, this was Phil Collins the songwriter's last great album. And what a way to go out.
I don't get into the Peter Gabriel/Phil Collins comparisons, which are pointless in any reviews of this album, because to compare this to anything Gabriel ever did for Genesis is to degrade the pop genius of this particular CD. This album is Genesis saying goodbye to its 70s art rock past, but not quite ready to say hello to the dulcet, multi-platinum cheeseball warblings of "In Too Deep".
Furthermore, this is Phil Collins making his Statement, which is basically to say I Can Write Great Pop Songs. He poured every last drop of his talent into this album. Every song Phil Collins has ever made in the 20 years since -- on his own or with Genesis -- has been a pale, artless imitation of the nine songs on this album (with the exception of "Take Me Home" -- truly his last stand).
The songs here are chock-full of pop hooks so perfect the listener has no choice but to hum along. At the same time, a sense of menace and dark, somber foreboding pervades each and every song. Even if you're a Phil hater, which I grew to become after "Invisible Touch", "No Jacket Required", and especially "But Seriously", you'll love this CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Band Are Masters Of Musical Virtolostity Dec 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
When This album was first relased back in 1983 it was my first
rock redcord i ever bought and first time i heard of Genesis.
The opening track the errie heavy beat sound of "Mama" is a song
that made quite an impression on a young mind especally with a moody edgy style and a dark subject. Followed by "That's All"
a more lighter sound with phil collins brillant vocals. "Home By The Sea & Second Home By The Sea an instrumenal classic both
songs are mesmorzing that is resmiscent of Early Genesis "Illegal
Alien" is a great melody with a funny message that only Genesis
can pull off. "Taking It All Too Hard", "Just A Job To Do"
"Silver Rainbow" It's Gonna Get Better" are all great songs in their own right. The entire album was my first foray into rock music and to this day I still love their Music. Since then i collected all the albums tracing back to 1968 when they first formed. Peter gabreil the original singer was a great singer and a brillant chameleon wearing an array of strange costumes and
makeup that made him stand out from the rest of the band. The music was great but at often times people & crtics seem to notice
the band more for Peter's outrageous costumes and weird personna
rather than then the music which is the most important thing.
After Gabreal left the group in 1975 phil collins who at the time
was the band's drummer took over the vocals and release the now classic "A trick of the tail" in 1976. Which had the classic
tune "Robbery Assualt & Battery" a peronal fave of mine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it. An old favorite that I had a ...
I love it. An old favorite that I had a cassette tape of! can now listen on CD
Published 10 days ago by Susan Vasilinda
4.0 out of 5 stars Good classics from Genesis Phil Collins era
Many classics from pop tracks to progressives one. Probably, the last great Genesis album before it became Phil Collins albums dressed as Genesis albums.
Published 3 months ago by Maxime-Claude Tremblay
1.0 out of 5 stars The nightmare trio continues!!
Mama is the only song here that's worth listening to. The rest is a joke are BETTER SOLO ALBUMS IN 1983!!!!! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Truthteller
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Going Strong
It has often been said that Phil Collins moved Genesis from progressive to popular music, but I think the group managed to maintain at least a progressive feel in a lot of their... Read more
Published on July 11 2009 by Dave_42
2.0 out of 5 stars The Usual Trio Garbage
With the exception of the interesting Mama and two prog rock numbers Home By The Sea and Second Home By The Sea Genesis is a terrible album.
Published on July 11 2004 by Brian Ogilby
5.0 out of 5 stars genesis's finest album with phil collins
this self titled album was the best effort of this great prog rock band with collins and though it signified a change towards a more pop rock orientation it still was a great album... Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by snow blind100
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Genesis
This is one of that albums that puts you up in a dark day. There's very good songs here, like the outstanding Mama one of the best of the album, That's All, a great and very nice... Read more
Published on June 8 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the Snobbish Prog-Rock Fans.
What these prog-rockers fail to realize is that "Progressive" means "moving forward in a new direction" or "chaning the past." That's what Genesis did. Read more
Published on June 8 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Great effort ruined by prog-rockers.
Well, it certainly is disheartening to see supposedly grown-up progressive rock fans cloud up reviews for perfectly good CD's and drive ratings down just because their favorite... Read more
Published on May 28 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
I don't know where to begin. My review of Abacab said everything I wanted to say about comparing Genesis phases. But this album is just amazing. Read more
Published on May 23 2004 by Benjamin Ray
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