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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Genesis CD Feb. 7 2000
By Mike S
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite Genesis album. In 83 and 84,7 out of 9 songs on this CD were either small or big hits on the radio. Phil Collins drums really kick on this one. Tony Banks outdid himself with the synthesizers on this album. This album is very solid from start to finish with a very smooth and polished haunting rock sound. MAMA and HOME BY THE SEA are my favorites along with SILVER RAINBOW. ILLEGAL ALIEN is the only song that I don't like on this CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still Going Strong July 11 2009
By Dave_42 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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 work. I think it is fair to say that they did have many songs which one would not call progressive at all, but at the same time one can't ignore those pieces which clearly aren't pop style songs.

"Mama" opens the album and was released as the first single, but it is hardly a standard "pop" song by any measure. It has a darker sound than one would expect for a Genesis song, though it does fit well with other songs on the album. The song didn't do very well on the U.S. pop charts, though it did reach #4 in the UK. "That's All" comes next and it is more of a standard pop tune, soft and simple and not surprisingly it did better in the U.S. as a result. The last song(s) on the first half of the album is/are "Home By the Sea". Though split into "Home By the Sea" and "Second Home By the Sea" this is really one piece and is a good example of how Genesis still incorporated progressive elements in their songs. The song was played on tour for years after this album and was often a showpiece with its extended instrumental section. The piece also works well with "Mama" in giving the album a somewhat eerie feel up to this point with the exception of "That's All".

The second half opens with "Illegal Alien" a light and humorous piece which suffered from overplay. It was released as a video, but after hearing and seeing it a few times it tends to become annoying. "Taking it All Too Hard" is next and is another typical soft-rock type pop song. Being on the same album as "That's All" and "It's Gonna Get Better" made it somewhat redundant. It was released as a single but didn't do particularly well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Genesis June 9 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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 tune Home By The Sea, and Second Home By The Sea, a very more prog pop approach, Illegal Alien, an OK song, Taking It All To Hard, a very nice pop tune, Just a Job To do, another good one, Silver Rainbow, a very beautiful tune, and the nice It's Gonna Get Better. It's one of the best album from pop Genesis, together with Invisible Touch! If you're new to Genesis, get one prog album (I recommend Foxtrot) and one from the pops (I recommend this one).
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There are a lot of great qualities on this one that makes it a truly classic of world pop music. One of them, by itself is the outstanding open track "Mama" that worths the whole album!!! Then it comes with the great "That's All", but that's not all! The two track piece "Home By the Sea" and "Second Home by the Sea" is just fantastic!! In every pop album from Genesis they always try to keep their old style and makes at least one long epic song. And from the pop era, this is simply wonderful! The album also have the pop gem "Taking it all too Hard" the dancing and explosive "Just a job to Do", the fantastic "Silver Rainbow". and the good "It's Gonna Get Better". Just "Ilegal Alien" is kinda medium song, but listenable. Great Genesis record, worth every cent!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I got a name, I got a number .... April 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
I will admit ... I am not a Peter Gabriel era Genesis fan ... I do like some of his solo work, but their material with him reminded me considerably of stuff that Yes & ELP put out at that time. This album is a complete masterpiece, however. Every song on this album is a complete winner.
I do not consider Taking It All Too Hard a snooze as it was put by somebody else. Of course, my favorite will be Just A Job to Do. This combined with the Abacab & Invisible Touch albums will give you basically all the Genesis that you need.
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This album was produced by the guy who gave The Police their distinctive sound (before Sting decided to become some sort of a political advisor rather than a bass player). And it shows. It also works -really, really well. Tony Banks sounds better with someone telling him to cut down on the long, rambling solos (there are none in this album). Mike Rutherford is a solid bass guitar and a decent guitar (not much of a lead though), and Phil Collins don't need any help to sound great both behind the drums and the mic. A very good album, different from Duke but very enjoyable all the same.
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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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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 2 months ago by thissucks
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 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
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by Wendy Trainor
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