Duke Original recording remastered
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Digitally remastered reissue of the 1980 album by the esteemed Prog/Rock band featuring a new stereo mix of the album. This reissue features the new mix of the album's original tracks (sans bonus tracks) yet adds a new breath of fresh air on these classic recordings. 12 tracks including 'Misunderstanding', Turn It On Again' and 'Duchess'. EMI. 2008.
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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Smallcreep's Day is a nice album, but there really isn't anything "progressive" about it (not that that necessarily matters.) A Curious Feeling I agree is excellent, and possibly the best Genesis solo album overall. Not sure if it's "progressive" or not, but it's still wonderful.
My bottom line is that some Genesis fans have too narrow of a definition of "progressive". They seem to think it's all about the long compositions and grandiose arrangements and keyboard and guitar solos, etc. etc...but progressive music is really more about *attitude*, and the willingness to creatively incorporate various styles and ideas into rock music. At this point in their career (1980), Genesis was still doing that. To say that Genesis "sold out" at this point in their career is simply wrong. "Selling out" means to compromise your standards and principles solely for the purpose of making money. Genesis had always been writing pop songs and trying to get songs on the radio ever since their heyday - so if songs like Misunderstanding, Turn It On Again, Please Don't Ask etc. are examples of selling out, then you might as well say songs like Happy The Man, I Know What I Like, Counting Out Time, Carpet Crawlers etc. are sellouts too. Even if they are somewhat accessible, they certainly aren't formatted for Top 40 radio.
Another reason this album isn't a sellout is because it dares to take risks and move Genesis' music into a different direction, while still retaining some of their classic qualities (something which Yes and ELP failed to do nearly as well.Read more ›
That isn't to say they hadn't changed at all. Duke has an overall happier and more straightforward feel than previous efforts, and the lyrics deal with real-life issues (especially Collins' marital problems) rather than the surreal fantasies of their past. Also, the Motown/R&B influence that Genesis hinted at on previous albums is much more prominent here, particularly on Behind The Lines, Misunderstanding, Turn It On Again, and the heartbreaking Please Don't Ask (gotta love the bass licks on that song), and the whole failed-romance theme that runs throughout the album suits this kind of music very well. The closing instrumentals, Duke's Travels and Duke's End, carry on in the tradition of songs like Los Endos and In That Quiet Earth.
A few songs do fall short of previous standards -- Mike's "Alone Tonight" is rather generic and whiny, and Tony's "Cul-De-Sac" is unnecessarily bombastic in places. Also, it's a shame that two excellent songs, "Evidence of Autumn" and "Open Door", were left off the album...perhaps they could have been used to replace the two mentioned above.
Still, this album has plenty of good compositions, great arrangements, and passionate performances -- Phil's vocals in particular have never sounded better.Read more ›
A great album it seems.
I couldn't care less whether this album has "commercial" music in it. I do know it is good music -and that suffices for me. Whether it was recorded in ABBA's Swedish studios or not, well, duh. These three guys had talent, and once they realized they didn't need to play twenty minutes of ever-changing riffs to be good (yeah, this is for Tony Banks), they moved to a different -better- dimension.
This album is sooooo much better than any of the old 70's Genesis previous works. Gone is the need to impress, welcome are the steady rhythms, the bass pulse, and Phil Collins' natural sense to score big hits. Hold on a second, how come prog rock stars are allowed to make big bucks too? (and still many old dinosaurs think that way...)
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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
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
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... Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by Terrence J Reardon
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
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... Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by geetee
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
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... Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by Terrence J. Reardon
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