And Then There Were Three Original recording remastered
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Digitally remastered reissue of the 1978 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. 11 tracks including 'Follow You Follow Me', 'Down And Out' and 'Burning Rope'. EMI. 2008.
When the departures of original frontman Peter Gabriel and guitarist Steve Hackett left Genesis a studio trio of Phil Collins, Tony Banks, and Mike Rutherford, few could have expected the band to climb to greater levels of commercial success. But that's exactly what happened, and Genesis' left-field rebirth as a unlikely pop act began with this album, which introduced the newly slimmed-down lineup. But that's not the whole story. While the haunting love song "Follow You, Follow Me" introduced the band to the singles charts, elsewhere the group's penchant for accessibly complex composition and evocative lyrical dramas is in force on tracks like "Deep in the Motherlode," "Burning Rope," "Down and Out," and "Ballad of Big." --Scott Schinder
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I recently re-discovered And Then There Were Three, and to my surprise, I found out this album to be one of Genesis' best, both musically and lyrically. Oddly enough, my least favourite track here is the most commercially known (Follow You), as the other songs, when slowly digested, have many different and interesting things to offer.
This is not The Lamb, Selling England, et all... and it is definitevly not the horrible sellout of the band's post-releases. This is simply darn good music! I challenge hardcore Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett's aficionados to really listen to this album and to finally give credit where is due.
Wind & Wuthering, for example, seems to reflect a lot of this album with the songs "all in a mouse's night" "afterglow", and the main parts of "eleventh earl of mar". However it is Steve Hackett's touch that keeps that album more interesting, such as the accoustic interlude in "eleventh earl of mar" or the classic introduction to "Blood on the rooftops." Mike Rutherford could not fully duplicate his elegant style, and therefore Tony Banks takes a more dominant role to further fill in the gap that Steve left.
That being said, I enjoy listening to this album. The creativity is definitely still with the three remaining members. The production is above average, the compositions have nice quirks and touches to them. Phil Collins does some inspired, non-typical drum/percussion work in addition to his relaxed vocal stylings. Its middle way between the early 80s efforts and the 70s progressive efforts, so its no surprise that this album can be enjoyed by those on both sides of the tracks. I'd give it 5 stars, but in comparison to previous genesis works its only a 4 star album.
The two monster tracks (each over 6 minutes) offer some of the best material here. Despite its rather mundane opening, "Burning Rope" has a beautiful, uplifting melody I can't help but hum along to despite the fatalistic, but very well-written, lyrics ("You're old and disillusioned now as you realize at last, that all you have accomplished here will have soon all turned to dust."). The Tony Banks penned "The Lady Lies" has a killer closing onslaught of piano. "Deep in the Motherlode" is also excellent. In fact, the only track I do not care for that much is "Snowbound" because it is repetitive. I definitely recommend this album to anyone familiar with Genesis' singles of the late 1970s and early 1980s who wants to dive deeper into the Genesis discography.
The first half of the album is full of songs about mortality (and one about fighting over a contract with the record company, which may have felt like the same thing at the time). The best of these is "Burning Rope", one of those Tony Banks songs where he strung together a bunch of stray riffs he had lying around. The ballad "Undertow" is also strong. A cowboy dies in the "Ballad of Big", and a snowman in "Snowbound".Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Prob the best mastering for a Genesis vinyl lp relative to the original recording. Sounds better than the original issues. Charisma Records 180 Gram; very quiet pressing.Published 9 months ago by Mr.Vinyl
The first cd before the sellout, Phil Collins took over the band.Published 24 months ago by yummywheels
Let me start with the fact that 'I am a fan of Genesis, good or bad (to an extent). I even liked "From Genesis to Revelation" in spite of the relatively short and... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2005 by Michael
Ugh. No wonder Steve Hackett left the band. An uneasy attempt at mixing prog rock musical elements and pop music. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2004 by George Vona
Genesis released their first album as a three piece appropriately titled And Then There Were Three in March of 1978. Three would prove to be the band's magic number. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Terrence J Reardon