Produced with help from band members Tony Banks (keyboards), Phil Collins (singer/drums) and Mike Rutherford (bass/guitar), 'Genesis: 1976-1982' presents each studio album as a two-disc set--a CD featuring a newly remixed version of the original studio album, and a DVD that includes a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album as well as videos, photo galleries, photographic reproductions of tour programs, and interviews with members filmed exclusively for this extensive collection. Three of the DVDs feature previously unreleased live concert footage.
'Genesis: 1976-1982' captures the band's steady evolution from its early days as prog-rock pioneers to the Grammy-winning polished-pop of the group's multi-platinum hits. The series picks up the Genesis' story after the departure of founding member Peter Gabriel.
Now anchored by Banks, Collins, Rutherford and guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett - Genesis returned with A Trick Of The Tail (1976). The group's best-selling album up to this point, the record spawned the singles "Ripples" and the title track along with the stunning album-opener "Dance On A Volcano" and the aptly titled instrumental finale "Los Endos." The DVD includes videos for "Robbery, Assault And Battery," "Ripples" and "A Trick Of The Tail," as well as 40 minutes of previously unreleased footage from that year's tour.
Inspired by Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, Genesis titled their next album Wind & Wuthering (1976). The album veers from the progressive complexities of "One For The Vine" and "Eleventh Earl of Mar" to the accessibility of the Rutherford-penned single, "Your Own Special Way." The DVD features video "bootlegs" of the band's 1977 U.S. and Japanese television appearances.
A sly nod to the band's debut as a trio following Hackett's departure, Genesis christened its ninth studio album And Then There Were Three (1978). The album was the band's first gold record and was later certified platinum. While maintaining its fair share of art rock elements with "Many Too Many" and "Snowbound," the album also foreshadowed the pop successes to come with "Follow You Follow Me," Genesis' first major hit. The DVD includes videos for "Many Too Many" and "Follow You Follow Me," plus 25 minutes of previously unseen live performances filmed in 1978.
With Duke (1980), the band cracked the charts again with "Misunderstanding" and "Turn It On Again" scoring its first #1 album in the U.K. Featuring concise songwriting and a fresh pop sheen, the album also marked the first appearance of Collins' trademark electronic drum sound on the track "Duchess." The band's second gold record in a row, Duke was later certified platinum. The DVD contains videos for "Duchess," "Misunderstanding" and "Turn It On Again" along with nearly 40 minutes of footage of the group performing in 1980 at The Lyceum in London.
Genesis' breakout album Abacab (1981) went on to achieve multi-platinum status thanks to the well-crafted pop of the title track and "No Reply At All," a song the trio collaborated on with the legendary group Earth, Wind and Fire. Among the album's most popular tracks was "Man On The Corner," a song penned by Collins that mixed pop and social commentary. The DVD contains videos for "Abacab," "No Reply At All," "Keep It Dark" and "Man On The Corner."
'Genesis: 1976-1982' concludes with Extra Tracks 1976 TO 1982, a disc of rarities offered exclusively as part of this box set. Drawing from the band's wealth of non-album tracks, the compilation contains 13 songs including the hit single "Paperlate" and "You Might Recall" from the EP 3X3 (1982) along with "Match Of The Day" and "Inside and Out" from the EP Spot The Pigeon (1977). Included among the disc's many b-sides are "It's Yourself," "Open Door," "Submarine" and "Evidence Of Autumn," the flip side to the single "Misunderstanding." The DVD of Extra Tracks includes 5.1 mixes of the songs, as well as the video for "Paperlate" and a new interview with the band.
'Genesis: 1976-1982' Track Listings:
A Trick Of The Tail
1. "Dance On A Volcano"
4. "Mad Man Moon"
5. "Robbery, Assault And Battery"
7. "A Trick Of The Tail"
8. "Los Endos"
Videos: "Robbery, Assault And Battery," "Ripples" and "A Trick Of The Tail"
Photo Gallery: 'White Rocks' Premiere program 1977 (8 pictures)
Reissues Interview (2007)
Wind & Wuthering
1. "Eleventh Earl of Mar"
2. "One for the Vine"
3. "Your Own Special Way"
4. "Wot Gorilla?"
5. "All in a Mouse's Night"
6. "Blood on the Rooftops"
7. "Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers "
8. "...In That Quiet Earth"
Video: Japanese and U.S. television bootlegs (1977)
Photo Gallery: World Tour programs 1977 (13 pictures)
Reissues Interview (2007)
And Then There Were Three
1. "Down And Out"
3. "Ballad Of Big"
5. "Burning Rope"
6. "Deep In The Motherlode"
7. "Many Too Many"
8. "Scenes From A Night's Dream"
9. "Say It's Alright Joe"
10. "The Lady Lies"
11. "Follow You Follow Me"
Videos: "Many Too Many" and "Follow You Follow Me"
Live With Genesis 1978
Photo Galleries: Japanese, Knebworth and German Festival tour programs 1978 (29 pictures)
Reissues Interview (2007)
1. "Behind The Lines"
3. "Guide Vocal"
4. "Man Of Our Times"
7. "Turn It On Again"
8. "Alone Tonight"
9. "Cul-De-Sac "
10. "Please Don't Ask"
11. "Duke's Travels"
12. "Duke's End"
Videos: "Duchess," "Misunderstanding" and "Turn It On Again"
Live At The Lyceum London 1980
Photo Gallery: World Tour program 1980 (16 pictures)
Reissues Interview (2007)
2. "No Reply At All"
3. "Me And Sarah Jane"
4. "Keep It Dark"
6. "Who Dunnit?"
7. "Man On The Corner"
8. "Like It Or Not"
9. "Another Record"
Videos: "Abacab," "No Reply At All," "Keep It Dark" and "Man On The Corner"
Photo Gallery: World Tour program 1981 (15 pictures)
Reissues Interview (2007)
Extra Tracks 1976 TO 1982
2. "Evidence of Autumn"
4. "You might Recall"
6. "Inside and Out"
8. "Me and Virgil"
9. "It's Yourself"
10. "Match of the Day"
11. "Open Door"
12. "The Day the Light Went Out"
Review by Cody Shaffer
A Trick of the Tail (re-released as part of the Genesis 1976-1982 box set) is an awkward album. Before I explain why, I feel that I must dissect the act of Genesis appreciation. There are several schools of thought when it comes to Genesis. The first, and perhaps most common among my generation, is that they suckno further explanation given. The second is that Genesis with Peter Gabriel was amazing, while Genesis with Phil Collins was saccharine and boring. The third is that Genesis with Phil Collins was catchy and enjoyable, while Genesis with Peter Gabriel was dull and arrogant. Fourth, and very rare, is that Genesis is, was, and will always be great. (Presumably there is a fifth category, as I myself do not fulfill any of the previous four.)
These evaluations depend on a stark delineation of Genesis career. There is the Genesis that made Selling England by the Pound (Gabriel) and there is the Genesis that made Invisible Touch (Collins). A Trick of the Tail falls between these two Geneses. Coming right after the departure of Peter Gabriel, the band had yet to make a colossal revision of their identity, but there was clearly an element of the band that had departed along with Gabriel. I suppose part of that element was Gabriels flare for broad concept albums. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, his last effort with the group, was comprised of a single album-spanning storyline (perhaps making it the most prog album ever). Trick is a bit more like a collection of prog short stories.
Musically, it is logical that Genesis did not change greatly after Broadway, as the music on that album was primarily (if not entirely) written by the rest of the band. Gabriel was content to handle the lyrics and the admittedly cumbersome storyline. What they did with Trick, really, was revert from the short, punchy numbers theyd favored on Broadway to the longer, more sweeping arrangements that had been their bread and butter before. Both critically and popularly it seemed to work. The album was slavishly praised and sold better than anything they had released before. Stylistically, just as chronologically, it was right in the middle: both intellectual and populist.
I suppose this is what the box set, Genesis 1976-1982, is trying to document: The neglected period of the bands career when they were sitting on both sides of the fence. Of course, thats not entirely true. If only the box set could be summed up so tidily, but ...And Then There Were Three... falls smack in the middle of the collection and marks the beginning of Genesis long and loving embrace of pop music (it would last for another decade, and Collins own love affair with the single lasted even longer). By the time they reached Abacab, the last album in the set, the transition to pop Genesis was complete.
I propose, for the sake of dividing the career of Genesis more accurately, a second delineation. There is now, by my critical edict: Peter Gabriel Genesis, Phil Collins with suspenders and/or beard Genesis, Phil Collins post-suspenders and/or beard Genesis. I believe I have also discovered the fifth category of Genesis appreciation that I couldnt put a name to before: Those who dont particularly care on way or the other about their music, and yet know way too much about them. That is about where I fall.
Review by Jeff Swindoll
I was channel surfing recently and came across a show on VH1 touting their upcoming 2007 Rock Honors show. The pre-show was touting their honorees, Ozzy Osbourne, Heart, ZZ Top, and Genesis (they were also going on about the Polices reunion tour). It was nice to see some videos of Genesis from the day. Im more familiar with their top 40 hits, but I always liked what I heard.
Several days after the VH1 Honors aired Genesis fans were given a treat in the release of this awesome box set. I suppose that it should be noted that the set starts in 76 (the band had been around since the 60s with Peter Gabriel in the lead) and doesnt cover a lot of the earlier stuff. It seems to coincide more with when Phil Collins joined the band as drummer in the 70s.
Collins would not become the lead singer until 1976s A Trick of the Tail. The box set contains the newly remixed albums A Trick of the Tail, Wind & Wuthering, And Then There were Three, Duke, and Abacab. A real treat is that theres still another disc full of rarities and B-side releases. Each album (and the bonus disc) also features a bonus DVD that contains the album in 5.1-surround sound.
However, the fun doesnt stop there since it also has music videos, TV show appearances, concerts, and recently recorded interviews with the band (Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks) about each album. Not to mention the nice packaging.
This set is a must-have for fans of the band and casual fans alike since it contains a wealth of extras and wonderful music. The extras make it a must-have all on their own, but the wealth of supplements make it well worth the purchase price. Highly recommended.