Originally Posted by scirica
Jeff: The first thing I did when I got my 70-75 box set was put the discs in order and start from the beginning. The evolution of this band (one of my absolute favorites) is very obvious over time. Interesting thing is their evolution is as much a by-product of the skill levels of the individual musicians as it is of the capabilities of the equipment of the day. So much of their core sound was based on Tony Banks' keyboards, and over time not only did he get better, but he was also able to move from Hammond style organs with Leslie cabinets and such to the new synthesizers coming out.
I have no idea how many times I've seen Genesis, but I do know that I only saw the Peter Gabriel led band one time (Winterland-San Francisco). TOTT came out when I was a junior in high school and I still remember how excited I was the first time I listened to "Squonk". I knew then that Genesis would survive without PG. I also saw most of PG's solo tours and believe he aged like a fine wine.
Back to the releases, for those of us that have SACD players with MCH setups, I imagine there really is no reason to bother listening to the included DVD's. They are great for the historical content and interviews, but Dolby 5.1 and DTS mixes just don't cut it. Really wish it was true DVD-A or blu-ray audio. Overall, I'm really enjoying the first box set and my journey down memory lane.
I really wasn't interested in "And Then There Were Three", but the seller had sold me the box set, and then TOTT. He had those three titles above left and when I bought Genesis S/T and Wind and Wuthering he made a nice gesture and threw in the last disc for free. Good people on that other forum!
I like how Tony's left foot got better.
I have never seen them live, but I understand it was a real treat with PG at the front. Still, I began to like them even more after he went solo. (I think it was win-win, btw) The biggest surprise .. delightful surprise ... for me was TTOT and how much I did not
think that I missed PG. In fact, I had to look at the album credits to make sure he was really gone. Then it dawned on me that all those harmonies I thought were PG multi-track/multi-session were really Collins in there. What a treat! And what a treat TTOT was/is. I liked Selling England By The Pound and LLDOB, but the songs seemed to be more focused and coherent. They were still whimsical and "Middle Earth-y" ... as was the instrumentation, but I found them more accessible. Ditto Wind And Wuthering. Then they morphed into more of a progressive pop machine and began hitting the charts.
I have not yet listened to it, but in the process of seeking out their catalog on SACD I discovered Calling All Stations. Somehow I missed that when it was released. Maybe I had turned my Genesis attention over to Collin's solo career? I should pop it in sometime and see what a post-Collins Genesis sounds like. I'd bet it's not the post-PG Genesis!
I rechecked, and I do have Nursery Cryme .. or at least the ISO. And then the physical SACD media of Foxtrot through Calling All Stations. And during the TTOT listen I just had, I noticed that there was a DVD in the box. Never noticed that before. BTW, the album progression of the Moody Blues is another interesting journey. I have that from Days Of Future Past to The Other Side Of Life. I though that Sur La Mer was their last, but now I see there are three after that. Does anybody know if Keys of the Kingdom (1991), Strange Times (1999) and December (2003) are available in SACD ... or if they are worth having ... for fans of the Moody Blues hey day albums/style?