Genesis 1970–1975

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Genesis 1970–1975
Box set by Genesis
Released 10 November 2008
Recorded 1970–1974
Genre Progressive rock
Length Audio: 5:27:34, Video: 7:01:34
Label EMI (Europe)
Atlantic/Rhino (North America)
Producer Genesis, John Anthony, David Hitchcock, John Burns
Genesis chronology
Live over Europe 2007
(2007)
Genesis 1970–1975
(2008)
Genesis Live 1973–2007
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All About Jazz (favourable)[1]
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[5]

Genesis 1970–1975 is a box set of five studio albums by Genesis featuring Peter Gabriel. It was released on 10 November 2008 in Europe by EMI and on 11 November 2008 in North America by Atlantic/Rhino. The 7-CD/6-DVD box set includes newly remixed versions of the albums Trespass, Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (the band's 1969 debut album, From Genesis to Revelation, was excluded because the band does not own the rights to the album). The fifth pair of discs includes B-side songs, 3 rare songs from BBC Sessions in 1970 and the never-before-released Genesis Plays Jackson soundtrack. Each bonus DVD features audio versions of the albums in 5.1 surround sound, as well as videos from each album's corresponding tour, new interviews, and photo galleries. The European version includes CD/SACD Hybrids instead of standard CDs. EMI also released a limited edition six disc vinyl box set containing the original albums only on 24 November 2008.

Genesis 1970–1975 appeared at position seven in the "Top 100 Recommended CD Reviews of All Time" at All About Jazz.[6] It has since fallen to position nine. In 2010 the box set received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Surround Sound Album.

Audio formats[edit]

In the European and Japanese releases of this box set, the CDs are hybrid SACD/CDs. The SACD layer is a multichannel surround sound remix.[7]

In the Canadian and U.S. releases of this box set, standard CDs with no SACD layer are included.[8]

In all versions of the box set, the DVDs are DVD-Video format (not DVD-Audio), although they contain both audio and video tracks. These DVDs include three audio mixes: DTS 5.1-channel surround sound, Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound, and Dolby Digital stereo.[9] The DTS surround sound is a slightly compressed version of the surround sound on the SACDs (remark: Nick Davis talks about the DTS format and therefore means data compression/reduction, not compression of the dynamic range of the music),[8] and the Dolby surround sound is a slightly inferior quality to the DTS.[10]

All of the audio tracks on these CDs were remixed in stereo and surround sound by producer Nick Davis.

In addition to the 7-CD/6-DVD box set, EMI released a limited edition vinyl box set on 24 November 2008.

Track listing[edit]

"Trespass" written by: Banks/Gabriel/Mayhew/Phillips/Rutherford

Tracks 3–10 of "Extra Tracks 1970 to 1975" written by: Banks/Gabriel/Phillips/Rutherford

All other tracks written by: Banks/Collins/Gabriel/Hackett/Rutherford

Trespass[edit]

1 Looking for Someone 7:02
2 White Mountain 6:44
3 Visions of Angels 6:51
4 Stagnation 8:46
5 Dusk 4:11
6 The Knife 8:53
Total 42:27

DVD[edit]

1 Reissues Interview 1977 42:32

Nursery Cryme[edit]

1 The Musical Box 10:31
2 For Absent Friends 1:48
3 The Return of the Giant Hogweed 8:09
4 Seven Stones 5:09
5 Harold the Barrel 3:00
6 Harlequin 2:56
7 The Fountain of Salmacis 8:00
Total 39:33

DVD[edit]

1 Reissues Interview 2007 36:18

Foxtrot[edit]

1 Watcher of the Skies 7:22
2 Time Table 4:46
3 Get 'em Out by Friday 8:36
4 Can-Utility and the Coastliners 5:45
5 Horizons 1:41
6 Supper's Ready 23:04
Total 51:14

DVD[edit]

1 Reissues Interview 2007 34:16
2 Brussels, Belgium: Rock of the 70's 1972 29:20
The Fountain of Salmacis
Twilight Alehouse
The Musical Box
The Return of the Giant Hogweed
3 Rome, Italy: Piper Club 1972 4:07
Interview
Stagnation (incomplete)
Total 1:07:43

Selling England by the Pound[edit]

1 Dancing with the Moonlit Knight 8:02
2 I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) 4:10
3 Firth of Fifth 9:35
4 More Fool Me 3:10
5 The Battle of Epping Forest 11:44
6 After the Ordeal 4:15
7 The Cinema Show 10:41
8 Aisle of Plenty 1:56
Total 53:33

DVD[edit]

1 Reissues Interview 2007 32:36
2 Shepperton Studios, Italian TV 1973 1:00:47
Watcher of the Skies
Dancing with the Moonlit Knight
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
The Musical Box
Supper's Ready
3 Bataclan, France 1973 33:50
The Musical Box
Supper's Ready
The Return of the Giant Hogweed
The Knife
Interview in French
Total 2:06:56

The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

1 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway 4:51
2 Fly on a Windshield 2:44
3 Broadway Melody of 1974 2:11
4 Cuckoo Cocoon 2:13
5 In the Cage 8:09
6 The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging 2:44
7 Back in N.Y.C. 5:36
8 Hairless Heart 2:06
9 Counting Out Time 4:12
10 The Carpet Crawlers 5:11
11 The Chamber of 32 Doors 5:40
Total 45:37

Disc 2[edit]

1 Lilywhite Lilith 2:48
2 The Waiting Room 5:15
3 Anyway 3:08
4 Here Comes the Supernatural Anaesthetist 2:56
5 The Lamia 6:56
6 Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats 2:58
7 The Colony of Slippermen 8:11
8 Ravine 2:06
9 The Light Dies Down on Broadway 3:32
10 Riding the Scree 4:06
11 In the Rapids 2:18
12 It 4:17
Total 48:31

DVD[edit]

1 Reissues Interview 2007 51:20
2 Melody: French TV 1974 30:23
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
Supper's Ready
Total 1:21:43

Extra Tracks 1970 to 1975[edit]

1 Happy the Man 1972 3:10 Released as a non-album single
2 Twilight Alehouse 1973 7:48 B-side on the "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" single
3 Going Out to Get You 1969 4:55 Demo
4 Shepherd 1970 4:04 "Shepherd", "Pacidy" and "Let Us Now Make Love" were recorded for the BBC "Nightride" program, 22 February 1970.
5 Pacidy 1970 5:44
6 Let Us Now Make Love 1970 6:16
7 Provocation 1970 4:10 "Provocation", "Frustration", "Manipulation" and "Resignation" were recorded for a BBC documentary about painter Michael Jackson which never aired.[11] *
8 Frustration 1970 3:42
9 Manipulation 1970 3:49
10 Resignation 1970 3:01
Total 46:39
  • The first half of "Provocation" would be used two years later as the fanfare/verse of "The Fountain of Salmacis", while its second half was soon appropriated for the instrumental breakdown of Trespass's "Looking For Someone". "Frustration" is largely based around a Tony Banks piano theme that would only reappear five years down the road as "Anyway" on The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, though it also incorporates a fragment of the unreleased early song "Hair on the Arms and Legs," otherwise only available as a demo on the Genesis Archive 1967–75 boxed set. "Manipulation" is primarily composed of several instrumental fragments that would later be assembled into "The Musical Box" for Nursery Cryme. "Resignation" is the only track that lacks an obvious connection to any later Genesis song, though its chord changes are at times reminiscent of the already-released "In Hiding" (from From Genesis to Revelation), the instrumental section of "Stagnation" (from Trespass), and "The Musical Box."

DVD[edit]

1 Reissues Interview 2007 6:43
2 VH1 Special: Archive 1 1998 44:08
3 Midnight Special 1973 15:31
Watcher of the Skies
The Musical Box
Total 1:06:22

Personnel[edit]

On all tracks:

  • Tony Banks – keyboards, guitar, background vocals, second lead vocal on "Shepherd"
  • Mike Rutherford – guitars, bass, bass pedals, cello, background vocals
  • Peter Gabriel – lead vocals, flute, bass drum, oboe, tambourine

On Trespass, and tracks 3–10 of Extra Tracks:

  • Anthony Phillips – guitar, backing vocals, second lead vocal on "Let Us Now Make Love"
  • John Mayhew – drums, percussion, backing vocals

On Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, and tracks 1–2 of Extra Tracks:

  • Steve Hackett – guitars
  • Phil Collins – drums, percussion, backing vocals, lead vocals on "For Absent Friends" and "More Fool Me," second lead vocal on "Harlequin" and "The Colony of Slippermen"

Formats[edit]

UK/EU Version: CD/SACD hybrid + DVD (PAL)
US/Canadian Version: CD + DVD (NTSC)
Japanese Version: CD/SACD hybrid + DVD (NTSC)

References[edit]

  1. ^ All About Jazz review
  2. ^ Genesis 1970–1975 at AllMusic
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Alexis Petridis The Guardian, 7 November 2008.
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ "Top 100 Recommended CD Reviews (All-time)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  7. ^ Formats described at http://www.genesis-news.com/genesis/reviews/sacds/1976-1982.htm
  8. ^ a b Explained in interview with producer and remixer Nick Davis, at http://www.genesis-news.com/genesis/reviews/sacds/interview-with-nick-davis.htm
  9. ^ The DVD interface has two audio choices: Dolby 5.1 and DTS 5.1. If the Dolby 5.1 option is chosen on a system that does not support surround sound, the Dolby stereo mix is played.
  10. ^ Comparison from Sound and Vision magazine article online at http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/musicreviews/2285/genesis-in-surround.html
  11. ^ For the history of these tracks, see this discussion with Anthony Phillips, and this discussion with Richard MacPhail.

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