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Released21 May 1982 (1982-05-21)
RecordedMay–June 1981
GenrePop rock
LabelCharisma (UK), Vertigo
Genesis chronology
Three Sides Live
Singles from 3×3
  1. "Paperlate"
    Released: 15 May 1982

3×3 is the second extended play by the English rock band Genesis, released in May 1982 on Charisma Records. Its three songs were originally written and recorded for their eleventh studio album Abacab (1981), but they were not included on the album's final track selection. 3×3 reached No. 10 on the UK Singles Chart. In the US, its tracks were included on the international edition of the band's live album Three Sides Live (1982). The lead track, "Paperlate", peaked at No. 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.


All songs were recorded during the session for Abacab.[1] A bootleg demo tape exists of the band playing an entire session of songs for Abacab, with the three songs from this EP also included.[1]

For the song "Paperlate", Collins used the horn section of the band Earth, Wind & Fire.[2] Collins has often used the group for other projects, including Collins' debut solo album, Face Value.[3] A music video was also created utilizing the band's 27 May 1982 appearance on Top of the Pops.[4] According to "Connolly & Company", "You Might Recall" is a song about a lost love.[5] Collins wrote the song "Me and Virgil" in the form of a story[6] (a technique he would return to with the 10-minute epic "Driving the Last Spike" on 1991's We Can't Dance). He has called the song "a dog", and cites "Me and Virgil" as one of his worst ever pieces of writing. According to Collins, the group was trying to do something similar to the work of The Band, but "we couldn't."[7]

Packaging and artwork[edit]

Collins stated that the packaging for 3×3 was a throwback to The Beatles' first EP release in 1963, entitled Twist and Shout.[8] The front cover photo is similar to the Beatles' EP cover. The liner notes and design of the back cover were done by the man who was in charge of designing the Beatles' EP, Tony Barrow.[8] "these cheeky chappies from Guildford ... treasure these three audio-visual representations..." are parts that Phil recalls.[8] The title itself is also a nod to The Rolling Stones, who released both an EP titled Five by Five and an LP entitled 12 X 5.[8][9] Collins recalls that the album's cover and interior text received negative reviews from a reviewer who was not alive when the original Beatles EP was released, thereby misunderstanding the parody.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[9]

The response to the EP was mixed. Dave Thompson of AllMusic gives it three stars out of five, citing "Paperlate" as the EP's selling point.[9] Thompson describes "Paperlate" as "a horn-honking romp with just the ghosts of '60s soul playing around its chorus and a buoyancy that fed readily into the mood of the UK charts of the day."[9] Thompson called "You Might Recall" and "Me and Virgil" "somewhat calmer", describing "Me and Virgil" as "introspective", and "You Might Recall" as "the latest in the band's long line of bubbly romantic numbers."[9]

Connolly & Company says that "Paperlate" featured a "peppy horn section,"[5] and that "You Might Recall" "recalled Mike Rutherford's earlier contributions ("Alone Tonight", "Say It's Alright Joe")."[5] Connolly also says that Three Sides Live was worth buying for just "Paperlate".[5]

Upon its release, 3×3's lead song was "Paperlate", and the EP debuted at No. 30 on the UK charts, peaking at No. 10 later on.[10] Because the EP market never took off in North America, Atlantic Records instead decided to release its three songs as part of Three Sides Live for its initial release, while the UK had live music.[11] "Paperlate" peaked at No. 32 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and No. 2 on the Billboard Rock Tracks chart.[12] As of 1994, however, Three Sides Live was remastered and reissued with the extra live material internationally.

Later releases[edit]

3×3 never saw a CD release. However, its tracks appeared on the world edition of Three Sides Live. The three tracks, plus the songs "Evidence of Autumn" and "Open Door" (B-sides from the Duke sessions) make up the non-live side 2 of the second LP.[11] In addition, two of its three tracks, "Paperlate" and "You Might Recall", appeared on the box set Genesis Archive 2: 1976-1992 (2000); however, "Me and Virgil" was not added due to Collins' dislike for the song.[7] The track was made available on the bonus CD of the boxed set Genesis 1976-1982, in a modern-day remixed version.[13][14] The original mix remains out of print. "Paperlate" was also issued as a B-side to the single "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight".

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Tony Banks, Phil Collins, and Mike Rutherford.

Side A[edit]

  1. "Paperlate" – 3:20
  2. "You Might Recall" – 5:30

Side B[edit]

  1. "Me and Virgil" – 6:18


Additional musicians

Additional personnel


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  2. ^ a b "Genesis – 3 × 3 (7", EP) at Discogs". discogs.com. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  3. ^ Classic Albums: Face Value VH-1, 1999
  4. ^ Genesis: The Video Show (DVD), 2005
  5. ^ a b c d "Paperlate". connollyco.com. Archived from the original on 20 October 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  6. ^ "GENESIS 3 × 3 music review by Guillermo". progarchives.com. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Phil Collins Q&A – 17th January 2005". philcollins.co.uk. Archived from the original on 8 February 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  8. ^ a b c d e Waller, Johnny (25 December 1982). "Phil Collins". Sounds. Archived from the original on 7 February 2004.
  9. ^ a b c d e "allmusic ((( 3 × 3 > Overview )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  10. ^ "The Official Charts Company – Genesis – 3 × 3 (EP)". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  11. ^ a b "Ripped Vinyl & Other Rarities: 3 X 3 (1982)". blogspot.com. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  12. ^ "allmusic ((( Genesis > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  13. ^ "Rhino rewrites the book of Genesis". monstersandcritics.com. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  14. ^ "ProgressiveWorld.net – Genesis New Reissues Available For Pre-Order". progressiveworld.com. Retrieved 29 November 2008.