67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound and presentation - extras: Not mindblowing.
Let me clarify one thing first: In terms of sound, the new 5.1 mixes are masterfully done. Putting in the new disc of Wind And Wuthering or Duke and cracking up the volume will completely blow you away. Personally, I was left with one big "wow" - it was certainly worth the full wait and every penny, but then, I *am* a hardcore fan, so that's hardly surprising...
Published on 3 April 2007 by Kasper Michelsen
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Now it's all clear - but flat as a dead hedgehog
As stated previously, there are a couple of minor gripes, ie. fiddly box that requires tipping and shaking to release the discs, and questionable extras.
But these are very minor gripes, far outweighed by the positives.
I do not have a surround sound system so cannot comment on the 5.1 mixes, but I can confirm that in the main the stereo remixes are a vast...
Published on 5 April 2007 by John Smith
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stereo vs multichannel mixes,
This review is from: Genesis 1976 - 1982 [Hybrid SACD + DVD] (Audio CD)just a quick note some reviewer below didn't hear some background vocals etc as clearly on the stereo mixes. That's because those vocals were put on the other channels---when you have a multichannel surround mix, some things are going to be relegated to other channels--so to hear ALL the sounds and vocals properly, you need to have an SACD player with the appropriate stereo equipment and setup. The stereo mixes are downmixed from the 5.1 mix---so they won't sound quite the same as normal stereo. You can still hear the increased dynamics and clarity, but you will miss some of the multichannel tracking and sounds on the stereo mix--this is immediately audible when listening to Dance on a Volcano on the TOTT SACD. People should understand that to get the full benefit, you should get a SACD compatible CD or DVD player....
also, to those who think these are overly compressed and bad sounding, maybe you should invest in better speakers and a decent stereo system you boneheads. You can't listen to stuff like this on speakers you bought at Walmart.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shame about the last two albums - otherwise great!,
This review is from: Genesis 1976 - 1982 [Hybrid SACD + DVD] (Audio CD)I have the 70/75 set which is a revelation; and a superb buy. This set, not so much I feel. I enjoyed the first three albums but (once the sound becomes more and more like the Phil Collins band) I find the later albums date far more than the older ones. I think the more commercial Genesis became, the more the music lost out. And time shows where the quality and intelligence was.
Still: you can't blame the guys for wanting to make a buck; and easy to forget that the music world had changed almost irredemably after the damage done by the rather moronic punk era (who listens to that trash now). Genesis have given us some great music and these excellent sounding albums are worth every penny.
PS In response to some of the negative carping about the sound, remastering, et al, I think it needs to be said that to really appreciate these albums you will need a high quality sound system (such as Naim or LInn). Sorry!
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond All Expectations,
This review is from: Genesis 1976 - 1982 [Hybrid SACD + DVD] (Audio CD)The earlier reviews list what you'll get for your $$ (or pounds) so I won't repeat. My G-watching dates back to Drury Lane in 1973 (?) but I'm as much a "Collins Era" fan as a "PG" one and this set lives up to any listening experience that Genesis has previously provided. There are better audio set ups at large than mine but way more that are worse, I suspect, so I guess I'm claiming "average". Well this box full, combined with my admittedly aging audio gear gives me rib cage vibrating, heart-stopping, goose bump creating experiences to match anything I ever enjoyed at Drury Lane, Rainbow, Wembley, Hammersmith, Knebworth,Brum, Madison Sq Garden and several of the other usual suspects. But enough of the name-dropping; never mind where you've seen 'em, or what's in you current collection - just BUY THIS ONE, while you can. This is the REAL deal!!
22 of 78 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In two words,
This review is from: Genesis 1976 - 1982 [Hybrid SACD + DVD] (Audio CD)RIP OFF
First they sell us the cd versions of the vinyl originals. They sound pretty naff.
Then they sell us the DEFINITIVE REMASTERED VERSIONS, which sound superb.
Then they bring out the JAPANESE REPLICA CARD SLEEVES.
Then they bring out the BOX SET
AND NOW THEY WANT YOU TO PAY NINETY QUID FOR THE SAME STUFF AGAIN. NINETY QUID. How can they justify that?
If ever there's been a justification for downloading, the record company have just provided you with it.
2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I know it's gonne be great but there's one thing I want to know,
This review is from: Genesis 1976 - 1982 [Hybrid SACD + DVD] (Audio CD)The previous reviewer has given a very helpful overview which I don't feel I can add anything to. However, as I haven't yet got this set (my wife has promised it to me for my birthday)the one thing (or two things actually)that I want to know and being a die-hard fan I may sound a little sad but are the versions of "Submarine" and most importantly "It's Yourself" complete i.e. please tell me they haave not been edited like they were on Archive II?
5 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Problematic,
This review is from: Genesis 1976 - 1982 [Hybrid SACD + DVD] (Audio CD)Great Music,great remixes,great packaging,5stars in all departments BUT
why the hell wont ANY of the cd s load up into my iTunes.
Tried all the discs on no less than 4 computers,wont even see them.
Very bad for such a pricey product from a high-level band and record-label.
1 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The missing albums ??,
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This review is from: Genesis 1976 - 1982 [Hybrid SACD + DVD] (Audio CD)I was browsing threw Amazon when I came upon the two box sets and brought them with out hesitation, noting that they where SACD + DVDs when I got them and played them I was not disappointed excellent, excellent.
What I was disappointed about was all the missing albums? The Lamb, The knife Trespass, Nursery Crime, Foxtrot and Selling England.
The music industry is always pledging poverty and seeing its CD sails dropping like a stone with out admitting the main problem over the years has been over pricing however then you get a excellent box set like this with albums missing? If the band" Yes" can pull together a complete album re-mastered set with all the changes in there line up over the years why could not Genesis?
For me Foxtrot and Nursery Crime where and are the best two albums by far to come out of Genesis. And to not have them in this box set is like leaving Dark side of the Moon is for Pink Floyd box set!!
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