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Good Collection, short on extras, but nice all the same.
on 29 December 2009
Being a Genesis fan has made me get used to being ripped off a little bit, seeing as i've had the original cd's, then the "definitive edition" in 94, then the mini lp cd's a couple of years later, then the new box sets, means i've had four incarnations of the same album!!
This box set rounds out the reissues, surely there will never be another box set! I didnt want to buy the other "live" box set at first, but i found it on ebay for a stupid price (£45!) so i bought it, i got this box set for christmas, i probably wouldnt have bought it otherwise!
So how does this stack up? I think you have to be a little bit pragmatic, yes, both Three Sides Live and The Mama Tour DVD's arent the best picture quality, but say the words Hi Def back in 81? It just didnt exsist, so i think you have to take these for what they are, a good document of the band at the time, nothing more than that. What is good on the Mama DVD is the making of the "shapes" album, some very funny stuff on this, and it being a home movie shot by Phil (mainly) its a nice behind the scenes look at the band, and is again, decent quality, but you have to remember when it was made.
The Wembley Show, of course, this has been around for a few years now, and most people will have it. For those that dont this is arguably Genesis at their best, certainly at their most popular, sound and vision are good, and it represent the band very well. This show is the last one before the advent of big video screens and animations, ok, yes it does feel a duplication, of previous release material, but what were the CDs? I think if there had been more archive footage there would be less of a complaint. S
The Way We Walk captures a different Genesis, it captures them at a different stage, one where they spend a bit of cash and the screens enhance the stories being told through their songs, the audience for these gigs seem a bitstatic, being a seated audience, and a few times it feels like they are watching a movie, for the main the stick to the songs between 83-91, but the do drop back into older material, it is a good set, and at 2.5 hrs long Genesis have always been worth the money.
When in Rome, now for those who bought this DVD just last year, there is a nice CD case/booklet for you to put discs 1/2 in of the main show, i was surprised at this because it doesnt make it clear there will be a jewel case for you to put the discs in, so that means that When In Rome can well and truly become part of this set! Now, you could argue they could have done the same to Way We Walk & Wembley! But i think it makes more sense with WIR than those two.
The final "bonus" disc, isnt much of a bonus, but its there, of course there is so much more material they could have put on here, stuff from rehersals etc, in addition the bonus DVD also has space for the Documentary "Come Rain Or Shine, so you can well and truly fit all your Genesis DVD's into this one box.
I would recommend it for the completist, its a nice set, it rounds out what will surely be the final rerelease of the Genesis backcatalog. I think you need to know what you are buying and not expect the earth, for those of us who no longer use a VHS player, its nice to have Mama/3SL on DVD.
All in all is a good set, just dont expect groundbreaking.