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5.0 out of 5 stars Restored, 26 Oct 2012
This review is from: Genesis Revisited II (Audio CD)
Lets cut to the chase, this is a brilliant album of some of the greatest progressive music ever from the Hackett-era Genesis. The fact that Hackett is at the forefront of keeping this music in the conscience of both old and the new generation of prog listeners is acknowledgement enough of the legacy left by Genesis when others in the band have seemingly given up on it. This album is not a reinterpretation of these classics but a faithful recreation, utilising modern technology and expanding the sound. To these ears, it sounds better than a 'remastered' original and retains integrity by the virtue that Hackett himself is at the helm and in stunning form. People who dismiss this as a tribute act should check out a real tribute act and compare it with this. The range of contributing artists are too numerous to mention but each vocalist has brought a fresh vigour to the songs without losing the texture and range of the original. Hackett appears to have carefully selected his vocalists in this respect. Likewise, all instrumentation has been nailed as closely to the originals as possible, although there is some very angry-sounding guitar soloing on The Return of the Giant Hogweed, giving that classic surrealist workout a harder edge; full marks to Neal Morse for the vocal on this one. If you are expecting a reinterpretation of this music then you will be disappointed. I feel that if Hackett had gone down this road it would have been akin to him saying he didn't like the originals in the first place. He clearly does and lets rejoice to that! As the old saying goes,'if in ain't broke, don't fix it', but from time to time a little restoration is required and this album has restored my interest in Genesis. Pretenders to the prog throne, listen and be inspired.
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