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Genesis Revived.......In Style..........................,
This review is from: Genesis Revisited (Remastered) (Audio CD)
The sleeve notes (by SH himself) promise plenty of unexpected twists and turns, and the album certainly lives up to his description.
There's so much to talk about that everybody needs to hear it for themselves. Especially worthy of mention are the superb and unobtrusive orchestrations, which work marvellously where you just wouldn't expect it to hang together.
I've got to say I'm not a Paul Carrack fan-his voice sounds too much like the type much-sought after by TV advertisers to do jingles for things like "wash-and-go" shampoo - but his vocals on "Your Own Special Way" are compensated for by superb instrumental work, which saves the track from MOR schmaltzdom.
Personal (completely unexpected) fave is the re-working of "For Absent Friends". The simple orchestration and Colin Blunstone's unmistakeable vocal really create a magical result.
The joke-jazz take on "I Know What I Like" is one of the whackiest things I've ever heard,complete with Bonzo Dog "Intro/Outro" cum "Tubular Bells" references, and I'm still not sure whether I like it or not; but that reservation aside, there is 75 minutes of consistently fascinating and highly enjoyable music here, which makes it a steal for anyone with an interest in Genesis or Steve Hackett.