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  • Audio CD (29 Nov. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00067ZONA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Platinum Collection features 3CDs worth of hits by the seventies prog-rockers cum adult pop band, Genesis. Includes "I Can’t Dance", "Invisible Touch", "Turn it on Again" and "Your Own Special Way".

BBC Review

The fact that this nifty retrospective of rock's favourite public schoolboys comes in three parts is entirely fitting. Genesis were definitely a band of three halves. 30 years saw them go from prog to pop, alienating one fanbase and gaining a far larger and more lucrative one in the process and the story's here for the telling.

The approach is strangely anti-chronological. For all the fox mask/twelve string and mellotron madness you have to skip to disc three. Depending on which kind of Genesis fan you are, this will either seem like an attempt to hide the embarrassing stuff at the end of the album, or to leave the best until last. Ignoring their disowned first studio effort (helmed by mentor and fellow Charterhouse old boy, Jonathan King) we get one track apiece from the albums Trespass and Nursery Cryme (the second being their first 'classic' line up album with Phil Collins and Steve Hackett on board). If this appears mean it's more than compensated by the entire 20 plus minutes of "Supper's Ready" from Foxtrot - The number which transformed the band from fey English prog wannabes into a major live attraction, with Peter Gabriel donning costumes aplenty while spinning apocalyptic allegory. Numbers from Selling England By The Pound and The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (the double that saw the Gabriel part company with band) complete this first stage of the band's career.

Disc two gives us the years when people realised that Phil Collins could sing quite like Gabriel and for a couple of years and albums (Trick Of The Tail, Wind And Wuthering) they continued to give the prog-lite loving public what they wanted: fearsome technical ability with a canny ear for a great tune. Unfortunately guitarist Hackett was the next casualty, jumping ship in the face of an increasingly blatant commercialism (after all, such Englishness was never going to net them the US acceptance they needed for superstardom).

While a whole flared and bearded contingent threw up their hands in despair the hits began to flow. And Then There Were Three gave us the massive hit "Follow You Follow Me". It was also the band's first gold album and the States finally welcomed them with open arms. Now more likely to appear on Top Of The Pops than at Aylesbury Friar's, Collins - with his solo career in the ascendant - was now the public face of the band. Disc one is nearly all hit singles. "Turn It On Again"; "Mama"; "Abacab"; "Illegal Alien"; "That's All"; " I Can't Dance"; "Throwing It All Away"; "Invisible Touch"; "Jesus He Knows Me"; "Tonight Tonight Tonight" - they conquered the charts again and again. Inevitably having two careers proved too distracting for Phil and he called it a day. Nobody seemed too surprised when the remaining duo of Mike Rutherford (already doing quite alright, thank you, with Mike And The Mechanics) and Tony Banks finally threw in the towel after recruiting c-list singer Ray Wilson from Stiltskin for 1997's Calling All Stations.

From cool to critically reviled. From worthy to wealthy. Genesis' story is an oft-repeated one of proper musicians spent chasing bucks. But (after putting aside a 'remix' job that leaves the early classics sounding horribly dry) this is a collection that shows just how talented and adaptable this very English band were. That's all... --Chris Jones

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I was never really a fan of Genesis until I bought this album for my Dad, and then stole it from him one night because I was bored. He highly recommended that I particularly listen to disc 3 because he thought that I would get on with that Genesis style best - and did I ever! This platinum collection must be one of the best around. The carefully chosen combination of songs work so well and in a way different to nearly every other band's "greatest hits" this travels backwards. Disc 1 being the most recent, and 3 being the earlier work featuring Peter Gabriel. This is a stunning collection of songs for any fan of Genesis and I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking to find out more about the band, as it converted me!
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For anyone wanting a great value album covering all of the career of one of the most successful bands of all time this is a great place to start. There are some excellent tracks on the 3 albums but too often the selection appears to be the ones which are verging on commercial rather than the best songs from the various albums. This is particularly true on CD's 1 and 2 where the epics such as 'Dreaming While you Sleep' and 'Living Forever' from 'We Can't Dance' are left off for more commercial songs such as 'Hold on My Heart'. It is not until you get to CD3 that the real power and beauty of Genesis shows through with some excellent tracks from their earlier albums - unfortunately there are not enough of them and the album would have benefited from more tracks from 'Trespass' and 'Nursery Cryme'. This would have allowed the casual listener to hear something more interesting which may have helped give them greater insight on what Genesis were like 30+ years ago.
However, as I said above this is fantastic value and worth a buy.
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What can i say. I am 16 and i'm supposed to like the R and B rubbish but this album is brilliant.I listend to tracks of my dads old lp's when i was much younger and i loved them so i decided to buy this album. It has songs that are very hard to find and great instrumental tracks e.g. Behind the lines. The album also features tracks that are from the very early period like the knife taken from the album trespass which was there first album. The album also has a book which has a kind of story of genesis, telling you how they started and what happend when Phil Collins started to be a singer. in the whole A GREAT ALBUM FULL OF BRILLIANT SONGS.
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The the writer of the sleeve notes on this album assumes that you won't find many die hard Genesis fans who have every track on this album. Whoops.
So if I already have all the tracks contained within, why did I buy it?
I heard "A Trick Of The Tail" on the radio, and even through the airwaves to my car stereo it became clear that Nick Davis' re-working of most of discs 2 and 3 are an absolute revelation, if you'll pardon the pun.
Hearing classic pieces first played on 1970's 'stereos' in their newly re-mixed form is like having a classic oil painting cleaned, or having your ears syringed!
Many of the previously inaudible secrets of these songs have been revealed to give even those who have enjoyed these pieces for more than 30 years a fresh perspective.
Ignore the pointless politics of the Gabriel v Collins v Wilson arguments and just enjoy.
You might think you already have many or all these songs in your collection. Trust me - you don't.
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What an absolutely brilliant listen this CD is! Well to be more accurate I mean CD3 of this compilation. As a long-time genesis admirer from the 1970's i.e. when they were actually putting their best work together, it is a very useful reminder of the times. If you ever wanted to see (hear) what difference it made when Peter Gabriel left Genesis, and just how the band slid into pop mediocrity then I suggest you listen to the CDs in reverse order. The work from "Selling England By The Pound" is often under-rated, but here the selections are excellent, and lead nicely into Suppers Ready and Musical Box. If you are fond of the 1980s sound-bite music that Genesis produced there is also plenty for you. All the commercial hits are covered. To be fair there is still some good music mingled in on Cds 1 & 2. I personally feel that the tracks from "Trick of The Tail" and more particularly "Lamb Lies Down..." seem a bit lost out of their context but you can't help but enjoy tracks like Ripples & Carpet Crawlers.
This is definitely a good buy at the price. You'll enjoy the quality of the instrumentations on all three CDs and its so easy to skip those annoying tracks - thats what CDs are for. My overall advice is to buy it for CD3 alone and then you can decide on whether to buy any of the back-catalogue. I'd disagree with earlier reviewer about the very early work. I think there's enough from the first three albums. Once you've got "Suppers Ready" you've really got the essence of Foxtrot. Finally one thing they could have put on - "Match Of The Day" - you never seem to hear that one!
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Three very different CD's make up this impressive collection. The first - covering most of the 80s and 90s - is Genesis of the top 20: a mix of well crafted, pop songs. Many mistakenly assume that Phil Collins - the band's drummer and singer - was responsible for this poppier sound, but the other two surviving members of this time, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford (of Mike and the Mechanics)were in on the act. Tonight Tonight Tonight, No Son of Mine, That's All and Mama are the highlights.
Most of disc 2 features the band in the late 70s - the sort of adult, lush, tuneful rock that Radiohead, Coldplay, Keane and others have rediscovered. This is a world away from the Genesis most people know from their 80 radio play and there are real gems here - such as Afterglow, Ripples, Undertow and Duchess.
Finally, and for me the best, is the very different Disc 3 covering the era when Peter Gabriel was lead singer. Experimental, long tracks, but not always accessible on first hearing, these are some of the best crafted songs of their time. The epic 20 minutes of Supper's Ready, the menance of The Knife and the stunning Cinema Show are mindblowing. Phil Collins proves here that he was one of the best drummers of the era.
Over the three discs, all tastes are catered for and the new stereo mixes are an improvement on the originals. Essential stuff and don't let Phil Collin's involvement put you off.
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