After the success of the four-disc boxset of rare material from the Gabriel years, the next logical step for Genesis was to release one from the Phil Collins years.
I admit, I wasn't terribly eager to give the volume a listen, but having done so, it turns out to contain quite a few gems. For one thing, there's a staggering amount of non-album B-sides, which are miles more entertaining than their accompanying A-sides.
For instance, remember that awful song from Invisible Touch
called “In Too Deep”? I would never have suspected that the B-side of the single version, titled “Do the Neurotic”, is a vastly entertaining exploration of different textures, and *gasp* Michael Rutherford comes out of his shell and shreds his guitar in a blistering way as well!
“Paperlate” is one of the catchiest Genesis songs, and it originally appeared on the vinyl release of Three Sides Live
. However, come the CD issue, they cut the studio songs in favor of more live cuts. But thankfully, that nearly-forgotten song is available here. Not only is it catchy, but I will always love its bubbly horn section. There were four other songs originally included on the vinyl release of Three Sides Live
, and three of them are included here (“You Might Recall”, “Evidence of Autumn”, and “Open Door”). The one conspicuously absent though is “Me and Virgil”. Granted, that song wasn't the band's most inspired moment, but why leave it off?
An even greater crime is that they left off a song called “Match of the Day”, written by Steve Hackett. It's a beautiful popsong originally intended for Wind & Wuthering
, but it was unceremoniously left off for being 'uncharacteristic'. Another rejected Hackett song is however thankfully included here, called “Inside and Out”. It's easily one of the best folk-ballads the band ever recorded - that they left a song like that off the most boring album in their discography goes to show precisely where their heads were in relation to their bottoms at the time.
by Reviewer: Don Ignacio
(blogging at Don Ignacio's Album Reviews