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Genesis prepare to reissue most successful albums - with extras!


Story by Jack Foley

GENESIS, who recently played to 1,397,140 people on the European leg of their world tour, are to reissue their four most commercially successful studio albums on October 1, 2007.

The box set and individual albums form the second stage of the band reissuing all their 14 studio albums and will be released in 5.1 surround sound and stereo mixes.

This stage of the reissues contains Genesis’ most successful albums (selling over 40 million on CD alone): Genesis (1983); Invisible Touch (1986); We Can’t Dance (1991) and Calling All Stations (1997).

The first three all reached the top spot of the UK album chart during the time of their original release. We Can’t Dance marks the last studio album with Phil Collins on vocal duties while Calling All Stations is the only Genesis album with vocalist Ray Wilson.

The material on these albums was created during a very busy and creatively proactive time for the band, with Phil Collins pioneering his successful solo career and Mike Rutherford forming the hugely successful Mike & The Mechanics, while both still attended to their duties with Genesis.

Previous to their current reunion tour, the band had played 1433 live shows, to a total of 14,883,739 people.

With each album containing DVD extras, a treasure trove of footage has been plundered to reveal never-before-seen extras plus brand new interviews specifically recorded for these reissues.

The Genesis extras contains the never before seen Mama Tour Rehearsal footage from 1983. Director Jim Yukich discovered this in his personal archive.

The extras on Invisible Touch contain a behind-the-scenes of the Land Of Confusion video. This 8-minute, 43-second video was created from the personally filmed footage by Phil Collins and Jim Yukich of the puppeteers and puppets at work, and has never been seen outside of the Genesis family.

Also included on the Invisible Touch DVD is the Old Grey Whistle Test – Rock Around The Clock show from 1986. Featuring the rarely seen Tony Banks video This Is Love from his solo album The Fugitive, the programme has not been seen since it’s original broadcast.

Simultaneously to the individual releases Virgin/EMI will release another exclusive box set containing all of the SACD/CD hybrid and DVD dual disc sets plus a case-bound booklet and bonus SACD/CD hybrid and DVD dual-disc set entitled Extra Tracks 1983-1997. This is a true collectors item for any Genesis fan.

On Extra Tracks 1983 – 1998, the DVD visual extras contain a real treat for Genesis fans. Never seen outside of the event itself, the DVD includes the 2000 performance of Genesis featuring Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Daryl Stuermer at the MMF (Music Managers Forum) Awards ceremony.

SACD (Super Audio CD) provides a much higher quality audio reproduction than CD and this hybrid format will allow SACD users to experience the full 5.1 surround sound mixes, whilst normal CD players will play the brand new stereo mixes. As a double disc package the set will also feature a DVD containing all audio tracks in 5.1 Surround Sound, rare interviews, TV appearances and promo videos.

The final stage of reissues, marking Peter Gabriel’s years in the band, will be released in Spring 2008.