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track listing
  • Behind The Lines
  • Duchess
  • Guide Vocal
  • Man Of Our Times
  • Misunderstanding
  • Heathhaze
  • Turn It On Again
  • Alone Tonight
  • Cul-De-Sac
  • Please Don't Ask
  • Duke's Travels
  • Duke's End

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    By 1980, Genesis had just recently went through a major change. Their original lead singer Peter Gabriel had left the group, and drummer Phil Collins had taken over the role. With Collins, they released ...And Then There Were Three..., and their second album with Collins providing the lead vocals, 1980's Duke, began the stages of what would become Genesis' second coming in becoming more popular than they had been when Gabriel was lead vocalist.

    As Genesis became more pop in upcoming years, Duke's atmosphere of music still captures the Gabriel/Genesis era. With songs such as "Behind The Lines," "Duchess" and "Guide Vocal", they all have the sound as if heard on The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway album. They all blend together (as if it was a rock opera in a sense); they are progressive in sound, and quite impressive.

    Likewise, "Man Of Our Times" has a more harder progressive edge, and could easily be a song from the Gabriel era. However, "Misunderstanding" began the beginning stages of the popular "pop" sound of Collins and Genesis. "Misunderstanding" is a great song, as it received very heavy radio airplay, likewise another well-known Collins/Genesis tune, "Turn It On Again."

    "Heathaze" and "Alone Tonight" displays the soft sound of Genesis, heard often in future Genesis and solo Phil Collins releases, yet they both have the progressive (not-so-pop) sound heard in previous Genesis releases with Peter Gabriel.

    As heard in the first three songs of Duke, "Cul-De-Sac" returns to the sound of definite progressive theatrical rock. "Please Don't Ask" has a more pop rock sound that would later be the foundation of Phil Collins and Genesis. "Duke's Travels" and "Duke's End" are theatrical progressive songs in style, and features some very impressive instrumentation by Genesis; and these are songs that can easily be used for movie soundtracks, and/or introduction/bridge music for various radio audio projects.

    Don't expect the familiar "pop" sound of Phil Collins and Genesis on Duke, as heard on later albums released in the late 1980s. With the departure of Peter Gabriel, Genesis was still recording progressive theatrical rock after he left, yet the soft sounding songs and "Misunderstanding" were the beginning stages of better things to come for Genesis. Genesis proves on Duke that they were still a productive progressive band without Peter Gabriel, and for the progressive rock fan, it definitely will not be a disappointment.

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