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Behind The Lines
Man Of Our Times
Turn It On Again
Please Don't Ask
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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
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
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
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