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Great Album, Bad Remaster

Abacab is a classic Genesis album and is really the transition album between their longer, more artistic -- and arguably more obscure and less popular -- songs to the pop hits that would follow with their next albums, especially the self-titled "Genesis". But this Remaster just shows you how important a good album mix is. Whoever mixed this just loves Mike Rutherford's guitar work and has turned that way up in the mix, compared to the original release. The result is that the guitar overpowers the mix when it shouldn't, especially in the tune "No Reply At All" where the jumpy horn section now takes the back seat. While it's interesting to hear what the guitar was doing deeper down in the mix, some of it was better left where it was in the original mix. After playing this remix through, I imported my original CD and dumped the remastered tracks (the only song that sounds better is "Man on the Corner"). I kept the video, though, which is quite good and served as the incentive for me to get the remaster in the first place. If the video was available another way, I would not have bothered getting this re-release. So, get the original mix, unless you really want the video!

Finding Their Way...

Heavily experimental in the nature of the writing and performing, ABACAB found the group feeling their way around different sounds and textures, breaking out of the prog/art-rock mold they'd been classified in with Peter, so at times the album sounds like neither fish nor fowl. IMNSHO, it's definitely not as "FOUL" as the "pre-Phil" purists claim it is. In fact, this was a perfect appetizer for the work they would produce later. "Like It Or Not", which would've made a great single, echoes "Misunderstanding", while "Another Record" has a bluesy, kind of folk-rock feel to it that would later inspire "That's All." Plus, Earth, Wind and Fire's Phoenix Horns would inject explosive energy into the hit single "No Reply At All," and establish the signature sound that would mark much of Phil's solo efforts. "Dodo/Lurker" was obviously a nod to the Gabriel fan camp, and the reason why I got interested in checking out the earlier stuff. "Man On The Corner" reflects Phil's writing to social issues, also found later in "Another Day In Paradise." This is a must-grab album, regardless of what kind of Genesis fan you are.

Purchase this version of "Abacab"!

This one contains the original 6:58 album version of the title song,NOT the stupid edited one on the so-called "Remastered" edition from 1994 that iTunes still sells.This one also has crisper,punchier,more satisfying sound(remixed/remastered by producer Nick Davis)than the duller-sounding '94 one.Plus there's a nice interview with the band as a bonus.Clearly a wiser choice to choose this folks!


Formed: 1966 in Godalming, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Genesis started life as a progressive rock band, in the manner of Yes and King Crimson, before a series of membership changes brought about a transformation in their sound, into one of the most successful pop/rock bands of the 1980s and 1990s. In addition, the group has provided a launching pad for the superstardom of members Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, and star solo careers for members Tony Banks, Michael Rutherford, and Steve Hackett. Their roots go back to 1965 and a pair of rival groups,...
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Abacab (Remastered) [Bonus Video Version], Genesis
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Sep 18, 1981

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