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Genesis - 1978 .. And Then There Were Three
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on May 16 2017, In 1978 Articles , 3 Comments , 230 Reads , Print



ARTIST: Genesis
ALBUM: .. And Then There Were Three
LABEL: Charisma
SERIAL: CDS 4010
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: Reissue List

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Mike Rutherford - guitars, basses * Phil Collins - drums, vocals * Tony Banks - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Down And Out * 02 Undertow * 03 Ballad Oof Big * 04 Snowbound * 05 Burning Rope * 06 Deep In The Motherlode * 07 Many Too Many * 08 Scenes From A Nights Dream * 09 Say It's Alright Joe * 10 The Lady Lies * 11 Follow You, Follow Me

WEBLINKS: www.genesis-music.com


Background
This album had been on my 'to do' list for quite a while, and it's an album that upon release I dismissed as a pale shadow of former glories. Losing Peter Gabriel was one thing, but Steve Hackett going tipped me over the edge and consequently I gave 'Three' rather short shrift. Looking back I really should have given myself a good kick up the backside for passing this album over. A re assessment of this album over the years I now find myself totally in love with it. It bridges the move from out and out Prog to a more direct commercial sound really well, and gave Genesis the impetus to go on to greater global success.


The Songs
'....And Then There Were˙Three 'proved to be a turning point for the band, the songs are certainly more concise, with a greater emphasis on Collins' splendid vocals and Banks' elegant synthesizers and organs. Hackett's departure in some ways was the reason for the band's more straightforward approach, because without his undoubted prowess it forced the band to cut back on their previously elaborate arrangements and with Mike Rutherford handled the guitars it bought a more direct approach to the songs. 'Down and Out' and 'Undertow' get the album off to a fine start with their Prog roots still firmly in place, the latter being almost a companion piece to 'Afterglow' from 'Wind And Wuthering'. 'Ballad of Big', and 'Snowbound' see Genesis in story telling mode, but also seeing both songs with a more commercial vibe to them. 'Burning Rope' at just over 7 minutes is the longest track here and moves gracefully through its various sections, with Rutherford giving us his best Steve Hackett impression too. The singles pulled from the album 'Follow You, Follow Me' and 'Many Too Many' were at the time probably the reason for my dismissing the album and even now I still find them to be a little too' throwaway' for my tastes, but overall the rest of the album's material more than make up for these. An album dominated by Tony Banks and impeccably produced by David Hentschel and the band. There's a freshness and vitality to this album which I seemingly missed at the time.


In Summary
Probably the most undervalued album in their catalogue, and one that deserves a reappraisal. I've found myself returning to this album more and more lately when it comes to playing Genesis, as it has so much to offer to fans of both 'periods' of the bands' history. If, you were like me and gave this album a wide berth on release, do yourself a favour and give it another chance, it won't disappoint.


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#1 | Eric on May 16 2017 22:48:39
Terrific album and with 'Going for the One' the template for the 80's NWOBPR....
#2 | reyno-roxx on May 16 2017 22:54:00
I could never really get into Genesis with Peter Gabriel, so this was the start for me with a love of the band. Great record.
#3 | tompa on May 17 2017 04:13:32
Unappreciated by A lot of "true" Genesis-fans. I am not One of those and I think this is their best album.
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