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Turn It On Again: The Hits
     

Turn It On Again: The Hits

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by Genesis
 

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Founded in the late '60s, Peter Gabriel's Genesis was one of the first bands of classically minded rockers to emerge in the wake of Sgt. Pepper's. In 1999, the post-Gabriel/post-Phil Collins incarnation of the group is one of the few of that era to escape dino-rock extinction

Overview

Founded in the late '60s, Peter Gabriel's Genesis was one of the first bands of classically minded rockers to emerge in the wake of Sgt. Pepper's. In 1999, the post-Gabriel/post-Phil Collins incarnation of the group is one of the few of that era to escape dino-rock extinction by re-imagining meandering prog as enduring pop. While only a dozen or so of Genesis' 30-plus years were as hit-packed as this collection's title suggests, the emphasis here is on the pop tunes that made them international stars. From 1978's "Follow You Follow Me" through 1992's "Jesus He Knows Me," this is a celebration of Phil Collins's canny pop sense (and perhaps of Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford's knack for persuading the singer to save his goopier tendencies for his solo career). For longtime fans, a recast "Carpet Crawlers," which unites vocalists Collins and Gabriel with producer Trevor Horn, will be a welcome surprise for those hungry for a '90s take on ye auld proggy sound.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Originally, there were plans for two Genesis box sets -- one covering the classic Peter Gabriel era, the other chronicling the band's development into hit-makers under the direction of Phil Collins. The Gabriel set was released in 1998, but instead of a second box following it in 1999, the single-disc Turn It on Again: The Hits appeared. Truth be told, it was a wise move, because even if the Collins set appears, there will be a market for a concise collection of hits, which Turn It on Again more or less is. Since Genesis had such a prolific career and had so many hits, it should come as no surprise that the compilation isn't complete, but it's a little disappointing to discover that such latter-day non-entities as "Hold on My Heart" (from the last Collins album, We Can't Dance) and "Congo" (from the post-Collins album, Calling All Stations) are included in favor of such fine singles as "Paperlate" or "Man on the Corner." But that's nitpicking, since all the big hits are here: "Turn It on Again," "Invisible Touch," "Follow You, Follow Me," "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight," "In Too Deep," "That's All," "Misunderstanding," "Throwing It All Away," and the list goes on and on. True, the sublime Gabriel number "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" sounds completely out of place sandwiched between "Abacab" and "No Son of Mine," but it's nice to have it here. Similarly, "The Carpet Crawlers 1999," reworked as a duet between Collins and Gabriel, is a surprisingly effective re-recording, and a nice inclusion. It may not be enough to convince hardcore fans that they need Turn It on Again, but this album is really for listeners who've thought of Genesis as a singles act, and they're not going to be disappointed by this.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1999
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724384841621
catalogNumber:
848416

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Genesis   Primary Artist
Garry Hughes   Acoustic Guitar,Track Performer
Phil Collins   Drums,Vocals,Track Performer
Peter Gabriel   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Hackett   Guitar
Tony Banks   Keyboards,Track Performer
Jamie Muhoberac   Acoustic Guitar,Track Performer
Andy Richards   Track Performer
Mike Rutherford   Bass,Guitar,Track Performer
Ray Wilson   Vocals
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu   Drums

Technical Credits

Garry Hughes   Programming
Phil Collins   Composer
Genesis   Producer
Tony Banks   Composer,Producer
John Burns   Producer
Nick Davis   Producer,Engineer
Steve Fitzmaurice   Engineer
David Hentschel   Producer,Engineer
Trevor Horn   Producer
Jamie Muhoberac   Programming
Hugh Padgham   Producer,Engineer
Andy Richards   Programming
Mike Rutherford   Composer,Producer
Tim Weidner   Engineer
Richard Chappell   Engineer
Tim Willis   Engineer

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Turn It on Again: The Hits 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album has many musics that you must hear and enjoy.It's an actually to buy CD music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No real surprises in the selection here, but the new cover of Carpet Crawlers is quite enjoyable. Peter and Phil both sing, with Phil taking the 3rd, highest verse -- each is in good voice. This recording has a stronger beat than the original. A Mike Rutherford rhythm guitar track, more typical of later Genesis, gives the song a new push, unlike the original, which relied on Tony Banks's keyboard arpeggios for drive. Most interesting is that the keyboards on this version are practically subliminal -- ironic in the context of Genesis's keyboard-dominated history. Otherwise a faithful rendition -- worth checking out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is possible to make a better GENESIS Hits Album, but the new THE CARPET CRAWLERS version is very nice.