by Genesis


On paper, the 2014 triple-disc set R-Kive makes sense: tell the tale of Genesis from beginning to end, roughly separating each disc into an act -- disc one is devoted to the early years with Peter Gabriel; the second to the rise of Phil Collins; the third to Collins and beyond -- deepening the portrait by threading in solo recordings by its founding members along the way. It would seem this approach would offer a broader understanding of what Genesis and its various branches accomplished, but it tends to muddy waters due to its egalitarian compilation. Of the five original members, Gabriel and Collins were the undoubted superstars, racking up international hits in several different decades. Mike Rutherford had his run at the charts with Mike + the Mechanics -- "Silent Running" and "The Living Years" were nearly as ubiquitous in the late '80s as Collins' "One More Night" and "Sussudio" -- but Tony Banks and Steve Hackett used their individual solo albums to pursue their prog roots, so when these are combined alongside album rock radio and chart hits from the band proper, the balance feels skewed. It also doesn't help matters that nearly half of the final disc is devoted to material recorded after 1991's We Can't Dance (the album itself is represented by three songs, the same number that were pulled from 1986's Invisible Touch and 1974's The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway), material that can't be called classic by any stretch; nor is it welcome that apart from "In the Air Tonight," most of Collins major '80s hits are missing (his Philip Bailey duet "Easy Lover" is here, though), as are Gabriel's, who is represented by "Solsbury Hill" and "Biko." So what is here, then? Most of Genesis' standards, ranging from "Supper's Ready" and "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" to "Follow You Follow Me," "Turn It on Again," "That's All," "Tonight Tonight Tonight," and "Hold on My Heart," and three cuts apiece from all five original members, which adds up to over a full third of this compilation. This does amount to a version of the Genesis story -- all of the group's struggles, triumphs, and constant evolution are readily apparent -- but there's too much excess and too much missing for R-Kive to be definitive.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2014
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0081227956486
catalogNumber: 545742

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Genesis   Primary Artist
Philip Bailey   Vocals
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan   Vocals
Paul Carrack   Keyboards,Vocals
Phil Collins   Percussion,Drums
Peter Gabriel   Synthesizer,Flute,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Recorder,Vocals,Mellotron
Chris Squire   Bass
Chester Thompson   Percussion,Drums
Kim Beacon   Vocals
Steve Hunter   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Maelen   Percussion
Lesette Wilson   Keyboards
John Acock   Keyboards
Nick Beggs   Bass
Dik Cadbury   Bass,Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Nathan East   Bass
Larry Fast   Synthesizer
Robert Fripp   Banjo,Electric Guitar,Classical Guitar
Steve Gadd   Drums
John Giblin   Bass
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Roger King   Keyboards
Adrian Lee   Keyboards
Tony Levin   Bass,Tuba,Leader
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Nick Magnus   Keyboards
Jerry Marotta   Percussion,Drums
Morris Pert   Percussion
Tim Pierce   Guitar
David Rhodes   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mike Rutherford   Bass
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums
John Shearer   Percussion,Drums
Peter Van Hooke   Drums
Gary Wallis   Drums
Dhol Foundation   Dhol
Paul Young   Vocals
Paul Englishby   Conductor
John Hackett   Synthesizer,Flute
Martin Robertson   Saxophone
Jozef Chirowski   Keyboards
Nick Kershaw   Vocals
Daryl Stuemer   Guitar
Peter Hicks   Vocals
Mark Robinson   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Phil Collins   Producer
Peter Gabriel   Producer,String Arrangements
Genesis   Producer
Steve Hackett   Producer
John Acock   Producer,Engineer
Tony Banks   Producer
John Burns   Producer
Brian Christian   Engineer
Nick Davis   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Bob Ezrin   Producer
Larry Fast   Programming
David Hentschel   Producer,Engineer
David Hitchcock   Producer
Roger King   Programming,Engineer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Christopher Neil   Producer
Hugh Padgham   Producer,Engineer
Mike Rutherford   Producer
Allen Sides   Engineer
Rob Cavallo   Producer
Will Gregory   String Arrangements
Richard Chappell   Programming,Engineer
Nick Wollage   Engineer
James Sanger   Programming
David Bascombe   Engineer
Nick Ingham   Orchestration
Chris Peyton   Art Direction
John Anthony   Producer
Craig McLean   Liner Notes
Emily Pugh   Prop Stylist
Lisa Castagner   Cover Photo

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