Album Rating: 4. Album Rating: 3. Album Rating: 5. I've read it with interest. American Psycho . However, I don't have the same opinion of most of you about the qulity of the album. I'm a great fan of Genesis. Probably it's my favoutite band of the 70's. So, I'm perfectly comfortble to talk about their albums.
In relation to Duke, I don't consider it one of their best or even a great album, but only a good work. The final result is an indefinite album. So, I think the album deserves only 3 or 3. It's your opinion. I respect it. Ok, it depends the point of view.
In a matter of prog music, Duke is a weak album. If we see it with a more open mind, Duke is a very good album, with some other great songs, like Beyond the Lines, Misunderstanding and Turn it on Again. It's clearly a Genesis' transitional work. I would have bought it. Still one of my favorites for Genesis. Smartin62 , Jul 20, Location: Boston MA.
I guess this explains it Thurenity , Jul 20, The album was also recorded at Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. This was Abba's studio, which opened in Location: Los Angeles. Just think.. CybrKhatru , Jul 20, The jacket is non-gatefold, with a lyric insert in English and Japanese.
The record is pressed on translucent black JVC "Super vinyl". The Japan pressing has two things going for it: 1 It's cut a bit hotter than the US and UK presses, which might give the impression that it sounds better.
This allows the record to be cranked to try to compensate for the anemic bass and overall lack of "ooomph". Unfortunately, it's not as if the Japan press has great audiophile qualities IMO.
It's as undynamic and lacking in soundstage as the other vinyl presses of this title. Regarding tone, I could see how some might prefer the Japan pressing, especially on some systems--but I don't see it as a substantial improvement over the US pressing from that standpoint.
Phil Collins moved to Vancouver , Canada, in an effort to salvage his failing first marriage, while Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford recorded solo albums.
Collins returned to the UK after his marriage ended and wrote a significant amount of material, some of which was used for Duke and some was later reworked for his first solo album, Face Value. Duke contained a mix of individually-written songs and tracks that evolved from jam sessions in mid, while recording took place at the end of the year. The break in activity rejuvenated the band, and they found the album an easy one to work on. It was the first album by the group to reach No. They had survived the departure of original frontman Peter Gabriel and guitarist Steve Hackett and released the album And Then There Were Three They decided to take a break before writing and recording a new album, which would be largely group-written in a rehearsal room, without many pre-conceived ideas.
The group's touring schedule had put particular pressure on Collins, whose marriage was at risk of collapse due to him being away from home frequently. His wife, Andrea, had warned him that if he committed himself to the full Tour , she would not be there when he returned. Realising that his marriage was more important than the band, Collins held a meeting with Banks, Rutherford and manager Tony Smith.
He said he was moving to Vancouver and try and re-build the family, and that the group would have to accommodate this. I was never going to leave the band. It was just that if I was going to be living in Vancouver then we'd have had to organise ourselves differently.
Banks and Rutherford suggested the band take an extended hiatus, hoping Collins would save his marriage and that the band could work with him in Vancouver. With time to spare before working on the next Genesis album, he gigged with Brand X, and began work on demo tracks for what became his first solo album Face Value at his home in Shalford , Surrey. As well as playing piano and synthesizers , he had recently picked up a Roland CR drum machine and become interested in the possibilities of electronic drums.
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