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Turn It On Again: New Genesis Anthology Features Greatest Hits, Solo Tracks From Collins, Gabriel, More

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Genesis - R-Kive

Earlier this year, the BBC confirmed plans for the feature-length documentary film Genesis – Together and Apart, chronicling the ups and downs of the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.  On the heels of that project which featured the cooperation of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett, Rhino (for North America) and Universal (for the rest of the world) have announced the September release of R-Kive, a 3-CD collection continuing the “together and apart” theme.  R-Kive will present a selection of Genesis’ greatest cuts alongside solo and band tracks from each member.  If you were ever looking for one compilation with “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” alongside “Easy Lover,” this is the release for you.

R-Kive is culled from a 42-year period (1970-2012) in which the members of Genesis racked up 14 No. 1 albums in the U.K. alone, and some 300 million records sold worldwide.  The chronologically-sequenced anthology is the first to combine band and solo tracks, but the third overall for the band following 1999’s Turn It on Again: The Hits (reissued and expanded in 2007) and 2004’s three-disc Platinum Collection.  (Mention should also be made of Starbucks’ career-spanning Opus Collection volume, 14 from Our Past, which arrived in 2007 to coincide with the Banks/Collins/Rutherford reunion tour.)  It surveys the band’s entire prog-to-pop journey.

In addition to 22 songs pulled from all of Genesis’ studio albums, each member is represented with three “side” tracks.  From Collins, you’ll hear the hit Philip Bailey duet “Easy Lover” plus “In the Air Tonight” and more surprisingly, “Wake Up Call” from 2002’s Testify.  Gabriel’s solo catalogue has yielded “Solsbury Hill” plus “Biko” and “Signal to Noise.”  Hackett is represented with “Ace of Wands” (1975), “Every Day” (1979) and “Nomads” (2009); Banks with “For a While” (1975), “Red Day on Blue Street” (1991) and the collection’s most recent track, “Siren” (2012); and Rutherford with three songs from Mike and the Mechanics: “Silent Running,” “The Living Years” and “Over My Shoulder.”

Hit the jump for more details including the complete track listing and pre-order links!

R-Kive is due in stores on September 22 in the United States, and one week later in the United Kingdom.  It can be pre-ordered at the links below.  The release will be followed by the U.K. broadcast of Genesis: Together and Apart on the BBC in early October and the accompanying DVD Sum of the Parts on November 18.  With Messrs. Gabriel, Collins, Banks, Rutherford and Hackett having worked together on the documentary film as well as on R-Kive, hopes are high that the next chapter of the Genesis story might include a full reunion tour or performance.  Stay tuned!

Genesis, R-Kive (Universal/Rhino, 2014) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

CD 1

  1. ‘The Knife’ from Trepass (1970)
  2. ‘The Musical Box’ from Nursery Cryme (1971)
  3. ‘Supper’s Ready’ from Foxtrot (1972)
  4. ‘The Cinema Show’ from Selling England by the Pound (1973)
  5. ‘I Know What I Like’ from Selling England by the Pound (1973)
  6. ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)
  7. ‘Back in N.Y.C.’ from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)
  8. ‘The Carpet Crawlers’ from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)
  9. ‘Ace of Wands’ from Steve Hackett‘s Voyage of the Acolyte (1975)

CD 2

  1. ‘Ripples’ from A Trick of the Tail (1976)
  2. ‘Afterglow’ from Wind & Wuthering (1976)
  3. ‘Solsbury Hill’ from Peter Gabriel‘s first self-titled album (1977)
  4. ‘Follow You Follow Me’ from And Then There Were Three (1978)
  5. ‘For a While’ from Tony Banks’ A Curious Feeling (1979)
  6. ‘Every Day’ from Steve Hackett’s Spectral Mornings (1979)
  7. ‘Biko’ from Peter Gabriel’s third self-titled album (1980)
  8. ‘Turn It On Again’ from Duke (1980)
  9. ‘In the Air Tonight’ from Phil Collins’ Face Value (1981)
  10. ‘Abacab’ from Abacab (1981)
  11. ‘Mama’ from Genesis (1983)
  12. ‘That’s All’ from Genesis (1983)
  13. ‘Easy Lover’ (Phil Collins and Philip Bailey duet, originally released in 1984)
  14. ‘Silent Running’ from Mike + The Mechanics’ self-titled album (1985)

CD 3

  1. ‘Invisible Touch’ from Invisible Touch (1986)
  2. ‘Land of Confusion’ from Invisible Touch (1986)
  3. ‘Tonight Tonight Tonight’ from Invisible Touch (1986)
  4. ‘The Living Years’ from Mike + The Mechanics’ Living Years (1989)
  5. ‘Red Day on Blue Street’ from Tony Banks’ Still (1991)
  6. ‘I Can’t Dance’ from We Can’t Dance (1991)
  7. ‘No Son of Mine’ from We Can’t Dance (1991)
  8. ‘Hold On My Heart’ from We Can’t Dance (1991)
  9. ‘Over My Shoulder’ from Mike + The Mechanics’ Beggar on a Beach of Gold (1995)
  10. ‘Calling All Stations’ from Calling All Stations (1997)
  11. ‘Signal to Noise’ from Peter Gabriel’s Up (2002)
  12. ‘Wake Up Call’ from Phil Collins’ Testify (2002)
  13. ‘Nomads’ from Steve Hackett’s Out of the Tunnel’s Mouth (2009)
  14. ‘Siren’ from Tony Banks’ Six: Pieces of Orchestra (2012)

Written by Joe Marchese

August 25, 2014 at 11:25

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  1. This is a shame. Genesis could have really done something special; unreleased tracks, a couple new recordings on an e.p. etc. Instead we get this…a true disappointment. While I am sure the documentary will be something special (At least I hope so!) this is not. For those who have to have it all only.


    August 25, 2014 at 13:51

  2. Just say no kids …. this will be in the delete pile in 12 months.

    Mr MacGoo

    August 25, 2014 at 20:53

  3. Dumb name, ugly album cover, incredibly disappointing collection of songs (the solo stuff is especially baffling). Pass.


    August 25, 2014 at 21:02

  4. I can’t imagine what the record company was thinking to go with this cover design. It has to go down as one of the all time worst. Did the band members have any input?


    August 26, 2014 at 18:05

  5. never been a fan of anything by anybody in this group, but I agree, as a graphic designer, it’s a really odd cover…..the magnetic-styled letters of the band name aren’t TOO crummy, just not imaginative, and the person’s profile in the shadow is kinda interesting, but yikes, the “R-Kive’ font is hideous, and doesn’t even fit at all with the rest…….


    August 27, 2014 at 12:12

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