Reason #241: Abacab
I have a weird history with Genesis. The first Genesis album I ever heard in its entirety was Duke, and I didn’t even know Peter Gabriel was in the band until my mid teens, and by then I didn’t care. I was into punk, then techno/Madchester, then brit-pop…it wasn’t until I was in my mid-30’s that I started to delve into the whole history of Genesis. Now I can appreciate it more, and I really like everything from Nursery Cryme to this 1981 platter, Abacab (although I don’t quite like …And Then There Were Three all that much).
The title track is worth the price by itself with that great synth work, and Collins drumming is just exceptional here. At 7:02 it could even be considered an epic! No Reply At All introduced me to the singular joys and precision of the Earth Wind and Fire horn section, and if you haven’t delved into their early discography then you’re missing out.
Dodo/Lurker still has that whole prog vibe thing going for it, albeit a new-wave version of it. It reminds me of something Peter Gabriel would have composed for his third untitled solo effort (Melt).
I like Duke better, and truth be told I have a hard time listening to any Genesis past this stage, although Rich over at Kamer Tunes makes quite a strong argument for the later stuff.