torsdag 19. september 2013

Genesis - Duchess

1980 was a hectic and musically very interesting year for Genesis and its members, past and present. Former lead singer Peter Gabriel released his third, and up till then best, solo album, including songs like "Games Without Frontiers" and "Biko", bass player Mike Rutherford released his first solo album, the lovely Smallcreep's Day, Phil Collins drummed on two tracks for his sometime hobby band Brand X on the album Do They Hurt?, former guitar player Steve Hackett enjoyed moderate success with his Defector album, and most importantly Genesis released their tenth album, the often underappreciated Duke. Duke is a great album, parts of it forming a song cycle about the titular Duke, and also including "Misunderstanding" and "Please Don't Ask", two of the many songs Phil Collins wrote about his crumbling marriage that also led up to his debut solo album Face Value the following year. "Duchess", co-written by Collins, Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks, is epic both in length and in arrangement, going through several phases and musical patterns, and is adventerous and highly enjoyable, simply put it's one of my favourite Genesis songs. The Duke album was recorded in Stockholm's Polar studio and is the last album that was produced by David Hentschel who had been with them since A Trick Of The Tail in 1976. A crowning achievement, if you ask me.



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