Surround Scoop: Genesis Box 2

Gen_touch Gen_we 415z4a2bepl_ss500_ That's right, you read it here first: The next installment in Rhino's boxed-set series of the complete Genesis studio recordings has been scheduled for October 23, according to a label spokesperson. That date "could move," however.

As detailed in my review of the previous box (Genesis: 1976-1982), this one will encompass the band's final four albums: Genesis, Invisible Touch, We Can't Dance, and Calling All Stations. As such, the box should be called Genesis: 1983-1997, as originally announced - although an entry on Amazon.com lists the import version as Genesis: 1983-1998.

As before, that import will offer each album as an SACD+DVD, with a high-resolution, six-channel mix on the SACD. Rhino's version will be CD+DVD-Video, with the surround mix in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 96-kHz/24-bit 5.1 on the DVD.

All of this means that we'll now have to wait until 2008 for what we're really waiting for: Genesis: 1970-1974, from Trespass to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.

By the way, I went directly to Rhino for this update because, in a recent Billboard.com post, there was talk of a coming Genesis book as well as a live DVD and a live CD from the current tour - but no mention of the next box of studio reissues.  -Ken Richardson

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