|Calling All Stations|
|Produced by Nick Davis, Tony Banks & Mike Rutherford|
|Released on September 2, 1997|
|UK CHART POSITION #2 . . . US CHART POSITION #54|
|Find it at GEMM|
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F oxtrot, Lamb, Selling England. They form the foundation of the temple of Genesis. This is just the weird radio antennae on top, the sort of thing you wouldn’t notice unless you’d climbed the temple. I’m not angry that Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford kept the brand alive, recruiting vocalist Ray Wilson to fill Phil’s shoes. But better to think of this as a Banks/Rutherford project than a Genesis album proper. It’s a weighter effort than Genesis’ last few albums, darker and maybe even deeper. Honestly, the last few albums sounded like Phil Collins solo projects, and Calling All Stations doesn’t. What it sounds like is a neo-prog album by Tony Banks (I was never clear what Rutherford contributed to the final product anyway). Tracks like “Congo,” “Alien Afternoon” and “The Dividing Line” may not hold up to the high standards of classic Genesis, but they beat the hot pants off of a “Throwback” or “Short Cut to Somewhere.” Wilson doesn’t sound like Collins, maybe a little like Gabriel, but he’s more than serviceable in these arrangements. Good vocalists don’t grow on trees, and Wilson is one of them. So should you consider buying Calling All Stations? It depends on how high you want to climb. If you’re considering the solo albums of Rutherford or Banks, save your money for Stations. The Fugitive is a favorite of mine, but Stations is more serious, and prog fans are a serious lot by nature. Yet this album exists on the periphery of the Genesis discussion, a lonely Pluto that marks the end of one system, not the beginning of a new one.
|83037-2 gatefold sleeve||83037-2 back sleeve|
TONY BANKS -- keyboards
MIKE RUTHERFORD -- GUITARS
RAY WILSON -- vocals
Nick D'Virgilio -- drums
Nir Zidkyahu -- drums
Wherefore ART? -- sleeve design
Kevin Westerberg, Peter Robathan -- photography
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|US||September 2, 1997||Atlantic||CD/CS||83037||lyric sleeve|
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