83037-2 Calling All Stations
Produced by Nick Davis, Tony Banks & Mike Rutherford
Released on September 2, 1997
UK CHART POSITION #2 . . . US CHART POSITION #54
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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.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. CALLING ALL STATIONS    5:46
  2. CONGO    4:51
  3. SHIPWRECKED    4:24
  4. ALIEN AFTERNOON    7:52
  5. NOT ABOUT US    (Tony Banks/Mike Rutherford/Ray Wilson)    4:39
  6. IF THAT'S WHAT YOU NEED    5:13
  7. THE DIVIDING LINE    8:59
  8. UNCERTAIN WEATHER    5:29
  9. SMALL TALK    (Tony Banks/Mike Rutherford/Ray Wilson)    5:02
  10. THERE MUST BE SOME OTHER WAY    (Tony Banks/Mike Rutherford/Ray Wilson)    7:54
  11. ONE MAN'S FOOL    8:47

    All songs written by Tony Banks/Mike Rutherford unless noted

CREDITS

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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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK 1997 Charisma CD GENCD6  
US September 2, 1997 Atlantic CD/CS 83037 lyric sleeve
CAN 1997 Virgin CD CD 83037  
JPN 1997 Virgin CD VJCP-25335  

 

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