Label: Atlantic - 82692-2 • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Pop Rock, Prog Rock
Duke is the tenth studio album by English rock band Genesisreleased in March on Charisma Records. The album followed a period of inactivity for the band in early Phil Collins moved to Vancouver, British ColumbiaCanada, in an effort to salvage his failing Fly Away (7th Heaven Club Mix) - Various - Dance March 2013 marriage, while Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford recorded solo albums.
Collins returned to the UK after his marriage ended and wrote a significant amount of material, some of which was used for Duke and some was later reworked for his first solo album, Face Value. Duke contained a mix of individually-written songs and tracks that evolved from jam sessions in mid, while recording took place at the end of the year.
The break in activity rejuvenated the band, and they found the album an easy one to work on. It was the first album by the group to reach No. They had survived the departure of original frontman Peter Gabriel and guitarist Bedrohung - Klaus Doldinger - Das Boot (Die Original Filmmusik) Hackett and released the album And Then There Were Three They decided to take a break before writing and recording a new album, which would be largely group-written in a rehearsal room, without many pre-conceived ideas.
The group's touring schedule had put particular pressure on Collins, whose marriage was at risk of collapse due to him being away from home frequently. His wife, Andrea, had warned him that if he committed himself to the full Tourshe would not be Duchess - Genesis - Duke when he returned. Realising that his marriage was more important than the band, Collins held a meeting with Banks, Rutherford and manager Tony Smith.
He said he was moving to Vancouver and try and re-build the family, and that the group would have to accommodate this. I was never going to leave the band. It was just that if I was going to be living in Vancouver then we'd have had to organise ourselves differently.
Banks and Rutherford suggested the band take an extended hiatus, hoping Collins would save his marriage and that the band could work with him in Vancouver. With time to spare before working on the next Genesis album, he gigged with Brand X, and began work on demo tracks for what became his first solo album Face Value at his home in ShalfordSurrey.
As well as playing piano and synthesizershe had recently picked up a Roland drum machine and become interested in the possibilities of electronic drums.
Collins had written a large number of songs, but he felt many of them would not suit Genesis, while Banks and Rutherford were short of material having just recorded their solo albums. The remainder of the songs were written together in rehearsals. The group found the writing process easier and more enjoyable than Rutherford summarised his time writing songs Duchess - Genesis - Duke Duke as "getting back to the basic stage of ideas being worked on jointly".
The group chose this name because the fanfare melodies on "Behind the Lines" and "Duke's End" conjured an image of royalty. The six tracks were performed live on the album's supporting tour with Collins introducing it as "The Story of Albert. Rutherford described the final running order as "a very balanced album". The group went to Polar Studios to record the album, starting on 12 Novemberand recording up to the end of the year.
Billboard Duke received a mostly positive reception from music critics. Fricke points out the band's losses without Gabriel and Hackett in the line-up, Duchess - Genesis - Duke summarised Duke as "comforting: a reassurance that Genesis aren't for an exodus yet. He felt the first side was better than the second, and criticised some lyrics, but concluded "no Genesis fan could be disappointed".
He criticised the album as inconsistent with a lack of "melodic invention" on side one, but thought "Duke's Travels" and "Duke's End" were "one of the best and most consistent pieces of music that band has made in some time". In a retrospective review, AllMusic 's Stephen Thomas Erlewine felt Duke was the Genesis album that "leaped into the fray" of pop music but retained "a heavy dose" of progressive rock with the "Duke" suite.
Erlewine thought the album comes off "a little bombastic" at times, "Misunderstanding" and "Turn It On Again" were the two tracks that "showcase the new version of Genesis at its absolute best". The CD included the album's original booklet, artwork and lyrics.
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