January 2009

January 31, 2009
Rhino Records To Release 180 gram LP pressing of Genesis 1970-1975

Genesis fans in North America will be pleased to know that Rhino Records will be issuing a special edition 180 gram 6 vinyl LP pressing of Genesis 1970-1975. Like the EMI Records LP version of the box set in Europe, it will only include the actual albums housed in a deluxe 12" box, not the bonus audio and video material that are included in the U.S. CD+DVD (NTSC) version or the European SACD+DVD (PAL) version of the box set. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Rhino box is $149.99, which with today's exchange rates with Europe and the cost of shipping from Europe, makes the Rhino LP box far more economical than the European 200 gram LP counterpart. Rhino reports that the U.S. release date is April 14, 2009. Pre-orders for the U.S. 6 LP box set of 1970-1975 should be coming soon! Stay tuned!

January 31, 2009
Bill Bruford Retires From Public Performance

According to the official Bill Bruford site, after 41 years of touring with legendary acts like King Crimson, Yes, Earthworks, UK, and Genesis, drummer Bill Bruford has announced his retirement from public performance this month. Despite this retirement from touring, Bruford confirms that he will continue to work on studio projects. In other Bruford news, you now purchase Bill's new official autobiography as well as Bill's two anthologies: The Winterfold Collection 1978-1986 and The Summerfold Collection 1987-2008. To read the archive World of Genesis interview with Bill click here.
January 23, 2009
Peter Gabriel Featured In Hear The World Magazine

Recent Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee Peter Gabriel is on the cover of the latest issue of Hear The World. Inside, Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, artist Takahashi Murakami, crooner Frank Sinatra, architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and German actor Sky du Mont are featured, among others. The latest issue of Hear the World also features a new series of photographs taken by musician and photographer Bryan Adams in his role as official photographer for Hear the World. Images of Elle Macpherson, Lenny Kravitz, Jude Law, John Legend, Emilia Fox, and Charlie Siem are all captured in a pose of conscious hearing. And for the first time, Adams has contributed a portrait he shot of himself in the signature Hear the World pose.

Hear the World is published quarterly and is available at select newsstands, such as Hudson News, and at airports internationally for $8 per issue. A free copy of the magazine can be ordered at Net proceeds of the magazine benefit the Hear the World Foundation.
January 23, 2009
Nick Davis Provides Update On The Forthcoming Genesis Live 5.1 Box Set(s)

On the official Genesis site, Nick Davis answered World of Genesis' request/question about the potential remixing of the band's live album, The Way We Walk. WOG asked Nick whether and the band would consider putting the album back in the correct concert set list order as opposed to separating the shorter commercial hits from the longer epic pieces as it was initially released in the '90s. According to Nick, the plan is to return the album to the correct set list order as requested! Also, revealed is that the band is considering adding extra tracks to these live reissues. It is still unknown as to when these 5.1 surround mixes will become available, but I suspect it will be quite some time before they are available to the public. Nick shared that they are having some difficulty finding the multi-track mastertapes for the first Genesis live album, aptly titled Live. Stay tuned for more details!

January 23, 2009
Peter Gabriel Loses Golden Globe Award; Gains Further Recognition With Academy Award Nomination

While Peter Gabriel lost the Golden Globe Award for his work on Wall-E's "Down to Earth" to Bruce Springsteen's "The Wrestler" (from the film of the same name), he continues to get accolades for this soundtrack work. Gabriel has received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for "Down to Earth." Wall-E was also nominated for Best Musical Score for Thomas Newman's score to the film. Consequently, Springsteen failed to earn an Academy Award nomination, which makes Gabriel a sure favorite with the Academy for the award.

January 23, 2009
Genesis Gift Pack Released In Japan

As previously mentioned last year, the Genesis Gift Pack (which is essentially the double disc Turn It On Again: The Hits 2007 Tour Edition and the Genesis Video Show DVD repackaged in a special gatefold sleeve in a digipack) has now been released as it was in Europe at the end of the year. Collector's should note that the Japanese Gift Pack is identical to the European issue. Literally, the only difference is the Japanese sticker on the front of the package and an added booklet shrink wrapped outside of the slipcase with all of the lyrics and information in Japanese. So, it's basically the EU package with a sticker and a separate book in Japanese... not even a Japanese made pressing! How disappointing!

January 15, 2009
Genesis 1970-1975 LP Box Set Released!

If the CD+DVD or the SACD+DVD versions of Genesis 1970-1975 box set were not your version of choice, the European only EMI Records Limited Edition LP version of 1970-1975 is out now! The LP version includes all five of the Genesis studio albums released between 1970 and 1975 on six 200 gram audiophile quality LPs in a deluxe slipcase. Unlike the CD+DVD and SACD+DVD versions, it does not include the non-album tracks or rare video (just the original albums). 

January 15, 2009

Nick Davis Gives Update on Possible Live Genesis Box Set

On the forum of the official Genesis site, Nick Davis, Genesis' long-time producer and engineer, revealed that he and Geoff Callingham are currently sorting out the tapes at the band's studio, The Farm, for a Genesis live album box set. There has been no official confirmation from Genesis' management, but it appears that we may be able to look forward to additional newly remixed Genesis albums in surround sound! More details will be posted when known.

January 15, 2009
Details Announced on Forthcoming Genesis/Collins Tribute Project

Paul D'Adamo, the musician who's forthcoming album Loving Me Back To Life, featuring several members of Phil Collins' touring band (see January 10th news for details) has revealed the tentative track listing for the album (subject to change):
Please Don't Ask (Genesis)
Tell Me something (D'Adamo/Remediani)
Constant Change (Chan)
Like it or Not (Genesis)
Since I Lost You (Genesis)
Entangled (Genesis)
Long Long Way to Go (Collins)
Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore (Collins)
Miss You (D'Adamo)
A Woman Like You (D'Adamo)
Loving Me Back to Life (D'Adamo/Remediani)
Guide Vocal (Genesis)

Sessions for the project continue in February with a release expected this summer. Further details are expected on the project and a possible tour in the coming weeks.

January 15, 2009
Peter Gabriel Download of Vampire Weekend Song Coming to iTunes and Amazon

As previously announced Peter Gabriel recorded a version of Vampire Weekend's "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa." The track, recorded with Hot Chip, can be heard here. The song will reportedly be available in the future via iTunes and (it is not currently available for sale on these sites).

January 10, 2009

Japanese Only Audiophile Blu-Spec CD Released For Classic Chester Thompson Album

Sony Music Entertainment in Japan has issued an audiophile Blu-Spec CD for Weather Report's Black Market featuring Chester Thompson (among other Weather Report titles). The limited edition audiophile pressing (catalog number:
SICP-20008) is available now! Blu Spec is Sony's answer to Universal's SHM-CD audiophile format (both of which play in traditional CD players). This version of Black Market is not scheduled for release outside of Japan.

January 10, 2009
Peter Gabriel and Others Join Pro-Palestinian Demonstration In London Today

According to The Daily Mail, a national demonstration against Israel's attack will march from Speakers' Corner at Hyde Park in London today. Peter Gabriel, Annie Lennox, Vanesse Redgrave and others are expected to take to the streets as part of the pro-Palestinian demonstration. Their march will end near the Israeli embassy in Kensington.

January 10, 2009
Peter Gabriel Comments On Possibility of a Genesis Reunion

"In principle, I have no real objection to playing with Genesis at some point in the future," said Peter Gabriel in a recent interview. While there are reportedly no official plans for a reunion in 2009, comments like this one continue to leave hope in the minds and hearts of Genesis fans everywhere.

January 10, 2009
New Genesis Piano Tribute Released

Italian pianist Paolo Chiarandini has released the aptly titled Paolo Chiarandini Plays Genesis, an 8-track tribute to Genesis focusing on compositions featured on albums from 1971's Nursery Cryme through 1977's Wind and Wuthering

January 10, 2009
Yet Another New Genesis/Phil Collins Tribute In The Works!

Paul D'Adamo is currently working on a new album which largely features tributes to the music of Genesis and Phil Collins (along with a couple of original compositions). Samples of some of the rough mixes of these songs (including "Entangled", "Why Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore", "Like It Or Not", "Please Don't Ask" and "Long Long Way To Go") are available on Paul's MySpace page. Among the musicians that appear on D'Adamo's forthcoming album are many former members of Phil Collins' touring band, including: Daryl Stuermer, Brad Cole, Lee Sklar, Luis Conte, Amy Keys, and Chester Thompson. No release date is available at this time, but stay tuned here for details.

January 7, 2009
Steve Hackett Launches A New Website!

Steve Hackett starts off 2009 with a bang by launching a new website..., the new official home of all things Steve Hackett! Among the new features are a new exclusive interview with Steve including news on three forthcoming projects Steve is working on, a forthcoming blog feature, 2009 tour dates, and much more! 

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