Monday, March 17, 2014

"No Reply At All" by Genesis

Song#:  0754
Date:  09/26/1981
Debut:  85
Peak:  29
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Following on the heels of Phil Collins' successful debut solo disc "Face Value," Genesis reconvened and issued the LP "Abacab." The group initially wrote several tracks for the new album but those songs were scrapped as they thought they were repeating their past works and they really wanted to do something new. So with "Abacab" the group began to shift their sound from prog-rock to more radio-friendly pop/rock fare. This first single barely popped into the Top 30, but it was enough to push the album into the US Top 10 (their first) where it peaked at #7 and eventually sold double-platinum.

ReduxReview:  I really loved this song when it came out. And still do. It gets close to topping my list of favorite Genesis/Phil Collins songs. I remember back then just waiting for the single to go Top 10 - and then it petered out at #29! I'm not really sure why. It's an solid song with a great arrangement and one of their most accessible tunes during this time. Crazy.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  The horns on this song were supplied by Earth, Wind & Fire's Phenix Horns (aka EWF Horns), who also backed Collins on his solo album; specifically on his #19 hit "I Missed Again."


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