Duke

Label
Virgin
Release date
29 Nov 1994
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
54:39

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Behind The Lines (2007 Digital Remaster) 5:29 851
2 Duchess (2007 Digital Remaster) 6:35 881
3 Guide Vocal (2007 Digital Remaster) 1:20 893
4 Man Of Our Times (2007 Digital Remaster) 5:33 776
5 Misunderstanding (2007 Digital Remaster) 3:14 874
6 Heathaze (2007 Digital Remaster) 4:58 657
7 Turn It On Again (2007 Digital Remaster) 3:50 757
8 Alone Tonight (2007 Digital Remaster) 3:55 579
9 Cul-de-sac (2007 Digital Remaster) 5:03 603
10 Please Don't Ask (2007 Digital Remaster) 4:00 569
11 Duke's Travels (2007 Digital Remaster) 8:36 478
12 Duke's End (2007 Digital Remaster) 2:06 554

About this album

Duke is the tenth studio album by Genesis, and was released in March 1980.

Duke became the trio’s first UK #1 album, while broadening their US audience even further, reaching #11 there and going Gold immediately and eventually Platinum.

Duke is regarded as a transitional Genesis album, incorporating both elements of dense and elaborate instrumentation associated with the band’s 1970s era material and glimpses of their future 1980s pop melodies and hooks. It’s therefore become regarded as the album where many Genesis fans would draw the line between the “old” and “new” Genesis. Duke showed both sides of the band’s music, containing both short radio-friendly pop tunes (e.g. “Misunderstanding”) as well as lengthy progressive rock suites (e.g. “Duke’s Travels”). Hence, Duke enjoys the anomaly of being simultaneously regarded as either the band’s last progressive outing or their first pop-oriented release.

Duke came on the heels of solo albums by Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford. Phil Collins had departed to Vancouver with his first wife to try to salvage their failing marriage. With the group’s future uncertain, Rutherford recorded Smallcreep’s Day while Banks issued A Curious Feeling. When Collins’ marriage finally ended, he rejoined the group, bringing a batch of introspective new songs. Most of these made up his solo Face Value album when released in early 1981, but two of them, “Misunderstanding” and “Please Don’t Ask,” were donated to Duke.

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  • Coolbutlame

    Peter Gabriel's voice would have easily fit on this album. You just complain because it has some songs meant for a Collins solo album on there without also listening to the album as a whole.

    18 Apr 3:20am Reply
  • LaWChristian

    i've been a big genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, duke. before that, i really didn't understand any of their work. too artsy, too intellectual. it was on duke where phil collins' presence became more apparent. i think invisible touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. it's an epic meditation on intangibility. at the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of banks, collins and rutherford. you can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. in terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Ok Bateman. [2]

    1 Apr 4:35pm Reply
  • Abomination317

    "Best 80s Genesis effort." probably because it was completed in '79. Technically the last '70s Genesis, and one of my favourites.

    29 Mar 3:09pm Reply
  • mariotoro

    the album cover is amazing.

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Akayz7

    murrr i do have a soft spot for the self titled, but the drumming on this one is very well recorded, adds a whole new dynamic to the album.

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • mk741

    Best 80s Genesis effort. And I love the cover. It has a real sense of loneliness to it I like.

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Akayz7

    Bateman is Batman.

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • BloodoftheKing

    i've been a big genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, duke. before that, i really didn't understand any of their work. too artsy, too intellectual. it was on duke where phil collins' presence became more apparent. i think invisible touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. it's an epic meditation on intangibility. at the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of banks, collins and rutherford. you can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. in terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Ok Bateman.

    4 May 2011 Reply
  • doctorzinc

    duke's end is an awesome song, the whole duke's suite is great

    25 Dec 2010 Reply
  • questar_

    i've been a big genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, duke. before that, i really didn't understand any of their work. too artsy, too intellectual. it was on duke where phil collins' presence became more apparent. i think invisible touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. it's an epic meditation on intangibility. at the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of banks, collins and rutherford. you can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. in terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism.

    10 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ricz_dm

    Terrible cover, though. D:

    24 Jul 2010 Reply
  • dirkje25

    Last great effort of this remarkeble band that is a great listen from back to back.

    14 Mar 2010 Reply
  • werty36

    very good album

    21 Jan 2010 Reply
  • lucy1379

    *** Genesis 4ever ***

    20 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Kittichan

    Duchess <3 btw who on earth tagged the track titles that way???!!!

    14 Aug 2009 Reply
  • nicolasbj

    Duke's Travels is an awesome song

    27 Apr 2009 Reply
  • tomcavill

    best. album. ever.

    17 Nov 2008 Reply
  • misterbruno

    My favorite album of the band as a trio. I love the first three songs and the Duke's End. Smokin!

    22 Oct 2008 Reply
  • D-WiTCHER

    Fuckin' Epic!

    20 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Danielson10

    This album turned me on to Genesis and is still a favorite in my CD player. At one point I had this in album, 8 track, and CD. There isn't a bad song on the album and I love Dukes Travels/ Duke's End. I saw them in concert in 1980 and it was an amazing show.

    1 Aug 2008 Reply
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