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Symphonic Prog • United Kingdom


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Genesis biography
Formed in 1967 at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey, UK - Disbanded in 1998 - Shortly reunited in 2007-08


Beloved Symphonic prog rock through to stadium filling rock titans

Any biography of Genesis must recognise that there are distinct periods in the band's history, and that any discussion should recognise that musically and lyrically, the band which filled vast stadia throughout the 1990's was a completely different creature to that which played sweaty student halls filled with spotty young men in the early 1970's.

The original incarnation of the band had its origins in two outfits formed by Peter GABRIEL (vocals & flute), Tony BANKS (keyboards), Michael RUTHERFORD (bass & rhythm guitars), and Anthony PHILLIPS (lead guitars) whilst boarding students at the elite English public school, Charterhouse in the mid-1960's. Outside the confines of an extremely stuffy atmosphere, the world was becoming far more liberated, socially, sexually, politically, and musically, and these bands represented an outlet for young men who, basically, as young men do, wanted some of that.

The two acts coalesced into one, and the students had the novel idea of placing a tape of their music into the hands of Jonathan King whilst he was visiting his alma mater. King was, at this time, a big selling artist and musical impresario, and, consequently, someone who mattered in the rock world.

The tapes were basic, but King took a shine to Gabriel's voice, and recognised a unique sound and talent which, if nurtured, could become huge. He arranged for the band, with drummer Chris Stewart, to record some sessions in London, where the boys experimented with quite complex, orchestral pastiches. Knowing that King was not happy, the band penned Silent Sun, a song which was essentially a Bee Gees tribute single. The brothers Gibb were huge commercially at this time, and King was known to be a huge fan. The resulting album in early 1969 was named "Genesis to Revelation" by King, as representing something brand new and exciting in the musical world. It barely scratched the surface of the commercial music world, and, for many a year after, copies could still be found in the bargain bin section of stores.

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GENESIS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.55 | 1114 ratings
From Genesis To Revelation
1969
4.15 | 2244 ratings
Trespass
1970
4.41 | 3088 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1971
4.60 | 3524 ratings
Foxtrot
1972
4.64 | 4053 ratings
Selling England By The Pound
1973
4.30 | 2892 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1974
4.28 | 2521 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail
1976
4.10 | 1898 ratings
Wind & Wuthering
1976
3.44 | 1411 ratings
...And Then There Were Three...
1978
3.50 | 1415 ratings
Duke
1980
2.61 | 1232 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.79 | 1224 ratings
Genesis
1983
2.47 | 1247 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.66 | 1139 ratings
We Can't Dance
1991
2.49 | 986 ratings
Calling All Stations
1997

GENESIS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.99 | 914 ratings
Genesis Live
1973
4.33 | 940 ratings
Seconds Out
1977
3.47 | 505 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
2.13 | 361 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume One - The Shorts
1992
2.91 | 371 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume Two - The Longs
1993
3.26 | 327 ratings
Live Over Europe 2007
2007

GENESIS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.47 | 161 ratings
In Concert 1976
1977
3.12 | 85 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
3.40 | 65 ratings
The Mama Tour
1985
2.52 | 55 ratings
Visible Touch (VHS)
1987
3.37 | 46 ratings
A History Of Genesis
1991
3.39 | 81 ratings
The Way We Walk (DVD)
2001
3.95 | 56 ratings
The Genesis Songbook
2001
2.94 | 32 ratings
Inside Genesis 1975-1980
2003
3.24 | 104 ratings
Invisible Touch - Live At Wembley (DVD)
2004
3.07 | 78 ratings
The Video Show
2004
3.96 | 90 ratings
Genesis Live Video
2004
2.88 | 38 ratings
Inside Genesis The Gabriel Years 1970-1975
2004
3.06 | 17 ratings
Rock Review - A Critical Retrospective
2005
2.54 | 42 ratings
The Gabriel Era
2006
3.76 | 59 ratings
In London
2007
3.70 | 14 ratings
Up Close And Personal (DVD and book set)
2007
4.16 | 176 ratings
When In Rome
2008
3.69 | 13 ratings
Land of confusion
2010
2.46 | 37 ratings
Sum Of The Parts
2014

GENESIS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.25 | 5 ratings
Presenting Genesis
1974
3.18 | 3 ratings
70's Pop Sound
1974
4.15 | 8 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume One
1975
4.22 | 8 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume Two
1975
2.67 | 56 ratings
Reflection - Rock Theatre
1975
4.11 | 27 ratings
The Best...
1976
2.55 | 17 ratings
Genesis in Concert
1977
3.55 | 4 ratings
The Story Of Genesis
1978
4.20 | 18 ratings
Nursery Cryme / Foxtrot
1979
3.13 | 4 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1981
3.10 | 2 ratings
Genesis
1981
2.38 | 5 ratings
Genesis
1981
5.00 | 2 ratings
Genesis
1989
1.33 | 5 ratings
The Vertigo Years
1990
2.49 | 32 ratings
Turn It On Again - Best Of 81-83
1991
4.27 | 266 ratings
Archive 1967-1975
1998
2.79 | 25 ratings
The Original Album
1998
3.00 | 5 ratings
The Greatest
1998
2.27 | 113 ratings
Turn It On Again - The Hits
1999
3.00 | 151 ratings
Archive 2 1976 - 1992
2000
3.20 | 97 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2004
2.08 | 21 ratings
14 From Our Past
2007
3.51 | 100 ratings
Genesis 1983-1998
2007
2.31 | 46 ratings
Turn It On Again The Hits -The Tour Edition
2007
3.93 | 134 ratings
Genesis 1976 - 1982
2007
4.52 | 210 ratings
Genesis 1970 -75
2008
3.80 | 102 ratings
Genesis Live 1973 - 2007
2009
4.42 | 12 ratings
The Movie Box
2009
2.50 | 6 ratings
The Magic Of Time
2013
2.28 | 41 ratings
R-Kive
2014

GENESIS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.55 | 34 ratings
The Silent Sun / That's Me
1968
2.54 | 26 ratings
A Winter's Tale / One-Eyed Hound
1968
2.62 | 18 ratings
GENESIS
1969
4.10 | 59 ratings
The Knife
1971
4.15 | 22 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1972
3.18 | 59 ratings
Happy The Man
1972
4.05 | 72 ratings
Twilight Alehouse
1973
4.26 | 66 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1973
4.69 | 35 ratings
Watcher of the Skies
1973
4.00 | 18 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / After The Ordeal
1973
3.59 | 17 ratings
I Know What I Like / More Fool Me
1973
4.20 | 15 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Promo)
1974
4.17 | 52 ratings
Counting Out Time
1974
4.34 | 63 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room
1975
4.23 | 50 ratings
Counting Out Time / Riding The Scree
1975
4.57 | 21 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1975
3.67 | 26 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1975
3.89 | 27 ratings
The Carpet Crawl
1975
4.40 | 30 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
3.22 | 26 ratings
Ripples
1976
3.94 | 43 ratings
Entangled
1976
3.29 | 29 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1976
4.58 | 19 ratings
Entangled / Ripples
1976
4.52 | 21 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Squonk
1976
4.33 | 15 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Carpet Crawl
1976
3.69 | 13 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Carpet Crawl
1977
2.98 | 152 ratings
Spot the pigeon
1977
3.13 | 13 ratings
Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode)
1978
3.18 | 52 ratings
Follow You Follow Me
1978
4.03 | 43 ratings
Many Too Many
1978
3.37 | 43 ratings
Duchess/Open Door
1980
2.91 | 44 ratings
Misunderstanding
1980
3.69 | 45 ratings
Turn it on again
1980
2.72 | 35 ratings
No reply at all
1981
2.89 | 57 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.64 | 40 ratings
Keep it dark
1981
2.38 | 41 ratings
3 X 3
1982
3.94 | 15 ratings
The Lady Lies
1982
2.96 | 16 ratings
Paperlate picture 7''
1982
2.89 | 31 ratings
Man On The Corner
1982
2.88 | 7 ratings
Turn It On Again (Live)
1982
4.00 | 7 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Counting Out Time
1982
3.57 | 7 ratings
Follow You, Follow Me / A Trick Of The Tail
1983
4.27 | 17 ratings
Home By The Sea
1983
4.33 | 32 ratings
Firth Of Fifth
1983
2.98 | 53 ratings
Mama
1983
2.97 | 37 ratings
That's All
1983
2.29 | 39 ratings
Illegal Alien
1983
2.62 | 23 ratings
Taking it all too hard
1984
3.00 | 6 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight Exclusive Candid Interview
1986
2.44 | 48 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.41 | 37 ratings
Throwing It All Away
1986
2.07 | 38 ratings
In Too Deep
1986
2.61 | 56 ratings
Land of Confusion
1986
3.32 | 34 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight 12''
1987
3.48 | 23 ratings
Tonight, Tonight Tonight Tonight 7''
1987
3.71 | 38 ratings
No Son Of Mine
1991
2.25 | 12 ratings
We Can't Dance (Special Edition Volkswagen)
1991
2.61 | 18 ratings
Tell Me Why 5'' Cd single
1992
2.57 | 30 ratings
Jesus He Knows Me 5'' CD single
1992
2.58 | 38 ratings
I Can't Dance
1992
2.67 | 33 ratings
Hold On My Heart
1992
2.45 | 21 ratings
Never a Time
1993
2.84 | 18 ratings
Tell me why
1993
3.17 | 6 ratings
...Calling All Stations... Album Sampler...
1997
1.89 | 47 ratings
Congo
1997
2.53 | 34 ratings
Shipwrecked
1997
2.53 | 36 ratings
Not About Us
1998
3.22 | 36 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers 1999 5' promo CD
1999

GENESIS Reviews


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 Foxtrot by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.60 | 3524 ratings

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Foxtrot
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by aldri7

4 stars Another review of Foxtrot. Oh well, this should be relatively short. My main reason for writing this it to express my love for Nursery Cryme and wonder why it is not more highly rated than Foxtrot. I guess this is a minority opinion though. Foxtrot is excellent for sure, but I have never really been able to get into Suppers Ready, considered to be the quintessential Genesis song by many. Why do others love it so much? It meanders and drags on to me, and I want to cut a good 4-5 minutes off of it. The song starts epically and finishes strong, but boredom overtakes me at other times as I listen.

So, but two excellent songs start things off on side one. And Can-utility is awesome, one of Genesis's best. Overall, I'd give this side an edge over Nursery Cryme's side one because the later has Return of the Giant Hogweed which suffers upon repeat listening - I just can't quite find satisfaction here as it seems a little clunky and boorish for Genesis. But now, moving on to a comparison of both albums side 2's - Side 2 of Nursery Cryme starts off with IMHO one of Genesis's most underrated songs, Seven Stones, and that's just the beginning. Harold the Barrel, is ingenious and both comical and laced with emotion. Harlequin is a little gem, and the grand finale, The Fountain of Salmacis is a masterpiece that doesn't suffer from seeming a bit too long compared to Suppers Ready. So given a choice - I'd much rather listen to side 2 of Nursery Cryme than side 2 of Foxtrot. And that, folks, is enough to tip the scale in favor of Nursery Cryme as an album overall. It doesn't win out by much, but here's my summary - Seven Stones gets a huge thumbs up compared to how I feel about Suppers Ready which is brilliant at times but flawed in terms of structure. In a nutshell, Seven Stones is the unheralded clincher.

 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.64 | 4053 ratings

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Selling England By The Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by patrickq
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4 stars For Genesis, following up their 1972 album Foxtrot couldn't've been easy. Trespass (1970) had improved upon the group's 1969 debut; then Nursery Cryme (1971) far exceeded Trespass; and Foxtrot was even better, boasting the masterpiece "Supper's Ready." Foxtrot has a few flaws, and surpassing it, while possible, represented a challenge. Spoiler alert: Selling England by the Pound (1973) does not outshine Foxtrot, at least in my opinion. But it accomplishes the next best thing: it maintains the standard set by Foxtrot.

The album is comprised of four long songs (ranging from eight minutes to nearly twelve), three single- length songs, and a reprise of the opening track. Two of the longer-form pieces, "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" and "The Battle of Epping Forest," are solid, serviceable tracks which fit well within the structure of the album - - but neither approaches "classic" status. Each lacks the structure of the group's best work, and neither has a standout melody. The same, however, cannot be said of the other two long songs. "The Cinema Show" consolidates all of the significant musical elements of their best prior work (e.g., "The Musical Box," "Watcher of the Skies," "Supper's Ready") and combines it with some of the group's best lyrics. The song begins by setting up a girl-boy romance, but drops it entirely in favor for a bit of Greek mythology (the sex-changing oracle Tiresias). The listener is left to decide whether there's any connection, and if so, what it might be.

As great as "The Cinema Show" is, the high point of Selling England by the Pound is the nine-and-a- half-minute "Firth of Fifth," which, like "Supper's Ready," is one of Genesis's masterpieces - - and, I would argue, one of the masterpieces of symphonic rock. It goes beyond simple consolidation of prior triumphs; I'd liken it more to extrapolating from prior triumphs. Although all five band members turn in great performances, the VIP is keyboardist Tony Banks who opens the song with the iconic piano solo - - and who was the song's primary composer and lyricist. Interestingly, Banks has been quoted as regarding the lyrics as dreadful; while they are a bit overdramatic (e.g., "Now, as the river dissolves in sea / So Neptune has claimed another soul"), I've heard far worse. Steve Hackett also deserves special praise for his guitar work on "Firth of Fifth," which some regard as his finest work with Genesis.

Among the shorter songs, the only standout is "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)," although what a standout it is - - it's among the group's best singles, and certainly their best with singer Peter Gabriel, who left in 1974. It's as fun and catchy - - and as unprogressive - - as "Follow You Follow Me," "Turn It On Again," or "Paperlate," an serves as a reminder that Genesis sought pop-chart success well before Phil Collins took over for Gabriel.

It may be a bit unkind to call the remaining songs afterthoughts, but the nice-enough, yet nothing-special instrumental "After the Ordeal" is essentially a four-minute coda to "The Battle of Epping Forest," while the brief "Aisle of Plenty" ends the album by reprising parts of "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight." And the Phil-Collins vehicle "More Fool Me" is proof that Collins's schlockyness predated "Separate Lives" by more than a decade.

Selling England by the Pound is one of just four albums which has been reviewed at least 4000 times on progarchives.com. Its average rating of 4.6/5 stars is the second-highest of all albums on the site regardless of subgenre. While I don't class it in the very top echelon of prog-rock albums, I will say that among Genesis's fifteen studio albums, Selling England by the Pound is matched in quality only by Foxtrot and A Trick of the Tail. Although it has some filler, it tends to be decent filler - - "More Fool Me" excepted. The inclusion of its three standards - - "I Know What I Like," "The Cinema Show," and most notably "Firth of Fifth" - - secures for Selling England by the Pound a place among the best symphonic-prog albums.

 Three Sides Live by GENESIS album cover Live, 1982
3.47 | 505 ratings

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Three Sides Live
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by zetamoog

5 stars This is a fantastic album. In my opinion, the meddley In the cage registered here, it is the best meddley that Genesis has performed live. Just perfect. Afterglow's version is fantastic, far better than Seconds Out. Even Abacab is, by far, far superior to the LP version. The first time I bought this material, it was in cassette and brought the fourth side with songs B or unpublished sides, which are also, from my point of view, great compositions, especially Evidence of autumn and open door. The addition of the classics of the old era increases the rating and brings it to its peak. Perhaps the addition of the last meddley is the only thing that barely catches up, since, the drumming of Bill Bruford is very different than Chester or Phil, and although I recognize that he is an exceptional drummer, I feel like Bill could never adapt his style to the sound that the band required. This album is a must for all Genesis fans.
 Duke by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.50 | 1415 ratings

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Duke
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Zoltanxvamos

5 stars ([Joke] Take a shot everytime I say 'emotional')

Genesis last Masterpiece, not one bad song, emotional lyrics, gorgeous soundscapes and finally brilliant songwriting from the trio. First of all, the lyrical content takes the situation of Phil Collins divorce and presents it in an emotional and depressing manner. The musical songwriting Is also very emotional and most songs aren't technically hard to play, but it is a bit of a game of 'Find It', some parts in songs are technically difficult to play. Best thing about the album is its originality, nothing at this time really sounded like this (unless you count one or two songs from 'The Missing Piece' by 'Gentle Giant', but they were trying to be Genesis at that time anyways). So! To the songs!

First on the album, 'Behind the lines' opens up the album really well (and the 2007 tour as well). The opening is technically difficult on drums (shocking...), catchy opening with Tony's cp70, Phil's boomy drums and Mike's fitting bass and guitar playing. After the intro to the song, we are moved onto a Progpop song that has good lyrical content. Followed by Phil Collins emotional voice, Tony Banks keyboard chord progression makes for a great opening track. 'Duchess', a lyrical masterpiece is the late 70s and early 80s Genesis. The music is slow and melodic, emotional (yet again) follows up well with the previous. The fade in between the songs makes the transitions flow better on the entire album. 'Guide Vocal' The Tony Banks bit, with Phil Collins lyrics yet again. Another really soft song on this soft album. 'Man of Our Times' is a Mike Rutherford song similar to that of 'Snowbound' on the '...and then there were three' album. A little more bombastic but still shared a similar style. 'Misunderstanding', ahhhh the hit on the album. This song (as previously said) was the big hit on the album written by Phil Collins, very comparable to that of Phil Collins' solo stuff. 'Heathaze' is yet again an emotional song by the band, here's the thing... this song was meant to be replaced (at one point) by 'Evidence of Autumn' which is another more Tony Banks style song, both songs of course being good fits for the album.. and of course they are both not comparable with any of the older Genesis. 'Turn it on Again', yet another hit on the album in 13/4 (not 13/8 as many would believe), it does show the bands ability to write a good song in an odd time (like they have previously proven). 'Alone Again' is yet Another emotional song on this album (I've used that phrase a lot in this review). This song is on the slower side and shows the bands ability to make a slow, upsetting song. 'Cul-de-sac' is a Tony Banks style song meant to be another emotional piece on this already depressing album. The songwriting shows Tony Banks ability to write soft chord progressions with originality. 'Please Don't Ask', more and more emotions are continuing to flow out of this masterpiece of an album... getting tired of me saying masterpiece and emotional yet? Yes? Then you might want to leave, but if not then we only have a few more songs to go so... you know what, just stick around. 'Duke's Travels' is essentially an instrumental with callbacks to 'Guide Vocal' from the beginning of the album, an interesting way to bring the album full circle before the real end of the album. 'Duke's End' is the real callback of the entire album. Unbelievably identical to the intro to 'Behind the Lines'. Thus making this song the perfect way to end off a really great album.

Now I know that I have a lot of album reviews with 5 star ratings, but this is one of the most underrated Genesis albums. Sadly this album is the bands last fantastic album. As with a lot of bands, they all start to have a decline in their lifetime. Abacab was the next album by the band that isn't really comparable to this album but it isn't a bad album either.

Anyways, I will close off this review by saying that this album is absolutely stunning and a progressive Rock masterpiece. Thank you Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks for writing such an amazing album.

 Invisible Touch by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1986
2.47 | 1247 ratings

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Invisible Touch
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Zoltanxvamos

2 stars Well... this is a disgrace.as a progressive rock album... now... as a Pop album, this is pretty good!

Sadly this is not Poparchives, this is Progarchives. Now, to the positives, as a prog song, Domino is pretty good... catchy, slow and dark, synthetic and ominous. Tonight, Tonight, Tonight is a nice progpop song. 'Throwing it all away' and 'In too Deep' are again, nice progpop songs. And finally 'The Brazilian' and interesting way to end the album, all of them are decent songs. Not at all comparable to stuff on Trespass through Wind and Wuthering.

Ok, now I'm done talking this album up. Other than those pleasant pieces, all the other songs either have nothing in common with the more pleasant pieces. The title track is an abhorrent pop song, it does seem like the band just sold out and went on to only do a pop album to make money. For Genesis, this album is as bad as it gets... Genesis is my favourite band of all time but this album is pretty bad, it is a good pop album altogether but... as a prog album... this album couldn't get much much worse. The positives keep it from reaching rock bottom.

 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.64 | 4053 ratings

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Selling England By The Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Zoltanxvamos

5 stars This is it for me, this is the number 1 progressive rock album of all time. Here's why: The songs on this album just flow brilliantly, the songwriting is absolutely top notch, the layout of the album is classic, Peter Gabriel's voice fits every song (except for the one). Need I go on? Yes I should! I ain't done here yet.

First: 'Dancing with the moonlit Knight', a masterpiece on it's own, the opening track gave.way to such an influential piece in progressive rock. The balance in solos, complicated instrumentation, perfect mix for the song and many other aspects. Name me a more iconic Genesis song. Just the layout of this song influenced many present bands. 'I know what I like (in your wardrobe)', an interesting little experiment that turned into another iconic Genesis song as of late. Interesting and well writing instrumentation and sounds from that time. 'Firth of Fifth', Again, an iconic song by the band that pinpointed another influential format in modern progressive rock. Need I say more? Ok. The guitar solo is absolutely stellar in terms of writing and technical ability, and the Taurus pedals just add to that dark atmosphere that make this song still iconic to this day. 'More Fool Me', a pleasant little song written by Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins, it is a good song, technically hard to play on guitar in terms of chords and well sung. Not iconic but still a good song. 'The Battle of Epping Forest' is again, not as iconic but still a masterpiece on the album with some comparable elements to songs like 'Get'em Out By Friday' on Foxtrot. Very good, interesting story and amazing songwriting all together. 'After the Ordeal' another not very iconic song by the band but still a very strong song on the album in terms of songwriting. 'Cinema Show', Ok... give me one second to prepare for this one...

Ok! This song has it all, harmonies, keyboard solos, atmosphere, amazing lyrical content, interesting songwriting all the way through and yet it is still somewhat underrated. This song is what Progressive Rock is. It defines the genre, this is true Progressive Rock. Not Tool or Dream Theater, this is real progressive Rock. And finally we reach the call back song of 'Aisle of Plenty', this song calls back to 'Dancing with the Moonlit Knight' and brings the album full circle. This album has the iconic Genesis lineup of Tony Banks, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett. This album did no wrong and it is of course, a true platinum moment in Progressive Rock history. This is the album that helped solidify what the genre is, and what it can continue to be. Genesis, you guys made an album that Progressive Rockheads such as myself will admire, it is one of the most influential pieces in the genre, and you guys just started... it is important that you know how much this album is worth to Proggers. And for the generation ahead, this is music at its absolute finest.

 A Trick Of The Tail by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.28 | 2521 ratings

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A Trick Of The Tail
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by MaxPap

5 stars If this one isn't my favorite album of all time, it's in my top 5 for sure.

Absolute perfection. Not one single flaw. And not only that, it's one of those albums that had a huge emotional impact on me. It's got the perfect diversity of various themes, moods, feelings and moments that "give you adrealine" how exciting it is to drop the stylus on this LP. I love it so much that I rarely play it, because I just don't want to get tired of it. I want to enjoy it for a longer time span than two weeks, like most albums have on me in the shorter run.

It starts off with Dance On A Volcano, a sweet, sweet album opener that has the perfect balance between progressive and catchy (without turning to pop). It ends with a killer instrumental.

Entangled comes in. In songs like these, I usually can link the song to a particular season. There, I would link it closest to autumn, but I really don't know. This one is unique in its own way. It's haunting yet charming. It's like a rustic decoration for the album, just like the cover.

Then comes Squonk, probably the most catchy and pop-accessible song of them 8, but still is fairly progressive. I'll say it here ; Phil Collins definitively is a great singer, and on this one I like him better than Peter Gabriel. I consider the 1976-1977 era and the 3 albums with it (including Seconds Out) the golden age of Genesis because I overall prefer the style of these 3 albums. Squonk is a classic of that era, and besides, who doesn't love the rich keyboard sound of that song?

Closing the first side is Mad Man Moon, possibly one of my favorite songs ever. It has a desperate, sad feeling but oh my god is it just so, so, beautiful. I'm a huge fan of the compilation between mellotron & piano like there is in the first part of this song. The lyrics are in my style, and what can I say about the piano solo of the middle. It's extremely complex, but beautiful and makes you feel in the wide-open hilly desert at first (Not like in the lyrics), all alone, but then it places you in the tiniest of areas, contemplating your life and the universe in a very enclosed head. The buildup enters and all light and hope penetrates your brain, and from there it only gets better and better. It's melancholic, but so beautiful that it will turn tears of sadness into tears of joy. It really is one of my favorites, and because of that I don't play it often.

And that closes the first side. Fortunately for us, the second side is just as perfect. Robbery, Assault & Battery as a smaller opening instrumental but fits perfectly for a B-Side opening, just like Dance On A Volcano had a perfect A-Side opening. So, this one has a clear theme based on the track's title. Through the song, there is a very special keyboard solo combined with a unusual but awesome drum and bass pattern. Phil's vocals are just as great.

If Mad Man Moon is not the masterpiece of the album, Ripples is the one. They're both equally pure perfection with a bonus of emotional outrage, of joy. Ripples starts very acoustic, and Phil's vocals are the best on this one. It's a great and beautiful acoustic tune, until the middle part comes in. I can't explain it, but they somehow manage to transform the song into one of the most amazingly beautiful instrumentals of all time, and in the end, it magically goes back to the main chorus in such a beautiful and fluid way. It's one of those songs that makes you cry of joy how beautiful and perfect it is.

Then you have the title track, which is also a little more accessible just like Squonk but less of a rocker. Another song with a great feeling attached to it. Just great, simply put.

Something important in an album to me is how each side starts and ends, but more importantly, how the album as a whole starts and ends. Dance On A Volcano had a killer opening, well, Los Endos is just the P-E-R-F-E-C-T closing for an album. This instrumental pretty much sums up the whole album, and I'd even dare to say, the whole sub-genre that is Symphonic prog. It's that fascinating to hear and closely listen. Phil makes his "voice" shine on drums on this one, and shows his true talent. All four members are at best on Los Endos, and it sums up the whole album ; perfection. Simply put, pure perfection.

 Foxtrot by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.60 | 3524 ratings

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Foxtrot
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by MaxPap

5 stars Foxtrot never has been a personal favorite of mine, for some reason. Of course, some moments hit me emotionally, but never as hard as some other Genesis albums. I tend to prioritize albums that have emotionally an impact on me, but on the technical side Foxtrot is perfect. For some reason it's not as close as nectar to my ears, but it still is a great listen from start to finish with absolutely no exceptions.

Side 1 is very loaded (Coming at 28 minutes) but is full of great tracks. Watcher of the Skies is a good prog piece though I personally never have been a fan of it. The mellotron beginning does set up a great mood though. The melody for the rest of the song is not exceptional but I have nothing bad to say about it. As for the other 4, great pieces. Time Table is cool and catchy. Get 'Em Out By Friday is weird, more on the Gabriel-style of Genesis in general, but has musically some awesome moments. Same for Can-Utility and the Coastliners (Weird names, huh) and this one has some of the most special instrumental moments of the whole album. Finally, you have Horizons, a short acoustic guitar solo by Hackett, but it gives a cozy mood in a rainy day and I love it. Finally, you have Supper's Ready on side 2, one of, if not the most classic prog suite. I've never been a fan of it until I listened to the live version from Seconds Out, and then it hit me. I can now really tell why it's great. It has all a prog suite needs ; diversity of feelings & musical themes, original theming & execution, complex passages without them being made to be complex, etc.

There's really nothing wrong to say about Foxtrot. It's not a personal favorite of mine, but I still love it and it fully deserves a good ol' 5 stars.

 Duke by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.50 | 1415 ratings

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Duke
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Oh1234567890

4 stars I've seen a decent amount of prog. I've diven deep into the prog of King Crimson, Yes, Emerson, Lake, And Palmer, Jethro Tull, The Mars Volta, Van Der Graaf Generator, Pink Floyd, Rush, Camel, Gentle Giant, Procol Harum, and my favorite of all of them, Genesis. I started getting into their 80's stuff in early 2018, and in the middle of the year, my dad and I were starting to learn of Duke. This one album caused me to dive deep into a genre that I never knew existed until now, and I'm so glad I know of it.

Behind The Lines is my favorite track on the album. It's a perfect opener for this album. Duchess is a phenomenal song to combo with it. The long intro leading to Phil's screaming voice works extremely well for this tune. Guide Vocal is a very simple yet beautiful lyrical gem. Man Of Our Times is one of the negatives of the album for me. It's just a few lines repeating over and over again with no purpose. Misunderstanding is a great song. Whenever you hear this song on the radio after listening to some Rush, it's not bad. This album has made me remember how good this song actually is. It's very simple, but everything in it is very precise. The riff has a great yet simple pattern in it. Heathaze is just beautiful. Phil puts out one of his best performances on the album. His voice is perfectly balanced within everything going on around him. I've always loved the rhythm in Turn It On Again since before I knew what prog was. The changes in time signature aren't very noticeable, which I find pretty cool. Alone Tonight is an easy one to sing along to. Easy hook to catch onto with some nice chord progressions in between. Cul-De-Sac is the first prog song that blew my mind because of the chords within it. Nowadays, it seems more normal to me, but I still love it the same. I love the guitar and bass in this song. They fill everything that they need to, and I love when that happens in a song like this. When the key changes to E, I smile every single time. Please Don't Ask is a pretty good tune, but it mainly reminds me of a song by Bread. Duke's Travels is a very fun instrumental track, and Duke's End is a nice conclusion to this album.

All in all, this is a great album. It's not even close to my favorite prog album, but it's a really good one. It's not too complicated throughout, but lots of cool stuff happens in every single song. I just love this album.

 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.64 | 4053 ratings

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Selling England By The Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by jkillion1971

5 stars I do not make this statement lightly...for me, Selling England By The Pound is the greatest album in all of Progressive Rock.

It has everything that you could ask for in a masterpiece album - Superlative musicianship, imaginative lyrics, ambitious without being pretentious, and most of all consistently engaging throughout. Most other albums debated as the best in prog circles (Close to The Edge, In The Court of the Crimson King, Dark Side of the Moon, Hemispheres, etc.) have their moments to me, but do not consistently grab me the way SEBTP does.

SEBTP just seems to best strike that balance between ambition, length, and catchiness. I love every moment, every note. And that includes More Fool Me and Battle of Epping Forest, the two songs on the album that seem to be garner mixed opinions among previous reviewers. Not me...I find both songs to be highly enjoyable. Frankly, Peter Gabriel's opening acapella in Dancing With The Moonlit Knight just gives me chills. I put the album on and let the next hour just wash over me.

The bottom line - Selling England By The Pound is a transformative album that shows you all the best that prog rock has to offer. It is absolutely essential for any fan or prog rock.

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