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Symphonic Prog • United Kingdom


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Among the top classic prog rock bands of all times, GENESIS is most known in the prog scene for the superb line-up Peter GABRIEL, Phil COLLINS, Steve HACKETT, Mike RUTHERFORD and Tony BANKS, which played together from 1971's "Nursery Cryme" to 1974's "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway". After this extraordinary period GABRIEL left the band, but the progressive music quality remained the same untill HACKETT left the band. From that point on, under the popish influence of Phil COLLINS, the band took another path towards the commercial market...

Their best work was produced while Peter GABRIEL was with the band, and for a year after he left. Here is a GUIDE to their work from that period.

EARLY PERIOD:
"Trespass" (1970) was the band's second album, which featured Anthony PHILLIPS on guitar and John MAYHEW on drums. There are six songs here, all of which show glimpses of the power the band was to develop more fully later.

MIDDLE PERIOD:
"Nursery Cryme" (1971) shows the band struggling with their new mix of talent, and has a couple of weak songs. "Foxtrot" (1972) shows a more confident and accomplished band. "Selling England By The Pound" (1973) finds the band in a slightly mellower mood, with more acoustic work here on piano and guitar than before. "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" (1974) is arguably the band's finest album. It is a 90-minute theater piece filled with a wide variety of music and moods.

LATE PERIOD:
But the first two albums made in this period still managed to preserve enough of the band's "progressive" qualities to make them interesting to old fans. "A Trick Of The Tail" (1975) is a very strong album that still sounds good today. "Wind and Wuthering" (1976) is the last album made by the "old" GENESIS.

APOCRYPHA:
Several albums appeared in the 90s that fit well into the discography of the "old" GENESIS. ... "Genesis Archive: 1967-1975" / "Genesis Revisited" / "Genesis For Two Grand Pianos"

CONCLUSION:
One of the best "progressive" rock bands that rose to prominence in England in the early 70s.

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Turn It on Again: The HitsTurn It on Again: The Hits
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Selling England By The PoundSelling England By The Pound
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Wea Int'l 1990
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The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (2CD)The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (2CD)
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Atlantic 2005
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GENESIS discography


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

2.58 | 1016 ratings
From Genesis To Revelation
1969
4.16 | 2056 ratings
Trespass
1970
4.42 | 2795 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1971
4.60 | 3209 ratings
Foxtrot
1972
4.63 | 3697 ratings
Selling England By The Pound
1973
4.29 | 2634 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1974
4.27 | 2278 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail
1976
4.09 | 1717 ratings
Wind And Wuthering
1976
3.42 | 1275 ratings
...And Then There Were Three...
1978
3.48 | 1274 ratings
Duke
1980
2.57 | 1120 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.76 | 1106 ratings
Genesis
1983
2.43 | 1134 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.64 | 1031 ratings
We Can't Dance
1991
2.49 | 892 ratings
Calling All Stations
1997

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

3.97 | 835 ratings
Genesis Live
1973
4.31 | 856 ratings
Seconds Out
1977
3.42 | 446 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
2.08 | 326 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume One - The Shorts
1992
2.84 | 337 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume Two - The Longs
1993
3.21 | 294 ratings
Live Over Europe 2007
2007

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

4.42 | 141 ratings
In Concert 1976
1977
3.12 | 75 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
3.39 | 60 ratings
The Mama Tour
1985
2.52 | 50 ratings
Visible Touch (VHS)
1987
3.35 | 43 ratings
A History Of Genesis
1991
3.38 | 75 ratings
The Way We Walk (DVD)
2001
3.95 | 54 ratings
The Genesis Songbook
2001
2.90 | 29 ratings
Inside Genesis 1975-1980
2003
3.24 | 94 ratings
Invisible Touch - Live At Wembley (DVD)
2004
3.05 | 74 ratings
The Video Show
2004
3.94 | 83 ratings
Genesis Live Video
2004
2.83 | 35 ratings
Inside Genesis The Gabriel Years 1970-1975
2004
3.06 | 17 ratings
Rock Review - A Critical Retrospective
2005
2.45 | 37 ratings
The Gabriel Era
2006
3.79 | 52 ratings
In London
2007
3.78 | 13 ratings
Up Close And Personal (DVD and book set)
2007
4.16 | 161 ratings
When In Rome
2008
3.69 | 13 ratings
Land of confusion
2010
2.42 | 33 ratings
Sum Of The Parts
2014

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

5.00 | 1 ratings
Presenting Genesis
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
70's Pop Sound
1974
4.40 | 5 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume One
1975
4.80 | 5 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume Two
1975
2.61 | 51 ratings
Reflection - Rock Theatre
1975
4.12 | 22 ratings
The Best...
1976
2.33 | 15 ratings
Genesis in Concert
1977
4.05 | 2 ratings
The Story Of Genesis
1978
4.08 | 6 ratings
Nursery Cryme / Foxtrot
1979
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Genesis
1981
4.00 | 2 ratings
Genesis
1981
3.50 | 2 ratings
Genesis
1989
1.00 | 2 ratings
The Vertigo Years
1990
2.41 | 28 ratings
Turn It On Again - Best Of 81-83
1991
4.29 | 240 ratings
Archive 1967-1975
1998
3.02 | 23 ratings
The Original Album
1998
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Greatest
1998
2.23 | 100 ratings
Turn It On Again - The Hits
1999
2.95 | 139 ratings
Archive 2 1976 - 1992
2000
3.19 | 91 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2004
1.92 | 19 ratings
14 From Our Past
2007
3.49 | 93 ratings
Genesis 1983-1998
2007
2.25 | 41 ratings
Turn It On Again The Hits -The Tour Edition
2007
3.92 | 126 ratings
Genesis 1976 - 1982
2007
4.52 | 193 ratings
Genesis 1970 -75
2008
3.78 | 93 ratings
Genesis Live 1973 - 2007
2009
4.36 | 11 ratings
The Movie Box
2009
1.33 | 3 ratings
The Magic Of Time
2013
2.15 | 32 ratings
R-Kive
2014

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

2.56 | 28 ratings
The Silent Sun / That's Me
1968
2.55 | 20 ratings
A Winter's Tale / One-Eyed Hound
1968
2.48 | 12 ratings
GENESIS
1969
4.01 | 50 ratings
The Knife
1971
4.06 | 16 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1972
3.16 | 52 ratings
Happy The Man
1972
4.05 | 64 ratings
Twilight Alehouse
1973
4.26 | 57 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1973
4.65 | 24 ratings
Watcher of the Skies
1973
3.82 | 11 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / After The Ordeal
1973
3.20 | 10 ratings
I Know What I Like / More Fool Me
1973
3.75 | 8 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Promo)
1974
4.11 | 45 ratings
Counting Out Time
1974
4.30 | 55 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room
1975
4.18 | 42 ratings
Counting Out Time / Riding The Scree
1975
4.38 | 13 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1975
3.54 | 18 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1975
3.69 | 20 ratings
The Carpet Crawl
1975
4.36 | 22 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
3.11 | 19 ratings
Ripples
1976
3.90 | 35 ratings
Entangled
1976
3.28 | 20 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1976
4.55 | 11 ratings
Entangled / Ripples
1976
4.38 | 13 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Squonk
1976
4.22 | 9 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Carpet Crawl
1976
3.33 | 6 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Carpet Crawl
1977
2.99 | 135 ratings
Spot the pigeon
1977
3.10 | 10 ratings
Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode)
1978
3.19 | 46 ratings
Follow You Follow Me
1978
4.04 | 39 ratings
Many Too Many
1978
3.42 | 39 ratings
Duchess/Open Door
1980
2.92 | 39 ratings
Misunderstanding
1980
3.76 | 40 ratings
Turn it on again
1980
2.71 | 32 ratings
No reply at all
1981
2.82 | 50 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.85 | 36 ratings
Keep it dark
1981
2.44 | 33 ratings
3 X 3
1982
4.00 | 13 ratings
The Lady Lies
1982
2.96 | 15 ratings
Paperlate picture 7''
1982
2.78 | 26 ratings
Man On The Corner
1982
2.96 | 6 ratings
Turn It On Again (Live)
1982
3.75 | 4 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Counting Out Time
1982
3.40 | 5 ratings
Follow You, Follow Me / A Trick Of The Tail
1983
4.40 | 11 ratings
Home By The Sea
1983
4.28 | 27 ratings
Firth Of Fifth
1983
3.14 | 50 ratings
Mama
1983
2.93 | 33 ratings
That's All
1983
2.24 | 32 ratings
Illegal Alien
1983
2.43 | 18 ratings
Taking it all too hard
1984
3.00 | 3 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight Exclusive Candid Interview
1986
2.42 | 42 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.32 | 31 ratings
Throwing It All Away
1986
2.02 | 33 ratings
In Too Deep
1986
2.57 | 51 ratings
Land of Confusion
1986
3.42 | 31 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight 12''
1987
3.59 | 22 ratings
Tonight, Tonight Tonight Tonight 7''
1987
3.83 | 35 ratings
No Son Of Mine
1991
2.17 | 6 ratings
We Can't Dance (Special Edition Volkswagen)
1991
2.56 | 16 ratings
Tell Me Why 5'' Cd single
1992
2.67 | 27 ratings
Jesus He Knows Me 5'' CD single
1992
2.60 | 35 ratings
I Can't Dance
1992
2.62 | 29 ratings
Hold On My Heart
1992
2.31 | 17 ratings
Never a Time
1993
2.88 | 15 ratings
Tell me why
1993
4.00 | 3 ratings
...Calling All Stations... Album Sampler...
1997
1.87 | 42 ratings
Congo
1997
2.53 | 31 ratings
Shipwrecked
1997
2.53 | 33 ratings
Not About Us
1998
3.25 | 32 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers 1999 5' promo CD
1999

GENESIS Reviews


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 A Trick Of The Tail by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.27 | 2278 ratings

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A Trick Of The Tail
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
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5 stars Review Nº 131

'A Trick Of The Tail' is the seventh studio album of Genesis and was released in 1976. This is another album that represents another turning point into their discography. It's even considered by some people the first neo-prog album in rock history. After the release of the sixth Genesis' studio album 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' in 1974 and during the live tour of that album in May of 1975, Peter Gabriel announced that he was leaving the group. At the time, and after the band auditioned over 400 lead singers to find a replacement front man to the group, and because Phil Collins had already provided some vocal work on Genesis, they decided that he was the right man to replace Gabriel.

So, that change transformed the band from a quintet to a quartet. If the problem of the singer became resolved, it raised the problem of a drummer for their live shows. So, they decided to engage Chester Thompson which is an American drummer and session musician who played with Weather Report and Frank Zappa, to perform on their live shows.

'A Trick Of The Tail' has eight tracks. The first track 'Dance On A Volcano' written by Tony Banks, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins is a great opener for the album. This is a very progressive song full of frantic rhythmic variations. It's also a song with a beautiful melody and complex musical changes which correspond completely to the great expectations created around this new studio work. The second track 'Entangled' written by Banks and Hackett is a very beautiful pastoral piece of music that features a superb acoustic guitar work by Hackett accentuated by a fantastic mellotron work by Banks. It's a wonderful and melodic song that makes us glide and dream. The third track 'Squonk' written by Banks and Rutherford is a song with a fantastic and memorable opening and it has also a remarkable fantastic drumming work made by Collins. This is a very simple song with great choral work. The fourth track 'Mad Man Moon' written by Banks is one of the most beautiful songs of the album and is one of my favourites too. We can even say that this is one of the most beautiful songs ever created by Genesis. It's also a song with beautiful chorus and a wonderful keyboard work by Banks. It became as one of the most beloved songs of Genesis, especially in Hackett's musical era. This is really a truly fantastic progressive track. The fifth track 'Robbery, Assault and Battery' written by Banks and Collins is a very good song and particularly it has great imaginative rhythms and time changes. It's a song also with a fantastic instrumental middle section with great individual performances by all band's members. The sixth track 'Ripples' written by Banks and Rutherford is a very calm and beautiful song. It's a song with nice guitar and keyboard musical textures. In reality, Hackett's guitar work is absolutely stunning, accompanied by a soft and wonderful keyboard work by Banks. This track represents the quiet and calm track on the album. The seventh track is the title track 'A Trick Of The Tail'. It was written by Banks and represents a very accessible track with very interesting lyrics. However, this is, in my humble opinion, one of the less progressive songs on the album and it sounds more like a song made to be released as a single hit. So, despite be a very nice song, I sincerely think this is the weakest and less interesting track on the album. In reality, it seems to be more a pop song than a track of a progressive album. The eighth track 'Los Endos' written by Banks, Hackett, Rutherford and Collins, is a fantastic instrumental progressive piece of music and represents my favourite track on the album. I even dare to say, that this is undoubtedly one of the favourite tracks of all Genesis' fans. It's the track that serves to resume the all album because it has some musical elements of all the other tracks. This is a very energetic track that closes the album wonderfully. It's interesting to note that 'Los Endos' became an emblematic song for the group and for the fans too. It became part of the alignment of the songs chosen to be part of almost all of their live shows and became commonly used to close almost all of them.

Conclusion: 'A Trick Of The Tail' is the first album released by Genesis as a quartet and without their front man and song writer Peter Gabriel. I have no doubt in saying that it was, for sure, a horrible moment for them. Certainly, Collins was very nervous wondering if Genesis' fans would accept him as the new front man of the group. However, and despite the loss of Gabriel, the group continued to deliver excellent musical moments for their fans, and 'A Trick Of The Tail' represents an excellent example of that. With this album, Genesis found new musical direction instead of simply revisited their musical past work. As I wrote above, some people consider that 'A Trick Of The Tail' was the first neo-prog album in the history, but others consider that was 'Market Square Heroes', the debut EP of Marillion released in 1982. Anyway and furthermore, 'A Trick Of The Tail' remains as an important milestone in the progressive rock music and in particular to the neo-prog sub-genre. It reveals also and undoubtedly that this is an album with great quality of Genesis. This is in reality an essential album for everyone who really loves progressive rock music with great beauty.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Wind And Wuthering by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.09 | 1717 ratings

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Wind And Wuthering
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Lupton

5 stars Reading most of the previous reviews, the general impression seems to be that Wind and Wuthering, released only months after TOTT is a slightly inferior effort. In my opinion, this album is not only equal to the previous album but far superior in many respects.

For a start, the actual production is just superb. The production on TTOT sounded very dry to my ears ,the instrumentation bordering on prosaic at times,even a little clumsy such as the closing bars of "Dance on a Volcano". In contrast, beginning with the follow up album's introductory siren like guitar figure by Steve Hackett set to Tony Bank's swelling mellotron backing, Wind and Wuthering is pure ear candy. In fact the sound is so polished and the instrumentation so assured,it is hard to believe it is the same band playing and with the same engineer to boot.Steve Hackett really shines on this album. His soloing on "...In that Quiet Earth" is pure aural bliss.If only he had been given the opportunity to step forward more often. Another of the album's highlights, "Blood On The Rooftops" also showcases his skills on the nylon string guitar.

This album is often thought of as Tony Bank's and it is easy to see why. The level of sophistication in his chordal arrangements and the use of all those expansive chords especially on the mellotron is what really gives this album its incredible autumnal atmosphere.

Although some of the actual compositions are less memorable than previous albums,the arrangements, playing and production makes this album an absolute joy from beginning to end.The band also know how to make a balanced listening experience.This is why songs like "You Have Your Own Special Way" and "Afterglow" might for some fans be throwaway pop songs,for me they actually make the album all the more rich.In retrospect the commercial direction the band was heading in is hinted on in this album not just in its poppier moments.

There are some albums I like, some albums I truly admire but this album I truly love.An absolute unqualified 5 out of 5

 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
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Selling England By The Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Lupton

5 stars I remember specifically what I was doing when I first heard Selling England By the Pond.It was 1976 and I was upstairs playing with my Lego set when I heard the most beautiful piece of music I had ever heard in my fourteen years wafting from the speakers in the Living Room downstairs.The music I could hear turned out to be the guitar solo from "The Firth of Fifth" and so began an enduring love for the music of Genesis that endures to this day.I thought I would start my review of this album with this little recollection because my ultimate appreciation of it is tied to how I initially experienced it.So to my review...

Genesis eased off a little after the somewhat dark and intense Foxtrot album.This recording is substantially more relaxed and the immaculate production is warm and accessible.It is also a perfectly balanced album with each epic length tracks followed by a shorter song. The opening track, "Dancing With the Moonlit Night" is an absolute Classic starting as a plainsong and gradually building up instrumentally before the rousing chorus and instrumental break which showcases Steve Hackett's innovative finger-tapping technique.The closing section with arpeggiated guitar and mellotron evokes images of floating down a river.Lyrically it is a delight with Peter Gabriel's wonderfully puns and wordplay. The next track is pure pop and a top 30 hit to boot."I Know What I like" is a fun little tune that also helps dispel the notion that Genesis had a purely"Prog" period and a "Pop" period. The next track, "Firth Of Fifth"is for me the quintessential Genesis song,full of grandeur flawlessly structured, with a memorable Tony Banks piano intro and of course that achingly beautiful guitar solo by Steve Hackett.It is truly the best thing on this album. I know a lot of people dislike "More Fool Me"mainly because Phil Collins sings it and it is, well another simple pop song with just simple guitar accompaniment. I must admit I used to feel a bit the same. However after a few listens, it reveals itself to be a particularly poignant ode to love loss and regret and it is quite beautiful. Side 2 opens with "The Battle Of Epping Forest".I have always loved the way it starts with a little march as if the song is about a real historic battle as opposed to what the song is actually about which is a modern day gang war.Musically it is Genesis at their most light hearted and playful.Again the wordplay and Gabriel's silly voices is what makes this song fun to listen to. At nearly twelve minutes it really is too long but I always end up listening to it all the way through because it is just so entertaining and genuinely amusing. "After the Ordeal" is a pleasant little Steve Hackett instrumental. It has a slightly Medieval feel which suits the mood of the album as a whole. "The Cinema Show"is the other great classic track essentially a two part track with with a vocal first half followed by an exuberant keyboard solo.Michael Rutherford's twelve string guitar playing during the vocal part is quite exquisite.The harmonised vocals by Gabriel and Collins just before the second chorus set against the acoustic guitars reminds me of Crosby Still and Nash. The final track "Aisle Of Plenty" revisits the opening track and brings the album to a logical conclusion with yet more puns.Tess Co-Op erates-pure genius.

I am not sure if I have added anything new next to the myriad of other reviews of this album.It is interesting how this album seems to continue to grow in stature year after year.

 Foxtrot by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.60 | 3209 ratings

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Foxtrot
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Luqueasaur

5 stars The fox on the rocks surpassed the musical box: 9/10

FOXTROT presents us a more mature and well-produced GENESIS, with talented, incomparable musicianship. One of the most interesting characteristics of this album is that every instrument is highlighted, although there's a distinctive emphasis on the keyboard, which overflows.

Watcher of the Skies is an airy, light and yet an astoundingly powerful performance with superb contribution from all five musicians, especially Mike Rutherford's magnificent bass line and Tony Banks' ethereal Mellotron. Time Table is melodic and profound, typical characteristics of the Peter Gabriel era. Get 'em Out by Fridayis a conceptual and sarcastic tale - those lads were some cynical ones... Can-Utility and Coastlinersis an indication of what GENESIS was going to develop into (on SELLING), going so forth as to introduce pieces that would be reused subsequently on Battle of Epping Forest and The Cinema Show. Tony Banks and Steve Hackett excels expectations as they accompany and sometimes lead along Peter Gabriel's serpent-charming voice on an energetic, complex and, simply put, classical GENESIS song. Horizons could easily be confused as a Baroque acoustic track. The trace elements of Bach's music is whopping, and although short, it is just as lovable as Bourrée in D Minor. It also has some high pitch picks that resembles YES' Roudabout's intro. Hehe.

SUPPER'S READY lacks words to be described, it is an absurd epic full of nuances and emotions that touch deeply our hearts and intertwine with our souls inseparably. It is truly, in a certain way, a journey. It features progressive rock's greatest technical moment: the legendary polyrhythmic and paradigmatic Apocalypse in 9/8 - an imitation of Keith Emerson's style on ELP, according to Banks -, the track's mindbogglingly complex interpretation of apocalyptic chaos. They did all of this is in 1972. Needless to say, it is a symbolic juggernaut for its influence shaped immensely the streams of the genre.

Particularly, FOXTROT features key content for understanding the early GENESIS era; I'm honestly not much fond of the album, but similar to what I did on my TARKUS review, a single song makes me consider this an essential album, and not necessarily the quality of the record in its entirety. It's impossible to pretend to listen to Supper's Ready is not imperative.

 Trespass by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.16 | 2056 ratings

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Trespass
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Luqueasaur

4 stars Our beloved classic Genesis has been assembled: 8/10

GENESIS, still trying to find uniqueness in their music, morphed a lot after their debut album. In here, they're shaped similarly to what's known of them. Every feature that makes them majestic are found in TRESPASS, albeit less matured. Maybe the album name has something to do with their departure from safe formulas to a new, uncharted territory of musical exploration and innovativeness? Highly eclectic, TRESPASS features several moods: it's sometimes soothing and pastoral and other times energetic and even mildly aggressive.

Peter Gabriel's vocals are terrific, passionate, and heavily accented, as usual. His musicianship is top notch, which really begs the question on how can this man sing so professionally since his very first releases... also, there's an interesting use of vocal distortion (kinda like 70's autotune) on many tracks. And several - and boy, I mean it! - flute solos. Tony Banks, the man with angel fingers, delivers too a superb contribution on his Mellotron. SURPRISINGLY, Phil Collins is not here: instead, it's John Mayhew is on the drums with quality drumming, but similar to Collins' style - rhythmically fluid, with some baroque details of cymbals and ornamental beats.

Looking for Someone starts rather romantically slow, but there are several injections of instrumental parts and keyboard solos that take it far away from boring. White Mountain is perhaps the best track of the record. With a pastoral ambiance, it tells a poetic tale of a wolf's adventure. Soothingly acoustic, the big thing here, along Gabriel's vocal performance, is the spectacularly catchy and climaxing Mellotron chorus "riff". Vision of Angels, although not particularly morose, is not much interesting. Stagnation follows the path of Looking for Someone, as it has a calmer pace yet featuring some potent flute and keyboard solos around the three-minute mark. THE KNIFE is also an absolute highlight, as it depicts an uncommonly hyperactive GENESIS, almost hard rock-esque. The lyrics have many to do with civil revolution and rebellion, as Gabriel wrote this under influence of Ghandhi's work, which sort of explains the insurrectionary musical stylistic, atypical to the band. When I think about it, it's the least "progressive" object here, featuring a clear verse-chorus structure. Well, I ain't complaining.

So, in general, TRESPASS is firm, interesting and thoroughly creative. It was released in 1970, on the beginnings of the progressive rock, and I can assume it's one of the influencing factors that shaped the genre's directions and sonority, and undoubtfully, of GENESIS' style. A must for fans, and a "you really should" for anyone else.

 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.63 | 3697 ratings

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Selling England By The Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by BitterJalapeno

5 stars If any album deserves to receive the status of "Masterpiece" it is without a doubt "Selling England by the Pound" from Genesis. Everything on this album is sheer genius on a level above anything else.

The way Gabriel's mellow vocals in the intro of "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" transcend into Hackett's energetic ripping guitar licks from get things off to a phenomenal start and they never dull from that moment on. The rest of the first track is full of inspiring eclectic snyth melodies from Banks

"I Know What I Like (I Your Wardrobe) is easily the most accessible track on the album with its warming, poppy qualities. It oozes pure summer sunshine and provides a contextual cue for the innocence of childhood. Additionally, fabulous vocal melody.

"Firth of Fifth" demonstrates Banks' incredible piano and synth skills, played with ever alternating time signatures forming a rhythmically complex piece. When fused with Gabriel's flute and an incredible guitar solo from Hackett, this song has to be considered a milestone in symphonic rock.

"More Fool Me" for me is the weakest song on the album for a few reasons. Firstly, Collins takes lead vocals, not Gabriel. Although it does break up the album nicely, I do find it myself skipping it every other time I listen.

"The Battle of Epping Forest" is nothing other than a piece of art. The lyrics and vocal performance are extraordinary. You generally feel like you get to know the various characters described in the battle. The music is extremely beautiful, in particular the acoustic section with the lyrics "they called me the reverend..." The bass and synths are the real stars of the show in this as they layer over each other into a stunning musical fabric.

"After the Ordeal" demonstrates effective use of a nylon stringed guitar played with impeccable finger picking technique combine with piano. Hackett produces a resoundingly smooth electric guitar solo in the second half of the track.

"The Cinema Show" is utterly immense. "Na na na" vocals and beautifully melodic and bending guitars are absolutely sublime, Just listen to it.

"Aisle of Plenty" could not be a better way to round of this unbelievable recording. Incredible lyrical references to British culture which begin in the opening track are continued. "Take the safeway home" and "Thankful for her fine fair discount, Tess cooperates" are genius.

Overall, this album captures everything I love about progressive rock in 53 minutes. Unbeatable.

 Genesis Live by GENESIS album cover Live, 1973
3.97 | 835 ratings

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Genesis Live
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Greatest Hits Live, solid.

Recorded before 'Selling England', this live album sees Genesis play their (to that point) best tunes on stage (excepting Suppers Ready, but that would appear on a later live album), and do a good job at them. The arrangements stick pretty closely to the studio versions, although the solos deviate slightly (mostly on "The Knife"). The performances are good, and the sound quality is decent (for the time, though not nearly as good as live albums these days), making this a worthy document of the early Genesis live on stage. They play pieces "Get 'em Out By Friday" and "Giant Hogweed" with gusto. And I like the live versions here of both "The Musical Box" and "The Knife" slightly better than the studio album versions. On the whole, a good 'greatest hits live' album. But nothing necessarily spectacular or sufficiently different or special that would make this an 'essential' album. I give it 8.2 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.

 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
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Selling England By The Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Walkscore

5 stars Their Masterpiece.

No doubt about it, this is their most musical album. The album is brilliant. Genesis had learned from their earlier travails how to stitch together quite different passages, and they apply that perfectly on this album. It flows so beautifully, and although it changes direction and feel very often, those transitions seem totally natural here. Every track works very well. Even the short Phil Collins acoustic number, "More Fool Me", the clear outlier (musically and otherwise) seems to fit naturally into this order. The Selling England theme - a guitar-based theme that first appears on the opener "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" and closes the album at the end of "Cinema Show/Aisle of Plenty" - seems to hold the album together emotionally and musically. This album contains some of Genesis best compositions, including the aformentioned "Dancing..", the quirky but very musical single "I know What I like", the wonderful "Firth of Fourth" (with lovely flute and then guitar solos), and "The Battle of Epping Forest" which sees Gabriel once again take up a number of different character roles in an English tale of a priest and warring gangs. Those are all amazing, and they showcase each member of Genesis (Tony Banks' wonderful piano solo at the beginning of Firth of Fourth, and brilliant playing in "Battle..", Steve Hackett's awesome fast guitar picking, etc). But the closer goes one step further. Not only is "The Cinema Show" a great song, but this was the tune that cemented the reputation of Phil Collins as a brilliant drummer. That Genesis (and particularly Collins) could play such beautiful music so effortlessly over such complex difficult time signatures (without most lay people ever noticing how complex and difficult they were) instantly woke up any musicians listening to this album. One of the early musical wonders of the world. I could go on here, but I think the other reviewers have probably said everything else there is to say. I give this album 9.7 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which (of course) translates to 5 PA stars. Absolutely essential.

 Nursery Cryme by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.42 | 2795 ratings

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Nursery Cryme
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Very Good

This album gets very high reviews, and as a Genesis fan, I am glad about that. However, I don't put this album in the same league as Selling England or Foxtrot. Nursery Cryme is a natural evolution from Trespass, which although it has two great tracks, saw Genesis stretching to find their voice, and in the process making a number of the compositions sound forced. Nursery Cryme is better than Trespass, good enough to garner four stars, but just enough. Like Trespass I find some of the transitions (between themes within the same song) still under-worked out and awkward (and thus, less musical), including the shifts from quiet to loud, which can be quite jarring. This is most notable on "The Musical Box". Even though it is a decent song, with some great passages, the transitions and some of the lyrics seem immature and the way the different sections are knitted together is not so musical (unlike "Suppers Ready" on Foxtrot, which manages the flow wonderfully). For me there are really (just like Trespass) two great tracks here: "Fountain of Salmacis" and the amazing "Return of the Giant Hogweed". These are the two compositions for which the music flows most naturally, and which push this album into four-star territory. There are a few other shorter pieces here too, which are mostly forgettable ("Harold the Barrel" is the best of those, a short burst of fun). On balance, I give this album 7.9 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which is the minimum required to achieve a 4 PA star rating. So, low 4 stars.

 Trespass by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.16 | 2056 ratings

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Trespass
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Walkscore

3 stars Fragmented, but with two great tunes.

For their second album, Genesis jettisoned the short songs, and started to compose symphonic rock songs. It was all very new and experimental, and Genesis was one of the first. And as the first to experiment in this field, they suffered some failures. This album is thus a mix of early successes and failures. First the successes. The opening track "Looking for Someone" is wonderful, a template for how to mix emotional heartfelt vocals with music that twists and turns, and which combined the best of classical and rock. This would influence the way they successfully shaped a number of their more tender and emotional compositions in the future. Meanwhile, the closer, "The Knife", shows how they can incorporate a harder edge, with fast tempos and complex time signatures into compelling extended epics. Those are the two great tunes. The rest of the album, I place in the category of failures, although I don't want to imply that there is nothing in them worth listening to. There are indeed some great passages amongst those tracks (in all of them, particularly 'Stagnation'). However, the transitions are often awkward and unsatisfying, and the songs move from musical to unmusical (and back) to often. Many of the tunes sound underdeveloped and immature compared to their later work (but of course, remember this is a Genesis album - underdeveloped early Genesis is generally better than most finished and mature mainstream rock!). Saying this, I don't think Genesis could have made their greats without first going through this period of experimentation, so I am still very happy they made this album. On balance, I give this album 6.8 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to mid 3 PA stars.

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