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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.

Following this, there was, initially, some d...
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GENESIS discography

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

2.57 | 1057 ratings
From Genesis To Revelation
4.16 | 2129 ratings
4.42 | 2898 ratings
Nursery Cryme
4.60 | 3326 ratings
4.63 | 3828 ratings
Selling England By The Pound
4.29 | 2732 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
4.27 | 2368 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail
4.10 | 1790 ratings
Wind And Wuthering
3.43 | 1333 ratings
...And Then There Were Three...
3.47 | 1330 ratings
2.58 | 1164 ratings
2.76 | 1154 ratings
2.43 | 1177 ratings
Invisible Touch
2.66 | 1079 ratings
We Can't Dance
2.50 | 924 ratings
Calling All Stations

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

3.98 | 867 ratings
Genesis Live
4.31 | 887 ratings
Seconds Out
3.43 | 466 ratings
Three Sides Live
2.09 | 338 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume One - The Shorts
2.88 | 349 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume Two - The Longs
3.23 | 305 ratings
Live Over Europe 2007

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

4.47 | 151 ratings
In Concert 1976
3.11 | 79 ratings
Three Sides Live
3.38 | 62 ratings
The Mama Tour
2.49 | 52 ratings
Visible Touch (VHS)
3.36 | 44 ratings
A History Of Genesis
3.39 | 79 ratings
The Way We Walk (DVD)
3.95 | 55 ratings
The Genesis Songbook
2.92 | 31 ratings
Inside Genesis 1975-1980
3.24 | 97 ratings
Invisible Touch - Live At Wembley (DVD)
3.06 | 76 ratings
The Video Show
3.95 | 87 ratings
Genesis Live Video
2.84 | 36 ratings
Inside Genesis The Gabriel Years 1970-1975
3.06 | 17 ratings
Rock Review - A Critical Retrospective
2.46 | 38 ratings
The Gabriel Era
3.73 | 54 ratings
In London
3.78 | 13 ratings
Up Close And Personal (DVD and book set)
4.16 | 169 ratings
When In Rome
3.69 | 13 ratings
Land of confusion
2.43 | 36 ratings
Sum Of The Parts

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

5.00 | 2 ratings
Presenting Genesis
5.00 | 1 ratings
70's Pop Sound
4.50 | 6 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume One
4.83 | 6 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume Two
2.67 | 55 ratings
Reflection - Rock Theatre
4.13 | 24 ratings
The Best...
2.51 | 16 ratings
Genesis in Concert
4.05 | 3 ratings
The Story Of Genesis
4.20 | 11 ratings
Nursery Cryme / Foxtrot
3.50 | 2 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
5.00 | 1 ratings
4.00 | 2 ratings
5.00 | 2 ratings
1.00 | 2 ratings
The Vertigo Years
2.43 | 29 ratings
Turn It On Again - Best Of 81-83
4.30 | 251 ratings
Archive 1967-1975
3.02 | 23 ratings
The Original Album
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Greatest
2.23 | 107 ratings
Turn It On Again - The Hits
2.95 | 142 ratings
Archive 2 1976 - 1992
3.19 | 93 ratings
The Platinum Collection
1.92 | 19 ratings
14 From Our Past
3.51 | 96 ratings
Genesis 1983-1998
2.25 | 42 ratings
Turn It On Again The Hits -The Tour Edition
3.93 | 129 ratings
Genesis 1976 - 1982
4.51 | 200 ratings
Genesis 1970 -75
3.78 | 95 ratings
Genesis Live 1973 - 2007
4.36 | 11 ratings
The Movie Box
1.33 | 3 ratings
The Magic Of Time
2.19 | 35 ratings

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

2.55 | 31 ratings
The Silent Sun / That's Me
2.53 | 23 ratings
A Winter's Tale / One-Eyed Hound
2.56 | 15 ratings
4.04 | 53 ratings
The Knife
4.05 | 18 ratings
Nursery Cryme
3.18 | 55 ratings
Happy The Man
4.04 | 67 ratings
Twilight Alehouse
4.24 | 59 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
4.65 | 27 ratings
Watcher of the Skies
3.77 | 13 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / After The Ordeal
3.25 | 12 ratings
I Know What I Like / More Fool Me
3.90 | 10 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Promo)
4.15 | 47 ratings
Counting Out Time
4.30 | 57 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room
4.19 | 45 ratings
Counting Out Time / Riding The Scree
4.44 | 16 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
3.53 | 21 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
3.76 | 22 ratings
The Carpet Crawl
4.33 | 24 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
3.15 | 21 ratings
3.93 | 37 ratings
3.21 | 23 ratings
Your Own Special Way
4.62 | 13 ratings
Entangled / Ripples
4.47 | 15 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Squonk
4.18 | 11 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Carpet Crawl
3.33 | 9 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Carpet Crawl
2.99 | 142 ratings
Spot the pigeon
3.10 | 12 ratings
Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode)
3.16 | 49 ratings
Follow You Follow Me
4.01 | 42 ratings
Many Too Many
3.38 | 42 ratings
Duchess/Open Door
2.88 | 41 ratings
3.71 | 42 ratings
Turn it on again
2.69 | 33 ratings
No reply at all
2.87 | 51 ratings
2.86 | 37 ratings
Keep it dark
2.48 | 36 ratings
3 X 3
4.00 | 13 ratings
The Lady Lies
2.88 | 15 ratings
Paperlate picture 7''
2.80 | 27 ratings
Man On The Corner
2.88 | 7 ratings
Turn It On Again (Live)
3.83 | 6 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Counting Out Time
3.33 | 6 ratings
Follow You, Follow Me / A Trick Of The Tail
4.25 | 15 ratings
Home By The Sea
4.31 | 30 ratings
Firth Of Fifth
3.12 | 51 ratings
2.94 | 34 ratings
That's All
2.19 | 34 ratings
Illegal Alien
2.47 | 19 ratings
Taking it all too hard
3.00 | 4 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight Exclusive Candid Interview
2.39 | 44 ratings
Invisible Touch
2.34 | 33 ratings
Throwing It All Away
2.02 | 35 ratings
In Too Deep
2.58 | 52 ratings
Land of Confusion
3.39 | 33 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight 12''
3.59 | 22 ratings
Tonight, Tonight Tonight Tonight 7''
3.75 | 36 ratings
No Son Of Mine
1.88 | 8 ratings
We Can't Dance (Special Edition Volkswagen)
2.56 | 16 ratings
Tell Me Why 5'' Cd single
2.60 | 29 ratings
Jesus He Knows Me 5'' CD single
2.56 | 36 ratings
I Can't Dance
2.65 | 31 ratings
Hold On My Heart
2.37 | 18 ratings
Never a Time
2.89 | 17 ratings
Tell me why
3.60 | 5 ratings
...Calling All Stations... Album Sampler...
1.86 | 44 ratings
2.52 | 32 ratings
2.52 | 34 ratings
Not About Us
3.23 | 34 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers 1999 5' promo CD


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 When In Rome by GENESIS album cover DVD/Video, 2008
4.16 | 169 ratings

When In Rome
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars A last evening with old friends

Sometimes, one has to say farewell to someone or something we love very much.

In the case of Genesis, they thankfully did seize the chance for a proper goodbye. Considering that they haven't been a prolific creative force in many years -- they are more an entertainment enterprise like Pink Floyd and Rolling Stones of later years -- Genesis actually took the time and made the effort to create something much better than I expected, for sure. They planned out this goodbye release as a truly thoughtful hug to their fans, and it turned into something worth owning. And this is coming from someone who generally does not approve of old farts milking a band name -- I'm with Grace Slick on that issue.

Naturally, being the three-piece line-up, the set list was bound to focus on the Collins era primarily. You just have to set aside your desire for some grand 70s reunion and be realistic. These are old men retiring the live Genesis band, and it is going to be something different than what prog fans want, but in this case that isn't necessarily bad. This concert and especially this documentary gave me three very enjoyable nights of viewing in my home theater. They allowed the fans to share in their personal goodbyes to each other. We are given more in the way of intimate access with this release than most DVDs by legacy acts.

The nearly two-hour documentary starts from the beginning of rehearsals and gives us a "fly on the wall" view to everything. There are lots of fun surprises, but I'll share just a couple. On the first day Phil arrives, the guys share their "good to see you again" hugs before settling in to listen to some songs. Mike, who likes to joke a lot, asks Tony if it's time to break for lunch before they'd even done an ounce of work. Personalities open up here, which is what makes this package worth it. As the glorious sounds of "Cinema Show" wash over the practice space, we watch the guys faces while listening to Peter sing, and you can see them react to the magic with warmth and melancholy on their faces. You can see them marveling at how good the music still sounds and how long ago it was. It is very interesting and authentically emotional. After they decide to try playing the intro, Mike asks his assistant if he has a 12-string acoustic tuned and ready to go. The assistant affirms that he does. Mike pauses and then says, "Good, give it to Daryl" and they all burst into laughter again.

Stuermer explains how he and Thompson are able to drop right back into the groove because as working musicians, they are practicing every day. For the other guys, it is much harder to pick up where they left off many years ago. They allow us to see them working through that frustration. Sometimes, it's fun and humorous. Other times there are flashes of irritation that bubble up. The same is true for the production team. We expect that a band of this level would have teams of top level pros whipping their sound and stage show into expected form with the wave of a wand. The truth is that it was much more chaotic than you'd think as people tried to learn the songs and technology as the time before the first show was rapidly running out. It appeared that some of the light show timing aspects were barely finalized before the first show curtains went up. I also really enjoyed watching the some of the preparation that Phil and Chester went through as they worked up their playful co-solo.

Another priceless moment shows the three guys about to take the stage to a packed stadium in Europe (Finland, if I recall correctly) as the fans shout with thunderous volume, "Gen -- ee -- sees, Gen -- ee -- sees!!" The guys are in their small huddle below the stage, listening to this chant with amazement and nervous smiles, just about to climb the stairs to the stage. The give each other a final hug for good luck, ready to face a stadium of faces for the first time in 15 years. Suddenly, Phil and Mike decide they need a quick pee before taking the stage, and the look on Tony's face was priceless. Lots of little bits like this really made it fun for me. They then cut to Mike exiting the backstage men's room as he remarks, "All ten drops." Nothing like a little aging rock star prostate humor.

Did I mention there are also two full discs of concert music? I really loved every second of it. People can whine all they like about the two missing gentlemen, but despite the advancing years of the guys, I just loved every second of the show regardless of era. From the exciting introduction to "Afterglow" to Stuermer's massive solo on "Firth" to "Ripples" to "Los Endos," there were nicely performed gems throughout the evening. They struggle a few times, primarily Phil trying to hit certain notes. It would not be unlike watching Gilmour try to take the Floyd on the road again at this late juncture. Sure, he could do it, but it wouldn't be quite the same as the 70s, especially with Roger's croak of a voice. I actually like Phil's performance here and I like his matured voice. His clowning-around persona is toned down quite a bit. He is more serious and determined, no doubt a result of the great challenge, and I find the vocal performances just as pleasing and somehow more heartfelt. And Daryl and Chester are as kickass as ever. The time away hasn't phased them at all.

And then there is Rome! On the final night of the European leg, hundreds of thousands of Italians, all who realize that they were witnessing these friends for the very last time, made for extra passion and emotion. Everyone knows this is it, the last tour. It's a fitting venue choice because the Italians were very accepting and passionate about Genesis in the lean years. Cameras wisely captured people singing along to "Carpet Crawlers" during the final encore, and it really did get me choked up. Frankly, I realized that these people were special to me. Genesis have always been "around" in my youth and now they were saying goodbye. That is something that proved worth taking part in. Seeing people young enough to be the grandchildren of the band crying as they sang along to Carpet Crawlers proved again how special music can be. (Actually, I think that part was Finland, too.) The whole event truly had a lot of love, and I feel sorry for people who can't enjoy this because A) it isn't prog enough, or B) Steve Hackett isn't there.

The Circo Massimo gig is the one featured in full, on a beautiful night that really set off the huge screen and stage ambiance. The stage itself just looked amazing in the Rome night. The official crowd estimate for that night was 500,000, making it the biggest gig Genesis ever did.

Phil recalled, "They say there were 500,000 at the concert, but to honest, if you were in Rome that night, you were there... you had no choice. I've got a friend who works in The Vatican - which is a mile or so away across the river - and he told me that it was pretty loud even over there and that everyone opened their windows to let the music in."

Not often is a big stadium show from a legacy act, 40 years past their prime, going to affect me the way this one did. It would seem that, for me, they simply cared enough about the final product to succeed here. This is not treated as a throwaway or a product obligation, but as something that should matter. It feels to me like they wanted this document to be something people would want to return to, and I would definitely watch it again with great joy.

"It was a great opportunity. I think it's nice to get out there and, sort of knowing it is probably the last time, have a little bit of fun with that closure. Each night was kind of an emotional experience because you were playing a place you had played many times over the years and tonight you were saying thanks to everybody for the last 30 years of coming to see us. It's kind of nice way to say goodbye, really." -Collins

I might take this moment to also recommend both Collins and Rutherford's recent bios. Phil's book documents the absolute freefall of his health in the years following this DVD, while Mike's book was a fascinating look at both family and life in Genesis going all the way back to the very start. Both books are also chock full of entertaining, humorous, and heartfelt stories, with relatively little pretentiousness.

So, if you are able, set aside your cynicism and your expectations for a few evenings to take in this last call with old friends. I'm so glad that I did. I loved it.

Addio miei vecchi amici.

 Reflection - Rock Theatre by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1975
2.67 | 55 ratings

Reflection - Rock Theatre
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Review Nš 170

'Rock Theater (Collection)' is a compilation of Genesis and was released in 1975. It was released about one year after the departure of Peter Gabriel from the group. Gabriel left the group due to pursue a solo musical career. So, with his departure he left the band orphan without their charismatic front man and without one of the main songwriters of the band, too. One of the most interesting things on this compilation is that it has only tracks that belong to their best and most progressive musical period, the Gabriel's musical era. So, this compilation represents also the end of a musical era for Genesis. In this era Genesis made six studio albums 'From Gennesis To Revelation' in 1969, 'Trespass' in 1970, 'Nursery Cryme' in 1971, 'Foxtrot' in 1972, 'Selling England By The Pound' in 1973 and 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' in 1974. With him, Genesis had also released a live album, 'Genesis Live' in 1973.

So, in 1975 it's perfectly normal that the band has released a compilation album because they had enough stuff to do so. By the other hand, it's perfectly normal that after the departure of Gabriel the band wasn't already ready to release a new studio album. The release of this compilation maybe was the only possible answer of the band and of their record label to maintain perfectly alive the flame of the group. So, perhaps it was this, the main reason for its release.

'Rock Theater (Collection)' has six tracks. The first track 'I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)' is a song originally released on their fifth studio album 'Selling England By The Pound'. This was the first charting single of the band. It's a very funny song with some characteristics of a pop song. This is a shorter less serious song which is based on the album's cover and with lyrics fairly cryptic. It's a good shorter song which fits on their fifth studio album, well enough. The second track 'Harold The Barrel' is a song originally released on their third studio album 'Nursery Cryme'. This is a song with interesting lyrics, is somewhat funny, is very rhythmic and provides a joyful moment on the album. It reveals a Genesis that is able to combine black humour and pathos. It has a nice tune, sounding slightly like a medieval British folk song. This is a cool song that has a nice piano part and that flows well on 'Nursery Cryme'. The third track 'Harlequin' is also a song originally released on their third studio album 'Nursery Cryme'. This is a song that harmonizes the voices of Gabriel and Collins, providing a very beautiful short folksy piece with nice vocal harmonies. It's a beautiful song, at least pretty, in Genesis' vibe. It's a soft ballad featuring some good vocal melody and balances the frame on 'Nursery Cryme' with some notes of tranquillity, but with nothing more of interest. The fourth track 'Watcher Of The Skies' is a song originally released on their fourth studio album 'Foxtrot'. It's one of the most popular and beloved songs by their fans, and one of the most played live by the band. Even Hackett, plays often this song on his live shows. This is a great opener for 'Foxtrot' which gives a sense of majesty and power, to the beginning of the album. It's a brilliant track, starting off with simple, yet harmonious keyboards. This is a must for all mellotron lovers like me. The fifth track 'The Fountain Of Salmacis' is another song originally released on their third studio album 'Nursery Cryme'. This is the greatest gem on 'Nursery Cryme'. It's one of the songs most played live by the band, or by their members when they are performing as solo artists. The theme is around a story, based in the Greek mythology. Musically, it's a song with great energy, which collapses into an avalanche of emotions. It features everything that was great and unique, in that Genesis' era. It taps the same vein that has provided the setting for their subsequent masterworks. The sixth and last track 'Supper's Ready' is also a song originally released on their fourth studio album 'Foxtrot'. It's divided into seven parts: 'Lover's Leap', 'The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man', 'Ikhnaton And Itsacon And Their Band Of Merry Men', 'How Dare I Be So Beautiful?', 'Willow Farm', 'Apocalypse In 9/8 (co-Starring The Delicious Talents Of Gabble Ratchet)' and 'As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs (Aching Men's Feet)'. It's the lengthiest track on the album, is probably the most known and beloved song by all their fans, and is also their most progressive track too. This is a great track, full of amazing musicianship and lyrics, and is one of the most representative tracks of the progressive rock music. It stands as a true testament of how unique and creative Genesis was during the early 70's.

Conclusion: The track list chosen is good but can be considered a bit controversial. It can be quested the decision of leave out some of their best studio albums. It's hard to understand the non-inclusion of any song of 'Trespass' and 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway'. Both albums have quality enough to have songs included. For instance, they could be replaced 'Harold The Barrel' and 'Harlequin' by 'Visions Of Angels' from 'Trespass' and 'The Carpet Crawlers' from 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway'. We can also question the list of tracks chosen. 'Firth Of Fifth', 'The Cinema Show', 'The Musical Box' or 'The Return )Of The Giant Hogweed' would be better options despite being perhaps too much long for a compilation. This is a good compilation of Genesis, in Gabriel's era, but it could be better.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 When In Rome by GENESIS album cover DVD/Video, 2008
4.16 | 169 ratings

When In Rome
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by FalconBleck

5 stars #18 Review

It is time, i'll review the latest concert that Genesis did, can't believe that it has been more than 10 years, i was alive then but still not a fan of the band because i wasn't aware of them, i was aware of bands like Iron Maiden and Depeche Mode, at the time i was learning about Phil Collins and i wasn't that much into his music (still not), it's amazing that now i think that he has been one of the biggest musicians ever, not because of his solo work, but because of everything else.

In a spawn of 10 years everything can happen, they have been talking a lot lately, mainly Steve Hackett and Tony Banks, in late 2016 was Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford who talked a lot about the band, i have even seen Anthony Philips talking about the memories with them. Back in 2006, the band was talking about a reunion with the original "5" line-up, Peter Gabriel was busy at the time and Steve Hackett couldn't see the point of him in there without PG so the reunited line-up was the same since 1978 to 1992 for live performances.

As for the song selection, i really like what they chose here: - 3 from Selling England by the Pound (+ The Cinema Show [from the Cage Medley], Firth of Fifth + I Know what I Like) - 2 from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (In the Cage+ [from the Cage Medley], Carpet Crawlers) - 2 from A Trick of the Tail (Ripples, Los Endos) - 1 from Wind and Wuthering (+ Afterglow [from the Cage Medley]) - 1 from And then there where three... (Follow You Follow Me) - 3 from Duke (Duke's Intro + Turn it on Again, + Duke's Travels [from the Cage Medley]) - 2 from Genesis (or Shapes, or Mama) (Home by the Sea + Second Home by the Sea, Mama) - 4 from Invisible Touch (Land of Confusion, Throwing it all Away, Domino, Tonight, Tonight + Invisible Touch) - 3 from We Can't Dance (No Son of Mine, Hold it on my Heart, I Can't Dance)

Almost every song is "prog", there's no Abacab (wich makes it really good), but there is a lack of songs from Foxtrot or Nursery Crime (it's almost impossible that they would've included something from Trespass, even more impossible from Calling All Stations and From Genesis to Revelation), they could've done it without the song "I Can't Dance", probably the only song that i completely dislike on this concert, it would be too much to ask for them to dump the song "Invisible Touch" since that's their most known song. At the end of the concert, the credits play "Fading Lights" from the album We Can't Dance (a really good swang song), i love that song but it wasn't performed by them in the concert, just a little shoutouts to that song.

"Low"lights (Actually not that bad) - Tony Banks not using Melotron samples, not that big of a deal actually, but it could've made the concert better. - Songs at a lower key because of Phil's singing, it's hard to listen at first but then it's not that big of a deal. - Darril Struermer solo on Firth of Fifth, he was good on everything else, and even amazing on "In the Cage", why can't he play the solo like it was meant to be? He doesn't need to show his talent. - Duke's Travels part where they reduced the piano part to pre-recorded slow piano, if it was going to be pre-recorded, why not make it as close to the original? - I Can't Dance was a really pointless song on this concert.

Highlights : - THAT INTRO, now that's a way to start a concert, the hype, the energy, amazing. - The public chosen for this was perfect, when they shouted "Tony! Tony!" that was really emotional for me for some reason. - The quality of the lights as they always do, but this time the added verticality did a really good job. - The screens on this concert were amazing, probably the best. - That poster that appears in one frame that says "Genesis, Please come to Chile", they have never come to where i live, and i missed Steve Hackett's Genesis Revisited concert that was held like 2 week ago, i also missed Womad from PG and Phil Collins played here 6 days ago, i just wish that i'm not too late in order to show them my gratitude for all this aweosome music, glad they're all alive. - IN THE BLOODY CAGE MEDLEY with Duke's Travels added almost in the end, for a different variation. Aweosome reaction from the public. - The performance was overall of top quality, there was even a moment where Phil drop his drum stick, and then took another one without losing a single note, this was on The Cinema Show part from the Cage Medley. - Follow You Follow Me played on drums and singed by Phil Collins, while the screen was drawing many parts from the past. - I Know what I Like with many pictures from Genesis past, and Phil doing the tambourine dance. - Ripples made me cry. - That portal in Domino that had Phil Collins head on it, he was singing live in a dark room with a camera, that wasn't necessary, he could've used a video while he rests a little, and also, he did that domino thing with the public. - Conversations with 2 Stools and the entire Los Endos part because they added some drum and guitar notes, the reaction of the public is also priceless. - That fire spectale at the end of Invisible Touch. - Carpet Crawlers and all of the prog songs used, including the credits, thanks for everything, the concert was almost 2 hours and 40 minutes, amazing.

The quality on the packaging is really well done, probably the best done Genesis product that's not a compilation or box-set, this is a really good release.

This is probably my less complete review since i won't be talking about DVD 3, i saw some of it, but i'm reviewing the concert here, and i think that this concert was a fine last "gift" from them to us. Back in 2012 i discovered this band and fell in love with it, i don't want something from 5 years earlier to be the final thing they ever did together, but it was really well done so if this is it, it could be the best way of the band to say goodbye, and i have to respect that.

This concert has some minor things that i disliked, but they're really minor, the concert is an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection, but for me as a Genesis fan is clearly a "5" (I decided to change at the last minute my score from 4 to "5", it's my review after all).

This is my last Genesis review, i'll update older reviews, starting with the first one "Abacab", the rating won't change and it'd be just an expansion with the B-Sides of the album, and that for every album i reviewed after that, but there'll also be new reviews from a pretty close person to Genesis, in fact, there'll be "5" new reviews for that person, i wonder who will he be?

 Archive 1967-1975 by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1998
4.30 | 251 ratings

Archive 1967-1975
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by judahbenkenobi

4 stars As a huge Genesis fan of the Hackett era, this boxset finally made me understand the reason why the band turned from a prog-god of the 70's to a mainstream pop monster of the 80's.

And the reason is simple: Genesis was born pop, and had to die pop. Their progressive era was just a "brief" respite in order to accomodate to the tendency of the moment. Proof of this is not only their debut album, but CD4 of this compilation. As most reviewers have focused on CD's 1-3, I will call the readers' attention to this fourth disc, a compilation of demos and other rarities of the band's early days.

All of these compositions are raw demos that actually show the band's real direction from the very beginning. While some claim that Jonathan King was responsible for the poppy direction the band had in its debut, these songs are proof that pop was Genesis genre from their very start. The songs, most of them devoid of percussion (surely the band had not consolidated firmly by then), have the typical pop sound of the late sixties. Honestly, I find the tracks boring and dull, the band being still on its earliest stages of development and a long way yet to compose strong and commercially attractive hits. I cannot point even a single one, because all of them are pretty forgettable, and not just because of being pop, but because of being poor and uninspired pop.

Anyway, the band would temporarily leave the pop genre by the time Hackett joined the band, and would go back to its "roots" by the time he left. All of their members and alumni would follow suit in their solo works, with only a few exceptions. And this collection shows their true inclination.

Still the material found in the first three discs is worthy enough to earn it four stars!

 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.29 | 2732 ratings

The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by FalconBleck

5 stars #17 Review

Finally here, i left the longest, most interesting and probably the best album as my last review for Genesis... well, not quite, there's still one more thing that goes far away into the future.

The Little Prince... i'm glad that this album wasn't about that, instead PGs twisted mind took over and made one of the most theatrical albums ever, he alone made the entire lyrics (except for Light Dies Down) while the rest of the team were making lots of tunes, interestingly a song called "Lilywhite Lylith" was concieved back in 1969 by Anthony Phillips and "Anyway" was also made during that time.

Many credit Peter Gabriel as the only one that made the band great, without a doubt he made the best lyrics, made interesting characters, but what else is to it? The musical part was mostly done by everyone else, and the band changed style progressively in each album, i think that the band got mellow with each release and this album shows it if you compare it with the previous ones. I have always been more about the music than the lyrics, i'm a big fan of only instrumental songs, i listen to jazz and classic music, and i play the piano, i really like Tony Banks even in his worst work i can see what he is trying to do, but if there's something i disagree with him a lot it's about what he thinks about this album, he doesn't like the story, while i really like it, i grew up in the 90s and somehow this story feels right at home as one of the bests. Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford's opinions aside about this album, the band has been trying to bring it back on many occasions, for instance, they tried to make a movie... twice! One when the album was just released and the other in 1994... WHEN I WAS BORN! For the 20 year anniversary of the album that is, and no one wanted to make the movie, also they tried to do a complete tour for this album, Steve Hackett said that recently... WHAT HAPPENED?! And in 1999 they released the awful "Carpet Crawlers 99'" with a video and a missing verse because for some reason Ray Wilson's lines weren't included or recorded i don't remember, everything was recorded separately and badly mixed as well.

This album marks other more important hits, like for example, the ACCIDENT that the band had in one of the tours, it was horrible and that made the band fire the tour crew and almost made them split up completely, it was a disaster worse than the accident on the Abacab tour (That one that PG and Hackett fans always like to bring out). And obviously, this is the last album with PG, were Genesis lost character, PG wanted to follow his own career, the band wasn't his if the members couldn't get along with him, who would want to hang out with a Slippermen that sings bad because his rubber mouth eats the microphone anyways? And even more concerning for PG was his family and a new job that he got offered at that time, working for a movie as a writter, that's when he wanted to sneak up The Lamb, but it didn't happen, the closes thing to The Lamb tho, is the movie "El Topo" from 1970 directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky.

To finish this off, there's a complete story made for this double LP made by PG, + an extended stack of pictures. On the web there's also the complete story of the failed concert by one of the managers that was hit on the head by Tony Banks because Tony wanted to kill him.

This review already has the biggest description i have done, but also it'll be the longest by the cheer amount of songs, and i'll review each.


1.- The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway 10/10 Perfect start, when i first heard it i thought that i was too repetitive, but now i think that is mesmerizing, i love it and it's a really fun tune to play and sing. It really feels like the start of a theatrical spectacle, it fits the artwork of the box, makes me go back 20 years before i was born and it's just magical.

2.- Fly on a Windshield 10/10 The previous song continues on this one, and this is when the plot starts going after the character is introduced. Our protagonist Rael is transported to another version of the previous described place, showing dead people and mythical creatures. The music accompanies the events perfectly, the tension increases and this song has one of my favourites compositions from the band, where it feels like everyone has the spotlight.

3.- Broadway Melody of 1974 10/10 Continuing with the idea of the previous song, a really short tune to describe what the protagonist can see and then a really beautyful piece of music that makes me feel like the protagonist is being transported somewhere else.

4.- Cuckoo Cocoon 10/10 Also starting from the previous song, our protagonist is followed by pretty instruments and falls into some kind of soft spot where he feels better than at home. Props to Tony Banks.

5.- In the Cage 10/10 IN THE BLOODY CAGE, our protagonist is sleeping deep and awakens in a state of cholera, traped inside a cage alongside many people outside in different cages, and outside its his brother Jhon Hack-, Jhon Rael or something, so it's like Rael Bros. or something. I can't describe how incredible this song is, it has been used so many times in concerts and i never get tired, the feel of emergency in this song and specially that incredible Tony Banks solo that i'm still learning, it's surreal, interestingly enough, that part is almost played by only the 3 persons that held the band for many years to come, another reason for what they played it so much on concerts, trying to transform pop fans into prog fans, and for what i know, they succeeded with a lot of them, this, Supper's Ready and The Cinema Show have changed people from prog to pop. The ending to this song it's too beautiful not to mention it, i always imagine Rael getting outside the cave and finding a boat to cruise over into the next destination, instead of imagining a train on the distance for some reason.

6.- The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging 9/10 I really like the progression done in this song, but it feels like a joke compared to the previous segment, it's a little repetitive but it still follows the story well and demostrates perfectly how weird this world is. Also, this song was heavely altered during production and the band was happy with all changes done in distortion and volume of the song, because it goes and shows in a better way the intentions of this song.

7.- Back in N.Y.C. 8/10 At first i completely disliked this song just for the sound of it, but it got stuck in my head once and i really like it, it's a repetitive as well, the lyrics and the performance of Peter Gabriel is really good here and describes Rael as how he really is. About the odd time signature, i have always liked them, since i was little, before knowing what an odd-time signature was, for example, i really liked that song from the movie "The Truman Show" called "Anthem".

8.- Hairless Heart 10/10 A nice instrumental song that really sets the atmosphere, reminds me of Trespass, it continues from the previous song as well.

9.- Counting Out Time 9/10 Continuing from the last song, we touched the dark side of Rael, who he really was in NYC, but now we see the more sexual side, and this song always cracks me up laughing at some points, like when the distorted guitar appears... or i should say "Mr. Guitar", this makes me think that Rael had some mental problems as well, but minor. The bad thing is that this song is a little repetitive.

10.- Carpet Crawlers 10/10 Another Genesis stapple, really emotional, probably the only song that the 3 vocalists of the band have played in concert. It's also a repetitive song, but mesmerizing, everyone does an effort in this song and it's really well done.

11.- The Chamber of 32 Doors 8/10 Rael sees everything and tries to escape, and instead he learns more about people. I really like the atmosphere and lyrics, but again, this song is really repetitive, it feels even more so repetitive than NYC.


1.- Lilywhite Lylith 9/10 Starting the second disc with a bang, an epic song that takes Rael near an angel that abandons him eventually, a little repetitive it is, and this song continues to the next.

2.- The Waiting Room 10/10 A jam at the studio that was "remade" many times in order to represent purgatory in the most accurate way, devil jam. I don't know what else to say here, that's what it is, not even an experimentation or trying to portray what lyrics are saying, just going there to the absolute.

3.- Anyway 9/10 "I'm the mad, mad, mad scientist", aweosome piano piece by Tony Banks, anyway, this song is not that interesting in order to repeat certain pieces, it's not that long tho, but i'll still rest a point...

4.- Here Comes the Supernatural Anaesthetist 10/10 I really like the rythm of this song, Rael finally got what he deserved and we got a really nice song where everybody does it's best, props to Hackett tho... and this is not the end of Rael. Listen this song until the end, the ending part it's really great.

5.- The Lamia 10/10 Rael it's still alive but enters a cave that has 3 lamias inside. The music goes alongside the lyrics perfectly, while i congratulated Peter Gabriel for the lyrics, in this song we can also see how well Tony Banks and Steve Hackett work together, and this happens a lot in many Genesis songs, no wonder why people want them to make music together again.

6.- Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats 10/10 As i said in the begining, i really like soundtracks, and this song shows how aweosome would be a soundtrack made by Genesis, it's simple, yet i can feel what's happening without any lyrics.

7.- The Colony of Slippermen: Arrival / A Visit to the Doktor / Raven 10/10 And after our protagonist traveled through a river of souls, he came under the seawers, and found another mythical race, though this time, this one is less known... enter the Slippermen, a really gross race, stuff from nightmares, they aren't bad "people" tho. This song recreates this with full detail, would you like to hear that? Maybe not, but the song it's a work of art and the lyrics are really well conected, so it doesn't matter if it's gross or frightening, whatever, you're not transforming into Slippermen, don't worry. This song also features what some we call "A Tony Banks Moment" when there's an incredible piano solo, the first time i read about that was in a comment on Youtube.

8.- Ravine 10/10 Another soundtrack like song, done with Keyboards and Accoustic Guitar, a mighty combination, my problem with this song is that i don't understand it's name, the music tells me that Rael is vanishing and getting transported to the next song, but the title is just... ravine?

9.- The Light Dies Down on Broadway 10/10 The only song not writen by Peter Gabriel, but it fits the story perfectly anyways, it feels like a different version from the first song, and i really dig that, giving you a new sense and sitution in the same place, we're back, it's nostalgic, but everything has changed a lot, like when you go to where your local "Blockbuster" was, and now there is just an empty building completely destroyed and filled with rats.

10.- Riding the Scree 10/10 A little part from this song was used in concerts in the solo part of the song "The Cinema Show", and it fits perfectly, but this song also holds a beef on its own, almost completely instrumental, the drumming is really great on this song, as well as Tony Banks. The lyrics near the end add even more atmosphere.

11.- In the Rapids 10/10 A really mellow song to symbolize loneliness, this is like the bad ending of the story, some people believe that it would've been better if the story ended like this, then the song shifts it's tone like half-way and goes into the next song, with the "happy" ending.

12.- It 9/10 And this is the end of this epic journey, this song gets a little repetitive, but it gets the work done, i specially recommend the version of this song in "3 Sides Live", because they mixed this song with "Watcher of the Skies" and it sounds really good.

In total, CD1 gets a 95/100 and CD2 gets a 97/100, giving a total of 96/100, this album obviously deserves 5 Stars, by it's cheer effort alone deserves it, i love albums like these, but there's a problem, this is the only album that it's really like this, Genesis in general is an unique band.

As i said earlier, this is not my final review on Genesis, in that review i'll talk a little more about the band. After that, i plan to do an extended cut of all the reviews i already made and i also plan to continue reviewing other groups, or people, specially the "5" members of the group (Anthony Phillips instead of Phil Collins since he is not on this site).

 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.63 | 3828 ratings

Selling England By The Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by FalconBleck

5 stars #16 Review

2nd Best Album of all time in the site, does it really stand out? This album could've easily been one of the most valued albums of all times if it wheren't for Rolling Stones magazine who gave this album a 0/10 because it offended them for some reason, don't trust them, even tho they issued their apologies later, it was already too late and then they gave "abacab" a 10/10... WHAT!?!?!

Anyhow, after "Land of Confusion" and "The Musical Box", this albums has the songs that made me stay with Genesis forever, i already like "The Musical Box" a lot, and it's still one of my favorites tracks, but "Firth of Fifth" and "The Cinema Show" blew my mind back in 2012, i entered college in 2013 and everyday i went on the train i listened to those songs over and over in repeat, they were and are still absolutely fantastic.

As always i review by song:

1.- Dancing with the Moonlit Knight 10/10 What a way to start an album, with the most epic voice solo ever done, so much that the world moved in 2016 when Peter Gabriel sang it again live after more than 30 years. This song is a complete experience, an staple of what Genesis is, from the amazing instrumental/solo part, to the delivery of the singing, to all the layers that are traveled here while the story is being unfolded, really hard to top... and then they finish the song with one of the pretiest performances done on instruments, recreating life.

2.- I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) 10/10 Is this the first pop Genesis song? Probably, is the one that has been used a lot by the band and very apreciated by people from all eras, that doesn't make it a bad song at all, it's really happy and well executed, it's not like the first song at all but it still deserves a 10/10 for being so well done, entertaining and timeless. "You can tell me by the way i walk!" "The only thing about me is the way that i walk!" What is with Genesis and walking?

3.- Firth of Fifth 10/10 Issued many times as the perfect prog song, and it's easy to see why, technical achievements, master play from everyone on the band, this is the song that probably united and used the band to it's maximum capabilities, so then you know that it's perfection, there's not another way to describe it, they toped the first song somehow! I play the piano and i'm still not good at this song, but i keep trying and it's really fun to play everytime, it contains one of the best solos of all time, but the whole song is a classical masterpiece.

4.- More Fool Me 8/10 A really mellow song, completely done by voice and guitar, it doesn't show much technicality on guitar, the voices are good and all but i'm not a big fan of this one, too simple.

5.- The Battle of Epping Forest 10/10 I have seen people recommending this song as one of the most epic ones ever made, atleast when people ask for those, and i don't think that this is the one, but the answers still guide well those who ask because of this album. As for the song itself, the direction taken here is still fantastic, the introduction it's magical, the song then gets a little standard but it quickly becomes interesting by the amount of changes done, in voices, piano and sound in general, it even has an odd-time signature singing. It sets different ambiences while telling the adventure, sometimes telling it like a nursery rhyme, and others like a drama, showing what Peter Gabriel theatrical experience can do, even do that was already shown with Supper's Ready one album earlier. This song reminds me to some songs on Foxtrot and "Robbery, Assault and Battery" from "A Trick of the Tail".

6.- After the Ordeal 10/10 An instrumental song that i love a lot, i have always been more about the instruments than lyrics, this song explains exactly what it tries to say without any lyrics, that shouldn't be a surprise, but sadly it is nowadays. I like how Tony Banks does the major part on the first half and then Steve Hackett does it in the next, they could've made a nice side group, it could still happen tho.

7.- The Cinema Show 10/10 5 years ago i never expected to review this song on a site, but i knew since then i would listen to this song my whole life, this is it, when it all completely started, this when i realized that music could be made this magical, making you feel different settings by cheer sound alone, and that was really astounding for me, i already love OSTs, but those are made specifically for different situations, while this one goes from peace, living life, enjoying life and finally the climax, in the most simple way to put it. This piano solo IS the best ever done, and in live renditions they mixed it with "Riding the Scree", in other live renditions it has a different set of drums (1978, dijon), all welcome additions, how can you perfect perfection?

8.- Aisle of Plenty 10/10 "Who Dunnit?" is not the biggest sh*tpost made by Genesis, this song deserves the 10/10 because it's a continuation of The Cinema Show, it's the first song made about a super-market ticket and... i don't know, after all this adventure with this album, the last song brings you back to earth happy anyways.

The complete score for this album is a 98/100, wich obviously translates to 5 stars, completely well deserved and i hope to see it someday on number 1! See you in the next review... the craziest one, see you in 1974.

 In Concert 1976 by GENESIS album cover DVD/Video, 1977
4.47 | 151 ratings

In Concert 1976
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Review Nš 165

'Genesis In Concert 1976' is de first DVD of Genesis and was released in 1977. The recording tapes were taken from the concert live tour that Genesis made in 1976, after the release of their seventh studio album 'A Trick Of The Tail'. 'A Trick Of The Tail' was the first album on which Phil Collins assumed also the duties of be the lead vocalist of the group with his usual duties of drummer, following the departure of Peter Gabriel from the band. However, since Collins needed to be focused mainly on his sing duties, during the live show, Genesis decided to invite the former Yes' member and which was also King Crimson's drummer, Bill Bruford, to play drums and percussion during that live tour.

'Genesis In Concert 1976' is a concert film directed and produced by Tony Maylam and the recordings of the film took place during concerts in Scotland and in England, in 1976. So, the movie combines films of two live shows: one at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland on 9 July and other at Bingley Hall in Staffordshire, England on 10 July. During the songs 'The Cinema Show', 'Entangled' and 'Supper's Ready', the footage is combined with some film images.

'Genesis In Concert 1976' is a DVD with seven tracks. The first track 'I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)' is a live version of a song originally released on their fifth studio album 'Selling England By The Pound'. It shows images of the road crew doing their job and also shows the band walking to the stage. Despite being one of the first times that Collins plays his role as the front man of the band, he seems confident and cheerful. The second track 'Fly On A Windshield (Part 2)' is a live version of a part of a song originally released on their sixth studio album 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway'. The lead guitar work by Steve is absolutely great, the performance of Mike on his 12 string guitar and bass is perfect, the keyboard work of Tony is excellent and Bill and Phil on drums and percussions are very powerful. The third track 'The Carpet Crawlers' is also a live version of a song originally released on their sixth studio album 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway'. This is another excellent track with great performance by all members. However, I think deserves special mention Collins's vocal performance, because sometimes, it even makes us forget Gabriel for moments. The fourth track 'The Cinema Show' is also a live version of a song originally released on their fifth studio album 'Selling England By The Pound'. However, this is a shorter version of the song. It only includes the instrumental section of it. This is a very dynamic version of the song, with the use of some funny images of a silent movie. The fifth track 'Entangled' is a live version of a song originally released on their seventh studio album 'A Trick Of The Tail'. This is also another song very well performed by all musicians and again we have the use of a film. But this time, the images are on a beach with a beautiful woman dancing on the sand, which gives us a rare moment of beauty. The sixth track 'Supper's Ready (Part 2)' is a live version of a part of a song originally released on their fourth studio album 'Foxtrot'. Again we are in presence of another great musical moment with a live performance of all musicians absolutely irreproachable. Once more the DVD makes the use of film images. The film shows some war images of military aircraft bombers, dropping bombs. And it also shows some images of apocalyptic explosions of atomic bombs. The seventh and last track 'Los Endos' is also a live version of a song originally released on their seventh studio album 'A Trick Of The Tail'. This track represents the great final climax of the concert and it shows perfectly well why it became one of the Genesis most played live songs, and frequently, became the song that closed their live concerts too.

Conclusion: 'Genesis In Concert 1976' is, in my humble opinion, a great DVD and a rare live document of the band, with excellent quality, until Hackett was a band's member and when still the band remained in their most symphonic progressive roots. This is of course a dated document, in relation to the technical qualities of sound and image, but nevertheless, it has quality enough to be considered a great live document of those times. In relation to the selection of the songs, I've nothing to say or oppose because it's simply superb and excellently representative of the musical career of the band, at the time. Relatively to the use of the images on the DVD, and in contrast with some of my colleagues and reviewers on Progarchives, I've also nothing to oppose to the use of it. So, I disagree with them as it can be seen above, when I wrote about those songs. In short, 'Genesis In Concert 1976' is a rare live document that captures a version of Genesis that only existed just for one tour. It represents also, in my humble opinion, one of the best Genesis' lines up. So, for all what I said before, I only can rate this DVD with 5 stars. This is a worth purchase for all prog Genesis' fans.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Calling All Stations by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.50 | 924 ratings

Calling All Stations
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by FalconBleck

3 stars #15 Review

Finally here, but i'm still 2 more albums to go.

After the swang song presented at the end of We Can't Dance, Genesis still tried doing more, but then in 1996 Phil decided to quit and then there where two- entering new group members that helped little to this album (in terms of its conception), Ray Wilson, the lead singer that wasn't that much involved in prog, but now he is involved in all kinds of music and still sings Genesis to this day, he even sang for Steve Hackett at one moment, Ray is cool. But they also recieved 2 more people, here comes Nir Zidkyahu (Drums) and Nick D'Virgilio (Drums) for the recording sessions, they are good. Live will be talked in another review.

As always, i review by song.

1.- Calling All Stations 6/10 The title track already sets the mood for what's to come in this album and it also fits the cover artwork. It's like heavy but really slow for that, it's weird what they tried to do here, but still i really like the use of the keyboards here. At really little burst it gives hints of Genesis, powerful voice, sometimes the drums do something complex, but it's really minor.

2.- Congo 8/10 The only hit single from this album that almost everyone agrees to apreciate, the rythm and the lyrics are good and Tony Banks takes mostly of the credits for this song, in the end he does one of his moments. Also, the video for this song is really good, except for "that weird part that everyone knows what it is and that lasts for 2 seconds".

3.- Shipwrecked 5/10 As if the album wouldn't make you feel lonely just by the title, this song will sure correct that, it's as if they missed Phil Collins a little too much. This song it's a "ballad", Phil did those better and the lyrics here aren't that good, and the song it's very repetitive, but it's not an unlistenable song, just forgetable.

4.- Alien Afternoon 3/10 Will Genesis make a good alien song for once? How it starts it's already better than Illegal Alien... and then it goes downhill, what is this? This song could well be a "Cumbia", atleast the start and the ending save this song a little at least to get a 3.

5.- Not About Us 5/10 Loneliness... another "ballad", and again it's very repetitive, the only diference is that this one lost potential, near the end the song was about to change directions a little and then it goes back and ends, really sad.

6.- If That's What You Need 5/10 ANOTHER "BALLAD", and also repetitive again, may as well copy the whole review from Shipwrecked here, probably the biggest differences in those songs is the approach with the instruments, because the concept feels like the same. And near the end happened something similar to the previous song!

7.- The Dividing Line 8/10 My favorite track from this album, the instrumental part it's really good, and gives me the feeling to be fighting in a virtual world or something, like a world mix between Tron and BladeRunner. The lyrics are good also, it's weird that i feel like i'm finally back in the album, the previous 4 songs felt like B-sides.

8.- Uncertain Weather 7/10 It feels like a late 90s videogame song when you ignore the lyrics, that's good. This song has the changes that i was asking for the other "ballads", my bigest complaint is that it's like 1 minute longer than it should.

9.- Small Talk 6/10 I thought that the album started again and then i realized that this is another one of those songs that they tried to make another hit single, almost everything on this album was made with that in mind tho, but this song clearly tries to go back to the pop of the past. It's a little catchy, it has unnecesary moments between the song that makes it a little annoying and it's clearly repetitive. This song also needs an update, to hold up and make a critique to smart phones and chat apps.

10.- There Must Be Some Other Way 8/10 Terminator music that turns into another "ballad" that's repetitive, but at least the instrumentals are more interesting this time, they could well fit another videogame state of the art of that era. OH! You should listen to the final half before putting it down, it's really good and increases my liking for this song a lot.

11.- One Man's Fool 7/10 This one feels like from We Can't Dance, catchy and doesn't feel that much repetitive, the instruments do an interesting job here, it reminds me a little of "Dreaming While You Sleep". The final half gets really "jammy" and the lyrics remind me of 50s songs. Not bad.

This album had lots of B-sides that were worse than this final product and they were a lot, they could've done another album with those, it's interesting that you can make a much better album with one song from the B-sides (7/8) + all the songs that got over 5/10, that means that what they did here was nearly 49 minutes of music worth to listen, that's not half bad.

At the end of the day, this album gets a 62/100. At first i thought that this album would get a 59/100, but i realized that i liked some songs more now, and some other i disliked more as well.

Update 27-2: Changed the score and a writing fault in song 7, changed the final writing and score.

 Duke by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.47 | 1330 ratings

Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by FalconBleck

4 stars #14 Review

The album where Genesis created a ridiculous story that has nothing to do with thi whole album, brilliant indeed. Entering the 80's Genesis wanted to create some sort of "suite" and they did but had to put some more songs and ultimately decided "hey, Supper's Ready it's too great, this suite will be put to shame so just put some songs between them" and that's how Duke came out the way it is. This album has also good B-sides and i'm thinking on updating all my previous reviews with B-side and Rehearsals content, once i finish reviewing these Genesis albums.

Also, Phil Collins was happening at this time, i almost forget in every review to mention the solo work they have done, and they have done A LOT of things solo, with other groups and at many things, but i think that while it has influenced on some songs, it really doesn't matter for me that much on these reviews.

As always i review by song.

1.- Behind the Lines 10/10 Now that's a strong start (spoilers), it's just majestic, like the start of the show, though made in a simpler nature it's catchy and epic, great start for this album. 1st part of the "Duke Suite". Edit: I forgot the lyrics, the lyrics fit the song and the instruments still pull off nice jams in between, and again it is considered a pop song because of it's estructure, but i give it the "prog-badge" because of it's theatrical intentions.

2.- Duchess 10/10 Many people regard this song as a pop one (because of its estructure), but at the start it gets a really emotional piano piece and then some really powerful lyrics and singing by Phil Collins, perfect continuation to the previous track. 2nd part of the "Duke Suite".

3.- Guide Vocal 10/10 Songs like these destroy the scale of a review by song, it's a perfect continuation to the previous song, has good lyrics and it's well composed... but it's too short. 3rd part of the "Duke Suite".

4.- Man of Our Times 8/10 I like how it sounds, a little exagerated and repetitive tho, the lyrics are almost unexistant tho, but that doesn't mean much to me, this song sounds like an experimentation that would lead to the creation of some Abacab songs, and this song also has influences from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (like that N.Y.C. song).

5.- Misunderstanding 9/10 Another song critically panned as popular, it has the structure and all, but it definitely has that special instrumental Genesis flavor, also this song sounds like it could fit in "... And then there were three... ". This song it's repetitive but the rythm it's really good + the Genesis spyce, so it's a win for me.

6.- Heathaze 10/10 It was hard to get into this song at first, but one day i was really sad and this song expressed perfectly how i felt and made me feel better some how. I really like the atmosphere on this song, it has the best lyrics from the album and i realized that this song was perfect for Mellotron, and discovered that someone on YT already added the Mellotron to this song and it's really good.

7.- Turn it on Again 10/10 The most hated song in this album by Genesis purists and the most loved by... well, everybody. This song it's relatively easy to play, but for the public that doesn't play music, it's hard to clap to this song, literally Phil Collins always claps to this song live so he can see and laugh at people failing miserably at following this weird mutated time signature that i don't remember how it was. As far as expressions go, this song brightens my day a lot. 4th part of the "Duke Suite" weirdly, it should've been Heathaze... or both.

8.- Alone Tonight 6/10 This song also fits "... And then there were three... ", but that one already had too much ballads, and here it fits because Genesis like always tries to bring happyness followed by sadness and so on. The song is very repetitive and simple, not that much interesting and that's why it gets a 6.

9.- Cul-De-Sac 6/10 This one certainly has an interesting start, but then rehashes it many times through the song and gets repetitive. Everything else is just fine, nothing really special. For some reason the way Phil sings in the chorus reminds me of a late 80's popular song, idk wich one.

10.- Please Don't Ask 6/10 I like how this song sounds, it's another ballad, it follows a similar structure as the previous song but i feels less repetitive, the problem is that the other song had an interesting start, this nothing, it's just a good song, nothing very special.

11.- Duke's Travels 10/10 This is my favorite instrumental song from the 80s, this song it's GENESIS, an incredible piece for all the instruments used and also the song that makes prog hardcore fans to say "Duke wasn't that bad, because of that Duke's Travels thing". This song takes me to a complete adventure that i have wanted to animate since i first heard this song, it's just amazing how every change they do in this song feels so perfect. I still haven't experienced the 5.1 Surround sound that the 2007 Full Remaster edition offers, so if you're going to hear this song on YT, hear anything but that first because YT doesn't support Surround. 5th part of the "Duke Suite".

12.- Duke's End 10/10 And the glory ending, with a remade version of the first song that's more complex and epic. 6th and Final part of the "Duke Suite".

As you can see, the Duke Suite got a 10 and everything else go less, this is a hard decision to make, this album got 88/100 and that's really close to 5 stars, they could've easily deserved that for the suite but the "midle" songs (aka 8, 9 and 10) are specially forgetable, so i can't say that this is a masterpiece. 4/5 Stars.

 From Genesis To Revelation by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1969
2.57 | 1057 ratings

From Genesis To Revelation
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by FalconBleck

2 stars #13 Review

This is where it all started, the band released this album in 1969 but it probably started production when the band conformed in 1967, already over 18 years old the members of the band where when the ablum released, composed of Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Peter Gabriel, Anthony Philips and Chris Stewart (Drums).

I really don't have that much to say on this album, so i'll get into reviewing the songs as always.

1.- Where the Sour Turns to Sweet 5/10 I dig the style on this one, but the song really falls short and it never gives that "moment", it's like a joke that lacks the "punch-line". Still a nice and interesting rythm to start but this is not near what the band will accomplish one year later.

2.- In the Beginning 4/10 Another nice rythm, but this song shows even more that early "garage-made" album quality sound. It feels more repetitive than the last one and it gets boring quickly.

3.- Fireside Song 6/10 Tony Banks showing himself as the heart of the band here, this song feels like a nice departure from the last 2, it's really pretty and feels warm... but gets repetitive as well.

4.- The Serpent 5/10 All instruments are making a bigger presence here, but the song still gets repetitive quick, specially when the instruments stop.

5.- Am I Very Wrong 7/10 The flute appears here, and the atmosphere of this song makes it feel closer to the next Genesis album, this is the best song so far, just the voices need a little more polish... as well as the sound, obviously.

6.- In the Wilderness 5/10 Another song that feels warm and nostalgic, but this song it's mostly made by the chorus, so it gets repetitive as well, the piano ending adds something a little special.

7.- The Conqueror 4/10 I expected this song to be darker judging by the intro, but it got like any other average song from this album. Too repetitive near the end, almost annoying. The guitar ending saves this song from being a 3/10.

8.- In Hiding 6/10 I like the lyrics and what Tony Banks does here, this is another song that's near Trespass, but not quite.

9.- One Day 8/10 What i like in this album it's done in this song, Piano, Violin, Trumpets and a choir in the back, it's another pretty song with nice lyrics. This should be the song that guided this album, it marks what the album should've been in its entirety.

10.- Window 6/10 This song gets increasingly better, the mood is clearly set but i can feel the lyrics through the music, really well done, a little repetitive tho.

11.- In Limbo 5/10 Another song that i expected to get darker for some reason, and also more atmospheric, but it lost it quickly, and then when it got back to those first chords, it's already too late, the "pop" alredy kicked in. It's still not a bad song tho, just average to this album and repetitive as well (with good lyrics).

12.- The Silent Sun 4/10 Similar case as the last song, except that it's worse, like it was made from the most average parts of this album.

13.- A Place to Call my Own 6/10 1 minute with lyrics and the rest with instruments, the instrument part it's really nice and it feels like a testament to what's to come, a nice ending indeed.

13 songs and 1 stands out more and 5 others are better than average, but it has one song that almost made the top worst from the band, or it'll probably be. I give it a 55/100, better score than "Abacab" but the same amounts of stars, i think that i did a pretty fair review, it was though to make, i did this review like 3 times, the first time it was like a 40/100, the second time was a 62/100 and now i inspected it a little more (and also compared a little more with their other works) and it came out this way.

As a side note, i have heard people say that side 1 is better, but i think that both are equally enjoyable.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to Lazland (w/ Quinino help) for the last updates

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