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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
Atlantic 2007
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R-KiveR-Kive
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Lamb Lies Down on BroadwayLamb Lies Down on Broadway
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EMI Europe Generic 2009
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FoxtrotFoxtrot
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Wea Int'l 1990
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Selling England By The PoundSelling England By The Pound
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Atlantic 1995
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Trick of the Tail (CD/DVD)Trick of the Tail (CD/DVD)
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Invisible TouchInvisible Touch
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Seconds OutSeconds Out
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GENESIS discography


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

2.59 | 787 ratings
From Genesis to Revelation
1969
4.17 | 1633 ratings
Trespass
1970
4.42 | 2189 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1971
4.61 | 2530 ratings
Foxtrot
1972
4.63 | 2924 ratings
Selling England By The Pound
1973
4.28 | 2055 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1974
4.27 | 1784 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
4.09 | 1364 ratings
Wind And Wuthering
1976
3.43 | 998 ratings
...And Then There Were Three...
1978
3.48 | 1003 ratings
Duke
1980
2.55 | 891 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.71 | 870 ratings
Genesis
1983
2.39 | 896 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.65 | 812 ratings
We Can't Dance
1991
2.53 | 709 ratings
Calling All Stations
1997

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

3.95 | 676 ratings
Genesis Live
1973
4.28 | 692 ratings
Seconds Out
1977
3.41 | 355 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
2.03 | 262 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume One - The Shorts
1992
2.83 | 270 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume Two - The Longs
1993
3.18 | 230 ratings
Live Over Europe 2007
2007

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

4.40 | 111 ratings
In Concert 1976
1977
3.07 | 53 ratings
Three Sides Live (VHS)
1982
3.33 | 44 ratings
The Mama Tour
1985
2.53 | 40 ratings
Visible Touch (VHS)
1987
3.30 | 33 ratings
A History Of Genesis
1991
3.38 | 67 ratings
The Way We Walk (DVD)
2001
3.90 | 44 ratings
The Genesis Songbook
2001
2.88 | 23 ratings
Inside Genesis 1975-1980
2003
2.78 | 28 ratings
Inside Genesis The Gabriel Years 1970-1975
2004
3.21 | 80 ratings
Invisible Touch - Live At Wembley (DVD)
2004
3.03 | 62 ratings
The Video Show
2004
3.94 | 69 ratings
Genesis Live Video
2004
2.94 | 14 ratings
Rock Review - A Critical Retrospective
2005
2.42 | 34 ratings
The Gabriel Era
2006
3.75 | 44 ratings
In London
2007
3.79 | 10 ratings
Up Close And Personal (DVD and book set)
2007
4.14 | 135 ratings
When In Rome
2008
3.75 | 12 ratings
Land of confusion
2010

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

0.00 | 0 ratings
Presenting Genesis
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume One
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume Two
1975
2.65 | 43 ratings
Reflection - Rock Theatre
1975
4.03 | 27 ratings
The Best...
1976
2.34 | 13 ratings
Genesis in Concert
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Story Of Genesis
1978
4.04 | 5 ratings
Nursery Cryme / Foxtrot
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Genesis
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Genesis
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Genesis
1989
2.63 | 22 ratings
Turn It On Again - Best Of 81-83
1991
4.27 | 196 ratings
Archive 1967-1975
1998
3.05 | 22 ratings
The Original Album
1998
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Greatest
1998
2.23 | 90 ratings
Turn It On Again - The Hits
1999
2.93 | 108 ratings
Archive 2 1976 - 1992
2000
3.18 | 79 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2004
2.00 | 16 ratings
14 From Our Past
2007
3.43 | 71 ratings
Genesis 1983-1998
2007
2.06 | 33 ratings
Turn It On Again The Hits -The Tour Edition
2007
3.83 | 100 ratings
Genesis 1976 - 1982
2007
4.56 | 151 ratings
Genesis 1970 -75
2008
3.71 | 71 ratings
Genesis Live 1973 - 2007
2009
2.40 | 5 ratings
The Magic Of Time
2013
1.44 | 8 ratings
R-Kive
2014

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

2.46 | 23 ratings
The Silent Sun / That's Me
1968
2.45 | 16 ratings
A Winter's Tale / One-Eyed Hound
1968
3.63 | 8 ratings
GENESIS
1969
4.48 | 42 ratings
The Knife
1971
3.67 | 3 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1972
3.20 | 45 ratings
Happy The Man
1972
4.16 | 56 ratings
Twilight Alehouse
1973
4.30 | 47 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1973
3.67 | 3 ratings
Watcher of the Skies
1973
4.12 | 42 ratings
Counting Out Time
1974
4.19 | 50 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room
1975
4.12 | 38 ratings
Counting Out Time / Riding The Scree
1975
4.00 | 5 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1975
4.00 | 5 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1975
3.67 | 3 ratings
The Carpet Crawl
1975
4.33 | 6 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
2.25 | 5 ratings
Ripples
1976
3.74 | 28 ratings
Entangled
1976
3.17 | 10 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1976
2.96 | 115 ratings
Spot the pigeon
1977
3.04 | 4 ratings
Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode)
1978
3.21 | 40 ratings
Follow You Follow Me
1978
3.94 | 36 ratings
Many Too Many
1978
3.34 | 35 ratings
Duchess/Open Door
1980
2.86 | 36 ratings
Misunderstanding
1980
3.69 | 36 ratings
Turn it on again
1980
2.62 | 28 ratings
No reply at all
1981
2.74 | 44 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.78 | 32 ratings
Keep it dark
1981
2.39 | 27 ratings
3 X 3
1982
3.88 | 14 ratings
The Lady Lies
1982
2.95 | 13 ratings
Paperlate picture 7''
1982
2.56 | 22 ratings
Man On The Corner
1982
4.23 | 24 ratings
Firth Of Fifth
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
Home By The Sea
1983
3.10 | 40 ratings
Mama
1983
2.82 | 28 ratings
That's All
1983
2.17 | 27 ratings
Illegal Alien
1983
2.29 | 15 ratings
Taking it all too hard
1984
2.42 | 38 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.26 | 28 ratings
Throwing It All Away
1986
1.93 | 29 ratings
In Too Deep
1986
2.53 | 43 ratings
Land of Confusion
1986
3.48 | 27 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight 12''
1987
3.65 | 20 ratings
Tonight, Tonight Tonight Tonight 7''
1987
3.67 | 30 ratings
No Son Of Mine
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
We Can't Dance (Special Edition Volkswagen)
1991
2.77 | 13 ratings
Tell Me Why 5'' Cd single
1992
2.67 | 24 ratings
Jesus He Knows Me 5'' CD single
1992
2.71 | 31 ratings
I Can't Dance
1992
2.65 | 26 ratings
Hold On My Heart
1992
2.38 | 14 ratings
Never a Time
1993
2.97 | 10 ratings
Tell me why
1993
1.81 | 37 ratings
Congo
1997
2.50 | 27 ratings
Shipwrecked
1997
2.51 | 30 ratings
Not About Us
1998
3.23 | 29 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers 1999 5' promo CD
1999

GENESIS Reviews


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 From Genesis to Revelation by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1969
2.59 | 787 ratings

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From Genesis to Revelation
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Prog Reviewer

2 stars In a way GENESIS started out as they would end, namely being a pop band that blended in with the style of the day. Although I have a soft spot for great bands who had a quirky debut, I have to say that the debut album by GENESIS is the perfect representation of my hit / miss relationship with this band throughout their entire career. Of all the most popular progressive rock bands to have emerged throughout the days, it is GENESIS that I probably like the least in terms of total output in their discography. Although I wholeheartedly admit they have produced some amazing masterpieces, I find many of even their most revered albums to be lukewarm in my world. I think i'm in the majority with this one however.

Although they had their symphonic tendencies in play with their debut album FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION, it is clear that this was a symphonic pop band at this point. As a lover of pop music that is not what bothers me with this release. What truly bugs me the most about this first outing is simply the songs are BORING! The fact that Peter Gabriel, Banks, Phillips, Rutherfield and Silver would go on to anything great totally eludes the listener at this point. I mean even in the world of pop music of 1969 this is weak! The melodies aren't melodic enough. The symphonics aren't symphonic enough. Everything just seems like amateur hour. And so it is here.

It's obvious why this one wants to be forgotten and I am in the camp where I find this extremely boring despite my eclectic nature but there is little on here to warrant interest other than the historical interpretation of a famous band and their origins. There really is no standout track and although I have tried to find some redeeming value in this, I utterly fail every time. In the case of GENESIS I can only recommend totally skipping this debut and heading to the second release "Trespass" which is hard to believe that it is performed by the same band. If you want symphonic prog from the 60s, skip this and head straight to the Moody Blues. Yawn!

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 R-Kive by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
1.44 | 8 ratings

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R-Kive
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Gatot
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1 stars Design-wise, this is a MAJOR FLAW

When there was announcement in social media that Genesis would release a boxset compilation featuring a career-spanning selection of songs by the band and from the various solo projects of the group's members, I was not interested at all with it as it has major flaw in its concept. Even though the 37-track collection is a companion piece to the new documentary titled Genesis: "Sum of Its Parts", which will get its U.S. premiere on October 10, I still do not understand why the companion has ever existed and what for? Rutherford tells ABC News Radio that the compilation helps paint a full picture of what the group has accomplished. What? Give me a break ! A solo project is a creation by individual member of the band and it has nothing to do with the band. Yes, the members were somehow in the band in their music career but ...their music direction is different. How can you compare Peter Gabriel "So" or "Scratch" or "Security" with any Genesis album? Is there any relation between the music of Gabriel with Genesis? I don't see any root that connects to any early album of Genesis with the beauty of "Signal To Noise" from Gabriel's solo. Where is the connection, composition-wise? Is there any influence from the early Genesis to Signal to Noise? Nope! Not at all. The music is fundamentally different and has no tie at all!

Specific to Gabriel, I salute him for never looking back to his past days with Genesis. The past is over and he moves forward with his own identity crafting great music like "San Jacinto", "Wall Flower" , "The Family and The Fishing Net", "Signal To Noise", "Blood of Eden" and other brilliant composition that demonstrated he never come back to his past. In fact he do not perform any of Genesis track in his live performance. That's why I salute Gabriel for his bave action not looking back to his glory past days with the band.

Hackett is another style, he loves to revisit his work with Genesis and play them live and made studio albums to revisit his past days. But ... he is also a great composer wit brilliant album like Spectral Morning, Please Don't Touch, Dark Town, To watch The Storm. His Mechanical Bride is really a wonderfully crafted composition. But I don't see any tie at all with any element of Genesis music as the music is really eclectic in nature, push the envelope harder than ever.

Let's have a look on Mike Rutherford - why there is no track at all from the best album he crafted as solo musician called "Smallcreep's day" which is much progressive compared to any of his Mechanics band. In this case, there is some ties with the elements of Genesis music. Personally I do not really love the Phil Collins solo career and also Tony Banks - they only good as musician and composer when they do together in Genesis but not as individual solo. So it's hard to comment on their music here.

The other thing is that nothing really new that we can get from this boxset as all of the tracks previously already released. It's different with Genesis Archive 1 where we got many new things like two CDs contain the Lamb Lies Down performed live its entirety. That's really great. But this compilation features what already in the market with other album, nothing new.

Music-wise, I do not want to comment as there are many great tracks like Signal To Noise, Supper's Ready, The Knife, Ace of Wands (I really love it!). But there are lacklusters as well or not progressive at all. But I am sure as far as composition concern most of the tracks were already thought of carefully by the band or the members - only that the kind of music I do not like or I like it sometimes in some occasion.

In conclusion, I do not recommend anyone to purchase this compilation that has major flaw in its design by putting the mixtures of everything and pay little attention to the artistic aspects. Look at the horrible artwork! It's like a collection of multi-color candies with ugly font. So, I have to give only one star and in fact I do not recommend any collector to have this boxset to complete their collection - what for? It's a waste, really. Sorry .. Ihave to tell the truth on this ...as it seems this boxset intended for commercial goals only. If you really want to have great boxset, buy The Elements of King Crimson - it's really GREAT! You will hear Cirkus performed live and it;s unique and different than the studio version you have ever heard. Keep on proggin' ...!

Disappointed Genesis fan: GW.

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 Nursery Cryme by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.42 | 2189 ratings

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Nursery Cryme
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Obsidian Pigeon

3 stars Genesis is a band that I've found myself coming back to occasionally, but simply cannot always enjoy. I acknowledge their musicianship, but find that I'm just not entirely satisfied by their musical style and compositions. Nursery Cryme at its best, for me, is a fairly enjoyable album with a bit of filler that drags it down. At its worst, I can only get through half of the album. The production does not help it, either.

Musical Box is a fine piece, and I can see why some might find it not only one of the album highlights, but also one of Genesis's finest songs, but I cannot listen to it often, or else I find it to drag at parts. Fountain of Salmacis, for me, is the album's highlight, and one of my favorite Genesis songs. At times soaring and cathartic, I really enjoy the compositions and the musicianship present.

Nursery Cryme is not really my favorite Genesis album, but it by no means is a bad album. I do not understand some of the praise it receives, but I respect it and I acknowledge its influence in prog circles. I feel like 3 stars is a fine rating to give it.

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 Nursery Cryme by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.42 | 2189 ratings

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Nursery Cryme
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by FragileKings

5 stars Genesis was for a long time the band my friends liked in the 80's. I could never see the appeal, though "Mama" was kind of cool for its uniqueness among Top 40 pop tunes. I had no inkling of what Genesis had been in the past. If I had, I surely would have become a fan of the band a least for this album and the follow up, "Foxtrot". As it stands now, nearly thirty years since I first became familiar with the band, Genesis, "Nursery Cryme", "Foxtrot", and "Selling England by the Pound" stand out as a trio of some of the greatest examples of classic progressive rock, in my opinion, and are as essential as the trio of Yes albums, "The Yes Album", "Fragile", and "Close to the Edge".

Imagine a song with a background story, where the lyrics of the song are the events that occur at the end of the story. A young boy and a young girl approaching puberty go out to play croquet and she knocks his head off with the mallet. She calmly returns to her room and opens a musical box that played his favourite song, "Old King Cole". As she does, his spirit appears as an adult version of the boy and the spirit confesses his love and lust for the girl. Though he has only just been struck dead moments before, his spirit has waited the equivalent time of many years for the moment to be able to get to know her flesh, as it says. The song lyrics are entirely the words of the spirit. What they don't tell us is how the story ends. The nurse comes in, sees the spirit, and throws the musical box to the wall, destroying it and making the spirit vanish. What a concept!

The music to this story, "The Musical Box" is an adventure in itself. A very delicate beginning with clean electric guitars and Peter Gabriel singing softly, almost as if trying not to disturb a still water's surface with his voice and words. There's a beautiful part where a flute comes in and joins the guitars while Phil Collins keeps the percussion swift but soft. The shadow of a cloud passes over the music before it returns to its delicateness. "Play me my song," sings Gabriel and Collins adds, "Here it comes again." Then the music assumes a build in aggressive tone; the real drums and Tony Banks' organ warns that things are about to go crazy and with a scream, Hackett's guitar tears into a solo with the rhythm section galloping along. The song truly rocks here and it's no surprise that young future guitarists such as Edward Van Halen went to see Genesis live back in the day.

At this point we are hardly halfway through the first track and it continues with abrupt changes between the sad, unrequited desire of the boy's spirit and the more menacing aggression of its attempt to fulfill that desire. The song concludes with the aggression of a heavy prog band and the flourish of a symphony. A remarkable composition!

I also immensely enjoy "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" not only for its bizarre tale of Russian hogweeds threatening the existence of humanity on the British Isles but also for yet another example of a rock ensemble achieving fantastic things with their music. Here we are introduced to Hackett's finger tapping technique that he would use on a few Genesis songs, perhaps to greatest effect on "Supper's Ready" from "Foxtrot", a technique that the above mentioned young Van Halen would rework and turn into a classic guitar solo on his future band's debut album. "Hogweed" also features some premier music of this era of Genesis, including flute and piano, a beautiful classical piano break by Banks, some truly awesome music for guitar, piano, and drums, and Gabriel's theatrical vocal style which captures the mood of the story.

"The Fountain of Salmacis" is the third song in this mould of story told to incredible music. Though I personally don't enjoy it to the level of the two previous songs, it is still nevertheless a grand composition and once again features the finger tapping of Hackett, this time more pronounced as a guitar break.

The rest of the album is rounded out by shorter songs of varying appeal. "For Absent Friends" is a short and sweet and very English tune about an old couple who step into a church on a Sunday afternoon, a simple vignette of a moment in the lives of two English folk. "Harold the Barrel" is a vigorous and action-packed song about a restaurant owner who causes much calamity in town when he stands on a window ledge in preparation to jump. The music is fast and involved, and Gabriel and the band's vocals used to great effect in capturing this frantic tale. "Seven Stones" features lots of keyboard work on organ and Mellotrone by Banks. Gabriel seems to have some difficulty reaching the high notes here but this is still a very good example of a shorter progressive rock song, and I see this as being the precursor to "Can-Utility and the Coastliners" from "Foxtrot".

The only track that eludes settling into my memory is "Harlequin". Though I've heard it several times I can never recall the tune later. And "For Absent Friends" I don't usually choose to hear when selecting songs for mixed playlists. But the rest of the album is truly fantastic. I know many people see "Nursery Cryme" as the least impressive of the three albums, with the Genesis genius culminating in "Selling England"; however, I hold this album as my favourite and only just barely above "Foxtrot". A truly brilliant piece of work this album is and a must have!

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 Not About Us by GENESIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1998
2.51 | 30 ratings

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Not About Us
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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3 stars "Not About Us" is a good but sad ballad or love song, sung very well by Ray Wilson, with good guitars by Mike Rutherford and good keyboards arrangements by Tony Banks. The song was credited as being composed by Banks, Rutherford and Wilson. The single edit from this song which was included in this single is 35 seconds shorter than the album version, and it also sounds to me like this single edit has a different sound mixing in comparison to the album version. The band also made a promotional videoclip for this song, also "dark" and sad.

The "B-sides":

"Anything Now" is a good Pop Rock song with a good melody and good guitar riffs by Rutherford. This song really could have been very well included in the "...Calling All Stations..." album as I consider it as one of the best songs that this line-up of the band recorded. It really did not deserve to be relegated as the B-side of a single.

"Sign Your Life Away": a good and more heavy Pop Rock song which maybe also deserved to be included in the album instead than to be destined to be a B-side of a single.

"Run Out of Time": a song which starts with a keyboard solo which sounds like a sax solo from a Jazz song. It is a slow Pop Rock song which does not sound as being very related to the musical style of the band. But the keyboards arrangements are very good.

From all the three singles that this line-up of the band released, this is the best and most interesting, as all the songs which were included in it are good.

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 Shipwrecked by GENESIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1997
2.50 | 27 ratings

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Shipwrecked
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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2 stars "Shipwrecked" is a Pop Rock ballad with good guitar riffs by Mike Ruherford (maybe he was the main songwriter of this song) and good keyboards arrangements by Tony Banks. Ray Wilson also sang good lead vocals. But again...I think that it was a bit difficult for some radio listeners to identify this song as a song composed, recorded and performed by GENESIS. While there are still some very typical things from the "old" musical style from the band (the guitars and the keyboards really sound as being very typical from this band), Wilson`s voice is so different from Phil Collins`s voice that the song could really be more considered as a solo song by Rutherford sung by a guest lead singer. Anyway, "Shipwrecked" is one of the best songs from their "...Calling All Stations..." album, and a better choice for a single release than "Congo".

The B-sides, "Phret" and "7/8", both instrumental Pop Rock musical pieces, sound more related to the Genesis`s old sound from the eighties, with drummer Nir Z playing good drums in a similar way as Phil Collins did it in the past. Both musical pieces are not bad, not "dark" and more "light" in comparison to the other songs from the album, but both really show why they were released only as "B" sides of this single

Some versions of this single included live versions of old songs from the band, like "No Son of Mine", "Lovers Leap" (from "Supper`s Ready") and "Turn It On Again", all sung by Ray Wilson. Wilson sang the songs well, but again I think that his voice is not very easy to identify as from an official singer of the band. So, some live in concert recordings from this line-up of the band are more interesting for me to listen to the songs from the "...Calling All Stations..." album played live than to listen to the old songs which were originally sung by Phil Collins or Peter Gabriel.

So, this single could be more interesting for the collectors and fans of the band.

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 Congo by GENESIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1997
1.81 | 37 ratings

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Congo
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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2 stars I was a bit surprised when in March 1996 I read in a newspaper Phil Collins`s announcement about he was leaving GENESIS then. I had doubts about the band carrying on without him...but Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford wanted to carry on as GENESIS. And they did it. Finally by mid 1997 I read in a Rock magazine an interview done with them and new lead singer Ray Wilson. So, it was until September 1997 when I finally saw their new album called "...calling all stations..." in the record shops of my city and I bought it. But before that, I thought that the new lead singer could have been very well Paul Carrack (of MIKE AND THE MECHANICS) or a lead singer of more or less the same age of Banks and Rutherford. But no...the new lead singer was Wilson, a lead singer who was born in 1968, at the time that GENESIS were recording their first album when they were teenagers...The differences in age and in looks between Banks and Rutherford with Wilson were very clear from their appearances in photos as a band.

The cover design of the "...calling all stations..." album was in fact very "dark" for my taste. I thought the same thing about most of the music of that album. I also thought that the change of lead singer was a drastic move, with the new lead singer having a very different voice and style in comparison to Collins`s (in a similar way as in the case of MARILLION with new lead singer Steve Hogarth when he replaced Fish). Anyway, the band still retained some of the "old" musical style they had when Collins was in the band, but now they were more focused in the "dark" aspects of their music and lyrics, like they were trying to re-create the moods of previous "dark" songs like "Home by the Sea / Second Home by the Sea", "Mama", and others which I don`t like very much from their discography. But the band lacked a balance of moods in their music and lyrics, now lacking Collins`s humour and his more "light" musical tastes. So, most of the songs of the "...calling all stations..." album sound to me in a very similar, "dark" way. Even some of the ballads are a bit sad in content. But I think that Wilson really was not very involved in the creation of the content of the album. In fact Banks and Rutherford have recorded most of the tracks before Wilson joined the band. So with the exception of a few songwriting collaborations between the three musicians, the new album was really more the creation of Banks and Rutherford than a real collaboration with Wilson. I think that he was recruited more as a lead singer than anything else.

With a song like "Congo" it seems now that the band wanted to update their music for the late nineties. A "dark" song with some good arrangements and some Pop Rock oriented lyrics, and also with a not very good promotional video clip for my taste (also "dark"), in fact it sounded to me very far from the "old" GENESIS`s musical style with Collins in their most Pop Rock music oriented songs. I still think that this song was not the best choice from all the songs from their new album to be released as a single. I still think that "If That `s What You Need", even if it is a ballad / love song, could have been a Hit Single. That song sounds more related to the Collins`s Era in musical style. But maybe Banks and Rutherford wanted to distance the name of the band a bit from that kind of songs.

"Papa He Said" and "Banjo Man", the B-sides of the "Congo" single, sound more Pop Rock oriented in musical style than "Congo", and even less produced and polished, mostly like the members of the band were thinking that both songs were not very good for their tastes, so both songs were relegated to be released as B-sides and nothing more. But both songs are good for my taste, and I think that both (with more added production work ) could have made their new album more musically varied and interesting, offering some less "dark" songs. These two songs and other songs from the same period which were released as B-sides of other singles are now more for the collectors and most die-hard fans of the band as they were ignored for their inclusion in their "Archive" Box Set series. I seems that their period with Wilson as lead singer, not being very happy and successful for the band, was ignored, like Banks and Rutherford were trying to forget about it. Wilson, of course, was not the main "guilty" person in the lack of success of their 1997 album and in their tour in 1998. Maybe Banks and Rutherford should have done more detailed previous market research studies (if even they did something like that, a thing that I think they never did) to learn more about the musical tastes of their old fans and of the new musical audiences of the late nineties. But it seems that they wanted to be more loyal to their own musical tastes and musical experiments than to anything else.

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 Happy The Man  by GENESIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1972
3.20 | 45 ratings

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Happy The Man
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Matti
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3 stars The song 'Happy the Man' is a Genesis rarity from the golden era, and for that reason it certainly is of interest, but judged as a song it's without a doubt one of their poorest. OK, the debut album from 1969 contains perhaps even worse songs, but we're speaking of the classic, prog era Genesis. Having released the ambitious prog albums Trespass and Nursery Cryme, and on the way of releasing Foxtrot with a side-long epic in it, they must have thought "Hey, let's make a simple, naiive and happy song just for change!" That goal was reached very well. It is a nice little song that makes you feel happy, and the lyrics are amusing. But would it fit into one of their classic albums? No, I don't think so. Selling England's 'More Fool Me' (sung by Phil Collins) is often considered as a weak filler track, but to me it fits there just fine.

Many progheads think that the American prog band Happy The Man took their name from this single, but they picked it from a line in Goethe's Faust, originating from the Bible.

On the B side is 'Seven Stones' a wonderful song from Nursery Cryme. I have always liked it very much; it's relatively short and more or less in the verse-chorus-verse structure, but full of vintage prog charisma. The single itself is a valuable collector's item, but for its contents three stars is enough.

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 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.63 | 2924 ratings

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Selling England By The Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Deathangel

5 stars My first review here on prog archives and I had to choose my all time favourite album. There's just something about the effortless playing on Selling England that elevates it to absolute masterpiece. Cool, slick and clean but at the same time quirky and heavy. After the thickness of Foxtrot this is like a breath of fresh air, and apparently it was all jammed by the band in an 8 week timescale!

From the opening moments of 'Dancing with the Moonlit Knight' to the closing refrain used in 'Aisle of Plenty' there honestly isn't a dull second, and along the way they've created at least 4 essential masterpiece tracks. *That* moment in 'Firth of Fifth' when Steve's guitar soars for just that little bit longer, and the spine tingling bit in 'Cinema Show' when the Choir and Bass Pedals kick in really send shivers down your spine.

Lately I've gotten in to the more heavier side of prog via the likes of Opeth and Anathema, but every now and then I come back to the absolute best - nothing can match the euphoria of this album, and it truly is one of the few works that deserve the title of masterpiece.

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 A Trick of the Tail by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.27 | 1784 ratings

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A Trick of the Tail
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by BillyShears

5 stars When I first heard "Trick of the Tail" i thought: "God, bless them". I was really impressed, by anything in there. Great songs, nice lyrics, and great SOUND. Possibly it is the better- sounding Genesis LP in the Progressive Era, in terms of recording tecs. Perfect EQ and superb mixing. I love how this album sounds.

DANCE ON A VOLCANO: Mike plays a riff, which will re-appear a couple of times again later in the album, and quite immediatly Steve, Phil and Tony make syncopated stop-fills with a nice jazzy taste. The thing gets interesting when the large and majestic 7/4 turns into a nervous one. Phil's singing is quite perfect. I think this album shows clearly his whole "drum philosophy": triplets and quadruplets almost everywhere, ghost notes on the snare and great bass drum work. The song ends after an outstanding "jamming" moment in which Tony and Steve build a very nice dialogue between synth and guitar.

ENTANGLED: this is an Hackett one. Music and words. It's a waltz, softly carried on by lots of guitars (Steve, Tony and Mike). The first part shows a weird situation, concerning psychiatrist and things like that. The song touches its finest part when it turns instrumental. The waltz goes on for a bit, while Tony draws an emotional landscape which reminds me a lot of "classical choral" stuff. We got Mellotron (choir) playing chords and the lead synth playing the soprano line. Amazing.

SQUONK: this is a rock song. And stop. I heard someone saying this is the weak song. I could agree, but not completely. We got to understand that, in 1976, Genesis had to handle the progressive audience as well the american one. "Squonk" is a nice track. Nothing like "Epping Forest", of course! It is a nice rock track, which echoes some Led Zeppeling moments (John Bonham drum influence is quite clear!), it has got nice lyrics and great vocal work.

MAD MAN MOON: now this is the underrated song of the block. I think nobody considers Mad Man Moon because it doesn't keep the "usual Genesis taste". I suggest: try to listen to it just as a song. It is simply wonderful.

ROBBERY, ASSAULT AND BATTERY: I always thought that "Robbery" has got to be considered -together with "Harold the Barrel", "Willow Farm", "Epping Forest"- one of the Genesis "Silly" Songs. I always thought that was an attempt to make a Gabriel-like silly- dramatic-comedy-story. And, to be onest, the result is not comparable in terms of lyrics. But it is still a great song. GIANT drumming, as usual. The instrumental moment is a 15/8 jam. Someone still thinks that it is 7/4. But if you pay attention you will notice that is a 7+6. The "one note solo" by Hackett -before the dramatic mellotron part- is to me one of the highest things ever made by human race.

RIPPLES: classic Genesis evergreen. 12 strings, sweet vocals, nice chords. Almost a ballad song. The middle part still makes me unquiet. It nearly makes me cry every single time. The guitar sighs by Hackett are so heart touching.

TRICK OF THE TAIL: cleverness. Pure cleverness. Tony's song. Pure taste.

LOS ENDOS: this is an explosive ending. It is just one of the greatest "ending tracks" of all times. Anyone knows this was inspired by Carlos Santana jams. Not simply a jam, "Los Endos" features Genesis at their best -instrumentally speaking-. It is magic. Everyone of them works for the ensemble. So tastefully built, the song flows into a "Dance on a Volcano/Squonk Reprise" with lots of self quotations including the "There's an angel standing in the sun" part which sends tons of shivers down my spine.

I can only imagine Peter Gabriel thinking "well done, boys."

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