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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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TrespassTrespass
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Trick of the Tail (CD/DVD)Trick of the Tail (CD/DVD)
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GENESIS discography


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

2.58 | 880 ratings
From Genesis to Revelation
1969
4.16 | 1801 ratings
Trespass
1970
4.41 | 2439 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1971
4.61 | 2805 ratings
Foxtrot
1972
4.63 | 3242 ratings
Selling England By The Pound
1973
4.29 | 2278 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1974
4.27 | 1981 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
4.09 | 1500 ratings
Wind And Wuthering
1976
3.42 | 1111 ratings
...And Then There Were Three...
1978
3.48 | 1110 ratings
Duke
1980
2.56 | 974 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.73 | 967 ratings
Genesis
1983
2.40 | 991 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.63 | 894 ratings
We Can't Dance
1991
2.51 | 780 ratings
Calling All Stations
1997

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

3.96 | 746 ratings
Genesis Live
1973
4.30 | 764 ratings
Seconds Out
1977
3.42 | 390 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
2.02 | 286 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume One - The Shorts
1992
2.82 | 298 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume Two - The Longs
1993
3.20 | 255 ratings
Live Over Europe 2007
2007

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

4.41 | 122 ratings
In Concert 1976
1977
3.12 | 62 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
3.38 | 51 ratings
The Mama Tour
1985
2.50 | 45 ratings
Visible Touch (VHS)
1987
3.30 | 35 ratings
A History Of Genesis
1991
3.38 | 72 ratings
The Way We Walk (DVD)
2001
3.91 | 47 ratings
The Genesis Songbook
2001
2.91 | 25 ratings
Inside Genesis 1975-1980
2003
3.22 | 85 ratings
Invisible Touch - Live At Wembley (DVD)
2004
3.04 | 68 ratings
The Video Show
2004
3.95 | 76 ratings
Genesis Live Video
2004
2.83 | 31 ratings
Inside Genesis The Gabriel Years 1970-1975
2004
2.94 | 14 ratings
Rock Review - A Critical Retrospective
2005
2.39 | 35 ratings
The Gabriel Era
2006
3.78 | 44 ratings
In London
2007
3.70 | 11 ratings
Up Close And Personal (DVD and book set)
2007
4.14 | 143 ratings
When In Rome
2008
3.58 | 12 ratings
Land of confusion
2010
2.43 | 21 ratings
Sum Of The Parts
2014

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

5.00 | 1 ratings
Presenting Genesis
1974
5.00 | 1 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume One
1975
5.00 | 2 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume Two
1975
2.59 | 46 ratings
Reflection - Rock Theatre
1975
4.10 | 23 ratings
The Best...
1976
2.35 | 14 ratings
Genesis in Concert
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Story Of Genesis
1978
4.08 | 6 ratings
Nursery Cryme / Foxtrot
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Genesis
1981
4.00 | 2 ratings
Genesis
1981
3.50 | 2 ratings
Genesis
1989
2.40 | 25 ratings
Turn It On Again - Best Of 81-83
1991
4.28 | 213 ratings
Archive 1967-1975
1998
3.05 | 22 ratings
The Original Album
1998
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Greatest
1998
2.23 | 90 ratings
Turn It On Again - The Hits
1999
2.93 | 121 ratings
Archive 2 1976 - 1992
2000
3.17 | 81 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2004
1.97 | 17 ratings
14 From Our Past
2007
3.46 | 78 ratings
Genesis 1983-1998
2007
2.09 | 34 ratings
Turn It On Again The Hits -The Tour Edition
2007
3.87 | 110 ratings
Genesis 1976 - 1982
2007
4.58 | 164 ratings
Genesis 1970 -75
2008
3.74 | 79 ratings
Genesis Live 1973 - 2007
2009
2.40 | 5 ratings
The Magic Of Time
2013
1.53 | 17 ratings
R-Kive
2014

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

2.46 | 25 ratings
The Silent Sun / That's Me
1968
2.45 | 17 ratings
A Winter's Tale / One-Eyed Hound
1968
3.50 | 10 ratings
GENESIS
1969
4.49 | 47 ratings
The Knife
1971
4.00 | 8 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1972
3.19 | 48 ratings
Happy The Man
1972
4.14 | 59 ratings
Twilight Alehouse
1973
4.27 | 51 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1973
4.70 | 14 ratings
Watcher of the Skies
1973
3.00 | 4 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / After The Ordeal
1973
2.25 | 4 ratings
I Know What I Like / More Fool Me
1973
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Promo)
1974
4.12 | 43 ratings
Counting Out Time
1974
4.24 | 51 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room
1975
4.14 | 39 ratings
Counting Out Time / Riding The Scree
1975
4.29 | 7 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1975
4.11 | 9 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1975
4.14 | 7 ratings
The Carpet Crawl
1975
4.33 | 12 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
2.62 | 10 ratings
Ripples
1976
3.86 | 30 ratings
Entangled
1976
3.28 | 13 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1976
4.25 | 4 ratings
Entangled / Ripples
1976
3.75 | 4 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Squonk
1976
3.33 | 3 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Carpet Crawl
1976
2.00 | 1 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Carpet Crawl
1977
2.97 | 119 ratings
Spot the pigeon
1977
3.13 | 5 ratings
Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode)
1978
3.19 | 42 ratings
Follow You Follow Me
1978
4.02 | 34 ratings
Many Too Many
1978
3.37 | 37 ratings
Duchess/Open Door
1980
2.86 | 37 ratings
Misunderstanding
1980
3.76 | 36 ratings
Turn it on again
1980
2.65 | 29 ratings
No reply at all
1981
2.79 | 47 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.83 | 33 ratings
Keep it dark
1981
2.41 | 28 ratings
3 X 3
1982
3.88 | 14 ratings
The Lady Lies
1982
2.95 | 13 ratings
Paperlate picture 7''
1982
2.60 | 23 ratings
Man On The Corner
1982
2.00 | 1 ratings
Turn It On Again (Live)
1982
2.00 | 1 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Counting Out Time
1982
2.00 | 1 ratings
Follow You, Follow Me / A Trick Of The Tail
1983
4.50 | 7 ratings
Home By The Sea
1983
4.25 | 25 ratings
Firth Of Fifth
1983
3.09 | 45 ratings
Mama
1983
2.81 | 29 ratings
That's All
1983
2.17 | 28 ratings
Illegal Alien
1983
2.33 | 17 ratings
Taking it all too hard
1984
2.00 | 1 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight Exclusive Candid Interview
1986
2.41 | 40 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.25 | 29 ratings
Throwing It All Away
1986
1.95 | 31 ratings
In Too Deep
1986
2.54 | 47 ratings
Land of Confusion
1986
3.39 | 28 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight 12''
1987
3.52 | 21 ratings
Tonight, Tonight Tonight Tonight 7''
1987
3.74 | 31 ratings
No Son Of Mine
1991
1.67 | 3 ratings
We Can't Dance (Special Edition Volkswagen)
1991
2.79 | 14 ratings
Tell Me Why 5'' Cd single
1992
2.66 | 25 ratings
Jesus He Knows Me 5'' CD single
1992
2.65 | 34 ratings
I Can't Dance
1992
2.54 | 28 ratings
Hold On My Heart
1992
2.35 | 15 ratings
Never a Time
1993
2.90 | 12 ratings
Tell me why
1993
1.83 | 38 ratings
Congo
1997
2.50 | 27 ratings
Shipwrecked
1997
2.51 | 30 ratings
Not About Us
1998
3.24 | 30 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
2.58 | 880 ratings

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From Genesis to Revelation
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead

2 stars Review Nº 12

'From Genesis To Revelation' is the debut studio album by Genesis and was released in 1969. It was produced by Jonathan King, who discovered them in 1967 while they were pupils at the Charterhouse School. Despite be their first work, in some Genesis' catalogs, this debut album doesn't appear as part of the official group's discography.

The original line up of Genesis consisted of Peter Gabriel, Anthony Phillips, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford, without any drummer. When their demo tapes caught the attention of King, with the addition of Chris Stewart on drums a schoolmate of them, they recorded their first single 'The Silent Sun'. 'From Genesis To Revelation' was issued several months later, in the same year.

'From Genesis To Revelation' has thirteen tracks. All songs were written by Gabriel, Phillips, Banks and Rutherford. The first track 'Where The Sour Turns To Sweet' is a very interesting song and, in my humble opinion, is one of the best and one of the few really good songs on the album. We can even say that this song has the seeds of what will be the future of their musical sound. The second track 'In The Beginning' isn't really a bad track. It's a nice rock song with some interesting musical parts. However, the sound quality of the song is a little bit poor and the developing of the song isn't particularly brilliant. The third track 'Fireside Song' represents also, in my humble opinion, one of the best musical moments on the album. It's a very beautiful song, very pleasant and nice to listen to. I particularly like the piano parts and the acoustic passages. Even the orchestra sounds beautifully on the song. The fourth track 'The Serpent' starts quiet and very well, with its bass line, good drumming and beautiful acoustic parts. However, it sounds too much to the 60's and makes me remember strongly The Beatles and The Doors. It's not a bad song but I can't see anything special on it. The fifth track 'Am I Very Wrong?' is one of the highlights of the album. It's a very good song with beautiful musical passages. The piano parts are great and very pretty to listen to, and they can move with me. This song has also one of the best vocal performances on the album and shows the real skills of Gabriel as a singer. The sixth track 'In The Wilderness' represents also, for me, another highlight on the album. This is a very beautiful song with excellent orchestration. The strings parts and the piano solo are very nice and bring to the song a very special touch. It's also a song with a brilliant vocal performance by Gabriel. The seventh track 'The Conqueror' is a song that opens with a guitar repeating the main theme of 'In The Wilderness'. It has some nice acoustic and piano parts but the harmony isn't particularly brilliant. In reality, this is a weak song, a little bit repetitive, and with nothing special on it. The eighth track 'In Hiding' is another weak song. Unfortunately, it has the same problems of the most of the songs on the album. It's also a repetitive song and where the theme doesn't develop very well. The Gabriel's voice sounds nice, but the rest of the song doesn't deserve more attention. The ninth track 'One Day' is fortunately better than 'The Conqueror' and 'The Hiding', are. This is a very nice song where all the musical instruments are performed nicely, and especially the piano and the bass parts are very good. The tenth track 'Window' is unfortunately another non memorable song. It has some interesting musical parts like the acoustic and piano parts, which are very pleasant to listen to, but only that is interesting. The rest of the song isn't also particularly brilliant. The eleventh track 'In Limbo' is another perfectly vulgar song, without any musical idea and that sounds too much to the 60's. It's another song with anything special on it. This is probably my less favourite song on the album. The twelfth track 'Silent Sun', as I wrote above, was released as the debut single of the band. So, we can say that it represents the beginning of all. Musically, we can say that it's a fusion between folk and pop rock with the heavy use of orchestral strings. Personally, I must confess that I like particularly of this song and it represents, for me, another highlight on the album. The thirteenth track 'A Place To Call My Own' is a very short track. It isn't also, in my humble opinion, a brilliant song. However, it has very nice performances by Gabriel and Banks, which shows their real musical talents.

Conclusion: I'm a big Genesis fan, and for me, Genesis is one of the best progressive bands ever, and is also my favourite progressive band too. Despite, 'From Genesis To Revelation' have some real very good songs like 'Where The Sour Turns Sweet', 'Fireside Song', 'Am I Very Wrong?', 'In The Wilderness', 'One Day' and 'Silent Sun', the album is in general very weak. The problem of this album is that it sounds like more an album of the 60's, and its music has more in common with the Moody Blues and the early Bee Gees, than the future sound of Genesis as a progressive group, especially if we compare it with their second studio album 'Trespass', released only one year later. So, despite this debut be not properly a bad album, it has nothing to do with the great and influential prog band as Genesis are.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.63 | 3242 ratings

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Selling England By The Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by RaelWV

5 stars Thus begins one of the most aggressively English of the great prog records. Selling England by the Pound isn't just Genesis's apex during the Gabriel years, it served as a template for an awful lot of neo and symphonic prog to come in the decades ahead.

It's perhaps appropriate that the album begins with only Peter Gabriel's voice, as he was increasingly becoming what the larger world thought of when "Genesis" came to mind (if it ever did). It's easy to imagine why, since he was not only the voice of the band but the look as well.

It's easy to draw attention when you're wearing fox's head and your wife's red dress up on a stage where everybody else is sitting down noodling.

But it's also a little misleading, as Selling England by the Pound has some of the band's most memorable instrumental passages and moments during which Gabriel is noticeably absent. The highlight, and perhaps most influential single passage, is the instrumental mid-section of "Firth of Fifth." While it does feature Gabriel on flute, that's merely prelude to the up-tempo Tony Banks synth solo and, most notably, Steve Hackett's soaring guitar solo, the paradigm of solos to come based on space, restraint, and musicality rather than fleet fingers and surgical shredding. Then there's the back half of "Cinema Show," which not only jettisons Gabriel but Hackett as well, reducing things to a Banks/Rutherford/Collins three-way (which would lead we all know where down the road). Hell, even ol' Phil himself debuts as a lead vocalist on the palette cleansing "More Fool Me."

Having said that, the album would lose a lot of its aggressive Englishness without Gabriel's delivery and the lyrics themselves. The album has a very pastoral vibe, aside from the epic tale of a London gang turf war, "The Battle of Epping Forest." That track divides fans ? some hate it, some love it. I'm in the latter group, although the band apparently never much cared for it, feeling it was too stuffed with wordplay to be effective. Maybe, but it's certainly fun to sit down and work through.

I've lived with Selling England By the Pound in a lot of formats. My brother, Sluggo,* had it on a good ole' fashioned LP, from which he made me a cassette tape many many years ago. I've blown through at least two, if not three, versions on CD. Over all those years, it's remained one of my favorite musical experiences ever. In a real sense, the "hey, this kicks ass!" reaction I had way back when set me on the road to prog geekdom.

It's aged bloody well over 40 years and spawned too many imitators. A masterpiece, a milestone, and essential listening.

* Not his real name, relax. Our parents weren't cruel

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 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.63 | 3242 ratings

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Selling England By The Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by TheWillowFarmer

4 stars Many Genesis fans consider Selling England by the Pound to be the best Genesis album, and since I already stated that Foxtrot is my favorite, you might have already guessed that I'm not one of those fans, Selling England is actually my fourth favorite Genesis album. That being said, I love this album for the most part, it's Genesis' response to some criticisms about them not sounding british enough and trying too hard to please american audiences or some stupid nonsense like that. So it is their most "british" album and the songs are widely about british society back in 1973, let's have a look at it then.

Dancing With the Moonlit Knight (8:01) - ★★★★★

I gotta say, Genesis really nails it when it comes to opening up their albums... well, most of the time anyway. But this is just beautiful, the acoustic intro with Gabriel's singing sets the mood for this album just perfectly, I love how this song slowly builds up to blow into one of Genesis' fastest and heaviest tracks ever, Phil drums his heart out here and Hackett is just as good with his guitar work. The lyrics are a social commentary on contemporary England and have a lot of references to stuff like Wimpey Burgers, the "Land of hope and glory" hynn and other english staples, it's among my favorite lyrical content from Peter.

I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (4:06) - ★★★★☆

The first hit single for Genesis and the poppiest track from the Peter Gabriel years of the band. The lawn mower sound Banks' mellotron makes at the beginning of this track is pretty unique, Mike's bassline here is funky as hell, especially during the chorus, which is extremely catchy. Easily one of the better pop songs Genesis did, it's hummable, but still musically complex, and the lyrics are a humorous look at a young groundsman's lack of an ambition in life, being perfectly happy with his job with his lawn mower.

Firth of Fifth (9:35) - ★★★★★

My personal favorite song off this album and one of my all-time favorite Genesis songs, largely written by Tony Banks no less. Every single one of these guys shines on in this song, Banks does it in the intro, Gabriel dellivers one of his finest vocal performances and plays his flute beautifully in the interlude, Phil does some awesome drumming at the 4:30 mark, Rutherford's bass in the "chorus" is one of his best performances and Steve Hackett's guitar solo here is arguably his most memorable ever. Well, Banks himself hates the lyrics to this song, and I can't say I totally disagree with him, the title in itself is a pretty bad pun on Firth of Forth and the lyrics do have some stupid lines such as "Like a cancer growth is removed by skill", but I still like the whole imagery Banks creates with his lyrics here, even if the actual words are kinda nonsensical.

More Fool Me (3:09) - ★★☆☆☆

Another acoustic number with Phil Collins on the lead vocals, and considering it worked very well last time with For Absent Friends, why not? Problem is, this song is nowhere nearly as good as For Absent Friends. Phil's vocals are pretty good, but the actual song is very repetitive and feels completely out of place in this album, even when it comes to lyrics, this time written by Mike Rutherford, just your typical break-up lyrics and yadda yadda, this isn't interesting in the slightest and should be a B-Side of some sort.

The Battle of Epping Forest (11:43) - ★★★☆☆

This one is a track that you might either love or hate, Genesis themselves kinda cringe when talking about it because... well, it's kind of a mess, really. The lyrics are about a gang war in the Epping Forest region of London, hence the song title, and once again Peter Gabriel incarnates different characters with his voice and delivers a pretty good theatrical performance... however, he never shuts up and I thought this got grating after a while. There aren't any instrumental passages in this song, instead most of the instruments feel like they're trying to overshadow each other, and Gabriel's voice is also in this struggle, which is a pretty good idea for a song about a conflict, but it could have been a lot better. I also think the story Gabriel tries to tell here is very hard to follow, even he got lost while writing it, go figure.

After the Ordeal (4:12) - ★★★★☆

A somewhat calming Steve Hackett instrumental track, and a very well-placed one since it comes after the whole chaotic mess of The Battle of Epping Forest. Hackett and Banks dominate the first half with lots of good guitar and piano work, but my favorite part is when the drums kick in and Hackett starts doing a guitar solo, which I also find to be among his best, Gabriel comes in with his flute during the end section for extra beauty, pretty good instrumental number overall.

The Cinema Show (10:41) - ★★★★★

Another of my favorite Genesis songs, Tony and Mike wrote this one and the lyrics are a mixture of The Waste Land by T.S Elliot and Romeo and Juliet. The 12-string intro reminds me a bit of Anthony Phillips' playing on Trespass and Peter and Phil dual-singing in it is fantastic, Steve's guitar work and Mike's melodic bass during the mid section are great, the chorus is very hummable and Gabriel's flute strikes back here as well. But my favorite moment has to be the closing section, Phil emulates Bill Bruford on his drumming, Banks performs one of my favorite keyboard solos of all time.

Aisle of Plenty (1:31) - ★★★★☆

Well... there isn't much to say about this other than the fact that it's just Dancing WIth the Moonlit Knight's intro reprised with Gabriel delivering more bad british puns. It's... something, I always consider this to be just an ending to The Cinema Show, considering that one segues into this as if it was.

Despite some drawbacks here and there, Selling England by the Pound has some of the finest material Genesis has ever made, and this more than makes up for weaker stuff like More Fool Me and The Battle of Epping Forest. This is Steve Hackett's favorite Genesis album and it's easy to see why, it's the one in which he contributed the most and there's lots of great guitar solos from him, for a guitarist, this album is certainly a must-listen, but I also like how Gabriel's flute is much more present here than before, it's a fantastic record without a doubt.

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 Foxtrot by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.61 | 2805 ratings

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Foxtrot
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by TheWillowFarmer

5 stars Foxtrot not only is the second Genesis album with the classic line-up, but it's also my all-time favorite Genesis album. Yeah, I said it, this is where Genesis peaked to me, the sound they've been developing since Trespass has been perfected here, this isn't considered one of prog rock's milestones for nothing. And no, I'm not saying this just because of Supper's Ready, Foxtrot in its entirety is a terrific record, with Supper's Ready being the highlight.

Watcher of the Skies (7:23) - ★★★★★

The result of Tony and Mike taking a look at a desert landscape during Genesis' staying in a hotel, this is a song about an alien who comes to Planet Earth only to find out that there's no life in it at all. Did everyone die? Was this the result of another nuclear fallout? Did Earth become impossible to inhabit and the human race left to find another planet? Who knows... But what I certainly know is that this is an absolute classic Genesis track, the mellotron intro gives way to a rocking number with one of Phil's best drum patterns and Mike following it with his pulsating bassline, I also love how well Tony's organ blends with Steve's guitar here, and the way it all fades into a mellotron outro is the icing on the cake. The only thing I can say it's kinda like a downside is that you may find this song structure a little repetitive, especially on the chorus, but eh, I didn't mind this at all.

Time Table (4:46) - ★★★★☆

The weakest track off this album, but still very good, a piano-oriented song with a highly melodic bassline from Mike and a rather catchy chorus, Peter sings this one very well. Though I don't really understand what the hell is this song about, the lyrics don't make much sense to me even considering that Tony's lyrics are usually more about imagery and metaphors and less about storytelling.

Get 'em Out by Friday (8:36) - ★★★★★

Speaking of storytelling, here's the first Genesis song to contain social criticism, basically a humorous look at how british landlords were greedy and oppressive the british landlords were back at the time, one of my favorite Peter Gabriel lyrics by far. There's a lot of characters and Peter uses different vocal styles to incarnate them, just like he did with Harold the Barrel from the previous album, and the song has another great bassline by Mike, Hackett's guitar solo here is very King Crimson-esque and Phil's drumming is very jazzy.

Can-Utility and the Coastliners (5:45) - ★★★★★

It's impressive that a song that lasts for 5:45 minutes have so much going on, lots of different sections here, an acoustic intro, a 12-string guitar sectiong leading to a mellotron-oriented mid section, a tasteful keyboard solo that seamlessly segues into a guitar solo... Damn, this song is mind-blowing! Did I mention Peter's absolutely passionate vocal performance near the end? Yeah, there's that too.

Horizons (1:41) - ★★★★★

A beautiful acoustic Steve Hackett track, bringing in a much-needed relaxing mood after all the bombast of the previous track and serving as a perfect transition to Supper's Ready.

Supper's Ready (23:06) - ★★★★★

The epic 23-minute prog suite that many consider to be Genesis' finest moment ever, and I'm part of those many people who do that. Supper's Ready is kinda hard to describe, really, the best course of action would be to listen to the song and let it speak by itself, it starts with a calm acoustic intro and then becomes much more chaotic, with every single one of the band members giving their absolute best, my favorite part has to be the ending section, As Sure as Eggs is Eggs, just for Peter Gabriel's vocals alone. The lyrics are basically Peter Gabriel's take on the Apocalypse, yeah, even that is actually hard to describe, so really, just listen to Supper's Ready if you haven't already, it's one hell of a ride.

It's been almost 7 years since I discovered Genesis, my opinions on a lot of their work, be it the Gabriel or Collins eras, have changed dramatically over these years, but my favorite album the band has ever put out still is and probably will always be Foxtrot. Tony Smith from Charisma was moved to tears by this album, and even critics agreed it's an absolute masterpiece, this is THE album Genesis deserves to be remembered for.

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 Nursery Cryme by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.41 | 2439 ratings

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Nursery Cryme
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by TheWillowFarmer

4 stars Genesis had some internal struggles after recording Trespass, which resulted in John Mayhew and Anthony Phillips leaving the band and their respective positions would later be occupied by drummer Phil Collins and guitarist Steve Hackett. Nursery Cryme was released in 1971 and marks the debut of the classic Genesis line-up: Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford, which is most people's favorite incarnation of Genesis, and for good reason.

The Musical Box (10:30) - ★★★★★

Probably my favorite opening track from the Peter Gabriel era of Genesis, the new Genesis line-up shows that it means business now and brings us a dynamic song that seamlessly segues between a relaxing acoustic number with only Gabriel and Hackett on the lead and a rocking full band work, some of the heaviest material from Genesis there and Hackett's guitar work is breath-taking. Gabriel's vocal performance is also amazing, especially in the closing section of the song when he sings "Why don't you touch me? TOUCH ME! NOW! NOW! NOW! NOW! NOW!", bringing life to the rather creepy lyrical content about a girl who cut a boy's head and now his ghost posessed his musical box and wants to have sex with her.

For Absent Friends (1:48) - ★★★★☆

Written by no less than the two new guys, Collins and Hackett, this one is somewhat special because it also is the first song to feature Phil Collins on vocals, and his vocals are beautiful here, kinda similar to Peter Gabriel, but more soothing. The song itself is a simple, short acoustic number that serves more as an interlude after the intense ending to The Musical Box and the next track, and the lyrics are just about two widows visiting the graves of their lost loved ones. Short, but very sweet, I like this a lot for what it's worth.

The Return of the Giant Hogweed (8:09) - ★★★★★

Right after that, the album starts to rock again, I love how Steve Hackett's guitar work and Tony Banks' organ work perfectly well together, Mike has a great bassline, Gabriel sings in a rougher tone than normal, making the song sound more threatening, and Phil Collins' drumming also kicks ass, especially his pedal work near the end. What makes me like this song as well is that it does sound all serious and intense while the lyrical content about giant hogweeds growing up, eating people and dominating the country is kinda comical or at least absurd in a way.

Seven Stones (5:08) - ★★★★☆

This feels a bit like something that would come out of Trespass, but not in a bad Visions of Angels or Dusk way, but more like White Mountain instead. Banks' keyboard gives this track a pretty bleak atmosphere compared to the ones before it, especially near the end when he uses the mellotron he got from King Crimson, it's pretty haunting stuff. But that's not all of it, Gabriel and Collins sing the chorus on this one together near the end and their voices harmonize perfectly with each other, this has always been one of my favorite things about this Genesis line-up. I don't really understand what the lyrics are about, though, I guess it's about an old man telling stories about how he escaped life and death situations by mere chance, I dunno.

Harold the Barrel (3:01) - ★★★★☆

The poppiest track from this album, Phil's drumming sounds funky as hell and he once again dual sings with Gabriel as they're accompanied by Banks' piano and Rutherford's bass, Hackett's presence is kinda subtle this time around. But this bouncy, seemingly happy track tells the story about Harold, a restaurant owner who's about to jump off the top of a building and commit suicide as a mob, the guys from BBC and even his mother convince him to not do so, all of these being interpreted by Gabriel, who changes his vocal tone as he incarnates all the different characters. This is more or less the contrary of The Return of the Giant Hogweed, with a slightly serious lyrical content accompanied by happy-sounding music, and I like it.

Harlequin (2:56) - ★★★☆☆

Well, this one is my least favorite track here, you might say it's filler, but it does have its charm, another acoustic number, but this time with Peter and Phil singing together, although I do think Phil's voice is much more audble than Peter's... maybe it's just my imagination, but oh well.

The Fountain of Salmacis (8:02) - ★★★★★

Closing Nursery Cryme with aplomb is this fantastic track with some of Phil's best drumming in the band being complemented by Mike's pulsating basslines, Banks' mellotron work is even greater than before and Hackett has some of his strongest guitar moments here and Gabriel performing some falsettos are my favorite moments here, especially in the "Nothing will cause us to part, heed me o gods!" part. Lyrically, it's based off Greek mythology, telling the story of Salmacis' attempt at raping Hermaphroditus.

Nursery Cryme is not as widely regarded as the three albums Genesis would release later on, but I love it, the more I listen to this album, the better it gets. But I would advise you to listen to the 2007 remaster, the original one has a very muddy production and the actual music does suffer from that, which made some critics dislike Nursery Cryme back then as well.

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 Trespass by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.16 | 1801 ratings

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Trespass
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by TheWillowFarmer

3 stars While this is a massive improvement over their sleep-inducing debut, Trespass is still quite clearly a transitional disc from a band still trying to find its feet, which means it's not really that great, but not bad either, there's actually a couple of great moments from this short-lived Genesis line-up. An important album for Genesis, sure, it paved the way for them to become one of prog rock's icons, but not the album that would win me over if I've never listened to anything by Genesis before trying this one.

Anyway, let's take a look at the tracks here...

Looking For Someone (7:04) - ★★★☆☆

This song... never really did much to me, to be honest. Aside from Peter Gabriel's great emotional vocal performance and the fantastic instrumental outro starting in 4:45 with a rather tasteful Anthony Philips solo and some nice flute pieces by Gabriel, I find this to be a largely unexciting track. John Mayhew's drumming in particular doesn't impress me much and both the acapella and the chorus sections never felt like they pack that big of a punch, but it's not a terrible track, I guess it opens the album decently enough nonetheless.

White Mountain (6:44) - ★★★★☆

Now that's much better, Tony Banks opens this track up with an atmospheric mellotron and drives it forward with Phillips' guitar and Mike Rutherford's bass complementing it flawlessly. This is also pretty much the first Genesis song with direct lyrical storytelling, about a wolf called Fang and his attempted escape from another wolf named One-Eye for trespassing his territory and seeing the crown of the king or something like that, it's kinda hard to explain actually. Anyway, Gabriel also does a very strong vocal performance the whole way through and the outro once again is fantastic, you can pretty much feel like you're in a snowy forest where some kind of battle just recently happened with it, a great song for sure.

Visions of Angels (6:50) - ★★☆☆☆

This one was largely written by Anthony Phillips, with lyrics about how he loves Peter Gabriel's then wife, and it's another one I never cared about. Maybe if it was at least 1 minute shorter I would give it a pass, because for a song with so little musical development and painfully repetitive structure, it sure as hell overstays its welcome, and once again, the drumming lacks any kind of impact, even more apparent now that the instrumental passage gives it a bigger focus.

Stagnation (8:46) - ★★★★☆

Somewhat of a hidden gem in Genesis' catalog, some great acoustic work, I love the organ sections, Gabriel shows his vocal prowess here once again, especially when the heavier section of the song kicks in and he ups the ante in the "I said I wanna sit down!" part, also this song has some of my favorite lyrical lines ever: "I want a drink - I want a drink/To take all the dust and the dirt from my throat". Lyrically, I believe it's about the life of a rich man who spent all of it living underground only to realize the world above him was destroyed and everyone died due to a nuclear fallout, this whole nuclear fallout thing was kinda popular between writers at the time, so this would be Genesis' take on it.

Dusk (4:10) - ★★☆☆☆

Meh, pretty run-off-the-mill acoustic track, nothing really impressive, but it feels like it was tacked on to fill the album and the only really memorable thing about it is Gabriel's flute section near the end.

The Knife (8:56) - ★★★★★

Definitely the strongest track from Trespass, even John Mayhew's otherwise flat drumming sounds powerful as hell here, Anthony Phillips rocks his heart out, Banks' organ sounds absolutely threatening and I only wish Mike's basslines wasn't so drowned in it, because it's very good either. This time, Gabriel sings about a violent Gandhi-inspired tale of a violent revolution at the hands of a dictator, the various effects on his voice and the different tones he take, the "Some of you are going to die" part being my favorite one of these, the chorus in its entirety is among my favorites of his vocal performances. This is by far one of the darkest and most aggressive Genesis tracks from the Peter Gabriel era and the best that came out of this lineup, if Trespass in its entirety sounded as strong as this, I would have given it a much higher rating.

As I said, Trespass is not really my favorite Genesis album, but it's good enough, I like a couple of tracks here despite not every single one of them pleasing me enough. Critics didn't like this album at the time, and I kinda see why, but I still think it has its moments and it's definitely a bit underrated, Genesis would probably never sound like they would do later on if it wasn't for Trespass, and for that, I'm really happy that this album exists.

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 Duke by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.48 | 1110 ratings

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Duke
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
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3 stars Not having a nostalgic connection to Genesis, I don't gag reflexively when I consider my thoughts on Duke, as many of the other prog fans do on this page. But I certainly understand where the reaction comes from. Reviewing albums by prog bands during the 1980's is usually like rolling up ones sleeves with the intent of polishing a turd out of the desire to find something good in groups we know are capable of producing gems. I get it - I feel the same way about most of Yes' and King Crimson's 1980's material.

At any rate, Genesis has never been a favorite of mine, so I'm coming to the review of Duke without the heartbreak associated with having one's favorite band "go mainstream." So what do we get with Duke? Well, the answer is something much less mainstream than detractors would have us believe. While the overall sound fits into the modern, synth-heavy style of the period, Genesis' performance here is actually quite good, ambitious, and energetic.

The album opens with walls of keyboards and big flashy hooks, fat bass riffing, and a thoughtful composition that has an eye for variety. "Duchess" gives way to a lush ballad, with still more walls of keyboards. Banks is definitely the star of this show throughout. Nestled between a few mediocre ballads are the single hits that helped make Duke reach #11 on the Billboard charts. Unsurprisingly, "Turn it On Again" and "Misunderstaning" feel very much like Phil Collins' solo output. Given his success as a solo artist, it's easy to see how these songs are what people remember most about Duke.

"Duke's Travel's" is probably the best song on the album in terms of song writing and instrumentals. It's dynamic, surprisingly bottom heavy, and filled with great solos by the group. It fits very snuggly into the classic prog feel while retaining that modern sound. Sure, Duke plays it safe on a few tunes that border on the sappy and simple, but these are in the minority.

All in all a solid release that holds up 30 years later as a great snap-shot of timeless emotions set against the sonic pallet of the '80's. Despite a few short comings, a good but not essential release.

Songwriting: 3 - Instrumental Performances: 4 - Lyrics/Vocals: 3 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

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 Trespass by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.16 | 1801 ratings

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Trespass
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead

4 stars Review N º 6

'Trespass' is my second review of a Genesis' album and I didn't choose it by chance, despite I don't consider it their second best work and even be my second choice. The best and my favourite is undoubtedly 'Selling England By The Pound', which was my first review on Progarchives. However, I think this is a very special album in Genesis' discography and it always had a very own place into my heart. So, it always deserved a very special attention by me.

'Trespass' is regarded, by many of their fans, as Genesis first album. In reality, their real debut studio album is 'From Genesis To Revelation', released in 1969. Although, this is a very different album, a non progressive work, a kind of a pre-record from the group. Therefore, many consider 'Trespass' as their debut album. Even in some bands catalogs, their debut album doesn't appear as part of the group's discography. However, the band never disowned it.

Anyway, there is no possible comparison between both works. In reality, 'Trespass' has nothing to do with 'From Genesis To Revelation'. It shows a truly improvement compared to their previous work. The changes are completely drastic. I believe that no other band has made such radical changes in a so short period of time. 'Trespass' is really a progressive album. Curiously, it doesn't have yet the participation of Steve Hackett. However, I sincerely like very much of Anthony Phillips work, which is, in my humble opinion, one of the most impressive and talented progressive studio musicians, a true multi-instrumentalist, which clearly left his signature on this album.

So, 'Trespass' is the second studio album by Genesis and was released in 1970. It's their only album with the participation of their third drummer John Mayhew (R.I.P.) and it's also their last work with their former guitarist Phillips. The line up on the album is Peter Gabriel (lead vocals, oboe, flute, accordion, bass drum and percussion), Anthony Phillips (backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, dulcimer and percussion), Tony Banks (backing vocals, organ, piano, mellotron and guitar), Mike Rutherford (backing vocals, bass, classical guitar and cello) and John Mayhew (backing vocals, drums and percussion).

'Trespass' has six tracks. The first track 'Looking For Someone' written by Gabriel, Phillips, Banks and Rutherford is a very strong and emotional track and is a great opener to the album. It's a very beautiful song but it's also very dark. It starts slowly and explodes during the development of the theme. It represents undoubtedly a great musical moment. The second track 'White Mountain' written by Phillips and Rutherford is a piece based on acoustic guitar and complemented by great keyboard work. The song is a fable about a wolf who seeks to usurp the authority of their leader. It's a very melodic and soft song influenced by the folk music. This is another strong moment on the album. The third track 'Visions Of Angels' written by Phillips and Rutherford is another excellent track with great Gabriel's vocal work, accompanied by beautiful keyboards. This is another very good song, with a fine melody and it has also an excellent piano work by Banks. The fourth track 'Stagnation' written by Gabriel, Phillips, Banks, Rutherford and Mayhew is one of best tracks on the album. The music moves into a crescendo with an accentuation from acoustic guitar and the keyboard work. It's one of the best tracks in the earlier Genesis' sound and in the Phillips' musical era. This is also their first most progressive track. The fifth track 'Dusk' written by Phillips and Rutherford is the smallest song on the album. It's a very calm and beautiful ballad with backing vocals from the other band members. This is the simplest song on the album, but it still is very good. The sixth track 'The Knife' written by Gabriel and Banks is the great highlight of the album that quickly became the first classic of Genesis. This is a composition unusually aggressive for the band, and in my humble opinion it pronounce, in a certain way, the path the band would follow on their next albums. It's the most famous song on the album and it's also the heaviest track of Genesis ever.

Conclusion: 'Trespass' is the sweetest, delicate, fragile, romantic, innocent, naive and pure album of Genesis and it has their first masterpiece, 'The Knife'. This is undoubtedly the best known song from the album and their heaviest too. As all we know, Genesis became known as a group that have never explored the hard and heavy rock territories. So, 'The Knife' represents perfectly well that style. However, 'Return Of The Giant Hogweed' and 'The Musical Box' from their next third studio album 'Nursery Crime', released in 1971, contain serious heaviness elements as well. In my humble opinion, 'Trespass' has a certain mystic artistic aura. It's full of musical emotions that flow nicely and elegantly from poetic, impressionist and pastoral to aggressive and dramatic theatrical scenes that only Genesis can do. If it wasn't its less careful musical production I could have rated it with 5 stars.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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 Archive 2 1976 - 1992 by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
2.93 | 121 ratings

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Archive 2 1976 - 1992
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Mr. Gone

3 stars Retrospective box sets are such troublesome things. There typically isn't a ton of complaint about things being included that maybe shouldn't have; more often, the complaints are about what was left off.

I know the first box set's potential omission of "Twilight Alehouse" sparked a fair amount of handwringing (or at least complaining) among the band's fans. I personally wished a live Gabriel-era version of "The Cinema Show" had been included as well ("Firth of Fifth" and "I Know What I Like" were there - why not that classic?). There were probably even a few who wanted a live rendering of "More Fool Me". Anytime a band leaves something off that was previously released or is known to be widely available, that will tend to cause some angst.

This set has some particularly curious omissions, though. Both "Me And Virgil" (the 3x3 EP in Britain, and the original version of Three Sides Live in America) and "Match of the Day" ( the Spot the Pigeon EP) were released and commonly known about. The band, however, decided that they did not like these songs and left them off. I find this puzzling and disconcerting. If they thought highly enough of the songs to release them initially, why hold them back now? Isn't it more up to the fans of the band to decide what they do and don't want to hear under these circumstances? I can understand that for an album of new material - not for an "archive" box set. It just doesn't seem right, particularly in light of the 12" single releases which Tony Banks claims to not care for all that much (and which the band didn't have a ton of say in, from what I can tell). I'm not going to claim to love "Me and Virgil" (I usually skip it), but it just seems it should be there.

There are also some live songs which I know for a certainty there are good copies of out there which were left off - "Eleventh Earl of Mar", "All In a Mouse's Night", a truer-to-the-original "Your Own Special Way" (not the tepid version included here), "Say It's Alright Joe", "Keep It Dark"...I'm sure there are others too. I have high-quality live renderings of these songs in my own collection (FBI/Interpol, please note that I did not pay a penny for them), so I know they exist, and I would have been happy to shell out more money to have them included in this box set. I don't know about songs like "Down and Out", "Ballad of Big" and "Like It or Not" as to whether there are good live copies out there, but Phil Collins supposedly recorded every show they ever did. I would think at least some of the tapes would still be in decent shape. Heck, even "Me and Virgil" was performed live (as were "Paperlate" and "No Reply At All" - with horns!) - toss those in too. Make it complete instead of fans asking "Why not?" over some omission. We can decide for ourselves if we like it. A live version of "Illegal Alien" was included, for crying out loud - I think most fans would rather hear "Mar" or "Joe" but wouldn't have minded "Alien's" presence if they'd been included.

I am grateful for the B-sides ("It's Yourself", "Naminanu", "Vancouver" and "Do the Neurotic" are real faves of mine), and while some of them are not fantastic to my ears - again, at least I was offered the choice. I appreciate that. And the live songs are very nice as well. "Man on the Corner", "Burning Rope", "Deep in the Motherlode", "Ripples...", "It's Gonna Get Better", "Duke's Travels/End"...all great stuff, very well done. The sequencing is a bit odd at times, though. Chronological might have made a bit more sense. As for the 12" singles - couldn't care less. Though, again, if other stuff was included, it maybe wouldn't feel as annoying.

Honestly - if there are good-quality live recordings laying around, I feel like the band should go the route of Gentle Giant and just start releasing them. They don't need extensive liner notes or artwork. Though I have great-sounding stuff from the Wind and Wuthering tour on up, I would still gladly shell out $20 to get a more official release. I appreciate what the band has done and enjoy their music, so why not? I'm pretty sure many others would feel the same way. That way, archive stuff like this wouldn't seem as essential, and all the material they've done live could be released in some form somewhere - again, letting the fans decide what they like (or not).

For the B-sides and the included live material, I can't give less than three stars. But I can't give more than that given what was left off either. So, what could've been quite great ends up average. A real pity.

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 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.63 | 3242 ratings

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Selling England By The Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review Nº 1

In the first place, I must say that this is my first review on Progarchives. In the second place, I decided that "Selling England By The Pound" would be my first choice. This wasn't by chance, because it was my first purchase and I bought it in 1975. Unfortunately, I have no longer my first vinyl copy, because I offered it to my then girlfriend, in 1977. Today, I think that probably my noble act had only the effect of lose the first record of my musical collection, an album so important to me that would become a real mark in my future taste by progressive music. Now, I'm sincerely convinced that my noble act probably failed to bring one more soul to our beloved progressive universe.

So, this is the album and the band, which brought me to the universe of progressive music. So, Genesis was my first love, and even today I still listen to their music, still thinking that they're probably my greatest music love.

And what an album I choose to rate in the first place! In my humble opinion, this is the best Genesis studio album and it's also one of the best albums ever made. It belongs to a very rare type of albums of which very few can belong. It's also interesting to note that this is an album consistently positioned in the first four places in the Top Prog Rock Music Albums List of Progarchives for so long, which is an honour for me to have the same opinion. Ok, I know that this is one of the albums most reviewed on Progarchives, but I also need to give my opinion about it, urgently.

The line up of "Selling England By The Pound" is undoubtedly the best of the band with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins. This was their fifth studio work and was released in 1973. It was also their biggest seller to date, reaching number 3 in England, where it remained on the charts for 21 weeks, and number 70 in America, who went gold in 1990.

All songs were written and composed by all band members. The album combined a collection of short stories, fables, and fairy tales, retaining the ambient and the yearning of the ancient medieval England. It contains several pieces of music that would become central to Genesis live performances, even for the band members and ex-band members, when they performed on live concerts a solo, or on new versions of the original songs, like Steve Hackett usually do.

"Selling England By The Pound" has eight tracks. The first track "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight" is a song that begins with Peter Gabriel's voice very calm and that progressively gets louder and more upbeat. The final result is a very powerful song. The second track "I know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" was the first charting single by the band. It's a very fan song with some characteristics of a pop song. This is also a great song. The third track "Firth Of Fifth" is one of the best songs from the band and one of the most representative progressive songs of the group. Despite the song be credited to the band, it's essentially a Tony Banks' song. The fourth track "More Fool Me" is a ballad and is the simpler song on the album. It's made only with vocals and acoustic guitars. Curiously, it's the second song sung by Phil Collins in the band, until that date. The first was "For Absent Friends" from their third studio album "Nursery Crime". The fifth track "The Battle Of Epping Forest" is one of the two longest tracks on the album, and has a great vocal work by Gabriel, changing voices for different characters. It has also very different musical changes throughout the entire track. The sixth track "After The Ordeal" is an instrumental track clearly made with Steve Hackett's hand. The song has something that reminds us the medieval times and is a very simple and beautiful ballad. The seventh track "The Cinema Show" is the other long track on the album and that became as the great epic track of the album and one of their best tracks ever. The eighth track contains the final song from the album "Aisle Of Plenty". It's the shortest song on the album, and it's a reprise of the opening track "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight".

Conclusion: "Selling England By The Pound" is a perfect concept album with wonderful lyrics, powerful symphonic music and great vocal work. It remains to me as one of the most solid albums in progressive history. It also remains to me as my favourite album from them, despite their previous studio album "Foxtrot" was maybe a more emotional album and their next studio album "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" was maybe a far more ambitious album. Sincerely after all those years have passed, I still prefer listen to "Selling England By The Pound". My favourite song on the album is "Firth Of Fifth", which is also one of my favourite songs from the band and one of the best and most progressive songs made by them. In my humble opinion, the two tracks, "Firth Of Fifth" and "The Cinema Show" are clearly the two best tracks on the album and two of the best songs ever made. As a final conclusion, we can say that "Selling England By The Pound" belongs to a very rare class of albums.

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