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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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Lamb Lies Down on BroadwayLamb Lies Down on Broadway
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Sum of the Parts [Blu-ray]Sum of the Parts [Blu-ray]
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R-KiveR-Kive
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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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Trick of the Tail (CD/DVD)Trick of the Tail (CD/DVD)
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Atlantic 1994
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GENESIS discography


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

2.59 | 826 ratings
From Genesis to Revelation
1969
4.17 | 1695 ratings
Trespass
1970
4.42 | 2281 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1971
4.61 | 2629 ratings
Foxtrot
1972
4.63 | 3040 ratings
Selling England By The Pound
1973
4.29 | 2135 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1974
4.27 | 1856 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
4.09 | 1418 ratings
Wind And Wuthering
1976
3.43 | 1046 ratings
...And Then There Were Three...
1978
3.47 | 1046 ratings
Duke
1980
2.55 | 924 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.71 | 907 ratings
Genesis
1983
2.39 | 931 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.64 | 838 ratings
We Can't Dance
1991
2.52 | 735 ratings
Calling All Stations
1997

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

3.96 | 706 ratings
Genesis Live
1973
4.28 | 724 ratings
Seconds Out
1977
3.41 | 372 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
2.02 | 272 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume One - The Shorts
1992
2.83 | 282 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume Two - The Longs
1993
3.21 | 241 ratings
Live Over Europe 2007
2007

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

4.40 | 115 ratings
In Concert 1976
1977
3.10 | 56 ratings
Three Sides Live (VHS)
1982
3.36 | 47 ratings
The Mama Tour
1985
2.53 | 42 ratings
Visible Touch (VHS)
1987
3.30 | 33 ratings
A History Of Genesis
1991
3.39 | 69 ratings
The Way We Walk (DVD)
2001
3.92 | 45 ratings
The Genesis Songbook
2001
2.91 | 24 ratings
Inside Genesis 1975-1980
2003
3.22 | 83 ratings
Invisible Touch - Live At Wembley (DVD)
2004
3.04 | 64 ratings
The Video Show
2004
3.94 | 70 ratings
Genesis Live Video
2004
2.79 | 29 ratings
Inside Genesis The Gabriel Years 1970-1975
2004
2.94 | 14 ratings
Rock Review - A Critical Retrospective
2005
2.42 | 34 ratings
The Gabriel Era
2006
3.81 | 41 ratings
In London
2007
3.79 | 10 ratings
Up Close And Personal (DVD and book set)
2007
4.14 | 138 ratings
When In Rome
2008
3.75 | 12 ratings
Land of confusion
2010
1.96 | 5 ratings
Sum Of The Parts
2014

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
5.00 | 1 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume Two
1975
2.65 | 43 ratings
Reflection - Rock Theatre
1975
4.10 | 22 ratings
The Best...
1976
2.34 | 13 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 | 1 ratings
Genesis
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Genesis
1989
2.60 | 23 ratings
Turn It On Again - Best Of 81-83
1991
4.27 | 201 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 | 111 ratings
Archive 2 1976 - 1992
2000
3.18 | 80 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2004
2.00 | 16 ratings
14 From Our Past
2007
3.42 | 73 ratings
Genesis 1983-1998
2007
2.06 | 33 ratings
Turn It On Again The Hits -The Tour Edition
2007
3.84 | 103 ratings
Genesis 1976 - 1982
2007
4.57 | 155 ratings
Genesis 1970 -75
2008
3.73 | 73 ratings
Genesis Live 1973 - 2007
2009
2.40 | 5 ratings
The Magic Of Time
2013
1.58 | 12 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
4.52 | 42 ratings
The Knife
1971
4.00 | 4 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1972
3.20 | 45 ratings
Happy The Man
1972
4.16 | 56 ratings
Twilight Alehouse
1973
4.32 | 47 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1973
4.20 | 5 ratings
Watcher of the Skies
1973
0.00 | 0 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / After The Ordeal
1973
0.00 | 0 ratings
I Know What I Like / More Fool Me
1973
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Promo)
1974
4.12 | 42 ratings
Counting Out Time
1974
4.19 | 50 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room
1975
4.13 | 37 ratings
Counting Out Time / Riding The Scree
1975
4.29 | 7 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1975
4.25 | 8 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1975
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Carpet Crawl
1975
4.33 | 9 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
2.42 | 7 ratings
Ripples
1976
3.85 | 28 ratings
Entangled
1976
3.26 | 12 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Entangled / Ripples
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Squonk
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Carpet Crawl
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Carpet Crawl
1977
2.96 | 116 ratings
Spot the pigeon
1977
3.13 | 5 ratings
Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode)
1978
3.22 | 41 ratings
Follow You Follow Me
1978
3.94 | 36 ratings
Many Too Many
1978
3.37 | 37 ratings
Duchess/Open Door
1980
2.86 | 37 ratings
Misunderstanding
1980
3.75 | 35 ratings
Turn it on again
1980
2.62 | 28 ratings
No reply at all
1981
2.77 | 46 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
2.56 | 22 ratings
Man On The Corner
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
Turn It On Again (Live)
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Counting Out Time
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
Follow You, Follow Me / A Trick Of The Tail
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
Home By The Sea
1983
4.23 | 24 ratings
Firth Of Fifth
1983
3.10 | 41 ratings
Mama
1983
2.81 | 29 ratings
That's All
1983
2.17 | 28 ratings
Illegal Alien
1983
2.29 | 16 ratings
Taking it all too hard
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight Exclusive Candid Interview
1986
2.42 | 39 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.25 | 29 ratings
Throwing It All Away
1986
1.95 | 31 ratings
In Too Deep
1986
2.54 | 44 ratings
Land of Confusion
1986
3.39 | 28 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight 12''
1987
3.52 | 21 ratings
Tonight, Tonight Tonight Tonight 7''
1987
3.73 | 30 ratings
No Son Of Mine
1991
2.00 | 1 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
2.69 | 32 ratings
I Can't Dance
1992
2.59 | 27 ratings
Hold On My Heart
1992
2.38 | 14 ratings
Never a Time
1993
2.97 | 11 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
3.23 | 29 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers 1999 5' promo CD
1999

GENESIS Reviews


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 A Trick of the Tail by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.27 | 1856 ratings

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A Trick of the Tail
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Losimba

5 stars The first album without Peter Gabriel is one of the finest efforts Genesis have produced. One major difference to its predecessors is the lack of extremely short and extremely long songs, which had become a trademark of Genesis over the last few albums. But this doesn't affect the quality at all, quite on the contrary, it makes the songs easier accessible without lowering the musical standard or drifting off to more mainstream sounds. We were spared that development for a few years yet.

Oh how fresh and nearly happy most of the songs sound, compared to the strict artistic approach of Selling England... and Lamb. Surprisingly, as I usually like ballads, the two slow songs, Entangled and Ripples made the "weakest" impression on me, if only slightly. But my favourites are Mad Man Moon with its almost classical sound, dancing Robbery, Assault & Battery and the powerful final track Los Endos, which is strong competition for It and Supper's Ready in regards to the best final song of a Genesis album, though I wouldn't consider the latter a classical finale. The rest are strong songs, just without the extra bit. Dancing On A Volcano may be one of the best openers of a Genesis album, but there are quite a few album openers by other artists that remain in my head a bit longer. The same is true for Squonk while the title track is too similar to Robbery, only a wee wee bit weaker.

Still some 4.8 stars for a wonderful album.

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 Genesis by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.71 | 907 ratings

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Genesis
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Review by aglasshouse

4 stars The eagle soars over the heads of the citizens below. They exclaim in surprise, pointing at it with awe. It unfolds it's wings to take a majestic dive. A gunshot rattles through the sounds of the day, and the eagle nose dives to the ground. The man wielding the gun walks over to the now dead bird and looks down. It's feathers are black and yellow, and have outlines of several different geometric shapes down it's body. The man removes his glasses, frowning, and states one thing:

"Phil Collins."

Story-ship aside, I feel this album is butchered far too much by the prog community. Sure, it's Phil Collins' third effort for the once symphonic prog band Genesis instead of the beloved Gabriel, but who honestly cares? I've never been a huge fan of Collins' music up to this point, only having listened to We Can't Dance and Acabab, both pretty lackluster releases. I've also listened to Face Value (not bad but not great) and Hello, I Must Be Going (not horrible). This made it hard for me to appreciate the pop-master's handiwork in a prog environment. Let me explain how I feel.

Let's say we have another well known pop artist that gained heavy popularity during the eighties. Pull a name out of a hat: Elton John. Yeah, I know, you'd hate it if he took over Genesis, right? Most likely you do. But is there a huge difference between him and Collins? Well, they were both extremely popular, especially during the early to mid 80's. But a large difference is that Collins has had experience in Genesis as their drummer since their comeuppance. This leads to the skill that I like most about Collins- he can distinguish when he's crafting a Genesis record or a solo-effort. In the case with their 1983 self titled, he definitely knew his boundaries. The effect therefore was overall more pleasing than Duke or Acabab, where he pushed his luck more than he should have. By the time this album was in the works, he was ready.

As many would assume, if it's Collins, then the album will have large LARGE pop elements. In this case, surprisingly, no. 'Mama', the opening track (and incidentally the most popular next to 'That's All' from the release), is an awesome, oddly dark piece. It features some really cool laughing (and slightly disturbing) effects from Collins and some cool ambient echoes from Banks. In the mix of pop-influenced prog, there is a hidden two part prog-epic titled 'Home By The Sea' (Second Home by the Sea for part two). This is probably the song that single-handedly gave me full hope in Collins to carry such a weight as Genesis. It is so exquisite from his vocals to Rutherford's superb guitar/bass work. The second part is more instrumental, showing off less vocals and more focus on the band member's playing skill. Justly so. Probably my least favorite from the album is 'Illegal Alien', which is a simply stupid ditty that was made by Collins maybe just for filler, or just as spite. It's annoying, and his 'accent' I can't even identify in the wake of it's terrible-ness. 'Just a Job to Do' is an almost Rush-like song, with some lines like "BANG BANG BANG" making up for a song about an assassin. It's nice and heart-thumping with every listen. Almost like a story within a song, which isn't anything new, but from Collins era Genesis it is something quite special. 'Taking it All Too Hard' and 'It's Gonna Get Better' are rather boring pop ballads, the former probably better than the latter. I would not suggest for anyone who is still sour over this era and expects something better from this release. 'Silver Rainbow' is another cool prog song, with some influences from 'Home by the Sea'. Probably not nearly as good, but it's still standable.

Overall, not a bad work from three guys playing to an audience who feels distinguished hate at them. I give them kudos for the awesome work and living up to my expectations with a healthy 4 star rating.

Go give it a listen.

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 Sum Of The Parts by GENESIS album cover DVD/Video, 2014
1.96 | 5 ratings

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Sum Of The Parts
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by ProgShine
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2 stars This is very disappointing! It was such a big deal for fans and press when announced that BBC was making a Genesis documentary and every member would contribute. But, here we have a documentary that its focus is the their 80's phase, where Steve Hackett doesn't exist and such classics for the band as Foxtrot and Nursery Crime are 2 minutes worthy of screen for the director...

Not to mention that many facts were not included (such as Calling All Stations - ps. I don't care about the quality, a documentary should tell a story) and they picked like 5 different people to talk about the band, supposedly very important music related people, but actually... no one know who they are...

Not to mention too that one of the things every fan was expecting (the interview with all of them together) was mashed up to like 5 minutes worth of material. Pretty pathetic really. No one can possibly really learn the history of the band with this and this just push the boundaries of really bad documentaries for classic musical acts.

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 Trespass by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.17 | 1695 ratings

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Trespass
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
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5 stars One of the greatest evolutionary leaps in musical history occurred when GENESIS recorded their second album TRESPASS in 1970 only a year after an uninspired collection of bland pop songs for a debut. TRESPASS is very much an oddity in the GENESIS discography on many levels. First of all John Silver was replaced by John Mayhew on drums. After this album Anthony Phillips would leave the band due to stage fright and the inability to play live. As a result a lot of the medieval pastoral sound that is on display here would leave with him for his interest in classical guitar is one of the key components of the music. Also after this album the band was displeased with the drumming of John Mayhew and replaced him with Phil Collins. A mystery to me because i really love Mayhew's contributions.

This album represents a brief moment in time and sole album with the Phillips, Mayhew, Gabriel, Banks and Rutherford lineup which is a crying shame because it truly is my favorite GENESIS sound and album. The possibilities were limitless but circumstances intervened and the band jettisoned this sound and moved into other musical arenas. All wasn't lost as the influence factor was substantial particularly in the romantic symphonic progressive Italian bands who picked it up and branched it out into myriad directions. It is also the most democratic of all GENESIS albums with each band member equally contributing to every song.

This is perhaps one of the most dramatic albums as well. It has a very turbulent feel despite it remaining mellow and subdued for the most part. Gabriel's theatrical pomp makes its debut here as well and the sudden more energetic outbursts that occur in the midst of the mostly slower parts is well timed and heightens the dramatic flair even more. The finale "The Knife" which is the most upbeat of the lot finishes off the medieval feel of kings and queens with a triumphant victory for the lands. The whole thing has a kind of "Lord Of The Rings" feel to it actually. The progressive time signatures are off the chart yet the tracks remain fairly structured with parts reoccurring throughout. Even the lyrics don't rhyme much of the time. The chaotic nature of the compositions is somehow suavely smoothed over with beautiful instrumental passages and romantic, poetic and cataclysmic lyrical content.

While many critics have panned this album for various reasons including Gabriel's vocals lacking power, Phillips' guitar playing sounding muted and the lyrical content being muddled and confusing, i find these attributes are what makes this album stand out in the crowd. I have a love / hate relationship with many of the Hackett / Collins albums that came after but this one was love at first listen and has only gotten better since. Although i have read that the production is weak, my 2007 remastered version sounds just fine to my ears. Personally this is the finest hour for GENESIS in my book and although i do like many others that follow, none has the absolute power to mesmerize me like this one does.

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 Live Over Europe 2007 by GENESIS album cover Live, 2007
3.21 | 241 ratings

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Live Over Europe 2007
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars In late 2006 GENESIS announced their reunion tour as a trio (with Tony Banks on keyboards, Phil Collins on lead vocals and drums, and Mike Rutherford on bass and guitar) for 2007. It really was a short tour done in some European countries (in June-July 2007) and in the United States and Canada (in September-October 2007), with the usual help from Chester Thompson (on drums and percussion) and Daryl Stuermer (on guitar and bass), and with both musicians playing with the band as auxiliary members on tour since 1977 and 1978, respectively (with the exception of the 1998 tour). This 2007 tour happened after a lot of speculations for some years for a reunion tour of the 'classic' line-up of the band (with Peter Gabriel on lead vocals and Steve Hackett on lead guitar), but this tour never came to reality, mainly because Peter Gabriel could not find the right time to do it. So, without Gabriel, Hackett also did not agree to tour with the band. So, their 2007 tour was done by the remaining trio which became the official line- up of the band since Hackett left the band in late 1977. And this 2007 tour had this trio line-up playing together again on tour, because Collins also left the band in 1996, and the band replaced him with lead singer Ray Wilson for an album ('Calling All Stations', 1997) and a tour in 1998, without much success. The Banks-Collins- Rutherford trio only previously did a brief live reunion in September 2000 to play some songs (with Stuermer) during an awards ceremony for their manager Tony Smith. Gabriel also attended the ceremony but did not sing with the band then.

In this 2007 reunion tour the band mostly played their most known songs from their trio years, plus a few songs from their albums with Gabriel and Hackett. It was more like a 'Greatest Hits Live' tour, with a lot of songs which were taken from their most Pop Rock albums ('Genesis', 'Invisible Touch', We Can`t Dance', with all these albums still having some Prog Rock arrangements in some songs ). I like all musical eras of the band, so I don`t have many objections about the set list. But most songs have appeared on previous official live albums of the band (on 'Seconds Out', 'Three Sides Live', on the 'The Way We Walk In Concert' Vols. 1 and 2, and even in their 'Archives 1975-92' Box Set). The main difference between the previous live versions and the ones which were included in this 'Live Over Europe 2007' live album is that most songs were played in lower keys to adapt them to the natural changes in Phil Collins`s vocals due to the passing of time. But even with the limitations in Collins` s vocals in 2007, the band still sounded very well, maybe playing most songs in a more 'mature' way. Collins also had some hearing problems in the years before this reunion tour happened, so he also played the drums in a more 'quiet' way than in previous tours to avoid damage to his hearing, and the band (as Stuermer said in one interview) even had to do some adjustments in the placing of the amplifiers on stage to let Collins sing and play more comfortably without damaging his hearing. Anyway, as this album and the companion DVD of the same tour ('When in Rome') show, the band played very well, but differently, their songs. But in comparison to the 'When in Rome' DVD (which was recorded in Rome in the last date of their European tour), the songs which were selected for this 'Live Over Europe 2007' album were taken from different concerts recorded during June and July 2007 and were edited them together in sequence to give the impression to the listener that they were played in the same concert. This gave more variety to the listener, and one can think that the band was very consistent in playing all the songs very well in different concerts. I can think that maybe they did not re-record some parts in the recording studio.

In 2011 Collins announced his retirement from music due to some health problems which did not let him play the drums properly. So, maybe this live album could be the last album from GENESIS. But if Collins could play the drums again maybe they could do a reunion tour again in the future (with or without Gabriel and Hackett) and even a new studio album. But, maybe this is very unlikely. One never knows, really.

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 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.63 | 3040 ratings

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Selling England By The Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by the fox on the rocks

5 stars Once upon a time I stumbled across an album, an album that was to make me realize what music really can be and that would alter my personal wiev on reality enormously. That album was "Selling England by the pound, the Genesis masterpiece, the one album that got me introduced to the wonderful world of progressive rock. It felt as if I had seen the light, as if I had understood the wonders of the world. It seemed almost magical. So when I was to write my first review I had no problem whatsoever choosing which album I was to review. Even though the time when I first listened to this album wasn't so long ago, it seems like ages in experiencing different albums and music. It was this album that started all that. Of course you must not forget that this album holds great sentimental value for me, but generally I find that music gaining sentimental value is a good thing, because a lot of music make me quite bored the first time I listen to it, and even more so when I hear it som other time. Anyway, the album starts of with the classic " Selling England by the pound", beginning with Peter Gabriel singing the frases "Can you tell me where my country lies, set the uniform to its true loves eyes", and then it takes off. Never pretentious, never boring, only extremely good. Hackett's slick lines, melodies and sometimes furiously fast double-handed tapping feels so natural, so relaxed and so does Collins' complex and expressive drumming, Tony Banks fantastic and many keyboards and Rutherfords often complex and yet so relaxed bass lines which glues it all together and which you really start noticing after a while. And the music! Never you get the feeling that something is missing, you feel that you can not make a better album in the same style as this one. After the opening frack follows " I know what I like" the one and only Genesis hit from this period, still good, and makes me incredibly happy every time I listen to it. Gabriels flutes play an important part in this track, as in the next, "Firth of Fifth" which opens with the classic grand piano intro by Banks. An incredible song and one of the most popular from this album. It ends with what i picture as waves continuing and fading away. Then follows a song which is, much like "For absent friends" sung by Collins accompanied by only guitar. I actually find this song quite good and important for the structure of the record. After that follows "The battle of the epping forest" a song I really like and I can not understand why one not would like it. And even though I found this and "The cinema show" as the least listener-friendly tracks on this album, compared to other progressive rock albums "Selling England" is generally is very easy listening to, which I find great because it might make others interested in progressive rock as well. The instrumental "After the ordeal" is next, an instrumental which I also find really good and strong, and which leads into "The cinema show", an amazing track, and the conclusion " Aisle of plenty" which in the beginning made me want to listen to the whole album again.

Over all, I fond this album as the essence of nostalgia and melacholy, and it appeals to me on so many levels. Off course you must not forget that I am a Swedish 15-year old who doesn't really bother with the meaning of the lyrics, but the music is so fantastic. The production is superb, the material phenomenal and it gets to me. It makes me feel and inspires me. It simply is incredibly good and truly a masterpiece.

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 From Genesis to Revelation by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1969
2.59 | 826 ratings

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From Genesis to Revelation
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

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
1.58 | 12 ratings

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R-Kive
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

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 | 2281 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 | 2281 ratings

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Nursery Cryme
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by FragileKings
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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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