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Genesis biography
Formed in 1967 at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey, UK - Disbanded in 1998 - Shortly reunited in 2007-08


Beloved Symphonic prog rock through to stadium filling rock titans

Any biography of Genesis must recognise that there are distinct periods in the band's history, and that any discussion should recognise that musically and lyrically, the band which filled vast stadia throughout the 1990's was a completely different creature to that which played sweaty student halls filled with spotty young men in the early 1970's.

The original incarnation of the band had its origins in two outfits formed by Peter Gabriel (vocals & flute), Tony Banks (keyboards), Michael Rutherford (bass & rhythm guitars), and Anthony Phillips (lead guitars) whilst boarding students at the elite English public school, Charterhouse in the mid-1960's. Outside the confines of an extremely stuffy atmosphere, the world was becoming far more liberated, socially, sexually, politically, and musically, and these bands represented an outlet for young men who, basically, as young men do, wanted some of that.

The two acts coalesced into one, and the students had the novel idea of placing a tape of their music into the hands of Jonathan King whilst he was visiting his alma mater. King was, at this time, a big selling artist and musical impresario, and, consequently, someone who mattered in the rock world.

The tapes were basic, but King took a shine to Gabriel's voice, and recognised a unique sound and talent which, if nurtured, could become huge. He arranged for the band, with drummer Chris Stewart, to record some sessions in London, where the boys experimented with quite complex, orchestral pastiches. Knowing that King was not happy, the band penned Silent Sun, a song which was essentially a Bee Gees tribute single. The brothers Gibb were huge commercially at this time, and King was known to be a huge fan. The resulting album in early 1969 was named "Genesis to Revelation" by King, as representing something brand new and exciting in the musical world. It barely scratched the surface of the commercial music world, and, for many a year after, copies could still be found in the bargain bin section of stores.

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GENESIS discography


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

2.55 | 1075 ratings
From Genesis To Revelation
1969
4.16 | 2158 ratings
Trespass
1970
4.42 | 2951 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1971
4.60 | 3377 ratings
Foxtrot
1972
4.63 | 3881 ratings
Selling England By The Pound
1973
4.30 | 2771 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1974
4.27 | 2410 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail
1976
4.10 | 1820 ratings
Wind And Wuthering
1976
3.44 | 1356 ratings
...And Then There Were Three...
1978
3.49 | 1358 ratings
Duke
1980
2.60 | 1187 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.78 | 1177 ratings
Genesis
1983
2.45 | 1202 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.67 | 1100 ratings
We Can't Dance
1991
2.49 | 945 ratings
Calling All Stations
1997

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

3.99 | 878 ratings
Genesis Live
1973
4.31 | 899 ratings
Seconds Out
1977
3.43 | 476 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
2.10 | 342 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume One - The Shorts
1992
2.88 | 353 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume Two - The Longs
1993
3.23 | 309 ratings
Live Over Europe 2007
2007

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

4.46 | 154 ratings
In Concert 1976
1977
3.10 | 80 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
3.37 | 63 ratings
The Mama Tour
1985
2.48 | 53 ratings
Visible Touch (VHS)
1987
3.37 | 45 ratings
A History Of Genesis
1991
3.39 | 79 ratings
The Way We Walk (DVD)
2001
3.95 | 55 ratings
The Genesis Songbook
2001
2.92 | 31 ratings
Inside Genesis 1975-1980
2003
3.24 | 98 ratings
Invisible Touch - Live At Wembley (DVD)
2004
3.06 | 77 ratings
The Video Show
2004
3.96 | 89 ratings
Genesis Live Video
2004
2.86 | 37 ratings
Inside Genesis The Gabriel Years 1970-1975
2004
3.06 | 17 ratings
Rock Review - A Critical Retrospective
2005
2.46 | 38 ratings
The Gabriel Era
2006
3.74 | 55 ratings
In London
2007
3.78 | 13 ratings
Up Close And Personal (DVD and book set)
2007
4.16 | 170 ratings
When In Rome
2008
3.69 | 13 ratings
Land of confusion
2010
2.43 | 36 ratings
Sum Of The Parts
2014

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

5.00 | 2 ratings
Presenting Genesis
1974
5.00 | 1 ratings
70's Pop Sound
1974
4.50 | 6 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume One
1975
4.83 | 6 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume Two
1975
2.67 | 55 ratings
Reflection - Rock Theatre
1975
4.10 | 25 ratings
The Best...
1976
2.51 | 16 ratings
Genesis in Concert
1977
4.05 | 3 ratings
The Story Of Genesis
1978
4.20 | 11 ratings
Nursery Cryme / Foxtrot
1979
3.50 | 2 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1981
5.00 | 1 ratings
Genesis
1981
4.00 | 2 ratings
Genesis
1981
5.00 | 2 ratings
Genesis
1989
1.00 | 2 ratings
The Vertigo Years
1990
2.43 | 29 ratings
Turn It On Again - Best Of 81-83
1991
4.27 | 257 ratings
Archive 1967-1975
1998
2.76 | 24 ratings
The Original Album
1998
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Greatest
1998
2.23 | 108 ratings
Turn It On Again - The Hits
1999
2.99 | 145 ratings
Archive 2 1976 - 1992
2000
3.20 | 94 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2004
1.92 | 19 ratings
14 From Our Past
2007
3.51 | 97 ratings
Genesis 1983-1998
2007
2.23 | 43 ratings
Turn It On Again The Hits -The Tour Edition
2007
3.93 | 130 ratings
Genesis 1976 - 1982
2007
4.52 | 205 ratings
Genesis 1970 -75
2008
3.82 | 98 ratings
Genesis Live 1973 - 2007
2009
4.36 | 11 ratings
The Movie Box
2009
1.33 | 3 ratings
The Magic Of Time
2013
2.23 | 37 ratings
R-Kive
2014

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

2.55 | 31 ratings
The Silent Sun / That's Me
1968
2.53 | 23 ratings
A Winter's Tale / One-Eyed Hound
1968
2.56 | 15 ratings
GENESIS
1969
4.04 | 53 ratings
The Knife
1971
4.05 | 18 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1972
3.18 | 55 ratings
Happy The Man
1972
4.04 | 67 ratings
Twilight Alehouse
1973
4.24 | 59 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1973
4.66 | 28 ratings
Watcher of the Skies
1973
3.77 | 13 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / After The Ordeal
1973
3.25 | 12 ratings
I Know What I Like / More Fool Me
1973
3.90 | 10 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Promo)
1974
4.15 | 47 ratings
Counting Out Time
1974
4.30 | 57 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room
1975
4.19 | 45 ratings
Counting Out Time / Riding The Scree
1975
4.44 | 16 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1975
3.53 | 21 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1975
3.76 | 22 ratings
The Carpet Crawl
1975
4.33 | 24 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
3.15 | 21 ratings
Ripples
1976
3.93 | 37 ratings
Entangled
1976
3.21 | 23 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1976
4.62 | 13 ratings
Entangled / Ripples
1976
4.47 | 15 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Squonk
1976
4.18 | 11 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Carpet Crawl
1976
3.33 | 9 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Carpet Crawl
1977
2.99 | 143 ratings
Spot the pigeon
1977
3.10 | 12 ratings
Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode)
1978
3.16 | 49 ratings
Follow You Follow Me
1978
4.01 | 42 ratings
Many Too Many
1978
3.38 | 42 ratings
Duchess/Open Door
1980
2.88 | 41 ratings
Misunderstanding
1980
3.71 | 42 ratings
Turn it on again
1980
2.69 | 33 ratings
No reply at all
1981
2.87 | 51 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.86 | 37 ratings
Keep it dark
1981
2.48 | 36 ratings
3 X 3
1982
4.00 | 13 ratings
The Lady Lies
1982
2.88 | 15 ratings
Paperlate picture 7''
1982
2.80 | 27 ratings
Man On The Corner
1982
2.88 | 7 ratings
Turn It On Again (Live)
1982
3.83 | 6 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Counting Out Time
1982
3.33 | 6 ratings
Follow You, Follow Me / A Trick Of The Tail
1983
4.25 | 15 ratings
Home By The Sea
1983
4.31 | 30 ratings
Firth Of Fifth
1983
3.12 | 51 ratings
Mama
1983
2.94 | 34 ratings
That's All
1983
2.19 | 34 ratings
Illegal Alien
1983
2.47 | 19 ratings
Taking it all too hard
1984
3.00 | 4 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight Exclusive Candid Interview
1986
2.39 | 44 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.34 | 33 ratings
Throwing It All Away
1986
2.02 | 35 ratings
In Too Deep
1986
2.58 | 52 ratings
Land of Confusion
1986
3.39 | 33 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight 12''
1987
3.59 | 22 ratings
Tonight, Tonight Tonight Tonight 7''
1987
3.75 | 36 ratings
No Son Of Mine
1991
1.88 | 8 ratings
We Can't Dance (Special Edition Volkswagen)
1991
2.56 | 16 ratings
Tell Me Why 5'' Cd single
1992
2.60 | 29 ratings
Jesus He Knows Me 5'' CD single
1992
2.56 | 36 ratings
I Can't Dance
1992
2.65 | 31 ratings
Hold On My Heart
1992
2.37 | 18 ratings
Never a Time
1993
2.89 | 17 ratings
Tell me why
1993
3.60 | 5 ratings
...Calling All Stations... Album Sampler...
1997
1.86 | 44 ratings
Congo
1997
2.52 | 32 ratings
Shipwrecked
1997
2.52 | 34 ratings
Not About Us
1998
3.23 | 34 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers 1999 5' promo CD
1999

GENESIS Reviews


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 Archive 2 1976 - 1992 by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
2.99 | 145 ratings

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Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Genesis Archive 2: 1976'1992" is a three-disc box set by UK pop/rock act Genesis. The box set was released through Virgin Records (UK)/Atlantic Records (US) in November 2000. As the title suggests it's the second archive in a series, and this release covers the years 1976-1992 with Phil Collins as the band's lead vocalist. The first box set from 1998 titled "Genesis Archive 1967'1975", covered the years with Peter Gabrial as Genesis lead vocalist. "Genesis Archive 2: 1976'1992" is not a best-of type box set/compilation, but rather a rare track/B-sides/live track type box set. It includes most single B-sides from the period, two tracks off the "3x3 (1982)" EP ("Me and Virgil" was left off), two tracks from the "Spot the Pigeon (1977)" EP ("Match of the Day" was left off), some 12" remixes of tracks from "Invisible Touch (1986)" and "We Can't Dance (1991)", a work-in-progress version of "Mama", and quite a few live tracks from various albums from the period, recorded over the years. Some of the live tracks had appeared as single B-sides, while others were previously unreleased.

For fans of Phil Collins-era Genesis, "Genesis Archive 2: 1976'1992" is a bit of a treasure chest. The live tracks feature well sounding professional productions and there are a couple of pretty interesting track choices among them like "Deep in the Motherlode", "Burning Rope", and "The Lady Lies". All three tracks were originally featured on "...and Then There Were Three (1978)", but these live versions are exclusive to this release. As far as I know none of those tracks have been featured on other live releases by Genesis. Other than those three tracks, the two tracks from the "Spot the Pigeon (1977)" EP, and live versions of "Ripples" and "Entangled", which are originally featured on "A Trick of the Tail (1976)", there aren't that many pre-80s tracks featured on the box-set. So the focus is mostly on material or recordings from the 80s, although the late 70s certainly aren't forgotten either.

The 12" remix versions of the tracks from "Invisible Touch (1986)" and "We Can't Dance (1991)" and the work-in- progress version of "Mama" are probably the least interesting tracks on the box-set. They are all great tracks and the remix versions are typically longer and adds more instrumental sections, but it's nothing breathtaking and to my ears the original versions are superior, which makes these 12" remix versions a bit redundant. Including the work-in-progress version of "Mama", that's almost 40 minutes of the 3 hours and 26 minutes total box-set playing time. So it's not something you can see past completely, but on the other hand, it's still quality material. Personally I would much rather have Genesis include "Me and Virgil" and "Match of the Day", which were apparently left off, because the members couldn't find common ground and agree to put them on the box-set.

As mentioned earlier "Genesis Archive 2: 1976'1992" is still a bit of a gem though, as many of the live tracks and single B-sides are brilliant tracks. Some are a bit odd/different and it's obvious why they were left off the album releases (not that they are bad quality tracks or anything like that), while others make you wonder about the album tracklist choices made by the band. The opening track "On the Shoreline", which is a B-side to the "I Can't Dance" single from December 1991, is an example of the latter, as it's an absolutely brillant and catchy track, which could easily have been included on "We Can't Dance (1991)", and could probably even have heightened the quality of that release. Another example is "Evidence of Autumn", which is the B-side track to the "Misunderstanding" single from August 1980. Another quite brilliant track.

"Genesis Archive 2: 1976'1992" is through and through a high quality release, despite a few less interesting choices for the tracklist, but the majority of the material are high class compositions, which may not have fit on the album they were written for, but sure deserve more than just collecting dust in the vault or being hidden on the B-side of a single. The live tracks are also of great quality, and for fans of Phil Collins-era Genesis I'd go as far as to say that this is mandatory listening. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

 The Best... by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1976
4.10 | 25 ratings

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Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nš 212

"The Best..." is a very special compilation of Genesis. It's an economic package that includes their third studio album "Nursery Cryme", released in 1971, and their fourth studio album "Foxtrot", released in 1972, on a double vinyl record. This was a very interesting compilation because it included two absolutely indispensable musical works of the band at a very cheap price, what would be a very worth purchase, in those days. "Nursery Cryme" and "Foxtrot" are two of the best studio albums of Genesis and represent two indispensable works, especially for lovers of Gabriel's musical era. However, for those like me, who have already both albums, it might be a nice addition for all vinyl prog collectors.

The art work of the compilation is very interesting and strange at the same time. In the inside there are some interesting articles about the band and the front cover is very colourful and contains the track list of the songs. Personally I don't like particularly of the front cover of it, because it seems to me too much psychedelic for my usual personal taste.

The line up on both albums is the same. So, we have Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins.

As I've already reviewed these two albums previously on Progarchives, in a more extensive way, I'm not going to do it again. So, if you are interested to know, in more detail, what I wrote about them before, I invite you to read those my both reviews. However, in here I'm going to write something about them in a more short way. So, of course, I'm not going to analyze them track by track, as I made before, but I'm only going to make a global appreciation of both albums.

"Nursery Cryme": When Collins and Hackett replaced John Mayhew and Anthony Phillips, the definitive Genesis line up became a reality. The band also became a tighter and much more technical accomplished unit, and they further perfected the sound and style of "Trespass" on their third studio album "Nursery Cryme". The title of the album was derived from the opening track "The Musical Box" where an old nursery rhyme got mixed with a grotesque and surreal tale about a boy who got decapitated by his nurse. The cover art of the album was also clearly inspired by that song. The track perfectly captured absolutely every element of classic Genesis, with lots of passion, theatrical drama, and the variation between beautiful, quiet, melodic parts and much harder and energetic passages with some incredible dynamics. "The Fountain Of Salmacis" and the heavier "The Return Of The Giant Hogweed" showed Genesis' music from their most ancient and fairytale like side. The symphonic progressive rock doesn't get any better than this. "Seven Stones" is a beautiful and melodic little tune, while the cheerful "Harold The Barrel" demonstrating some of Gabriel's best and weird humour and twisted lyrics. So, "Nursery Cryme" is a classic stuff from the beginning to the end.

"Foxtrot": "Foxtrot" was the album that confirms definitely Genesis in one of the leading forces of the British symphonic progressive rock movement. It included, for the most Genesis' fans, the ultimate favourite track in form of the 23 minute, "Supper's Ready". This music suite, consisted of several different parts and compositions that, unlike the title track from Yes' "Close To The Edge", clearly were separated by several ideas that later were glued together to make the whole track. But, despite of that, it all worked superb, and the binding main melody is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful melodies the band ever wrote and the composition stand as one of the progressive rock's ultimate masterpieces ever. And the rest of the album kept the same high level of quality. The opener "Watcher Of The Skies" was an airy and energetic song that for many years would become the opening number at almost all the concerts performed by Genesis. "Get 'Em Out By Friday" was the Genesis song that allowed Gabriel most to really act out with several different characters. And "Foxtrot" also included one of their most overlooked gems, "Can-Utility And The Coastliners". Despite its modest length, the song managed to capture absolutely, every side of the band in some very beautiful themes and melodies. So, "Foxtrot" is just as essential for any progressive rock fan as air and food are.

Conclusion: As "The Best?" is nothing more than a compilation of "Nursery Crime" and "Foxtrot", joined in a single double vinyl disc, we can say that for those who have both original albums they don't need this compilation, unless you have a collector vinyl spirit. We can question the needing of such kind of compilations, unless its release had become important, at the time, for those who missed the two original albums. But, as we can't decide the necessity of its release, we can only analyse the quality of the musical material on the compilation. And in this case, there is no doubt that we are in presence of some of the best material made by one of a greatest prog bands. Both albums are two great masterpieces and represent some of the best things the band has ever made. But, if you don't have these two albums and you own this compilation, it substitutes perfectly well those original albums. So, I'm going to rate it with 4 stars.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 The Original Album by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1998
2.76 | 24 ratings

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The Original Album
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Review Nš 204

Genesis was formed in 1967 when their founder members, Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks, were students in a public school. Formed out of school bands, the Genesis original line up consisted of Peter Gabriel (vocals), Tony Banks (keyboards), Anthony Phillips (guitars), Mike Rutherford (bass guitars) and Chris Stewart (drums).

After have watched to a concert from the band at school, Jonathan King that was a songwriter and a record producer in those times, (who had a hit single at the time, 'Everyone's Gone To The Moon' which was a top ten hit in 1965), met the band, and Gabriel gave him a tape record of some songs the band had recorded already. So, King offered the band a recording contract. He named the band Genesis (after suggesting the name Gabriel's Angels), suggesting the beginning of a new sound and a new music. The result of this was their debut studio album, 'From Genesis To Revelation' released in March 1969, to Decca Records. During the sessions, drummer Chris Stewart was replaced by John Silver.

'From Genesis To Revelation' was an ambitious conceptual album, which supposedly told the Biblical story of the Human mankind in a series of carefully arranged songs. The art cover of the original album was released in a suitably Biblical black cover with gold lettering. Despite the encouraging reviews did in those times, the album was greeted with a great indifference by the public and press, and sold very poorly. So, only 650 copies were released in March of 1969.

The failure of the album almost broke up the group. Banks decided go to the University and studs Physics. Luckily, on advice from King, the band decided to pursue their career. But it took some time to convince Banks to get him back again to a band that seemed has no future. But fortunately, they were able to convince him and the band doesn't split. Can you imagine the progressive music world without Genesis, or without Banks? Certainly, it would be a poor world.

'The Original Album' is a compilation album reissued only in 1998. This is a version of the original album, but despite the track list be slightly different, it retains the original idea of 'From Genesis To Revelation'. It has nineteen tracks, the same original thirteen tracks originally releasedof on 'From Genesis To Revelation' plus six new bonus tracks. The bonus tracks are the four different versions of the songs which were released as singles, 'The Silent Sun', That's Me', 'A Winter's Tale', 'One Eyed Hound' and the demos of the two songs, 'Image Blown Out' and 'She's So Beautiful'.

I've already reviewed the original album before. So, I'm not going to do it again. So, if you are interested to know what I've wrote before, I invite you to read my review about the album. Anyway, I'm going to write something more about it. Of course I'm not going to analyze it track by track, as I did before, but only to do a global appreciation of it. But, relatively to the bonus tracks, in reality, they didn't bring anything substantial new or interesting to this new version.

Rarely has the debut album of a major group received this much of a slagging from both fans and critics alike. And on the surface, the flaws of the album are huge and very numerous, seemingly leaving criticism fully justified. Here's the general rundown. First, the band was in their formative stages, without either of their instrumental virtuosos. Hackett and Collins would join only in 1971. Hence, the playing on this album is a bit unimpressive, apart from nice Banks piano lines. Next, the band had not yet found its own distinct style, choosing to emulate The Beatles and The Bee Gees. And worst of all, the producer Jonathan King, in an attempt to make the band seem 'sophisticated', forced the band to write around the concept of the creation of the world through the death of Adam. Yes, I know the title implies the whole Bible, but trust me, it's fairly apparent that the story is all told from the point of view of God or Adam, and no other characters. Oh, and when they were done, he threw a lot of orchestration over the songs, except that King seemingly had no idea how to properly use string and brass arrangements in rock, unlike, we can say, of George Martin. So, despite the album still retain a lot of some good qualities, it seems to me that there is some slight amateur musicianship all over it.

Conclusion: I'm a big Genesis fan, but seriously and realistically, 'From Genesis To Revelation' is a very weak album. Despite, 'From Genesis To Revelation' have some good songs like 'Where The Sour Turns Sweet', 'Fireside Song', 'Am I Very Wrong?', 'In The Wilderness', 'One Day' and 'Silent Sun', the rest of the album is very vulgar or even very weak. The problem with this album is that it just sounds like an album of the 60's and the music has more in common with The Beatles and the early Bee Gees, than the future sound of Genesis as a progressive rock group. This debut album isn't bad at all for a band of the 60's but not for a band like Genesis. By the other hand, many of the songs are in general nice, but the strings and the production aren't. If the strings have been cut and the production had been better, it could be a better album. So, I don't know if I'm being too hard with my favourite band, but if you aren't accustomed with Genesis' discography, please don't start with this album. Even some Genesis' catalogs no mention this album and start with 'Trespass' as their debut work. Still, if you want to complete your Genesis collection, maybe you can buy it.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.30 | 2771 ratings

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The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

5 stars My review # 240.

"Slubberdegullions on squeaky feet"

The main features of the unsurpassed Classic Prog bands are the huge variety, the outstanding musicianship, the frequently shifting moods and the extreme creativity. On TLLDOB Genesis adds an element into their music that is not really a feature of Classic Prog, personal emotions, fuelled by its frontman Peter Gabriel. He grew up in an upper middle class family, in the wealty 'stiff-upper-lip' era in south England. But Peter was also a very sensitive person with a huge imagination. These contrasting elements evoked a lot of conflicting thoughts and feelings to Peter, about religion, relationships, sexuality, spirituality, imperialism and capitalism, but also the bad way people treat animals and the cruel history of Britannia and its colonies. He decided to put his wide range of emotions, feelings, experiences and opinions into the lyrics and music on TLLDOB. In 1974 this was a daring and adventurous approach, not in the vein of the previous albums Foxtrot and SEBTP. But nowadays TLLDOB is considered as one of the most fascinating and compelling progressive rock albums ever released, with the stunning graphics, stories and pictures as an extra dimension to the story of the young Puerto Rican guy Rael, walking his way in New York.

The 23 tracks are a varied and unique collection, from alternating 24-carat symphonic rock and dreamy ballads to pure rock or experimental, often impossible to pigeonhole, only as 'typical The Lamb compositions'. Just listen to Back In NYC: raw and screamy pre-punk vocals and a New Wave sounding synthesizer. And The Waiting Room(aka The Evil Jam): the band decided to switch off the lights and make weird sounds on their instruments, this is avant- garde Genesis. Or The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging: a mellow atmosphere gradually turns into lush to end in a chaotic and bombastic final part, another example of the unique songs on TLLDOB.

The focal point on TLLDOB is Peter Gabriel, he is the musical brainchild of this concept double album. Peter delivers a wide range of outstanding vocals, layered with emotion: powerful in the opener TLLDOB, compelling in In The Cage, raw and agressive in Back In NYC, intense in The Chamber of 32 Doors (like a child that cries for 'basic security'), tender in The Carpet Crawlers and cheerfull in It, the swinging final track, he feels released after his long and confronting journey.

His often puzzling lyrics are loaded with wordplays, vowel rhyhms, metaphors, Freudian language and especially references, from the Bible and Greek mythology to famous and historical persons. This gives the vocals and the music an extra dimension, and the fans extra work to understand what TLLDOB is all about, like "Slubberdegullions on squeaky feet" in Colony Of Slippermen, interesting, to say the least!

Peter Gabriel is the #1 on TLLDOB but second best is Tony Banks, he shines with his varied keyboard contributions, that starts with sparkling piano intro in the opening titletrack. Very exciting is his work on the ARP Pro Solist synthesizer (that he bought before SEBTP), just listen to his long and dazzling soli in the compelling In The Cage, the alternating The Colony Of Slippermen and the swinging Riding The Scree, a rare self-indulgent spot for Tony Banks! But he also delivers majestic work on the Mellotron M400, often in combination with Steve Hackett his howling, volume pedal driven electric guitar, like in Fly On A Windshield, Hairless Heart and Silent Sorrow In Empty Boats.

Steve Hackett complained about a kind of sidelined during TLLDOB, he considers his contributions as mighty close to minimal. Despite his disappointment I am blown away by Hackett's very distinctive and stunning guitar work, like the awesome (abovementioned) interplay with Banks his Mellotron, a moving and powerful guitar solo in the outro of The Lamia, and especially his fiery guitar solo in Anyway ( sublimating his frustrations about his broken marriage), one of his most inspired!

The rhythm-section is awesome featuring Mike Rutherford his growling and powerful Rickenbacker bass sound and Phil Collins his inventive and dynamic drumming.

Due to the mounting problems from Peter to finish the lyrics the band was running out of time. So Peter got some help with writing the lyrics and working out the final parts of his ideas about the music. Later he told the press that this lack of time resulted in more vague lyrics than he intended to write. Perhaps this is the reason why a few tracks on 'side 4' sound a bit less inspired, especially the mediocre song The Light Dies Down On Broadway.

But this doesn't keep me from rating TLLDOB as a masterpiece, it's an unique and adventurous journey to varied musical landscapes in progrock history. And not only the music thrills, also the lay-out, the graphics and pictures, all part of Peter Gabriel his compelling story about the young Puerto Rican guy Rael in New York.

P.s. 1: About the meaning of Peter Gabriel his Rael story and lyrics, I highy recommend The Annotated Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Jason Finegan, Scott McMahan and other members of Italian music magazine Paperlate. It is an extensive read but very interesting, revealing a lot of the often puzzling lyrics. Nonetheless, it remains a pretty subjective case, this is also emphasized by the authors.

P.s. 2 : On November 15th I will attend a gig by The Musical Box, the mindblowing Genesis tribute band, they will perform 1970-1977 Genesis. I have seen them many times, their version of TLLDOB was the most impressive. This gave me an idea how exciting it must have been to watch Genesis on stage performing TLLDOB: with the triple screen projections, Peter Gabriel and his stage antics and, last but not least, the unique approach of progressive rock by Genesis on TLLDOB!

 Duke by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.49 | 1358 ratings

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Duke
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Patrick_Schlies

5 stars Ahhh.... Duke. My favorite album of all time. Yep, I said it. Now before all the Gabriel worshipers burn me at the stake, I must say that Selling England and The Lamb are two of my all time favorites as well. It's just this album is better. First of all, the songs are shorter, meaning there are many more songs than on Gabriel era albums. This allows many ideas to be displayed on the album and adds a variety of sounds. The opening of Behind the Lines is perhaps the best intro to any song ever (excluding Firth of Fifth), and the way Mike's Guitar comes in and out of Tony's chords is orgasmic, and sets up the album really well. Duchess has a slow drum machine buildup that explodes with Phil's emotional vocals. Simply put, it's a beautiful song. Guide Vocal, although only a minute and a half long, is beautiful as well. Then we get to Man of Our Times. Oh Boy, I love this one. The arpeggiated keyboards, Phil's incredible drumming, it's all mind blowing, not to mention the chorus that melts my face off. Next is the big hit, Misunderstanding. Its so damn catchy, and is the first Genesis song solely written by Collins. Heathaze is a sad Banks song, with an amazing fretless bass line. Then on side two we're treated to Turn it on Again. Another hit, this time with guns blazing. This song is a bulldozer that keeps chugging. Than we reach Alone Tonight. A lovely ballad that could've easily been a hit. Cul De Sac is one of the most underrated Genesis songs, and had it been made early in the bands career, it would've been a side long epic. This song is truly breathtaking, it's just too short! Please Don't Ask is one of the only Genesis songs that makes me cry, and I'm glad the band chose to put this song on the album instead of In The Air Tonight. Finally Duke's End and Duke's Travel's. An epic instrumental jam that builds to a refrain of guide vocal closed off with an eerie recorder. Duke's end is a reprise of Behind The Lines and leaves you satisfied with your life once the record ends. This album changed my life, and if you haven't listened to it, just know you've been missing out. I was amazed the first time I listened to it, and I like it more every new listen. Few albums can do that.
 Genesis by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.78 | 1177 ratings

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Genesis
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars As with anything post-Abacab, you shouldn't really come here expecting lush symphonic prog of the sort Genesis turned out in their golden era - but at this stage their new pop approach was still very much coloured by art rock textures. The duo of Home By the Sea and Second Home By the Sea is not only the sort of song which the material on Duke tended to point to, but is also flat out creepy; sure, maybe they were selling out at this point, but they're selling out in a decidedly odd fashion! I can do without the comedy accents on Illegal Alien but otherwise this is a solid art- pop album which should be approached with that in mind.

If you like 1980s pop rock, it's a decent album - if you're just here for the prog, though, you should pass this up and tackle Marillion's Script For a Jester's Tear instead, seeing how it came out in the same year and was much more committed to keeping the prog flame alive than Genesis were at this point.

 Archive 1967-1975 by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1998
4.27 | 257 ratings

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Archive 1967-1975
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This is a weird one - it's a boxed set consisting of rarities, radio sessions, demo mixes of material from their debut album and a full live performance of the Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, but I'm not sure any one of those components quite fully delivers.

Having a full live rendition of the Lamb is something which some Genesis fans would be very keen on - witness the spectacular number of bootlegs from the Lamb tour that circulate - but I actually find it somewhat less than thrilling compared with Genesis Live or the Rainbow tracks (some of which are included here - but frustratingly not the full show, and particularly frustratingly not the excellent rendition of Supper's Ready). A live rendition of the Lamb doesn't have Eno's contributions, for instance, and nor does it quite disguise how tired and cranky the band seem to be coming across. You can see the wheels are about to come off the Gabriel-fronted version of the band.

Similarly, the BBC sessions presented are interesting, but far from complete, the rarities include obvious singles mixes, and the demos are focused on the least interesting era of Gabriel-fronted Genesis. It's an interesting grab-bag in all, but compared to bootleg rarities sets has all sorts of odd gaps.

 Invisible Touch by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1986
2.45 | 1202 ratings

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Invisible Touch
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 1980s Genesis really needs to be marked on a different scale from the 1970s group. Whilst up to Duke they were still largely in the prog realm, from Abacab onwards they were very much on a pop kick, with Tony Banks' synthesisers switching from being delivery mechanisms for carefully composed classically-influenced solos to becoming devices for offering a certain art pop texture to things.

Yes, Invisible Touch is undoubtedly a pop album - and a very successful one in pop terms, given the crop of hit singles it spawned. But let's not pretend that it's simplistic, vacuous bubblegum pop. Here, the band have hit a careful balance between the deployment of killer hooks on the one hand with adding their own personal twist to proceedings on the other. Let's face it: an 80s pop group who only cared about hit singles would have never produced something like The Brazilian or Domino, extended art pop pieces which, whilst they don't go full prog, are just a bit too eccentric to be full pop either.

Out of all the prog bands who went pop in the 1980s, I think Genesis might have pulled it off the most successfully, in part because they didn't fall into the trap of abandoning their personality entirely - they're still the quirky bunch you remember from the 1970s, it's just that this time they're hanging out at a Miami Vice-themed cocktail bar. If that sounds like an utter nightmare to you, you're hardly alone, but if that sounds like the sort of thing which would be a lot of fun when you're in the right mood, then you might find the same is true of Invisible Touch.

 Genesis Live 1973 - 2007 by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2009
3.82 | 98 ratings

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Genesis Live 1973 - 2007
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A one-stop shop for all of the Genesis official live releases. Maddeningly, this doesn't include the full Shrine Auditorium show from the Lamb tour which was provided on the Genesis Archive boxed set, simply providing an extract as bonus tracks on Genesis Live. (Why do this? Who only wants a quarter of a Lamb show? Why not restore the material cut from the original Genesis Live instead?)

On the other hand, major fans will consider it worth tracking down for the Live At the Rainbow bonus disc, which is the great lost live album of the Gabriel era. Tracks from the setlist in common with Genesis Live are snipped from the CD, so it's missing Watcher of the Skies and The Musical Box, but what you then get is a really excellent live runthrough of all of Selling England By the Pound (save for Aisle of Plenty) plus Supper's Ready, in sound quality greatly superior to that of Genesis Live. It'd be a five-star disc released as a standalone.

 Trespass by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.16 | 2158 ratings

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Trespass
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Foxprog

5 stars Underrated album!

I have to say that this album is nowhere near four stars. It's more solid than it's follower "Nursery Cryme". Some might blame the sound quality but for me it's great. This album still had Anthony Phillips (guitar) and John Mawyhew (drums) replacing Steve Hackett and Phil Collins.

1. Looking for Someone 9/10, Great song to start the album. Gabriel does really well on the vocals here. He's pretty good at playing flute too! Definitely a great song.

2. White Mountain 9/10, Dreamtheather "stole" the chorus riff and made their biggest hit "Pull me Under". Haha, maybe they did get some inspiration from this song for sure. Mike Portnoy is a big Genesis fan! Anyways, quite gloomy song with a really good chorus. Good flute + great guitar work here. Nice one...

3. Visions of Angels 8.5/9, Hmmm... Chorus intensive song, you like it if you like the chorus. I happen to like it (i know somepeople who don't).

4. Stagnation 9.5/10, The second best song on the album. Simply fantastic, one of the best song Genesis have ever made. Beautiful and haunting melodies leading to a climax. Wow!

5. Dusk 8/10, Weakest and also the shortest on the album. Not a bad song for sure, just a little bit weaker than the others. Some great acoustic guitars and vocals here for sure. It just feels little bit like a "filler".

6.The Knife 10/10, The magnum opus of the album. Top three songs Genesis have ever made for sure. Also the only song, where I've heard Gabriel scream?! Sick drumming , keyboards are cool + Anthony's guitar solo is a top notch. Maybe the first "metal" song ever made? I might be wrong but it's definitely among the first ones

A solid album, does not have as many flaws as the next one. This one won't open on the first listen. Need quite a few, so don't give up after the first one.

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