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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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EMI Europe Generic 2009
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Selling England By The PoundSelling England By The Pound
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Atlantic 1995
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TrespassTrespass
Fontana Mca 1993
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FoxtrotFoxtrot
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Wea Int'l 1990
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Nursery CrymeNursery Cryme
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Wea Int'l 1990
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Seconds OutSeconds Out
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Wind & WutheringWind & Wuthering
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Wea Int'l 1990
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And Then There Were ThreeAnd Then There Were Three
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Wea Int'l 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 | 766 ratings
From Genesis to Revelation
1969
4.16 | 1591 ratings
Trespass
1970
4.42 | 2118 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1971
4.61 | 2457 ratings
Foxtrot
1972
4.62 | 2838 ratings
Selling England By The Pound
1973
4.28 | 1998 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1974
4.27 | 1722 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
4.09 | 1319 ratings
Wind And Wuthering
1976
3.43 | 960 ratings
...And Then There Were Three...
1978
3.48 | 972 ratings
Duke
1980
2.56 | 863 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.71 | 842 ratings
Genesis
1983
2.39 | 866 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.65 | 780 ratings
We Can't Dance
1991
2.54 | 684 ratings
Calling All Stations
1997

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

3.95 | 651 ratings
Genesis Live
1973
4.28 | 668 ratings
Seconds Out
1977
3.42 | 338 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
2.02 | 251 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume One - The Shorts
1992
2.83 | 258 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume Two - The Longs
1993
3.19 | 219 ratings
Live Over Europe 2007
2007

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

4.38 | 108 ratings
In Concert 1976
1977
3.07 | 51 ratings
Three Sides Live (VHS)
1982
3.29 | 41 ratings
The Mama Tour
1985
2.53 | 40 ratings
Visible Touch (VHS)
1987
3.28 | 32 ratings
A History Of Genesis
1991
3.38 | 65 ratings
The Way We Walk (DVD)
2001
3.80 | 46 ratings
The Genesis Songbook
2001
2.88 | 23 ratings
Inside Genesis 1975-1980
2003
2.77 | 27 ratings
Inside Genesis The Gabriel Years 1970-1975
2004
3.22 | 78 ratings
Invisible Touch - Live At Wembley (DVD)
2004
3.02 | 60 ratings
The Video Show (DVD)
2004
3.93 | 71 ratings
Genesis Live Video
2004
2.91 | 13 ratings
Rock Review - A Critical Retrospective
2005
2.30 | 31 ratings
The Gabriel Era
2006
3.76 | 42 ratings
In London (DVD)
2007
3.79 | 10 ratings
Up Close And Personal (DVD and book set)
2007
4.12 | 137 ratings
When In Rome
2008
3.82 | 11 ratings
Land of confusion
2010

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

0.00 | 0 ratings
Presenting Genesis
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Genesis
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume One
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume Two
1975
2.64 | 39 ratings
Rock Theatre (Collection)
1975
4.03 | 24 ratings
The Best...
1976
2.34 | 13 ratings
Genesis in Concert
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Story Of Genesis
1978
4.04 | 4 ratings
Nursery Cryme / Foxtrot
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Genesis
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Genesis
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Genesis
1989
2.63 | 22 ratings
Turn It On Again - Best Of 81-83
1991
4.26 | 192 ratings
Archive 1967-1975
1998
3.05 | 22 ratings
The Original Album
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Greatest
1998
2.23 | 89 ratings
Turn It On Again - The Hits
1999
2.92 | 102 ratings
Archive 2 1976 - 1992
2000
3.17 | 77 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2004
1.97 | 15 ratings
14 From Our Past
2007
3.42 | 68 ratings
Genesis 1983-1998
2007
2.02 | 31 ratings
Turn It On Again The Hits -The Tour Edition
2007
3.77 | 99 ratings
Genesis 1976 - 1982
2007
4.56 | 151 ratings
Genesis 1970 -75
2008
3.67 | 70 ratings
Genesis Live 1973 - 2007
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Magic Of Time
2013

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
4.54 | 39 ratings
The Knife
1971
2.00 | 1 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1972
3.24 | 42 ratings
Happy The Man
1972
4.15 | 55 ratings
Twilight Alehouse
1973
4.29 | 45 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1973
2.00 | 1 ratings
Watcher of the Skies
1973
4.08 | 38 ratings
Counting Out Time
1974
4.19 | 48 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room
1975
4.11 | 36 ratings
Counting Out Time / Riding The Scree
1975
3.67 | 3 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1975
3.67 | 3 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1975
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Carpet Crawl
1975
4.25 | 4 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
2.05 | 3 ratings
Ripples
1976
3.73 | 25 ratings
Entangled
1976
3.15 | 8 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1976
2.96 | 113 ratings
Spot the pigeon
1977
3.00 | 3 ratings
Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode)
1978
3.19 | 38 ratings
Follow You Follow Me
1978
3.97 | 33 ratings
Many Too Many
1978
3.33 | 33 ratings
Duchess/Open Door
1980
2.83 | 34 ratings
Misunderstanding
1980
3.70 | 34 ratings
Turn it on again
1980
2.61 | 27 ratings
No reply at all
1981
2.73 | 43 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.78 | 31 ratings
Keep it dark
1981
2.39 | 27 ratings
3 X 3
1982
3.91 | 13 ratings
The Lady Lies
1982
2.95 | 13 ratings
Paperlate picture 7''
1982
2.55 | 21 ratings
Man On The Corner
1982
4.18 | 25 ratings
Firth Of Fifth
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
Home By The Sea
1983
3.11 | 39 ratings
Mama
1983
2.80 | 27 ratings
That's All
1983
2.16 | 26 ratings
Illegal Alien
1983
2.30 | 14 ratings
Taking it all too hard
1984
2.43 | 37 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.25 | 27 ratings
Throwing It All Away
1986
1.92 | 28 ratings
In Too Deep
1986
2.51 | 42 ratings
Land of Confusion
1986
3.50 | 26 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight 12''
1987
3.68 | 19 ratings
Tonight, Tonight Tonight Tonight 7''
1987
3.66 | 29 ratings
No Son Of Mine
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
We Can't Dance (Special Edition Volkswagen)
1991
2.75 | 12 ratings
Tell Me Why 5'' Cd single
1992
2.64 | 23 ratings
Jesus He Knows Me 5'' CD single
1992
2.70 | 30 ratings
I Can't Dance
1992
2.71 | 24 ratings
Hold On My Heart
1992
2.38 | 14 ratings
Never a Time
1993
2.97 | 10 ratings
Tell me why
1993
1.75 | 34 ratings
Congo
1997
2.62 | 24 ratings
Shipwrecked
1997
2.36 | 26 ratings
Not About Us
1998
3.23 | 29 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers 1999 5' promo CD
1999

GENESIS Reviews


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 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.62 | 2838 ratings

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Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by MJAben

4 stars Those Genesis guys (whoever they may be) play some alright music. In all seriousness though, this is one of the highest rated albums on the Archive and one of the most praised Prog records of all time and with good reason. The is Genesis' most cohesive album, best flowing album, reaches some of Genesis' highest heights (Firth of Fifth, Dancing with the Moonlit Knight, Cinema Show) but, also celebrates some of Genesis' mediocre-est mediocres (I Know What I Like, After the Ordeal, More Fool Me) and as a result comes across somewhat mixed in terms of quality.

I think I can illustrate this best when looking at their previous album, Foxtrot. Now there was an album, all meat and no filler, every song was it's own separate identity, serving it's own purpose and acting as their own jaw-dropping masterpiece (admittedly Supper's Ready should count for about 5 or 6 jaw-dropping masterpiece songs but that's beside the point.) Even the weaker songs (Time Table and Get 'em Out By Friday) were only comparatively slightly weaker and still stood strong on their own and here's my problem with Selling England by the Pound, only half of the songs stand strong on their own.

Most people would say (and they'd be right) that this isn't the point of Selling England and that it's better flowing. Many would also say (and they'd be wrong) that due to that this is the stronger album. Nevertheless I don't want to sit here saying, "I'm giving this album only four stars because it's not as good as Foxtrot" what I want to instead is, "I'm giving this album only four stars because only half of the songs on this album are of masterpiece quality"

It's no surprise what the three masterpiece songs are, many reviewers who have both loved and hated the album, those who (like me) think the album has it's ups and downs and those who think it's one continuous flowing masterpiece nevertheless seem to single out the same three songs. Dancing with the Moonlit Knight, Firth of Fifth and Cinema Show showcase Genesis at their absolute best and these three songs have remained fan favorites to this day and are used as examples as old-Genesis at their height, and they should be.

Three other songs however, I know What I like, More Fool Me and After the Ordeal come across as, well, filler. I know What I like is a blatant attempt (and a somewhat successful one at that) at a pop song. More Fool Me feels out of place / subpar in quality and After the Ordeal is pleasant enough but ultimately forgettable and most remember it as that song that leads into Cinema Show.

There are still two songs I haven't mentioned and I have my reasons for each, I don't recognize Aisle of Plenty as it's own song and as a result I classify it as 'that songs that has it's own name but is really just a conclusion to Cinema Show (and the album). In the same way I don't really consider Horizons as anything but 'the lovely intro into Supper's Ready' but while Horizons can stand on it's two feet, Aisle of Plenty feels tacked on and wouldn't be much of anything had it not been preceded by such a mammoth song.

The Battle of Epping Forest on the other hand I simply have trouble placing. After listening to the album countless times I'm still not sure if this is a strong or weak point on the album. On the one hand, it has some of Gabriel's best vocal work EVER, some wonderful tolkienesque qualities to it and some really interesting music that admittedly does get overshadowed by the vocals. I do see the point that the album is a bit too long, a bit too busy ect. ect. But I also think it's one of Genesis' most interesting, ingenious and unique songs (which for them is no small feat). I don't think it has the same instant love that listeners feel towards the big three, but I enjoy the song just as much, but I recognize that it is by no means flawless.

So where does this leave me? Well, as I said, this is a mixed bag in terms of quality but is Genesis' best flowing record, has some of their best music and is arguably their best album for the sake of THE ALBUM. I still can't give this more then four stars however, I think every prog fan ever should have this record (or at least hear this record) and in that sense yes it is essential, but it's not a masterpiece and it is by no means a flawless (or even consistent) record.

4/5 stars

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 Nursery Cryme / Foxtrot by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1979
4.04 | 4 ratings

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Nursery Cryme / Foxtrot
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The first album that I listened from GENESIS was "Nursery Cryme" in early 1979. The album was lent to one of my brothers by a friend and I liked the album a lot, so I recorded it in a cassette with the idea to buy it later if I could find it in the record shops of my city. That edition of "Nursery Cryme" that I listened to then was an U.S. import without gatefold cover, and even without credits about who were the musicians in the band. It was manufactured by Buddah Records and it had the Pink Charisma Records Label and it even shared the same catalogue number of the original U.K. release (CAS 1052). At that time, most of the albums from GENESIS were not released by a Mexican label, so the only way to buy "Nursery Cryme" and other albums from the band was to buy them as imported albums. Because my father received as a gift each month the monthly Schwann Record and Tape Catalogues (from the U.S.) from a local record shop for a lot of years, I learned then that this U.S. edition of "Nursery Cryme" was really out of print since 1976. Buddah released other albums by the band since maybe 1973, with the others being "Foxtrot" and "Genesis Live". But by early 1976 all those albums appeared as out of print in those record and tape catalogues, and "Nursery Cryme" was re-issued in 1976 together with "Foxtrot" in a two record set titled "The Best" and with a gatefold cover under the Buddah label (not Charisma). Many years later I discovered in the web that the "The Best" title also was used by Buddah in a series of albums from other artists from the record label. "The Best" release by GENESIS was by 1977 out of print too (and I also I never saw it in the record shops in my city), so I knew that all the albums that Buddah released from GENESIS in the U.S. were out of print for some time until Polydor in late 1979 (under the Charisma Records label) also re-issued "Nursery Cryme" and "Foxtrot" together in a two record set in a similar way to "The Best", but with a different title ("Nursery Cryme / Foxtrot") and with a different gatefold cover design also including the lyrics. In the back cover of this re-issue there are some notes explaining that both albums were out of print in the U.S. for several years "due to some problems", and the back cover notes also give some historical facts about the band, also including some photos taken from a concert from 1974 (maybe from the "Selling England by the Pound Tour", I think). I bought this "Nursery Cryme / Foxtrot" 2 LP set in early 1980 because it was a good buy then because it was cheaper to buy an U.S. 2 LP import album than very expensive individual imported LP copies of "Nursery Cryme" or "Foxtrot" from the U.K. So, at last, by early 1980 I could finally listen to these two very good albums from GENESIS included in one package. The sound of both LPs is good. Unfortunately, the Schwann catalogues listed this 2 LP set as out of print by early 1981, so both albums were out of print again in the U.S. until Atlantic Records re-issued them individually again by 1982 (with "Genesis Live" being also re-issued by that label by that time).

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 Ripples by GENESIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1976
2.05 | 3 ratings

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Ripples
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

2 stars The edited version of "Ripples" which was used for this single lacks the chorus that goes before the instrumental section of the song, and it also lacks the entire instrumental section of the song which has the interaction between Steve Hackett`s guitar and Tony Banks` synthesiser solos. So, this edited version of this song is "finished" in this version with the reprise of the final chorus, not sounding very well edited for my taste. This is one of my favourite songs from the band, so the full lenght version which was originally released in their "A Trick of the Tail" album is much better than this single edit which maybe was done more for radio playing than for anything else. For collectors and fans only.

"It`s Yourself" was released in its original form only as a "B" side of several singles between 1976 and 1977, having some extra things in the lyrics and an extended final part. This song was edited a few seconds in the final part for its release in the "Genesis Archives 1975-1992" Box Set, and this edited version also lacks those extra things in the lyrics.

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 Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode) by GENESIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1978
3.00 | 3 ratings

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Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode)
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars "Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode)" is an alternate title used for some singles releases for Mike Rutherford`s song "Deep in the Motherlode" from GENESIS`s "...and then there were three,,," album from 1978. If I remember well it was released with that alternate title also in the U.S. some weeks before their 1978 album was released there, saying in the record label :"From the Atlantic album "...and then there were three..." ". (I saw a scan of the single`s label in the web one day). I don`t know if the use of this alternate title caused some confusion for some fans of the band, or if the single was successful under that title. I also don`t know if it was the same version from that album or if it had some mixing differences.

Anyway, "Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode)" (or "Deep in the Motherlode") has lyrics about the "American Gold Rush" of the U.S. of the 19th century. So, the lyrics are about a young man who goes to the west side of that country looking for gold, as many people maybe did it then. So, the subject of the lyrics is very U.S. related, so maybe that was the reason for the use of the alternate title mainly there. The song is very good musically, still with some very good Prog Rock arrangements, which include a distorted guitar, the combined use in some parts of bass guitar and bass pedals, maybe a bit of guitar synth playing (as Rutherford can be seen using it in some live videos from 1980), a very good synthesiser part played by Tony Banks, and very good drums by Phil Collins. This song was played live during their 1978 and 1980 tours only.

As he said in an interview from 1982, "Scenes from a Night`s Dream" was the first song on which Phil Coliins contributed to all the lyrics of a GENESIS`s song by himself. The song was composed by him and Tony Banks. This song also has some very good Prog Rock arrangements, but it also has some Pop Rock influences, mainly in the style of the backing vocals. This song was inspired by "Little Nemo", a character from a tale for children, if I remember well. Maybe this song could have been also released as an "A" side of a single. This song was never played in concert by the band.

Their ".., then there were three..." album has been considered by many people as GENESIS`s first Pop Rock album. Well. While there are some real justifications for that point of view, I still like that album a lot. In fact, it was the first album from GENESIS that I bought in 1979. It still has some very good Prog Rock arrangements, but the songs are shorter in comparison to previous albums. I also like the recording and mixing of this album in its original form, but maybe the sound of the drums is not very good as they were mixed more in the background.

A last note for update: Yes. The U.S. single had an edited version (3:35) of "Deep in the Motherlode" (available for listening in youtube). I don`t like the edited version. I prefer the original version. So... a two star rating for the edited version....a three star rating for the original version.

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 Genesis by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.71 | 842 ratings

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Genesis
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by thwok

3 stars My wife and children and I are members of a church, and we are believers. We teach Sunday school and serve Communion. However, I would not be surprised to be called a heretic. I firmly believe that Genesis is just as good without Gabriel as with him! I also think this album has a lot of good material, and I give it 3 and 1/2 stars. One of the things I like about Genesis is that they've never completely abandoned prog on each of their albums. I would call them prog-related after Gabriel left; other reviewers have made the same point. On Genesis, "Home/Second By The Sea" is the most obvious example. It's a terrific track. Other favorites are "Just A Job To Do" and the beautiful "Taking It All Too Hard". Being accessible is not a sin, and being "progressive" doesn't guarantee being good. I think Emerson, Lake and Palmer have demonstrated that. I can do without "Illegal Alien", which is just absurd, and "It's Gonna Get Better", which just puts me to sleep. I do miss not hearing Steve Hackett on these later albums, but Tony Banks and Phil Collins, drumming and singing, are terrific. I wouldn't give any Genesis album more than 4 stars, and I don't think Genesis (the album} is their best, but I think it deserves 3 and 1/2 stars.

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 Trespass by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.16 | 1591 ratings

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Trespass
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by MJAben

3 stars Stagnation and The Knife can't make up for what is clearly a mixed-bag of a transition album, while I do like this album and recognize how important it is for the band and how much of an improvement the album is over its predecessor, I still can't help but feel that this is an uneven and poorly crafted album that offers some wonderful songs but has a few real slogs.

The album begins with the largely unexciting opener (Looking For Someone), vocally this has never sat quite right with me but instrumentally there is the odd moment that is extremely strong 3/5.

From this the album goes into what I feel is the sleeper song (White Mountain) which transitions wonderfully from exciting moments to some extremely gorgeous atmospheric moments, a very strong track that is often overlooked in Genesis' timeline 4/5.

Visions of Angels is a pretty and relaxed song that overstays it's welcome after a while. The song is too poppy for my tastes and the lack of musical development doesn't justify the 7 minute length of the song. This song is also frustrating because it feels like a bit of a tease, just when it feels like it's about to get into something exciting and refreshing it pulls back into nice sounding melodies again that offer little else 2/5.

The next song (Stagnation) however is a real gem however, did I say that White Mountain was the sleeper song on this album? Maybe this album has two sleeper songs. In this song we see some thoughtful lyrics, a well crafted song that effortlessly glides between its many themes and some of the most original and exciting music that Genesis has created, certainly the most amazing song thus far in their career 5/5.

The next song (Dusk) is perhaps the low point of the record however, feeling tacked on and out of place with the rest of the music there is little symphony, little excitement... A boring ballad that offers nothing to the album, it's pleasant I suppose but a nice glass of wine is pleasant but I wouldn't call it a masterpiece of progressive rock 2/5.

The final song (The Knife) picks things back up again however, Genesis' show closer early on and with good reason, this is a song that really gets the energy flowing, lots of mood changes and varying styles throughout to keep the listener on their toes, a great end to the album 4/5.

Overall 3/5 stars.

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 In Concert 1976 by GENESIS album cover DVD/Video, 1977
4.38 | 108 ratings

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In Concert 1976
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Gatot
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4 stars Genesis with King Crimson flavor ...

The chief reason of watching this performance is the existence of Bill Bruford at drum stool. I love Bruford since I first listened to King Crimson's "Easy Money" In that track he played uniquely especially with his tight snare drum that sounds differently from any other drummer on planet earth and his nano-seconds advanced beat of his drumming style. That are basically how I categorize the drumming style of Bruford. And I am not wrong at all as throughout his career he kept playing like I describe. Look at his style in his solo album "One of a Kind" or his style with Yes "Close To The Edge" as well as "Fragile". That's basically his unique style and what he demonstrated during his tenure with King Crimson.

Watching Bruford plays Genesis tunes even though only during Tour and never had a studio album with Genesis is an interesting joy for me. I can see his unique style was successfully applied to Genesis during the tour. I really love the voice of "THAK" coming out from his snare drums throughout the Genesis tunes featured in this DVD. Even from the Opening that actually presents the stage erection process to the intro f I Know What I Like Bruford did his role wonderfully and it's becoming main attraction to me. Even though he played differently, the Genesis tracks becoming much more enjoyable compared to studio album.

The song moves seamlessly to the Fly on A Windshield until Broadway Melody of 1974 (without vocal line). He plays in duet with Phil Collins who also played drums excellently using another style. Phil is very good in its varied stick hits at snare and toms of his drumset while Bruford filled with powerful snare sound. The part two of Cinema Show is also wonderful with Bruford as drummer - but most importantly the drum duets with Phil is really great. This version of duo drums appeared also in Seconds Out album. I enjoy the dums solo part even though it's very short. The peak of this live performance lies at the ending track Los Endos. Every musician plays excellently throughout the song and it becomes a very attractive part of the show.

The only lacking is the abridge version of some tracks like Fly on a Windshield, The Cinema Show (Part two with , unfortunately, the appearance of comic film) and also last parts of Supper's Ready. This is not good at all as I expect full version of each song. Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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 Duke by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.48 | 972 ratings

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Duke
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by stefro
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A damn sight better than the stodgy pop-prog of 1978's first post-Hackett album '...And Then There Were Three', the first Genesis record of the 1980s also proves to be one of their strongest since their first post-Gabriel album, 1976's 'A Trick Of The Tail'. Conceived and created during a difficult period for the now trio-sized outfit, 'Duke' - and for that matter Genesis' entire post-1980 career(sorry for the multiple uses of the word post, I'll stop now) - only came about thanks to the painful demise of Phil Collins marriage. Really? Yes, really. Because of the drummer-cum-singer's personal strife the goup had decided to disband for a while in order to allow their frontman the time to sort his domestic life out, and for Collins that really did mean the end for Genesis if that's what it was going to take to save his ailing relationship. Sadly(but not for fans of eighties Genesis) the marriage failed, and back came Collins, armed with a notepad stuffed full of self-penned songs - many about his, yawn, break-up(get over it Phil, your a rock star for christ's sake) - and a new desire for international success. Back together with Tony Banks(keyboards) and Mike Rutherford(guitars), the new, slimlined group reconvened in Holland(?) to start sessions on a new album. Virtually a million miles from the sound found on such Genesis prog classics as 'Nursery Cryme' and 'Selling England By The Pound', 'Duke' finds the threesome parlaying slick, synthesized keyboards and snazzy new technology into a distinctly melodic pop-rock brew that was just perfect for the 1980s. Still a year-or-so away from his own smash-hit solo success, Collins would, for the first time, contribute much of the writing to 'Duke', and rather predictably, the album proved a big success. Penning, amongst others, the catchy-albeit-lightweight break-up ditty 'Misunderstanding', and thus affording the listener a brief glance into the balding vocalist's own soft-pop future, Collins poured much of the pain, anguish and emotion of his recent break-up into 'Duke', making for a peculiar mixture of emotional pop balladry, fast-paced electro-rock and, still lurking hazily in the background, a dash of modernistic keyboard prog for those fans still yearning for the good old days. Of course, many of Genesis' older fans would leave the story at this point, but they would be replaced tenfold by a younger, hipper and less demanding audience who lapped up everything the band had to offer over the next five years. 'Duke', an album stuffed with expensive studio trickery, essentially kick-started the lucrative second-life of Genesis, and despite its slightly cynical commercial conception, it's actually a rather good album. Highlights are frequent, and include the toe-tappingly good 'Turn It On Again', the rather beautiful keyboard-led 'Duchess', and last but by no means least, the epic techno-prog of the surprisingly complex 'Duke's Travels'. Yes, it's not the Genesis we once knew and loved, but come on folks, deal with it. As a certain singer-songwriter once said, the times, they are-a-changing. He wasn't wrong. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2014

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 Man On The Corner  by GENESIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
2.55 | 21 ratings

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Man On The Corner
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

2 stars "Man on the Corner" from the "abacab" album was maybe Phil Collins`s first attempt to write a song with lyrics about homeless people and poverty , some social themes that he was going to address in other songs like "Tell Me why" (from GENESIS`s "We Can`t Dance" album from 1991) and "Another Day in Paradise" (from his solo album "But Seriously..." from 1989). "Man on the Corner" is a good Pop Rock song, with a good drum machine program pattern and in general with good arrangements.

"Submarine", in the side "B" of this single, is a good instrumental piece of music, but it is clear for me that it really was destined to be a "B" side of a single, because it sounds more like an improvised piece of music, with some slow Jazz-Rock drums by Collins and good musical atmospheres. But this kind of musical piece sounded a bit out of place in an album like "abacab", so maybe the main reason to record it was more to be a "filler" of a side "B" of a single than anything else.

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 Keep it dark by GENESIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1981
2.78 | 31 ratings

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Keep it dark
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

2 stars This is a 12" E.P. which has "Keep It Dark" on the side "A", while in the side "B" it has "Naminanu" (which was also released as the "B" side of the "Not Reply at All" single in the U.S.) and the full album version of "abacab".

"Keep It Dark" is a very Pop Rock/ New Wave song in musical style with good lyrics about a person who is kidnapped by an U.F.O. and is taken by the aliens to a world on which all the people is happy and lives in peace. He is later returned to the earth but was prevented by the aliens to not tell to anybody about this journey: to "keep it dark". The lyrics maybe sound a bit naive 32 years later, but for 1981 were good, I think. The song was not played on tour until 1983-84, and it was played before the song called "It`s Gonna Get Better", one song after the other, sounding both very well in this combination. For both songs in concert Mike Rutherford played a guitar synth for the bass sounds while Daryl Stuermer played guitar. The studio version of "Keep It Dark" has some very good percussion sounds which could not be played in concert in the same way but the song sounded well anyway.

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