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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 | 1091 ratings
From Genesis To Revelation
1969
4.15 | 2207 ratings
Trespass
1970
4.41 | 3027 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1971
4.60 | 3457 ratings
Foxtrot
1972
4.64 | 3970 ratings
Selling England By The Pound
1973
4.30 | 2830 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1974
4.28 | 2466 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail
1976
4.10 | 1862 ratings
Wind & Wuthering
1976
3.44 | 1383 ratings
...And Then There Were Three...
1978
3.49 | 1386 ratings
Duke
1980
2.60 | 1210 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.78 | 1202 ratings
Genesis
1983
2.45 | 1227 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.66 | 1123 ratings
We Can't Dance
1991
2.49 | 965 ratings
Calling All Stations
1997

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

3.99 | 895 ratings
Genesis Live
1973
4.32 | 920 ratings
Seconds Out
1977
3.43 | 490 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
2.12 | 352 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume One - The Shorts
1992
2.89 | 362 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume Two - The Longs
1993
3.25 | 321 ratings
Live Over Europe 2007
2007

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

4.47 | 158 ratings
In Concert 1976
1977
3.11 | 82 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
3.39 | 64 ratings
The Mama Tour
1985
2.49 | 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
3.25 | 100 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 | 40 ratings
The Gabriel Era
2006
3.76 | 57 ratings
In London
2007
3.78 | 13 ratings
Up Close And Personal (DVD and book set)
2007
4.16 | 173 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)

3.22 | 4 ratings
Presenting Genesis
1974
3.10 | 2 ratings
70's Pop Sound
1974
4.12 | 7 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume One
1975
4.19 | 7 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
4.17 | 16 ratings
Nursery Cryme / Foxtrot
1979
3.05 | 3 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1981
3.10 | 2 ratings
Genesis
1981
2.26 | 4 ratings
Genesis
1981
5.00 | 2 ratings
Genesis
1989
1.18 | 3 ratings
The Vertigo Years
1990
2.47 | 30 ratings
Turn It On Again - Best Of 81-83
1991
4.27 | 261 ratings
Archive 1967-1975
1998
2.76 | 24 ratings
The Original Album
1998
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Greatest
1998
2.25 | 111 ratings
Turn It On Again - The Hits
1999
2.99 | 148 ratings
Archive 2 1976 - 1992
2000
3.22 | 96 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2004
2.00 | 20 ratings
14 From Our Past
2007
3.51 | 98 ratings
Genesis 1983-1998
2007
2.27 | 44 ratings
Turn It On Again The Hits -The Tour Edition
2007
3.93 | 131 ratings
Genesis 1976 - 1982
2007
4.52 | 206 ratings
Genesis 1970 -75
2008
3.81 | 100 ratings
Genesis Live 1973 - 2007
2009
4.42 | 12 ratings
The Movie Box
2009
2.25 | 4 ratings
The Magic Of Time
2013
2.26 | 38 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
4.07 | 56 ratings
The Knife
1971
4.10 | 20 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1972
3.18 | 56 ratings
Happy The Man
1972
4.04 | 69 ratings
Twilight Alehouse
1973
4.24 | 62 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1973
4.68 | 31 ratings
Watcher of the Skies
1973
3.93 | 15 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / After The Ordeal
1973
3.40 | 15 ratings
I Know What I Like / More Fool Me
1973
4.08 | 13 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Promo)
1974
4.16 | 49 ratings
Counting Out Time
1974
4.33 | 60 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room
1975
4.20 | 47 ratings
Counting Out Time / Riding The Scree
1975
4.55 | 20 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1975
3.60 | 24 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1975
3.84 | 25 ratings
The Carpet Crawl
1975
4.43 | 28 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
3.23 | 24 ratings
Ripples
1976
3.95 | 40 ratings
Entangled
1976
3.29 | 26 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1976
4.69 | 16 ratings
Entangled / Ripples
1976
4.56 | 18 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Squonk
1976
4.29 | 14 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Carpet Crawl
1976
3.67 | 12 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Carpet Crawl
1977
2.98 | 148 ratings
Spot the pigeon
1977
3.13 | 13 ratings
Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode)
1978
3.18 | 51 ratings
Follow You Follow Me
1978
4.03 | 43 ratings
Many Too Many
1978
3.38 | 42 ratings
Duchess/Open Door
1980
2.90 | 42 ratings
Misunderstanding
1980
3.71 | 43 ratings
Turn it on again
1980
2.69 | 33 ratings
No reply at all
1981
2.95 | 54 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.73 | 38 ratings
Keep it dark
1981
2.38 | 39 ratings
3 X 3
1982
4.03 | 14 ratings
The Lady Lies
1982
2.88 | 15 ratings
Paperlate picture 7''
1982
2.90 | 30 ratings
Man On The Corner
1982
2.88 | 7 ratings
Turn It On Again (Live)
1982
4.00 | 7 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Counting Out Time
1982
3.57 | 7 ratings
Follow You, Follow Me / A Trick Of The Tail
1983
4.28 | 16 ratings
Home By The Sea
1983
4.33 | 32 ratings
Firth Of Fifth
1983
2.98 | 52 ratings
Mama
1983
2.99 | 36 ratings
That's All
1983
2.27 | 37 ratings
Illegal Alien
1983
2.60 | 21 ratings
Taking it all too hard
1984
3.00 | 4 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight Exclusive Candid Interview
1986
2.43 | 46 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.40 | 35 ratings
Throwing It All Away
1986
2.05 | 36 ratings
In Too Deep
1986
2.61 | 54 ratings
Land of Confusion
1986
3.39 | 33 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight 12''
1987
3.59 | 22 ratings
Tonight, Tonight Tonight Tonight 7''
1987
3.78 | 37 ratings
No Son Of Mine
1991
2.10 | 10 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
2.72 | 32 ratings
Hold On My Heart
1992
2.43 | 19 ratings
Never a Time
1993
2.89 | 17 ratings
Tell me why
1993
3.60 | 5 ratings
...Calling All Stations... Album Sampler...
1997
1.88 | 45 ratings
Congo
1997
2.52 | 32 ratings
Shipwrecked
1997
2.52 | 34 ratings
Not About Us
1998
3.22 | 35 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers 1999 5' promo CD
1999

GENESIS Reviews


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 Foxtrot by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.60 | 3457 ratings

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Foxtrot
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

5 stars The ultimate chapter in the book of progressive rock.

Looking back at more than 50 years of progressive rock (with 1967 as the starting point) I come to the conclusion that Foxtrot (1972) is the album that I consider as the most captivating, dynamic and interesting prog album. For me the other best Classic Prog albums all fail to impress me like this Peter Gabriel-era highlight does: King Crimson and VDGG are too quirky (and to me the Hammill vocals sound like a nervous Bowie), Yes, ELP and Gentle Giant are conservatory prog (I often miss the element emotion), only Sixties and Seventies Pink Floyd comes close.

Looking at the line-up on Foxtrot in 1972, you can say that the members had pretty different, contrasting and conflicting personalities: the poshy Rutherford and Banks with their acoustic 12-string guitars, the shy Hackett who loved Robert Fripp his fiery electric guitar work, the down to earth Phil Collins with his powerful and dynamic drum pyrotechnics, and, last but not least, Peter Gabriel with his highly imaginitive world and creative mind, and his unique emotional vocals.

The six strong and varied compositions on Foxtrot, loaded with tension and dynamics, are the result of five strong personalities, and very talented musicians and composers. The one moment you hear lush 12-string acoustic guitar, soaring Mellotron and tender flute (pastoral prog, the folky side), the other moment heavy and bombastic outbursts with swirling Hammond, harder-edged guitar work and powerful, very emotional vocals (Watcher Of The Skies and Get 'em out by Friday) . Or from a majestic Mellotron intro (Watcher Of The Skies) to a warm classical guitar piece (the very short Horizons). Genesis also delivers cascades of interesting, adventurous or subtle musical ideas, topped with Peter Gabriel his unique voice featuring that slightly melancholical undertone. These elements add an extra dimension to tracks like Time Table (delicate work on guitar and keyboards and wonderful, very moving vocals) and Can-Utility and the Coastliners (exciting break with awesome Mellotron work).

The absolute highlight on this album is Supper's Ready, the epic of all epics, a 23 minutes prog eargasm. In this magnum opus Genesis rises to the occasion on Foxtrot, in this place all the interesting elements of their music are incorporated into one historical epic composition: strongly changing climates with dreamy 12-string acoustic guitars (Banks, Rutherford and Hackett), the unique Mellotron work and the distinctive Hammond organ play by Banks, the powerful Rickenbacker bass by Rutherford, and Collins his inventive and dynamic drums. This is topped by Gabriel his varied and unique vocals, singing legendary lines like "Walking across the sitting-room, I turn the television off", "We watch in reverence, as Narcissus is turned to a flower. A flower?" and "If you go down to a willow farm, to look for butterflies, flutterboys, gutterflies" (splendid Newspeak). The final two parts (6 and 7) are unsurpassed progrock history.

In Apocalypse in 9/8 (part 6) there's a sudden shifting mood, with a hypnotizing, pretty omimous propulsive rhythm, the dramatic vocals by Gabriel are legendary: "With the guards of Magog, swarming around ..."). After "You'd better not compromise. It won't be easy". Now Tony Banks starts his mindblowing organ solo that starts classical and gradually turns into psychedelic, goose bumps! Then Peter sings "Six, six, six .. " (the Anti- Christ) and soon majestic Mellotron waves can be heard after "In blood, he's writing the lyrics of a brand new tune" and "And it's .. . hey, babe, with your guardian eyes so blue ..", what a compelling blend of music and lyrics!

In As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs (Aching Men's Feet)" (part 7) there's a flowing continuation from part 6 and turns into a majestic, very compeling grand finale with howling electric guitar leads and powerful organ runs. In the end Gabriel sings "This is the supper of the mighty one. Lord of Lords, King of Kings, has returned to lead his children home, to take them to the new Jerusalem" (this is a metaphore for the victory from Good over Evil), and the music fades away, leaving the listener in a euphoric prog mood.

This music epitomizes Genesis at its artistic pinnacle, presenting an unique blend of classical, folk, rock and psychedelia, an unique blend of skills and emotion, an unique blend of musicians, and an unique blend of instruments, from the lush 12- strings acoustic guitars to the unsurpassed Mellotron and adventurous electric guitar sound by the underrated guitar legend Steve Hackett, with his distinctive tapping (years before Van Halen) and volume pedal, and heavy outbursts, inspired by his hero Robert Fripp (the master of turning underpressed emotions into an agressvie guitar sound). These elements are the reason why I am so carried away on Foxtrot. And the contrasting moods are more extreme and compelling, even more emotional and exciting than DSOTM and WSWH by Pink Floyd, two other Classic Prog favourites of mine. Foxtrot still succeeds to generate a lot of excitement and to keep my full attention for every second, even after more than 45 years!

 70's Pop Sound by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1974
3.10 | 2 ratings

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70's Pop Sound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
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3 stars Review Nš 256

'70's Pop Sound' is a compilation of Genesis and was released in 1974. It has some similarities with their other compilation, released in the same year, 'Presenting Genesis', already reviewed by me on Progarchives. Both are only focused on prog material of the beginning of their classic golden era. They only have tracks originally released on their second, third and fourth studio albums, 'Trespass', 'Nursery Cryme' and 'Foxtrot' released in 1970, 1971 and 1972, respectively. Still, and unlike 'Presenting Genesis' that has three studio tracks and three live tracks, '70's Pop Sound' has only studio versions. It has three tracks from 'Trespass', two from 'Nursery Cryme' and two from 'Foxtrot'.

'70's Pop Sound' has seven tracks. The first track 'Watcher Of The Skies' is a song originally released on their fourth studio album 'Foxtrot'. This is one of the most popular and beloved songs by their fans, and one of the most played live by the band. Even Hackett, plays often this song on his live shows. This is a great opener for 'Foxtrot' which gives a sense of majesty and power, to the beginning of the album. It's a brilliant track, starting off with simple, yet harmonious keyboards. It kicks with a dramatic mellotron introduction being joined by bass and drums to lead into Gabriel's almost chanted vocals. This is a must for all mellotron lovers. The second track 'Seven Stones' is a song originally released on their third studio album 'Nursery Cryme'. This is a very beautiful song full of mellotron and it's also, in my humble opinion, the best track after its three epic tracks. It shows Gabriel's great and unique voice and Banks' masterful keyboard work. Somehow it's a stirring tune that recalls the melancholy of 'Trespass', in the best way. So, this is is a pretty, yet not too memorable song, but that recalls 'Trespass'. The Third track 'Looking For Someone' is a song originally released on their second studio album 'Trespass'. It's a very strong and emotional track and is a great opener for that album. It's a very beautiful song but it's also very dark. It starts slowly and explodes during the development of the theme. This is a song very similar in style with their future track, 'The Musical Box'. It's an excellent prog rock track, indeed. It represents undoubtedly a great musical moment. The fourth track 'Harold The Barrel' is also a song originally released on their third studio album 'Nursery Cryme'. It's a song with interesting lyrics, is somewhat funny, is very rhythmic and provides a joyful moment on that album. This is a fantastic tune, sounding slightly like a medieval British folk song. It reveals a Genesis that is able to combine black humour and pathos, as Gabriel and company don multiple personas to tell the tragic comic tale. The fifth track 'The Knife' is also a song originally released on their second studio album 'Trespass'. This is the greatest highlight of that album. It quickly became the first classic track of Genesis. This is a composition unusually aggressive for the band and, in my humble opinion, it pronounces, in a certain way, the path the band would follow on their next albums. It's the most famous song on that album and it's also the heaviest track ever recorded by Genesis. This is the greatest highlight of 'Trespass'. The sixth track 'Get' Em Out By Friday' is also a song originally released on their fourth studio album 'Foxtrot'. It's a very good song, in the form of a mini rock opera, with great musicality and singing, showing Gabriel's amazing vocals versatility and the fantastic skills of Banks on keyboards. This track offers a delightful example of why Genesis were arguably first among a select company of early progressive rock acts who were demonstrating just how far this new music could go, as Gabriel changed roles to tell a fantastic tale of a bleak future. The seventh track 'White Mountain' is another song originally released on their second studio album 'Trespass'. This is a music piece based on acoustic guitar and complemented by great keyboard work. The song is a fable about a wolf who seeks to usurp the authority of their leader. It has a wonderful melodic tune, with sympathetic acoustic guitar, and choir like vocals to end. It's a very melodic and soft song influenced by the folk music. This track represents another strong moment on that album.

Conclusion: I must say that I don't like the name of this compilation. I know, in those years the prog rock concept didn't exist yet and so the name isn't as absurd as it seems at first glance. However, I still don't like the name. In reality, the music on this compilation as nothing to do with pop and has some of the best prog tracks written by Genesis, in what we call today, prog rock music. They all belong to their golden classic era. 'Looking For Someone', 'The Knife' and 'White Mountain' from 'Trespass', are all great prog tracks. They represent some of the best pages wrote on that album. But, by the other hand, 'Seven Stones' and 'Harold The Barrel' from 'Nursery Cryme', aren't properly the best tracks on that album. Despite its quality, there are other songs that would be a better choice to this compilation, like 'The Musical Box', 'The Return Of The Giant Hogweed' and 'The Fountain Of Salmacis'. About 'Watcher Of The Skies' and 'Get' Em Out By Friday', from 'Foxtrot', I've nothing against that choice. Both are two great tracks. In conclusion, we may say, this is a good compilation, but not an essential purchase. I think 3 stars is the right rating to it.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Trespass by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.15 | 2207 ratings

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Trespass
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by jamesbaldwin
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5 stars Genesis that play "Trespass" looks like a different band than that of the debut album, yet they changed only the drummer (John Mayhew). As happened at "Le Orme", after a first melodic sixties style album, comes a second opera already fully progressive, with 6 long and elaborate songs.

The beginning is enthralling: we hear Peter Gabriel sings: "Looking For Someone" and then starts a seven minutes song that condenses the canons of progressive rock: changes of rhythm, melodic progressions (great work by Mayhew), instrumental pieces. The music perfectly accompanies the sung part, and reaches the climax in rhythmic progressions, which are alternated with the more meditative parts (with keyboards and flute). The arrangements are obtained with instruments that all work in synergy to obtain an overall sound effect (in the future instead the instruments will often interfere with each other) epic and theatrical. The song is definitely inspired. Rating 8,5.

The second track, "White Mountain", almost seven minutes, includes the word "Trespass" on the lyrics. It's more melodic than the previous one, with an acoustic beginning (Phillips on the 12-string guitar) that anticipates what Hackett will do in the next albums. Evocative flute in the middle. The best melody on the Lp. Another inspired song. Rating 8+.

Genesis will never again produce such a definitely beautiful, immediate, inspired beginning, with rhythm and instrumentation at the service of the melody.

Side A finishes with "Visions Of Angels" almost seven minutes (again). The track is melodic, and epic but in the chorus it goes beyond rhetoric and pompous. However, the melody is again clear and inspired. Towards the end it becomes repetitive: essentially it is a melodic verse-chorus song that is dilated up to 7 minutes, and lacking an autonomous instrumental part, the musical material of the verse and chorus returns pumped several times. Rating 7,5.

Side B opens with the only composition on the album (Stagnation) that more resembles a mini suite (almost 9 minutes) rather than a dilated song. The atmosphere is reflective, introverted, bucolic, and Banks embroiders a delicate melody on the keyboards, aided by Gabriel's flute, which fills most of the first part of the piece. Here for the first time music is the supporting skeleton of the song, while the sung part is at the service of some musical moments. In the second part there is a rhythmic progression that makes the song more engaging, ending up in an epic and theatrical way, even if still a little rhetorical. Rating 8.

Coming back to the acoustic and bucolic climate of the previous one, "Dusk" is the only medium-length song on the record. It'is a minor piece, with a large, pretty guitar arpeggio, which brings a moment of relaxation amidst so many great songs with rhythmic progressions. Rating 7.

"The Knife" is a decidedly more rock song than the previous ones, in fact it's the ride rhythm that prevails over the melody, amplified by the guitar and the keyboards. It will become a live classic. However, it contains a melodic instrumental interlude with the flute. Closes a guitar solo and a rhythmic progression too long, which leads to create a mesmeric vortex, a bit forced for the truth, in order to reach the grand finale with sound saturation. Rating 8+.

Genesis that play Trespass are inspired, they produce clear and immediate melodies, they find a perfect balance between sung parts and instrumental parts. In the coming years, Genesis will never be so immediate in compositions and performances, apart from some songs. Trespass is a small masterpiece, despite the production that flattens the sound of the instruments, especially the drums.

Medium quality of the songs: 7,92. Rating: 9. Five stars.

 Spot the pigeon by GENESIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1977
2.98 | 148 ratings

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Spot the pigeon
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by thesimilitudeofprog

2 stars For most Genesis fans, Wind & Wuthering would mark the end of the band's pure prog-rock era. This was to be their final LP with Steve Hackett. The EP is three songs were originally written for the group's eighth studio album Wind & Wuthering, but were not included in the final track selection. Opener "Match of the Day," in my opinion is musically ok, but has very silly and embarrassing lyrics. That has always bothered me about this song. While a fun and novel song, is not exactly brilliant, and the soccer match subject matter seems a stretch for a band used to singing about more serious subject matters. Looking back, i can see why they'd left it off Wind and Wuthering. Definetly not there finest hour. But is it there worst song? Not The worst Genesis song...that would come 4 years later on Abacab's Who Done it. The lightweight "Pigeons," also adds to the EP's reputation as a fluffy filler release. This song just isn't worth your time. The vocal performance from Phil Collins is irritating, and the melodies and chord progressions are mediocre at best. This is definitely a "catchy" song though, and I will give them that. Needless to say, this song is pretty boring and uninteresting. No one can deny the majesty of closer Inside and Out. A Hackett-dominated composition that builds from 12-string guitar to a fiery prog workout that peaks with a Tony Banks' circus-like synth solo. Over the years, Hackett has remained adamant ? and for good reason ? that "Inside" should've cracked the Wuthering track list as it exemplified the band's multi-layered sound. "I think it was one of the stronger tracks that Genesis has ever made. An absolute masterpiece. "I think it should have been included on Wind and Wuthering because it has a very beautiful sound and atmosphere to it. I believe it would fit in perfectly on the album. Despite its obvious flaws, Spot the Pigeon has aged well ? had a reissue the on vinyl for Record Store Day in 2012.
 Genesis by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1981
2.26 | 4 ratings

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Genesis
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
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2 stars Review Nš 252

'Genesis' is a compilation of Genesis and was released in 1981. Despite it has the same name of another Genesis' compilation also released in the same year, it has nothing to do with it. The other compilation has six tracks that belong to their golden musical era. It has tracks from their second studio album 'Trespass', released in 1970, tracks from their third studio album 'Nursery Cryme', released in 1971, tracks from their fourth studio album 'Foxtrot', released in 1972 and tracks from their sixth studio album 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway', released in 1974. This one has twelve tracks which definitely don't belong to that golden musical era. It has six tracks from their nith studio album '...And Then There Were Three...', released in 1978 and four tracks from their tenth studio album 'Duke', released in 1980.

So, 'Genesis' compilation has twelve tracks. The first track 'Behind The Lines' is a song originally released on their tenth studio album 'Duke'. This is a track with a great progressive start with about 2 minutes, but after that, the song enters on a pop rhythm. But despite that, it's an interesting song with some nice musical moments. The second track 'Undertow' is a song originally released on their ninth studio album '...And Then There Were Three...'. This is one of the greatest songs on that album and is also one of the most beautiful songs composed by Genesis. It's with 'Burning Rope', one of the two best contributions of Banks on that album and this is also one of he most progressive tracks on that album. The third track 'Deep In The Motherlode' is a song originally released on their ninth studio album '...And Then There Were Three...'. It's a typical Rutherford's song. This is a very good song with great musical arrangements. It contains some brilliant guitar and keyboard works and represents one of the last greatest songs on that album. The fourth track 'Snowbound' is a song originally released on their ninth studio album '...And Then There Were Three...'. It represents another great moment on that album. This is the best song composed by Rutherford on that album and is one of the highest points of it, too. It's very beautiful and it has also a wonderful choral work. The fifth track 'Guide Vocal' is a song originally released on their tenth studio album 'Duke'. This is the smallest song on that album and is a very beautiful and melancholic ballad which gives us a brief and nice musical moment on that album. Despite being so short is a nice progressive track. The sixth track 'Misunderstanding' is a song originally released on their tenth studio album 'Duke'. This is a pop song and is one of the better produced on that album. It seems that it was one of Collins' two songs chosen by Banks and Rutherford to be part of that album. They might have been released on 'Face Value'. This is a great pop song which may be part of a hit parade chart. But, this is a song for a Collins' album but never for a Genesis' album. The seventh track 'Burning Rope' is a song originally released on their ninth studio album '...And Then There Were Three...'. This is another brilliant song and represents also one of the highest points on that album. It's the only long epic track on that album and is without any doubt one of its best tracks. This is my favourite song on that album. The eighth track 'Alone Tonight' is a song originally released on their tenth studio album 'Duke'. This is a pretty pop ballad in the same vein of 'Your Own Special Way' or 'Follow You Follow Me', but is weaker than those two songs. It represents one of the weakest moments of that album too. The ninth track 'Many Too Many' is a song originally released on their ninth studio album '...And Then There Were Three...'. This is one of the smallest songs on that album and this is also, in my humble opinion, the weakest song made by Banks on that album. Still, it's a beautiful ballad, very well sung by Collins. But, it's undoubtedly inferior to all other songs composed by him on that album. Unfortunately, it was the last song to use a mellotron on studio albums of Genesis. The tenth track 'Follow You Follow Me' is a song originally released on their ninth studio album '...And Then There Were Three...'. This is clearly a song released for a single with the intention to be a great hit and achieve the top sales. It's a good pop song, but sincerely, it should never have been part of that album. I really think that it suits better on a Collins' solo album. Unfortunately, this is the song that would make the definitive turning point on Genesis' career, with Collins becoming the rudder man.

Conclusion: The opinions of prog reviewers are divided about these two albums of Genesis. Some say that both albums only have pop stuff and some others say they have some really nice prog stuff to check. I'm more with the second ones. Despite I'm not a great enthusiast about 'Duke', I only can see one really great prog track, the suite 'Duke'. About '...And Then There Were Three...', I think it has some really nice prog stuff, especially all Banks' tracks. I always saw it as a Banks' album, a prog album with some of the most beautiful prog tracks of Genesis, in spite of have only short tracks. Still, none of these tracks can be seen as classic tracks. But, here we are talking about a compilation and not of those both albums, and definitely none of them belong to their golden era. If you like the tracks on this compilation, is better to buy the original albums than this one. So, I think this is only for collectors and fans, really.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Foxtrot by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.60 | 3457 ratings

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Foxtrot
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by jamesbaldwin
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4 stars Tested the new line-up, with Hackett and Collins, that is full of virtuosos, in the previous Nursery Crime, album of high technical level and of refined compositions but little inspired and not coherent, Genesis take a step forward: they look for the masterpiece, the album solemn, emphatic, definitive, the work of the consecration of bishops of the new romantic and symphonic rock. "Foxtrot" contends with the next "Selling England By The Pound" the palm of best Genesis album. What is the best?

In the first side they put classical, melodic compositions, in the second a very complex suite.

It starts with "Watcher of the Sky" (7:19), with a solemn, hieratic, very suggestive organ (or mellotron?) solo, which remains the best part of the song because the rest is too forced. Here Genesis is at its peak. Rock purists turn up their noses, too inflated balloons. There are strengths and weaknesses of prog in this composition. Rating 7.5 / 8.

Second pop piece, "Time Table", easy listening, with catchy melody, and carillon sound. Simple and easy song but Gabriel's singing elevates the quality, and overall appears more successful than the previous one. Rating 8. So far the record is going at the slow speed of a ballad, certainly not a rousing rhythm. Unfortunately the sound of the production is very bad, especially for the rhythm section.

The grit comes out with the beginning of the third song, "Get 'em out by Friday (8:35)" which, however, proceeds with difficulty, through various forced passages, and various pauses. The quality is still elevated by Gabriel's vocals and flute, and Hackett's arpeggios. Genesis seems to have lost the brilliance and the immediacy of Trespass's melodies. Rating 7+.

The fourth piece, "Can-Utility and the Coastliners" (5:43), with a sound of the organ similar to "Watcher", is a mini-suite: it is a condensed inspired singing full by what Genesis will try to do in the 23 minutes of the second side. The instrumental parts are excellent but also the song of Gabriel, full of pathos. Rated 8+.

Side A ends with an acoustic piece by Hackett, "Horizons", on guitar: useless. No rating.

Side B contains "Supper's Ready" (22:58), a suite very long, divided in - a. Lover's Leap; - b. The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man; - c. Ikhnaton and Itsacon and Their Band of Merry Men; - d. How Dare I Be So Beautiful? - e. Willow Farm; - f. Apocalypse in 9/8 (featuring the delicious talents of Gabble Ratchet) - g. As Sure as Eggs is Eggs (Aching Men's Feet).

The Supper's Ready suite starts off excellently thanks to a successful pairing: Gabriel's vocals and Hackett's acoustic arpeggios. Beautiful the melodic instrumental passage after the singing, between guitar and keyboards. Banks succeeds better when he works in the background than when he wants to make the pompous solo. The predominantly acoustic melodic part continues for a long time, over six minutes, until the rhythm changes, Collins's drums arrive, Gabriel sings "Bang Bang Bang", the song comes alive. The musical passages are however always slow, verbose ... after ten minutes we arrive at a pause in the music, with Gabriel singing softly, until the vaudeville rhythm section arrives, where Gabriel mentions "Musical Box", a demented march, which suddenly changes rhythm and melody under the percussive cadence on the piano. Then an interval to Gabriel's flute, which always marks some pastoral melodic pauses, and finally again the rhythm of march, which then expires in an instrumental too pounding, quite boring, before the initial melody returns, at a more sustained rhythm. This very emphatic ending (complete with bells and singing shouted on text that is not as dramatic) would like to be the climax of the record, but after the pounding rhythm of the previous piece, it risks being oversaturated.

Very complex suite, with remarkable moment but even verbose and too much built moment. Rating 8+. It doesn't give me emotions as great as those given to me by Van Der Graaf suite (on Pawn Hearts) nor by the King Crimson and Yes suites (on Lizard and Close To The Edge).

Albums with a lot of meat in the fire, both in the first side and in the second. Compositions better built and more homogeneous, coherent, than those of "Nursery Crime". Ample moments of great music on both sides, what was missing in "Nursery Crime". Overall, the album is approaching the masterpiece but in my opinion still lacks that immediacy, of that emotional pathos (presents on Trespass) that provoke the true masterpieces. So, rating 8.5/9, i.e. four-and-a-half stars: a little higher rating than the next "Selling England", which has a second side not up to par.

 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
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Selling England By The Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by jamesbaldwin
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4 stars Review n. 99. "Selling England By The Pound" is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of progressive rock and here in Progarchives occupies the second place of the ranking of all times, having surpassed, since two years or three, "Thick As A Brick".

Is this the best work of Genesis? Is one of the insuperable peaks of prog? My answer, once again, is no. I Don't consider this Lp one of the absolute vertices of prog. I try to explain my position. I recognize that the first three songs of "Selling" are brilliant both individually and as a sequence in a way that has no equal in the Genesis discography ("Trespass" is surpassed, but not by much). In particular, the first and the third songs are among the absolute masterpieces of Genesis. Ok. But the rest of the Lp is just quite good, it's not at the height of the sequence of the first three songs. Here's to you the details.

The first, "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight" (8:01) after a beginning where the voice of Gabriel sings a hymn, very English, enjoys a melody very inspired, and this, when it's joined to the arpeggios on the guitar of Hackett produce the best pathos in the music of Genesis. But the song is not only beautiful in the melodic part, because even the rock part has a very convincing, compelling, spontaneous progression (not forced as it often happens to Genesis), resulting perhaps the best part of the piece, which ends with a refined nuanced tail, always very beautiful thanks to Hackett's arpeggio (rating 8,5).

"I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" (4:06) is a pop song with an excellent, tribal arrangement. It's not at the same height of the previous song but with its cheerful and carefree rhythm makes the album take off. The mood of the song is very captivating, worthy heir to the Beatles (rating 7,5). And here comes the peak: "Firth Of Fifth (9:34)". Introduction to Banks' piano, which surpasses himself in technique (he will not be able to reproduce this introduction live and he will cut it from the song), with odd rhythm changes worthy of a classical composer, then Gabriel's vocals announcing a dramatic rhythm, then melodic bridge, slowed down and then again dramatic verse, as long as the sequence of instrumental solos starts, which is the most sublime part of the song. Gabriel's pastoral flute begins, continues Banks on the synth, supported by Collins's percussion, causing a progression that culminates in Hackett's solo, perhaps his best in Genesis, which reaches moments of high epic ... then the singing returns, at the conclusion of the piece, which fades with the initial piano notes. Absolute masterpiece, I believe the best Genesis song (rating 9,5).

"More Fool Me (3:09)", sung by Collins, is a song made of California-style vocal harmonies, and little else, modeled on Crosby-Stills-Nash-Young tracks (rating 7). End of Side A.

"The Battle Of Epping Forest (11:43)" opens side B with a sustained rhythm. The song is very spoken (the text is too long) and this suffocates the instrumental pieces (Banks' keyboards, for once, represent the best sound of the piece). There are variations on the theme: verse, refrain, bridge, variation, return to the verse. It's a rock opera piece, after all this is an aspect always present in Genesis: their theatrical vocation, which often invalidates the musical moments. In this case, the best moments are the melodic moments of the refrain and the bridge with the background of Banks keyboards. However, the track is out of proportion, it is too foreign to the first side, too verbose, too long, to be considered a good song. There is too much meat in the fire, too much descriptive theatrical spirit (rating 6,5).

"After The Ordeal (4:12)", instrumental, is written by Hackett. Good composition, classic atmosphere, good progression by guitar solo... but anyway a true development and a memorable melody are missing (rating 7+).

Here's to you the final moment: "The Cinema Show / Aisle of Plenty). The first two minute of "Cinema Show" are heavenly, thanks to Hackett's guitar arpeggio, which has a ringing and evocative tone. The Gabriel-Hackett combination is almost always a winner. The song is dreamlike, delicate, soft, and in fact Gabriel's flute also arrives, which together with Collins' drums continues the piece in a very suggestive and delicate way. One notices, however, a lack of variation, of the development of the melody, and in fact the refrain does not arrive but, towards the six minutes, Banks's solo, accompanied by a great work of Collins on the' drums, which shows off his virtuosity. Banks's solo is the weakest part of the track, as it's not very inspired, but fruit of the trade. After the inspiration, the exercise of style arrived, the display of the technical expertise of Banks and Collins, only that the work of Collins, in the background, is really refined, worthy of the best jazz, while Banks's solo is didactic , pedantic, basically banal. This song is an excellent example of how the canons of progressive can sometimes worsen the result of an excellent melody and an excellent arrangement, bringing a song that could end in 5-6 minutes up to 10 minutes thanks to a solo end in itself. Rating 7,5/8.

The song ends with the voice of Gabriel who returns and remembers the melody of the beginning, just mentioned, and followed by a polyphonic singing accompanied by percussion. The idea of ​​the reprise of the first piece is good, only that it's executed too quickly (duration two minutes), as if they were in a hurry to finish, as if it were a conduit of Cinema Show. Thus ends, with a good but not performed piece at its best, this album, which, I repeat, could compete to be among the best in progressive history until the third song, then the average quality of the pieces unfortunately decreases considerably and not being a really bad piece, overall the second side is good but nothing more and therefore penalizes the overall result which (average quality: 7,71), in my opinion, does not reach the five stars, the absolute masterpieces of progressive, settling on a score of 8.5, which in my evaluation criteria corresponds to four full stars.

 Genesis by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1981
3.10 | 2 ratings

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Genesis
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
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3 stars Review Nš 248

"Genesis" is a compilation of Genesis and was released in 1981. This compilation comprises tracks which were originally released on four studio albums of Genesis. So, we have two tracks from their second studio album "Trespass", released in 1970, one track from their third studio album "Nursery Cryme", released in 1971, one track from their fourth studio album "Foxtrot", released in 1972 and two tracks from their sixth studio album "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway", released in 1974. Despite has a different name, it's the same compilation of Genesis released in the same year and with the name, "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway", already reviewed by me on Progarchives. So, this review will not be too much very different from the previous one, since we are talking about the same compilation.

"Genesis" compilation has six tracks. The first track "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" is the title track song originally released on their sixth studio album with the same name, in 1974. It's the opener for that album and it's also one, if not my favorite track, on that entire album. Despite the album be a conceptual album, this track is very representative of the album as a whole. This track is one of the most accessible songs on that album and in the entire early Genesis' catalog. It has some great lyrics that really set the scene and gives a nice introduction to the story of the album. It became a landmark for Genesis. The second track "The Musical Box" is a song originally released on their third studio album "Nursery Cryme" in 1971. It's an epic track, which became as one of the most famous pieces of Genesis, acquiring the status of one of the band's symbols. Curiously, it includes an accredited writing contribution by their former member Anthony Phillips, because it begins with an instrumental piece written by him, when he was member of the group. The album's cover is also a depiction of the story of the song. The music begins calm, and grows in intensity until reach an explosion of energy. The third track "White Mountain" is a song originally released on their second studio album "Trespass" in 1970. This is a music piece based on acoustic guitar and complemented by great keyboard work. The song is a fable about a wolf who seeks to usurp the authority of their leader. It has a wonderful melodic tune, with sympathetic acoustic guitar, and choir like vocals to end. It's a very melodic and soft song influenced by the folk music. All this is framed by frantic chase music and the trademark interlocking, chiming 12 string guitar passages that old Genesis' fans love so much. The fourth track "The Carpet Crawlers" is also a song originally released on their sixth studio album "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" in 1974. This is arguably the most beautiful song on that album and the most romantic too. The music for this song is very beautiful and very solid. It's smooth, relaxing and meaningful to the story of the album. The keyboard work of Banks is really incredible, as usual. I really also like the lyrics and the vocals on this track, alongside Banks' keyboard work and Hackett's gentle guitar lines. The song has also a great and fantastic melody. The fifth track "The Knife" is also a song originally released on their second studio album "Trespass" in 1970. This is the greatest highlight of that album. It quickly became the first classic track of Genesis. This is a composition unusually aggressive for the band and, in my humble opinion, it pronounces, in a certain way, the path the band would follow on their next albums. It's the most famous song on that album and it's also the heaviest track ever recorded by Genesis. This is a frantic, menacing song, which pounds along like an out of control express train. This is the great highlight of "Trespass". The sixth track "Watcher Of The Skies" is a song originally released on their fourth studio album "Foxtrot" in 1972. This is one of the most popular and beloved songs by their fans, and one of the most played live by the band. Even Hackett, plays often this song on his live shows. This is a great opener for "Foxtrot" which gives a sense of majesty and power, to the beginning of the album. It's a brilliant track, starting off with simple, yet harmonious keyboards. It kicks with a dramatic mellotron introduction being joined by bass and drums to lead into Gabriel's almost chanted vocals. This is an amazing track for all mellotron lovers, like me.

Conclusion: As I wrote above, "Genesis" compilation is precisely the same product that we can find on "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" compilation released precisely in the same year. As I wrote before on the conclusion of the other review, this is nothing more than one more compilation about the band and that it seems to me like more an attempt of their record label to make some more extra money for its profits. That is even more evident when we are talking about two equal compilations that only have different names and different covers. Apparently, it seams this was an Italian release. Still, I can't find a real reason for it has been done. However and as I also wrote, we aren't here to judge the intentions of their record label but the quality of this compilation. Anyway, this is a good compilation of Genesis that comprises six great progressive tracks of six great albums that belong to their golden musical era. Of course they don't bring anything new and so, it isn't an essential purchase. So, I think 3 stars is the right rating to it.

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 Genesis by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.78 | 1202 ratings

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Genesis
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by thesimilitudeofprog

3 stars 'Genesis' is the twelfth studio album by the English rock band Genesis, released on 3 October 1983. The band decided on its title as each of the album's nine tracks were written as a group.

The first side of the album is pretty good. 'Mama' starts the album with its industrial feel.The keyboard riff gives a creepy mood. 'That's All' is a decent pop number with a catchy riff. However, the riff is also overused. 'Home by the Sea / Second Home by the Sea' is the epic track on the album, and another one of the group's finer songs. It is split into two parts on the album, but really this song must be heard as a whole to be fully appreciated. The second side is very disappointing. 'Illegal Alien' really can make you wonder if this is the same band that composed Cinema Show. The melodies are terrible, and the instrumentation is silly. Worst track in Genesis history. 'Taking It All Too Hard' after the previous song, any mediocre track would sound like a masterpiece.Taking it all too hard is a melodic tune that won't appeal to hardcore-prog rock lovers but as a pop song it's decent enough. 'Just A Job To Do' is a decent song, nothing extraordinaire but enjoyable none the less. 'Silver Rainbow' Here is a song that doesn't know if it's coming or going. It's utterly forgettable. 'It's Gonna Get Better' A good closer for the album. Not bad. Not great, but it is head and shoulders above most of the rest of the second side.

In the end, the self-titled Genesis album is a decent album. There are no songs I truly dislike, but there are some that don't really sit quite right with me.

 Trespass by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.15 | 2207 ratings

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Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by patrickq

2 stars Overall, Genesis is a symphonic-rock band, but if I had to classify the band based only on Trespass, I'd probably go with proto-prog. Although this band would be considered a trailblazer in just a few years, Trespass finds Genesis absorbing and refashioning the kind of music the Moody Blues, the Nice, and Procol Harum were making at the time. Trespass doesn't strike me as symphonic until halfway through 'Visions of Angels,' the last song on the first side.

It's at that point that Tony Banks begins to more regularly use a wider variety of keyboards, and the backing vocals become more choral. The following two songs, 'Stagnation' and 'Dusk,' generally follow this trend, and fittingly, they are a bit more ponderous than those on the first side. Finally, on 'The Knife,' the last song on Trespass, we get a good look at the Genesis to come. While there are some flashes of brilliance on the first five songs, the difference between them and 'The Knife' is stark. Luckily, the band chose 'The Knife' as its direction for its next few albums.

Most of the strengths of Trespass relate directly to lead singer and lyricist Peter Gabriel. Gabriel's somewhat rough voice demands a lot of space, and on Trespass there are plenty of passages during which the instrumentation is relatively unassuming, at least for Genesis. This works well, giving Gabriel the legroom he needs, not only for his voice, but for the listener to absorb his lyrics. Just four years later, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway would suffer from the near-impossibly of balancing the band's complex arrangements with the desire to highlight Gabriel's voice. But for most of Trespass, this isn't much of an issue. The lyrics (which I'm assuming were written by Gabriel) are perceptive and smart - - but generally not pedantic.

If Genesis has broken up after releasing Trespass, I might rate it higher, but unfairly or not, I consider it nonessential simply because there's nothing here - - not even 'The Knife' - - that Genesis won't surpass several times over their next three albums. In nearly every respect, Trespass seems to have served as a necessary prototype for their best Gabriel-era albums: Selling England by the Pound and Foxtrot. So this is one for Genesis fans and Peter Gabriel fans. For anyone else, I'd suggest Foxtrot or Selling England.

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