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

2.54 | 1214 ratings
From Genesis to Revelation
1969
4.15 | 2428 ratings
Trespass
1970
4.42 | 3326 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1971
4.61 | 3787 ratings
Foxtrot
1972
4.64 | 4357 ratings
Selling England by the Pound
1973
4.31 | 3123 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
1974
4.28 | 2727 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
4.11 | 2047 ratings
Wind & Wuthering
1976
3.43 | 1524 ratings
...And Then There Were Three...
1978
3.50 | 1532 ratings
Duke
1980
2.61 | 1328 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.79 | 1323 ratings
Genesis
1983
2.49 | 1355 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.67 | 1232 ratings
We Can't Dance
1991
2.48 | 1058 ratings
Calling All Stations
1997

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

3.99 | 974 ratings
Genesis Live
1973
4.34 | 1005 ratings
Seconds Out
1977
3.48 | 542 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
2.14 | 374 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume One - The Shorts
1992
2.92 | 385 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume Two - The Longs
1993
3.26 | 345 ratings
Live Over Europe 2007
2007

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

4.48 | 170 ratings
In Concert 1976
1977
3.14 | 88 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
3.37 | 68 ratings
The Mama Tour
1985
2.51 | 56 ratings
Visible Touch (VHS)
1987
3.38 | 47 ratings
A History Of Genesis
1991
3.40 | 85 ratings
The Way We Walk (DVD)
2001
3.95 | 56 ratings
The Genesis Songbook
2001
2.90 | 33 ratings
Inside Genesis 1975-1980
2003
3.25 | 109 ratings
Invisible Touch - Live At Wembley (DVD)
2004
3.07 | 83 ratings
The Video Show
2004
3.97 | 95 ratings
Genesis Live Video
2004
2.88 | 40 ratings
Inside Genesis The Gabriel Years 1970-1975
2004
3.03 | 18 ratings
Rock Review - A Critical Retrospective
2005
2.49 | 42 ratings
The Gabriel Era
2006
3.78 | 63 ratings
In London
2007
3.62 | 15 ratings
Up Close And Personal (DVD and book set)
2007
4.16 | 182 ratings
When In Rome
2008
3.50 | 14 ratings
Land of Confusion
2010
2.44 | 38 ratings
Sum Of The Parts
2014

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

3.32 | 6 ratings
Presenting Genesis
1974
3.18 | 3 ratings
70's Pop Sound
1974
4.18 | 9 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume One
1975
4.25 | 9 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume Two
1975
2.68 | 57 ratings
Reflection - Rock Theatre
1975
4.08 | 27 ratings
The Best...
1976
2.55 | 17 ratings
Genesis in Concert
1977
3.53 | 5 ratings
The Story Of Genesis
1978
4.20 | 18 ratings
Nursery Cryme / Foxtrot
1979
3.13 | 4 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1981
3.10 | 2 ratings
Genesis
1981
2.38 | 5 ratings
Genesis
1981
5.00 | 2 ratings
Genesis
1989
1.00 | 4 ratings
The Vertigo Years
1990
2.33 | 34 ratings
Turn It On Again - Best Of 81-83
1991
4.28 | 275 ratings
Archive 1967-1975
1998
2.74 | 25 ratings
The Original Album
1998
2.20 | 5 ratings
The Greatest
1998
2.26 | 114 ratings
Turn It On Again - The Hits
1999
3.00 | 155 ratings
Archive #2 1976-1992
2000
3.20 | 101 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2004
2.08 | 21 ratings
14 From Our Past
2007
3.53 | 102 ratings
Genesis 1983-1998
2007
2.21 | 47 ratings
Turn It On Again The Hits -The Tour Edition
2007
3.93 | 138 ratings
Genesis 1976 - 1982
2007
4.53 | 216 ratings
Genesis 1970 -75
2008
3.81 | 105 ratings
Genesis Live 1973 - 2007
2009
4.40 | 15 ratings
The Movie Box
2009
1.50 | 6 ratings
The Magic Of Time
2013
2.26 | 44 ratings
R-Kive
2014
1.75 | 4 ratings
The Last Domino?
2021

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

2.52 | 34 ratings
The Silent Sun / That's Me
1968
2.59 | 28 ratings
A Winter's Tale / One-Eyed Hound
1968
2.66 | 19 ratings
GENESIS
1969
4.10 | 61 ratings
The Knife
1971
4.16 | 24 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1972
3.18 | 60 ratings
Happy The Man
1972
4.04 | 73 ratings
Twilight Alehouse
1973
4.24 | 67 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1973
4.55 | 37 ratings
Watcher of the Skies
1973
3.94 | 18 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / After The Ordeal
1973
3.56 | 18 ratings
I Know What I Like / More Fool Me
1973
4.33 | 18 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Promo)
1974
4.18 | 55 ratings
Counting Out Time
1974
4.34 | 66 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room
1975
4.23 | 51 ratings
Counting Out Time / Riding The Scree
1975
4.58 | 24 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1975
3.62 | 26 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1975
3.87 | 28 ratings
The Carpet Crawl
1975
4.38 | 34 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
3.33 | 30 ratings
Ripples
1976
3.95 | 46 ratings
Entangled
1976
3.33 | 33 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1976
4.57 | 21 ratings
Entangled / Ripples
1976
4.48 | 23 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Squonk
1976
4.06 | 16 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Carpet Crawl
1976
3.71 | 14 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Carpet Crawl
1977
2.99 | 157 ratings
Spot the pigeon
1977
3.12 | 14 ratings
Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode)
1978
3.22 | 57 ratings
Follow You Follow Me
1978
3.98 | 47 ratings
Many Too Many
1978
3.41 | 48 ratings
Duchess/Open Door
1980
2.90 | 47 ratings
Misunderstanding
1980
3.75 | 51 ratings
Turn it on again
1980
2.75 | 38 ratings
No reply at all
1981
2.90 | 59 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.67 | 43 ratings
Keep it dark
1981
2.36 | 44 ratings
3 X 3
1982
3.92 | 17 ratings
The Lady Lies
1982
2.80 | 16 ratings
Paperlate picture 7''
1982
2.89 | 33 ratings
Man On The Corner
1982
2.85 | 8 ratings
Turn It On Again (Live)
1982
4.22 | 9 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Counting Out Time
1982
3.78 | 9 ratings
Follow You, Follow Me / A Trick Of The Tail
1983
4.26 | 18 ratings
Home By The Sea
1983
4.36 | 34 ratings
Firth Of Fifth
1983
3.06 | 58 ratings
Mama
1983
3.03 | 40 ratings
That's All
1983
2.28 | 41 ratings
Illegal Alien
1983
2.52 | 23 ratings
Taking it all too hard
1984
2.33 | 6 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight Exclusive Candid Interview
1986
2.41 | 50 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.39 | 38 ratings
Throwing It All Away
1986
2.06 | 40 ratings
In Too Deep
1986
2.61 | 60 ratings
Land of Confusion
1986
3.42 | 36 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight 12''
1987
3.56 | 25 ratings
Tonight, Tonight Tonight Tonight 7''
1987
3.68 | 41 ratings
No Son Of Mine
1991
1.64 | 11 ratings
We Can't Dance (Special Edition Volkswagen)
1991
2.39 | 18 ratings
Tell Me Why 5'' Cd single
1992
2.58 | 34 ratings
Jesus He Knows Me 5'' CD single
1992
2.52 | 42 ratings
I Can't Dance
1992
2.62 | 34 ratings
Hold On My Heart
1992
2.31 | 20 ratings
Never a Time
1993
2.79 | 19 ratings
Tell me why
1993
3.25 | 8 ratings
...Calling All Stations... Album Sampler...
1997
1.90 | 51 ratings
Congo
1997
2.56 | 36 ratings
Shipwrecked
1997
2.46 | 39 ratings
Not About Us
1998
2.89 | 38 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers 1999 promo CD
1999

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 Invisible Touch by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1986
2.49 | 1355 ratings

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Invisible Touch
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by BBKron

2 stars The band at their most 'poppy', yet there are still some good songs here. You have to get past such lightweight disposable (and somewhat annoying) pop fluff like 'Invisible Touch' and 'Anything She Does', but 'Throwing It All Away' is a genuinely beautiful pop ballad and 'Land of Confusion' is a solid quirky rocker. They even throw a bone to whatever remains of their prog-rock fans with 'Domino' and parts of 'Tonight Tonight Tonight', that keep the prog elements ever so faintly burning. And the oddball instrumental 'The Brazilian' could have been something if it went anywhere (after intriguing opening sections, the song just repeats itself after the first 2 min.). So, definitely a very mixed bag here, with some of their worst crap, but also some worthwhile elements.
 We Can't Dance by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1991
2.67 | 1232 ratings

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We Can't Dance
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by BBKron

3 stars A bit stronger album than many give it credit for, but a far cry from their glory prog days. Still, it does have a couple standout tracks, and there are a few quite good songs here (although firmly in the the more pop-rock style), and the album comes in at a whopping 71 minutes, basically a double album in length, and I never fault a band for giving their audience more music for the same price. Yes there are some lackluster tracks here that just go by relatively unnoticed, but more than enough good songs to make a decent album, and overall, just a pleasant listening experience. Not too exciting, but nice. Best songs: 'Dreaming While You Sleep', 'Fading Lights', 'Living Forever', 'Tell Me Why'. Worst song: 'I Can't Dance'.
 Genesis by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.79 | 1323 ratings

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Genesis
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by BBKron

3 stars This album gets dumped on a lot, but actually, I really like this album and consider it a great comeback after the dismal Abacab. Sure, it is not in the same league as the 'classics', but overall is still a solid album. Great sound throughout and a return to a more suitable and familiar Genesis style, mixing pop and rock with progressive flourishes throughout. The standout tracks include the 'Home by the Sea'-'Second Home' combo, 'Silver Rainbow', and 'It's Gonna Get Better' (all proudly showing at least some remnants of their prog elements). And the singles are mostly good, with 'That's All' a wonderfully fun pop ditty and 'Taking it All Too Hard' a beautiful love ballad. Only the regrettable 'Illegal Alien' and the irritatingly creepy 'Mama' keep this from being a really great album. Still a darn good one.
 ...And Then There Were Three... by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.43 | 1524 ratings

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...And Then There Were Three...
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by BBKron

3 stars Surprisingly strong album considering this followed the loss of guitarist extraordinaire and composer Steve Hackett (and was not replaced with another guitarist). Yes, there is a noticeable shift in style, but several excellent tracks here. With Hackett gone, the sound is even more keyboard-oriented, with Tony Banks dominating the sound, but he creates many very effective soundscapes. Several songs have quite beautiful melodies and themes. They purposely went for shorter songs here in order to fit more songs on, but the style and structure are still very much in the progressive rock vein. The only weakness here is that overall, there is somewhat of a sameness to the songs here (most likely due to the loss of a key songwriter and the more diverse sounds and styles that he brought). Some have tried to make the case that because this album contains the band's first actual hit single ('Follow You, Follow Me'), it signals their sellout, but the song is in the same vein and quite similar to other songs that they made much earlier in their career (such as 'I Know What I Like'), and is quite a good song. Overall a very good album, showing they could carry on as a threesome. Best songs: 'Burning Rope', 'Undertow', 'Deep in the Motherlode', 'Snowbound', 'The Lady Lies'. Weakest songs: 'Scene's From a Night's Dream', 'Say It's Alright Joe'.
 Trespass by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.15 | 2428 ratings

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Trespass
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by BBKron

4 stars Early Genesis finding their unique style, the first 'real' Genesis album, setting the stage for greater things to come, yet not quite hitting their stride yet. This was prior to Phil Collins and Steve Hackett joining the band, but guitarist Anthony Phillips sets the mood with his acoustic 12-string magic, and Banks' keyboard wizardry and Gabriel's vocals establish the basics of what is to come. The songs on Side One all have some really great moments, yet do not quite hold together completely (just not quite fully realized ? beautiful sections marred by other dull or lackluster sections). But they put it all together on Side Two, with three great songs, 'Stagnation' being the best, and 'The Knife' considered an early classic, with a darker and harder tone and style than the rest of the album. Overall, a very good, but not quite great album. Best songs 'Stagnation', 'Dusk', 'The Knife'. Weakest songs: 'Visions of Angels', 'White Mountain'.
 Duke by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.50 | 1532 ratings

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Duke
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by BBKron

4 stars Certainly the best album of the post-Hackett, 3-man band years. And although the album contains some soft ballads, it still is a quite masterful progressive rock album. Highlights are the songs included in the Duke Suite ('Behind the Lines', 'Duchess', 'Guide Vocal', 'Turn It On Again', 'Duke's Travels/Duke's End'), which were originally planned to be one multi-section 30-min epic song, but instead were divided up throughout the album. But it all works here, and the 'Duke's Travels/End' make a powerful album closer, reminiscent of their best progressive work. Even the hit single 'Misunderstanding' is a great 'pop' song, and 'Turn It On Again' is a rousing rocker. I would have been fine with the band continuing to include a couple of pop/rock hits like these per album, as long as the overall album also continued to provide good prog and the kind of depth and musicianship present here, but that was not to be on future albums. Still, a quite great album.
 Nursery Cryme by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.42 | 3326 ratings

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Nursery Cryme
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by BBKron

4 stars The arrival of newcomers Steve Hackett and drummer Phil Collins (and setting the 'classic' lineup) pays immediate dividends as Genesis solidifies their sound and establishes themselves as one of the greats of the burgeoning progressive rock scene at that time. The new kids are even given a song all their own to showcase themselves ('For Absent Friends'). Collins' dynamic drumming is immediately apparent (and the biggest step up from the previous album), and Hackett's inspired guitar work takes off from where Ant Phillips left off. Tracks such as 'The Musical Box' and 'Fountain of Salmacis' are great, enduring classics. However, it is not quite as consistently great as the band's very best albums. Personally, I have never liked the somewhat annoying and unpleasant epic 'Return of the Giant Hogweed' (although many consider it a classic). That as well as a couple other lesser tracks keep this from reaching the top tier of Genesis albums (masterpiece category), but it is nonetheles a very fine album, and sets the stage for their greater achievements to come.
 Wind & Wuthering by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.11 | 2047 ratings

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Wind & Wuthering
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by BBKron

5 stars Steve Hackett's last album with the band, yet dominated more by Tony Banks and Phil Collins, and still just a great album. They continue their tradition of great album openers and closers, with 'Eleventh Earl of Mars' and the stunning closing combo of the dynamic instrumental 'Into This Quiet Earth' and the transcendent 'Afterglow', perhaps their greatest soaring ballad (and bringing the power reminiscent of the finale sections of 'Supper's Ready'). 'One for the Vine' ranks among their greatest epic tracks and Hackett's 'Blood on the Rooftops' is beautifully sublime. If they would have included Hackett's wonderful 'Inside and Out' in place of the relatively weak 'All in a Mouse's Night' this could have ranked even higher ('Inside and Out' was relegated to the little-heard EP Spot The Pigeon). As it is this is a very strong album, generally quite under-rated, that ranks in the upper tier of Genesis albums. I would rate it as 4.5 stars, but since can't enter that here, I have to round up to 5 stars, as just can't go down to 4 for this mostly excellent album.
 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.31 | 3123 ratings

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The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by BBKron

5 stars Peter Gabriel's oddball epic adventure swan song with the band, a fantastic double album. In the first half (disc 1), every song is brilliant, just masterful, covering a variety of styles, but all fitting together perfectly. Sure, it's hard to follow or make much sense of the sprawling narrative of Rael's bizarre journey in this concept album, but the music is sensational. Based just on the first half, this album ranks quite near the top of Genesis' output. However, the listening experience does falter somewhat in the second half (disc 2). There's still a lot of great stuff there as well (such as 'The Lamia', 'Lilywhite Lilith', 'Anyway', etc.), but both the story and the music bogs down considerably here with some tedious and lackluster sections that diminish the whole to some degree. Some sections are nothing more than noises, sound effects, and moody atmosphere that bring the flow of the album to a standstill. I have to admit that in order to improve the experience of the 2nd half, I made my own edited version, removing the offending sections and making the whole thing fit on a single CD, and it is much more enjoyable, and now I can enjoy the whole thing (or nearly whole thing). Still a great album (with ~80 of the 94 minute runtime being superb), but the weak parts in the second half keep it from being a true 5-star masterpiece. I would still rate it as 4.5 stars, but since the ratings here don't have half stars, have to go with 5 stars for the brilliance of the first half. Best songs: 'Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging', 'In the Cage', 'Back in NYC', 'Cuckoo Cocoon', 'Chamber of 32 Doors', 'Hairless Heart', 'Carpet Crawlers'. Weakest songs: 'The Waiting Room', 'Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats', 'Ravine', 'Colony of Slippermen-The Arrival'.
 A Trick of the Tail by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.28 | 2727 ratings

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A Trick of the Tail
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by BBKron

5 stars With this album, their first without Peter Gabriel, the band not only proved they could survive the loss of Gabriel, but that they would thrive, as they went and produced one of their very best albums as well. First, the production and sound quality is brighter and cleaner than previous albums (previous engineer David Hentschel stepped into a producer role here), and the songs are generally a bit lighter and brighter as well (relative to the somewhat dark and ominous Lamb), yet just as strong of a progressive rock album. It also plays as more of a stylistic and engrossing whole, rather than as a collection of individual songs. Starting with the dynamic opener/closer combo of 'Dance on a Volcano' and 'Los Endos', the album shines from beginning to end. In between is an array of entertaining story songs, ranging from the gentle beauty of 'Entangled' and 'Ripples' to the engaging whimsy of 'Trick of the Tail' to the excitement and mystery of 'Robbery?' and 'Squonk' to the engrossingly beautiful epic 'Mad Mad Moon'. Every song is a gem. Best songs: 'Mad Mad Moon',' Dance on a Volcano/Los Endos', 'Entangled', 'Trick of the Tail', 'Ripples'. Weak songs: none
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