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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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Lamb Lies Down on BroadwayLamb Lies Down on Broadway
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Selling England By The PoundSelling England By The Pound
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Trick of the Tail (CD/DVD)Trick of the Tail (CD/DVD)
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And Then There Were ThreeAnd Then There Were Three
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GENESIS discography


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

2.58 | 957 ratings
From Genesis To Revelation
1969
4.16 | 1957 ratings
Trespass
1970
4.41 | 2655 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1971
4.60 | 3048 ratings
Foxtrot
1972
4.63 | 3516 ratings
Selling England By The Pound
1973
4.29 | 2482 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1974
4.27 | 2154 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail
1976
4.09 | 1629 ratings
Wind And Wuthering
1976
3.43 | 1206 ratings
...And Then There Were Three...
1978
3.49 | 1202 ratings
Duke
1980
2.56 | 1054 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.74 | 1043 ratings
Genesis
1983
2.43 | 1072 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.64 | 970 ratings
We Can't Dance
1991
2.50 | 841 ratings
Calling All Stations
1997

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

3.97 | 802 ratings
Genesis Live
1973
4.31 | 824 ratings
Seconds Out
1977
3.43 | 425 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
2.07 | 311 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume One - The Shorts
1992
2.84 | 322 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume Two - The Longs
1993
3.21 | 277 ratings
Live Over Europe 2007
2007

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

4.41 | 134 ratings
In Concert 1976
1977
3.11 | 71 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
3.35 | 56 ratings
The Mama Tour
1985
2.49 | 49 ratings
Visible Touch (VHS)
1987
3.33 | 41 ratings
A History Of Genesis
1991
3.38 | 74 ratings
The Way We Walk (DVD)
2001
3.92 | 52 ratings
The Genesis Songbook
2001
2.89 | 27 ratings
Inside Genesis 1975-1980
2003
3.21 | 91 ratings
Invisible Touch - Live At Wembley (DVD)
2004
3.05 | 71 ratings
The Video Show
2004
3.96 | 79 ratings
Genesis Live Video
2004
2.83 | 32 ratings
Inside Genesis The Gabriel Years 1970-1975
2004
2.94 | 14 ratings
Rock Review - A Critical Retrospective
2005
2.38 | 36 ratings
The Gabriel Era
2006
3.79 | 50 ratings
In London
2007
3.70 | 11 ratings
Up Close And Personal (DVD and book set)
2007
4.15 | 154 ratings
When In Rome
2008
3.58 | 12 ratings
Land of confusion
2010
2.48 | 27 ratings
Sum Of The Parts
2014

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

5.00 | 1 ratings
Presenting Genesis
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
70's Pop Sound
1974
4.40 | 5 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume One
1975
4.80 | 5 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume Two
1975
2.60 | 48 ratings
Reflection - Rock Theatre
1975
4.12 | 22 ratings
The Best...
1976
2.35 | 14 ratings
Genesis in Concert
1977
4.05 | 2 ratings
The Story Of Genesis
1978
4.08 | 6 ratings
Nursery Cryme / Foxtrot
1979
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Genesis
1981
4.00 | 2 ratings
Genesis
1981
3.50 | 2 ratings
Genesis
1989
1.00 | 2 ratings
The Vertigo Years
1990
2.41 | 28 ratings
Turn It On Again - Best Of 81-83
1991
4.29 | 231 ratings
Archive 1967-1975
1998
3.02 | 23 ratings
The Original Album
1998
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Greatest
1998
2.23 | 99 ratings
Turn It On Again - The Hits
1999
2.94 | 133 ratings
Archive 2 1976 - 1992
2000
3.18 | 90 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2004
1.92 | 19 ratings
14 From Our Past
2007
3.48 | 89 ratings
Genesis 1983-1998
2007
2.20 | 40 ratings
Turn It On Again The Hits -The Tour Edition
2007
3.90 | 120 ratings
Genesis 1976 - 1982
2007
4.51 | 182 ratings
Genesis 1970 -75
2008
3.76 | 89 ratings
Genesis Live 1973 - 2007
2009
4.13 | 8 ratings
The Movie Box
2009
1.33 | 3 ratings
The Magic Of Time
2013
2.06 | 26 ratings
R-Kive
2014

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

2.56 | 28 ratings
The Silent Sun / That's Me
1968
2.55 | 20 ratings
A Winter's Tale / One-Eyed Hound
1968
2.50 | 11 ratings
GENESIS
1969
4.03 | 49 ratings
The Knife
1971
4.03 | 15 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1972
3.16 | 52 ratings
Happy The Man
1972
4.05 | 63 ratings
Twilight Alehouse
1973
4.27 | 56 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1973
4.64 | 20 ratings
Watcher of the Skies
1973
3.43 | 7 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / After The Ordeal
1973
3.13 | 8 ratings
I Know What I Like / More Fool Me
1973
3.67 | 6 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Promo)
1974
4.09 | 45 ratings
Counting Out Time
1974
4.25 | 53 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room
1975
4.13 | 41 ratings
Counting Out Time / Riding The Scree
1975
4.42 | 12 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1975
3.50 | 17 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1975
3.54 | 16 ratings
The Carpet Crawl
1975
4.41 | 22 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
3.03 | 17 ratings
Ripples
1976
3.92 | 35 ratings
Entangled
1976
3.29 | 19 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1976
4.44 | 9 ratings
Entangled / Ripples
1976
4.27 | 11 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Squonk
1976
4.11 | 9 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Carpet Crawl
1976
3.00 | 6 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Carpet Crawl
1977
2.99 | 129 ratings
Spot the pigeon
1977
3.07 | 10 ratings
Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode)
1978
3.19 | 46 ratings
Follow You Follow Me
1978
3.99 | 39 ratings
Many Too Many
1978
3.41 | 39 ratings
Duchess/Open Door
1980
2.87 | 38 ratings
Misunderstanding
1980
3.75 | 39 ratings
Turn it on again
1980
2.65 | 30 ratings
No reply at all
1981
2.81 | 50 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.87 | 35 ratings
Keep it dark
1981
2.41 | 32 ratings
3 X 3
1982
4.00 | 13 ratings
The Lady Lies
1982
2.96 | 15 ratings
Paperlate picture 7''
1982
2.66 | 25 ratings
Man On The Corner
1982
2.92 | 5 ratings
Turn It On Again (Live)
1982
3.75 | 4 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Counting Out Time
1982
3.00 | 4 ratings
Follow You, Follow Me / A Trick Of The Tail
1983
4.45 | 11 ratings
Home By The Sea
1983
4.28 | 27 ratings
Firth Of Fifth
1983
3.13 | 48 ratings
Mama
1983
2.86 | 32 ratings
That's All
1983
2.20 | 30 ratings
Illegal Alien
1983
2.35 | 18 ratings
Taking it all too hard
1984
2.50 | 2 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight Exclusive Candid Interview
1986
2.41 | 41 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.26 | 30 ratings
Throwing It All Away
1986
1.97 | 32 ratings
In Too Deep
1986
2.56 | 50 ratings
Land of Confusion
1986
3.39 | 31 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight 12''
1987
3.50 | 22 ratings
Tonight, Tonight Tonight Tonight 7''
1987
3.76 | 33 ratings
No Son Of Mine
1991
1.60 | 5 ratings
We Can't Dance (Special Edition Volkswagen)
1991
2.56 | 16 ratings
Tell Me Why 5'' Cd single
1992
2.72 | 27 ratings
Jesus He Knows Me 5'' CD single
1992
2.60 | 35 ratings
I Can't Dance
1992
2.55 | 29 ratings
Hold On My Heart
1992
2.31 | 17 ratings
Never a Time
1993
2.84 | 13 ratings
Tell me why
1993
1.84 | 39 ratings
Congo
1997
2.52 | 29 ratings
Shipwrecked
1997
2.54 | 32 ratings
Not About Us
1998
3.25 | 32 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers 1999 5' promo CD
1999

GENESIS Reviews


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 Invisible Touch - Live At Wembley (DVD) by GENESIS album cover DVD/Video, 2004
3.21 | 91 ratings

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Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by uduwudu

3 stars IMVHO Genesis are playing symphonic prog rock in the '80s and doing so very well. The music and sound is updated and very crisp. Beautiful touches during the songs show the fluency of the playing. Here, Daryl Sturmer plays bass (I think he covers the Hackett guitar parts while Rutherford does his own) e.g. Los Endos which I have to say makes me want to hear more of the '76 - '78 era. The bright '80s numbers have hardness and clarity.

Of course the mystical sounds of ATOTT, WOW and ATTWT are displaced alienating fans of those and earlier eras. This is the trouble with "progressive"; the term at least implies change and fans are often not keen on that! But I think it's a tribute to Genesis that not only do they change with the times they do so very successfully and bring their music to larger audience of all of whom deserve it. I would have liked a Duke's Travels to emphasize the musical talent here. However, there are many fine instrumental performances, Drum Duet, Abacab (terrific), Domino and Home By The Sea spring to mind and the punch and power is very present.

Phil the actor hams things up with a Blues Brothers tribute intro of the band. Might have been best left to a solo gig as after Los Endos I kind of really wanted more of that era and suits Genesis more than a medley of tunes best done in a pub or one of Phil's own gigs - soul numbers are fine but I think Genesis fans might have preferred say, One For The Vine. Oddly no sign of Follow You Follow Me which would have fit very well.

It's an incomplete concert which is a shame so a full 5 stars cannot be given. Well produced and impeccably and enthusiastically performed. It's dramatically staged and filmed well and during a massive outdoor concert, well during 4 actually.

If it were complete and had a 2 CD set included then 4 stars minimum. I think it's excellent but not perfect. So 3 1/2 i.e. 3...

A fine DVD and well recommended.

 Live - The Way We Walk Volume One - The Shorts by GENESIS album cover Live, 1992
2.07 | 311 ratings

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Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Chicapah
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The contrast between what the entity known as Genesis had turned into in the 80s compared to what they'd been in the 70s is unparalleled not only in the annals of progressive rock but in modern music history in general. The abject nonconformist, take-it-or-leave-it attitude that permeated their albums from "Trespass" to "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" left when charismatic front man Peter Gabriel departed the fold to pursue his own muse up Solsbury Hill. While the band straddled the wobbly fence between prog and pop for several years, the lure of Top 40 hit singles and clever MTV videos finally pulled them over into the less-challenging latter category. It's easy to accuse them of selling out but it's also hard to imagine Phil Collins wearing a red dress and a fox's head onstage, for that matter. Something had to change. I think slowly but surely they became more inclined to follow the easy money trail than to take adventurous detours and risk rejection. Perhaps they had no choice. But the radio-friendly songs that populate this live album are about as far from the innovative genius of cuts like "Supper's Ready" and "Firth of Fifth" as the North Pole is from its Southern counterpart. Still, this is what the majority of the new fans they'd harvested by the time they embarked upon their '87 and '92 tours had showed up to hear and Genesis dutifully delivered their decidedly un-prog creations into their ears sans even a smidgen of guilt. Now, had I sat through this CD when it was released in January 1993 I would've become clinically depressed by the time it was over. However, the passing of almost a quarter of a century has lent me a modicum of perspective and I was able to at least admire the members' impeccable professionalism and musical prowess for their own sakes.

They start off with "Land of Confusion" and I was pleased to hear their in-concert version wasn't as jarring as the studio one that still bugs the crap out of me and makes my teeth rattle. The tune also never fails to summon into my consciousness unwelcome images of the macabre rubber puppets they featured in the over-aired video that I can go the rest of my days without seeing again. On the plus side, though, Collins' voice is strong and confident and, sadly for civilization, the caustic lyrics are still politically relevant. "No Son of Mine" is next and it benefits from being a decent number included on the surprisingly worthwhile "We Can't Dance" album they were in the midst of promoting on this junket. Chester Thompson's fat snare and powerful drumming is gnarly and, once again, the words carry a timeless message that continues to resonate today. "Jesus He Knows Me" follows and, as a Christian, I've always wholly approved of this song's biting sarcasm that reflected the disgusting, dollar-grubbing TV evangelism that characterized that era. Phil's cartoonish plea for donations from the crowd at the end is a hoot, too. I kinda dreaded sitting through "Throwing It All Away" but Collins' Freddy Mercury-styled call-and-answer scatting during the before and after segments kept their live rendition from falling into a too-maudlin rut. The number actually has a nice, "punchy" feel. At this juncture I was thinking I'd misjudged the whole endeavor but the rest of the album proved to be all too predictable.

"I Can't Dance" is an odd duck from the get go (in a bad way) and it doesn't show any improvement here. It just doesn't take me anywhere I wanna go. I suppose the fancy lighting and visuals helped. "Mama" has never been one of my favorites because it was the highlighted track from what I consider their worst album, the infernally lame "Genesis" LP from '83. To me it showcases a complete lack of imagination in their songwriting acumen and a willingness to settle for less on the part of Phil, Mike and Tony. The tune is extremely repetitious and uneventful. In addition, Collins' forced cackle does nothing for me whatsoever. "Hold On My Heart" has a very hotel lounge-ish aura that emphasizes the number's sappy romantic theme but, like so many of their love songs, it's downright boring to the extreme. I'm certain it thrilled no end the youngsters who came to hear Phil croon, though. "That's All" is next and it's one of the offerings from the aforementioned nadir-of-their-catalogue LP that signified their intent to leave progressive rock and my loyalty to their cause behind, choking in the dust of their limos. The pointless guitar noodling in the late going is patronizingly trite and, thus, unforgivingly offensive. "In Too Deep" follows and it's yet another slow-dance-high-school-prom-anthem that only serves to make me drowsy because they play it note-for- note. On "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" the electronic Latin percussion does manage to pick the mood up from basement level but it's another specimen of pedestrian arena rock at best. From there they segue right into the incredibly vapid "Invisible Touch," their blatantly commercial ditty that has embarrassingly inane lyrics to match. The audience eats it up like free candy but it only reminds me of how low they were willing to go to keep the gravy train rolling.

This CD rose to the #3 spot on the UK charts but in the US it stalled at #35. Nonetheless, they sold out every venue on their world-wide supporting tours, averaging a staggering 56,000 in attendance at every stop. They probably set themselves up for life but at what cost? Once an avid fanatic, by the time this came out I'd lost all interest in what they were doing. Nowadays if I want to revisit what they sounded like in person when they were still pushing the progressive envelope and knocking down walls I'll reach for "Seconds Out" or, even better, any of the amazing live recordings contained in their outstanding 4-disc "Archives" collection when Peter was still out in front. This one's strictly for the "Greatest Hits" bunch. It's passable but it sure ain't prog. 2.5 stars.

 A Trick Of The Tail by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.27 | 2154 ratings

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A Trick Of The Tail
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by aglasshouse

5 stars The end is not yet...

A Trick of the Tail was released in 1976 by what many people believed to be posthumously, due to the departure of everyone's favorite sophisticated stage-clown, Peter Gabriel, the year prior. Desperately, the band tried to find a new vocalist, going through about 100 auditions in order to find one. What they didn't realize until later was they already had a vocalist in their midst- Phil Collins. Before Trick Collins hadn't had a large lead vocal repertoire in the band, in fact the only song where he did was 'More Fool Me', an acoustic ballad off of Selling England By the Pound in 1973. The limelight was set his major frontman debut and this was the product. How does it fair?

It's a loaded question, really. With such a monumental shift in front-men some comparisons should be made between the qualities of their styles. For one, Phil Collins grew into his stage presence fairly well; he had a warm atmosphere that greatly contrasted with Gabriel's theatrical vivaciousness (with a sort of separation between audience and band by some proverbial means). In the studio Collins remained the same: a skilled and intricate drummer whose experimentations have influenced the likes of Neil Peart with their complexity. Let's not hasten to forget the other members, however. Banks is as ever a fantastic song writer and the mastermind behind some of the best songs on the album, such as 'Mad Man Moon', 'Robbery, Assault and Battery', and the title track (not bad on the keys either). Rutherford and Hackett of course are fantastic on the strings, creating some of the best hooks Genesis has ever had.

The album itself is interesting because it both reserved and boisterous at the same time. The synth hits are it perfect spots at serve as sort of climactic cannon shots every time they appear. The songs themselves can range from powerful swagger like 'Dance on a Volcano' and 'Squonk', or soft-spoken like 'Entangled' (funnily enough sounding like it took a lot of inspiration from 'More Fool Me') and 'Ripples. It also may be worth it to mention that this album features much of what the hated 80's Genesis would continue to have: groovy bass pedals from Rutherford, atmospheric yet lumbering chords followed with the echo of Collins' voice shouting self-conjoined harmonies into the symphonic fray. What I believe this album has that the albums following didn't have (aside from the band's eponymous from '83 and some certain selections from other albums) is the stoic refinement that were left from the over-the-top self indulgent days of Peter Gabriel's reign. This refinement would go on to be more like residue with the music becoming less and less subtle as their discography progressed.

Trick of the Tail combines the good parts of both Genesis eras- the elegance of Gabriel and the freewheeling of Collins. If you looking for the true best of both world then this album is the prime example of what you're looking for.

 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.29 | 2482 ratings

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The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review nş 79

As all we know, Genesis is a British progressive rock group formed in 1967 when Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford were students at Charterhouse School at Godalming, in Surrey. The band reached their highest point when they saw joined to them Steve Hackett and Phil Collins. After the recording of three studio albums "Nursery Crime" in 1971, "Foxtrot" in 1972 and "Selling England By The Pound" in 1973, which are, in general, considered their best studio works, Genesis decided to make a new studio album, "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway".

"The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" is their sixth studio album. It's a very ambitious album, a double conceptual album, which was recorded and released in 1974, and it marked the culmination of the group's early history, and which became a landmark in the progressive rock music. It's a conceptual album with a very involved story and a large cast of characters. The album tells a surrealistic story of a young Puerto Rican delinquent named Rael who lives in New York swept to an alternate dimension with bizarre creatures and other hazards to rescue his brother John. The story describes his spiritual journey and his quest to establish his freedom and identity. Several events and places described are derived from Gabriel's dreams, and the protagonist's name is also a pun of his own surname.

Although, despite all the songs have been signed by all band's members, the music of most of them were only written by Banks, Collins, Hackett and Rutherford, without the participation of Gabriel, who wrote the story and all the lyrics alone. This fact created a very strange situation with Gabriel writing apart from the others. On their previous albums writing music has always been a group's effort and the lyrics always were written by various members of the band. That fact caused great tension in the group, especially and particularly because Rutherford had suggested originally a conceptual album based on "The Little Prince", a famous novel by the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

"The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" marks also the strained relations between the band's members, particularly between Banks and Gabriel. So, it wasn't a completely strange thing that during "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" live tour, Gabriel have announced to his band colleagues that he had decided to leave the group. However, he fully fulfilled his commitments with the band to the conclusion of the entire live tour.

In contrast to the other albums made by Genesis, "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" is a collection of short tracks. Originally, the album was released as a double vinyl disc with four sides and twenty three tracks. The album is set up in a remarkable fashion, with the first LP being devoted to more oriented rock songs and the second being largely devoted to more instrumental tracks. So, the first LP is without any question, far more direct than the second. It contains a number of masterpieces, such as the eponymous first track "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway", the fifth track "In The Cage" and the tenth track "The Carpet Crawlers". These three tracks of the album are some of the most favourite's songs for the band and were frequently performed by them, on their live shows even as solo artists.

"The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" is a massive monolith among the works of Genesis. It's their only double studio album, it's their only true conceptual album, it's their last release with Gabriel and it's their only album that was played in full on the accompanying live tour. So, many things about this album are remarkable. The music is ethereal at times and groovy at others and the lyrics on the album are very polished. It also has already been mentioned by some that describes this album as the Genesis's most American work. This is a very special album in their entire musical career.

Conclusion: "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" is a colossal and a fantastic studio work. It's largely a Gabriel's conceptual album, and it's also unfortunately, his swansong with Genesis. Despite the conceptual and musical differences, "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" is for Genesis at the same level as "Tales From Topographic Oceans" is for Yes. Who've read my review about "Tales From Topographic Oceans", knows that I love that album too. However, the mainly difference between these two pieces of music is that "Tales From Topographic Oceans" is a very controversial album and very few consensual for fans, prog heads and even for the band's members themselves. While with "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway", it isn't the same thing. But above all, it's a pity that after this extraordinary album Gabriel had to leave the band. However, in every way, this is a considerable and lasting achievement work and it will be always a milestone in the entire band's work. They had gone as far as they could together, and the simple question is this. What would have been Genesis, if Gabriel remained in the group? We will never know, really. The true is that with his last participation on "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway", Gabriel left the band through the front door.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.63 | 3516 ratings

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Selling England By The Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Scorpius

5 stars This album personally is my favorite Genesis record. The concept, the lyrics and the music tie together perfectly to create the greatest 53 minutes and 50 seconds of your life.Dancing with the Moonlit Knight and Firth of fifth are both classic prog epics, while The Battle of Epping Forest and Cinema show boast some of the greatest instrumentation by Genesis. Not to mention Firth of Fifth has one of the greatest guitar solos ever to grace a Genesis song. I know what I like (in your wardrobe) was a surprise hit, and definitely a highlight on the album. After the Ordeal is an underrated gem for me, and really a great instrumental. More Fool Me is probably the only track I could do without, but its still a good one. Overall, this is an amazing album and a must have for any prog fan.

Overall Track rating: "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" - 9/10 "I know what I like (In your Wardrobe)" - 8/10 "Firth of Fifth" - 10/10 "More Fool Me - 6/10 "The Battle of Epping Forest" - 8.5/10 "After the Ordeal" - 7.5/10 "Cinema Show" - 10/10

 Turn It On Again (Live) by GENESIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
2.92 | 5 ratings

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Turn It On Again (Live)
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars In june 1982 GENESIS released their "Three Sides Live" album (which was mainly recorded in 1981), and to promote the album they also toured in August-September 1982 with their "Three Sides Live Encore Tour", playing some songs that the live album included and also some songs which were not included in the album. Like in previous tours since 1978, the band was a trio (Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford ) augmented by drummer Chester Thompson and guitarist / bassist Daryl Stuermer. Also during that year, PHIL COLLINS and MIKE RUTHERFORD released their respective second solo albums ("Hello...I Must Be Going!", in November, and "Acting Very Strange", in September), and their former lead singer PETER GABRIEL also released a solo album (in September, titled "Peter Gabriel" AKA "Security" or "Peter Gabriel 4"). All this activity during 1982 also included a very special event: a benefit concert, in October 2, with a reunion of the "Classic " line-up of the band (Banks, Collins, Rutherford, Gabriel, and playing with them in the Encores, Steve Hackett; with Thompson and Stuermer also playing with them) called "Six of the Best", in Milton Keynes, U.K., to help Gabriel to recover of financial problems that he had during the making of the first WOMAD Festival. Unfortunately, apparently that reunion in October 1982 was not profesionally recorded or filmed, but there are a lot of photos available from the event plus several audience recordings of various qualities which shows the band playing and singing with some mistakes (they only had time to rehearse for one day for that concert!).

One of the songs they played in that concert was "Turn It On Again", which had the very rare appearance of Peter Gabriel playing the drums (Chester Thompson's drum kit) while Phil Collins was singing the song, with Gabriel and Collins playing the drums together in the final parts of the song.

The live version of "Turn It On Again" which was included in this single was taken from the "Three Sides Live" album, with Chester Thompson on drums on most parts of the song and with Collins also playing the drums at the end of the song with Thompson. I have to say that the "Three Sides Live" album has a very good recording and mixing, and shows the band playing very well, with Collins's vocals showing some changes, sounding more "raw" and strong in comparison to previous years, but sounding very well, anyway, Stuermer plays a rhythm guitar while also playing bass pedals, and with Rutherford playing the very characteristic riff of this song on his guitar with Banks also playing it in one of his keyboards. It sounds like it is a simple Rock song, but the rhythm in fact is not so simple. There is also a promotional video of this song which I watched to on TV once in 1983 , which in fact was also included in the "Three Sides Live" concert video.

In the Side "B" of this single there is the song titled as "Who Dunnit?", which was taken from their "Abacab" album from 1981. Many people considers it as GENESIS's worst song ever. Despite the song has some funny moments, I consider it as their second worst song ever. As I wrote in other reviews, I consider "Illegal Alien" from their 1983 self-titled album as their worst song ever. "Who Dunnit?" is really "funny" in comparison.

 Trespass by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.16 | 1957 ratings

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Trespass
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

5 stars In their Gabriel-Banks-Rutherford-Hackett-Collins heyday, Genesis produced some incredible music, including some veritable masterpieces. However, despite all of the great material that came out from this line-up, they never released a true masterpiece album; each one, even my favourite, Nursery Cryme, had its flaws here or there. But without Hackett or Collins, while Genesis was still in its incubation phase so to speak, they somehow, and I'm sure you could attribute it to either youthful energy or beginner's luck, managed to pull off a perfect album. So while 1970's "Trespass" may not necessarily rise to the same absolute peaks as some of the band's later material, the album provides such a cohesive, intertwined pastoral journey that it is absolutely essential for any prog collector.

While this album is usually brushed aside as just folky, or just soft, with The Knife waking you up at the end, there really is much more subtlety and finesse to the whole experience, and it really gives a good diversity of moods. Take "Looking For Someone", for example. Peter Gabriel is obviously Peter Gabriel here, with his eccentric lyrics and melodramatic delivery giving a hazy, haunting opening. And what really makes this track, as well as the others on "Trespass", stand out in the Genesis catalog is the fact that, although Gabriel takes many poetic liberties in his libretto, the lyrics aren't quite as overblown as on "Foxtrot" or "The Lamb"; the sentiments still feel genuinely human.

Anyhow, after "Looking For Someone" erupts to a climax, the album does generally settle down in terms of intensity, though the energy is still prominent. As I said, the album is very consistent throughout and there are no serious standout tracks between "White Mountain" and "The Knife"; they're all quite excellent. Some particular moments do shine through, of course, but I'll leave those to you, the listener, to pick out.

With all of the mystery and enchantment of the British highland countryside that we see on the cover, "Trespass" takes the listener into territory seldom crossed, a genuinely breathtaking, human, but still magical, view of the often caricatured medieval imagery that prog dabbles in. 5 stars.

 Calling All Stations by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.50 | 841 ratings

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Calling All Stations
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

2 stars Nowadays everybody that follows music know about Genesis. The British band that in their heydays was the precursor and one of the best Pprogressive Rock bands out there.

Genesis fans are also very divided, or either you like the 70s or you like the 80s, very few in the middle. They were one of the rare cases of a band that went a completely different way from their initial phase and became huge, a succesful monster.

In 1991 thei released the last studio album with Phil Collins and 6 years later they decided to start again. New vocalist Ray Wilson was hired to fill the singing role while, as usual, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks provided the songs.

Now, granted, Calling All Stations is not a very bad record but it's not a very good record either. The problem with the album is that it's very average in everything. In therms of sound it's not all that different from the previous studio, We Can't Dance (that is very mediocre). Ray Wilson is not a bad singer but the problem is that he's either trying to sound sound like Phil Collins when Genesis is playing a 80's sounding track or he sounds like Peter Gabriel when the tracks ask for the 70's Genesis.

Songwriter wise the album is not very bad but we don't have any tracks that will stand out, it's just a mixed bag not very carefully thrown together. And that combined with the fact that everything sounds like or Peter Gabriel or Phil Collins makes it a bad record. Calling All Stations shouldn't have been released as a Genesis album it should have been released with another name on the cover. Same lineup but a different name could have given them more time to develope the whole project. Releasing it as a Genesis record has a shot in its own feet. So much so that not even the duo Rutherford/Banks mention this era. Differently from Ray Wilson that pretty much survive on Genesis music since then.

After all we have the worst possible thing for a record in Calling All Stations, which is: you're not very good and you're not very bad, you're just average. And average is the worst thing for any record ever released.

 Genesis 1970 -75 by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2008
4.51 | 182 ratings

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Genesis 1970 -75
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by CassandraLeo

2 stars I have to agree with the negative reviews here: the subpar sound quality ruins what should be the definitive retrospective of one of the definitive prog bands. The music here has become yet another victim of the loudness war, a trend in which modern records are mastered at increasingly loud volumes in a mistaken belief that doing this raises record sales. Unfortunately, since the peak of loudness that was attainable in a digital recording without sacrificing audio quality was already reached long ago, the only way to raise the loudness further is to break out the dynamic range compression, which has been raised to ridiculous levels in recent years. This trend now sucks much of the dynamic range out of the recording, which, as any Genesis fan worth their salt knows, is a large part of what made their music so appealing in the first place. It's like playing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with every note at equal volume: it misses the point of the original music. The loudness war frequently results in audible "pumping", where the artefacts of compression result in unnatural-sounding, rapid volume changes, or digital clipping, a phenomenon in which the troughs and peaks of waveforms are flattened and the sound comes out sounding muffled and distorted. It also frequently results in listener fatigue - the music a listener loves actually becomes tiresome to listen to.

I'll admit that this isn't the least dynamic recording to be released on a major label in recent years (it's not a Death Magnetic-level disaster, at least), but it's a major step down from any of the previously available sets, even the heavily EQ'd Atlantic "Definitive Edition Remasters" from 1994. The albums also often seem to have been remixed, which may be regarded by some listeners as an improvement since they reveal new details that were buried in previous mixes, but it may also be a huge distraction. Personally, I had no problem with the production on even the band's early albums, and trying to make them sound more like the drum sound of "In the Air Tonight" and "Mama", which seems to have been what the engineers here intended, does not strike me as an improvement - that sound worked wonderfully for those songs (which, unlike some Gabriel-era fanatics, I quite like), but it is not what was intended for this music, and remixing them this way is roughly comparable to hiring Ernest Hemingway to rewrite Shakespeare: Hemingway's writing may be wonderful for what it is, but Shakespeare's original works stand on their own and there is no need to rewrite them in a more "modern" style.

I'm giving this collection two stars because the packaging is nicely assembled, and the bonus material and 5.1 mixes will be of interest to hardcore fans (though the best of the bonus material already appeared on the Archive 1967-75 set). I also can't give any collection that contains Trespass, Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound, and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (arguably the finest five-album streak ever managed by any progressive rock band) one star. However, don't have any delusions: of the many ways available to hear this material, the CDs on this box set (as well as the concurrent standalone CD reissues) are the worst of them. My first recommendation is to track down original Charisma vinyl pressings (or good rips thereof), followed by the original Virgin/Charisma CDs. And even the heavily EQ'd "Definitive Edition Remasters" are vastly preferable to the versions available here.

In short, there is little point to this compilation apart from the 5.1 mixes (which will not be accessible to many listeners, myself included) and the bonus material (which is not momentous enough to justify purchasing six additional poorly mastered CDs). Most listeners who are interested in this collection will already have better-sounding versions of most of it, and those who do not are advised to track down those versions first and pick this set up only if they truly need to have everything.

 Foxtrot by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.60 | 3048 ratings

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Foxtrot
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars Try as I might, I just can't bring myself to truly love this fourth effort by prog giants Genesis.

This is a favourite of many and I can see why; it has just about everything Genesis is renowned for. The big issue I have with this album, though, and it may have to do with the production, who knows, is that it's simply not as interesting as the two albums that bookend it, Nursery Cryme and Selling England By The Pound. The first three songs just put me to sleep completely, the instrumental accompaniments sounding dull and uninspired and Peter Gabriel's alright singing not really helping. Can-Utility picks up the energy a bit, but even then it still pales in comparison to the material off of the albums before it.

Side two is considerably better than the first. "Horizons" is pleasant but little more, like "Harlequin" off of Nursery Cryme. It does serve its purpose as an interlude quite effectively, though. Following it is the reason that many consider this album to be a masterpiece, and certainly the reason why I've raised its rating from 2 to 3 stars: "Supper's Ready".

Initially I had my reservations about this song, feeling that it went on for too long and that some of the sillier sections could have easily been cut out. In all, I didn't appreciate it as I didn't find it "serious" enough to be a prog epic. But if one considers it in a more lighthearted fashion, it becomes quite an enjoyable experience. In a sense it can be likened to the "Bohemian Rhapsody" of classic prog, something not to be taken seriously, but respectable, and definitely enjoyable, nonetheless. While sections like "Willow Farm" are more or less silly head-bobbing music to sing along to goofily, the "Apocalypse in 9/8" section does feature some technically tight performances and segues very well into the over-the-top (in a good way) ending "As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs", which pulls out all the stops to include every ballad epic finale cliche in the book. But it works really well. Every time Peter Gabriel sings "to get back HOOOOooooOOOME!" on the resolving chord and Tony Banks gives those sumptuous keyboard sweeps, you can't help but rock along. After a disappointing start, the ending definitely compensates.

Ultimately this is a good album, if not exclusively for "Supper's Ready". However, I wouldn't consider this to be an essential Genesis release, or a starting point for discovering their discography. The roles of Genesis 101 would lie in either "Selling England By The Pound" or "Nursery Cryme" in my opinion, but this is definitely one to move onto once you've worn those two out and are starving for more.

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