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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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GENESIS discography


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

2.58 | 929 ratings
From Genesis to Revelation
1969
4.16 | 1905 ratings
Trespass
1970
4.42 | 2595 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1971
4.60 | 2982 ratings
Foxtrot
1972
4.63 | 3441 ratings
Selling England By The Pound
1973
4.29 | 2426 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1974
4.27 | 2099 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
4.08 | 1585 ratings
Wind And Wuthering
1976
3.42 | 1171 ratings
...And Then There Were Three...
1978
3.48 | 1172 ratings
Duke
1980
2.56 | 1026 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.74 | 1014 ratings
Genesis
1983
2.43 | 1041 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.64 | 942 ratings
We Can't Dance
1991
2.51 | 821 ratings
Calling All Stations
1997

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

3.96 | 778 ratings
Genesis Live
1973
4.30 | 803 ratings
Seconds Out
1977
3.42 | 412 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
2.03 | 298 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume One - The Shorts
1992
2.82 | 309 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume Two - The Longs
1993
3.21 | 265 ratings
Live Over Europe 2007
2007

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

4.41 | 129 ratings
In Concert 1976
1977
3.10 | 67 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
3.37 | 53 ratings
The Mama Tour
1985
2.49 | 46 ratings
Visible Touch (VHS)
1987
3.31 | 37 ratings
A History Of Genesis
1991
3.38 | 74 ratings
The Way We Walk (DVD)
2001
3.91 | 49 ratings
The Genesis Songbook
2001
2.91 | 26 ratings
Inside Genesis 1975-1980
2003
3.22 | 88 ratings
Invisible Touch - Live At Wembley (DVD)
2004
3.04 | 69 ratings
The Video Show
2004
3.96 | 78 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
3.78 | 48 ratings
In London
2007
3.70 | 11 ratings
Up Close And Personal (DVD and book set)
2007
4.15 | 150 ratings
When In Rome
2008
3.58 | 12 ratings
Land of confusion
2010
2.47 | 25 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
4.25 | 4 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume One
1975
4.75 | 4 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 | 1 ratings
The Vertigo Years
1990
2.42 | 27 ratings
Turn It On Again - Best Of 81-83
1991
4.29 | 224 ratings
Archive 1967-1975
1998
3.05 | 22 ratings
The Original Album
1998
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Greatest
1998
2.23 | 96 ratings
Turn It On Again - The Hits
1999
2.93 | 127 ratings
Archive 2 1976 - 1992
2000
3.18 | 87 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2004
1.86 | 17 ratings
14 From Our Past
2007
3.46 | 83 ratings
Genesis 1983-1998
2007
2.15 | 36 ratings
Turn It On Again The Hits -The Tour Edition
2007
3.88 | 114 ratings
Genesis 1976 - 1982
2007
4.50 | 174 ratings
Genesis 1970 -75
2008
3.75 | 85 ratings
Genesis Live 1973 - 2007
2009
4.00 | 5 ratings
The Movie Box
2009
2.40 | 5 ratings
The Magic Of Time
2013
1.92 | 22 ratings
R-Kive
2014

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

2.56 | 27 ratings
The Silent Sun / That's Me
1968
2.55 | 19 ratings
A Winter's Tale / One-Eyed Hound
1968
2.50 | 11 ratings
GENESIS
1969
4.03 | 48 ratings
The Knife
1971
4.03 | 15 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1972
3.17 | 50 ratings
Happy The Man
1972
4.05 | 63 ratings
Twilight Alehouse
1973
4.30 | 54 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1973
4.68 | 18 ratings
Watcher of the Skies
1973
3.50 | 6 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / After The Ordeal
1973
3.00 | 6 ratings
I Know What I Like / More Fool Me
1973
3.50 | 4 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Promo)
1974
4.11 | 44 ratings
Counting Out Time
1974
4.25 | 52 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room
1975
4.15 | 40 ratings
Counting Out Time / Riding The Scree
1975
4.30 | 10 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1975
3.47 | 15 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1975
3.47 | 13 ratings
The Carpet Crawl
1975
4.47 | 17 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
2.88 | 14 ratings
Ripples
1976
3.92 | 33 ratings
Entangled
1976
3.31 | 17 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1976
4.43 | 7 ratings
Entangled / Ripples
1976
4.22 | 9 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Squonk
1976
4.13 | 8 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Carpet Crawl
1976
3.00 | 5 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Carpet Crawl
1977
2.98 | 125 ratings
Spot the pigeon
1977
3.04 | 7 ratings
Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode)
1978
3.18 | 44 ratings
Follow You Follow Me
1978
3.99 | 36 ratings
Many Too Many
1978
3.37 | 37 ratings
Duchess/Open Door
1980
2.86 | 37 ratings
Misunderstanding
1980
3.74 | 37 ratings
Turn it on again
1980
2.65 | 29 ratings
No reply at all
1981
2.80 | 48 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.83 | 33 ratings
Keep it dark
1981
2.38 | 30 ratings
3 X 3
1982
4.00 | 13 ratings
The Lady Lies
1982
2.96 | 14 ratings
Paperlate picture 7''
1982
2.60 | 23 ratings
Man On The Corner
1982
2.50 | 2 ratings
Turn It On Again (Live)
1982
3.67 | 3 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Counting Out Time
1982
3.00 | 3 ratings
Follow You, Follow Me / A Trick Of The Tail
1983
4.42 | 10 ratings
Home By The Sea
1983
4.28 | 27 ratings
Firth Of Fifth
1983
3.10 | 46 ratings
Mama
1983
2.82 | 30 ratings
That's All
1983
2.17 | 28 ratings
Illegal Alien
1983
2.33 | 17 ratings
Taking it all too hard
1984
2.50 | 2 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight Exclusive Candid Interview
1986
2.41 | 40 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.25 | 29 ratings
Throwing It All Away
1986
1.95 | 31 ratings
In Too Deep
1986
2.55 | 49 ratings
Land of Confusion
1986
3.37 | 30 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight 12''
1987
3.52 | 21 ratings
Tonight, Tonight Tonight Tonight 7''
1987
3.75 | 32 ratings
No Son Of Mine
1991
1.60 | 5 ratings
We Can't Dance (Special Edition Volkswagen)
1991
2.67 | 15 ratings
Tell Me Why 5'' Cd single
1992
2.71 | 26 ratings
Jesus He Knows Me 5'' CD single
1992
2.65 | 34 ratings
I Can't Dance
1992
2.54 | 28 ratings
Hold On My Heart
1992
2.32 | 16 ratings
Never a Time
1993
2.90 | 12 ratings
Tell me why
1993
1.83 | 38 ratings
Congo
1997
2.52 | 28 ratings
Shipwrecked
1997
2.53 | 31 ratings
Not About Us
1998
3.26 | 31 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers 1999 5' promo CD
1999

GENESIS Reviews


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 Calling All Stations by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.51 | 821 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.

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 Genesis 1970 -75 by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2008
4.50 | 174 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.

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 Foxtrot by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.60 | 2982 ratings

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Foxtrot
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

2 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, but it's still not magical. Horizons is pleasant but little more, like Harlequin off of Nursery Cryme. Supper's Ready is easily the highlight of the album, but it goes on for longer than it needs to (cutting out Willow Farm would probably help) and doesn't pack quite the same catharsis as The Musical Box. It's altogether less dynamic than the other more epic tracks that Genesis had already put out. Flaws aside, it's still a solid track. A 5-star track among the likes of Close To The Edge, not really. But still an uplifting end to a flailing album.

If it looks like Genesis, smells like Genesis, reads like Genesis, sounds like Genesis, does it feel like Genesis? Not quite, it would seem. 2 stars as this is an album serious Genesis fans will have no trouble liking but I personally can't rate any higher.

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 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.29 | 2426 ratings

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The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

3 stars For me, Genesis has always been about two things, atmosphere and storytelling. On this final Gabriel-era release, they knock one of those out of the park but the other really lacks. What we have hear is a megalith of an album encompassing over 90 minutes of songs telling of the grand spiritual journey of its protagonist, and the reason why I say "songs" specifically as opposed to "music" is because of their content. What we have hear is not 90 minutes of Firth of Fifths or Musical Boxes but a whole lot of Peter Gabriel singing. The lyrics are brilliant and the story is cohesive, no doubt, but ultimately there just isn't enough substance from the rest of the band that I can enjoy this album. For that reason I'll give it 3 stars; there's no doubt that the artistry present here is good but it isn't really essential unless you're a Peter Gabriel fanatic.

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 Nursery Cryme by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.42 | 2595 ratings

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Nursery Cryme
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

4 stars Following the charming, enchanting release of Trespass, Genesis found themselves looking to forge on forward after the departure of subdued guitar personality Anthony Phillips. With the addition of Steve Hackett and Phil Collins, Genesis had created their classic lineup that we know and love and Nursery Cryme is the first document we have to show off their prowess and ability.

Although Hackett's style is far more flamboyant and dynamic compared to Phillips', Nursery Cryme once again finds Genesis right in their prime element, painting idyllic pictures of quaint English scenes based in domestic reality, but with a slight fantasy twist, with Peter Gabriel delivering melodramatic storytelling over top. And on side 1 of Nursery Cryme, all of these elements fall into place absolutely perfectly; I can easily say that this album lays claim to the all-too-rare perfect side. The vast dynamics of The Musical Box swell to a rousing, cathartic crescendo, For Absent Friends provides some tranquil breathing room and then Return of The Giant Hogweed blows you right out of the water with its intensity, an answer of sorts to The Knife off of Trespass.

After an almost operatic A-side, the second half of the album is a little weak. Seven Stones and The Fountain of Salmacis are still fine symphonic tracks, though, and no Genesis fan would be without them. Harold the Barrel is a sillier, more humorous tune and I appreciate the decency that the band took in keeping the comic relief short, unlike on Selling England by The Pound where a certain battle of a certain forest takes up far too much vinyl. Harlequin is the only expendable track on the album; while being pleasant, it doesn't capture the same magic as the other songs.

Although I'm tempted to give this album 5 stars for side one alone, side two just doesn't do enough for me. Flaws aside, there's no reason for prog fans not to own, or at least try out, this album. One of the classics.

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 Seconds Out by GENESIS album cover Live, 1977
4.30 | 803 ratings

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Seconds Out
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review Nš 61

"Seconds Out" is really the album that closes definitely the Steve Hackett cycle in Genesis. Hackett left the group in 1977 after this live album, while his fellow band mates were in the studio mixing together "Seconds Out". It becomes his final release with Genesis. And so, comes to an end what is usually called the end of the Hackett's era on Genesis. However, I need to mention a curious fact to our reflection. To be called the Hackett's era, it leads us to think that he was the main songwriter and the musician most influential in this musical period of Genesis. If it's partially true when we are talking about of one of the most influential musicians in the band, owner of an unmistakable sound with his guitar, in relation to the band's song writing, nothing is more wrong. Hackett had wanted to include a quarter of his own work on "Wind And Wuthering", and that wasn't possible because his colleagues in the group denied him that.

So, let's see it. "A Trick Of The Tail" has eight tracks. Tony Banks wrote two tracks and co-wrote six tracks. So, he participated in all the compositions of the album. Hackett co-wrote three tracks. Phil Collins co-wrote three tracks. Mike Rutherford co-wrote four tracks. "Wind And Wuthering" has nine tracks. Banks wrote three tracks and co- wrote three tracks. Hackett co-wrote four tracks. Collins co-wrote three tracks. Rutherford wrote one track and co- wrote three tracks. All this is to say that the vast majority of the band's compositions during this Genesis' musical period were mostly signed by Banks, while the remaining compositions of the other three band members are almost equal. I always considered that the two greatest composers of the band are Banks and Hackett, which are my favourite band's members, too. So, I always considered unfair that Hackett has had no more importance on the compositions of Genesis, which would be entirely fair. Surely, this was the main reason for his departure from Genesis.

"Seconds Out" is the Genesis' second live album and is also their debut double live album. It was released in 1977. The live performances were recorded in Paris in 1976 and 1977 on their live supporting tours of "A Trick Of The Tail" and "Wind And Wuthering", both albums released in 1976. As far as I can think, this is probably the last classic Genesis' album, because it still features Hackett and it still relies mostly on the old classic tracks. The diehard progressive fans usually don't even want to think of crossing the line between this and what followed. And as this is a live album, of course, it doesn't have Phil on the drums, in almost all of it. Bill Bruford plays on a track, "The Cinema Show", but for all of the rest of it, it's Chester Thompson, who'd previously played with none other than Frank Zappa himself. Needless to say he's really good. He'd played stuff thrice as complex and witty as Genesis' moderately tricky signatures. As an unpretentious drummer, he rules really very hard. It became a Genesis' member in their live shows.

As a double live album, "Seconds Out" concentrates heavily on the classics tracks which the band just didn't had a chance to record, or to release live, while Gabriel was still hanging around. I don't have many complaints about the song selection overall, this is a solid lot of songs. Of course, it's to be expected that the live versions of the songs are going to be inferior to their studio counterparts especially when the band is doing their best to recreate the original songs exactly. However, we can't feel it on this live album. Looking at the track listing, we can see "Firth Of Fifth", "I Know What I Like", "The Cinema Show", "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway", "The Carpet Crawlers", and, of course, a whole side dedicated to "Supper's Ready". There's also a rather pointless, I must say, short excerpt of "The Musical Box", a closing section. We also have plus some of the newer material, like "Squonk", "Dance On A Volcano", "Robbery, Assault And Battery" and "Los Endos", which are all tracks from "A Trick Of The Tail". Strangely, there's only one number from "Wind And Wuthering", "Afterglow", a Banks tune, which closes the original studio album.

Conclusion: "Seconds Out" is clearly the best Genesis' live album and is also, in my humble opinion, one of their few live albums that deserve to be rated as a masterpiece. It's a very well balanced album with a great selection of songs to be played live. It's also very well representative of the group's repertoire at the time, and it has great and magical musical moments. It's without any doubt, one of the most fantastic live albums from the 70's. It sounds loud, powerful and energetic, which is exactly the way that a live release should sound. A Genesis' concert was a very powerful thing of beauty and real awe in the 70's, when Gabriel was still part of the group, and compared with those times, this release stands out, because it shows how the band unleashed their enthusiasm and energy to compensate for the loss of Gabriel. It represents also the definitive farewell of Hackett in Genesis. With his departure, Genesis turns to be a trio and unfortunately they began to lose their progressive references and they turned to be a very successful pop band.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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 The Story Of Genesis by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1978
4.05 | 2 ratings

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The Story Of Genesis
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars In March 1978, GENESIS released their first album recorded as a trio, titled "...and then there were three...". They also did a very long tour that year that included some dates in Japan, in late November-early December of that year, which in fact were the last dates of that very long tour. I don't know if that was the first time they visited Japan as part of a tour. Anyway, the Nippon Phonogram record label took the opportunity to release this 2-LP set compilation then. I don't know if this album was released before or after those Japanese tour dates, but maybe it was released there before those tour dates, to promote the tour and also to help the band to have more fans of their music there. In fact, the front cover of the album has a photo taken during that tour which also shows tour musicians Chester Thompson and Daryl Stuermer.

In late 1979, I saw in my city, in a now defunct record shop, several copies of this Japanese compilation, being sold at a very expensive price (being imported from Japan, a not very often thing done in those years, at least in my country). Some of the copies were open, so I remember that I could see the eight page color booklet which was included in the gatefold cover of the album, which also included the lyrics (in the English and Japanese languages), some text in Japanese (maybe about the story of the band), and some photos from the band from the early seventies up to 1978. I never bought it, of course, at that very expensive price.

Anyway, I consider this compilation album from Japan as a very good compilation. It includes songs from every album they released in the Charisma Records label from 1970 to 1978 (from "Trespass" to "...and then there were three..."), in chronological order. And the selection of the songs is very representative of their best music from those years. Their only album which was excluded from this compilation was their first album ("From Genesis to Revelation"), which was released in 1969 by another record label (Decca). But it doesn't matter very much, because that album is different in musical style to the music they were going to record in the future, at least in Progressive Rock music terms. So, if you want to pay for this expensive compilation album (which I think it still can be bought in some record collectors's websites and some collectors's record shops around the world) maybe you could not be disappointed.

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 The Vertigo Years by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1990
1.00 | 1 ratings

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The Vertigo Years
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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— First review of this album —
1 stars A strange compilation album which was released in Australia in 1990. I think that I once saw a copy of it in one record shop in my city. I don't remember well now, or maybe I'm confusing it with another compilation from the band which was titled "Turn It On Again -Best of 81-83" which also was released on the Vertigo Records label in several countries in 1991. Anyway, I consider this "The Vertigo Years" album a strange compilation because it has ALL the songs from their 1983 self-titled album, and a few songs from their "Abacab" (1981) album ("Abacab", "Man On The Corner", "Another Record "), the B-Side of their "Duchess" single from 1980 ("Open Door"), and "Misunderstanding" from their "Duke" (1980) album. Unfortunately, I don't consider their "Genesis" album from 1983 as one of their best albums. In fact, for me it's their worst album. The rest of the songs in this compilation are better in comparison. I think that the "Turn It On Again - Best of 81-83" album could be better to buy it , because it has more variety from the songs that were chosen from that period of time, also including some songs which were recorded live in concert and which only were previously released as "B" Sides of some singles.

Only for completionists.

Like in other countries, some of their albums were also released in my country (Mexico) on LPs and cassettes on the Vertigo label ("Abacab", "Three Sides Live" and "Genesis") by Polygram Discos. Others were released here also by Polygram but on the Philips label ("...and then there were three..." and "Duke") and one on the Charisma label ("A Trick of the Tail") in the mid seventies-early eighties. By 1986-1993 their new albums were released here by other labels (RCA/Ariola in 1986, and later by EMI/ Virgin) on LPs, cassettes and CDs.

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 Trespass by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.16 | 1905 ratings

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Trespass
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by ALotOfBottle

5 stars For a sophomore effort, this album is very consistent and quite bold sounding. I think it is a true prog masterpiece. It has aged very well and on this one, Genesis provides some very interesting material, still today.

"Looking For Someone" sets what would later be Genesis' classic sound, this song features a spotlight of Tony Banks' playing, which is a spot-on. Yawning guitar parts from Anthony Phillips are equally entertaining. This song also incorporates Peter Gabriel's flute playing and these well known strong, high vocals.

"White Mountain" is an up-beat tempo song with an interesting rhythm and very rhythmic organ playing with pleasant acoustic guitar and flute passages in between.

"Visions of Angels" showcases Tony Banks' grand piano playing. Although quite simillar to previous tracks, this one is equally enjoyable.

"Stagnation" is a quiter song, very soft, pleasant and pleasing. Gradually building up power to become much more varied (dynamicly) in the end.

"Dusk" is an acoustic track, having a sort of pastoral sound to it, also to me, it is a reflection of the album cover. Quite medieval, but in an interesting, modern way.

"The Knife" is that jaw-dropper you have been waiting for for a longer part of the album. The previous tracks were nice and all that, but "The Knife" is where Genesis shows their full glory. Let me start with lyrics. A very shall we say left-wing, politically progressive, post-hippie song about freedom, fight and violence. Very interesting. The lyrics are well matched with a very military-like marching tempo with lush organ and heavy guitar. In fact, this is Genesis' heaviest track (I think). A fantastic closing of the album, leaves you with a dropped jaw, because let's face it - you didn't see that one comming after a semi-boring rest of the album.

This album is a true masterpiece. It wouldn't be given 5 stars if not for "The Knife", although with this song, the rest of the album suddenly becomes much more interesting. A must have for all prog nuts out there!

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 Nursery Cryme by GENESIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1972
4.03 | 15 ratings

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Nursery Cryme
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars It seems that this EP was released on the US only, as maybe a sample to present the band to America. However, it marks a turning point to the band: The Musical Box was not only a classic track, but it also gave the band something they lacked so far: a true, unique and powerful musical personality. Their sound had had a giant leap from Genesis to Revelation to Trespass, but still they lacked a truly unified trademark sound. With Nursery Cryme in general (and The Musical Box in Particular) they found it: the story line of The Musical Box is pure classic british fantasy and terror in all its glory. Musical speaking, with new members Steve Hackett and Phil Collins on board, they had matured a style of their very own and would leave a mark on the musical scene forever. it is only ironic that, although credited as written solely by the current line up of Genesis, this masterpiece started life as an instrumental piece written by former guitarist Anthony Phillips, initially entitled "F#" (its musical key). It seems that Phillips was not bothered by this, however.

Anyway, this EP also contains two other fine, remarkable, tracks: the acoustic For Absent Friends (written by newcomers Collins and Hackett) which was the first Genesis song featuring Phil Collins on lead vocals, and the complex The Fountain of Salmacis, with its heavy mellotron intro that would be another feature in the new Genesis sound.

As an EP, a great introduction to the band. But since all the three songs were already available on the LP Nursery Cryme, this is surely for collectors and completionists. Nursery Cryme (the album) has another set of strong tracks and it is always better to have them all in the same package. However, it is impossible not to give this fantasitci EP less than 4 stars since all the tracks are classics.

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