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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Progosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 05 2020 at 11:41
Although I resist appellations such as the single best, I will humor you Smile and say the Musical Box, which was my first thought. So many other great tracks have also been mentioned.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Gerinski Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 05 2020 at 12:15
So difficult to pick just one... Can-Utility, Firth of Fifth or Cinema Show.
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Firth of Fifth, just over The Musical Box.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Awesoreno Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 05 2020 at 15:46
I can never really decide. I suppose to humor you, The Colony of Slippermen.
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Originally posted by geekfreak geekfreak wrote:

Its a tie between "Watcher Of The Skies and The Knife"  
 
Those two outstanding songs are in my Genesis Top 5 too, which goes something like this:-
 
1. Firth of Fifth
2. Watcher of the Skies
3. The Musical Box
4. The Knife
5. Supper's Ready
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The question, as posed by the OP, is one i cant really answer as there are too many to choose. But if the question is slightly changed to 'you can pick one PG era track to play for the day but thats all' it would have to be either 'Twilight Alehouse' or 'Can-utility and the Coastliners'

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Hercules Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 05 2020 at 17:20
Originally posted by The Dark Elf The Dark Elf wrote:

Can-Utility and the Coastliners. English myth concerning King Canute trying to stop the tide and the great interplay between all the bandmembers on that song are quintessential Genesis. There are parts of the song that sound more like Yes than Genesis (and that's a good thing).

That would be my choice, too.

But Firth of Fifth, The Musical Box, Watcher of the Skies, The Cinema Show, The Knife and The Fountain of Salamacis are only a whisker behind.
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Firth of Fifth

Runners up:

Cinema Show
The Musical  Box
Stagnation
In the Cage
Watcher of the skies
Fountain of Sulmacis

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Originally posted by Awesoreno Awesoreno wrote:

I can never really decide. I suppose to humor you, The Colony of Slippermen.

I nearly chose that one.
It's the first song I think of when thinking of Genesis.
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^I almost picked it as one of my runners up but chose "in the cage" instead.
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Musical Box

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I mean that's just incredibly difficult, lol. But let me think...

I'm gonna give it to Get 'Em Out By Friday. It doesn't have a fancy keyboard solo or guitar solo, but the guitar work is excellent and the keys drive a lot of the song, the bassline might be Mike's best, Phil is fantastic as always especially with all the tempo changes and dynamics employed, and it Gabriel's best job of voicing a variety of characters to tell a story.
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To be honest every song that's been mentioned so far has a great case for being their best, and all are big favorites of mine. Part of the great thing about PG era Genesis is its really easy for folks to agree on what the best stuff is, regardless of what they think of the not best stuff. Once you add in the PC era it gets a little harder, and once they go pop a bunch of people jump ship.
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Wow, woke up to a nice big thread full of replies!

AWESOME picks everyone; I always forget The Musical Box.

The Knife rules!

Good choice on The Cage! 

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Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

Originally posted by geekfreak geekfreak wrote:

Its a tie between "Watcher Of The Skies and The Knife"  
 
Those two outstanding songs are in my Genesis Top 5 too, which goes something like this:-
 
1. Firth of Fifth
2. Watcher of the Skies
3. The Musical Box
4. The Knife
5. Supper's Ready
 

1. Supper`s Ready 
2. Watcher Of The Skies 
3. The Knife 
4. Firth Of Fifth 
5. Visions Of Angels (imho this song is so underrated)  

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The Return of the Giant Hogweed
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Originally posted by friso friso wrote:

The Return of the Giant Hogweed

interesting Thumbs Up

I enjoy the Musical Box, Fountain of Salmacis and Seven Stones more on NC. 
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Seven Stones, "I heard the old man tell his tale"
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ExittheLemming Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 06 2020 at 04:43
Very difficult to choose just one from such a vast body of sublime contenders but Get 'Em Out By Friday is what both Pete Townshend and Ray Davies could only dream of delivering as 'Rock Opera' back in the day.
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Originally posted by Cristi Cristi wrote:

Originally posted by friso friso wrote:

The Return of the Giant Hogweed

interesting Thumbs Up

I enjoy the Musical Box, Fountain of Salmacis and Seven Stones more on NC. 

Seven Stones and Fountain of Salmacis are my two favorites off Nursery Cryme.

The former is hauntingly beautiful, and the latter is where Genesis really steps it up in preparation for the albums to follow IMO!

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