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GENESIS

Symphonic Prog • United Kingdom


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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)

2.55 | 1160 ratings
From Genesis to Revelation
1969
4.15 | 2331 ratings
Trespass
1970
4.42 | 3211 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1971
4.60 | 3663 ratings
Foxtrot
1972
4.64 | 4225 ratings
Selling England by the Pound
1973
4.30 | 3013 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
1974
4.28 | 2634 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
4.11 | 1968 ratings
Wind & Wuthering
1976
3.43 | 1463 ratings
...And Then There Were Three...
1978
3.50 | 1468 ratings
Duke
1980
2.61 | 1270 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.79 | 1264 ratings
Genesis
1983
2.47 | 1290 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.66 | 1173 ratings
We Can't Dance
1991
2.49 | 1019 ratings
Calling All Stations
1997

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

3.99 | 947 ratings
Genesis Live
1973
4.33 | 977 ratings
Seconds Out
1977
3.46 | 522 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
2.13 | 369 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume One - The Shorts
1992
2.91 | 379 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume Two - The Longs
1993
3.25 | 335 ratings
Live Over Europe 2007
2007

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

4.47 | 167 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 | 84 ratings
The Way We Walk (DVD)
2001
3.95 | 56 ratings
The Genesis Songbook
2001
2.94 | 32 ratings
Inside Genesis 1975-1980
2003
3.25 | 107 ratings
Invisible Touch - Live At Wembley (DVD)
2004
3.07 | 81 ratings
The Video Show
2004
3.97 | 94 ratings
Genesis Live Video
2004
2.89 | 39 ratings
Inside Genesis The Gabriel Years 1970-1975
2004
3.06 | 17 ratings
Rock Review - A Critical Retrospective
2005
2.54 | 42 ratings
The Gabriel Era
2006
3.77 | 61 ratings
In London
2007
3.70 | 14 ratings
Up Close And Personal (DVD and book set)
2007
4.16 | 179 ratings
When In Rome
2008
3.69 | 13 ratings
Land of confusion
2010
2.43 | 39 ratings
Sum Of The Parts
2014

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

3.25 | 5 ratings
Presenting Genesis
1974
3.18 | 3 ratings
70's Pop Sound
1974
4.21 | 10 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume One
1975
4.28 | 10 ratings
Genesis Collection Volume Two
1975
2.68 | 57 ratings
Reflection - Rock Theatre
1975
4.08 | 27 ratings
The Best...
1976
2.51 | 16 ratings
Genesis in Concert
1977
3.55 | 4 ratings
The Story Of Genesis
1978
4.18 | 17 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
1.33 | 5 ratings
The Vertigo Years
1990
2.33 | 32 ratings
Turn It On Again - Best Of 81-83
1991
4.27 | 267 ratings
Archive 1967-1975
1998
2.79 | 25 ratings
The Original Album
1998
3.00 | 5 ratings
The Greatest
1998
2.26 | 113 ratings
Turn It On Again - The Hits
1999
3.00 | 151 ratings
Archive 2 1976 - 1992
2000
3.19 | 98 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2004
2.08 | 21 ratings
14 From Our Past
2007
3.52 | 102 ratings
Genesis 1983-1998
2007
2.21 | 47 ratings
Turn It On Again The Hits -The Tour Edition
2007
3.93 | 137 ratings
Genesis 1976 - 1982
2007
4.53 | 213 ratings
Genesis 1970 -75
2008
3.81 | 105 ratings
Genesis Live 1973 - 2007
2009
4.40 | 15 ratings
The Movie Box
2009
2.50 | 6 ratings
The Magic Of Time
2013
2.22 | 41 ratings
R-Kive
2014

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

2.55 | 34 ratings
The Silent Sun / That's Me
1968
2.54 | 26 ratings
A Winter's Tale / One-Eyed Hound
1968
2.62 | 18 ratings
GENESIS
1969
4.09 | 58 ratings
The Knife
1971
4.15 | 22 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1972
3.21 | 62 ratings
Happy The Man
1972
4.06 | 74 ratings
Twilight Alehouse
1973
4.27 | 67 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1973
4.68 | 34 ratings
Watcher of the Skies
1973
4.10 | 20 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / After The Ordeal
1973
3.74 | 19 ratings
I Know What I Like / More Fool Me
1973
4.33 | 18 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Promo)
1974
4.20 | 54 ratings
Counting Out Time
1974
4.33 | 63 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room
1975
4.24 | 51 ratings
Counting Out Time / Riding The Scree
1975
4.57 | 23 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1975
3.70 | 27 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1975
3.87 | 27 ratings
The Carpet Crawl
1975
4.38 | 32 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
3.28 | 28 ratings
Ripples
1976
3.95 | 45 ratings
Entangled
1976
3.32 | 31 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1976
4.60 | 20 ratings
Entangled / Ripples
1976
4.50 | 22 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Squonk
1976
4.38 | 16 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Carpet Crawl
1976
3.87 | 15 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Carpet Crawl
1977
2.98 | 153 ratings
Spot the pigeon
1977
3.12 | 14 ratings
Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode)
1978
3.23 | 55 ratings
Follow You Follow Me
1978
4.02 | 44 ratings
Many Too Many
1978
3.41 | 46 ratings
Duchess/Open Door
1980
2.90 | 45 ratings
Misunderstanding
1980
3.74 | 48 ratings
Turn it on again
1980
2.75 | 36 ratings
No reply at all
1981
2.90 | 58 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.65 | 42 ratings
Keep it dark
1981
2.36 | 40 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
3.75 | 8 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
3.03 | 54 ratings
Mama
1983
3.03 | 39 ratings
That's All
1983
2.28 | 39 ratings
Illegal Alien
1983
2.56 | 22 ratings
Taking it all too hard
1984
2.14 | 7 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight Exclusive Candid Interview
1986
2.43 | 48 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.41 | 37 ratings
Throwing It All Away
1986
2.07 | 39 ratings
In Too Deep
1986
2.62 | 57 ratings
Land of Confusion
1986
3.42 | 36 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight 12''
1987
3.56 | 25 ratings
Tonight, Tonight Tonight Tonight 7''
1987
3.70 | 40 ratings
No Son Of Mine
1991
2.25 | 12 ratings
We Can't Dance (Special Edition Volkswagen)
1991
2.39 | 18 ratings
Tell Me Why 5'' Cd single
1992
2.60 | 31 ratings
Jesus He Knows Me 5'' CD single
1992
2.58 | 38 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
3.17 | 6 ratings
...Calling All Stations... Album Sampler...
1997
1.88 | 50 ratings
Congo
1997
2.54 | 35 ratings
Shipwrecked
1997
2.46 | 39 ratings
Not About Us
1998
2.89 | 38 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers 1999 promo CD
1999

GENESIS Reviews


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 The Carpet Crawlers 1999 promo CD by GENESIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1999
2.89 | 38 ratings

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The Carpet Crawlers 1999 promo CD
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by FalconBleck

1 stars #45 Review

At first this version seems innofensive until the weird percussion, digital effects and piano become more prominent, i really dislike this version, if this sound is what was going to be for Genesis to re-release the old stuff or to make new music, i'd rather they not.

Its as if The Carpet Crawlers became infected by every sin commited musically on the 90s, at the peak of Phil and Peter being annoying with voice fills and where they both where doing this heavily reggae/electronic low uninspired slow... bad music. At the same time, this version has almost no direction where it tries to go, it is clearly just a bunch of instrumental parts meshed together however the engineers/mixers wanted it, people that had no idea about music, zero respect for the original version while also being unoriginal by copying trends, the only thing that could've made this worse is if they added rapping.

At the end of the day is still Carpet Crawlers... or is it? We have an incomplete version here that misses a verse, the very prominent keyboard on the original piece that was composed on a keyboard is almost completely absent, this version lacks the energy of the original and by the end, the lyrics and basic structure become just second place, the entire composition has been drained of its life.

You can't get lower than this in my standards, i give it a 4/100, i would give it 0 Stars, as a fan i didn't enjoy it and it seems that the majority didn't either, this release floped hard on every department imaginable, literally no one wants it.

 Selling England by the Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.64 | 4225 ratings

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Selling England by the Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by mimacondo

3 stars The very first Genesis album I listened to was "Foxtrot". I actually found it so amazing that I was eager to discover more Genesis albums. That's when I came across "Selling England By The Pound". In general, the album runs smoothly, with great passages and outstanding vocals (the second track being a great example of this). Nonetheless, I believe it lacks the complexity and musical richness of "Foxtrot" or other symphonic prog albums, like "Close To The Edge" by Yes or even "Trilogy" by ELP. I must admit that besides "Foxtrot", I was never attonished by any other Genesis album. Maybe, their music is not my type of prog.
 The Mama Tour by GENESIS album cover DVD/Video, 1985
3.37 | 68 ratings

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The Mama Tour
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by FalconBleck

3 stars #44 Review

The opening is very impressive with some early use of good 3D graphics on those shapes, while also starting with Abacab, good starting point, even though this isn't my favorite version of this song, the bass sounds really good yet i preffer the Invisible Touch version because of its higher tempo... 3 live video recordings of Abacab?!? That song was very lucky unlike the ones that got shafted from this video and most concert videos from Genesis.

I like the banther done by Phil during this tour, it might get cringy at points but i really like how he messes with the audience, after him doing that we go into That's All another song featured on the next tour, how lucky. At the same time, if you have read my updated review on the "Genesis" album, i said that i liked the solo, a little, well, it doesn't look particularily fun to play now that i watched this again, the solo done by Mike though, so much better than the original.

I like it when Genesis turns off all the lights and starts a drum pattern or an instrument alone, you know that something is going to hit you very soon, a very good way to start the song MAMA, for me it seems surprising that the drum base used live is different than the one in the original vinyl recording, i did a video about that, it's not up for now since i'm "remastering" it. Not a big fan of this song but i have to recognize that the drums and piano would've been sick to hear live at that time, also, Daryl and Mike do much more with the bass and guitar respectively and this version doesn't fade out, this is probably the best version of this song.

Illegal Alien is so much more fun live, from the stage act to the end, this song is a banger. I laughed so much when i heard "Owner of a Lonely Heart" coming from "The Group Radio", also, electri-accoustic guitars??? The road-crew taking part on the stage was really fun. Home by the Sea has the "Audience Participation Time" wich includes some original small instrumentals like Tony "bumping" a note on his keyboard to represent a poltergeist pushing an object... VERY COOL, this is not my favorite version of this song live, the effects are not there yet, same with the cool musical additions done in the IT Tour.

What an odd choice to have Keep It Dark in this VHS since the song wasn't played in all the Mama Tour shows, still, nice to see them play this clusterf^ck of a song, yet this doesn't beat the studio version, also, this one goes into It's Gonna Get Better, another one that's not a favorite, this version features some added effects like a slap, some added piano notes to make this song prettier and a guitar solo at the end, but its also slower for some reason wich i don't like very much.

IN THE BLOODY CAGE, it's funny because the next night the same dude that screamed "Bloody Cage" was in the audience and Phil said "Not Again!!"... About this medley, it was created on the Duke Tour, i think, then perfected on the Abacab tour and this one is where they hit it, this is the perfect version and the recording is so good, you have no idea how many times i have watched this medley. The lights are top notch here, Phil is using a leather jacket to celebrate the 10 years of The Lamb, then the transition, the playing is so good, you can see Phil doing that to the drums, screaming, Tony not failing a single note, Mike playing the bass SO hard... it's beautyful, can't recomend this enough, just watch the damn thing in its entirety, you don't need to keep reading this, go watch the BLOODY CAGE now, even if you watched it like 10 minutes ago, just go!

After that aweosome spectacle, there's a Drum Duet, very technical that sadly gets cut before going into Los Endos to start the dreadful Turn it on Again Medley, i know that its pocking fun or whatever but i just can't listen or watch it, those songs played aren't good and are boring, its very dissapointing really.

So there you have it, if you want to watch the most fresh out of the box versions of songs from the Genesis album, this could be for you, but for me the only real redeeming qualities out of this are weirdly enough Illegal Alien for the fun and THE BLOODY CAGE for its epicness. It's very conflicting, the BLOODY CAGE is a 5 star ranking, while the rest is probably a 2 or a 1, I'll give it a 3 out of 5 stars, i think that its fair.

 Genesis Live by GENESIS album cover Live, 1973
3.99 | 947 ratings

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Genesis Live
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Below their potential.

This live album features the dream line-up of Genesis with Gabriel and Hackett on-board however omitting the most essential compositions from 1973 onwards and also ignoring the long Genesis hymn "Supper's ready". I think it was unwise timing and maybe other constraints that made a selection of early Genesis, less sophisticated and rawer sound by Genesis. I personally don't have a special connection to the pre-1973 Genesis output but acknowledge its importance in progressive rock. All members of the time provide a solid performance including Gabriel.

If you're looking for a representative live album by Genesis, reach out to "Seconds out" that still features Hackett, although unfortunately in a more restrained position but with much better track selection and sophistication.

 Seconds Out by GENESIS album cover Live, 1977
4.33 | 977 ratings

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Seconds Out
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

5 stars I don't dare speculate if this is one of the best progressive rock live albums but it is the best live album by one of the best progressive rock bands of the 70's. Missing Gabrlel but still soldering on with Hackett and with extra two drummers (Bruford or Thompson), these two additions give an extra instrumental punch. Most fans will be very pleased with tracks selections from the classic Genesis era despite almost ignoring the latest "Wind and Wuthering" album with only the mediocre "Afterglow". The production , sound, charisma and performance are top. Collins shows great drumming abilities on "Robbery, Assault and Battery" but also in the tandem on "Firth of the fifth", "Cinema Show" and "Los Endos". The whole inclusion of "Supper's ready" is rare because they would stop performing this song in entirety after 1977. Drums, keyboards and bass guitar are well audible in the mix, I would have wished more space for the guitar. My only real complaint is the shortened "Dance on Volcano" missing the instrumental storm as in the studio version instead replacing it by parts of "Los Endos" which plagues the quality because "Los Endos" comes back again after 3 minutes. They should have played this excellent track as on the studio album.

If you want a best of prog by Genesis live compilation, then this is the one to get hold of.

 A Trick of the Tail by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.28 | 2634 ratings

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A Trick of the Tail
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Squire Jaco

5 stars I'd like to pay homage to the No. 1 album in my 2000-cd collection of rock and jazz, and - in my humble estimation - the greatest album of all time: "A Trick of the Tail".

Superlatives tossed about carelessly? No. Blind praise done in isolation? No. Irrational band fanatic? Please....

Yeah, I was a newly-independent college freshman in 1975 when I first heard this album that dared to compete with any Gabriel-era album, so there may be some emotional and sentimental bias in my regard for this album. But let's look objectively at this brilliant album on the whole: 1.) A beautiful canary yellow album cover and inner sleeve (with the original vinyl, anyway) that portrayed many of the characters from the songs. 2.) Complete lyrics spread out across the original fold-out album cover, printed in a suitable scroll (and what INCREDIBLE lyrics they are!) 3.) A true "concept album" (How come nobody else mentions this?!) where virtually every song relates the paradox of a person (or thing) that doesn't realize how good they already have it, and instead long for something different. (The grass ISN'T always greener on the other side.) And I detect in many songs the presence of a devil figure who preys on the doubts and weakness of the song's character, who winds up making a "deal with the devil" to get their perceived needs. I mean, to me, that's a devil figure singing "Dance on a Volcano", right? ("The lava's the lover...", and what about "the evil of a snowflake in June..." etc.)

And I haven't even mentioned the music itself yet!

Tony Banks writes or co-writes every song, and they drip with his trademark sense for subtly changing keys from major to minor to harmonic to new keys, etc. His wall of sound arsenal of keyboards dominates on this album. Phil Collins' voice and harmonies on this album suit the lyrics perfectly (sorry, I did not miss Peter), and his drumming is often a tour-de-force, especially important in the near jazz-fusion of some of the instrumentals.

Steve Hackett gets a good chance to show off on this album with acrobatic guitar licks and solos that sometimes get overlooked because of the unusual tone of his guitar that almost sounds like a keyboard. And aside from his usual fine bass work, Mike Rutherford strums along with Hackett and Banks (just like in the earlier days) on a couple of classic slower songs - the dreamy "Entangled" and the inspirational "Ripples". (Banks also supplies some great backing vocals on the album. NOT Mike Rutherford, though ;-)

The lyrics frequently intone a sense of regret, even though things may not really be as bad as the character perceives them. Were regret and pity the initial overall feelings of the remaining band members when Gabriel decided to leave them, only to later realize that maybe instead of feeling sorry for themselves and drowning in their pity, they should put all of their forces together to show the music world something definitive? Hmmmm....

Peter Gabriel was viewed by many as the "head" of Genesis; I believe that the remaining members of the group were determined to make a statement with this album, and perform a kind of "trick" that only the "tail" of the group could pull off. And they did. Perfectly. They even managed to pay homage to PG in the closing lines of the last song: after tying many of the major themes of the album together in "Los Endos" (like any great work will recapitulate its themes), Collins salutes Gabriel as he wails in the background a line from "Supper's Ready" - "There's an angel standing in the sun...Free to get back home."

Not a weak track to be found, not a bad moment to be had. Few other artists have ever achieved such a level of overall perfection as Genesis did on this album - great songwriting, inventive solos and instrumentals, virtuoso performances, interesting lyrics, great production, super artwork, and a great and original concept that tied the group's real world situation to the world of imagination and stories to which staunch Genesis fans had already become familiar in earlier albums. I love the moral and resolve of this album.

As I write this, "A Trick of the Tail" is nearly 45 years young, and I'll keep listening to this album frequently for many years to come. I admit that musical tastes are intensely personal, and it's often tough to find common ground among lovers of the various genres of rock (or even among the many progressive rock camps). But this album does EVERYTHING right; for MY tastes, it is the oft-sought "perfect album"!

 Nursery Cryme by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.42 | 3211 ratings

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Nursery Cryme
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Hector Enrique

5 stars In Nursery Crime, Genesis磘hird album, Steve Hackett and Phil Collins joined the group with the guitar and the percussion, respectively. With them, the arrangement of the group that made the most iconic disc of Genesis was complete. Hackett and Collins?incorporation was vital to hone the band磗 musical proposal. The lyrics, at once mythic and fantastical, worked out primarily by the prolific Peter Gabriel, took Genesis to the progressive rock Olympus.

The album initiates with the monumental Musical Box, a fiction of the Victorian England in which Henry磗 spirit (an 8- year-old child murdered by 9-year-old Cynthia) returns to haunt his murderer. The song is undoubtedly among the greatest Genesis creations: a 10-minute symphony of diverging rhythms that concludes with an exuberant ending. The album continues with a respite: For Absent Friends, a slow ballad sung by Phil Collins. Nonetheless, Nursery Crime surprises us yet again with the amazing The Return Of The Giant Hogweed, a song about a carnivorous plant that breaks havoc in London.

The album continues with Seven Stone, a demonstration of the mastery of the mellotron by Tony Banks. Despite being a great song, it hasn磘 transcended as much as other compositions. After that, both the suicidal Harold The Barrel and the ballad Harlequin are interesting pieces that don磘 surpass the 3-minute mark. Further down the album, The Fountain of Salmacis is a fine portrayal of Hermaphrodite磗 origin. It is an excellent closure for Nursery Crime, a must- have album in the musical library of all the Genesis admirers and all the progressive rock listeners.

 Selling England by the Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.64 | 4225 ratings

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Selling England by the Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Hector Enrique

5 stars After the release of Foxtrot, Genesis reached a level of both maturity and creativity so high it seemed impossible to keep up with. Nevertheless, the group stood on that album and attained an even higher peak with Selling England By The Pound.

The opening Dancing With The Moonlit Knight?which consists of a biting contemplation about the ever-changing English culture?stands out as one of the best songs of the entire Genesis discography. After that, I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) never loses its composure despite being the first song fitted for the radio. Moreover, the beautiful piano introduction by Tony Banks and the stupendous guitar solo by Steve Hackett both render Firth of Fifth an exceptional masterpiece.

Perhaps the only dissonant bit of the Album is More Fool Me, a ballad sung by Phil Collins and maybe the first symptom of the ensuing Genesis development. Thereupon they attained a magnificent level with the long and dynamic The Battle of Epping Forest, the instrumental After The Ordeal, the 11-minute gem The Cinema Show (made out of Hackett and Bank磗 superb craft), and?to seal the album?Aisle of Plenty, another instrumental piece.

Selling England By The Pound is a demonstration of the excellent state of the musicians that made it and one of the best progressive-music discs ever created.

 Foxtrot by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.60 | 3663 ratings

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Foxtrot
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Hector Enrique

5 stars Foxtrot, Genesis' fourth album, is a demonstration of the strength and creativity that the band had achieved by then, maintaining the superlative level of its predecessor Nursery Crime.

The album begins with the enormous Watcher of the Skies and the memorable mellotron with which Tony Banks begins and ends the song, followed by the sad and slow Time Table, and the futuristic interpretation of the stark urban overcrowding in the excellent Get 'em out by Friday.

Moreover, Can-Utility and the Coastliners is a song that consists of a description that goes from the historical to the legendary, inspired by Nug the Great, king of the Scandinavian countries, and conqueror of England (11th century), where Banks' keyboards and Steve Hackett's 12-string guitar especially stand out. Hackett himself exposes his sensitivity to acoustic guitar in the next song, the baroque and beautiful Horizons instrumental, a gem of fewer than 2 minutes.

The album concludes with one of the most representative themes of the progressive genre, the monumental and presumptuous Supper's Ready, one of the iconic songs from the Genesis discography. The epic suite of more than 23 minutes, represents the fight between good and evil, according to the band. Divided into 7 parts, as dissimilar as they are complementary, we find constant changes of rhythms, going through calm and reflective atmospheres, to intense developments, without losing unity at any time. The work of the musicians is impeccable, especially Gabriel's work, which would reach unsuspected dimensions in live performances, combining music and theater.

Foxtrot is undoubtedly one of the capital works of progressive rock.

 Turn It On Again The Hits -The Tour Edition by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2007
2.21 | 47 ratings

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Turn It On Again The Hits -The Tour Edition
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars 2007 was not a great year for Genesis and record companies screamed for another album so this is it folks. Another compilation to coincide with the tour at the time. I believe it was sold at concerts but its a shame it has nothing new to offer apart from a remastered rendition of old singles and cuts every Genesis fan should already own. It includes the watered down Carpet Crawlers 1999 version too. Most of these songs have plagued compilations but with 2 CDs this time there's more to offer.

The best...

It includes some great tracks such as Duchess, my favourite, Turn It On Again, No Son Of Mine, Jesus He Knows Me, Follow You Follow Me, A Trick Of The Tail, Counting Out Time, I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) and Happy The Man. That's about the only tracks worth returning to.

The worst...

The Knife (3:17) is butchered down by half it's length and is a tragedy as a result. Congo, come on that's Genesis worse album and nothing from its any good, and then theres the ones that even my wife likes to sing such as I Can't Dance, Invisible Touch, and Illegal Alien.

So overall some assorted good stuff and a whole swag iof dross to wade through. Again it's a collectors piece showcasing just how far removed from greatness Genesis had become.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to Lazland (w/ Quinino help) for the last updates

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