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Symphonic Prog • United Kingdom


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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 | 1014 ratings
From Genesis To Revelation
1969
4.16 | 2055 ratings
Trespass
1970
4.42 | 2786 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1971
4.60 | 3197 ratings
Foxtrot
1972
4.63 | 3686 ratings
Selling England By The Pound
1973
4.29 | 2628 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1974
4.27 | 2272 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail
1976
4.09 | 1715 ratings
Wind And Wuthering
1976
3.42 | 1273 ratings
...And Then There Were Three...
1978
3.48 | 1272 ratings
Duke
1980
2.57 | 1117 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.76 | 1101 ratings
Genesis
1983
2.43 | 1131 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.64 | 1028 ratings
We Can't Dance
1991
2.49 | 889 ratings
Calling All Stations
1997

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

3.97 | 833 ratings
Genesis Live
1973
4.31 | 855 ratings
Seconds Out
1977
3.42 | 445 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
2.08 | 325 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume One - The Shorts
1992
2.84 | 336 ratings
Live - The Way We Walk Volume Two - The Longs
1993
3.21 | 293 ratings
Live Over Europe 2007
2007

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

4.42 | 140 ratings
In Concert 1976
1977
3.12 | 74 ratings
Three Sides Live
1982
3.39 | 60 ratings
The Mama Tour
1985
2.52 | 50 ratings
Visible Touch (VHS)
1987
3.35 | 43 ratings
A History Of Genesis
1991
3.38 | 75 ratings
The Way We Walk (DVD)
2001
3.95 | 54 ratings
The Genesis Songbook
2001
2.90 | 29 ratings
Inside Genesis 1975-1980
2003
3.24 | 94 ratings
Invisible Touch - Live At Wembley (DVD)
2004
3.05 | 74 ratings
The Video Show
2004
3.94 | 83 ratings
Genesis Live Video
2004
2.83 | 34 ratings
Inside Genesis The Gabriel Years 1970-1975
2004
3.06 | 16 ratings
Rock Review - A Critical Retrospective
2005
2.45 | 37 ratings
The Gabriel Era
2006
3.79 | 52 ratings
In London
2007
3.78 | 13 ratings
Up Close And Personal (DVD and book set)
2007
4.16 | 160 ratings
When In Rome
2008
3.69 | 13 ratings
Land of confusion
2010
2.44 | 32 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
2.61 | 50 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 | 240 ratings
Archive 1967-1975
1998
3.02 | 23 ratings
The Original Album
1998
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Greatest
1998
2.23 | 100 ratings
Turn It On Again - The Hits
1999
2.95 | 139 ratings
Archive 2 1976 - 1992
2000
3.19 | 91 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2004
1.92 | 19 ratings
14 From Our Past
2007
3.49 | 93 ratings
Genesis 1983-1998
2007
2.25 | 41 ratings
Turn It On Again The Hits -The Tour Edition
2007
3.92 | 126 ratings
Genesis 1976 - 1982
2007
4.52 | 193 ratings
Genesis 1970 -75
2008
3.78 | 92 ratings
Genesis Live 1973 - 2007
2009
4.36 | 11 ratings
The Movie Box
2009
1.33 | 3 ratings
The Magic Of Time
2013
2.15 | 32 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
2.48 | 12 ratings
GENESIS
1969
4.01 | 50 ratings
The Knife
1971
4.06 | 16 ratings
Nursery Cryme
1972
3.16 | 52 ratings
Happy The Man
1972
4.04 | 63 ratings
Twilight Alehouse
1973
4.25 | 56 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1973
4.63 | 22 ratings
Watcher of the Skies
1973
3.70 | 10 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / After The Ordeal
1973
3.20 | 10 ratings
I Know What I Like / More Fool Me
1973
3.75 | 8 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Promo)
1974
4.11 | 45 ratings
Counting Out Time
1974
4.29 | 54 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room
1975
4.18 | 42 ratings
Counting Out Time / Riding The Scree
1975
4.38 | 13 ratings
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1975
3.54 | 18 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
1975
3.66 | 19 ratings
The Carpet Crawl
1975
4.36 | 22 ratings
A Trick of the Tail
1976
3.11 | 19 ratings
Ripples
1976
3.90 | 35 ratings
Entangled
1976
3.28 | 20 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1976
4.55 | 11 ratings
Entangled / Ripples
1976
4.38 | 13 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Squonk
1976
4.22 | 9 ratings
A Trick Of The Tail / Carpet Crawl
1976
3.33 | 6 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Carpet Crawl
1977
2.99 | 135 ratings
Spot the pigeon
1977
3.10 | 10 ratings
Go West Young Man (In the Motherlode)
1978
3.19 | 46 ratings
Follow You Follow Me
1978
4.04 | 39 ratings
Many Too Many
1978
3.42 | 39 ratings
Duchess/Open Door
1980
2.92 | 39 ratings
Misunderstanding
1980
3.76 | 40 ratings
Turn it on again
1980
2.71 | 32 ratings
No reply at all
1981
2.82 | 50 ratings
Abacab
1981
2.85 | 36 ratings
Keep it dark
1981
2.44 | 33 ratings
3 X 3
1982
4.00 | 13 ratings
The Lady Lies
1982
2.96 | 15 ratings
Paperlate picture 7''
1982
2.78 | 26 ratings
Man On The Corner
1982
2.96 | 6 ratings
Turn It On Again (Live)
1982
3.75 | 4 ratings
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Counting Out Time
1982
3.40 | 5 ratings
Follow You, Follow Me / A Trick Of The Tail
1983
4.40 | 11 ratings
Home By The Sea
1983
4.28 | 27 ratings
Firth Of Fifth
1983
3.15 | 49 ratings
Mama
1983
2.93 | 33 ratings
That's All
1983
2.26 | 31 ratings
Illegal Alien
1983
2.43 | 18 ratings
Taking it all too hard
1984
3.00 | 3 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight Exclusive Candid Interview
1986
2.42 | 42 ratings
Invisible Touch
1986
2.32 | 31 ratings
Throwing It All Away
1986
2.02 | 33 ratings
In Too Deep
1986
2.57 | 51 ratings
Land of Confusion
1986
3.42 | 31 ratings
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight 12''
1987
3.59 | 22 ratings
Tonight, Tonight Tonight Tonight 7''
1987
3.83 | 35 ratings
No Son Of Mine
1991
2.17 | 6 ratings
We Can't Dance (Special Edition Volkswagen)
1991
2.56 | 16 ratings
Tell Me Why 5'' Cd single
1992
2.67 | 27 ratings
Jesus He Knows Me 5'' CD single
1992
2.60 | 35 ratings
I Can't Dance
1992
2.62 | 29 ratings
Hold On My Heart
1992
2.31 | 17 ratings
Never a Time
1993
2.88 | 15 ratings
Tell me why
1993
4.00 | 3 ratings
...Calling All Stations... Album Sampler...
1997
1.87 | 42 ratings
Congo
1997
2.53 | 31 ratings
Shipwrecked
1997
2.53 | 33 ratings
Not About Us
1998
3.25 | 32 ratings
The Carpet Crawlers 1999 5' promo CD
1999

GENESIS Reviews


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 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.63 | 3686 ratings

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Selling England By The Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Lupton

5 stars I remember specifically what I was doing when I first heard Selling England By the Pond.It was 1976 and I was upstairs playing with my Lego set when I heard the most beautiful piece of music I had ever heard in my fourteen years wafting from the speakers in the Living Room downstairs.The music I could hear turned out to be the guitar solo from "The Firth of Fifth" and so began an enduring love for the music of Genesis that endures to this day.I thought I would start my review of this album with this little recollection because my ultimate appreciation of it is tied to how I initially experienced it.So to my review...

Genesis eased off a little after the somewhat dark and intense Foxtrot album.This recording is substantially more relaxed and the immaculate production is warm and accessible.It is also a perfectly balanced album with each epic length tracks followed by a shorter song. The opening track, "Dancing With the Moonlit Night" is an absolute Classic starting as a plainsong and gradually building up instrumentally before the rousing chorus and instrumental break which showcases Steve Hackett's innovative finger-tapping technique.The closing section with arpeggiated guitar and mellotron evokes images of floating down a river.Lyrically it is a delight with Peter Gabriel's wonderfully puns and wordplay. The next track is pure pop and a top 30 hit to boot."I Know What I like" is a fun little tune that also helps dispel the notion that Genesis had a purely"Prog" period and a "Pop" period. The next track, "Firth Of Fifth"is for me the quintessential Genesis song,full of grandeur flawlessly structured, with a memorable Tony Banks piano intro and of course that achingly beautiful guitar solo by Steve Hackett.It is truly the best thing on this album. I know a lot of people dislike "More Fool Me"mainly because Phil Collins sings it and it is, well another simple pop song with just simple guitar accompaniment. I must admit I used to feel a bit the same. However after a few listens, it reveals itself to be a particularly poignant ode to love loss and regret and it is quite beautiful. Side 2 opens with "The Battle Of Epping Forest".I have always loved the way it starts with a little march as if the song is about a real historic battle as opposed to what the song is actually about which is a modern day gang war.Musically it is Genesis at their most light hearted and playful.Again the wordplay and Gabriel's silly voices is what makes this song fun to listen to. At nearly twelve minutes it really is too long but I always end up listening to it all the way through because it is just so entertaining and genuinely amusing. "After the Ordeal" is a pleasant little Steve Hackett instrumental. It has a slightly Medieval feel which suits the mood of the album as a whole. "The Cinema Show"is the other great classic track essentially a two part track with with a vocal first half followed by an exuberant keyboard solo.Michael Rutherford's twelve string guitar playing during the vocal part is quite exquisite.The harmonised vocals by Gabriel and Collins just before the second chorus set against the acoustic guitars reminds me of Crosby Still and Nash. The final track "Aisle Of Plenty" revisits the opening track and brings the album to a logical conclusion with yet more puns.Tess Co-Op erates-pure genius.

I am not sure if I have added anything new next to the myriad of other reviews of this album.It is interesting how this album seems to continue to grow in stature year after year.

 Foxtrot by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.60 | 3197 ratings

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Foxtrot
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Luqueasaur

5 stars The fox on the rocks surpassed the musical box: 9/10

FOXTROT presents us a more mature and well-produced GENESIS, with talented, incomparable musicianship. One of the most interesting characteristics of this album is that every instrument is highlighted, although there's a distinctive emphasis on the keyboard, which overflows.

Watcher of the Skies is an airy, light and yet an astoundingly powerful performance with superb contribution from all five musicians, especially Mike Rutherford's magnificent bass line and Tony Banks' ethereal Mellotron. Time Table is melodic and profound, typical characteristics of the Peter Gabriel era. Get 'em Out by Fridayis a conceptual and sarcastic tale - those lads were some cynical ones... Can-Utility and Coastlinersis an indication of what GENESIS was going to develop into (on SELLING), going so forth as to introduce pieces that would be reused subsequently on Battle of Epping Forest and The Cinema Show. Tony Banks and Steve Hackett excels expectations as they accompany and sometimes lead along Peter Gabriel's serpent-charming voice on an energetic, complex and, simply put, classical GENESIS song. Horizons could easily be confused as a Baroque acoustic track. The trace elements of Bach's music is whopping, and although short, it is just as lovable as Bourrée in D Minor. It also has some high pitch picks that resembles YES' Roudabout's intro. Hehe.

SUPPER'S READY lacks words to be described, it is an absurd epic full of nuances and emotions that touch deeply our hearts and intertwine with our souls inseparably. It is truly, in a certain way, a journey. It features progressive rock's greatest technical moment: the legendary polyrhythmic and paradigmatic Apocalypse in 9/8 - an imitation of Keith Emerson's style on ELP, according to Banks -, the track's mindbogglingly complex interpretation of apocalyptic chaos. They did all of this is in 1972. Needless to say, it is a symbolic juggernaut for its influence shaped immensely the streams of the genre.

Particularly, FOXTROT features key content for understanding the early GENESIS era; I'm honestly not much fond of the album, but similar to what I did on my TARKUS review, a single song makes me consider this an essential album, and not necessarily the quality of the record in its entirety. It's impossible to pretend to listen to Supper's Ready is not imperative.

 Trespass by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.16 | 2055 ratings

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Trespass
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Luqueasaur

4 stars Our beloved classic Genesis has been assembled: 8/10

GENESIS, still trying to find uniqueness in their music, morphed a lot after their debut album. In here, they're shaped similarly to what's known of them. Every feature that makes them majestic are found in TRESPASS, albeit less matured. Maybe the album name has something to do with their departure from safe formulas to a new, uncharted territory of musical exploration and innovativeness? Highly eclectic, TRESPASS features several moods: it's sometimes soothing and pastoral and other times energetic and even mildly aggressive.

Peter Gabriel's vocals are terrific, passionate, and heavily accented, as usual. His musicianship is top notch, which really begs the question on how can this man sing so professionally since his very first releases... also, there's an interesting use of vocal distortion (kinda like 70's autotune) on many tracks. And several - and boy, I mean it! - flute solos. Tony Banks, the man with angel fingers, delivers too a superb contribution on his Mellotron. SURPRISINGLY, Phil Collins is not here: instead, it's John Mayhew is on the drums with quality drumming, but similar to Collins' style - rhythmically fluid, with some baroque details of cymbals and ornamental beats.

Looking for Someone starts rather romantically slow, but there are several injections of instrumental parts and keyboard solos that take it far away from boring. White Mountain is perhaps the best track of the record. With a pastoral ambiance, it tells a poetic tale of a wolf's adventure. Soothingly acoustic, the big thing here, along Gabriel's vocal performance, is the spectacularly catchy and climaxing Mellotron chorus "riff". Vision of Angels, although not particularly morose, is not much interesting. Stagnation follows the path of Looking for Someone, as it has a calmer pace yet featuring some potent flute and keyboard solos around the three-minute mark. THE KNIFE is also an absolute highlight, as it depicts an uncommonly hyperactive GENESIS, almost hard rock-esque. The lyrics have many to do with civil revolution and rebellion, as Gabriel wrote this under influence of Ghandhi's work, which sort of explains the insurrectionary musical stylistic, atypical to the band. When I think about it, it's the least "progressive" object here, featuring a clear verse-chorus structure. Well, I ain't complaining.

So, in general, TRESPASS is firm, interesting and thoroughly creative. It was released in 1970, on the beginnings of the progressive rock, and I can assume it's one of the influencing factors that shaped the genre's directions and sonority, and undoubtfully, of GENESIS' style. A must for fans, and a "you really should" for anyone else.

 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.63 | 3686 ratings

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Selling England By The Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by BitterJalapeno

5 stars If any album deserves to receive the status of "Masterpiece" it is without a doubt "Selling England by the Pound" from Genesis. Everything on this album is sheer genius on a level above anything else.

The way Gabriel's mellow vocals in the intro of "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" transcend into Hackett's energetic ripping guitar licks from get things off to a phenomenal start and they never dull from that moment on. The rest of the first track is full of inspiring eclectic snyth melodies from Banks

"I Know What I Like (I Your Wardrobe) is easily the most accessible track on the album with its warming, poppy qualities. It oozes pure summer sunshine and provides a contextual cue for the innocence of childhood. Additionally, fabulous vocal melody.

"Firth of Fifth" demonstrates Banks' incredible piano and synth skills, played with ever alternating time signatures forming a rhythmically complex piece. When fused with Gabriel's flute and an incredible guitar solo from Hackett, this song has to be considered a milestone in symphonic rock.

"More Fool Me" for me is the weakest song on the album for a few reasons. Firstly, Collins takes lead vocals, not Gabriel. Although it does break up the album nicely, I do find it myself skipping it every other time I listen.

"The Battle of Epping Forest" is nothing other than a piece of art. The lyrics and vocal performance are extraordinary. You generally feel like you get to know the various characters described in the battle. The music is extremely beautiful, in particular the acoustic section with the lyrics "they called me the reverend..." The bass and synths are the real stars of the show in this as they layer over each other into a stunning musical fabric.

"After the Ordeal" demonstrates effective use of a nylon stringed guitar played with impeccable finger picking technique combine with piano. Hackett produces a resoundingly smooth electric guitar solo in the second half of the track.

"The Cinema Show" is utterly immense. "Na na na" vocals and beautifully melodic and bending guitars are absolutely sublime, Just listen to it.

"Aisle of Plenty" could not be a better way to round of this unbelievable recording. Incredible lyrical references to British culture which begin in the opening track are continued. "Take the safeway home" and "Thankful for her fine fair discount, Tess cooperates" are genius.

Overall, this album captures everything I love about progressive rock in 53 minutes. Unbeatable.

 Genesis Live by GENESIS album cover Live, 1973
3.97 | 833 ratings

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Genesis Live
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Greatest Hits Live, solid.

Recorded before 'Selling England', this live album sees Genesis play their (to that point) best tunes on stage (excepting Suppers Ready, but that would appear on a later live album), and do a good job at them. The arrangements stick pretty closely to the studio versions, although the solos deviate slightly (mostly on "The Knife"). The performances are good, and the sound quality is decent (for the time, though not nearly as good as live albums these days), making this a worthy document of the early Genesis live on stage. They play pieces "Get 'em Out By Friday" and "Giant Hogweed" with gusto. And I like the live versions here of both "The Musical Box" and "The Knife" slightly better than the studio album versions. On the whole, a good 'greatest hits live' album. But nothing necessarily spectacular or sufficiently different or special that would make this an 'essential' album. I give it 8.2 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.

 Selling England By The Pound by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.63 | 3686 ratings

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Selling England By The Pound
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Walkscore

5 stars Their Masterpiece.

No doubt about it, this is their most musical album. The album is brilliant. Genesis had learned from their earlier travails how to stitch together quite different passages, and they apply that perfectly on this album. It flows so beautifully, and although it changes direction and feel very often, those transitions seem totally natural here. Every track works very well. Even the short Phil Collins acoustic number, "More Fool Me", the clear outlier (musically and otherwise) seems to fit naturally into this order. The Selling England theme - a guitar-based theme that first appears on the opener "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" and closes the album at the end of "Cinema Show/Aisle of Plenty" - seems to hold the album together emotionally and musically. This album contains some of Genesis best compositions, including the aformentioned "Dancing..", the quirky but very musical single "I know What I like", the wonderful "Firth of Fourth" (with lovely flute and then guitar solos), and "The Battle of Epping Forest" which sees Gabriel once again take up a number of different character roles in an English tale of a priest and warring gangs. Those are all amazing, and they showcase each member of Genesis (Tony Banks' wonderful piano solo at the beginning of Firth of Fourth, and brilliant playing in "Battle..", Steve Hackett's awesome fast guitar picking, etc). But the closer goes one step further. Not only is "The Cinema Show" a great song, but this was the tune that cemented the reputation of Phil Collins as a brilliant drummer. That Genesis (and particularly Collins) could play such beautiful music so effortlessly over such complex difficult time signatures (without most lay people ever noticing how complex and difficult they were) instantly woke up any musicians listening to this album. One of the early musical wonders of the world. I could go on here, but I think the other reviewers have probably said everything else there is to say. I give this album 9.7 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which (of course) translates to 5 PA stars. Absolutely essential.

 Nursery Cryme by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.42 | 2786 ratings

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Nursery Cryme
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Very Good

This album gets very high reviews, and as a Genesis fan, I am glad about that. However, I don't put this album in the same league as Selling England or Foxtrot. Nursery Cryme is a natural evolution from Trespass, which although it has two great tracks, saw Genesis stretching to find their voice, and in the process making a number of the compositions sound forced. Nursery Cryme is better than Trespass, good enough to garner four stars, but just enough. Like Trespass I find some of the transitions (between themes within the same song) still under-worked out and awkward (and thus, less musical), including the shifts from quiet to loud, which can be quite jarring. This is most notable on "The Musical Box". Even though it is a decent song, with some great passages, the transitions and some of the lyrics seem immature and the way the different sections are knitted together is not so musical (unlike "Suppers Ready" on Foxtrot, which manages the flow wonderfully). For me there are really (just like Trespass) two great tracks here: "Fountain of Salmacis" and the amazing "Return of the Giant Hogweed". These are the two compositions for which the music flows most naturally, and which push this album into four-star territory. There are a few other shorter pieces here too, which are mostly forgettable ("Harold the Barrel" is the best of those, a short burst of fun). On balance, I give this album 7.9 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which is the minimum required to achieve a 4 PA star rating. So, low 4 stars.

 Trespass by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1970
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Trespass
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Walkscore

3 stars Fragmented, but with two great tunes.

For their second album, Genesis jettisoned the short songs, and started to compose symphonic rock songs. It was all very new and experimental, and Genesis was one of the first. And as the first to experiment in this field, they suffered some failures. This album is thus a mix of early successes and failures. First the successes. The opening track "Looking for Someone" is wonderful, a template for how to mix emotional heartfelt vocals with music that twists and turns, and which combined the best of classical and rock. This would influence the way they successfully shaped a number of their more tender and emotional compositions in the future. Meanwhile, the closer, "The Knife", shows how they can incorporate a harder edge, with fast tempos and complex time signatures into compelling extended epics. Those are the two great tunes. The rest of the album, I place in the category of failures, although I don't want to imply that there is nothing in them worth listening to. There are indeed some great passages amongst those tracks (in all of them, particularly 'Stagnation'). However, the transitions are often awkward and unsatisfying, and the songs move from musical to unmusical (and back) to often. Many of the tunes sound underdeveloped and immature compared to their later work (but of course, remember this is a Genesis album - underdeveloped early Genesis is generally better than most finished and mature mainstream rock!). Saying this, I don't think Genesis could have made their greats without first going through this period of experimentation, so I am still very happy they made this album. On balance, I give this album 6.8 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to mid 3 PA stars.

 From Genesis To Revelation by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1969
2.58 | 1014 ratings

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From Genesis To Revelation
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by Walkscore

3 stars Different from later Genesis, but still quality tunesmiths.

Their first album sounds a lot different from the lengthy thundering epics Genesis would produce as early as their second album (Trespass). Here the songs are shorter and structured more like (then-) mainstream radio tunes. Genesis made this album when they were very young (just after writing their 'A' levels!) without having ever toured, often coming up with the songs in the studio. Their chops are not yet developed, and the songs are not in any way complex. However, they have a charm to them. Gabriel and Anthony Phillips are the members who stand out the most on this recording, as the main singers, guitar players (many of the songs are structured around acoustic guitars) and songwriters, although Rutherford and Banks also helped compose some of the tunes. I actually think this album is more successful (on its own terms) than Trespass. Even though that second album is a lot more ambitious, with more complex progressive compositions, there are also a number of sections on that album which are just not sufficiently musical. But on "Revelation" every song is quite pleasant and listenable, even if some of the songs are somewhat forgettable. But there are also a number of very memorable songs. I think the opener, "Where the Sour Turns to Sweet" is a fantastic song. It has so much potential as a song - I still come back to this song often. But the rest of the album contains a lot of great songs too, including "In the beginning", "Am I very wrong?", "Silent Sun", and the wonderful closer, "A Place to Call my Own". The album in imbued with a great vibe. It is not four-star material, though, but one can hear the song-writing talent bubbling under the surface here. I give this album 6.8 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which is the same I give to Trespass, placing this in the mid 3 PA stars realm.

 R-Kive by GENESIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
2.15 | 32 ratings

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R-Kive
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars The many faces of Genesis.

Genesis is one of those bands that we all love (I think) but that divide opinions between the Gabriel-era versus Collins-era. Most of all enjoy their studio albums, some of them are timeless, some others are memorable and some others just good, in my opinion there are no bad Genesis studio albums, but it is just a matter of tastes.

A couple of years ago this 3-cd compilation album was released and though it was not my intention to immediately get it, I was lucky to found it in a ver cheap price, so yeah, I decided to buy it. Since then, I've just opened and listened to it once and that was enough, because I will always prefer listening to full studio albums than hits or randomly chosen tracks. But I had a good time, that's for sure. CD one features some of their real greatest tunes (Gabriel-era, of course) such as "Supper's Ready", "The Musical Box" or "The Carpet Crawlers", to name a few, which are of course, a true delight. This first CD has "Ace of Wands" as last song, a surprise because it is the first non-Genesis track featured here, this is an amazing song taken from Steve Hackett's debut album. This CD covers from 1970 to 1975.

CD two offers a wider selection, covering from 1976 to 1975. The difference here is the addition of several solo-songs, such as Banks' "For a While", Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill", Collins' "In The Air Tonight" or "Silently Running" from Rutherford's side project Mike & The Mechanics. Nice hits that most of all know and even like to sing, despite no being the prog we were used to listen in the earlier Genesis. The other tracks in this album are the Genesis ones from the Collins-era, some of them you perfectly know them, love them or hate them, such as "Mama", "Easy Lover" or "Turn it On Again". Let me tell you that I enjoyed listening to every of the albums, but that was a experience I wanted to enjoy just once.

The third and final CD has songs from 1996 to 2012. Some Genesis songs here are "Invisible Touch", "Land of Confusion" and "I Can't Dance". The rest of the tracks were taken from the member's side or solo projects such as: "Over My Shoulder" from Mike & The Mechanics, "Signal to Noise" from Peter Gabriel, "Nomads" from Steve Hackett or "Siren" from Tony Banks. I liked it, but this was the CD I least enjoyed compared to the previous two.

Well, this is actually for collectors, I don't even consider this as a nice introduction to Genesis' music, not at all, which I would not really recommend it unless you want to increase your CD collection. If you get it, enjoy it!

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