Genesis

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Formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey, South East England, UK in 1967, Genesis are among the top 30 highest-selling recording artists of all time.

Their early work is characterized by complex song structures, elaborate instrumentation and the theatrical antics of founder member and vocalist Peter Gabriel, who left the band in 1975. Unable to find a suitable replacement, it was drummer Phil Collins who assumed lead vocal duties. This change, as well as the departure of guitarist Steve Hackett, two years later, saw the remaining three members (Phil Collins, keyboardist Tony Banks and bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford) move into more accessible pop-based music. This change in style resulted in a huge growth in Genesis' popularity throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.

In 1996 Phil Collins left to concentrate on his solo work and other projects, leaving erstwhile bandmates Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks to forge ahead with new recruit; Stiltskin vocalist Ray Wilson. This line-up lasted for one album only (1997's Calling All Stations) and Genesis soon found itself on hiatus after the poor performance and critical reaction of the new album.

In 2006 – after years of speculation – Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford reformed Genesis for the successful Turn It On Again tour. A reunion involving ex-members Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett remains much talked-about and unrealised.

Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 (performer).

Band members:
Peter Gabriel – lead vocals, flute, percussion (1967–1975, 1978, 1982, 1999)
Tony Banks – keyboards, backing vocals (1967–1998, 1999, 2000, 2006–2007), 12 string acoustic guitar (1967–1979)
Anthony Phillips – guitar, backing vocals (1967–1970)
● Mick Barnard – guitar (1970–1971)
Steve Hackett – guitar (1971–1977, 1982, 1999)
Mike Rutherford – bass, bass pedals, 6 & 12 string electric guitar, backing vocals (1967–1998, 1999, 2000, 2006–2007)
Chris Stewart (7) – drums, percussion (1967–1968)
John Silver (2) – drums, percussion (1968–1969)
John Mayhew – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1969–1970)
Phil Collins – drums, lead & backing vocals (1972–1996, 1999, 2000, 2006–2007)
Ray Wilson – lead vocals (1996–1998)

Touring/session musicians:
Bill Bruford – drums, percussion (1976)
Chester Thompson – drums, percussion (1977–1995, 2006–2007)
Daryl Stuermer – guitar, bass (1978-1995, 2006-present)
Nir Zidkyahu – drums, percussion (1996–1998)
Nick D'Virgilio – drums, percussion (on 1997 album Calling All Stations)
Anthony Drennan – guitar, bass (1998)
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SKL 4990, SKL.4990 Genesis - From Genesis To Revelation album art Genesis From Genesis To Revelation (Album, Comp) Decca, Decca SKL 4990, SKL.4990 UK 1969 Sell This Version
816 M, 8022-816 M Genesis - Trespass album art Genesis Trespass (Album) Charisma 816 M, 8022-816 M US 1970 Sell This Version
CAS 1052 Genesis - Nursery Cryme album art Genesis Nursery Cryme (Album) Charisma, Charisma CAS 1052 Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
CAS 1058 Genesis - Foxtrot album art Genesis Foxtrot (Album) Charisma, Charisma CAS 1058 US 1972 Sell This Version
7164 017 Genesis - Live album art Genesis Live (Album) Charisma 7164 017 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
ZCCAS 1074 Genesis - Selling England By The Pound album art Genesis Selling England By The Pound (Album) Charisma ZCCAS 1074 UK 1973 Sell This Version
TP 2-401 Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway album art Genesis The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Album) Charisma TP 2-401 US 1974 Sell This Version
CN 2302/SQ Genesis - Stereo Pop Special-98 album art Genesis Stereo Pop Special-98 BBC Transcription Services CN 2302/SQ UK 1975 Sell This Version
9103 114 Genesis - Wind & Wuthering album art Genesis Wind & Wuthering (Album) Charisma 9103 114 France 1976 Sell This Version
6369 974 Genesis - A Trick Of The Tail album art Genesis A Trick Of The Tail (Album) Charisma 6369 974 Europe 1975 Sell This Version
74694, 74695 Genesis - Nightbird & Company: Cosmic Connections album art Genesis / America (2) / Chris Squire / David Pomeranz Genesis / America (2) / Chris Squire / David Pomeranz - Nightbird & Company: Cosmic Connections(2xLP, Promo, Transcription) Army Reserve, Army Reserve 74694, 74695 US 1976 Sell This Version
107 Genesis - Rock Around The World # 107 - "Genesis Through The Looking Glass" album art Genesis Rock Around The World # 107 - "Genesis Through The Looking Glass"(LP, Transcription) Rock Around The World 107 US 1976 Sell This Version
6641 697 Genesis - Seconds Out album art Genesis Seconds Out (Album) Charisma 6641 697 Norway 1977 Sell This Version
9124 023 Genesis - ...And Then There Were Three... album art Genesis ...And Then There Were Three... (Album) Charisma 9124 023 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
CN 3146/S Genesis - In Concert-180 album art Genesis In Concert-180(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 3146/S UK 1978 Sell This Version
Series #11, Show #3 Genesis - Innerview: Genesis "Phil Collins - Tony Banks" album art Genesis Innerview: Genesis "Phil Collins - Tony Banks"(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #11, Show #3 US 1978 Sell This Version
none Genesis - The Source: Live At The Lyceum Ballroom, London 7 May 1980 album art Genesis The Source: Live At The Lyceum Ballroom, London 7 May 1980(2xLP, Transcription) NBC Young Adult Network none US 1980 Sell This Version
I 206925 Genesis - Duke album art Genesis Duke (Album) Charisma I 206925 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
123 Genesis - BBC Rock Hour #123 album art Genesis BBC Rock Hour #123(Reel, 2tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Transcription) London Wavelength 123 US 1980 Sell This Version
CBR 102 Genesis - Abacab album art Genesis Abacab (Album) Charisma CBR 102 UK 1981 Sell This Version
243 Genesis - BBC Rock Hour #243 album art Genesis BBC Rock Hour #243(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength 243 UK 1981 Sell This Version
RKRS-60 Genesis - The Robert Klein Radio Show (December 13, 1981) album art Robert Klein Featuring Genesis, Treat Williams Robert Klein Featuring Genesis, Treat Williams - The Robert Klein Radio Show (December 13, 1981)(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) Froben Production RKRS-60 US 1981 Sell This Version
#304 Genesis - BBC Rock Hour Special: Best Of Rock Hour #304 album art Genesis BBC Rock Hour Special: Best Of Rock Hour #304 London Wavelength #304 US 1982 Sell This Version
IC 82-19-X Genesis - Super Groups In Concert: Genesis Live At The Nassau Coliseum 29 November 1981 album art Genesis Super Groups In Concert: Genesis Live At The Nassau Coliseum 29 November 1981 D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. IC 82-19-X US 1982 Sell This Version
TP 2-2000 Genesis - Three Sides Live album art Genesis Three Sides Live (Album) Charisma TP 2-2000 US 1982 Sell This Version

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Fleshtone59

Fleshtone59

January 9, 2020
100% Agree.. a masterpiece which rather brought Gabriels time with the band to a fitting conclusion
terrysuki

terrysuki

November 19, 2019
The best Genesis album BY A COUNTRY MILE is obviously “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway”. All of their previous albums were leading inexorably to that creative peak. It’s not only their best album, it’s one of the greatest recordings of the classic rock era. I feel fortunate to have been in my teens and a confirmed Genesis fan when it was released, and so bought one of the first pressings the day it came out, which I still have. Music like this will never get old.
Claudioap

Claudioap

October 28, 2019
My notes for Genesis albums from 1980 to 2007 (Personal opinion, surely everyone will have their own particular notes for each album).

Duke - 6,5
Abacab (worst album) - 4,0
Three Sides Live - 5,5
Genesis - 5,5
Invisible Touch - 6,0
We Can't Dance - 5,0
The Way We Walk (The Shorts) - 5,0
The Way We Walk (The Longs) - 5,5
Calling All Stations - 5,5
Live Over Europe - 6,0
Claudioap

Claudioap

October 28, 2019
My notes for Genesis albums from 1969 to 1978 (Personal opinion, surely everyone will have their own particular notes for each album).

From Genesis To Revelation - 7,0
Trespass - 8,5
Nursery Cryme - 9,0
Foxtrot (my favorite) - 10
Live - 10
Selling England By The Pound - 9,5
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway - 9,0
A Trick Of The Tail - 9,0
Wind And Wuthering - 8,5
Seconds Out - 9,0
...And Then There Were Three - 7,5
REENO

REENO

June 6, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
Don't confuse mixing with MASTERING. If the 2007 mixes sound "squashed", that is down to the mastering. Having said that, the original mixes should never have been replaced by the Nick Davis remixes.
nameismike69

nameismike69

January 10, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
My review below is nonsense... What I would constructively like to know is the reissue LP's from 2013 on from the original mixes or the Nick Davis 2007 remixes. Because I'm really not sure. I have not heard one of them. But I read all of them are from the 2007 series. Can anyone clarify this.
mikeh69

mikeh69

April 30, 2018
edited over 2 years ago
It just hit me since 2007 that they keep reissuing these horrid Nick Davis remixes on LP and CD right up to the present year 2018. Why don't they do us a big a favor and do a vinyl and CD reissue series of the original mixes. Because to me these Nick Davis 2007 remixes are the worst remixing jobs of any artist I ever heard in my life. I never heard such fantastic work of a fantastic band being ruined and squashed like this. If they want to remix these album or remaster these again it's their 50th anniversary this year ( is it ? ) DO IT RIGHT. Get Steve Wilson. Or some engineer that knows what there doing. And keep Tony Banks away.
wiffels

wiffels

July 18, 2017
A lot of rubbish written/spoken re.Genesis over the years-it became fashionable to slag them off.Well having seen and followed them through the 70s I can only say they were a fantastic band through Gabriel era and the years after.I think the real problem came when Steve Hackett left-the band still had a good tour left in 1978 as the material was still strong and the band was fine live.The problem was in keeping the studio band down to just the 3-they simply couldn't write enough good material-they still came up with a few decent tracks but there was a lot of dross.Also the lack of variation in the older material played in those later Tours was disappointing, considering how much material they could draw on.Why they didn't let Thompson and Stuermer, or whoever,help with writing new material I don't know, as they needed some extra help to freshen it up.BUT 1971-78 great stuff(and MK 1982!),and a lot of people have missed some mega sounds by listening to the bull... put downs during the unfashionable years!Ironic,as well,that Steve Hackett has been left to keep the material alive through these years now-they could have done a tour or two,even a gig or two, in the early 2000s and its a shame they didn't take the chance when it was there!
setichas

setichas

January 1, 2017
From someone who was there in the beginning, seeing them play the small halls, and then on to the super stadiums, I never gave a toss about people hating Genesis, all I know is that they have given me some of the best memories in my life music wise, Lyceum theatre so many years ago, seeing suppers ready for the first time, mighty hogweed, classics, the melodic tunes taking you on a musical trip, their fantastic light shows, Gabriel, Collins, they both have their support, I loved them both, sure it was nice in the early days following them before fame, but hey I don't begrudge them their success, I just give thanks to have witnessed their brilliance.
Johncamus

Johncamus

August 31, 2016
Collins maintains that the re-direction to a more commercial sound came from Tony Banks, who was keen to have 'hits'! I think that Collins' years as front-man for Genesis and then in his own solo career obscured what a superb drummer he is. had he remained behind the kit I'm sure he would be thought of more widley as a 'legendary' drummer.

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