Genesis (United Kingdom, 1969-1997)

Info about Genesis
Country United Kingdom
Added By Mike
14 years ago
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1969-1980 Rock
1981-1983 Pop
1986-1997 Rock
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English/British Epic Minimalistic Prog Rock/Independent
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94 users rate this artist 7.0 or better, four users rate it lower. 74 users think it is prog, three users think it is merely related to prog and nobody thinks that it's not prog. show details
Track Statistics The database currently contains 152 studio tracks by Genesis.
Track durations range from 33s to 22m 58s, averaging at 5m 21s with a standard deviation of 2m 36s.
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Review by Lofcaudio 12 years ago <Permalink>
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway 1974
9.2
Prog Rock
Like all good prog, the first time I listened to this album, I scratched my head and thought "What the heck is this crap?!?" And though I still haven't figured out what all the crap on this album is, I have grown to appreciate the music enough to give The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway a very high rating.

It seems that most hardcore Genesis fans have a hard time liking The Lamb compared to Foxtrot, Selling England, etc. However, I much prefer this album. I am a sucker for concept albums (even if I don't always understand exactly what the concept is). There are so many unforgettable passages in this two-disc experience beginning with the opening piano solo.

While I do recognize that the album isn't perfect due to some "less than musical" moments ("The Waiting Room" and "Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats"), there are so many great tunes packaged in The Lamb that it would be wrong for me to give this anything less than an Excellent rating. Songs such as "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway", "In the Cage", "The Carpet Crawlers", "Lilywhite Lilith", "Anyway", "The Lamia", "The Colony of Slippermen" and "It" are all great songs. Some of them are haunting in their solemn melodies and some are thought-provoking with their anguished lyrics, but all are great music, in my opinion.

I highly recommend this album.
Review by OpenMind 12 years ago <Permalink>
Genesis - Selling England by the Pound 1973
9.0
Symphonic Prog Rock
Apart from "Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" (which is too long/weird/rambling for many people) this is often cited as the best album of Genesis's prog-rock period. Indeed for most of this album they are on fine form. It starts starkly with Peter Gabriel's unaccompanied voice singing "can you tell me where my country lies" , continuing with some lovely resonant layers of guitar, and more firmly English-themed lyrics. "I Know What I Like" is an entertaining but silly single. "Firth of Fifth" is another great symphonic prog-rock piece. Tony Banks's solo piano introduction sets the scene for the song which builds gradually towards Steve Hackett's gloriously lyrical guitar solo. Its one weakness is in the vague and rambling lyrics.

However the album is spoiled by "The Battle of Epping Forest". Peter Gabriel playing a series of Cockney gangsters in silly voices, to an uninteresting tune, is OK for 2 minutes but not for a whole 11, please. This is appropriately followed by the mellow, pleasing instrumental "After the Ordeal", while "More Fool Me" is a throwaway ballad for Phil to practice his limp singing style for the future... "The Cinema Show" starts off with gentle layers of 12-string guitars and flutes, the typical Genesis sound again, and continues through the brief mellow song to an extended, but tasteful, band jam. The short coda consists of Gabriel reciting a 70's English grocery price list "seventeen-and-a-half p..." in layered vocals to a reprise of the opening tune.
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Review by OpenMind 12 years ago <Permalink>
Genesis - Foxtrot 1972
9.2
Symphonic Prog Rock
quot;Foxtrot" feels the most consistent and coherent of all the early Genesis albums, and a good place for newcomers to start. It really shows how Genesis were the restrained, tasteful side of the prog rock scene, as opposed to the excesses of Yes and ELP. Melody is clearly the most important thing here, they were never into too-many-notes complexity or instrumental wankery.

Most famously, or notoriously, this contains the side-long track "Supper's Ready". This is just a series of short episodes connected loosely by instrumentals. From the gentle 12-string guitar of the opening tune, to the symphonic "Apocalypse" finale, this sums up most of the qualities that are either liked or disliked about early Genesis. The most irritating bit is of course "Willow Farm" - it's a fun enough Beatles-style piano tune, but Peter Gabriel's unbearably cute stream-of-consciousness rambling is hardly "I Am the Walrus".

The other classic track is "Watcher of the Skies" - which epitomises all that's best about symphonic rock. Tony Banks's grandiose Mellotron keyboard intro soon gives way to an infectious bass rhythm in an off-beat 6/4. The song sontinues with some great dynamics and quirky twists.

The camp Englishness of many of the lyrics is the only major annoyance of this album, and I find they can be ignored in favour of the mellow tunes. "Time Table" is a pleasant enough folk tune, and behind the hideous title of "Can-Utility" lurks a decent song with some fine instrumental interplay. "Get 'Em Out By Friday" is a bit more weak, the silly story doesn't really have a strong enough tune to back it up. It's a shame that Steve Hackett's beautiful acoustic guitar solo "Horizons" only goes on for a minute.
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Comment by Carpetcrawler
Genesis - A Trick of The Tail 1976
9.7
Symphonic Experimental Prog Rock
My second favourite Genesis album after Foxtrot.
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Comment by Soul Dreamer
Genesis - A Trick of The Tail 1976
9.3
Technical Prog
This album shows that Genesis without Gabriel can be just as
good as Genesis with Gabriel. There is not one weak track or
filler on this album. Also the sound quality is much better
than on the "old Genesis" albums
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Selling England by the Pound 1973
 #1

9.3 x73
English/British Technical Prog Rock
Foxtrot 1972
 #2

9.4 x67
English/British Technical Prog Rock
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway 1974
 #3

8.9 x42
English/British Epic Prog Rock
Nursery Cryme 1971
 #4

8.8 x48
English/British Symphonic Prog Rock
A Trick of The Tail 1976
 #5

8.6 x41
English/British Symphonic Technical Prog Rock
Trespass 1970
 #6

8.6 x42
English/British Symphonic Prog Rock
Wind & Wuthering 1977
 #7

8.5 x26
English/British Symphonic Neo Prog Rock
Duke 1980
 #8

7.9 x19
English/British Symphonic Technical Prog-Related Rock
We Can't Dance 1991
 #9

7.2 x14
English/British Symphonic Non-Prog Rock/Pop
Abacab 1981
 #10

7.3 x12
English/British Minimalistic Technical Non-Prog Pop/Rock
...And Then There Were Three 1978
 #11

7.2 x14
English/British Atmospheric Prog Rock
Invisible Touch 1986
 #12

7.0 x13
English/British Symphonic Non-Prog Rock/Pop
Genesis 1983
 #13

7.1 x11
English/British Non-Prog Pop/Album Oriented Rock
Calling All Stations 1997
 #14

7.0 x7
Prog-Related Rock
From Genesis to Revelation 1969
 #15

6.5 x12
English/British Prog-Related Rock/Independent
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Live Over Europe 2007 2007, Live
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The Platinum Collection 2004, Compilation
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Archive - Volume 2: 1976-1992 2000, Best Of
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8.0
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Archive - Volume 1: 1967-1975 1998, Best Of
 3 months ago
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9.0
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Calling All Stations 1997
 3 months ago
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7.7
Prog-Related Rock
The Way We Walk, Volume 2: The Longs 1993, Live
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8.0
Symphonic Prog Rock
The Way We Walk, Volume 1: The Shorts 1991, Live
 3 months ago
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7.8
Non-Prog Album Oriented Rock/Pop
Turn It On Again - The Hits 1999, Best Of
 3 months ago
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7.7
Non-Prog Rock/Pop
We Can't Dance 1991
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7.9
Non-Prog Rock/Pop
Invisible Touch 1986
 3 months ago
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7.7
Symphonic Non-Prog Rock/Pop
Genesis 1983
 3 months ago
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7.5
Symphonic Non-Prog Album Oriented Rock/Pop
Three Sides Live 1982, Live
 3 months ago
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8.0
Symphonic Prog Rock
Abacab 1981
 3 months ago
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7.7
Non-Prog Rock/Pop
Duke 1980
 3 months ago
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8.4
Neo Prog-Related Rock/Pop
...And Then There Were Three 1978
 3 months ago
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8.0
Symphonic Prog Rock
Seconds Out 1977, Live
 3 months ago
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9.4
Symphonic Prog Rock
Wind & Wuthering 1977
 3 months ago
rushfan4
7.8
Symphonic Prog Rock
A Trick of The Tail 1976
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8.0
Symphonic Prog Rock