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Genesis

Formed as a progressive-rock group in England in 1967. Original lead singer was Peter Gabriel. Gabriel left in 1975 and Phil Collins replaced him as lead singer. Group enjoyed its greatest commercial success in the 1980's.

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A Quick Tip by Glennster2008

  • Aug 25, 2010
Genesis is definitely a band that has evolved a great deal. When they first emerged on teh scene in 1967 their sound was not a significant part of the pop times although they were unique and had potential. Asa time went on their music developed symphonic overtones although at times the melody meandered a bit much for my tastes. With the releases of Selling England By The Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis made a big imapct on the progressive rock scene mainly because their songs were more melodic and the instrumental definition was stupendous. Peter Gabrile added much theatrics to his performance and Tony Baks' keyboard playing was front and center although Steve Hackett had a dynamic if understated guitar prsence. Phil Collins on drums and vocals and Mike Rutherford on Bass and Guitars also added significantly to the sound. Peter Gabriel left the band shortly after The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway CD and the questions was who would replace this taletned man? The answer came from within as Phil Collins truly had a good style of his own. The first release with Collins at the helm was spectacular with many captivating tunes such as Ripples, Squonk and Dance On A Volcano. The band maintained its progressive style without sacrificing much. The next release, Wind and Wuthering was a bit spotty but still quite listenable. After this release, Steve Hackett left the band as his guitar playing was more and more in the background. Future releases by Genesis as a three piece unit had a more poppy flavor with hints of the progressive days. However, the band relied on special effects most notably with the drummer which I did not find too appealing. Nonetheless, Genesis had some good moments especially on ABACAB and 3 Sides Live. Phil Collins left the band for one recording and his repalcement who I can not remember his name did not put out a good product. I only listenend to the CD for a little bit. But it was short on melody and overlaoded with creepy progressive tones. Overall, Genesis has earned its way as a major player in the Progressive Rock arena due to the talents of many. They had their high water mark with Selling England By The Pound, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway and A Trick Of The Tale. There were several other good moments before and after. My overall impression of Genesis is very good while touching greatness but also touching mediocrity.
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Like Rodney Dangerfield, Genesis has had a hard time getting respect. In the early '70s, when the group specialized in ambitious, theatrical story-songs, it attracted an avid cult following but was largely ignored by the rock press and public at large. Later in the decade, lead singer Peter Gabriel was finally recognized as a major talent -- but only after he'd left the band, who were at this point being derided as middlebrow throwbacks still in thrall to the pomposities of art rock. Even in the early '80s, when Genesis did finally shed its art-rock inclinations and move toward pop, becoming international stars in the process, the press was unimpressed, dismissing the group as easy-listening lightweights. By the '90s, even the solo success of members Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford was being held against the group, by then one of the best-known rock acts in the world.

All of which, to be honest, has been grossly unfair to the group. Granted, Genesis has made its share of mediocre albums -- perhaps even more than its share, considering how long the band has been around. But bad albums? None to speak of.

In fact, the worst that can be said of the group's early albums is that they sound dated, almost quaint. From Genesis to Revelation seems laughably "mod" at points -- for instance, the jazzy, bongo-spiked intro to "The Serpent" -- but that hardly takes away from the genuinely tuneful quality of the songs. Genesis was hardly a band ...

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