At first, Genesis were five English ex-boarding-school mates playing complex songs about hogweed and Greek myth. They slimmed that audacity into platinum pop as members left: guitarist Anthony Phillips (1970), singer Peter Gabriel (1975) and guitarist Steve Hackett (1977). But bassist Mike Rutherford, keyboardist Tony Banks and drummer Phil Collins were never as compelling later as they were in the band that made the five LPs in this box. The country-cathedral air of 1970's Trespass and the prog-garage jolts on 1971's Nursery Cryme fuse to perfection in Gabriel's theatrical fables of greed and struggle in a fading Britain on 1972's Foxtrot and 1973's Selling England by the Pound. His story line on 1974's The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is still impenetrable. Now the album just sounds like a set of ingenious songs that didn't need a suite to make them art.
(Posted: Nov 13, 2008)
Review 1 of 3
I wish that when people heard the name "Genesis" they weren't thinking Invisible Touch. More people should listen to this music. We will never hear songs of this quality ever again my friends...
Nov 26, 2008 15:39:53
Review 2 of 3
I am still listening to these songs. The muscianship with the lyric is spellbinding. Gabriel's abilities and weirdness create prog art unequalled for the era. Steve Hackett guitar work along with the explosive drum play by Phil Collins, keyboards by Tony Banks and bass, megatron use of Mike Rutherford combine for a tasteful melodic storytelling wall of sound theater."Play Me ol King Cole, that I may join with you" I will never forget how that lyric made me feel years ago and still does to this day. Great band
Nov 25, 2008 08:22:50
Review 3 of 3
Genesis made me a prog fan. I didn't know what that was when I was a young man, all I knew was they were heads and tails above... oh wait, THAT era sucked. It was Gabriel that made them what they were. The complexities of the lyrics mixed with the incredible music was astonishing. Unlike Yes, or ELP, or other prog bands, these guys had something so unique, so special, that I still hold them in awe... even after all these years.
Nov 14, 2008 23:48:43