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Music Groups - Genesis

Genesis are an English rock band formed in 1967. With approximately 150 million albums sold worldwide, Genesis are among the top 30 highest-selling recording artists of all time.[1] In 1988, the band won a Grammy Award for Best Concept Music Video. The longest-tenured members of Genesis are Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks. Peter Gabriel, Anthony Phillips and Steve Hackett were also members of the band in its early days. Genesis began as a 1960s pop band playing moody, simple keyboard-driven melodies. During the 1970s, they evolved into a progressive rock band, incorporating complex song structures and elaborate instrumentation, while their concerts became theatrical experiences with innovative stage design, pyrotechnics, elaborate costumes and onstage stories. This second phase was characterised by lengthy performances such as the 23 minute "Supper's Ready" and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, the 1974 concept album. In the 1980s, the band produced accessible pop music based on melodic hooks; this change of direction gave them their first number one album in the United Kingdom, Duke, and their only number one single in the United States, "Invisible Touch". Genesis has changed personnel several times. Founding member Anthony Phillips left the band in 1970 due to stage fright. In 1975, Collins, then the band's drummer, replaced Gabriel as lead singer after a lengthy search for a replacement. To facilitate Collins's move to lead vocals during concerts, Bill Bruford, and later Chester Thompson, played drums for the band, with Collins joining in briefly during lengthy instrumental passages. After Phil Collins left the band in 1996, Genesis recruited Ray Wilson (formerly of Stiltskin), who appeared on the 1997 album Calling All Stations. As a result of the commercial failure of Calling All Stations, the band announced an indefinite hiatus. However, in 2007, Banks, Collins and Rutherford reunited for a 20-city tour of Europe and North America, which included a free concert at Rome's Circo Massimo in front of 500,000 fans.

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1 Genre Shift - Synthpop They drop progressive rock for pop.
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2 Never Boned Still rocks.
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3 Exit-Stage left Peter Gabriel leaves
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4 Phil Collins success. Sounded less didtinct than pre Phil.
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5 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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6 Same Character, Different Acto Ray Wilson replaces Phil Collins
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7 1990's Group became irrelevant
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1 It takes patience and a bit of a palette to get into Peter Gabriel Genesis. It's not the easiest thing to listen to, but the rewards pay off big time with some of the most complex and in-depth music you'll ever listen to. Phil Collins era Genesis is much easier to get into and not as in-depth, but it's still enjoyable if you're into 80s new wavish pop/rock. I think if Gabriel stayed in the band their sound would be much the same. Just listen to his solo album So from 1986 and you can hear many similarities between it and Invisible Touch. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on March 9, 2011, 10:51 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
2 It takes a strong taste for music to be able to appreciate both eras of this rock group. The Gabriel-era Genesis produced their best material on the albums Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot. And yes, it's true that Collins favored a more mainstream direction, but I think the album Invisible Touch is one of the best albums of the 1980's and I'm not going to dismiss it simply because of what Genesis became. But the thing is, it was because of them originally being a prog rock group that Gabriel and Collins found themselves having growing creative differences and ultimately Collins would turn the band against Gabriel who was forced to leave. And when you consider what became of Peter Gabriel as a solo artist, even he was going into a more mainstream direction himself and largely it was because the times were changing. I see the same thing out of people who talk about the Beatles, there's a division between those who liked the mid-decade moptops but not the long-haired hippies they later became, but it was the same thing, times were changing. So even if Gabriel remained with Genesis they may not have sounded too much different. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on March 21, 2010, 8:48 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Actually, the first few albums after Gabriel carried on with the patented Genesis Progressive sound, especially "Trick Of The Tail" and "Wind And Wuthering". To me they slightly boned with "And Then There Were Three", a pretty weak album whose only claim to fame was "Follow You, Follow Me". But they de-boned with Duke, which to me was their last true prog album, albeit with a definite pop influence. But yes, once they recorded "Face Value" err, I mean "Abacab" they boned for good, with Phil Collins wielding the filet knife. -- Submitted By: (billdozer72) on January 7, 2010, 11:30 pm - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
4 As I was reading Diezman's comment, I was about to rebut, but you are right. I thought Genesis was lucky to get a great lead to replace Peter Gabriel, but now that you mention it, Genesis did become Phil Collins back up band at that point. There is little difference between their Collins albums and his solos. I still like both pre and post Collins Genesis, but there was a difference. -- Submitted By: (Qsh) on December 5, 2009, 12:02 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 genesis used to be one of the premier progressive rock bands of the 70s! Things changed when Peter Gabriel left and Phil Collins took over. They changed from being a prog band (although there are prog elements in all Genesis albums in all fairness) to primarily a radio friendly 80s pop and ballad band. Don't get me wrong - I love Phil Collins but every Genesis album after Peter Gabriel sounded like a Collins solo album. -- Submitted By: (diezman) on November 21, 2009, 11:52 pm - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote

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