Formed 1967.

English rock band



Genesis are a British rock band formed in 1967. The band has consisted of its three longest-tenured members: founding members Tony Banks (keyboards) and Mike Rutherford (bass, guitar); and Phil Collins (vocals, drums), since 2006. Former members Peter Gabriel (vocals, flute), Steve Hackett (guitar) and Anthony Phillips (guitar) also played major roles in the band in its early years. Genesis are among the highest-selling recording artists of all time with approximately 130 million albums sold worldwide. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

In their early years, Genesis's music was initially regarded as a "pop experiment", as evident by their debut album From Genesis to Revelation (1969). Following numerous line-up changes, they evolved into a progressive rock band with Trespass (1970) and Nursery Cryme (1971), which showcased longer tracks, fantasy lyrics, and complex song structures and instrumentation. Their success continued with Foxtrot (1972), which features the 23-minute track "Supper's Ready", and Selling England by the Pound (1973). Genesis concerts during this time became theatrical experiences with stage design, pyrotechnics, story telling, and Gabriel wearing make-up and costumes. In 1975, after touring in support of their double concept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974), Gabriel left the band. Collins would handle drums and lead vocals on their subsequent studio albums, of which three more were released in the 1970s: A Trick of the Tail (1976), Wind & Wuthering (1976), and ...And Then There Were Three... (1978). The single "Follow You Follow Me" from the latter was a major international success and represented a change in their musical direction, becoming more pop-oriented and commercially accessible.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Live Over Europe

    Live Over Europe 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    An efficient souvenir of this year's reunion tour by the prog trio...
  2. Review of The Platinum Collection

    The Platinum Collection 2004

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    From cool to critically reviled. From worthy to wealthy. Genesis' story is an...
  3. Review of The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

    The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway 1974

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    The band's final album with Gabriel is a conceptual masterpiece...
  4. Review of Selling England By The Pound

    Selling England By The Pound 1973

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    The band's commercial breakthrough, and the first to contain a hit single!
  5. Review of Foxtrot

    Foxtrot 1972

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Featuring their side-long epic, 'Supper's Ready'. Apocalyptic prog!
  6. Review of Nursery Cryme

    Nursery Cryme 1971

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    The first album with the 'classic' line-up is a masterpiece of Edwardian rock!
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