Formed 1967.

English rock band



Genesis are a British rock band formed in 1967. The band consists of their three longest-tenured members: founding members Tony Banks (keyboards) and Mike Rutherford (bass, guitar); and Phil Collins (vocals, drums), who joined in 1970. 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.

In the late 1960s, with the release of their first album, Genesis's music was initially regarded by the band and the fans as a pop experiment, referring to then-popular melodic pop. Then, over the course of a year, (beginning with their second album in mid-1970) they evolved into a progressive rock band when more complex song structures with elaborate instrumentation was incorporated into their music. Their concerts became theatrical experiences with innovative stage design, pyrotechnics, extravagant costumes and on-stage stories. This second phase was characterised by lengthy performances such as the 23-minute "Supper's Ready" and the 1974 concept album, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. In the late 1970s and early 1980s Genesis's musical direction changed once again as they became more pop oriented and commercially accessible. Following this change, they experienced their first top 40 single in the US with "Follow You Follow Me", their first number one album in the United Kingdom, Duke, and their only number one single in the United States, "Invisible Touch".

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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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