Genesis (English rock band)

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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). 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.

In 1980, Genesis scored their first UK number one album with Duke (1980). Their commercial success grew with further UK number one albums Abacab (1981) and Genesis (1983), which coincided with Collins's increasing popularity as a solo artist. The band peaked with Invisible Touch (1986), their best-selling album, from which all five singles released entered the top five on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, with "Invisible Touch" reaching the number one spot. In 1991, after a five-year break, Genesis continued their mainstream success with We Can't Dance (1991) which contained the worldwide hit single "I Can't Dance". In 1996, Collins left the band, which led to Ray Wilson taking his place on vocals. Wilson, Banks, and Rutherford released Calling All Stations (1997) which sold well in Europe but peaked at number 53 in the US, their lowest charting album since 1974. Following a European tour in 1998, the band went on hiatus.

In 2006, Banks, Rutherford, and Collins reunited for their 2007 Turn It On Again Tour which included a free concert in Rome that was attended by 500,000 people. The future of the band remains uncertain; Collins retired from the music industry in 2011 but is considering a return while Banks indicated Genesis had come to an end in 2012. In 2014, Gabriel, Banks, Rutherford, Collins and Hackett reunited for a feature-length documentary produced by the BBC called Genesis: Together and Apart.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1969 From Genesis to Revelation 3 25
1970 Trespass 4 12
1971 Nursery Cryme 4 14
1972 Foxtrot 4.65 12
1973 Selling England by the Pound 4.3 20
1974 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway 4.45 19
1976 A Trick of the Tail 4 16
1976 Wind & Wuthering 4 11
1978 ...and Then There Were Three... 3.35 13
1980 Duke 3.35 12
1981 Abacab 3.75 12
1983 Genesis 3.8 13
1986 Invisible Touch 4.15 8
1987 And The Word Was... 1
1991 We Can’t Dance 2.75 6
1997 ...Calling All Stations... 3 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1974 70's Pop Sound Compilation 1
1975 Reflection: Rock Theatre Compilation 2
1991 Turn It On Again: Best of '81 - '83 Compilation 2
1998 Archive 1967-75 Compilation 3 3
1999 Turn It On Again: The Hits Compilation 6
2000 Archive #2 1976–1992 Compilation 3
2004 Platinum Collection Compilation 4.35 4
2007 1976-1982 Compilation 4 2
2007 Turn It On Again: The Hits: The Tour Edition Compilation 3.5 2
2007 1983-1998 Compilation 2 2
2007 14 From Our Past Compilation 4 1
2008 1970-1975 Compilation 5 2
2014 R-Kive Compilation 2
Romantic Ballads Compilation 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1997 Genesis Live: Follow You, Follow Me Compilation Live 1
2009 Live 1973-2007 Compilation Live 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1973 Live Live 4 10
1977 Seconds Out Live 4 7
1982 Three Sides Live Live 7
1992 The Way We Walk, Volume 1: The Shorts Live 4 4
1993 The Way We Walk, Volume 2: The Longs Live 3
2007 Genesis Live 1
2007 Live Over Europe 2007 Live 2

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1968 The Silent Sun 3 1
1968 A Winter's Tale 3 1
1971 The Knife 5 1
1973 Watcher of the Skies 5 1
1974 The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room 5 1
1978 Follow You Follow Me 1
1980 Duchess 2 1
1980 Misunderstanding 1
1980 Turn It on Again 1 1
1981 Abacab 1 1
1981 Keep It Dark 1 1

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