Genesis (English rock band)

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Genesis is a British rock band that 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 quickly evolved into a progressive rock band with the incorporation of complex song structures and elaborate instrumentation. 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 the band's musical direction changed once again, becoming more pop oriented and commercially accessible. This resulted in 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".

Genesis has undergone several personnel changes throughout its history. Stage fright forced founding member Anthony Phillips to leave the band in 1970. In 1975, Collins, then the band's drummer, replaced Peter Gabriel as lead singer after a lengthy search for a replacement. To facilitate Collins's move to lead vocals during concerts, Bill Bruford and Chester Thompson played drums for the band as they toured, with Collins joining in briefly during lengthy instrumental passages. In 1977, guitarist Steve Hackett left the band. After Phil Collins left the band in 1996, Genesis recruited Ray Wilson (formerly of Stiltskin). Wilson appeared on the 1997 album Calling All Stations, after which the band announced an indefinite hiatus. 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. Genesis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. The future of the band remains uncertain, with Collins's retirement from the music business (although he has since considered a return to music and Genesis) and the other members' solo work, but Banks indicated the band had come to an end in an interview in 2012.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1969 From Genesis to Revelation 3 24
1970 Trespass 4 10
1971 Nursery Cryme 4 13
1972 Foxtrot 4.65 10
1973 Selling England by the Pound 4.3 17
1974 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway 4.45 17
1976 A Trick of the Tail 4 16
1976 Wind & Wuthering 4 10
1978 ...and Then There Were Three... 3.35 13
1980 Duke 3.35 10
1981 Abacab 3.75 10
1983 Genesis 3.8 12
1986 Invisible Touch 4.15 7
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

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
1993 The Way We Walk, Volume 2: The Longs Live 3
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
1981 Mama 1 3
1981 Man on the Corner 1 1
1981 No Reply at All 2 1
1982 Paperlate / You Might Recall 1 1

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