Genesis (English rock band)

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Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins. Other important members were the original lead singer Peter Gabriel and guitarist Steve Hackett. The band underwent many changes in musical style over its career, from folk music to progressive rock in the 1970s, before moving towards pop at the end of the decade. They have sold 21.5 million RIAA-certified albums in the US and their worldwide sales are estimated to be between 100 million and 150 million.

Formed by five Charterhouse pupils including Banks, Rutherford, Gabriel, and Anthony Phillips, Genesis was named by former pupil Jonathan King who arranged them to record several unsuccessful singles and an album. After splitting with King, the group began touring professionally, signing with Charisma Records. Following the departure of Phillips, Genesis recruited Collins and Hackett and recorded several progressive rock style albums, with live shows centred around Gabriel's theatrical costumes and performances. The group were initially commercially successful in Europe, before entering the UK charts with Foxtrot (1972). They followed this with Selling England by the Pound (1973) and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974) before Gabriel decided to leave the group.

After an unsuccessful search for a replacement, Collins took over as lead singer, while the group gained popularity in the UK and the US. Following A Trick of the Tail and Wind & Wuthering (both 1976), Hackett left the band, reducing it to a core of Banks, Rutherford, and Collins. Genesis had their first UK top ten and US top 30 single in 1978 with "Follow You Follow Me" and the group continued to gain commercial success with Duke (1980), Abacab (1981), and Genesis (1983), reaching a peak with Invisible Touch (1986), which featured five US top five singles. Its title track reached number one in the US. After the follow up, We Can't Dance (1991) and related tour, Collins left Genesis in 1996 to focus on his solo career. Banks and Rutherford recruited Ray Wilson for Calling All Stations (1997), but a lack of success in the US led to a group hiatus. Banks, Rutherford and Collins reunited for the Turn It On Again Tour in 2007, and together with Gabriel and Hackett were interviewed for the BBC documentary Genesis: Together and Apart in 2014.

Their discography includes fifteen studio and six live albums, six of which topped the UK chart. They have won numerous awards and nominations, including a Grammy Award for Best Concept Music Video with "Land of Confusion", and inspired a number of tribute bands recreating Genesis shows from various stages of the band's career. In 2010, Genesis were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982-09-26: Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA Genesis 1
1982-09-29: All the Help I Can Get, Reunion Concert Rehearsal, Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK Genesis 1
1983-11-26: Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, USA Genesis 1
1983-11-27: Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, USA Genesis 2
1984-02-25: Home at Last: National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK Genesis 1
1986-10-15: The Great Western Forum, Inglewood, CA, USA Genesis 1
1987-07-02: Wembley Stadium, London, UK Genesis 1
1987-07-04: Live in the City of Light: Wembley Stadium, London, UK Genesis 1
Calling Radio Stations Genesis 1
From One Fan to All Others Genesis 1
Genesis at the L.A. Forum (DR) 1 Genesis 1
Illegal Alien Genesis 1
In Concert Genesis with Phil Collins 1
Knebworth Show Genesis 1
Land of Confusion Genesis 1
Live at the Rainbow Genesis 1
Live in Montreal Genesis 1
Live in Pitsburgh 1976 Genesis 1
Live USA Genesis 1
Nothing Left Now Genesis 1
Some of You Are Going to Die Genesis 1
The Coastliners Genesis 1
The Great Lost Live Album Genesis 1
The Lamb Lives Genesis 1
Three Nights in Philly Genesis 1
Twilight Alehouse Genesis 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 The Silent Sun Genesis 3 1
1968 A Winter’s Tale Genesis 3 1
1969 Where the Sour Turns to Sweet Genesis 1
1970 Looking for Someone / Visions of Angels Genesis 1
1971 The Knife Genesis 5 2
1972 Happy the Man Genesis 1
1973 I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) Genesis 3
1973 Watcher of the Skies Genesis 5 1
1974 Counting Out Time Genesis 1
1974 The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room Genesis 5 2
1977 Your Own Special Way Genesis 1
1978 Many Too Many Genesis 1
1978 Follow You Follow Me Genesis 1
1980 Duchess Genesis 2 2
1980 Misunderstanding Genesis 1
1980 Turn It On Again Genesis 1 1
1981 Abacab Genesis 1 1
1981 Keep It Dark Genesis 1 1
1981 Mama Genesis 1 4
1981 Man on the Corner Genesis 1 1
1981 No Reply at All Genesis 2 1
1982 Paperlate / You Might Recall Genesis 1 1
1983 Home by the Sea Genesis 1
1983 Illegal Alien Genesis 1
1983 That’s All Genesis 2.5 3
1986 In Too Deep Genesis 2 1
1986 Invisible Touch Genesis 1 2
1986 Land of Confusion Genesis 3 4
1987 Tonight, Tonight, Tonight Genesis 1 3
1987 Domino Genesis 2 1
1987 Throwing It All Away Genesis 1 1
1990 Live USA Phil Collins and Genesis 1
1991 I Can’t Dance Genesis 1 3
1991 No Son of Mine Genesis 3 2
1992 Jesus He Knows Me Genesis 2 3
1992 Tell Me Why Genesis 1 2
1992 Hold on My Heart Genesis 1 2
1993 Never a Time Genesis 1
1997 Congo Genesis 3 2
1997 Shipwrecked Genesis 3 2
1998 Not About Us Genesis 3 1
1999 The Carpet Crawlers 1999 Genesis 5 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Spot the Pigeon Genesis 5 4
1982 3 X 3 Genesis 1
1987 Visible Touch Genesis 1
Paperlate Genesis 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Invisible Touch: Live Genesis 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972-01-09: John Peel Session, Studio T1, BBC Studios, Kensington House, Shepherds Bush, London, UK Genesis 1
1972-03-02: In Concert, Paris Studios, BBC, London, UK Genesis 1
1972-03-20/21: 'Pop Shop', Brussels, Belgium Genesis 1
1973-01-17: AFN Radio, Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, West Germany Genesis 1
1973-10-30: Cinema Landscapes: Shepperton Film Studios, Borehamwood, UK Genesis 1
1974-02-12: 'Melody', ORTF TV Studios, Paris, France Genesis 1
1975-10-xx A Trick of the Tail Outtakes: Trident Studios, UK Genesis 1
Calling All Stations Tour - Ticket Genesis 1
Moonlight Knight Genesis 1
Selling England by the Session Genesis 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Interview Picture Disc Genesis 1
The Conversation Disc Series Genesis 1

Other + Interview + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974-04-24: WBCN Studios, Boston, MA, USA Genesis 1

Broadcast + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Complete BBC Sessions: 1970–1972 Genesis 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway – Outtakes Genesis 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 1972-08-22: Alone Within a Storm: Teatro Alcyone, Genoa, Italy Genesis 1
1973‐10‐05/09: Dave & Steph… Your First Suppers Ready: Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, UK Genesis 1
1974-05-04: Selling Equipment by the Pound: Academy of Music, New York City, NY, USA Genesis 1
1974-05-06 late show: The Very Last Pound: Academy of Music, New York City, NY, USA Genesis 1
1974-11-25: A Hole in Heaven: Music Hall, Cleveland, Oh, USA Genesis 1
1974-11-26: Time To Unzip: Music Hall, Cleveland, OH, USA Genesis 1
1974-12-08: Palace Theater, Providence, RI, USA Genesis 1
1974-12-16: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON, USA Genesis 1
1974-12-17: Wasted Wings: Auditorium Theater, Rochester, NY, USA Genesis 1
1975-01-10: West Palm Beach '75: West Palm Beach Convention Hall, West Palm Beach, FL, USA Genesis 1
1975-01-11: Broadway Everglades: Lakeland Theater, Lakeland, FL, USA Genesis 1
1975-01-19: Live at the Music Hall Tulsa: Civic Centre Music Hall, Oklahoma City, OK, USA Genesis 1

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