Genesis is one of the most influential and successful bands in the history of rock music. Formed in 1967 by a group of schoolmates at Charterhouse School in England, they went on to create a diverse and innovative body of work that spanned from progressive rock to pop. In this article, we will explore their discography from 1969 to 2008, highlighting some of their most memorable albums and songs.
1969-1975: The Peter Gabriel Era
The first phase of Genesis' career was marked by the presence of lead singer, flutist and lyricist Peter Gabriel, who gave the band a distinctive identity with his theatrical stage persona and imaginative storytelling. The band's early albums, such as Trespass (1970), Nursery Cryme (1971) and Foxtrot (1972), featured complex and lengthy compositions that combined elements of classical, folk and psychedelic music. Some of their most acclaimed songs from this period include \"The Musical Box\", \"Supper's Ready\" and \"The Knife\".
In 1973, Genesis released their breakthrough album Selling England by the Pound, which reached No. 3 on the UK charts and received critical acclaim. The album contained some of their most popular songs, such as \"I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)\", \"Firth of Fifth\" and \"The Cinema Show\". The following year, they released The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, a double concept album that told the story of a street kid named Rael who goes through a surreal journey in New York City. The album was ambitious and experimental, but also divisive among fans and critics. It was also Gabriel's last album with Genesis, as he decided to leave the band in 1975 to pursue a solo career.
1976-1977: The Transition Period
After Gabriel's departure, Genesis faced a difficult challenge: finding a new lead singer. They auditioned several candidates, but none of them fit the bill. Eventually, they decided to give the role to their drummer Phil Collins, who had been providing backing vocals since 1972. Collins proved to be a capable and versatile vocalist, as well as a charismatic frontman. The band's first album with Collins as the lead singer was A Trick of the Tail (1976), which was well received by fans and critics alike. The album maintained the progressive rock style of their previous works, but also introduced some more accessible and melodic elements. Some of the highlights of the album include \"Dance on a Volcano\", \"Squonk\" and \"Ripples\".
In 1977, Genesis released Wind & Wuthering, their eighth studio album and their last one with guitarist Steve Hackett, who left the band shortly after its release. The album continued the musical direction of A Trick of the Tail, but also showed some signs of experimentation and diversity. Some of the songs on the album were influenced by jazz fusion (\"Eleventh Earl of Mar\", \"Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers...\"), classical music (\"Blood on the Rooftops\") and pop (\"Your Own Special Way\"). The album also featured one of Genesis' most beloved instrumental pieces, \"Afterglow\".
1978-1996: The Phil Collins Era
The departure of Hackett reduced Genesis to a trio of Collins, keyboardist Tony Banks and bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford. They decided to carry on as a three-piece band, hiring additional musicians for live performances. The band's next album, ...And Then There Were Three... (1978), marked a significant shift in their musical style, as they moved away from progressive rock and embraced more pop-oriented sounds. The album spawned their first top ten hit in the US, \"Follow You Follow Me\", which set the tone for their future success.
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