Genesis: Duke (1980)

My intent is not to review every Genesis album; this one was not even on my radar.  Funny how your material picks itself. Duke was the beginning of their “pop” phase, although the strands of progressive-rock were prevalent in their music. Gone were the epic suites of long songs. Mostly. Duke was important for several … More Genesis: Duke (1980)

And Then There Were Three: Genesis (1978)

The title refers to the group as now a trio, after the departure of guitarist Steve Hackett. This happened to be their highest charting album on the American charts, and serves as the dividing line between their progressive-rock origins and the more commercial pop-rock incarnation. And Then There Were Three is a quirky album, it … More And Then There Were Three: Genesis (1978)

Genesis (1983)

The band’s twelfth studio album was perhaps their best of their post-prog period. Simply titled, Genesis, it was a supercharged delight.  Did it outsell all other Genesis albums? No. Did it score higher on the charts than any other of their albums? No.  Did it have more singles than other Genesis albums? No. So, what … More Genesis (1983)

Genesis: Selling England By the Pound (1973)

This was the album where Genesis turned the corner as songwriters.  This would also be their finest album of the classic period: Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Steve Hackett. By turning the corner, I mean they became very accomplished songwriters, beginning with this album through the end of the decade, Genesis … More Genesis: Selling England By the Pound (1973)

Phil Collins solo

Phil Collins had a rather unlikely solo career. Not just a solo career, a monster career apart from Genesis. Taking over the microphone from Peter Gabriel in 1975 started Collins on this journey.  It was just a matter of time until he left Genesis, which spelled the end of the band. The two decades Collins … More Phil Collins solo

Progressive Rock: Coming in for a Landing

An exciting genre of music enjoyed a tremendous popularity from the late 1960’s through the 1970’s, but even stalwarts like Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, ELP, Jethro Tull, Moody Blues and Renaissance either changed their style or broke up.  Progressive rock didn’t die, it soldiered on but with less popularity as waves of new musical style … More Progressive Rock: Coming in for a Landing