The Songs of Genesis

A Complete Guide to the Studio Recordings

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About the Book

Quintessentially British, Genesis spearheaded progressive rock in the 1970s, evolving into a chart-topping success through the end of the millennium. Influencing rock groups such as Radiohead, Phish, Rush, Marillion and Elbow, the experimental format of Genesis’ songs inspired new avenues for music to explore. From the 23-minute masterpiece “Supper’s Ready,” via the sublime beauty of “Ripples” and the bold experimentation of “Mama”, to hits such as “Invisible Touch” and “I Can’t Dance,” their material was inventive and unique. This book is the chronological history of the band’s music, with critical analysis and key details of each of the 204 songs Genesis recorded and released.

About the Author(s)

Steve Aldous has a lifelong interest in music, cinema and crime fiction. Author of a number of well-received short stories, articles and essays, he lives in Bury, Lancashire, UK.

Bibliographic Details

Steve Aldous
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 347
Bibliographic Info: 50 photos, discography, notes, bibliography, indexes
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8138-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3984-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
Introduction: From Charterhouse to Chart Toppers 3
Notes on Cataloguing 11
Part 1—The Formative Years: September 1963–September 1970
1. The Genesis of Genesis 14
2. Studio Album #1: From Genesis to Revelation 27
3. The Road to Trespass 40
4. Studio Album #2: Trespass 47
Part 2—The ­Five-Man Years: October 1970–May 1975
5. Studio Album #3: Nursery Cryme 58
6. Studio Album #4: Foxtrot 72
7. Studio Album #5: Selling England by the Pound 87
8. Studio Album #6: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway 101
Part 3—The ­Four-Man Years: June 1975–July 1977
9. Studio Album #7: A Trick of the Tail 132
10. Studio Album #8: Wind & Wuthering 146
Part 4—The Trio Years: August 1977–March 1996
11. Studio Album #9: …And Then There Were Three… 164
12. Studio Album #10: Duke 181
13. Studio Album #11: Abacab 200
14. Studio Album #12: Genesis 220
15. Studio Album #13: Invisible Touch 233
16. Studio Album #14: We Can’t Dance 251
Part 5—Their Final Bow: June 1996–July 2000
17. Studio Album #15: …Calling All Stations… 274
Part 6—Looking Back and Reunions
18. Since 1998 294
Discography 303
Chapter Notes 310
Bibliography 327
Song Title Index 329
General Index 333