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Reassessing

Genesis: The Peter Gabriel Years (1967-1975)

By Published: January 14, 2007
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway is a two record concept album built around short pieces that interconnect to tell the story of Rael. Rael is a New York hustler searching for his brother John in an underground that is filled with monsters and nightmarish events. The story is loose and the music jumps through a variety of genres. Ignoring the folk basis of Selling England By The Pound, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway focuses more on Tony Banks' synth work, as well as having a harder edge (that at times comes off as proto-punk). This could be the work of producer and keyboard visionary Brian Eno. The synths began to take over. Gabriel lacked musical input, dealing instead with the lyrics and story. Though the album is flawed the music is extraordinary, but lacks the great soloing of the records that preceded it. This would become a point of contention for Hackett after Gabriel's departure.



Though the next two releases with Phil Collins on vocals would follow in a similar fashion with good results, the departure of Gabriel left a hollow feeling to Genesis' overall sound. Banks wrote many of the compositions, and pushed the synth to the forefront. The music became more about texture and less about the amazing soloing that slid through the early records. When it comes down to jazz vibe, Selling England By The Pound is where the listener is recommended to end the journey. But prog fans will want to keep going until ...and then there were three....



Tracks and Personnel



Trespass



Tracks: Looking for Someone; White Mountain; Visions of Angels; Stagnation; Dusk, The Knife.



Personnel: Peter Gabriel: vocals, flute, accordion, bass drum, tambourine; Anthony Phillips: acoustic 12-string guitar, electric guitar, dulcimer; Mike Rutherford: acoustic 12-string guitar, nylon-string guitar, cello, bass instrument, background vocals; Tony Banks: guitar, piano, organ, , mellotron, background vocals; John Mayhew: drums, percussion.



Nursery Cryme



Tracks: The Musical Box; For Absent Friends; The Return of the Giant Hogweed; Seven Stones; Harold the Barrel; Harlequin; The Fountain of Salmacis.



Personnel: Peter Gabriel: vocals, flute, bass drum, tambourine; Mike Rutherford: acoustic 12-string guitar, bass instrument, background vocals; Tony Banks: guitar, piano, organ, mellotron, background vocals; Phil Collins: drums, percussion, background vocals, lead vocals (2); Steve Hackett: guitar, 12-string guitar.



Foxtrot



Tracks: Watcher of the Skies; Time Table; Get 'Em Out By Friday; Can-Utility and the Coastliners; Horizons; Supper's Ready.



Personnel: Peter Gabriel: vocals, flute, bass drum, tambourine, oboe; Mike Rutherford: acoustic 12-string guitar, cello, bass instrument, background vocals; Tony Banks: guitar, piano, organ, mellotron, background vocals; Phil Collins: drums, percussion, background vocals; Steve Hackett: guitar, 12-string guitar.



Selling England By the Pound



Tracks: Dancing With the Moonlit Knight; I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe); Firth of Fifth; More Fool Me; The Battle of Epping Forest; After the Ordeal; The Cinema Show; Aisle of Plenty.



Personnel: Peter Gabriel: vocals, flute, bass drum, tambourine, oboe; Mike Rutherford: guitar, bass instrument, background vocals; Tony Banks: guitar, piano, organ, mellotron, synthesizer, background vocals; Phil Collins: drums, percussion, background vocals, lead vocals (4); Steve Hackett: guitar, 12-string guitar, electric sitar.



The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway



Tracks: CD1: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway; Fly on a Windshield; Broadway Melody of 1974; Cuckoo Cocoon; In the Cage; The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging; Back in N.Y.C.; Hairless Heart; Counting Out Time; The Carpet Crawlers; The Chamber of 32 Doors. CD2: Lilywhite Lilith; The Waiting Room; The Supernatural Anaesthetist; The Lamia; Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats; The Colony of Slippermen: The Arrival/Visit to the Doktor/Raven; Ravine; The Light Dies Down on Broadway; Riding the Scree; In the Rapids; It.



Personnel: Peter Gabriel: vocals, flute; Mike Rutherford: 12-string guitar, bass instrument, background vocals; Tony Banks: keyboards, background vocals; Phil Collins: drums, percussion, background vocals, vibraphone; Steve Hackett: guitar, 12-string guitar, electric sitar; Brian Eno: Enossification (sound processing and effects).



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