It's curious, indeed, that Genesis keyboardist/co-founder Tony Banks never achieved the fame that Phil Collins, Steve Hackett, Peter Gabriel and Mike Rutherford did as solo artists. As one of the group's primary writers, his distinctive melodies and voicings have defined the Genesis sound since its inception. Still, based on the majority of Banks' extracurricular solo activities, it's easy to conclude that he needed Genesis to fully realize his own ideas.
Were it not for his 1979 ...read more
Genesis Genesis: The Movie Box: 1981-2007 Rhino Records 2009 With its entire audio discography now remixed and remastered on 1976-1982 (Rhino, 2007), 1983-1998 (Rhino, 2007), 1970-1975 (Rhino, 2008), and, most recently, Live: 1973-2007 (Rhino, 2009), legendary progressive popster Genesis finishes its series with Genesis: The Movie Box. Like the Live CD box, The Movie Box: 1981-2007 collects a series of concert performances--some making their appearance on DVD for the first time--leaving space for When In ...read more
Genesis Live 1973-2007 Rhino Records 2009 With all of British mega-group Genesis' studio discography now available in remixed/remastered form, including 5.1 surround mixes and a bevy of bonus audio and video features, the only commercial material left to receive engineer Nick Davis' careful attention is its series of four live albums. These begin with Genesis Live (Charisma, 1973) and end with The Way We Walk--originally issued as two separate releases, The Shorts (Atlantic, 1992) and ...read more
Tackling a legendary progressive rock concept album is a dangerous proposition, especially when a recent remaster has refocused the spotlight on the original. But drummer/vocalist Nick D'Virgilio is better suited than most to reinterpret Genesis' classis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (Atlantic, 1975), beautifully remixed/remastered in the recent Genesis: 1970-1975 (Rhino, 2008) box. A member of contemporary progsters Spock's Beard, perhaps more importantly D'Virgilio played drums on four tracks of Genesis' overlooked post-Phil Collins album, Calling All Stations (Atlantic, ...read more
Genesis 1970-1975 Rhino Records 2008 For many Genesis fans, the final box set of the progressive rock group's series of remixed and remastered studio albums is the one they've been waiting for the most. 1970-1975 documents the period when Peter Gabriel was the band's lead singer, before the group began a gradual move away from its art rock beginnings towards a more pop-oriented, radio-friendly sound. The previous two boxes--1976-1982 (Rhino, 2007) and 1983-1998 ...read more
During the last thirty years the world has been stuck in the syrupy sludge of the Phil Collins era of Genesis, when it was impossible to distinguish a solo Collins record from a Genesis one. Fans of the original group have long been dismayed by the acquired, gargantuan pop overtones of a band which was one of the most intriguing prog-rock groups of the early 1970s. Unless you've heard those early records forget all that has happened from the 1978 ...read more
Morphogenesis produce music that has few (if any) points of reference to other music. All of it is totally improvised yet it is unlike most music labelled as improv." The music is largely created using live electronics but this is not an electronic band. Indeed, it is the other instruments that Morphogenesis use that make them sound unique.Although no instrumentation is listed for this CD, the Morphogenesis website (http://www.stalk.net/paradigm/morphogenesis.htm) reveals their use of instruments that they have constructed ...read more