Where to start? Genesis was huge when I was growing up and was a MTV mainstay at the time. I remember loving the Land Of Confusion video when it would come on. Years passed and as an impressionable 18 year old I bought my first Genesis release. After hearing “Home by the Sea” on a prog radio program, I went out and bought the live album Way We Walk – The Longs. Not the best live album in their discography, but a pretty good sampler, especially the Old Medley. At the same time a very good friend of mine was also listening to Genesis quite a bit and turned me onto some of their other older albums. Music discovery was so much different back then. You went to the record shop looked for something that looked cool and took a chance or if a friend happened to have them even better. Anyhow, I’ve been enjoying these albums for at least 15 to 20 years.
Also one thing to note, I don’t really favor one period over the other. Some people don’t like the Phil fronted version at all which is fine. I find that I tend to listen to the later albums more than the earlier ones, not that they’re better, but those are the ones I grew up with. Sure they are very pop, but more like Sting and some of the more adult oriented material from back in the 80’s, not really intended for the kids which is why I think it still holds up very well today. Also, I’m not listing the Archives here, that would be seven more discs of Genesis to listen to and I have a short attention span.Trespass
– The first real Genesis album with Peter Gabriel, there’s one before this called “From Genesis to Revelation”, it’s not widely available so I’m skipping it. I think most of the songs made it onto the Archive Box Set Vol 1. Though. It’s proggy but primitive. Phil wasn’t on this one either, definitely worth hearing as it is an excellent album. One highlight not to be missed is The Knife the other is Stagnation which made it onto that original live album I bought.Nursery Cryme
– This is a wonderful album, also the first to feature Phil on drums. The songs got longer and more experimental. The Musical Box and The Fountain Of Salmacis are the really special songs, there is definitely something magical about them. Then there is Return of The Giant Hogweed, which gets points for the interesting title. I love this album and I have it on both cd and vinyl. Highly recommended…Foxtrot
– Every song on this one is amazing from the start of Watcher of the Skies to Get Em Out By Friday and Can Utility and The Coastliners, which also happens to be one of my favorite songs from them. The absolute stunner is the twenty minute plus Supper’s Ready that takes up the whole second side of the album. Couldn’t tell you what it’s about but what an incredible journey it is. This is an essential track that must be heard!Live
– A short live album with only five songs, good but not my favorite. This was the only live offering with Gabriel for many years, the Archive Set would fix that.Selling England By The Pound
– Really good album, not one I listen to all that much now, but definitely has some special songs on there like Cinema Show, Firth of Fith and I Know What I Like. This was the first old school Genesis album that I bought. This is probably one of the best albums to start with.Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
– Crazy, crazy, crazy, double album, also the last with Peter Gabriel. There’s a concept here but it’s pretty bizarre, maybe someday somebody will make a movie about it and all will make sense. The music is pretty amazing; I will say that I like the first disc a little more than the second. There are a lot of weird sound effects and what not that I think drags down the second. This one is definitely worth checking out though as there are some really great songs throughout.A Trick Of The Tail
– First album with Phil on vocals and is still very much in line with their old sound here. Dance On the Volcano is an essential track along with Robbery, Assault and Battery.Wind And Wuthering
– Second album with Phil also released the same year as Trick of the Tail. Me being the OCD album organizer was always confused in where this went in order since they both had 1976 as the release date. Now I know it is clearly the second one to come out that year. Last album also to feature Steve Hackett who I don’t believe really contributed all that much to the writing on here which is why he probably left. The real star here is Afterglow, the rest of the album is pretty good as well but I don’t think I’d call this an essential release.Seconds Out
– The second live album, I have fond memories of blasting this from the speakers at the movie theater where I worked at the time. I believe Bill Bruford plays on some of these tracks as well as Chester Thompson who would be a Genesis regular touring member. This is a killer live offering, all the classics are here and Phil does an excellent job handling vocal duties.And Then There Were Three
– As the title would imply there were only three remaining members of Genesis left with Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford. This was more of a transitional album moving from the prog of the past to the more poppy efforts they would move to. Follow You, Follow Me is a great song here, the rest is just so, so. This is probably one of my least favorites.Duke
– I love this album, this is a major highlight for me, not a weak song in the bunch, while I was in Marine Corp boot camp, for most of the three months I had “Turn it On Again” stuck in my head. That song is totally infectious. Misunderstanding shows up here which shows more of the pop side. The album ends with a bang though with Duke’s Travels and Duke’s End both of which are instrumentals which shows they did not abandon the prog. This is one amazing album.Abacab
– Supposedly named after the chords used in the title song. This one has always left me a little cold, and their worst song shows up on here with Who Dunnit. They can’t all be winners but at least most of the other songs are pretty good. Dodo/Lurker is a great song to check out from this one.Three Sides Live
– Third live album, I think this one might be my favorite as it has quite a few songs from Duke making an appearance. Also the first one with old medleys kind of the best parts of some of their older songs such as Colony Of Slippermen and Cinema Show. If you enjoy live albums, this one is really good.Genesis
– Mama and Home By the Sea are two stellar tracks from this one, gets a little silly with Illegal Alien but I like the song. I still remember seeing the video for it on MTV, probably the first Genesis song I remember as a kid. The last half of the album is pretty strong as well with Silver Rainbow and It’s Gonna Get Better concluding it. I like this one quite a bit.Invisible Touch
– This one is has a very 80’s sound and some of it sounds like it would have fit very well on a Phil solo record. Still has some good prog pieces in it with Domino and The Brazilian. There is some very pop sounding songs like In Too Deep and Throwing it All Away. I say pop but it’s more like intelligent adult oriented pop. I like singing along to those songs and my wife likes them as well. That makes it a winner for sure!We Can't Dance
– Last studio album to feature Phil on vocals. I couldn’t see anybody not liking this album, lots of great tracks like I Can’t Dance to Fading Lights or Driving The Last Spike. Plenty of music to enjoy and being that it is quite a bit longer than all the other albums; I don’t find any real weak tracks here. This one is a favorite as well.Genesis Live: The Way We Walk, Vol. 1 (The Shorts)
– Decent live offering featuring the shorter length songs, not too bad but not my favorite live album.Genesis Live: The Way We Walk, Vol. 2 (The Longs)
– A little better than the previous, supposed to be limited edition but I’m not sure if that was the case. This is also the first Genesis album that I ever picked up. I listened to the Old Medley quite a bit. Only six songs featured here but all of them are very good, including the obligatory Drum solo called Drum Duet which features Phil and Chester on dueling drums.
That’s all for now folks….