Genesis opens his treasure chest

Genesis opens his treasure chest

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A year ago, Genesis resigned. Now the English band opens its treasure chest

A great English group has taken old concert recordings from the archives. The “Genesis BBC Broadcast” box set is a foray into the band’s epic history, full of unpublished discoveries.

Beginning in 1982 with singers Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford, behind them live guitarist Daryl Stuermer.

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A year ago, the English band Genesis gave their last concert at London’s O2 Arena in tears and left the stage. The main reason was the health problems of lead singer and drummer Phil Collins, who can only walk around with a stick and can no longer play drums. It was a fitting end to a long and eventful career for the band that began in 1967.

The biggest change in the band’s history was the departure of singer Peter Gabriel. With Phil Collins as lead singer, Genesis transformed from a progressive band into a pop band with chart hits such as “Mama”, “That’s All”, “Invisible Touch” and others – and divided the fan base into the camps of Gabriel and Collins. As the band became more and more successful, many of Genesis’s early fans left the band.

Beginning with Peter Gabriel in Paris.


There was even a short, third phase with singer Ray Wilson from 1997 to 1999. But he could not establish himself and was rejected by both camps. Tony Banks (keyboards) and Mike Rutherford (guitar, bass) are the only vocalists in the band.

In a live box, everyone is connected in peace

Everyone is reunited in peace on the new CD and LP box set “Genesis BBC Broadcast”. Lovingly curated by Tony Banks, this box set offers a journey through the band’s history with live recordings from 1970 to 1998. Many of the more than 50 live tracks have never been released before. And Collins wasn’t even around when the band appeared on BBC Radio 2 in 1970, for example.

Recording classics like “Musical Box” from Paris, “Get ‘Em Out by Friday” testifies to the band’s exciting early period. Real pearls are also pieces that Genesis recorded at the Knebworth Festival in 1992 and which can be heard here for the first time. But also the live concert at Wembley Stadium in 1987, already recorded on DVD. The box is a real treasure and a reminder of how great Genesis has been as a live band over the years.

Origins: BBC Broadcasting (3 CD/5 LP box set with 40 page booklet).

Genesis, Live at Wembley Stadium, London 1987.