Genesis: 1970-75 Vinyl Box Set


In the beginning - there was vinyl.

After upgrading the Genesis catalog of studio albums with a trio of comprehensive boxed sets, Rhino brings the band's early years back to their LP origins with GENESIS 1970-1975, a vinyl boxed set that contains five albums with lead singer Peter Gabriel.

Each Genesis vinyl album contains new stereo mixes done by Nick Davis. They are presented in heavyweight gatefold sleeves that feature the original covers, faithfully reproduced from their original sources. All of the albums are collected in a protective slipcase.

One of the top-selling recording artists of all time, Genesis has sold more than 150 million albums so far. This five-album set collects some of the band's most adventurous and ground-breaking records, covering Gabriel's tenure with the group.

The GENESIS 1970-1975 vinyl boxed set spotlights five albums - TRESPASS, NURSERY CRYME, FOXTROT, SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND and the double LP set, THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY.

Featuring favorites like "The Knife" and "White Mountain," Genesis' second album, TRESPASS (1970), marked the beginning of a five-year journey that saw the band create ever-more daring albums of progressive rock. The album includes guitarist Anthony Phillips and drummer John Mayhew, who were replaced on the following album by Steve Hackett and Phil Collins respectively.

NURSERY CRYME (1971) opens with "The Musical Box," a beautiful 10-minute sprawl that captures the essence of the band's sophisticated musicality tweaked with freewheeling theatrics. Genesis' new lineup starts to define its unique voice on songs like "The Return Of The Giant Hogweed" and "The Fountain Of Salmacis."

The band returned the following year with FOXTROT (1972), a breakthrough album hailed by critics and embraced by fans, especially in England where it reached #12. Two tracks in particular - "Watcher Of The Skies" and "Supper's Ready" - became live staples for years to come. Nearly filling the album's second half, "Supper's Ready" stands as an avant-garde showcase for each member's individual talents.

Genesis' popularity continued to grow with its fifth studio album, SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND (1973). These eight songs find the band's inventive storytelling and imaginative arrangements coming into sharper focus with "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" - Genesis' first hit single in the U.K. The album also introduced audiences to "The Cinema Show" and "Firth Of Fifth," songs that would become popular concert staples.

THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY (1974) is a double album about a Puerto Rican hood searching for his brother. It was to be Gabriel's final release with Genesis. The band toured for the album, performing the entire 90-minute album along with an ambitious stage show complete with costume changes, theatrical lighting, and pyrotechnics. The title track, "Carpet Crawlers" and "In The Cage" remain popular parts of the band's live show.

You can purchase the Box Set now here.


TRESPASS (1970):
Side One
"Looking For Someone"
"White Mountain"
"Visions Of Angels"
Side Two
"The Knife"

Side One
"The Musical Box"
"For Absent Friends"
"The Return Of The Giant Hogweed"
Side Two
"Seven Stones"
"Harold The Barrel"
"The Fountain Of Salmacis"

FOXTROT (1972):
Side One
"Watcher Of The Skies"
"Time Table"
"Get 'Em Out By Friday"
"Can-Utility And The Coastliners"
Side Two
"Supper's Ready"

Side One
"Dancing With The Moonlit Knight"
"I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)"
"Firth Of Fifth"
"More Fool Me"
Side Two
"The Battle Of Epping Forest"
"After The Ordeal"
"The Cinema Show"
"Aisle Of Plenty"

Side One
"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"
Side Two
"Back In N.Y.C."
"Hairless Heart"
"Counting Out Time"
"Carpet Crawlers"
"The Chamber Of 32 Doors"
Side Three
"Lilywhite Lilith"
"The Waiting Room"
"Here Comes The Supernatural Anaesthetist"
"The Lamia"
"Silent Sorrow In Empty Boats"
Side Four
"The Colony Of Slippermen: The Arrival/A Visit To The Doktor/The Raven"
"The Light Dies Down On Broadway"
"Riding The Scree"
"In The Rapids"

[Published on: 4/13/09]

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honkeyTRON Tue 4/14/2009 12:03AM
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Nice to see some classic Genesis, when they actually rocked. I dig the vinyl, too. Most people seem to forget that 1-- these guys were actually a good band,(check out Phil Collins drumming in Brand X) and 2-- LP's have the best sound of any recording medium.(vinyl never stops curing, so if you take care of them, albums actually get more crisp and sound more "live" over the years!) I'm still not sure why every reissue needs to be re-mixed/mastered, though. Seems kinda weird for a record company to change an artist's work 25 years later.

G.Starr starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 12:24AM
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good call on Brand X tron, they caught a bad rap due to phil collins' uncanny knack for douchebaggery in his later solo career, but the guy can drum and this stuff is great

nsafay Tue 4/14/2009 04:58AM
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"Land of Confusion" was the shit! One of my favorite music videos ever too!

Benjamin Human Tue 4/14/2009 05:17AM
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Vinyl records are made from PVC, same as the pipes in your house, and that material doesn't really need to "cure."

mesaxi starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 05:24AM
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I can dig an all Gabrial set, but it would be better if it had some stuff off of 'Duke' or 'A Trick of the Tail' as well.

JAMBOE Tue 4/14/2009 06:22AM
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I saw Genesis on tour last year and it was amazing. They played mostly off of these albums.

It would have been really cool to see them with Peter Gabriel, but Phil still sounds pitch perfect at all times and his drumming is second to none.

I started listening to them last year at the advice of an older friend (who I'm taking to his first Phish show this summer) and I got hooked.

To me, they are the first "jam" band. And technically, blow away most bands on the scene today. IMO

editty Tue 4/14/2009 09:11AM
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Preach on Jamboe..While I'm sure a lot of people on here will scold you shortly for the comment, Genesis is the shiznit! I saw Genesis on their last tour in Pittsburgh and it blew away everything else I saw that year. Bash on Collins all you want, but the dude has exceptional musical talent and has a really serious group behind him. Collins said he wouldn't do the tour unless Gabriel was the lead, but I guess nothing ever came about that. Regardless, the show was sick and they went about 3 hours with no set break...It was worth every penny i spent for the ticket and I love being able to rock the parking lot shirt I got at every Jam show I attend. The hater hippies enjoy it the most.

FatChance Tue 4/14/2009 09:49AM
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Genesis in 1986, even with their cheesy, newer singles, still showed Madison Square Garden that they are a great band. The old stuff is so much better so nice to see this.

CrazyGWebber starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 11:33AM
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Broesau Tue 4/14/2009 12:48PM
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"I was a great drummer and now I'm nothing, just like Phil Collins!" - Bart Simpson

But really, genesis was the shit, read an interview w/ trey a while ago somewhere where he mentioned that "The Lamb Lay Down on Broadway" was a possible halloween cover album, would have been cool to see that.

nomemory starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 05:48PM
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that's funny brousseu, I was just thinking it'd have been awesome to hear phish do a "lamb lies down on broadway" halloween. Not sure how they'd pull of gabriels vocals though, I don't know many singers that could (although les claypool does a pretty good cover of "intruder" by gabriel on the primus album "miscellaneous debris"). In my opinion, The lamb lies down on broad way is one of the top ten or twenty classic rock albums of all times. A concept piece that could rival pink floyds "the wall"; and that's saying a lot, cause pink floyd is my favorite.

honkeyTRON Tue 4/14/2009 08:37PM
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PVC does indeed "cure" (the carbon chains link up over time), making the material harder and more brittle. If you've ever dug up really old irrigation pipe(like 15-20 years old), it has little to no "flex". I have several antique 45's and 78's, and the older they are, the harder. My oldest (Hank Williams, Roy Acuff) feel like ceramic plates. Unfortunately they shatter like ceramic, too!