What is the best Genesis studio album

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OK, it was just a question of time. I just couldn't hold back anymore :)

And, btw, those who are looking for the "None of them, I don't like Genesis" option may just skip this poll and move on to the next thread.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Foxtrot 6
Selling England By The Pound 6
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway 6
Nursery Cryme 4
Calling All Stations2
We Can't Dance 1
Invisible Touch 1
Genesis 1
Abacab 1
Duke 1
Wind And Wuthering 1
...And Then There Were Three 0
A Trick Of The Tail 0
Trespass 0
From Genesis To Revelation 0


Geir Hongro, Saturday, 21 April 2007 17:33 (thirteen years ago) link

I need to choose between Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot. I shall play them and come back to this.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Saturday, 21 April 2007 17:37 (thirteen years ago) link

I'd like a mixture of the best tracks from Trespass and Nursery Cryme, but since that don't exist I voted for Selling England, which just shaded out Duke. But I forgot I don't much care for "Battle of Epping Forest[/i] :(

It's taken me a long time but I've decided that there isn't a "perfect" Genesis album. Each one has got something on it that doesn't work for me, or in the case of "The Knife" disrupts the cohesion of the rekkid.

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 21 April 2007 17:40 (thirteen years ago) link

For me "Selling England Is The Perfect One", even though "More Fool Me" and "After The Ordeal" aren't quite up there with the rest of the tracks.

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 21 April 2007 17:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Hmmm.. Some confusion with the title between the marks there. Oh well.. :)

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 21 April 2007 17:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Anybody who wants to choose "I don't like Genesis" could just vote for Calling All Stations featuring TV's Ray Winstone.

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 21 April 2007 17:42 (thirteen years ago) link

Even the band themselves weren't too fond of "Epping Forest" tho Geir.

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 21 April 2007 17:42 (thirteen years ago) link

The band themselves today aren't fond of anything they did before "Duke". Wasn't financially rewarding enough, I guess....

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 21 April 2007 17:43 (thirteen years ago) link

You think? Phil Collins spoke about the old stuff quite affectionately in that article he wrote about playing with a tribute band.

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 21 April 2007 17:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Well, I guess he has realized he will now earn more money from touring the old stuff than releasing solo albums that nobody has wanted to buy since the early 90s.

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 21 April 2007 17:46 (thirteen years ago) link

I refuse to believe any of them sully their music in the pursuit of filthy lucre.

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 21 April 2007 17:48 (thirteen years ago) link

Selling England By The Pound is the only one I own, so that I guess. Probably shouldn't have bothered voting.

JN$OT, Saturday, 21 April 2007 17:51 (thirteen years ago) link

I could never get into selling england. I don't know why. Lamb Lies Down On Broadway is great but it's gotta be foxtrot probably but i'll listen to Nursery Cryme 1st to make sure.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Saturday, 21 April 2007 17:51 (thirteen years ago) link

20 Jazz Funk Greats.

Oh, wait, hold on...

chrissie_, Saturday, 21 April 2007 19:03 (thirteen years ago) link

Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is the only Genesis I've ever been able to get into, but it sure is a great album.

novaheat, Saturday, 21 April 2007 19:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Though I'm pretty convinced Selling England will take it, for me personally it would be between Wind & Wuthering and Trespass. In the end, I voted W&W.

Joe, Saturday, 21 April 2007 22:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Nursery Cryme has Harold the Barrel, which is Gabriel's high-water mark, so it wins

Hans Rott, Saturday, 21 April 2007 22:55 (thirteen years ago) link

I believe "The Lamb..." will take it even if "Selling..." is my favourite. "Foxtrot" may also be a contender. It seems there are fewer "Duke" or "Invisible Touch" fans here than I expected from ILM though.

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 21 April 2007 23:05 (thirteen years ago) link

The Lamb is just too effin' much for me - it was actually what turned me off Genesis. I was digging NC & Foxtrot & even some of ...and then there were three and all my older friends were like "wait til you get to the Lamb Lies Down, there's this incredible story" and then I finally bought the album and 1) the story was garbage and 2) the version of "the Carpet Crawlers" wasn't as good as the one on "Seconds Out" so Crymes up Lambs down the end.

Hans Rott, Saturday, 21 April 2007 23:08 (thirteen years ago) link

Selling England is also kinda too much for me - Foxtrot & Nursery Cryme are ambitious but they have a sort of youthful charm, but around Selling England Gabriel starts really believing in his own greatness and becomes insufferable

Hans Rott, Saturday, 21 April 2007 23:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Well, I have gotten into "Selling England" more and more and it's the one Genesis album that grows the most on me.

I still feel like there is no beating "Selling...." as their most cohesive album and "Supper's Ready" as their defining moment though. :)

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 21 April 2007 23:10 (thirteen years ago) link

The Lamb is very strong until side 4, I think. The story is unsatisfactory, but then narrative arc in Prog concept albums is almost always rubbish: hi dere Olias of Sunhillow, Thick as a Brick etc etc. I don't think that's a big problem.

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 21 April 2007 23:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Hardly news, considering the narrative in Mozart's operas was almost always rubbish too.

Geir Hongro, Sunday, 22 April 2007 00:42 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah but Steve Hackett is no Mozart

Hans Rott, Sunday, 22 April 2007 01:55 (thirteen years ago) link

Dunno. Mozart was a genius, Steve Hackett is a genius :)

Geir Hongro, Sunday, 22 April 2007 14:08 (thirteen years ago) link

Never liked 'em much at all, I'm afraid. Except for a select handful of songs, I always found them wordy and tedious compared to Yes or Crimson or even ELP or Tull. That first live LP had the best song selection, but it's ineligible, of course. "Lamb" would be easier for me to si(f)t through if it weren't a double. And if the "story" weren't as pointless and incomprehensible. (Worse than "Lord Of The Rings", even.)

I guess I'll go with Foxtrot since it's got "Watcher of the Skies" and "Get 'em Out By Friday". Dunno if I'll ever be tempted to listen to "Supper's Ready" again, tho.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Sunday, 22 April 2007 14:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Is the rest of Foxtrot as good as "Supper's Ready?"

Sundar, Sunday, 22 April 2007 16:47 (thirteen years ago) link

"Get'em Out By Friday" is great at least. Even though "Supper's Ready" is my favourite Genesis moment I still go for "Selling England" as the overall stronger album though.

Geir Hongro, Sunday, 22 April 2007 17:48 (thirteen years ago) link

Is the rest of Foxtrot as good as "Supper's Ready?"

"Watcher of the Skies" is a classic for sure

Hans Rott, Sunday, 22 April 2007 18:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Foxtrot is probably gonna be my pick.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Sunday, 22 April 2007 18:17 (thirteen years ago) link

Even though "Supper's Ready" is my favourite Genesis moment I still go for "Selling England" as the overall stronger album though.

Geir, I may not agree with you on many things most of the time, but on this we might as well be conjoined brain twins.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 22 April 2007 18:26 (thirteen years ago) link

the only weak part of "foxtrot" is "time table"

akm, Sunday, 22 April 2007 20:03 (thirteen years ago) link

I like "Time Table". The weakest part of Foxtrot is bad "comedy" voices on "Get 'em Out by Friday".

Noodle Vague, Sunday, 22 April 2007 20:05 (thirteen years ago) link

See also: the twatting Slippermen.

Noodle Vague, Sunday, 22 April 2007 20:06 (thirteen years ago) link

"In Too Deep" is as slick and creepy as a Steely Dan song, every note falling into place with a kind of sickening predictability, and Phil Colilns turning into Michael McDonald for the falsetto bit.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 23 April 2007 02:59 (thirteen years ago) link

"In Too Deep" has that annoying Yamaha CP which Tony Banks overused from the late 70s onwards.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 23 April 2007 09:29 (thirteen years ago) link

bump

JN$OT, Thursday, 26 April 2007 08:14 (thirteen years ago) link

So it's a draw between all three "canonical" choices then. :)

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 26 April 2007 08:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Those two votes for "Calling All Stations" attempts were obvious attempts to vote for the worse. They failed, though, as "Calling All Stations" is considerably better than "We Can't Dance".

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 26 April 2007 08:52 (thirteen years ago) link

666!
I voted Foxtrot, btw

marmotwolof, Thursday, 26 April 2007 08:54 (thirteen years ago) link

I suggested that peeps vote "Calling All Stations" as the "I Hate Genesis" option. Surely to God that's the only reason anybody'd vote for it.

Noodle Vague, Thursday, 26 April 2007 08:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Hopefully nobody seriously picked "We Can't Dance" as his actual favourite. That album is sooooo much worse than anything else they've done.

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 26 April 2007 09:49 (thirteen years ago) link

i'm surprised that trick didn't get any votes. well I guess maybe no-one thinks it's the best, but it's up there

akm, Thursday, 26 April 2007 14:04 (thirteen years ago) link

I vote for the album with "Domino."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 26 April 2007 14:12 (thirteen years ago) link

"Selling England" by a nose over "Foxtrot." Has anyone seen the greatest fake Genesis band in the universe, The Musical Box? I swear there's no way the Genesis reunion gigs, even if Gabriel were performing, could ever be half as good as those guys are.

ellaguru, Thursday, 26 April 2007 15:28 (thirteen years ago) link

My mate and his brother seen them loads. They say they are amazingly good.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Thursday, 26 April 2007 15:31 (thirteen years ago) link

So, "All but Phil Collins with the singing" won!

Mark G, Thursday, 26 April 2007 15:35 (thirteen years ago) link

I missed this but would have voted for Selling England. It's even more epic than Lamb Lies Down even though it's half as long. And epic in this case of course means good.

sonderangerbot, Thursday, 26 April 2007 17:10 (thirteen years ago) link

three years pass...

Dance on a Volcano is such a jam its silly.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 1 September 2010 01:39 (nine years ago) link

nine years pass...

^yes. the first pre-1980 Genesis I ever heard.

omg who the fuck voted for Calling All Stations.

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 00:35 (one week ago) link


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