"Hello Paris in the springtime!" says an animated Phil Collins during Seconds Out, the live double album released by Genesis in October 1977.
In 1973, Britain was at a crossroads. The Conservative government seemed to be losing control of the various industrial disputes that raged in a union-dominated workplace; inflation was spiralling due to the increasing global economic crisis.
Mention Genesis to most guitarists and they’ll likely effuse over the band’s one-time lead ax-grinder Steve Hackett who, among other sonic innovations, helped popularize the use of fretboard tapping.
The Over/Under isn’t about the best and worst of Genesis. It’s the most overrated and underrated Genesis tracks, and the main theme here is that not everything from the Peter Gabriel era is genius and not everything from the Phil Collins era is crap.
Inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame in 2010 as a member of prog-rock legends genesis, Tony Banks is one of the most respected songwriters and keyboard players of his generation. His career spans fifty years and has seen him sell in excess of 130 million albums, with the band and solo.
Steve Hackett thought his goose was cooked in 1972. Foxtrot was the 22-year-old guitarist’s second album with Genesis but he harboured misgivings about Supper’s Ready, the 23-minute opus that scampered through seven movements on side two.