It may be hard for anyone who came of age during the golden days of Invisible Touch to believe, but in the beginning, Genesis was better known as an eclectic art-rock ensemble than as a hit machine. But once original frontman Peter Gabriel fled the band for a solo career and drummer Phil Collins assumed singing duties, things took a decided upturn for the quintet-turned-quartet-turned-trio. Now, a "greatest hits" package featuring material drawn primarily from the post-Gabriel era will commemorate the radio-friendly Genesis, a year after the four-disc Genesis Archives, Vol. 1: 1967-1975 -- The Gabriel Years honored the forgotten years. The compilation, set for a fall release, will include AOR staples like "Follow You, Follow Me," "Invisible Touch," "No Son of Mine," "Misunderstanding," "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight," "Abacab," "Land of Confusion," "Mama" and seven other Collins-era hits. Two other songs, "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" and "Carpet Crawlers" -- though not hits -- were selected from the Gabriel years.
"Carpet Crawlers," which originally appeared on 1974's The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, was recently re-recorded for this package with all five original members. One additional song, "Congo" (from 1997's Calling All Stations), was recorded with current frontman Ray Wilson. Hits not included on this single disc include "No Reply at All," "Man on the Corner," "Illegal Alien" and "Taking It All Too Hard."
by Blair R. Fischer