The new version of the song has actually been in the works for more than two years. Trevor Horn produced the song, which was recorded piece by piece by the individual members at their own studios. The song originally was to feature only Gabriel's lead vocals, but Collins says that recently changed.
"I got a call a month ago to do the third verse's lead vocals," he says. "It's going to come out, I think, with the Genesis greatest hits, which is coming out for this Christmas."
One of the last bands the world was expecting a reunion from, the original Genesis (is that redundant?), has reunited, at least in the studio, to re-record "Carpet Crawlers," the original version of which appeared on the group's seminal art-rock album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974). The song will be included on a Genesis "best of" package slated for release later this year. At press time, it was not known if all five original members of Genesis (Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks) were on board during the recording, but the Los Angeles Times reported at least Collins and Gabriel were indeed on hand during the sessions, which are taking place somewhere in England. Producer Trevor Horn (Seal, Yes) is handling producing duties on the song.
© Rolling Stone