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Genesis announces major group and solo retrospective

Coming on September 22nd is the latest Genesis retrospective, titled R-Kive. The 42-year, 37-track set differs from every other Genesis collection in that it features healthy does of solo tracks from the members of the band's classic lineup: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, and Steve Hackett. The album -- which ignores the band’s debut album, 1969’s From Genesis To Revelation -- begins with “The Knife” from 1970’s Trespass featuring co-founder Anthony Phillips -- whose solo work is not on the new set.

Highlights on the collection include Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill,” and “Biko”’ Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight,” his duet with Phillip Bailey on “Easy Lover,” alongside Mike Rutherford’s Mike + The Mechanics’ “Silent Running” and “The Living Years.” Although Tony Banks and Steve Hackett’s outside work is equally represented, the closest thing each member had to a hit -- Banks’ 1983 “This Is Love” and Hackett’s 1986 “When The Heart Rules The Mind” with GTR featuring Yes’ Steve Howe, are both missing.

Despite Phil Collins being the best known member of Genesis, serving as both drummer and consummate frontman, he says its really his bandmates who have been the heart of the band: "Tony and Mike together are more of the spirit of Genesis than me. Y'know it's like people just don't know. They just think the singer is the guy that does it all cause he sings, and that's the link.  And that's always been the problem.  They thought Peter Gabriel did it all, and it really wasn't that way."

Tony Banks says it was Collins' responsibility to be the entertainer while he wrote the music: "It's always been one of my major roles in this group to write music. 'Cause y'know back in the time when Pete first left, y'know Mike and I were definitely doing a lion's share of the writing, even before that. In the later part, y'know, slightly Phil's contribution came up more to a kind of level with ours. I mean that was the thing. I'd say it was very much an even thing on those last two Genesis albums."

Vintage Vinyl News reported R-Kive is being released as a tie-in to the officially sanctioned BBC documentary Genesis: Together And Apart set to premiere in October, with an accompanying DVD titled, Sum Of The Parts, being released on November 17th.

The tracklisting to Genesis' R-Kive:

Disc One:

"The Knife" (from Trespass (1970))
"The Musical Box" (from Nursery Cryme (1971))
"Suppers Ready" (from Foxtrot (1972))
"The Cinema Show" (from Selling England By The Pound (1973))
"I Know What I Like" (from Selling England By The Pound (1973))
"The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" (from The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974))
"Back In N.Y.C." (from The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974))
"The Carpet Crawlers" (from The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974))
"Ace Of Wands" (from Steve Hackett's Voyage Of The Acolyte (1975))

Disc Two:

"Ripples" (from A Trick Of The Tail (1976))
"Afterglow" (from Wind & Wuthering (1976))
"Solsbury Hill" (from Peter Gabriel's first self-titled album (1977))
"Follow You Follow Me" (from And Then There Were Three (1978))
"For A While" (from Tony Banks' A Curious Feeling (1979))
"Every Day" (from Steve Hackett's Spectral Mornings (1979))
"Biko" (from Peter Gabriel's third self-titled album (1980))
"Turn It On Again" (from Duke (1980))
"In The Air Tonight" (from Phil Collins' Face Value (1981))
"Abacab" (from Abacab (1981))
"Mama" (from Genesis (1983))
"That's All" (from Genesis (1983))
"Easy Lover" (Phil Collins and Phillip Bailey from Bailey's Chinese Wall (1984))
"Silent Running" (from Mike + The Mechanics' self-titled album (1985))

Disc Three:

"Invisible Touch" (from Invisible Touch (1986))
"Land Of Confusion" (from Invisible Touch (1986))
"Tonight Tonight Tonight" (from Invisible Touch (1986))
"The Living Years" (from Mike + The Mechanics' Living Years (1989))
"Red Day on Blue Street" (from Tony Banks' Still (1991))
"I Can't Dance" (from We Can't Dance (1991))
"No Son of Mine" (from We Can't Dance (1991))
"Hold On My Heart" (from We Can't Dance (1991))
"Over My Shoulder" (from Mike + The Mechanics' Beggar On A Beach Of Gold (1995))
"Calling All Stations" (from Calling All Stations (1997))
"Signal To Noise" (from Peter Gabriel's Up (2002))
"Wake Up Call" (from Phil Collins' Testify (2002))
"Nomads" (from Steve Hackett's Out Of The Tunnels Mouth (2009))
"Siren" (from Tony Banks' Six: Pieces Of Orchestra (2012))

Did you know?

• Peter Gabriel and Genesis reunited only once -- on October 2nd, 1982 at National Bowl, in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England -- for Gabriel’s WOMAD festival (World of Music, Arts and Dance).

• Gabriel was backed by Genesis' touring lineup, featuring Daryl Stuermer and Chester Thompson.

• Interestingly, Genesis performed Gabriel's solo hit about leaving the band -- "Solsbury Hill" and Gabriel took over Phil Collins drum stool while Collins fronted the group for "Turn It On Again" -- the only-post Gabriel song performed at the show. Steve Hackett appeared for the final two songs -- "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe),” and “The Knife.”

• The full October 2nd, 1982 Genesis reunion setlist was: “Back In N.Y.C.,” ”Dancing With The Moonlit Knight,” "The Carpet Crawlers,” ”Firth Of Fifth,” “The Musical Box,” ”Solsbury Hill,” ”Turn It On Again,” ”The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway,” ”Fly On A Windshield,” ”Broadway Melody Of 1974,” ”In The Cage,” ”Supper's Ready,” ”I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe),” and “The Knife.”

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