Genesis (Genesis album)

Genesis (Genesis album)

Infobox Album|
Name = Genesis
Type = Album
Artist = Genesis

Released = October 3, 1983
Recorded = February - August 1983 at The Farm, Surrey
Genre = Rock, pop rock, progressive rock
Length = 45:59
Label = Atlantic, Vertigo, Virgin
Producer = Genesis, Hugh Padgham
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|3.5|5 [ link]
Last album = "Three Sides Live"
This album = "Genesis"
Next album = "Invisible Touch"

"Genesis" is an eponymous album by Genesis and is their twelfth studio album, recorded and released in 1983. Most fans, as well as the band themselves, refer to this album as the "Mama" album. In some cases, notably amongst the Genesis online community, it has been referred to as the "Shapes" album because of the front cover artwork.

Building on the advancements of "Abacab", "Genesis" (so named for the fact that all three band members composed every song on it together for the first time), was a further example of Genesis' evolution in the 1980s. The album also marked the beginning of Hugh Padgham's formal production assistance after engineering "Abacab".

The drum machine, used to startling effect on lead-single "Mama", was central to the song's atmosphere, and was responsible for further opening up songwriting possibilities within the band. One of their most uncommercial releases, "Mama," a song about a young boy's obsession with a prostitute, became Genesis' biggest UK hit, reaching #4 upon release, although the song tanked on the US singles chart.

Further successes "That's All" (which became the band's first US Top 10 hit), "Illegal Alien" and "Taking It All Too Hard" ensured that "Genesis" was well-received upon its release and it consequently reached UK # 1, while making #9 in the US and eventually selling over four million copies there alone.

Among fans, the album has a generally favourable, yet still mixed reputation.

A SACD / DVD double disc set (including new 5.1 and Stereo mixes) was released in October 2007 in Europe and as a CD and DVD double disc set in the US and Canada a month later.

Track listing

All songs by Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford.

ide one

# "Mama" – 6:46
# "That's All" – 4:23
# "Home by the Sea" – 5:08
# "Second Home by the Sea" - 6:09

ide two

# "Illegal Alien" – 5:14
# "Taking It All Too Hard" – 3:56
# "Just a Job to Do" – 4:45
# "Silver Rainbow" – 4:28
# "It's Gonna Get Better" – 4:59

2007 Remaster

# "Mama" - 6:52
# "That's All" - 4:26
# "Home By The Sea" - 5:07
# "Second Home By The Sea" - 6:07
# "Illegal Alien" - 5:15
# "Taking It All Too Hard" - 3:58
# "Just A Job To Do" - 4:47
# "Silver Rainbow" - 4:30
# "It's Gonna Get Better" - 5:14


*Phil Collins - vocals, drums, percussion
*Tony Banks - keyboards, background vocals
*Mike Rutherford - guitars, bass guitar, background vocals


Genesis toured in support of the self-titled album nicknaming the tour The Mama Tour between November, 1983 and March 1984.


#That's All*
#"Eleventh Earl of Mar"/"Ripples"/"Squonk"/"Firth of Fifth" medley (first US leg)
#"Eleventh Earl of Mar"/"Squonk"/"Firth Of Fifth" medely (half way through 1983)
#"Eleventh Earl of Mar"/"Behind The Lines"/"Firth of Fifth"/"The Musical Box (Closing section)" medley (Beginning Of The Second US leg)
#"Eleventh Earl of Mar"/"The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway"/"Firth of Fifth/"The Musical Box" (Second Us Leg and British leg)
#Illegal Alien
#Home by the Sea/Second Home By the Sea*
#Keep It Dark
#It's Gonna Get Better
#In the Cage
#The Cinema Show (closing section)/Riding the Scree (teaser)/Cinema Show (continued)/...In That Quiet Earth/Slippermen
#Drum Duet
#Los Endos

#Turn It On Again (extended version with a Medley that included In the Midnight Hour, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, Pinball Wizard,

The Carpet Crawlers, Man On The Corner* and Who Dunnit?* were played early on in the tour, but were dropped a short while in.


*Phil Collins - Lead Vocals, Drums, Percussion
*Tony Banks - Keyboards, Vocals
*Mike Rutherford - Electric six and Twelve String Guitars, Bass guitar, bass pedals, vocals
*Daryl Stuermer - Guitars, Bass guitar*
*Chester Thompson - Drums, percussion

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