Genesis (UK)


Band members                         Related acts

  line up 1 (1967-69)

- Tony Banks -- keyboards

- Peter Gabriel -- vocals

- Anthony Phillips -- guitar

- Mike Rutherford -- bass, guitar

- Chris Stewart -- drums, percussion

 

  line up 2 (1969)

- Tony Banks -- keyboards

- Peter Gabriel -- vocals

- Anthony Phillips -- guitar

- Mike Rutherford -- bass, guitar

- John Silver  -- drums, percussion (replaced Chris Stewart)

 

  line up 3 (1969-71)

- Tony Banks -- keyboards

- Peter Gabriel -- vocals

- John Matthew -- drums (replaced John Silver)

- Anthony Phillips -- guitar

- Mike Rutherford -- bass, guitar

 

  line up 4 (1971-76)

- Tony Banks -- keyboards

- Peter Gabriel -- vocals

- Phil Collins -- vocals, drums, percussion (replaced John Matthew)

- Steve Hackett -- lead guitar (replaced Anthony Phillips)

- Mike Rutherford -- bass, guitar

 

  line up 5 (1976)

- Tony Banks -- keyboards

- Phil Collins -- vocals, drums, percussion

- Steve Hackett -- lead guitar

- Mike Rutherford -- bass, guitar

 

  line up 6 (1976-77)

- Tony Banks -- keyboards

- Phil Collins -- vocals, drums, percussion

- Mike Rutherford -- bass, guitar

 

  line up 6 (1976-77)

- Tony Banks -- keyboards

- Phil Collins -- vocals, drums, percussion

- Mike Rutherford -- bass, guitar

 

  supporting musicians (1977):

- Bill Briuford -- drums, percussion

- Chester Thompson -- drums, percussion

 

 

 

 

- The Anon (Anthony Phillips - Michael Rutherford and Chris Stewart)

- Tony Banks (solo efforts)

- Banstatment (Tony Banks)

- Brand X (Phil Collins)

- Phil Collins (solo efforts)

- Cut (Ray Wilson)

- Flaming Youth (Phil Collins)

- Peter Gabriel (solo efforts)

- The Garden Wall (Tony Banks and Peter Gabriel)

- GTR (Steve Hacket)

- Steve Hackett (solo efforts)

- Invisible Men (Anthony Phillips)

- King Crimson (Bill Bruford)

- Mike and the Mechanics (Mike Rutherford)

- Quiet World (Steve Hackett)

- Mike Rutherford (solo efforts)

- Stiltskin (Ray Wilson)

- Strictly Inc. (Tony Banks)

- Yes (Bill Bruford)

 

 

 


 

Genre: progressive

Rating: 4 stars ****

Title:  Spot the Pigeon

Company: Atlantic

Catalog: EP 1800
Year: 1977

Country/State: UK

Grade (cover/record): VG+ / VG+

Comments: minor ring wear

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 6286

Price: $20.00

 

At one point in time this three song EP was among the most collectable releases in the Genesis catalog with folks paying some major bucks for copies.  It's still an in-demand collectable, but' luckily prices have come down quite a bit.  Having said that, if you still worship at the band's original progressive alter (think in terms of stuff like "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway", then you're probably going to want to stay away from this one ...

 

Originally released in the UK under 7" format (Charisma catalog number GEN 001), the US version of "Spot the Pigeon" (the title apparently means something to soccer fans), came out on Atlantic as a 45 rpm 12" EP (there was also a limited edition blue vinyl pressing).   Released after longtime guitarist Steve Hackett tendered his notice, the EP showcased a series of  Banks-Collins-Rutherford compositions with Steve Hackett contributing to the writing chores on side two's 'Inside and Out'.  All of the tracks were apparently recorded during earlier "Wind & Wuthering" sessions, but left off the album since they didn't seem fit the collection's overarching theme, or feel.  With a surprisingly bouncy and pop-tinged feel it was easy to see that was the case for side one's 'Match of the Day' and 'Pigeon'.   Clearly a transitional release, 'Inside and Out' would have sounded right at home on one of their earlier releases while 'Match of the Day' and 'Pigeons' were clearly intended to dip the band's collective toes into more commercial waters.

 

- With a cute sports theme seemingly meant to poke fun at English soccer fans (Collins himself was a long standing soccer fans - check out his end-of-song narrative), 'Match of the Day' served as a precursor to the band's forthcoming domination of late-1970s and 1980s airwaves.  With Collins increasingly comfortable as the band's lead singer, this one had a breezy, easy-going charm that actually would have sounded good on FM radio.  Ironically the band members apparently had a deep-seated dislike of the song, refusing to include it on a number of posthumous collections.  rating: **** stars

- Built on a cool Hackett ringing guitar refrain, 'Pigeons' was even more poppy.   Longstanding fans were probably appalled by the new top-40 direction but in spite of lyric that really seemed to be about city pigeons (and the mess they leave behind), it's hard to believe this one didn't see chart success.  rating: **** stars

- With a plotline apparently having something to do with an individual falsely jailed on rape charges and finally released after completing a twenty year sentence, 'Inside and Out' came off as a more conventional slice of the old progressive-oriented Genesis.  Starting off as an almost pastoral ballad, but quickly gathering steam and morphing into a more complex, progressive number, all three members were given opportunities in the spotlight with Banks contributing some nice keyboard and synthesizer moves and Hackett adding nice 12 string guitar throughout.   rating: **** stars 

 

"Spot the Pigeon" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Match of the Day   (Tony Banks - Phil Collins - Mike Rutherford) - 3:24

2.) Pigeons   (Tony Banks - Phil Collins - Mike Rutherford) - 3:12

 

(side 2)
1.) Inside and Out   (Tony Banks - Phil Collins - Mike Rutherford - Steve Hackett) - 6:45

 

 

 

 

 

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