When the uninitiated think of Genesis, what comes to mind is often a slightly edgier version of Phil Collins’ gazillion-selling 1980s pop. But the legacy that has endured with musicians and the group’s most dedicated fans belongs to the band’s earlier incarnation: the classic lineup of classic pop magazine pdf Peter Gabriel, keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist and guitarist Mike Rutherford, lead guitarist Steve Hackett, and, of course, Phil Collins playing the heck out of the drum kit.
Genesis sound, and one considered by many to be among the greatest artistic achievements of progressive rock’s golden era. The band married some of the heaviest jams of the day to acoustic, pastoral passages to create a tapestry of light and shade, which confused some American audiences at first, says guitarist Steve Hackett. Members of Genesis drew their inspiration from classical and folk music as much as rock and blues, says Hackett, who began his musical journey as a blues harmonica player. The two styles seemed to be at odds with each other.
Banks, Rutherford, Gabriel, Hackett and Collins. Although it’s hard to hear much overt blues influence in early Genesis, Hackett points out that most of the innovation sonically and musically on the electric guitar in the 1960s and early 1970s came straight out of the blues. Even the most eclectic rock guitar heroes of the day were still firmly rooted in the blues. I realized that I couldn’t play it the way I wanted to hear it using standard technique, so I started tapping onto the fretboard with my right hand. The Return of the Giant Hogweed. Part of the reason that the English progressive rock bands of the early 1970s drew from such varied influences was the wide variety of music broadcast on British radio prior to the deregulation of the airwaves.
An essential ingredient in the Genesis sound that was shared by other progressive rock bands is the use of the Mellotron, an electro-mechanical ancestor of the modern synthesizer, to achieve an orchestral sound. To achieve those heavy guitar sounds, Hackett used his trusty Les Paul Custom through a Hiwatt stack with various fuzz boxes and an octave divider. The complex music of Genesis required a team player approach from Hackett, which usually led him far afield of pure bombast. I would highlight part of what was going on with the piano. Hackett dryly puts it, in favor of fairy tales and mythology—a direct contrast to the approach that the Rolling Stones and other English groups were taking at the time.