Out today (March 3rd) is the sprawling, career-spanning Genesis BBC Broadcast collection. The set was curated by co-founder and keyboardist Tony Banks and long-time engineer Nick Davis and is available as a 53-track five-CD set and 24-track triple-LP.
Highlights on the collection include early BBC radio sessions from Night Ride and for famed DJ John Peel, along with the band’s legendary Knebworth performances in 1978 and 1992, the band’s 1980 concert at London’s Lyceum — as well as their triumphant sell-out run of shows at Wembley in 1987 in support of Invisible Touch.
The collection features unreleased live tracks from all three of Genesis’ frontmen over the years — Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, and Ray Wilson.
Co-founding guitarist and bassist Mike Rutherford explained how original frontman Peter Gabriel went from being a forgettable wallflower on stage to one of rock’s most charismatic and unforgettable performers in rock: “Well, originally, no one could hear what he was singing, so he slightly acted out what was going on and kind of made sense. It was all quite fun and then the newspapers write about it because it’s something to write about and it kinda gets more headlines (than the music). I was always fine about it — it never really bothered me. I think it bothered Phil a bit more, because he was the drummer and I think he thought musicianship was more important than that sort of stage presentation. I’ve always enjoyed the presentation and the lighting side.”