Prog Report Playlist – Top Genesis Albums (Collins Era)

A look at the best albums from the Phil Collins Genesis era.

5. Duke – This is the album where the band really started to get big hits with “Misunderstanding” and “Turn It On Again.”  There are some strong moments like “Duchess,” “Heathaze” and the closing “Duke’sTravels/Duke’s End.”


4. And Then There Were Three – Steve Hackett left prior to this album and perhaps that is why the songs are shorter and less experimental.  The Prog sound is still there at times but there are a lot of slower tracks that are not great.  “Down and Out” and “Deep in the Motherlode” are fantastic tracks.


3. Genesis – Not everything from the 80’s was bad.  This is not recognized as a Prog album but it is the best album from their pop days.  Tracks like “Mama” and “Just A Job To Do” have intensity and “Home By the Sea/Second Home by the Sea” is the band at it’s best during that time. Even some of the pop songs like “That’s All” still hold up today.


  • I doubt anyone will read this, but I would place “And Then There Were Three” over “Genesis”, because they songs are much stronger than the writer gives them credit for.

    • I read this and agree. I’d actually swap Genesis and Duke as, at least as far as the article goes, I feel Duke is a stronger ‘prog’ album than ATTWT. Also, I’d swap IT and WCD as We Can’t Dance is so far on the pop side, that any elements of prog are swallowed. Here’s how I would list it:

      1. Trick of the Tail
      2. Wind & Wuthering
      3. Duke
      4. And Then There Were Three
      5. Genesis
      6. Abacab
      7. Invisible Touch
      8. We Can’t Dance

  • I’m sorry if I’m being dense and missing something, but how is “Selling England By the Pound” not on this list?

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