Like every genre of modern popular music, mid-1970s progressive rock has watermarks as well as washouts. Along with a handful of other records – for example, Yes’ Close to the Edge and King Crimson’s Lark’s Tongue in Aspic – Genesis’ The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is quite possibly the most impressive and influential progressive rock album of the era.
Recorded and released in 1974, “The Lamb” as it’s known to aficionados, was by far the band’s most ambitious and accessible effort to date. Forty years later, standout cuts like the title track, “Back In N.Y.C.”, “In the Cage”, “The Carpet Crawlers” and “Fly on a Windshield” bear repeated listens, year in, year out. And so, rather than blather on about what a great record it is, etcetera, why not let the band members tell their side of the story. These interviews were part of the Genesis Box Set 1970-1975 and conducted in 2007 with band members Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, and Steve Hackett. OK, so let me say something. As a big-time Genesis fan, these interviews are phenomenal. Peter, Phil, Mike and Steve come off as a genuinely cool cats. Tony, on the other hand, kind of comes off sightly arrogant and maybe bitter. You be the judge.