The rough way to describe the different eras is Gabriel (prog), Collins (pop), and No Collins (more pop). I'm a fan of the first one, because that's where we get albums like "Selling England...", "Foxtrot", and "The Lamb...", all of which are pretty awesome.
He's worth delving into. His scope was broad; he helped discover and wrote most of Sheryl Crow's first album, he engineered for Madonna and Michael Jackson, he produced and played on records for Keith Emerson, Spocks Beard and Brand X. He was one hell of a weird duck.
Earlier this year an "all star" (in the weirdest sense of the word, inasmuch as members of all his previous solo and band lineups conjoined into a KG big-band) tribute group got together and performed the entire TSoTT, along with an encore of random bits at a small (1000 seat) theater in SoCal.
It was let by Nick D'Virgilio and while he's no KG, the overall performance of the full rock opera was spectacular. I think they are going to release it as a DVD next year.
Fuck yes. It took me a long time to get into their earlier music, but once I did they completely blew me away. In the past few weeks I've been rediscovering them and going through all their classics. There are some vibes in that music which I can't exactly describe with words, which "hits" me everytime I hear them. It may be because of a slight nostalgia factor since I haven't listened to them in ages, but I daresay they're my favourite band.
I'm happy to report that they completely nailed it. It was also kinda hilarious to see all those prog nerds play air organ, air drums, and pretty much every other air instrument along with the whole 2-hour concert. That takes a special kind of dedication...
Oh, and they closed with "The Musical Box" and "Watcher of the Skies", including the old man mask and the bat-wing cape, respectively
I do like Peter Gabriel era Genesis, but I was always more of a fan of his solo material. Phil Collins era Genesis is just bland and lifeless to me. Actually Phil Collins in general is bland and lifeless to me.
I'm starting to like his Genesis work on par with his early solo stuff, which I suppose is odd considering how different they are. I don't really care for most of Phil's music either, but I respect him as a drummer. After all, he drummed for Genesis