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The Genesis Tribute Project

By Lee Lucas & Graham Lavallin

A collaborative project by Lee and Graham who are avid fans of early Genesis and Prog Rock music. All the songs are entirely free to download from Bandcamp and we would only expect them to be, as these are only our tribute version of the songs, and far from the real thing to which no one could never better on that score.

                  Genesis were one of the finest Prog Rock bands of the early 70's it's this early period of

the band knowingly the Peter Gabriel years we intend to cover in our tribute to them, and we intend to cover as many songs from the albums Trespass/Nursery Cryme/Foxtrot/Selling England By The Pound and Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.

This is one project I am dead pleased to be taking part in along with Graham taking care of the music side of things, and myself on the vocals. It's a pretty hard task to do for us both to try and get anywhere near the brilliance of the real thing, but we are both enjoying this project, and their songs are very much in our blood.

The Famous Charisma Label was the home of the famous bands records. Were not famous and never will be. We are just having a bit of fun in our old age, and putting a bit of youth back into our life.

Watcher Of The Skies (Genesis Tribute)

​A classic song  that featured on the bands album Foxtrot originally in 1972 and also featured on their 1973 Genesis Live album. On both occasions they featured as the 1st track on the album, we thought it would be appropriate to kick off with this one first ourselves.

 

Released on 28th January 2013

Words & Music By - Genesis.

Lee Lucas - Vocals & Artwork.


Graham Lavallin - Alesis Fusion synth & AMG vst for mellotrons; Arturia and EWQL vst synths, instruments & percussion plus Strat guitar thro' the Apogee Gio pedal interface to access the onboard GarageBand amps and FX pedals. Built around a midi drum file.

The single track available as a Free Digital Download only from Bandcamp.

To get your copy click on the Bandcamp Icon.

Lee & Graham @ work.

The Meeting 

The meeting of the two took place on the 3rd of August 2013 at Graham's house in Cambridge. Lee had a great day at Graham's on his way to the Cambridge Rock Festival. The photo was taken on Lee's phone by his brother Martin a.k.a. The Celturian who also had a great time at the event.

 

Graham is not just a great musician but also an extremely great host and well kind and friendly gentleman who made us both feel completely welcome and at home. We had some fun too playing with his instruments and it was a great occasion to be able to meet up with each other.

Graham's Studio Set Up

The Carpet Crawlers (Genesis Tribute)

​A classic song  that featured on the bands concept album Lamb Lies Down On Broadway in 1974. We decided to go more down the road of the 1999 version by omitting the last verse of the song.

 

Released on 13th February 2013

Words & Music By - Genesis.

Lee Lucas - Vocals (Lots of them) & Artwork

Graham Lavallin - Alesis Fusion synth & AMG vst for the Trons; Strat plus Boss ME-70 FX pedals & Apogee Gio pedal interface for guitars; EWQL vsts for all remaining instruments and percussion: EWQL 'Voices OF Passion' and background vocals.

The single track available as a Free Digital Download only from Bandcamp.

To get your copy click on the Bandcamp Icon.

In The Beginning

The band Genesis formed in 1967, though at that time they did not have the name or a name at all. It's line up back in those days consisted of Peter Gabriel (Vocals) Tony Banks (Keyboards) Anthony Phillips (Guitar) Mike Rutherford (Bass & Guitar) and Chris Stewart (Drums) The guys were all very much still at school in those days and it was originally formed by Tony Banks & Peter Gabriel who were the best of school friends at Charterhouse School.

 

Though the band was very inexperienced around the time, by the following year in 1968 they had put together a bunch of songs In the same year an old pupil of the school namely Jonathon King who had already had a hit record with "Everyone's Gone To The Moon" and was a producer himself, attended the school for a concert and whilst there was thrust a tape into his hands by a student of the band's songs, to which king himself listened too and decided to record them.

 

King had also gave the band their name of Genesis and in February 1968 he put out the bands first single on Decca Records entitled "The Silent Sun" though it never achieved any real status and hardly got heard, King himself thought it was very good and had a Bee Gees pop pastiche to it,  he had also done the string arrangements himself on the record. 

 

Though at this stage King had not lost faith with the bands material and with their collection of songs he decided to put them together in the order of a concept album to which he also entitled From Genesis To Revelation. It was during these recording sessions in August of the same year that Stewart was replaced by John Silver on Drums, and the band's debut album was put out on Decca Records in the following year in March 1969. Once again the album sold very little and it was at this stage King started to realise he may have made a big mistake with choice of name for both the band and the album, and it very much got thrown in the religious bin.

 

Personally myself I quite like the album and there are some really sweet tones in Peter Gabriel's voice on some of the tracks, though it was never in the same league as what was to follow and their change in musical direction, and the even the members of the band themselves wrote this one off.

 

The original vinyl album is very rare to get hold of, as not many copies were pressed and the biggest majority of them got thrown in the bin. I was well into Genesis by the late 70's and had all of their albums apart from that one, and in 1979 I came across a friend at work who had actually got it and I offered him £60 for it. He told me it was badly scratched and I asked him to bring it into work so I could see it for myself. He said I could have it for £20 but upon inspecting it myself I bypassed buying it as it would of ruined my £75 Stylus on my Turntable. I never did get to hear the album till it was later re-released on CD in the early 90's to which I brought.

Lee @ Work 

A recording of me singing "The Light Dies Down On Broadway" on my phone. The recording is dry as it came off my phone, before putting it in Cubase to mix into the actual track.

A New Direction

Not so long after the release of the bands album From Genesis To Revelation in March 1969. The band's drummer John Silver quit after the albums disappointing sales and the band being left without a record label. In August in the same year the band recruited John Mayhew on drums and started to get around playing live gigs around in various towns and clubs.

 

It was during this period and the fact that the band was continuously writing new material to perform with, that they got noticed by Tony Stratton Smith the founder of Charisma Records and it's famous record label. Tony was very much a man who knew that the music scene was changing and was looking for some new talent.

 

By then Genesis were changing with the new material they was performing and it's style leaning much more towards a melancholy feel. Peter Gabriel had also taken up the flute to add to the repertoire. The band got signed up to Charisma Records and with their new contract went onto record their 2nd album Trespass.

 

Trespass was released October 1970 and the material upon it the band had already written and performed during the early 70's, thou most of the tracks had different titles around that time. Although the album was not an instant success especially in England it faired very well in other parts of Europe, such as Belgium and Italy in particular and under the new management of Tony Stratton Smith he very much focused sending the band out all over Europe to play bigger venues' to which was to deal the band with another blow.

 

Guitarist Anthony Phillips was very much considered the bands strongest musician at this point of the bands career, and the fear of success was starting to get to him, and he quickly developed stage fright and became very ill. That much that he decided to quit the band right after the recording sessions for the album Trespass and around the time of the album's release . It was also around this time that the band were writing even more material with Anthony such as "The Musical Box" and "The Fountain Of Salmacis" which would appear on the bands next album.

 

With Anthony now gone and the pressure from the record for another album the band was ready to call it a day and knock it on the head. But the main 3 original members Peter, Tony and Mike decided they should try and stick with it, though they never had much faith in John Mayhew's drum skills, so they decided to sack him and audition for a new drummer and guitarist.

Get Em Out By Friday (Genesis Tribute)

​Another classic from the 1972 album Foxtrot and also appeared on the 1973 Genesis Live album. One of my firm favourites of classic early Genesis songs this one and a must for the project.

 

Released on 15th March 2013

Words & Music By - Genesis.​

 

Lee Lucas - All Vocals & Artwork.​​

 

Graham Lavallin - Guitars plus an arrangement of a midi sequence authored by Simon Goodwin. Instrumentation: Fender Strat guitar through Apogee Gio pedal interface for onboard amps and FX pedals in GarageBand. Ovation Celebrity electro-acoustic guitar through Roland Sonic Cell interface and custom acoustic guitar patch. EWQL vst '72 Rickenbacker bass, drums and percussion, solo flute. AMG vst Hammond Rock Organ.

The single track available as a Free Digital Download only from Bandcamp.

To get your copy click on the Bandcamp Icon.

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Graham With His Prize Box Sets

Seven Stones (Genesis Tribute)

​The first release of many of the songs we intend to do from the bands 1971 classic album Nursery Cryme. Seven Stones is perhaps not considered as classic song from this album, but it's very much a great ballad of a song I love for the tones in Peter Gabriel's voice. Though I must confess I had no chance of emulating them on this one, and lost a lot of it's sweetness by giving it a more hard edge approach with my own vocal on this one.

 

Released on 3rd April 2013

Words & Music By - Genesis.​​

 

Lee Lucas - Vocals and Backing Vocals.​ Artwork.

 

Graham Lavallin - Guitars; backing vocals; arrangement around a midi sequence believed to be authored by Michael Vanni. 

The single track available as a Free Digital Download only from Bandcamp.

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A New Line Up

The remaining members decided to audition for a drummer and Phil Collins passed with flying colours and for a short period played live as a 4 piece, whilst they was looking for a guitarist. It was not long after that first of all the band temporarily recruited Mick Barnard who also played with them on the live shows between November 1970 to early January of the following year. The band very much decided that Mick was not the guitarist they was really after and recruited Steve Hackett and he played his first concert with the band on the 14th January 1971.

 

With the new line up now fully established they went into the studio to record their 3rd album Nursery Cryme. The album was a much stronger album with its  material but it still had their familiar mixture of hard edge and melancholy songs and Collins even contributed lead vocals to "For Absent Friends" and many harmonies and backing vocals for the band, and was proving a well worthy member of the band.

 

Although the album Nursery Cryme was one of the bands stronger albums with its material, and the band were experimenting with more sounds and even purchased its first Mellotron from the band King Crimson to add father scope and dimension. The album was not once again widely received very well in England but became a surprising hit in Italy where it peaked at number 4 in the album charts. The band were proving to be far more successful in other parts of Europe than their own home and the Italians loved them.

 

During the following year in 1972 the band went on to do their most controversial and 4th album Foxtrot and Peter Gabriel was adding theatrics to the bands repertoire which played a big part in getting the band more noticed on their own soil for a change. The 23 minute track "Suppers Ready" from the album was becoming their most popular song and a massive favourite of fans, even still today.

 

The album itself was their first to break into the top 20 UK albums chart and peaked at number 12. Whilst in Italy and Belgium it hit the number 1 spot in both countries. Gabriel had started dressing up in rather strange costumes, and even presented himself in a red dress with a fox's head to a rather shocked and bemused audience in Dublin.

 

The albums material proved to be a lot stronger though in reality I personally feel both Nursery Cryme & Foxtrot could of quite easily have passed as a double album. with mood and feel about both of those albums, and they certainly gave them their own distinctive style in the world of progressive rock. It was very much a style that the band was never gonna repeat again.

The Knife (Genesis Tribute)

​Originally from the bands 2nd album Trespass released in 1970. It also appeared on the 1973 Live album and was used many times as on encore for the bands earlier shows. For our version we tend to take the live version being slightly faster, and give it our own more aggressive approach.​

 

Released on 21st April 2013

 

Words & Music By - Genesis.​​

 

Lee Lucas - All Vocals & Artwork..​

 

Graham Lavallin - Guitars and arrangement based around a midi sequence authored by Simon Goodwin. Fender Strat through Apogee Gio pedal board interface to access the onboard GarageBand amps and FX pedals for all electric guitars. Ovation Celebrity electro-acoustic through Roland Sonic Cell interface & custom guitar patches for acoustic guitars. AMG Hammond Rock Organ vst EWQL '72 Rickenbacker Bass; Drum kits and percussion; flute vsts
Arturia Moog Modular Taurus Pedals.

The single track available as a Free Digital Download only from Bandcamp.

To get your copy click on the Bandcamp Icon.

The Musical Box (Genesis Tribute)

​Originally from the bands 3rd album Nursery Cryme released in 1971. It also appeared on the 1973 Live album and this classic was played at many of their shows. It's very much my fave of songs from Nursery Cryme though the album is very much a solid album and I love them all in reality. Our approach here is perhaps more based on the studio album version.​

 

Released on 28th April 2013

 

Words & Music By - Genesis.​​

 

Lee Lucas - All Vocals & Artwork.​

 

Graham Lavallin - Guitars and arrangement based around a midi sequence authored by Simon Goodwin. Fender Strat guitar through Apogee Gio pedal board interface to access the onboard GarageBand amps & FX pedals for all electric guitars.Ovation Celebrity electro-acoustic guitar through Roland Sonic Cell interface and custom acoustic guitar patches for all acoustic guitars.AMG Hammond Rock Organ; Mellotron Choir vsts.EWQL '72 Rickenbacker bass, slapped electric bass, drum kits and percussion, mixed choirs and V.O.P. backing vocal layers vsts.Arturia Moog Modular Taurus Pedal vst.

The single track available as a Free Digital Download only from Bandcamp.

To get your copy click on the Bandcamp Icon.

I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (Genesis Tribute)

​A popular early Genesis song that was that popular they even charted a single. The rather bizarre lyrics tell a cynical story of a grounds man who seems to be having a grand time whilst mowing the grass.

 

Released on 18th June 2013

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Words & Music By - Genesis.​​

 

Lee Lucas ~ Lead & Backgound vocals - Spoken Word & Inspired Ideas. Artwork.


Graham Lavallin ~ Background Vocals - Spoken Word - Guitar and arrangement based around a midi sequence authored by Jim Kleban..​

Instrumentation: Fender Strat through an Apogee Gio pedal interface to access the onboard amps and FX pedals in GarageBand for guitar. AMG Hammond Rock Organ.AMG Arp Solina Strings. Roland Jupiter 50 Strings. Boldt Sitars; Oboes and Bassoons. EWQL '72 Rickenbacker Bass; Steinway Piano; Flute & Woodwinds; Drums and Percussions (lots of 'em); Voices Of Passion vocal layers. Atmospheres and FX.

The single track available as a Free Digital Download only from Bandcamp.

To get your copy click on the Bandcamp Icon.

Fly On A Windshield/Broadway Melody 74 (Genesis Tribute)

​Our tribute to the the classic early Genesis years with a song originally found on the bands 1974 concept album "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" This is our 8th release in the project and the 2nd song we have covered so far from this classic album.

 

Released on 2nd July 2013

 

Words & Music By - Genesis.

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Lee Lucas ~ Vocals. Artwork


Graham Lavallin ~Guitars and arrangement based around a midi sequence authored by Ebert Zwart.

Instrumentation: Fender Strat guitar through Apogee Gio pedal board interface to access the onboard GarageBand amps and FX pedals for all electric guitars.Ovation Celebrity electro-acoustic guitar through Roland Sonic Cell interface and custom acoustic guitar patches for acoustic guitar.AMG Hammond Rock Organ; Mellotron strings.EWQL Fender 5 string bass; Harpsichord; Drums and percussion; V.O.P. layered background vocals/choir.Arturia Moog Modular Taurus Pedals.

The single track available as a Free Digital Download only from Bandcamp.

To get your copy click on the Bandcamp Icon.

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Visions Of Angels (Genesis Tribute)

​Our second trip to the bands 1970 album Trespass with a classic melancholy ballad of a song that's always been a fave of mine more so than the hard hitting Knife to which we have previously released in this project...

 

Released on 10th July 2013

 

Words & Music By - Genesis.​​

 

Lee Lucas - Vocals - Harmonies - Artwork.

 

Graham Lavallin -Backing Vocals & Harmonies -  Fender Strat through Apogee Gio pedal interface to access the onboard GarageBand amps & FX pedals for all electric guitars. Ovation Celebrity electro-acoustic through Roland Sonic Cell interface & custom acoustic guitar patches for acoustic guitars. AMG Hammond Rock Organ; AMG mellotron strings vsts. EWQL Grand Stage Piano; Fender 5 string bass; Drum kits and percussions; V.O.P. backing vocal layers; solo flute vsts.

 

The single track available as a Free Digital Download only from Bandcamp.

To get your copy click on the Bandcamp Icon.

Cinema Show/Aisle Of Plenty (Genesis Tribute)

​Our second trip to the bands classic 1973 album Selling England By The Pound and our 10th release in The Genesis Project series

 

Released on 12th December 2013.

 

Words & Music By - Genesis.​​

 

Lee Lucas - Vocals - Harmonies - Artwork.

 

Graham Lavallin -Backing Vocals & Harmonies -  Fender Strat through Apogee Gio pedal board interface to access the GarageBand amps & FX pedals for all electric guitars. Ovation Celebrity electro-acoustic guitar through Roland Sonic Cell interface and custom acoustic guitar patches for acoustic guitars. EWQL drums and percussion, Fender 5 string bass, Solo flute, Bassoon, 'Voices Of Passion' layered vocals. Roland Jupiter synth leads. Arturia Moog Modular Taurus Pedals AMG mellotron strings and choir AMG Hammond rock organ

 

The single track available as a Free Digital Download only from Bandcamp.

To get your copy click on the Bandcamp Icon.

Harold The Barrel (Genesis Tribute)

​Our 11th release in the series is a song that very much tells the story of a man on the edge and on a ledge. Harold The Barrel was without doubt one of the bands great little songs and this is our 3rd visit to the bands classic 1971 album Nursery Cryme.

 

Released on 5th February 2014

 

Words & Music By - Genesis.​​

 

Lee Lucas - Vocals - Backing Vocals - Artwork.

 

Graham Lavallin - Fender Strat through Apogee Gio pedal board interface to access the GarageBand amps & FX pedals for all electric guitars.EWQL Drums and percussion; fretless bass; solo flute; pianos and vocal layers.Roland Jupiter 50 synth.

 

The single track available as a Free Digital Download only from Bandcamp.

To get your copy click on the Bandcamp Icon.

The Light Dies Down On Broadway (Genesis Tribute)

​Originally from the bands 1974 Classic Concept Story Album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. This is the 12th release in the Genesis Tribute by Lee & Graham and their 3rd visit to this classic album.

 

Released on 21st February 2014

 

Words & Music By - Genesis.

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Lee Lucas - Vocals & Artwork.

 

Graham Lavallin - Guitars and arrangement based around a midi sequence authored by Ebert Zwart. Instrumentation: Fender Strat guitar through Apogee Gio pedal board interface to access the onboard GarageBand amps & FX pedals for all electric guitars. AMG Hammond Rock Organ, EWQL '72 Rickenbacker bass; drums & percussion; VOP layered background vocals/choir; solo flute; orchestra celeste.

 

The single track available as a Free Digital Download only from Bandcamp.

To get your copy click on the Bandcamp Icon.

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Stagnation (Genesis Tribute)

​Stagnation is our 13th release in the Genesis Tribute Project between myself and Graham Lavallin. It was originally on the bands 1970 album Trespass and is my favourite track from that album.

 

Released on 28th March 2014

 

Words & Music By - Genesis.​​

 

Lee Lucas - Vocals & Artwork.

 

Graham Lavallin - Guitars and arrangement based around a midi sequence authored by Simon Goodwin and Gabor Karenyi.  Instrumentation: Vintage Les Paul through Apogee Gio pedal board interface to access the onboard GarageBand amps & FX pedals for all electric guitars. Ovation Celebrity electro-acoustic guitar through Roland Sonic Cell interface and custom acoustic guitar patches for acoustic guitars. EWQL '72 Rickenbacker and Fretless Bass; drums & percussion; SteinwayD Piano; Indian Shehnai Oboe; Solo Flute; VOP layered backing vocals. Arturia ARP 2600 Theramin Vox AMG Rock, Jazz and Hammond (with rotary spin)Organs AMG Mellotron Strings.

 

The single track available as a Free Digital Download only from Bandcamp.

To get your copy click on the Bandcamp Icon.

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Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (Genesis Tribute)

​"Dancing With The Moonlit Knight" is the opening track from the bands 1973 superb album Selling England By The Pound. In reality one could perhaps call it the title track of the album..

 

Released on 4th April 2014

 

Words & Music By - Genesis.​​

 

Lee Lucas - Vocals & Artwork.

 

Graham Lavallin - Guitars and arrangement based around a midi sequence authored by Dieko van Schagen.nstrumentation: Fender Strat & Vintage Les Paul through Apogee Gio pedal interface to access the onboard GarageBand amps and FX pedals & also through a Boss ME70 pedal board for all electric guitars. Ovation Celebrity electro-acoustic guitar through Roland Sonic Cell interface and custom acoustic guitar patches for all acoustic guitars. EWQL '72 Rickenbacker bass; drums and percussion; hapsichord; SteinwayD piano; mixed choirs & VOP layered backing vocals. AMG Hammond Rock Organ. All recorded and mixed in GarageBand.

 

The single track available as a Free Digital Download only from Bandcamp.

To get your copy click on the Bandcamp Icon.

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Can Utility & The Coastliners (Genesis Tribute)

​Our 15th tribute song in the series sees us return to the bands classic 1972 album Foxtrot with one it's finest songs "Can Utility & The Coastliners" Very much a big fave of mine and Graham's this one.

 

Released on 18th May 2014

 

Words & Music By - Genesis.

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Lee Lucas - Vocals & Artwork.

 

Graham Lavallin - Guitars and arrangement based around a midi sequence authored by Simon Goodwin. Instrumentation: Fender Strat through Apogee Gio pedal board interface to access the onboard GarageBand amps and FX pedals for all electric guitars.Ovation Celebrity electro-acoustic guitar through Roland Sonic Cell interface and custom acoustic guitar patches for acoustic guitars.AMG Hammond Rock Organ.AMG Mellotron Strings, Mellotron Flutes & Tron Choirs.EWQL Solo Flute, Clarinet, '72 Rickenbacker Bass, Drum kits and percussions and V.O.P. backing vocal layers.

 

The single track available as a Free Digital Download only from Bandcamp.

To get your copy click on the Bandcamp Icon.

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The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Genesis Tribute)

​The title track from the bands super 1974 concept album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. The 16th release in the Genesis Tribute Project by Lee Lucas & Graham Lavallin.

 

Released on 13th June 2014

 

Words & Music By - Genesis.

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Lee Lucas - Vocals & Artwork.

 

Graham Lavallin - Guitars and arrangement based around a midi sequence authored by Gabor Karenyi

Instrumentation: Fender Strat through Apogee Gio pedal board interface to access the onboard GarageBand amps and FX pedals for all electric guitars. Ovation Celebrity electro-acoustic guitar through Roland Sonic Cell interface and custom acoustic guitar patches for acoustic guitars. EWQL Steinway D Piano, Fender 5 String Bass, Orchestra Bass Section, Drums & Percussion, Voices of Passion layered background vocals. AMG Mellotron Strings & Classic Rhodes. Arturia Moog Modular Taurus Pedals. All recorded and mixed in GarageBand.

 

The single track available as a Free Digital Download only from Bandcamp.

To get your copy click on the Bandcamp Icon.

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