The final album Genesis created with frontman Peter Gabriel, 1974's The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is something of a concept album. Telling the story of a boy from New York City, Rael, as he experiences a variety of strange events while on a journey of self-discovery. Like many concept albums, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway has a mixed initial reaction, but has grown in critical eyes over the years since.
The album's release was followed by a tour so mad that it inspired the film Spinal Tap. Firstly, the band insisted on playing only songs from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway in order, only playing old hits as encores. Then, Genesis added layers of stagecraft, costume changes, and complex explosions. Their frontman's emphasis on spectacle over sound was said to be a major factor in Gabriel's later departure from Genesis.
Album art for Genesis’s The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
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