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Released: March 23, 1978

Rating: 3.440 (average of 9 ratings)

Genre: album rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Down and Out
  2. Undertow
  3. Ballad of Big
  4. Snowbound
  5. Burning Rope
  6. Deep in the Motherlode
  7. Many Too Many
  8. Scenes from a Night’s Dream
  9. Say It’s Alright Joe
  10. The Lady Lies
  11. Follow You, Follow Me


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 100,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 5.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 14
peak on U.K. album chart 3

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Follow You, Follow Me (3/11/78) #23 US, #7 UK, #21 AC. Airplay: 1 million
  • Many Too Many (7/8/78) #43 UK

And Then There Were Three
“Adios to Steve Hackett’s lead guitar” (Pareles). The new lineup, now “dwindled down to Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, and Phil Collins, a situation alluded to in the title” (Erlewine), “made its most anthem-laden album, with keyboardist Banks seizing the foreground” (Pareles). “And Then There Were Three, more than either of its immediate predecessors, feels like the beginning of the second phase of Genesis” (Erlewine).

There are still songs with “high-concept scenarios – one seems to be about a killer snowman – but the music sets aside most of the old digressions in favor of pop discipline” (Pareles). Overall, “the group’s aesthetic was…shifting, moving away from the fantastical, literary landscapes that marked both the early Genesis LPs and the two transitional post-Gabriel outings, as the bandmembers turned their lyrical references to contemporary concerns and slowly worked pop into the mix” (Erlewine) and making sure “the songs stay grounded in melody” (Pareles).

Never is the new pop sound more apparent than on Follow You, Follow Me. It gave Genesis “its first U.S. hit, even if old fans started to feel betrayed” (Pareles). “Its calm, insistent melody, layered with harmonies, is a perfect soft rock hook, although there’s a glassy, almost eerie quality to the production that is also heard throughout the rest of the record” (Erlewine).

“These chilly surfaces are an indication that Genesis don’t quite want to abandon prog at this point, but the increasing emphasis on melody and tight song structures points the way toward the group’s ‘80s work” (Erlewine).

Review Source(s):
  • Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
  • Jon Pareles, Blender magazine. (10/07), pp.118-9.

Related DMDB Links:

previous studio album: Wind & Wuthering (1976) Genesis’ DMDB page next studio album: Duke (1980)

Last updated April 3, 2008.