The beginning of Collins’ tenure in Genesis coincided with their transformation into a fully blown progressive rock band, one that was hinted at on 1970’s Trespass album. However, they were still playing catch-up with their contemporaries, such as King Crimson and Yes, who were already twisting music into strange and fantastical new shapes.
“We were totally aware of what
Yes were doing, and even though we were very different, they were still an influence,” says Collins. “Especially
Bill Bruford, who sounded like no other rock drummer at the time. But there wasn’t any rivalry with them. There was plenty of room back then for everybody.”
Collins himself hooked up with former Yes guitarist Peter Banks, lending his talents to four tracks on Banks’ 1973 solo album Two
Sides Of Peter Banks.
“Peter was a strange man, very quiet, not massively sociable outside of music,” says Collins. “But he was a very impressive musician, and overlooked. He was definitely one of the founding fathers of the whole progressive rock thing.”