The year is 1983. Genesis releases its twelfth album simply named Genesis. The first single is “Mama.” Being born a decade later, I didn’t hear this masterpiece until roughly thirty years after its release.
This song has so much in common with Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight,” that it could almost be considered a sequel. They both feature a three minute build up, orchestrated by a synth, a drum machine and Phil’s vocal, which is interrupted by a massive drum fill that kicks the song into overdrive.
To pay homage to Phil, I wanted to make a hybrid of the two songs, focusing on “Mama,” as it’s the lesser known song, but also, a song with more twists and turns. It slowly becomes more and more Mama. I replaced the gritty drum machine with cleaner, more realistic drums, made the guitars more prominent, which is just the way I like it, while maintaining the integrity of the original vocal.
“Mama” was written by Genesis.
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