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Genesis' first truly progressive album, and their first record for the Charisma label (although Trespass was released in America by ABC, which is how MCA came to have it), is important mostly as a formative effort. Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, and Michael Rutherford are here, but the guitarist is Anthony Phillips and the drummer is John Mayhew. Gabriel, Banks, Phillips, and Rutherford are responsible for the compositions, which are far more ambitious than the group's earlier efforts ("Silent Sun," etc.). Unfortunately, much of what is here is more interesting for what it points toward than what it actually does -- the group reflects a peculiarly dramatic brand of progressive rock, very theatrical as music, but not very successful. The lyrics are complex enough but lack the unity and clarity that would make Genesis' subsequent albums among the most interesting of prog rock efforts to analyze. Gabriel's voice is very expressive but generally lacks power and confidence, while the conventional backup vocalizing by the others is wimpy, and Phillips' playing is muted. Tony Banks' keyboards are the dominant instruments, which isn't that bad, but it isn't the Genesis that everyone came to know. The soft, lyrical "Visions of Angels" and "Stagnation" are typical, gentle works by a band that later learned how to rock much harder. Only one of the songs here, "The Knife" -- which rocks harder than anything else on Trespass and is easily the best track on the album -- lasted in the group's concert repertory past the next album.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 5099926569826
catalogNumber: 1489624
Rank: 11565

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Genesis   Primary Artist
Peter Gabriel   Flute,Percussion,Accordion,Drums,Bass Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Group Member
Anthony Phillips   Dulcimer,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Group Member
Tony Banks   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Mellotron,Group Member
John Mayhew   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Mike Rutherford   Bass,Guitar,Electric Bass,Cello,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String),Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Group Member
Anthony Phillips Band   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)

Technical Credits

Peter Gabriel   Arranger,Composer
Genesis   Composer
Anthony Phillips   Arranger,Composer
John Anthony   Producer,Audio Production
Tony Banks   Arranger,Composer
Robin Geoffrey Cable   Engineer
David Hitchcock   Producer
Mike Rutherford   Arranger,Composer
Paul Whitehead   Artwork,Cover Design
John Silver   Composer
Anthony Phillips Band   Arranger,Composer
Chris Peyton   Sleeve Adaptation
Tony Smith   Management

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