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4.60 | 3317 ratings

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4 stars This album represents the sound of the best early Genesis!! How you can forget the fantastic intro at the Mellotron by Tony Banks in "Watcher of the skies"?! This personal style created a crowd of imitators, emulating his majestic introduction at the keyboards,which still today is often regarded as one of the most important references within the Progressive scene!! The production was a bit weak in the early seventies, but thanks to our modern technology in the sound engineering,now you can appreciate the re-mastered version more and more!! Another splendid version (with orchestrations) is included in the recent "Genesis Re-visited" by Steve Hackett (featuring also John Wetton), which along with the definitive version of "Fountain of Salmacis" are true must-have...but coming back to the present issue dated 1972, it contains also their most famous suite "Supper's Ready" (nowadays it sounds a bit dated and regarded as prolix as fundamental anyway), whose performance live on stage was so much theatrical and absolutely unforgettable.Then you can listen to the interesting "Get 'Em Out By Friday " or the delicious "Can-Utility And The Coastliners", whose final section is splendid! I still remember the famous keyboard solo by Banks and his group of arpeggios every three notes: well this harmonic solution is simple and stunning in the same time... moreover He was not helped by any odd time signature for instance, and this fact leads us to his magical world,a personal imprinting within his original music territory!! Actually He has been always underrated as a keyboardist, in comparison to other "monsters" such as for example Keith Emerson, Eddie Jobson or Rick Wakeman, but my enthusiasm for his melodic approach has never come to an end (by forgetting his work within such ironically called "Phil Collins Band", being not true Genesis!!). At the end I like to remark the original and much pretty cover picture of the album, "depicted" by Paul Whitehead, such a great illustrator, whose Exhibition in Milan two years ago was fantastic...however I'm not sure whether I like to deserve the maximum score or not...but for sure this is the third best progressive album by Genesis and this is enough!!
lor68 | 4/5 |


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