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3 stars Here is the debut of one of the best and most inventive Prog Rock bands to come out of Britain in the late 1960's and early 1970's. I'm of course talking about Genesis. This debut doesn't really sound like Genesis and what they would eventually become but I feel it's still a good listen. But remember that if you purchase this album the royalties go to John King(no!!!!!!!!) not Genesis so you aren't really helping the band but I still suggest buying it and giving it a listen. One thing about this album that Genesis was unaware of was that the producer Jonathan King decided to add strings to the album without the band's knowledge (this ticked them off!! they would eventually leave and get signed by Charisma and Atlantic). Laughing out loud(hahaha) the strings actually give the songs some added color and I love that(no other album does this!!!) They since have really disowned the album. Tony Banks says that Trespass was the first proper Genesis album(but I happen to disagree with him). There is still some fine songs on here.To me it sounds a little like the Moody Blues and the Bee Gees with a young Peter Gabriel singing(that can't be bad). Peter actually delivers and sings very well on this album(I think he was 19 when this came out). The whole band was barely out of school when this was recorded and released. The line-up consisted of Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Anthony Phillips and a few different drummers who are rather forgettable(hate to say it though). This was before Phil and Steve joined the band. For teenagers to create something like this is really mind-baffling though the songs are fairly simple. I recommend giving it a listen if you're a Genesis fan who isn't familiar with it. Here is the album and what I like and don't really like about it.

Here is the track listing for From Genesis to Revelation:

1. Where The Sour Turns To Sweet-This song is a sweet little ballady type and it's really good in my opinion though it's not really up to par from what Genesis would eventually become. 8/10

2. In The Beginning- I like this one, it sounds rather 1960ish but it's still a good listen. "It has begun, you're in the hands of destiny". Genesis has begun and you better be ready. 8/10

3. Fireside Song- I love this piece it's a sweet delicate sounding ballad(yes I love ballads, nothing wrong with that!!!). Up to this point it's my favorite piece on the album. 9/10

4. The Serpent- I like the guitar from Anthony on this song, it's probably the most rocking song on here so it gets a thumbs up from me. "Creator made the serpent wise, evil and his tempting eyes"(wow!!! what lyrics) 10/10

5. Am I Very Wrong?- This again slows things down when compared to "The Serpent" and it's a decent piece just not really crazy about it. 7/10

6. In The Wilderness-This is another piece from this album that I love quite a bit towards the end it starts to sound like a proper Genesis tune, listen to that piano from Tony enough to send chills down your spine(and they are teenagers for christ sake!!). 10/10

7. The Conqueror-This song is rather repetitive and somewhat annoying but decent.6/10

8. In Hiding-This is yet another ballad type song on here, if you want to listen to ballads give it a listen if you don't stay away.7/10

9. One Day- I like it, it's decent but really nothing special.7/10

10. Window-This is another great song from this debut, it kind of reminds me of The Lamia(say what???). The soft delicate vocals from Peter are spot on and it's perfectly delivered pop song. 10/10

11. In Limbo- Decent piece just never really been too crazy about it.7/10

12. Silent Sun- This is another great song from this album it was released as a single and it's yet again another great pop tune.10/10

13. A Place To Call My Own- Short but probably the most Proggy song on here(huh??what?? really??). Yes, no joking.10/10

Overall this album gets a 109/130 which translates to 54 out of 65(f*** math, I hate it). Hell, I think it's around a four star recording not anything close to their later recordings but still a good listen in my opinion. However, because it pales in comparison I will give it 3 stars! Peace out!!!!!

ProgMetaller2112 | 3/5 |


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