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3 stars Genesis`first single, released in February 1968.

The songs of this and their next single ("A Winter`s Tale"/ One-Eyed Hound") were released for the first time in a L.P called "Rock Roots: Genesis" (Decca Records ROOTS 1), in the same Mono versions s when they were released as singles. As I have this L.P., which I bought in late 1981, I can write reviews about them.

"The Silent Sun", which also appeared in the "From Genesis to Revelation" album in the Mono and Stereo versions, is a very good song, a ballad with acoustic guitars and piano, with a very good orchestral arrangement done by Arthur Greenslade. I still think that there are some differences with the album version, at least in the duration of the song (2:15 minutes the single version, 2:07 minutes the album version). Some people say that both are the same version with Chris Stewart on drums, but I still think that they are different, not only in the mixing. Maybe the single version is a bit slow than the album version, but the version included in the Stereo version of the L.P. is better due to the Stereo mix, which adds some "atmosphere" to the song.

"That`s Me" is, IMO, a very representative example of a song written by teenagers, still looking for an "adult identity", and maybe, for a "band identity". It has a lead guitar well played by Anthony Phillips, plus acoustic guitar and piano. Drummer Chris Stewart was good too.

This was a good single, which, maybe with more adecuate publicity and promotion, could have been successful. Unfortunately, their producer, IMO, didn`t have then enough vision to promote the band better.

Both songs are obviously not very "Progressive" in style, as the style of the band was still in development.

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Posted Tuesday, April 4, 2006 | Review Permalink
3 stars HI, for teenagers of 17 years old, the song are very good!

The silent sun: 8/10 --> First, the sound it's very good for '68. The song begin with piano, very cool intro, and peter gabriel voice start. His voice is very beautiful. Later in the song, there are violon add by Jonathan King I think and it's very beautiful.

That's me: 7/10 --> The song begin with the Gabriel' voice who is again beautiful. This song is less good than the silent sun because the sound of the electric guitar (ant phillips) is very annoying. But is good due too is melodie.

--> Good <--

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Posted Sunday, August 13, 2006 | Review Permalink
2 stars I obtained a copy of this way back around the time of the foxtrot tour. What we have is a competent but hardly surprising 60's pop single by some kids calling themselves Genesis. Most of you will know what this sounds like from the later versions of the Genesis to revelation record which has been re-released under several different names. There really is nothing here that hints at the greatness to come such a relatively short time later. "The Silent sun" is nothing special, but" That's me" has a different and slightly disturbing lyric about not fitting in. This single is now considered quite a collectors piece but like most rare singles its rarity is due to small sales which in the case is due to the rather ordinary nature of the songs presented. I would not recommend shelling out the large fee it now costs to acquire this record , but then I'm not selling mine either !
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Posted Wednesday, September 27, 2006 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator
1 stars "The Silent Sun" is one of the lamest tracks on the Genesis debut, pure pop drivel with heavy strings adding nothing but cheesiness. Sounding like a Spinal Tap "Flower People" parody the track offers up the most sappy, pleading "baby baby" chorus. Flip side "That's Me" certainly doesn't save it although it does rock a bit more and features a nice, sloppy little guitar solo and a certain Stones inspired coolness. Completely forgettable material for completists only, unless you can hear it as bonus tracks on some "Revelation" CD issues. The debut album has plenty of period charm but virtually none was apparent on this single.
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Posted Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | Review Permalink
Tarcisio Moura
3 stars Contrary to many people here on PA, I do love Genesis first album. Even more so when I found out they had never played live as a group before (and very little otherwise too). They were special from the very beginning. The Silent Sun was their first single. Legend has it that they wrote this song to please their producer Jonathan King, who was a fan of the Bee Gees, hence the similarities of this track with the Gibb brothers stuff (King denies such story). Whatever the truth, Silent Sun does remind a lot of Bee Gees early stuff, and it is a nice ballad, a good start for such new and inexperienced guys: fine piano intro, good melody line, typical string arrangement of the time. Nothing spectacular, but good for starters.

The thing that surprised me the most on this one was its flip side, Thatīs Me. Gabriel sings surprisingly confident and makes a dramatic deliver hat gives us a glimpse of his enormous talent. The track itself is also an example of what was very common at the late 60īs, but again they showed competence and guts. I specially liked the short electric guitar solo (Anthony Phillips or a studio guitar player? It does not sound like him). A nice find.

All in all not a bad single for those youngsters. Itīs very good to hear their humble beginnings. Who could tell then they would go so far? But itīs easy to perceive they were talented and only had to mature both their musical and songwriting skills. Thank God they did!

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