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2.76 | 17 ratings | 4 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1968

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Towards The Skies (3:24)
2. Candles Getting Shorter (4:28)
3. You're My Life (3:20)
4. Looking Glass (4:18)
5. Misleading Colours (3:38)
6. Radio Show (3:12)
7. Plastic Horizon (3:26)
8. Farthing Man (3:30)
9. I Never Know ((5:41)
10. Love And Eternity (2:41)
11. Baby's Rich* (2:45)
12. Somewhere In The Street* (2:47)
13. Hey Bulldog* (3:01)
14. Real Love Guaranteed* (2:29)

Total Time: 48:40

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Line-up / Musicians

- Ken Hensley/ keyboards, vocals
- Joe Konas/ guitars, vocals
- John Glascock/ bass, vocals
- Lee Kerslake/ drums, vocals

Releases information

Originally released on Columbia in 1968
Released on CD on Repertoire in 1994; WP 4418 with 4 bonus tracks (noted with * in track listing)

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2.76
(17 ratings)
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Review by Easy Livin
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2 stars No, not that Genesis

By the time the Gods recorded their first album, several line up changes had already taken place, including the departure of a certain Greg Lake. Principal songwriting and performing duties are therefore shared between Ken Hensley and Joe Konas.

When assessing this album, it is important to bear in mind that it was recorded in 1968, well before the music of bands such as Yes and Genesis became progressive. Indeed, a better reference point would be Genesis first album "From Genesis to revelation", but without the superfluous orchestration.

There's little by way of even proto prog here. Certainly the tracks generally venture beyond the confines of the three minute pop song, especially in terms of the heaviness of the organ and guitar work, but the each track has a single defined rhythm and pace on which it is built.

Hensley's dominance certainly offers hints of the direction he would follow with Uriah Heep, but his compositional skills would develop rapidly from those on show here, helped in no small part by the other Heep member's ability to fully develop his songs.

While the ironically named "Genesis" (which has nothing to do with the band of that name) is of historical interest, it can safely be passed by, by those seeking prog or even hints as to its source.

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Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Review by Certif1ed
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4 stars In The Beginning

...back in 1968, man didn't know about the Prog Rock show, and how it would be great...

But several bands had ideas above and beyond the Psychedelic rock formula, and The Gods were among those enlightened few.

On first listen, this album comes across like a prototype Uriah Heep album - all the elements are there; The trademark vocal harmonies, the Brian Auger inspired Hammond+Rock Band setup, the Heavy Rock roots (or even Metal, when you consider the historical context), and the epic approach.

This is an album that emerged from the Progressive Music scene, and it would not be too far amiss to consider it as a Progressive Rock album of its generation, and certainly, it's progressive in spirit.

Kicking off with Towards the Skies, we dive straight into the full texture that the band can throw at us - a bit reminiscent of The Who, putting me in mind of Tommy somehow - and maybe a bit Buffalo Springfield, this is a well structured song with dynamic, tempo and key changes a-plenty, rivalling later Heep albums, the grunty guitar giving a distinct metallic edge, with driving riffs and a searing solo, fully descriptive of the songs title. Dramatic pathos is maintained for the rest of the song, until the seriously weird ending.

Candles Getting Shorter is more in a kind of Psych rock vein, reminding me a bit of Procol Harum. The vocal harmonies don't let up for a second, rivalling those of the Beach Boys, and the song pand out unexpectedly into Moodies territory, becoming washed in Mellotron for the quieter sections. A delightful Hammond counter-melody provides counterpoint interest to what is in essence a simple love song. But you just forget that as the textures unfold - and this song just reminds you how much music was created in the 1960s that has remained essentially unchanged.

More wierdness leads to You're My Life, a Yardbirds inspired mid-tempo rocker, which stays in the same textural ballpark, using the same breakdown structural techniques - and some surprising horns in the chorus, lending an altogether poppier feel. The melodic and modal guitar solo is a pleasant change from the preponderance of pentatonic noodelry so prolific at that time, competing with the best of Jefferson Airplane, and reminding me of Country Joe and the Fish at their best (only better!).

Looking Glass is distinctly familiar - can't quite put my finger on it, but the harmonic progressions are unusual, and the choirs feature those dizzying heights that were typical of Heep. A bit predictable, but immensely enjoyable and a lot of fun, especially the organ lines that hint at both Classical inspiration and Eastern-style modes. The instrumental features some really gorgeous key changes that don't remind me of any band from this time.

Misleading Colours wears its Hendrix influence on its sleeve, and has that typical Auger sound combined with a driving force borrowed again from the Who. Again, not fantastically original - but it really rocks.

Radio Show appears to be an attempt at commercial success - the sound suddenly changes to something with a simple appeal, with an infectious melody, interesting story line and quirky hooks. Then it changes key and style unexpectedly into a refrain of Would you believe me if I said that I was losing my mind, which is followed by another key change - all belied by the continual underpinning rhythm, until the tempo change at 1:36 - there are so many ideas densely packed into this short song that it would be an easy mistake to write it off as something simple. It's insanely catchy too.

Plastic Horizon opens with the Hammond - really, can you ever tire of hearing it? Then we get more of those vocal harmonies. Here, I'm reminded of the Scorpions later material somehow. But this is the most progressive song so far - the keyboard textures provide a developing journey until the regular beat kicks in - nevertheless, the song breaks down and changes tempo and texture frequently, leaving you uncertain of where you are musically - but in a state of emotional bliss. This truly out-Procols Procol Harum structurally. An epic performance for the time - and better than a lot of the music around now.

Farthing Man ups the tempo, and returns to Who territory, but with added vocal mayhem. A Strawberry Fields-alike breakdown combines with other strong Beatles influences, before the uptempo section is returned to. The instrumental is very disappointing, despite nods towards Airplane style experimentation for the weakest track on the album.

I Never Know brings the tempo right down - and the Mellotron returns (Deep Joy!), a Beatles/Hendrix-inspired riff, and a large number of tempo changes, CSNY-style and floating vocal harmonies in a real mash-up for a somewhat clumsy but unmistakable prototype of Prog Rock. The guitar solo is unusual in the context of its backing, which consists of a military-style snare pattern and thick Mellotron chords, underpinned by a simple, plodding bass - but in itself rather unremarkable.

The album wraps up with Time and Eternity, an uptempo number in much the same vein as the rest of the material, with the same influences - the vocals and overall style reminding me of what Yes would later do - the big difference being Chris Squires remarkable bass. Here, the bassist sits on the back burner the whole way through.

Historically, then, this is an important album in a Prog Collection insofar as it constitutes a good representation of Progressive Music of that time. Of course, you'll be checking out The Nice, The Moody Blues, Procol Harum, Soft Machine and Art first - and I'd recommend Deep Purple's debut and Spooky Tooth's second album too - but this is a hugely enjoyable album of heavy rock music that deserves a place in an informed collection of Progressive Rock.

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Posted Friday, October 17, 2008

Review by stefro
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2 stars A middling late-sixties proto-prog outfit that would eventually morph into the hugely-successful Uriah Heep several years down the line, The Gods were otherwise most notable for featuring within their ranks an alarming number of talented British musicians during the group's relatively short lifespan. 1968's debut album 'Genesis' would introduce the world to both keyboardist Ken Hensley and drummer Lee Kerslake - two members of Uriah Heep's classic early-seventies line-up - and also feature the future Jethro Tull bassist John Glascock. However, the name-dropping doesn't stop there. Between 1965 and 1969 The Gods rather fluid membership policy would also see early appearances from the likes of guitarist Mick Taylor(The Rolling Stones), bassist Paul Newton(Uriah Heep), vocalist-and-guitarist Greg Lake(King Crimson, ELP), guitarist Alan Shacklock(Babe Ruth) and vocalist Cliff Bennett(Toe Fat), all of whom would go on to join their respective outfits and enjoy various levels of success after their brief-but-seemingly educational tenures with The Gods. Three years after forming and several disposable singles later, the line-up finally had settled down enough to produce an album. This would see Hensley, Kerslake and Glascock augmented by songwriter and guitarist Joe Konas, who would prove to be one of the few Gods not to join a soon-to-be popular progressive rock group despite the fact that he composed the bulk of the material found on 'Genesis'. Issued on Columbia Records during the summer of 1968, 'Genesis' blends flowery psychedelia, poppy melodies and a sprinkling of heavy rock to rather formulaic effect, the foursome sounding not unlike a slightly heavier version of Procol Harum. Listened to now, it's not surprisingly to find that the album has much in common with Uriah Heep's early albums, though with the grinding guitars and power-prog dynamics replaced by a foppish, semi-orchestral style so typical of the era. Very much a curio for hardcore Heep fans and purveyors of orchestral psych-pop, 'Genesis' otherwise proves a distinctly limited sonic experience, made up of simplistic melodies and of interest only because of the group's fascinating membership roster. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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2 stars Uriah Heep was one of my favourite bands in my teen-age, and nowadays I also like the early period of this band. I am very curious about the works of Ken Hensley. I could listen to the songs of the Spice, and I liked them. I was looking forward to get more from Ken Hensley's early works. When ... (read more)

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