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3.61 | 171 ratings | 8 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Watch (1:47)
2. Thunder Has Spoken (4:48)
3. One Day (4:09)
4. In the Wilderness (4:05)
5. Soaring On (4:23)
6. Let Us Now Make Love (4:39)
7. Scene of the Crime (5:13)
8. End of the Road (6:21)
9. Exit (0:57)
10. Stagnation (live bonus) (8:34)

Total Time 44:56

Line-up / Musicians

- Simone Rossetti / vocals, flute, synths*, Mellotron,
- Giorgio Gabriel / electric, classical, 6 & 12-string acoustic guitars
- Valerio De Vittorio / piano, Hohner electric piano, Hammond, Mellotron, synths *, vocals
- Guglielmo Mariotti / bass, Moog bass pedals, 12-string acoustic & electric guitars, vocals
- Marco Fabbri / drums, percussion

- John Hackett / flute (6)

* Moog, Crumar, Eminent & Elka

Releases information

Artwork: Davide Guidoni

CD Pick Up Records ‎- PKR 0019 (2011, Italy)

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THE WATCH Timeless ratings distribution

(171 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy, RPI, Symph, JR/F Canterbury Teams
4 stars It's not a coincidence that The Watch have chosen to include three covers of the 2 firts Genesis albums in this new release for those who have followed the latest tour of the band wich was a mix of songs from the band and covers of Genesis with many songs taken from the more acoustic side of Genesis on Genesis to Revelation and Trespass. So compare this new release with the previous albums, i have to say that the band has slow down the pace a little bit and that's why i think the three Genesis songs goes perfectly well with the songs of the band. I was a disappointed with their previous release, wich i think the band was pushing a little too much the same formula. Not that this cd is a major new direction, but maybe just a little fresh air to restart the machine. At some point i was thinking that maybe this is what Genesis would have sound if Gabriel was in the band again today. The singer's voice is so similar to the Gabriel's one that you can be confused if you hear the band for the first time. Nice cd!
Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars What I like about THE WATCH is that when you buy one of their albums you know what your getting. Sure some albums are better than others and "Vacuum" is still my favourite, but listening to their music is like visiting an old friend. There's a certain contentment and satisfaction involved with their sound because it sounds so much like the source of Progressive music.This one's a little different in that they've gone as far as to actually include three GENESIS covers. Normally i'd say that wasn't the best idea except that the two on the studio album here are from "Genesis To Revelation" which i've never heard before, then there's "Stagnation" from "Trespass" which is on here as a bonus track. And I must say that "Stagnation" stands alone as the best song on here. Oh, and there's plenty of mellotron on this album too.

"The Watch" is acoustic guitar and vocal led then we get some atmosphere as it blends into "Thunder Has Spoken". It kicks in fairly quickly with vocals.The guitar sounds different here and synths lead after 3 minutes. "One Day" is pastoral with acoustic guitar and vocals before it kicks into gear.These contrasts will continue. An excellent track. "In The Wilderness" is the first GENESIS cover. Even before I knew this was a cover I could tell from the lyrics that this had GENESIS written all over it. Check out the pulsating organ as well. Great sounding tune.

"Soaring On" just hits me emotionally for some reason. Acoustic guitar and flute to start as reserved vocals join in. Simply beautiful. Majestic mellotron 3 minutes in. If "In The Wilderness" had those typical GENESIS lyrics then the rearranged GENESIS track "Let Us Now Make Love" has very untypical lyrics as far as a GENESIS song goes. It kicks in with pulsating organ and drums standing out as vocals join in. So GENESIS-like. Wait a minute. It settles back as contrasts continue. A good groove to this one and John Hackett adds some flute too. "Scene Of The Crime" is piano and vocal led early. It picks up around 1 1/2 minutes.Vocal melodies a minute later then distorted keys ?

"End Of The Road" opens with pulsating keys with mellotron and outbursts of sound. It settles in with vocals before a minute. I like the guitar and organ that come to the fore everytime the vocals stop. "Exit" is a short piano piece. "Stagnation" features acoustic guitar and vocal melodies before the vocals come in. Haunting keyboards 2 minutes in. It kicks in after 3 minutes. My God ! Emotion. A calm with flute follows then acoustic guitar and vocals kick in at 6 minutes. So good. Simone rules !

I would rate this as my third favourite THE WATCH album after "Vacuum" and "Planet Earth ?".

Review by Warthur
3 stars Oh dear. Normally The Watch take a bit longer between their albums, but it's evident that after Planet Earth? they felt as though they were on a creative roll and made Timeless in short order. Unfortunately, the album suffers from much as the same problems as its predecessor - to wit, the band had ceased presenting a cleverly updated version of the Genesis sound and just became a carbon copy of it. In the case of Timeless, this becomes particularly blatant when they present cover versions of early Genesis songs! Whilst the version of Stagnation is noteworthy for being completely indistinguishable from the original, at the same time I sorely miss the Watch who would occasionally impress me by doing something new with the Genesis sound. Oh well.
Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars The line up has stabilized and there is a notable guest invited to play some fine flute: John Hackett himself ! (he will also join for some live concerts and I could witness this in Mons).

There is a definite ''Trespass'' feel all along this album. The opener and short ''The Watch''(and its closing counterpart ''Exit'') are the best example of this feeling together with the sweet ''One Day''. "Soaring On" is also such a delicate and sweet piece of music that will bring you back in these ancient times. What a good journey!

Still, there will be a couple of more personal songs (but of course in the style of their masters) like ''Thunder Was Spoken'' but also some weaker ones (''End O f the Road'').

Another important fact to add is that the members of this band are extremely accessible and very friendly. I have seen them many times on stage and after their set, most of the band is not reluctant to meet the fans, chat and share a beer.

The most dramatic song of this album (and also the more personal) is the beautiful "Scene Of The Crime"). It is a slow paced song which can be compared to "Afterglow" in the conception. It is a very moving song indeed.

Their passion for "Genesis" pushed them to give a tribute to this great band on one of their official album. In their early days, they regularly covered them on stage through two songs: "Hogweed" and "Can-Utility". For this occasion they have decided to play VERY old songs.

Pre- Trespass for two of them: "In The Wilderness" that can be found on "From Genesis To Revelation". The new version has more appeal to my ears and sounds much more modern than the original version. The second one is the rare "Let's Make Love" which dates from the same period. There is a version of this song on the Box set "Volume 1". But it wasn't my cup of tea.

The best cover, but like said accordingly Warthur, it is almost an exact reproduction of the original (like they do on stage when they play almost a full Genesis repertoire) is the wonderful ''Stagnation''. Nowadays they tour mostly as a Genesis cover band. And they do it quite right I must say. Last time I saw them, it was for the ''The Lamb'' story and ''Supper's Ready'' as an encore!

I rate this album with three stars. It lacks I personality but is still enjoyable for old freaks like I am.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Known as one of the best Gabriel-era Genesis cover band,The Watch finally treat us with an album taking the very first Genesis tunes from "From Genesis to Revelation" and give them a progressive update.The result is enjoyable.Musically speaking(if we don't count originaty) this is really the ... (read more)

Report this review (#811026) | Posted by johndaryl | Monday, August 27, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Oh Peter Gabriel returned to Genesis. And all again. I am an old follower of The Watch...and is why may Genesis is my favourite symphonic prog rock group. And not only Peter Gabriel.Phil Collins era too since Robbery to Then There Where.... But mainly The Watch is a clone of Genesis Peter ... (read more)

Report this review (#411062) | Posted by robbob | Friday, March 4, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars 'Timeless' is a perfect name for an album that includes early Genesis songs and themes, and The Watch obviously have a deep love for Genesis, and just as Big Big Train gave the proper treatment to Anthony Phillips' 'Master of Time', making it great, so The Watch has given the treatment to 'In ... (read more)

Report this review (#408963) | Posted by snelling | Sunday, February 27, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The Watch returns again with a new album. This Italian band releases albums on an annually basis so this is no comeback. The band has been touring the world too with their Genesis material and show. Timeless is their fifth album with original material. The Watch is known as the band most ... (read more)

Report this review (#403335) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Saturday, February 19, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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