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Simone ROSSETTI, the charismatic front man of The NIGHT WATCH, continues his impressive work in the new band The WATCH, but he's the only connection between the two bands. The NIGHT WATCH also was featured with one song on "The Reading Room" (2000) album and than they quit. Simone is an great vocalist/flautist and his voice is very similar to Peter GABRIEL and so the sound on the new album is again like early GENESIS. There are some reminiscences to MARILLION, SPOCK'S BEARD and ─NGLAGARD too.

The WATCH's debut album "Ghost" sounds so much like GENESIS. The music is very similar to Peter GABRIEL-era GENESIS with lots of magnificient bombastic Mellotron. Folks, this is a total job that sounds like outtakes between "Nursery Crime" and "Selling England By The Pound". This is "the best album GENESIS never made"! Now we can add another classic to the list. A band to Watch out for!

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THE WATCH discography


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3.53 | 101 ratings
Ghost
2001
3.93 | 155 ratings
Vacuum
2004
3.45 | 105 ratings
Primitive
2007
3.71 | 137 ratings
Planet Earth?
2010
3.60 | 135 ratings
Timeless
2011
3.64 | 71 ratings
Tracks from the Alps
2014

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3.31 | 17 ratings
Live
2008

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3.50 | 4 ratings
Live Bootleg
2006

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3.64 | 71 ratings

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Review by Dr÷mmarenAdrian

4 stars It hasn't been so many good records yet this year, but perhaps I have just listened to the wrong or too few albums. I continue with the genre Neo-prog, a genre I have had very hard to understand. This record though was totally different. Neo-prog in my opinion use to be too loud and also too mediocre, but not this one. "The Watch" is an Italian band led by Simone Rossetti. Noone could avoid hearing that "The Watch" are ispired by Genesis. Perhaps more than just inspired. They seem to keep up the spirit of Genesis' song making and musical world. I am of course talking about early Genesis. "Tracks from the alps" is the band's sixth record and it features Giorgio Gabriel on guitars, both usual and bass, Simone Rossetti on vocals, mellotron, synthesizers and flute, Valerio de Vittorio on keyboards, organ and synthesizer, Marco Fabbri on drums and percussion and Mattia Rossetti on bass guitar and pedals. It was released a half year ago and I am the seventh reviewer.

It is ashort but lovely album which you will listen to with a big smile on your face. It sounds familiar for fans of Genesis but this is of course another, very good band. It contains beautiful melodies, an emotional singstyle and a musical wave of carressing tones. Every song, they are seven, are good but I think some stand out particularly. My favourite is "The Cheating Mountain" which is so lovely and joyful(10/10). The album is full of exuberant melodies such as "Devil's bridge"(9/10) or "Once in a lifetime"(9/10). The average standard is very high and there are no bad tracks even if I of course don't like every minute as much as another one. Rossetti's voice is similar to Peter Gabriel but you hear it's not the same. A little bit of an Italian accent could be heard and that is great. i should be even happier and perhaps given them five stars if they had sung in Italian. Finally I am glad to see that music such this is made even in these pale and modern days. Music was better long time ago but there are glimpses of glory yet. There is hope for humanity.

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Review by toilet_doctor

5 stars If old groups don't do that anymore, somebody supposed to do it...

Let everyone ask yourself: How I would rate this album, if it could be Genesis reunion one? People already would peeing with boiling liquid... But, when it done by The Watch, it's no good. Come on, guys, the goal was to extend Genesis catalog and band is doing it with Retro-Prog of highest caliber - every album, piece by piece. What's wrong with that? It's hard mission, as all the time they must to compete with Golden Greats. However, instead off to support the group, we very quick on unfair criticism a wrong judgment. One more time: it's Retro Prog (sub-genre) and it's inappropriate to claim lack of originality here.

About cover song "Going Out to Get You". Sometimes (seldom) covers beat the original or equally good and give us as much pleasure. But this one is the case. As a real actor Simone Rossetti completely reincarnates into Peter Gabriel and give us performance equal only to Live Genesis one and surpass studio version. Those Live versions are rare and bad sounding ones. So he awarded us with excellent and good sounding studio version. What's wrong with that?

Some people complained that album is too short (38min). I know what you mean, guys, it would be nice to have one more Supper's Ready like piece here... You know what, guys, I am thankful and for that. It could be worse - album full of fillers or nothing at all. Please give me 38 min more of Vintage Genesis in Digipak, I'll buy it without hesitation. It will stay on my shelf after Peter Gabriel solo albums alongside with Shaun Guerin (RIP), Agents of Mercy and Unifaun.

5 Vintage Stars from the Book of Genesis.

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Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
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3 stars "Where I am is so familiar..."

I'm feeling very conflicted over The Watch, and especially their new album `Tracks from the Alps'. I'd briefly heard the band in the past, but this was the first album of theirs I decided to purchase, and I was very keen to explore their music. Knowing full-well the reputation of this Italian group for being devoted to carrying on in the same style of the classic vintage period of Genesis, I was prepared for little similarities here and there, like many of the Neo bands often do. What I didn't really expect, however, was a band almost merely re-using themes and lazy recreations in the manner of that band. The Watch even cover an early Genesis piece, `Going Out To Get You'. I'm sure some listeners of that beloved defining 70's band will be in rapture at the sheer thought of more music in the same manner. There's certainly plenty of musical talent on display here, but like the above mentioned quote that opens the album, I really wish the band displayed their own ideas more often.

It's disappointing that the band focuses on so many melodies and themes that are virtual recreations of the same ones Genesis offered back in the early 70's. But more annoying is that the tunes here jump around far too much, rarely waiting to extend and develop particular musical ideas, instead assembling a rapid-fire collection of brief passages that overlap. Some of the vocal melodies are bland and unmemorable as well, so much of your attention goes to the varied instrumentation. Despite singer Simone Rossetti frequently being compared to Peter Gabriel, I actually was reminded more of Bernado Lanzetti from Acqua Fragile, who fronted P.F.M for two albums in the mid Seventies. Simone's English is sometimes difficult to hear (I found him much easier to understand in earlier band The Night Watch), so eventually attention wanes, but you always have the instrumental passages to enjoy. I suggest listening on a good pair of headphones to really appreciate all the subtle touches the band has carefully placed in their compositions, and you can pay more attention to the words as well that way.

There is plenty that works very well throughout the album. Overall the lyrics are evocative and lavish with detail, full of drama and fascinating characters (I've yet to properly work out the concept so far, though). There's numerous lovely sections scattered throughout the disc. The `Stand, so still, so tall' passage that closes lead track `A.T.L.A.S' is superb, cloaked in Rossetti's glorious and striking Mellotron. The exciting and racing instrumental passage in the final minutes of `Devil's Bridge' is sublime as well. The ballistic Moog and organ frenzy in the middle of `The Cheating Mountain' is very joyous. Over gently blowing winds, `Once In A Lifetime' has a creeping tip-toeing sadness before adopting a blustery fanfare and regal pomp. Giorgio Gabriel gets a cracking electric guitar run during `The Last Mile', which also delivers a passage full of searing Mellotron over dreamy vocals that is allowed time to properly develop. Despite a few eerie synth moments and some marching drumming, `On Your Own' recalls the pleasant and more straight-forward adult rock of Jadis, and I like this one more because Simone slows down and gives a more relaxed performance, and it's also one of the few tracks on the album that feels like a complete piece, as opposed to little bits seemingly strung together.

I know The Watch also masquerades as a Genesis cover band, but with all the wonderful instrumental skills on offer, as well as Simone Rossetti's rich and vivid lyrics and commanding voice, I really think the band are holding themselves back with such a slavish devotion to Genesis. As much as we all love that band and their pioneering sound, many Neo prog bands (frequently - and unfairly - dismissed as desperate and pathetic worshippers of that classic prog band), such as Arena, Pendragon, Marillion and I.Q all found their own distinctive style, so I really hope The Watch challenge themselves and their followers with something proudly their own sometime soon. Maybe next time?

Three stars - but anyone who doesn't mind a simple `more-of-the-same' Genesis band with no attempts at being truly progressive, add a whole extra star. It's definitely easy to listen to, by no means a bad album, and I'm sure those listeners will absolutely adore `Tracks from the Alps'.

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars I'd felt that on Planet Earth? and Timeless that The Watch had begun, if you'd forgive the pun, to wind down. Their old school Peter Gabriel-era Genesis style was charming enough, but they were hitting diminishing returns with their songwriting process. I'm happy to report that their latest release, Tracks From the Alps, features a reinvigorated sound. With the lineup slightly tweaked with the inclusion of Mattia Rossetti as the new bassist, the band have also tightened up their sound, giving it a somewhat more modern atmosphere whilst retaining the techniques and motifs of classic Genesis and getting back to what they do best - presenting what the pastoral Genesis sound might have ended up like had Genesis themselves never abandoned it.

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Review by jamesn0800

1 stars I find this album impossible to listen to! They do not write songs!! More like a random selection of genesis sounds and progressions with no connecting melody. After the first few minutes i forget what came before it. Just when you think there is going to be a musical hook its gone and you're left without a melody. I wonder how they remember to play their music or if they ever replicate there songs more than once!! I love complicated music but without structure and melody there's nothing enjoyable. Genesis songs stay in your head, lyrics and melody flowing from theme to theme. The Watch do not!! They don't write songs!!

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4 stars This is an excellent new effort from "The Watch". While not as "powerful" as "Vacuum", the group continues to develop their "Gabriel-era Genesis-like" sound which hints at what a Genesis of 2014 might sound like, but definitely unmistakably "The Watch". The track "On Your Own" has some haunting background melody I can't get enough of. The cover of "Going Out to Get You" somehow doesn't "fit" ... it's an excellent cover, don't get me wrong, it's just the vocals are as if Peter was the vocalist, Simone nails it SO good, while the rest of the CD, the vocals are more "Simone" ... The Watch "almost" needs to keep its own material separate from their Genesis covers, both are so good, yet, there seems to be some divergence happening. Their live concerts could very well be structured the same way, done as a set of covers and a set of original material. My only complaint about "Tracks from the Alps" is that, at 38 minutes, the CD seems just too short, and not enough Mellotron ... but a "must have" for Watch fans!

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5 stars The Italian band The Watch are probably the per-eminent prog band to capture the classic Gabriel-era sound of Genesis. While the band tours (Why not Los Angeles) doing covers of Genesis tunes, they write original material that could easily have been lifted from Nursery Cryme. "Tracks From The Alps" is their latest. It includes all original compositions except their reinterpretation of "Going Out To Get You", a track from Genesis' debut album. If you like "the sound" The Watch will be indispensable. One of the best things about this band is that they enjoy bringing classic Genesis tracks from the archives out into the full light of day with amazing improvements. They did it on their last album Timeless with their wonderful renewal of "In the Wilderness" and "Let Us Now Make Love". On Tracks from the Alps, The Watch performs "Going Out to Get You". The powerful organ De Vittorio opens with sounds warmer than the piano Genesis used on its demo recording on the Genesis Archive 1967-75 box set. The mellotron and organ are simply mystifying as is the thunder Fabbri brings on drums. Rossetti doesn't have as much venom in his voice as Peter Gabriel, however those keyboards and the menacing guitar work from both Gabriel and Rossetti's guitars more than create the mood to match the power of this often overlooked track. "A.T.L.A.S." opens with crisp morning guitar and Simone Rossetti's classic Peter Gabriel-like vocals. "Devil's Bridge" is another powerful track with a message "The Cheating Mountain" may be the best track on the album "Going Out to Get You" a track from Genesis' debut album "On Your Own" opens with deep keys reminding some of the band's earlier material from Ghost or Vacuum "Once in a Lifetime" opens with Keyboard wind effects and soft electric guitar chords "The Last Mile" is the longest track on the album. It opens with strong classic lead electric guitar melodies and Rossetti singing. I consider them a guilty pleasure and have enjoyed all of their releases. There is only one small thing that I didn't like, after waiting for 3 years for a new album from "The Watch" they gave me only less then 38 minutes album, I would have waited 6 more month for some extra 30 minutes! Highly recommended. 5 stars again!

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 Live by WATCH, THE album cover Live, 2008
3.31 | 17 ratings

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Live
The Watch Neo-Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars "The Watch" has been touring for quite a few years now as a "Genesis" tribute band. They have faced lots of difficulties to seduce the audience with their own repertoire, and it is mainly a financial issue that led the band to choose this direction AKA Marco who told me this during our chat at one of their gigs in Verviers. This live album features almost their own material. Since it was recorded during their 2008 tour, it is normal that almost half of the songs are extracted from their latest album at the time ("Primitive").

One of their best songs ever is the great "Shining Bald heads" which is a track that they almost always played during all their live performances and which is taken out from their best album as far as I am concerned. I mean "Vacuum".

I have seen the band quite a lot in Belgium (I even missed a concert in Rome while I was on holiday but did not know they were having a gig!) and it is almost like a family meeting when we see each other at concerts over here in Belgium (either at the Spirit of 66 or in Mons thanks to one of my friend Danny Melchiorre who organized the latters).

I have to say that this live album is quite pleasant. It also features a very old song from Simone's previous band ("The Night Watch") which was quite premonitory of his future work. "The Fisherman" is also one of their own repertoire favourite on stage. Rightly I have to say since this is one of their best songs ever (both bands considered).

The band also performs a rare "Genesis" song. Never released on an album (only on a "B side" or available on the great "Archives 67-75). They also don't play it so often and it is of course a pleasure to listen to this great piece (only partially unfortunately). It will combined in some medley with "Another Life" from their "Primitive" album.

Threes stars for this effort.

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 Planet Earth? by WATCH, THE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.71 | 137 ratings

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Planet Earth?
The Watch Neo-Prog

Review by Gatot
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3 stars Greetings from Jakarta! Happy Eid Mubarak for those muslims who are progheads as well ..!

Hi there! How are you? Sorry for missing from this lovely prog site such a long long time even though I keep visiting this site at least once in a week....but I have not written anything prog at all so far even though I am still proggin' till now and forever till the end of the world, probably ... My BIG apologies for many of you who emailed me and sent me PM asking me to comeback revieing prog albums. Yeah .. I wanted to but I had other demanding commitments on other things that I had to manage. Trust me .. I always keep on proggin' ....and have been enjoying many new prog albums such as Spock's Beard, Steven Wilson, The Tangent, The Flower Kings, Pain of Salvation and many more. Some of them I realize that I have not written any word about it including this album by The Watch. Let me try again to write another prog album review and hope that I still remember how to write good review as I really busy with other things including something related to music, ie the rebirth of cassette tape as an excellent analog medium for vintage prog and rock music. In my country, cassette tape is now regaining its competitive edge as many music lovers are getting bored with the clean (too damn clean) of digital music while vinyl is too damn expensive to acquire to most people.

Let's now talk about this "Planet Earth?"...

First off, you may recall that I am a great fan of symphonic prog - so no wonder that I love Genesis, Yes, ELP and the like. Talking about Genesis, most of you might refer to the charismatic figure of Peter Gabriel with his powerful voice. I missed Gabriel voice after he left Genesis that's why when I had a CD of Citizen Cain where the voice of Cyrus was clearly emulating Gabriel's I was so happy. Later, I found the Italian band named as The Night Watch whom its vocalist sounded like Gabriel as well - I was very happy also. I don't mind people call this band as copy cat of Genesis Gabriel era. So what? That's what I want, so ... I kept listening the band which later changed the name to The Watch. The fact that the vocalist sounds like Gabriel is a plus point for me even though musically is not as complex as Genesis. Never mind, I still enjoy it.

This album came to me long time ago and by the time I'm writing this review I have spun the album for more than eight times in its entirety already - so it's about time to write a fair review about this. Overall, I still think this album represents what I expected from this band who has been in fact consistent with its music direction: emulating Gabriel voice and Genesis kind of music. So, I am very happy about it. As I keep spinning it I find that as far as music flow this album makes a tendency for the listeners to get bored with the music which is not quite enthusiastic or less energetic, I would say, after the first impressive track. Sometimes I could not stand to listen the album until the end because of there was not so much variations in terms of nuances and musical dynamics. It's too soft probably...and less melodious.

The first track "Welcome to your Life" (6:11) is really impressive and very energetic as a symphonic prog music. It's not as energetic as "Back in NYC" but it makes me smile and happy enjoying the music especially with the repeating riffs that form an excellent rhythm section. It's so wonderful and I don't hesitate to give this track as an excellent one with fice star rating! In fact, this track has become my prime motive to spin this album. It's really my favourite track from this album and probably one of the finest from The Watch.

Unfortunately the great dynamic created by the opening track is not maintained beautifully at the following track 2. "Something Wrong" (7:41) which seems like being positioned like Genesis' "Entangled" with similar segments sounding alike. Great guitar work actually. It's like a dream comes true: Gabriel sings at A trick of The Tail album. fabulous idea, right? Unfortunately this track lacks its soul and nuance so that it creates a drawback. Don't get me wrong, this is a good track - but not having enough soul, in my opinion.

The third track "Earth" (5:52) is more energetic and in the same vein as the opening track. I would imagine if this one should have been positioned right after the first track ends or it flows seamlessly. The reason is because they both are in the same vein. Even tjough it's not as energetic as the opening track but this one is energetic and has its soul. It has some mellotron breaks as well. "All the Lights in Town" (8:15) starts nicely with piano work followed with energetic music like Watcher of The Skies style, combined with Get tHem Out By Friday - listen to how the bass guitar is played. The closing track "Tourist Trap" (7:23) is another good track from this album. The composition is balanced combining the energetic as well as mellow part with very good guitar fills very specific like Genesis.

In summary, this is a very good album from The Watch and I want them continue with this kind of music they play. I think this one deserves a 3.5 star rating. Never mind being called as Genesis copy cat. It's an excellent copy cat band. Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

*) Oh I forgot how to make Bold and Italic ....

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 Timeless by WATCH, THE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.60 | 135 ratings

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Timeless
The Watch Neo-Prog

Review by johndaryl

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 best album of them,with Stagnation being the most wonderful song they've ever recorded today(of course we have to thank Genesis for that). The main theme of this album is based on Genesis's "In the wildness",the opening and the ending instrumentals are almost direct citations of this song(which Genesis also cited this melody on the first few seconds of their track "The Conqueror" right after "In the wildness"). "Thunder has spoken",the first original song on this album,has almost the same chord change of the Genesis song "In the Beginning",the watch version is very poweful and sounds nicely.The next track,"One Day" bears the same name of a Genesis track,but they have no connection at all.This song has a good and memorable riff.After that wonderful track, we come to the center piece of this album,"In the wildness",the original version is a very nice ballroom track,here the Watch manage to present the song in a progressive way,with much more complex arrangments."Soaring on" is originally from their 2007 "Primitive" album,this version abondons the annoying programmed elertric drum sound,giving a new birth to this beautiful tune."Let us now make love" is a frigile and sad ballad of Genesis,the version here is much more upbeat."Scene of the crime" has hints from the Genesis track "In hiding",but it's not as effect as previous tracks on this album."End of the road" has a very promising name(as there's a radio hit with the same name),however,this one is a bit out of link on this album,the band have to add a instrumental tune of "In the wildness" to keep this track in place."Stagnation" sounds like a bonus,unlike other re-arranged covers,this track keeps every detail of the original version,the band perhaps don't even change a note.Of course this song is wonderfully played here,the drum part is even better than the Genesis version. OK,let give a sum up,3+ star is a right rate in my opinion.Why not higher? Because th band are going the WRONG way.Genesis is a great band and every member of it are pure geniuses.They know how to write wonderful melodies,and more importantly,they know how to present the RIGHT arrangement for their wonderful melodies,that's why their songs are masterpieces.It's true that the first Genesis album "From Genesis to Revelation" is not a prog album.That's because they didn't mean to make a prog album then.The tunes on that album are really very good on either folk or R&B standards.They are great,and can only be great when they are treated with simple but tasty arrangements.The Watch give them much more complex arragements,only to lower these great tunes into "good" level,that's not the right choice to do with Genesis music.(or we can all expect the Watch to do a remake version of "Invisible Touch" so that we'll have one more progressive track from the already marvolous Genesis discography).In conclusion,this album is a very pleasant one,but still far from any Genesis albums.

Good songs:"Thunder has spoken"(3+),"One Day"(3+),"In the wildness"(3+),"Soaring on"(3+),"Let us now make love"(3+),"Stagnation"(4+) Album rating:3+

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