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Formed in Milan, Italy in 1997 as "THE NIGHT WATCH' - Since 2000 adopted the shortened name 'THE WATCH'

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 ÄNGLAGARD 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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3.53 | 131 ratings
Ghost
2001
3.95 | 208 ratings
Vacuum
2004
3.48 | 124 ratings
Primitive
2007
3.72 | 173 ratings
Planet Earth?
2010
3.59 | 160 ratings
Timeless
2011
3.71 | 111 ratings
Tracks From The Alps
2014
3.47 | 60 ratings
Seven
2017

THE WATCH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.34 | 21 ratings
Live
2008
5.00 | 3 ratings
Green Show 2011 - Official Live Bootleg
2012

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THE WATCH Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 6 ratings
Live Bootleg
2006

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 Ghost by WATCH, THE album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.53 | 131 ratings

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Ghost
The Watch Neo-Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars More excellently composed, performed, and engineered GENESIS-imitative music from these very serious Italian artists.

1. "DNAlien" (8:36) an excellent attempt at a variation of Foxtrot-era "Watcher" Genesis. (17.5/20)

2. "The Ghost and the Teenager" (8:38) perfect duplication of Genesis. (18/20)

3. "Heroes" (9:27) would be an instant Genesis classic. Love the ANT PHILLIPS-like outro/interlude.(18.25/20)

4. "Moving Red" (6:34) opens with a burst like "Get 'em Out By Friday" or one of the segments of "Supper's Ready." Impressive! (9/10)

5. "Riding the Elephant" (3:38) some "new," non-Genesis sounds and stylings! An example of "What if Peter Gabriel had reunited with Tony, Mike, and Phil for some original material in the 1980s. Interesting. (9/10)

6. "...and the Winner is..." (10:11) more "new" sounds with modern recording techniques used for recording "plug in" acoustic guitars and 1990s computer synth sounds in a "Supper's Ready" opening section-like opening. IT turns out that this is a very closely imitative, mini- , slowed-down, and modernized version of "Supper's Ready." The only real disappointment on the album. (16.5/20)

Total Time: 47:04

High marks are earned by imitation of Gabriel-era Genesis rather than the Brit's later music. If ever you wanted to hear "new" Genesis music from the 1971-75 period, this is both the band and the album to seek out. GREAT recording/sound engineering of technically perfectionistic compositions and performances. Drummer Roberto Leoni's playing is so crisp and enjoyable. Vocalist Simone Rossetti's duplication of Peter Gabriel's diction, range, and style is sheer perfection--remarkable.

B+/4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of retro prog. This band deserves more credit for both the incredible detail to which their imitation goes as well as to the fact that their compositions are all totally original, not remakes.

 Vacuum by WATCH, THE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.95 | 208 ratings

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Vacuum
The Watch Neo-Prog

Review by Squire Jaco

4 stars For those of us who had the unique privilege of hearing early Genesis back in the 70's over our favorite FM station or on our dad's first stereo system in the living room, I think we sometimes tend to take for granted just how talented, progressive and entertaining that band was. So then we turn our noses up when a band that is clearly derivative of Genesis shows up with a new cd in their classic style? I think that can be a mistake, especially with a band like The Watch that certainly has an updated (tho retro) early Genesis style, and composes some very unique melodies with storied lyrics. Sorry folks, but their 2004 release "Vacuum" is a guilty pleasure for me, with excellent vocals (very integral to this band's music) and melodic hooks, along with crystal clear production. Although the band is Italian, Simone Rossetti's Gabriel-esqe vocals are very British sounding. Special note: drummer Roberto Leoni is an exceptional talent. (Great cymbal work.) My only minor complaint is that there are only 48 minutes of music here. So here's what you do when you try a "clone" band like this: you kind of have to close your eyes and imagine yourself lying on your bunk with your Pioneer headphones on, and listening to the album that could have come out right after "The Lamb". Good shtuff. Treat yourself.
 Planet Earth? by WATCH, THE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.72 | 173 ratings

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Planet Earth?
The Watch Neo-Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars On this fourth The Watch studio-album entitled Planet Earth? we are treated on a sound that is obviously inspired by early Genesis, especially the 70-73 era, as The Watch did on previous albums. But this time it sounds like an ultimate tribute to that both legendary as unsurpassed early Genesis sound: Hammond and Mellotron waves in the vein of Tony Banks, very Gabrielesque vocals, the use of twanging acoustic guitars, the flute play and a very Hackett-like guitar sound. Even the way the songs are arranged comes mighty close to early Genesis. This results in wonderful symphonic rock, especially the moments in which Hammond and Mellotron are blended and moving electric guitar is supported by lush violin ? and choir-Mellotron. Like in the final parts of Something Wrong and The World Inside, goose bumps! The only track that slightly differs from the obvious early Genesis sound is the final composition Tourist Trap, here it's early IQ with a Mike Holmes guitar sound. The conclusion is great featuring majestic violin-Mellotron and a delicate synthesizer solo.

To me this album sounds as their most convincing and mature effort. But I would like to hear the wonderful native language, rather than English vocals. I am sure this will give the music an extra dimension, a bit more emotional undertone. Just listen to other fine early Genesis inspired fellow Italian band Sensitiva Immagine with their beautiful album E Tutto Comincio Cosi (a kind of 'Selling England By The Pound, side 3', with all respect).

My rating: 3,5 star.

 Live by WATCH, THE album cover Live, 2008
3.34 | 21 ratings

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Live
The Watch Neo-Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars Italian The Watch have a special position in The Netherlands: they have performed there many times as a Genesis cover band, now The Watch are highly acclaimed for this, more than composers of good own material. I have seen The Watch several times since their early years and was also in the crowd during their acclaimed performance on Symforce II, part of the 2008 tour that is featured on this live CD.

Their pleasant and melodic sound alternates between 1970-1973 Genesis-era: from mellow with acoustic guitars and flute to bombastic with bass pedals, Hackett-inspired guitarwork, organ and Mellotron. But also early IQ: compelling with powerful interplay between moving guitar and sumptuous Mellotrons layers. The emphasis in the tasteful 7 compositions is on creating compelling, often Mellotron drenched atmospheres rather than complexity and inventive arrangements. The enthousiastic and sympathic singer Simone Rossetti has the same melancholical undertone as Peter Gabriel, at some moments only his accent reveals he's not the one! An original song is the dreamy Riding The Elephant because of its electronic-oriented climate with howling guitar and majestic violin-Mellotron. Halfway the medley Twilight Alehouse/Another Life we can enjoy a bombastic 24-carat symphonic rock sound: with lush Mellotron, a deep bass pedal sound and a sensitive guitar solo, goose bumps.

But my absolute highlight on this live album is the final track Berlin 1936: first dreamy vocals, then a mid-tempo with bombastic interplay between organ and guitar, wonderful Mellotron drops and finally the ultimate symphonic rock sound featuring moving guitarwork with volume pedal, bass pedals, choir-Mellotron and Hammond organ, you can't beg for more!

Although I am not really a The Watch fan, I am very pleased with The Watch Live. Because in my opinion their sound on stage is more powerful and captivating than on the studio-albums. And for sure many early Genesis and IQ fans wil be delighted about this live album.

My rating: 3,5 star.

 Seven by WATCH, THE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.47 | 60 ratings

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Seven
The Watch Neo-Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

2 stars It's not because you have a singer that has a voice similar to Peter Gabriel and a music similar to Genesis and IQ that you can deliver music of the same caliber. It's been a while that I have been impressed by one of their albums and this new album is not an exception. The second track "Disappearing Act" show a different sound more in the Depeche Mode electro atmosphere, it's not a bad song. The rest of the album is the typical The Watch, and with a band that is struggling to reach the greatness of the best Neo-Prog bands, IQ in particular, the composition level is not very high. You won't find any epic song where you can feel the progression of the melody through some tempo and mood changes, only the last track "After the Blast" give me some pleasure with some interesting instrumental passages. Not recommended, only to die-hard fans.
 Vacuum by WATCH, THE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.95 | 208 ratings

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Vacuum
The Watch Neo-Prog

Review by WatcherOfThePortal

4 stars The watch is an amazing band. On Vacuum they did an amazing job of not duplicating Genesis but going Beyond where Genesis left off. The overall feeling with this album is that your hearing Genesis and what they would have liked to do if Gabriel stayed on and Steve Hackett also stayed on. I for one cannot get enough of this kind of music it seems like everybody gave up but the watch has kept up. I love the mellotron and all the Anthony Phillips guitar parts and Steve Hackett guitar parts and Gabriel singing. Simon Rossetti is very very good at singing and at lyrical ideas. Do yourself a favor if you haven't got this album go out and get it and sit through a couple of listings and you will agree the watch is really doing some amazing Music These Days.
 Timeless by WATCH, THE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.59 | 160 ratings

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Timeless
The Watch Neo-Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
Prog Reviewer

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.

 Tracks From The Alps by WATCH, THE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.71 | 111 ratings

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Tracks From The Alps
The Watch Neo-Prog

Review by WatcherOfThePortal

4 stars "The Watch" are experts at what they do, that is, bring back the sounds of early Genesis. Now on this latest album they blend that sound with more of their own. It is a very nice album to listen to. Don't get caught up in the Gabriel voice it is just really great singing. I think Prog needs to "progress" like classical music did. Use mellotrons and synths like violins and harpsicords and make lots more music. From the opening the 12 string and Hackett guitar parts through the percussive parts to the resolved chords near the end this first song ATLAS ... this is my Genesis 2015. Let more come forth. Build your future boys, the sky is the limit. Prog is coming back to those who love the classics of the 70's. Look at some of their covers of early Genesis songs on you tube for examples. I listen to Devil's bridge near the middle and hear songs from the future that Anthony Philips never really got to have with Genesis. Scatchy mellotron intros on Cheating Mountain are really cool. You know that this stuff will never be done by the other G boys again but this group is really carrying the torch here. Minute 3:50 more Mellotron yes... then there is "On your own" just a very nice song. On "The Last Mile" we get soft and loud and great guitar work with melodies...the organ from ELP or Triumvirat and it repeats nicely a theme...Keep up the great work and WatchthePortal for more incoming great tunes.
 Vacuum by WATCH, THE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.95 | 208 ratings

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Vacuum
The Watch Neo-Prog

Review by brainsuccasurgery

5 stars Dear band, with "Damage Mode", you proclaim the color black pastel. Follow-up of a happy recovery wall mellotron. One of the notable differences with the previous album lies in guitars. Changing guitarist but even inspiration side flights of the young saint Hackett. Halftone version bittersweet. While retaining power and enjoyment.

The end of "Wonderland" does not he have one of "The Lamia" (The Lamb ... - 1974) in the crosshairs? The shadow of the sacrificial lamb that is found everywhere, in particular in the blackness of "Godness." OK, I grant you, your Ghost 2001 was full bow to Genesis 72-73. So we win at least one year. Big deal, changing lightning. Promise me one thing, if you intend for your next disc to attack the diptych Trick Of The Tail / Wind And Wuthering, look no further; after that, there is much more to what prostrate.

I know, I know, you have lesson from anyone and nothing prevents you for giving us such a show of force on the part of compositions and setting its (almost no hollow point). Of course, I grant you, your music is nothing boring, she moved without raising nauseating clouds of dust. The sublime "Shining Bald Heads' between power and lightness morbid deadpan humor, but always ready to explode heart, can even be described as exemplary success. And we can see here and there a few tendencies you stand out from the prestigious heritage (no specific title but a hardening tendency that gives the feeling).

In addition, your talent, strength of conviction and your allegiance to your precious elders command respect of a fan the first time like me. Your ability to revive the magic, with perhaps a little less melodic grace, but enjoying today means, it impresses me greatly. But you know how impressionable I am.

Let's be clear, the only song that could be a bridge between two eras, the percussive "Goddess", where you press the nail typing but we badly on the head, a bit like the last IQ. In total, Vacuum (I promise to send a bullet to the first idiot who dares to play a bad puns about this title) is not an extraordinary originality but a constant refinement. The style is great, without sentimentality, with passion, the fire inside the filament, no history of green meadows and elves but here under the current moon monsters escaped experience of mad scientists. All this enough for me to travel in space and time where your music continues to burn me like a caress: barely touched you it has its purpose, she already precipitated the loss. Ah, I can already hear the sneering happen. It may not be much time I have left. Not a minute to lose. I look through your "Emptyness" attractive.

 Tracks From The Alps by WATCH, THE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.71 | 111 ratings

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Tracks From The Alps
The Watch Neo-Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

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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