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Originally a 13 track LP, this double CD edition of FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION contains 21 tracks plus an interview with Jonathan King, the original manager of Genesis.

Peter Gabriel (vocals)
Anthony Phillips, Michael Rutherford (guitar)
Anthony Banks (piano)
Chris Stewart, John Silver (drums)


TRESPASS is more pastoral and low-key than the Genesis albums that followed it. The interplay between Anthony Phillips and Mike Rutherford finds the group at its folkiest and most subdued. Tony Banks hadn't yet turned to the synthesizer. Peter Gabriel had not yet reached the heights of poetic socio-political broadside that would mark such albums as FOXTROT. The anomaly here is "The Knife," a gloriously bombastic track full of classical motifs, thundering riffs and rhythms, and a strong anti-war message. It would become one of the most-loved early Genesis tunes. Drummer John Mayhew might be the Pete Best of prog-rock, as he was Genesis's original drummer, ultimately replaced by future bandleader Phil Collins. On this, Mayhew's final recording with Genesis, he shows taste and restraint, laying out for long sections while the sonic tapestries of the guitars and keyboards unfold.

Anthony Phillips (vocals, acoustic 12-string & electric guitars, dulcimer);
Michael Rutherford (vocals, acoustic guitar, cello, acoustic & electric basses);
Anthony Banks (vocals, guitar, piano, organ, Mellotron);
Peter Gabriel (vocals, flute, accordion, bass drum, tambourine);
John Mayhew (vocals, drums, percussion).


Genesis's third album was a far cry from the delicate folk-rock tapestries and chiming 12-string guitars of its predecessor TRESPASS. The infusion of a semi-classical structural sensibility had become more prevalent. Fragile ballads are at a minimum, replaced by driving classical-rock epics (not that TRESPASS lacked for epics) full of heavy guitar and bass lines and sweeping mellotron. The sound occasionally recalls the refined but uncompromising instrumental attack of the Nice (particularly in Tony Banks's Keith Emerson-ish blasts of organ bravura). The interlocking guitar arpeggios and folkie moments are still present, however, providing contrast to NURSERY CRYME's bolder moments. The group's sophisticated compositional style and Gabriel's eccentric lyrics are at their height on "The Return of the Giant Hogweed," "The Fountain of Salamacis" and "The Musical Box."

Tony Banks (vocals, 12-string guitar, keyboards);
Mike Rutherford (vocals, 12-string guitar, bass);
Peter Gabriel (vocals, flute); Phil Collins (vocals, drums, percussion); Steve Hackett (guitar).