Monday, March 28, 2016

Genesis: Nursery Cryme (1971)

In my humble opinion, Nursery Cryme is the first truly great Genesis record from the classic period. It arrived with a new lineup, which now included Steve Hackett and Phil Collins, who joined the remaining members, Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, and Mike Rutherford. This lineup produced some of my favourite Genesis records.

The album opens with The Musical Box, a 10+ minute epic that heralded the new Genesis sound and vision. The record announced that the band had finally found its sound. Of course, there were naysayers, those that didn't understand what the band was doing. But, Wikipedia notes--as is so often the case--that reviews in hindsight have been more positive, proof that reviewers often have no idea what they are talking about and sometimes fail to see and comprehend new musical ideas.

In a foreshadowing, of sorts, Phil Collins sings lead vocals on For Absent Friends.

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