Today is officially our family Christmas. That means lots of treats, opening of presents and a big ‘ol bag of Christmas catnip and toys for the three fur babies. It’s also as good day for our record collection seeing as how there’s lots of new vinyl to go around. And while Kelly works on our Christmas feast (crab fettuccine) we’re listening to some of these new additions now, beginning with the ‘Trespass‘ album by Genesis.
By this point, HRH has just completed collecting the entire catalog of Peter Gabriel-era Genesis and even a few with “that other guy”. This stocking stuffer then fills one of the few holes left in her Genesis collection.
Genesis’ first truly progressive album, and their first record for the Charisma label (although Trespass was released in America by ABC, which is how MCA came to have it) released in 1970, is important mostly as a formative effort. Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, and Michael Rutherford are here, but the guitarist is Anthony Phillips and the drummer is John Mayhew. Gabriel, Banks, Phillips, and Rutherford are responsible for the compositions, which are far more ambitious than the group’s earlier efforts (‘Silent Sun‘, etc.).
‘Trespass’ was not exactly a huge success upon release; it failed to chart in the UK and the US and it received some mixed reviews from critics. Following the band’s growth in popularity in the 1980’s, it eventually reached its peak of #98 for one week in 1984. Elsewhere, it went to #1 in Belgium, which led to the band’s first overseas concerts there in March 1971. The only big single from the album was ‘The Knife‘ which, coincidentally, Gabriel just played not too long ago for some benefit or other.
However, much of what is on this album is more interesting for what it points toward than what it actually does – the group reflects a peculiarly dramatic brand of progressive rock, very theatrical as music, even if it wasn’t very successful at the time. My favorite from the album though is ‘Stagnation‘ with it’s chorus of “I need a drink”.
Yup. That sums up today quite nicely.