TITLE: From Genesis to Revelation
YEAR RELEASED: 1969
CHART ACTION: #170
SINGLES: The Silent Sun, Where the Sour Turns to Sweet
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Only if you bought it
LINEUP: Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford, John Silver. Chris Stewart drums on Silent Sun., Lots o’ strings and horns.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Mostly orchestral, slightly psychedelic, slightly decent collection of songs written by a teenage Genesis. Gabriel’s vocals are on point.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: School chums got together, wrote songs, recorded demos and sent them around. They got signed. Sounds typical, right?
Jonathan King got ahold of the demo, and picked “Silent Sun” as a single. Another single was released, and King then decided the band should create an album based on the Bible. The band was still in school, so they recorded it on holiday. King then added all the orchestras and strings and….nothing. By the time it was released the band was already moving on to longer form compositions and King released them from his grip.
It’s fairly impressive considering they weren’t quite of age yet when they produced this record and they were basically ‘forced’ to write most of the songs around a theme they didn’t pick. It’s got some really dud cuts thanks to the material. The orchestration really drowns out the group except for Banks and Gabriel (maybe Rutherford’s bass shows up at times). But Gabriel, man, he can sing, even then.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: King owns the tapes to these sessions to this day. There are about
18 songs, some demos, and single mixes out there and they’ve been repackaged ad nauseum.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, demos, single mixes, etc..
GRADE: C+: It ain’t half bad for what it is. Some of it is exiled sure, and it’s rather warmed over Moody Blues, but Gabriel’s vocals can patch things over.