YEAR RELEASED: 1970
CHART ACTION: #98 UK
SINGLES: The Knife
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not really
LINEUP: Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford, John Mayhew
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First release after leaving their original benefactor finds the group exploring longer, contemplative compositions – and then there’s The Knife.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Genesis, with new drummer Mayhew in tow, played several gigs around London and wrote material for a cohesive album, performing longer songs in a progressive vein. Choosing the best of the lot, they recorded five tracks and then brought “The Knife” in to end it.
The other five tracks were pleasant, bland, and not exactly thrilling. “The Knife”, however, was worth the price of admission. Banks’ martial keyboards signaled a rousing affair, backed with Phillips and Rutherford on guitar and bass, and then Gabriel comes in as the rebellion leader talking words and exhorting action, while he stays back from the fray. It’s a fantastic track. Even Mayhew, a drummer who was clearly behind the others in ability, adds to it.
Had there been another effort as complete as “The Knife” this would be a must buy. Instead, while none of the other songs are bad, they’re not essential. It did give notice that Genesis was a band to watch for prog rock fans, though.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This album went to #1 in Belgium, and they went on their first European tour in the Low Countries. That area would be strong for the band going forward
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B-: “The Knife” is grade A – the rest…well…meh.