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Genesis – Nursery Cryme (2018 Reissue on 180g Vinyl)

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Released on 12 November 1971, Nursery Cryme is the third studio album by Genesis. It was their first to feature drummer/vocalist Phil Collins and guitarist Steve Hackett. At approximately 39 minutes long, it is the shortest studio album by the band to date.

Following extensive touring in support of their previous album Trespass (1970), which included the recruitment of Collins and Hackett, the band began writing and rehearsing for a follow-up in Luxford House, East Sussex, with recording following at Trident Studios. Nursery Cryme saw the band take a more aggressive direction of some songs, with substantially improved drumming.

The opening piece, The Musical Box combined the band’s trademark mix of twelve-string guitars with harsh electric guitars and keyboards. The song, a macabre fairy story set in Victorian Britain, became the inspiration for the album cover, and went on to be a live favourite. Collins brought a new dimension to the group, covering the majority of the backing vocals (including his first lead vocal with Genesis on For Absent Friends) and bringing in a sense of humour on tracks like Harold the Barrel. Banks made more prominent use of the Mellotron at Hackett’s suggestion and used it prominently on several tracks.

The album received a mixed response from critics and was not initially a commercial success. Retrospective appraisals have been more positive. Although Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic deemed the album highly uneven, he considered The Musical Box and The Return of the Giant Hogweed to be ‘genuine masterpieces’, and concluded that even if the rest of the album ‘isn’t quite as compelling or quite as structured, it doesn’t quite matter because these are the songs that showed what Genesis could do, and they still stand as pinnacles of what the band could achieve’.

Track Listing

Side One

  1. The Musical Box
  2. For Absent Friends
  3. The Return of the Giant Hogweed

Side Two

  1. Seven Stones
  2. Harold the Barrel
  3. Harlequin
  4. The Fountain of Salmacis

Format: Vinyl / 12” Album

Label: UMC

Barcode: 0602567489849

Release Date: 3 Aug 2018