Genesis ‘The Gabriel Years’ 5-LP Bundle – Trespass, Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound & The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Save over £30 when you buy these landmark albums together with this vinyl bundle offer!*
Here, five legendary studio albums recorded during Genesis’ halcyon years from 1970 to 1974, are presented as a vinyl bundle offer. It was during this period that the charismatic figure of Peter Gabriel fronted the band. Included in this bundle are the prog rock classics Trespass (1970), Nursery Cryme (1971), Foxtrot (1972), Selling England by the Pound (1973) and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974).
All five of these iconic albums have been pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl.
Trespass (2018 Reissue on 180g Vinyl)
Released on 23 October 1970, Trespass is the second studio album by Genesis. It was their last album with guitarist Anthony Phillips and their only one with drummer John Mayhew.
Genesis turned professional in autumn 1969, and began to rehearse intensely and play live shows. After several months of touring they secured a recording contract with Charisma Records, and entered Trident Studios in London in July 1970 to record Trespass. The music marked a departure from more pop-oriented songs, as displayed on their first album From Genesis to Revelation, towards folk-flavoured progressive rock. This ranged from light acoustic pieces with multiple twelve-string guitars, to the heavier live favourite The Knife. The sleeve, featuring a knife slash across the front, was the first of several to be designed by Paul Whitehead.
- Looking for Someone
- White Mountain
- Visions of Angels
- The Knife
Nursery Cryme (2018 Reissue on 180g Vinyl)
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’.
- The Musical Box
- For Absent Friends
- The Return of the Giant Hogweed
- Seven Stones
- Harold the Barrel
- The Fountain of Salmacis
Foxtrot (2018 Reissue on 180g Vinyl)
Released on 6 October 1972, Foxtrot is the fourth studio album by Genesis. The album features their longest recorded song; the 23-minute epic Supper’s Ready.
The album was recorded following the tour in support of their previous album, Nursery Cryme (1971), which saw them gain popularity, including a well-received slot at the Great Western Express Festival, Lincolnshire in May 1972. The album was written over the summer of 1972 and combined songs that had already been performed live with new material worked out in jam sessions. Recording began in August with John Anthony, but sessions were prone to tension and disagreements. After a short Italian tour, sessions resumed with Dave Hitchcock taking over production duties. The cover was the final Genesis work to be designed by Paul Whitehead, featuring a fox wearing a red dress. Frontman Peter Gabriel wore the dress and a fox’s head on stage for the following tour, which gathered press attention and greatly improved the group’s profile.
Foxtrot was the first Genesis album to chart in the UK, reaching No. 12, and received largely positive reviews. The album has continued to attract critical praise.
- Watcher of the Skies
- Time Table
- Get ’Em Out By Friday
- Can-Utility and the Coastliners
- Supper’s Ready
Selling England by the Pound (2018 Reissue on 180g Vinyl)
Released on 13 October 1973, Selling England by the Pound is the fifth studio album by Genesis. It reached No. 3 in the UK and No. 70 in the U.S.
The album was recorded in August 1973 following the tour supporting the previous album, Foxtrot (1972). The group set aside a short period of time to write new material, which covered a number of themes, including the loss of English folk culture and an increased American influence, which was reflected in the title.
Critics and the band have given mixed opinions of the album, though guitarist Steve Hackett has said it is his favourite Genesis record. Several of the album tracks became fan favourites and featured as a regular part of the band’s live setlist into the 1980s.
- Dancing with the Moonlit Knight
- I Know What I Like In Your Wardrobe
- Firth of Fifth
- More Fool Me
- The Battle of Epping Forest
- After the Ordeal
- The Cinema Show
- Aisle of Plenty
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (2018 Reissue Double-LP on 180g Vinyl)
Released on 18 November 1974, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is the sixth studio album by Genesis. It was the last Genesis album to feature original frontman Peter Gabriel. It peaked at No. 10 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 41 on the Billboard 200 in the US.
While the band worked on new material at Hedley Grange for three months, they decided to produce a concept album with a story devised by Gabriel about Rael, a Puerto Rican youth from New York City who is suddenly taken on a journey of self-discovery and encounters bizarre incidents and characters along the way. The album was marked by increased tensions within the band as Gabriel, who insisted on writing all of the lyrics, temporarily left to work with filmmaker William Friedkin and needed time to be with his family. Most of the songs were developed by the rest of the band through jam sessions and were put down at Glaspant Manor in Wales using a mobile studio.
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway received a mixed critical reaction at first, but it gained acclaim in subsequent years and has a cult following.
- The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
- Fly on a Windshield
- Broadway Melody of 1974
- Cuckoo Cocoon
- In the Cage
- The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging
- Back in N.Y.C.
- Hairless Heart
- Counting Out Time
- Carpet Crawlers
- The Chamber of 32 Doors
- Lilywhite Lilith
- The Waiting Room
- Here Comes the Supernatural Anaesthetist
- The Lamia
- Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats
- The Colony of Slippermen (a. The Arrival b. A Visit to the Doktor / c. Raven)
- The Light Dies Down on Broadway
- Riding the Scree
- In the Rapids
* Please note:
– Discount does not apply if titles are bought individually.
– This time limited offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.
– This special bundle offer is not available retrospectively.