Wednesday, August 1, 2012
A Revelation About Genesis
We went backwards.
My cousin and I dialed into Genesis at the release of 1976's "A Trick Of The Tail," the first without Peter Gabriel. We loved it, and started buying back, loving each previous release until we made it to the first, "From Genesis To Revelation," a compilation of early singles and stray tracks. After you've fallen for the six and seven minute exercise in precision and musical chops, hearing the early recordings, which sound like late 60's pop psychedelia at best and hokey orchestral rock at worst, the transition could be a bit jarring.
But as years have gone by, I grew a fondness for the music found on "From Genesis To Revelation." The key is to not compare the early band with the late. Instead, take it for what it's worth. Some tracks sound like what The Bee Gees might have been doing around 1968 and 1969, and of course, there's no escaping The Moody Blues...though I've tried...with all due respect to the Moodies and their fans.
I pulled two tracks that I find very musical. I love Gabriel's voice on both. It is young and passionate and not quite bored yet. That quality came with age, and his sudden morphing into Raymond Burr in the mid-nineties. But here, Genesis is still trying to find themselves. I think they made the right decision, but these early tracks are much better than most remember.