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Genesis' first truly progressive album, and their first record for the Charisma label (although Trespass was released in America by ABC, which is how MCA came to have it), is important mostly as a formative effort. Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, and Michael Rutherford are here, but the guitarist is Anthony Phillips and the drummer is John Mayhew. Gabriel, Banks, Phillips, and Rutherford are responsible for the compositions, which are far more ambitious than the group's earlier efforts ("Silent Sun," etc.). Unfortunately, much of what is here is more interesting for what it points toward than what it actually does -- the group reflects a peculiarly dramatic brand of progressive rock, very theatrical as music, but not very successful. The lyrics are complex enough but lack the unity and clarity that would make Genesis' subsequent albums among the most interesting of prog rock efforts to analyze. Gabriel's voice is very expressive but generally lacks power and confidence, while the conventional backup vocalizing by the others is wimpy, and Phillips' playing is muted. Tony Banks' keyboards are the dominant instruments, which isn't that bad, but it isn't the Genesis that everyone came to know. The soft, lyrical "Visions of Angels" and "Stagnation" are typical, gentle works by a band that later learned how to rock much harder. Only one of the songs here, "The Knife" -- which rocks harder than anything else on Trespass and is easily the best track on the album -- lasted in the group's concert repertory past the next album.
Performance CreditsGenesis Primary Artist
Peter Gabriel Flute,Percussion,Accordion,Drums,Bass Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Group Member
Anthony Phillips Dulcimer,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Group Member
Tony Banks Organ,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Mellotron,Group Member
John Mayhew Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Mike Rutherford Bass,Guitar,Electric Bass,Cello,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String),Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Group Member
Anthony Phillips Band Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Technical CreditsPeter Gabriel Arranger,Composer
Anthony Phillips Arranger,Composer
John Anthony Producer,Audio Production
Tony Banks Arranger,Composer
Robin Geoffrey Cable Engineer
David Hitchcock Producer
Mike Rutherford Arranger,Composer
Paul Whitehead Artwork,Cover Design
John Silver Composer
Anthony Phillips Band Arranger,Composer
Chris Peyton Sleeve Adaptation
Tony Smith Management
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Trespass based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Definately one of the best Genesis albums ever this has a great mixture of songs on it from the beautifel lyrics and music in Looking for somone and visions of angels to the masterpieces White mountain and dusk to the final track The knife which is masterful with its powerful music and lyrics these are merely a few examples of the greatness a must have for any Genesis fan especially those with a deep appreciation for there early stuff.