Genesis – Trespass

Published on 19 February 2019 by

        Genesis – Trespass is the second studio album by Genesis and was recorded and released in 1970. Their last with guitarist Anthony Phillips, Trespass had a folk-flavoured progressive rock sound that was a marked departure from their earlier work.  The compositions were generally much longer and more complex than those on Genesis’s first album, and the recordings have a muted, pastoral sound. The band was unhappy with John Mayhew’s drumming skills and replaced him with Phil Collins following Anthony Phillips’s departure.
Trespass was the first of several Genesis albums to be recorded at London’s Trident Studios. Although the album was not a commercial success in the UK (it eventually reached No.98 for one week in 1984), it was a critical one[citation needed] despite its lack of sales. However, the album fared much better in Belgium, where it reached No. 1, leading to the band’s first overseas concerts in that country in March 1971.

       Bruce Eder: ‘ Genesis’ first truly progressive album, and their first record for the Charisma label (although Genesis – 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.). ….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 Genesis – Trespass and is easily the best track on the album — lasted in the group’s concert repertory past the next album. ‘


Genesis – Trespass Tracklist

  1. Looking For Someone (7:06)
  2. White Mountain (6:42)
  3. Visions Of Angels (6:50)
  4. Stagnation (8:48)
  5. Dusk (4:13)
  6. The Knife (8:56)


Tony Banks – organ, piano, mellotron, guitar, backing vocals
Peter Gabriel – lead vocals, flute, accordion, bass drum, tambourine, percussion
John Mayhew – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Anthony Phillips – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, dulcimer, backing vocals
Mike Rutherford – bass, acoustic guitar, nylon string guitar, cello, backing vocal

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