Genesis
From Genesis to Revelation


2.0
poor

Review

by Thomas Bambaataa Ghidrah Towers USER (67 Reviews)
December 16th, 2005 | 32 replies


Release Date: 1969 | Tracklist


The genesis of Genesis isnít even considered their real genesis. It could be other groupsí genesis very well, The Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and countless sappy singers of the 70s. Itís more of a historical novelty when held up to later Genesis works. Genesis were known to make symphonic, complex progressive rock, their epic songs refined with wry, ambitious themes and theatrical lyrics. But lo and behold, they turned into a pop band! Some might say we couldíve seen this coming because their debut From Genesis to Revelation was a fresh cut from Pop Meat. But vocalist Peter Gabriel left before the band before it incarnated into commercially acceptable pap, and Phil Collins, who took over when Gabriel left, switching drum set for vocals, hadnít even joined the band. It was until their sophomore effort, Trespass, that the red carpet into the prog world unrolled for Genesis, albeit they hadnít reached their full potential there. And if the boys didnít reach their potential for their first prog escapade, they certainly didnít reach any sort of potential at all for this.

From Genesis to Revelation contains a bunch of naÔve, young musicians still unsure about what style of music they were going to make, and letting the producer take over. The album is squeaky clean, the rawness or emotion in the instruments is sucked out, mostly thanks to pop producer Jonathan King. Well thereís no emotion or rawness to suck out of the guitar anyway, guitarist Anthony Phillips does nothing more than strum through the poppy progressions in the entire album. The guitar is more of a backing instrument than a soaring, virtuoso-like instrument like later Genesis works, adding to the dullness of the record. The only instrument that stirs any interest in the whole album is Tony Banksí cheery, Billy Joelesque piano, shooting some spark into From Genesis to Revelation. Peter Gabrielís voice has not yet attained the trademark rasp or theatrical character, having sung on the album still in his teenage years.

But obviously a pop producer wouldnít be doing his job if he let the album go on with just some bright piano to lead relatively boring music. Inspired by the Moody Blues album Days of Future Passed, he decided to slap on some Chamber Music style orchestra to make the formula of ďpleasant", sophisticated 60s pop. Despite being an obvious sort of gimmick (that didnít work, the album bombed upon release), these string arrangements are the only thing that could save the album from boring rigid the listener completely. One exception is the song The Serpent, itís quirky in a pseudo-psychedelic way, the ominous feel of the song carried through comfortably, as if it belonged with the other songs from this album, lead by some real (though not that interesting) guitar work and a gloomy bassline. Unfortunately, Genesis (or King) restrained any variety or ingenuity for the other songs, letting the strings consort and Mellotron propel the songs.

From Genesis to Revelation is an enjoyable listen for a fan of pop or easy-listening music. Genesis fans of classic albums like Foxtrot or Selling England by the Pound will most likely find the album a bore, despite having some good melodies, and go into a frenzying rage because it has the name ďGenesis" on it. Those same fans would probably go into an equally manic rage after hearing Genesisí 80s albums. And Genesis themselves werenít pleased with this album at all, furious at Jonathan King for adding various orchestral arrangements to the songs. He was sacked for this, his desire wanting to make this album sound like a Bee Gees pastiche. Well, Mr. King, you did a good job at that. You also did a good job at not making the band show any talent. How you did in terms of making a good album? I think we all know the answer to that.



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Zebra
Moderator
December 16th 2005


2647 Comments


Very well done, short & sweet.

I haven't heard this particular album but the music I've heard from Genesis isn't my style.

Jawaharal
December 17th 2005


1832 Comments


galapwngos, you are da shiz.

FR33L0RD
February 12th 2009


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Excellent review for a poor debut album from a great progressive band.

Jethro42
October 20th 2010


12440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Bonus track 'Winter's Tale' and 'The Conqueror' have to be my fav songs on here, even if they sound nowhere near like Genesis. 'The Serpent' has something that reminds me The Doors (structure, not sound). Song had some excellent potential, but its keyboard sound nearly destroyed it.
Couple of tracks are eather disposable such as 'One Day' and 'Window'.

KILL
September 21st 2011


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol sucks

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

Jethro42
October 15th 2011


12440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Funny enough, the more interesting stuff is found on the bonus tracks which are not included above.
'Winter's Tale' first, then 'One eyed Hound', 'That's Me' and 'The Silent Sun' are all not bad really, if it wasn't of the weak prod of course. I'll see what I can do but for now, I'm really not far to give this a 3/5. BUT, for some reasons...

Jethro42
November 7th 2011


12440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

In my book, the true first Genesis album is Trespass. Led by a pop manager, From Genesis to Revelation shows a band in search of identity and ended up being just another pop album of the 60's among others just like the (early) Bee Gees or The (early) Moody Blues. If I put the album in a Genesis context, I couldn't give it more than 1/5. But objectively, there are some good material here. Shame the manager added horns and strings everywhere at the last minute... without the consent of the band.

wafagan
November 19th 2011


7 Comments


You have to approach this album not as a Genesis record, but as something else entirely to enjoy it.

lifeson60
November 19th 2011


27 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I could never get into it.

Jethro42
November 19th 2011


12440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Hard to believe that only a year separates this from Trespass.

lifeson60
November 19th 2011


27 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

From Trespass to LLDOB is one of my all-time favorite runs in music.

Jethro42
November 19th 2011


12440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

you bet

lifeson60
November 19th 2011


27 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

My first Genesis was Foxtrot, I was 12 at the time and I was blown away. I'd never heard a band so unique and crazy. I quickly got all the other Genesis albums that were available and played them to death and once I got this album I listened to it and I believe my first thoughts were, "What the hell is this shit?"

Jethro42
November 19th 2011


12440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

It's like day and night yeah. I guess you went to all these unvaluable shows with your father, or a big brother...?

lifeson60
November 19th 2011


27 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I lived very close to Atlanta so before me and my two or sometimes three rock buddies got licenses we'd get one of our parents to drop us off or sometimes just take a bus.

Jethro42
November 19th 2011


12440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

OOOOOOO WHAT A LUCKY MANNNNN HE WASSSS

lifeson60
November 19th 2011


27 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Indeed my friend, haha. Liked them in my teen years as well.

Badgerboots
February 22nd 2012


64 Comments


Criminally underrated, takes me back some.

macadoolahicky
May 3rd 2012


1835 Comments


Not bad, not good either.

KILL
May 3rd 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

sucks



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