TITLE: Nursey Cryme
YEAR RELEASED: 1971
CHART ACTION: #39 UK (though that didn’t happen until 1974)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The Musical Box, The Return of the Giant Hogweed.
LINEUP: Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett, Phil Collins
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The first “classic” Genesis lineup forms, and records a prog album with four major pieces and three fillers.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The first classic Genesis lineup, the quintet, starts it’s tenure with one of the all-time classics of the Progressive Rock idom, “The Musical Box”. A 10-minute trip through a short story full of mayhem and sexuality, it showcases all of the member’s strengths and while there are slow passages, it’s not boring.
The other three major pieces fall short, though there are some interesting pieces and parts in them. I like “Seven Stones”, but the mellotron on “The Fountain of Salamacis” adds depth to their sound. The other three pieces are short fillers, probably just to ‘make up the numbers’ as it were. Though on “For Absent Friends”, Phil Collins sings his first lead for Genesis, sharing it with Gabriel.
It’s a leap from Trespass, and capitalizes on the ideas put forth in “The Knife”. Gabriel’s lyrics are obtuse, yet well-thought out. No doubt like an art student’s would be.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Steve Hackett debuted his finger-tapping technique in “The Return of the Giant Hogweed” (listen to the intro – that’s Hackett), several years before Eddie Van Halen made his bones with it.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B+: “The Musical Box” is an A+. The other longer songs are solid “B” or “B+”. The filler is meh.