The third full-length studio album by legendary British Art Rock/Progressive Rock band.
Band's first album to feature drummer and vocalist Phil Collins and guitarist Steve Hackett.
If Genesis truly established themselves as Progressive Rockers on "Trespass", "Nursery Cryme" is where their signature persona was unveiled: true English eccentrics, one part Lewis Carroll and one part Syd Barrett, creating a fanciful world that emphasized the band's instrumental prowess as much as Peter Gabriel's theatricality. Which isn't to say that all of "Nursery Cryme" works. There are times when the whimsy is overwhelming, just as there are periods when there's too much instrumental indulgence, yet there's a charm to this indulgence, since the band is letting itself run wild.
Even if they've yet to find the furthest reaches of their imagination, part of the charm is hearing them test out its limits, something that does result in genuine masterpieces, as on "The Musical Box" and "The Return of the Giant Hogweed", two epics that dominate the first side of the album and give it its foundation.
If the second side isn't quite as compelling or quite as structured, it doesn't quite matter because these are the songs that showed what Genesis could do, and they still stand as pinnacles of what the band could achieve!
This edition specially mastered for vinyl on 1/2 speed, at Metropolis Studios.
Virgin Records Ltd., 1971/2008 (GENLPY 2). Made in EU.
1. The Musical Box 10:26
2. For Absent Friends 1:45
3. The Return Of The Giant Hogweed 8:10
4. Seven Stones 5:10
5. Harold The Barrel 2:59
6. Harlequin 2:55
7. The Fountain Of Salmacis 7:53
Total playing time: 39:18 min.