Produced by John Anthony
Released in October 1970
UK CHART POSITION #68 (re-charted to #98 in 1984)
- Looking For Someone (7.08)
- White Mountain (6.43)
- Visions Of Angels (6.53)
- Stagnation (8.49)
- Dusk (4.14)
- The Knife(8.56)
Peter Gabriel: Lead Voice, Flute, Accordion, Tambourine and Bass Drum
Anthony Phillips: Acoustic 12-string, Lead Electric, Dulcimer, Voices
Anthony Banks: Organ, Piano, Mellotron, Guitar, Voices
Michael Rutherford: Acoustic 12-string, Electric Bass, Nylon, Cello, Voices
John Mayhew. Drums, Percussion, Voices
All songs published by Stratsong
Recorded at Trident Studios, London in June/July 1970
PRODUCED BY: JOHN ANTHONY
ENGINEER: ROBIN CABLE
ARTWORK: PAUL WHITEHEAD FOR CLEEN MASHINE STUDIO
Remastered at The Farm and Abbey Road by Nick Davis, Geoff Callingham and Chris Blair
Trespass is the first Genesis record to merit serious attention,
as it marks the beginning of the prog rock music that would evolve into Nursery Cryme, etc.
It’s a very different record from their debut, mixing pastoral, acoustic interludes with dramatic,
portentous sections now featuring electric guitars, Mellotron/organ, more complex drumming,
and shouted vocals.
“The Knife” is one of the hardest-rocking songs from their career,
and “White Mountain” is another good example of the type of dramatic music the band was trying to make.
Despite some dark passages, Trespass remains an album tinctured by Anthony Phillips’ acoustic guitar and
Tony Banks’ organ -- in fact, “Stagnation” would feel at home on any number of Phillips’
subsequent solo records.
Producer John Anthony allows the band, which now included drummer
John Mayhew, to follow their muse; the result produces some lovely moments, and serves as a
clearly audible link to the progressive heights attained later.
Don’t misunderstand: Nursery Cryme
and the albums that followed are of a higher calibre, but it’s here that the magical elements
begin to fall into place.