From Genesis to Revelation by Genesis

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From Genesis to Revelation by Genesis
From Genesis to Revelation by Genesis

Album Released: 1969

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1.Where The Sour Turns To Sweet3:14
2.In The Beginning3:42
3.Fireside Song4:16
4.The Serpent4:36
5.Am I Very Wrong?3:28
6.In The Wilderness3:21
7.The Conqueror3:44
8.In Hiding2:56
9.One Day3:16
11.In Limbo3:06
12.Silent Sun2:08
13.A Place To Call My Own1:57


Once upon a time, Phil Collins wasn't a member of Genesis. Historians don't know what he was up to in 1969 - my guess is he spent that year standing in front of a big mirror admiring his full head of hair while it lasted.

Instead, the drummer that can be heard most predominantly here is John Silver (Chris Stewart was the original drummer, and he can be heard on “Silent Sun”). There was no Steve Hackett either, instead there was a guy named Anthony Phillips. You might know Anthony Phillips from his solo career during the late-70's. Or you might not, since he's not very well known. Peter Gabriel, Michael Rutherford, and Tony Banks are present however - they were teenagers, and they were dorks.

The weirdest thing about From Genesis to Revelation is the type of music it is. There's not even a trace of Progressive Rock - this is a pop album, chiefly inspired by The Bee Gees. The songs generally last around three to four minutes, all with corny string arrangements, and Peter Gabriel singing with a lot of reverb!

So Genesis weren't doing anything revolutionary whatsoever in the late-60's. And the lyrics are some of the most ridiculously pretentious I've ever come across. For this is a concept album of sorts, about God creating the universe. That's an ambitious goal for a quintet of teenagers, so excuse me while I walk to the nearest corner and laugh my head off.

I imagine even the most ardent Genesis fan would probably find this album pretty hilarious and just dismiss it, but it is worthy of a second glance, as there's a surprising amount of good stuff on here. The lyrics might seem bizarre and pretentious, but as I was reading through them I discovered that I did like them - I thought they were pretty well-written for the most part. Even better was the ultra-dramatic way the teenage Peter Gabriel sings them.

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by Reviewer: Don Ignacio (blogging at Don Ignacio's Album Reviews)

I assume one reason this album doesn't have a good reputation, is that people find it hard to accept in light of Genesis' highly-acclaimed progressive rock career that followed it, for this debut album by one of the leaders of the progressive genre really is one of the most captivating and enjoyable in the band's catalogue.

It's true that the concept of going through the Bible from the world's creation to Christ's victory (I think that's what it's meant to be) is pretty much lost before long, but the songs themselves are so melodious and so rich it remains an irresistible listen for me.

Such gentle pieces as "Fireside Song", "Am I Very Wrong?" and "Window" are truly lovely, while the faster tempo tracks like "In the Wilderness" and "The Conqueror" are feisty and compelling.

Through it all is orchestration, in particular a dominant string section (included by producer Jonathan King), which might be a bit too intrusive at times, but the overall effect is gorgeous, invoking flavour from the likes of the Bee Gees and The Moody Blues, but with a sound that is still Genesis' own.

If I ever do a list of the most under-rated albums of all time, From Genesis to Revelation will be right up there somewhere. It's such a shame that it gets lost, forgotten and even scorned when Genesis' career is discussed, for it remains one of the band's best records, and a truly rewarding album in its own right.

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by Reviewer: The Doctor

Peter Gabriel ... Phil Collins ... they were once in Genesis. Look what happened when they left - Gabriel takes more time than Tom Scholz to release a new album, and Collins is stuck singing with 'N Sync for a crappy Disney movie (or was it the Backstreet Boys? damned if I know).

As for the guys who weren't Genesis frontmen? Who knows what happened to Steve Hackett, Anthony Philips, or any of the others.

A lot of Genesis fans believe Collins screwed up the band, but that's not the case in my view. Listen to any Mike and the Mechanics album, then remember that Banks is responsible for most of Wind and Wuthering.

As for From Genesis to Revelation, it isn't Genesis - it sounds like the Bee Gees or something!

Wait, it really is Genesis ... dang, that's weird - it certainly doesn't sound like Genesis. The album consists of cheesy 60's pop songs that are very badly produced (thanks Jonathan King), sounding like the entire band (minus Gabriel) were mixed down to one channel on most tracks.

Thankfully though, the songs are in fact rather good, but I won't get into specifics, as it's all kinda samey.

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by Reviewer: Cole Reviews