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