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Nursery Cryme [Limited]

  • 1. Musical Box, The
    2. For Absent Friends
    3. Return of the Giant Hogweed, The
    4. Seven Stones
    5. Harold the Barrel
    6. Harlequin
    7. Fountain of Salmacis, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7826732

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Anthony; John Anthony
    EngineerDavid Hentschel; David Hentschel

    Composers: Steve Hackett; Tony Banks; Phil Collins; Mike Rutherford.
    Genesis (U.K. Band): Mike Rutherford (bass instrument); Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett, Tony Banks.
    Personnel: Mike Rutherford (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar); Tony Banks (vocals, 12-string guitar, piano, electric piano, organ, Mellotron, keyboards); Peter Gabriel (vocals, flute, bass drum, tambourine, percussion); Phil Collins (vocals, drums, percussion); Steve Hackett (guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar).
    Audio Mixer: Nick Davis.
    Audio Remasterers: Chris Blair; Geoff Callingham; Nick Davis; Tony Cousins.
    Recording information: Trident Studios, London, England.
    Arrangers: Steve Hackett; Tony Banks; Phil Collins; Mike Rutherford; Genesis .
    Genesis's third album was a far cry from the delicate folk-rock tapestries and chiming 12-string guitars of its predecessor, TRESPASS. The infusion of a semi-classical structural sensibility had become more prevalent. Fragile ballads are at a minimum, replaced by driving classical-rock epics full of heavy guitar, bass lines, and sweeping Mellotron. The sound occasionally recalls the refined but uncompromising instrumental attack of the Nice (particularly in Tony Banks's Keith Emerson-ish blasts of organ bravura).
    The interlocking guitar arpeggios and folkie moments central to TRESPASS are still present, however, providing contrast to NURSERY CRYME's bolder moments. The group's ambitious compositional style and Gabriel's eccentric lyrics are at their height on "The Fountain of Salamacis," "The Musical Box," and the instrumentally sophisticated "The Return of the Giant Hogweed," making NURSERY CRYME the first Genesis album to truly define their mature style.

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (3/01, p.82) - "...Enter Phil Collins and Steve Hackett for a set that eclipsed its predecessor [1970's TRESPASS] in technical ability. 10-minute opener 'The Musical Box' benefiting from jazz-influenced playing..."
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