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From Gensis to Revelation


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  • Audio CD (September 3, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Transluxe
  • ASIN: B000005T6K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Where The Sour Turns So Sweet
2. In The Beginning
3. Fireside Song
4. The Serpent
5. Am I Very Wrong?
6. In The Wilderness
7. The Conqueror
8. In Hiding
9. One Day
10. Window
11. In Limbo
12. Silent Sun
13. A Place To Call My Own
14. A Winter's Tale
15. One Eyed Hound
16. That's Me
17. Silent Sun (single version)

Customer Reviews

The music here is so cool, mellow and relaxing.
Oymaprat
"From Genesis To Revelation" isn't the band's masterpiece, but it's still a very good debut album.
Alan Caylow
I would strongly recomend spending the money on the Volume One Archive box set.
Scott T Mc Nally

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1998
Format: Audio CD
From Genesis To Revelation is often regarded as a joke, a throwaway, accidentally stuffed in the religious bins at record stores. I don't know why because from the beginning, Peter Gabriel's voice grabs you and the songs are very tuneful, most notably The Silent Sun, which is one of Genesis' best two or three songs of all time - it's beyond me why this wasn't a HUGE hit. You probably will not be used to the sound of this album - many of the songs are acoustical, had a lot of backup strings, and Phil Collins' drumming was still 4 years away. But you will be hooked after one listen, especially on Where The Sour Turns To Sweet, One Day, A Winter's Tale, Am I Very Wrong, and One Eyed Hound. Enjoy the beginning of a great musical career.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
It took years for Genesis to get noticed and go on to become one of the world's most successful bands. This album is so early that reisues of it have been called _In the Beginning_. The line-up on this first album of theirs included Tony Banks (piano), and Michael Rutherford (guitar, bass), who are the only two musicians to appear on every Genesis album. Peter Gabriel was there on lead voice. The lead guitarist on the first two albums was Anthony "Ant" Phillips. I believe that the drumming on some of the tracks of this first album was done by Chris Stewart, John Silver on other tracks. Steve Hacket and Phil Collins would not appear on a Genesis record until a couple of albums later. At the time Genesis was being managed and produced by Jonathan King. He encouraged them to stick with shorter, more radio-friendly-type singles. They were already interested in writing the sort of longer, more ambitious kinds of songs that would start to appear on their subsequent albums, but King was discouraging some of this sort of song-writing at the time. King's favorite band at the time were the Bee Gees, so Tony and Pete wrote "The Silent Sun" to please him. It's a pretty love ballad which really does sound like an early Bee Gees song, and Pete manages to sing on it much as would Robin Gibb. Even still, the album is put together in such a way that many of the short songs are strung together to make a sort of art-rock concept album (inspired by the Bible!). King had an orchestra add their accompaniment to the quintet's tracks, and though the band didn't like the way it was mixed, I think it still sounds pretty good, especially when you consider that it was their first album and that they were barely out of high school at the time.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The imagery of these songs is wonderful and so beautiful.Not many people have heard this album - it's hidden away in most shops.But once heard,many love it.
I once worked in a mountain lodge in Norway one summer and met a load of crazy people from Denmark.I ended up giving one friend my only copy of the album - she must have meant a lot to me!
If this album had been done in the mid 70's it may have been a monster hit.But it's poor production qualities never helped.
My second favourite album after Wind & Wuthering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Hermit on November 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Originally assembled as a songwriting project in 1968, producer Jonathan King decided the assembled musicians on the demo he was dealing with should be released as its own work. Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, and Anthony Phillips, with drummer Chris Stewart, comprised the original personnel of the band later known as Genesis. After a couple of singles were released, Stewart was replaced with John Silver, and the result is the record known as "From Genesis To Revelation." It's too bad the record was so poorly received, selling less than 700 copies in the U.K., but this was largely due to poor marketing. A lot of bands would have folded at this point, but they pressed on, thankfully.

"From Genesis To Revelation" is known to be Bee Gees-influenced, but I don't even think they were around at this point. I'm not really sure, they could be. Actually, it sounds more like the newly regrouped Moody Blues. The addition of Justin Heyward in Denny Laine's newly vacated spot radically changed the sound of the Moody Blues, and the new band called Genesis actually sounds like the early Moody Blues. Of course, this is subjective, but the similarities are there.

The reissue adds some material from the time, but the original LP is here, intact, for all to appreciate. The material is strikingly different from what followed, and it stands alone as the only Genesis album to do what this one does. If you expect to hear the pop oriented material of the Phil Collins era, or the grandiose, drawn-out meisterworks of the 1970's you will be let down. But not for long, if you realize this was what the musicians involved were doing at the time.

This disc opens with "When The Sour Turns To Sweet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on July 31, 2002
Format: Audio CD
For the 1969 debut album by Genesis, "From Genesis To Revelation," producer Jonathan King insisted on adding horns & string arrangements to most of the band's songs. Nonetheless, I enjoy the album just fine. "From Genesis To Revelation" is a far cry from anything else the band have recorded since, but it's a very good Genesis album in it's own right, with some fine material. The best tunes on the album are the few that the band get to rock on *without* orchestral accompanyment: "In The Beginning," "The Serpent," and the bonus track, "That's Me," all terrific Genesis rockers. I also appreciate the melodies of "When The Sour Turns To Sweet," "The Conquerer," "In Limbo," the Bee Gees-esque "The Silent Sun" (the band's first attempt at a hit single), "In Limbo," and the brief-but-beautiful "A Place To Call My Own." Peter Gabriel's voice is always a pleasure to hear, Tony Banks gets in some really good piano-thumping & organ-playing throughout, Mike Rutherford & Anthony Phillips both contribute some very good acoustic & electric guitar work, and drummer John Silver, in his lone album with the band, may be dwarfed by Phil Collins' looming shadow, but he's good enough behind the drumkit, certainly for this material, anyway. "From Genesis To Revelation" isn't the band's masterpiece, but it's still a very good debut album. If you're a diehard Genesis fan like me, you can't go wrong with adding "From Genesis To Revelation" to your collection. :-)
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