7 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The band’s third album was the first to feature drummer Phil Collins and guitarist Steve Hackett. It soars on the strength of Peter Gabriel’s voice and the band’s proggy stew of ornate musical arrangements and oddball narratives. Chest-reverberating bass and swelling mellotrons go lengths to uphold the album’s darker undercurrents, while song themes involve Greek sexual mythology (“The Fountain of Salmacis”), suicide (“Harold the Barrel”), and mutating weeds from the Victorian era (“The Return of the Giant Hogweed”). The opener, “The Musical Box,” is an opus of 10-plus minutes that swells beautifully on flutes and layers of guitars.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The band’s third album was the first to feature drummer Phil Collins and guitarist Steve Hackett. It soars on the strength of Peter Gabriel’s voice and the band’s proggy stew of ornate musical arrangements and oddball narratives. Chest-reverberating bass and swelling mellotrons go lengths to uphold the album’s darker undercurrents, while song themes involve Greek sexual mythology (“The Fountain of Salmacis”), suicide (“Harold the Barrel”), and mutating weeds from the Victorian era (“The Return of the Giant Hogweed”). The opener, “The Musical Box,” is an opus of 10-plus minutes that swells beautifully on flutes and layers of guitars.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

davidbyrne77 ,

Finally! They have early Genesis

Nursery Cryme is the First Genesis album to consist of the classic lineup: Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, and Steve Hackett on guitar, and they perform superbly. The two best songs are "The Musical Box" with the intense climas and great storyline, and "The Return of the Giant Hogweed". Yet, the entire album is great, and when compared to Foxtrot (The ensuing Genesis album), Nursery Cryme is a much stronger effort song for song. This album epitomizes victorian England and the fairy tale persona that Genesis showed, mixed in with strong guitar and drums. This is by many considered their first great album, and it precedeed the amazing music they would create on their next albums. A great buy, for any prog rock or classic rock fan, and a must have for any fan of early Genesis.

Lounge Rat ,

Tremendous Fun!

Nursery Cryme presented a new Genesis that featured both a fascination with musicianship and a desire to create some dynamic and fun songs. The Musical Box is often the highlighted gem from this album, and Hackett paid homage to Fountain of Salmacis on Genesis Revisited, but all of the songs really deserve attention. Honestly, how can you not love Harold the Barrel? And Harlequin & For Absent Friends are simply beautiful. The remastering really lets you enjoy it!

Gandalf Stormcrow ,

A great new recording of a true classic

I don't know how many times you can re-master the same album and get away with it, but I always find a fresh perspective and some new details with each recording. While the last remasters seemed to emphasize percussion, these seemed to bring out each of the individual parts to the foreground.

Play me my song!

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