MCA-37151 Trespass
Produced by John Anthony
Released on October 1970
UK CHART POSITION #68 (re-charted to #98 in 1984)
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MCA-37151 cover
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T he beginning of the great epics. This period of Genesis (the strange music box madrigals) found its fullest expression on Foxtrot and Selling England, but the law of supply and demand (and magic being the commodity that it is) dictates that all classic Genesis fans will eventually breach the precious bubble that is Trespass. It’s not the band’s first progressive masterpiece (I’d save that honor for Nursery Cryme), but it is their first attempt at making a progressive masterpiece. Peter Gabriel tells tall tales in his overarching voice, Tony Banks’ mellotron charges forward, and the whole album is gilded with the ornamental acoustic guitar of Anthony Phillips and Michael Rutherford. (Drummer John Mayhew lasted only the one album, and like John Rutsey had the historical misfortune of being a good drummer replaced by a great one.) The album is remembered fondly for “The Knife,” a heavy number that set the stage for subsequent nightmares like “The Return of the Giant Hogweed.” However the whole of Trespass is worth loitering by. It’s not a particularly cheery album, but it is interesting and wonderfully woven in spots (“Looking For Someone,” “White Mountain”). I suspect some sort of concept is at work here, as the theme of trespassing appears in “The Knife” (dedicated to those who trespass against us) and “White Mountain.” Lord knows the biblical concept of their debut sailed right over my head, so maybe I’m missing a similar connection in Trespass. The album does mark a stronger use of metaphors than their first (among other advances) which conceals the spiritual interests that fuel Gabriel’s imagination (life, death, eternity, war). And I still haven’t figured out the significance of 7-7-7 (each of the first three tracks runs exactly seven minutes). No matter, since I know I’ll creep into Trespass’ guarded garden again.

MCA-37151 back cover
MCA-37151 back cover


  2. WHITE MOUNTAIN    7:00
  3. VISIONS OF ANGELS    7:00
  4. STAGNATION    8:45
  5. DUSK    4:15
  6. THE KNIFE    8:55

    All titles composed and arranged by Genesis


ANTHONY BANKS -- organ, piano, mellotron, guitar, voices
PETER GABRIEL -- lead voice, flute, accordion, tambourine and bass drum
JOHN MAYHEW -- drums, percussion, voices
ANTHONY PHILLIPS -- acoustic 12-string, lead electric, dulcimer, voices
MICHAEL RUTHERFORD -- acoustic 12-string, electric bass, nylon, cello, voices
Robin Cable -- engineer
Paul Whitehead/Cleen Machine Studio -- artwork

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UK October 1970 Charisma LP CAS 1020  
US October 1970 Impulse! LP AS 9025  
FRA 1970 Charisma LP 9103 102 gatefold cover
WW 1970 Charisma LP 6369 905 lyric insert
US   ABC LP ABCX-816 gatefold cover
UK May 1974 Charisma 2LP   repackaged w. NURSERY CRYME
JPN 1974 Charisma LP RJ-6020  
BRA 1975 Charisma LP 6369 905  
UK   Charisma LP CAS 1020 gatefold cover, lyric insert, pink label
JPN 1977 Charisma LP RJ-7301 lyric insert
US 1980 MCA CS MCAC-1653  
CAN 1980 MCA LP MAB 816 gatefold cover
US 1981 MCA LP MCA-37151 budget reissue
UK March 1983 Charisma 2CS   repackaged w. FOXTROT
UK March 1984 Virgin LP/CS    
US March 2, 1993 MCA CD/CS MCAD/MCAC-1653  
UK 1994 Virgin CD/CS CASCDX 1020 digital remaster
EUR 1994 Virgin CD 839773 digital remaster
US 1994/95 Atlantic CD/CS   digital remaster


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