CAS 1149 Smallcreep's Day
Produced by David Hentschel
Released on February 1980
UK CHART POSITION #13 . . . US CHART POSITION #163
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CAS 1149 cover
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A nother day, another dollop of the old Genesis magic spread thinly across the course of an album. Instruction by means of reduction, Smallcreep’s Day distills Mike Rutherford’s contributions to the Genesis machine: songs that weigh like heavy arches on the mind, ornate arpeggios and a tendency to tighten/loosen the music’s pressure by alternating between major and minor chords. It’s a style that Genesis has used in various amounts since the days of Lamb, making Smallcreep’s Day something of a throwback to the pre-Three releases. The first half of the record is a conceptual story that follows Smallcreep from his factory job in search of the final product. When he finds it, the realization that nothing has changed seems like a gyp, but then Tony Banks’ A Curious Feeling wasn’t any better. If you’ve purchased that album from Banks or the similar-sounding Sides (from Anthony Phillips) and Please Don’t Touch (Steve Hackett), you’ll know what to expect from Smallcreep. In its defense, Smallcreep’s Day isn’t plagued by weak singing, Rutherford handing over those chores to Noel McCalla (who does a better job than Kim Beacon did for Banks). Playing bass and guitar, Rutherford slips in some impressive lead work, notably on “Working In Line.” The backing band is solid, including old bandmate Ant Phillips on keyboards and a very respectable rhythm section of Simon Phillips and Morris Pert. As a songwriter, Rutherford dusts off the old ideas and gives them a new paint job, approximating “Your Own Special Way” on “Every Road” and borrowing some of Brian Eno’s instrumental segues on Lamb for the lovely “After Hours.” It’s not all polite, mothballed music, kicking up some dust on “Overnight Job” and “Moonshine,” two tracks that are closer in line to the Abacab-era Genesis. As the least “commercial” of his solo albums (including Mike + The Mechanics), old school Genesis fans should start here if they’re interested in the gospel according to Mike. Arguably the least showy player in Genesis, the spotlight is long overdue.

CAS 1149 back cover CAS 1149 lyric sleeve
CAS 1149 back cover CAS 1149 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. SMALLCREEP'S DAY
      (i) Between The Tick And The Tock
      (ii) Working In Line
      (iii) After Hours
      (iv) Cats And Rats (In This Neighbourhood)
      (v) Smallcreep Alone
      (vi) Out Into The Daylight
      (vii) At The End of the Day
  2. MOONSHINE
  3. TIME AND TIME AGAIN
  4. ROMANI
  5. EVERY ROAD
  6. OVERNIGHT JOB

    All titles written by Mike Rutherford

CREDITS

MIKE RUTHERFORD -- guitars & basses
NOEL McCALLA -- vocals
MORRIS PERT -- percussion
ANT PHILLIPS -- keyboards
SIMON PHILLIPS -- drums
David Hentschel -- engineer
Hipgnosis (with thanks to Richard Draper, Marck Churhc & Lindsey Redding) -- cover design & photos

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK February 1980 Charisma LP/CS CAS 1149 lyric sleeve
US 1980 Passport LP PB 9843 lyric sleeve
CAN 1980 Charisma LP CA-1-2212 lyric sleeve
GER/NET/POR 1980 Charisma LP 9124 047  
UK 1989 Virgin CD CASCD 1149  
GER 1998 EMI CD 787485  


SUGGESTED READING

The first side of music is inspired by the book "Smallcreep's Day" by Peter Currell Brown. Never read it myself, but you might find a copy on GEMMbooks if you click here.

 

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