9124 048 A Curious Feeling
Produced by David Hentschel & Tony Banks
Released on October 1979
UK CHART POSITION #21 . . . US CHART POSITION #171
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A nd then there was A Curious Feeling, released under the Tarot Moon, a watery work unclear in vision. Banks had earlier proven himself to be a complete songwriter (“Burning Rope,” “One for the Vine”), which makes this lackluster concept album a disappointment. The story centers on a young boy who makes an unwitting pact with a dark spirit (presumably) to lose his memory should he ever fall in love. Perhaps taking its cue from Three’s “Undertow,” the album begins with the instrumental “From the Undertow,” in which our strange hero supposedly washes up onshore with no memory of his past. Seven years later, he’s made a decent life for himself, put his forgotten past behind him and, by “A Curious Feeling,” returned to a state of lost innocence. When a new love catches his eye (“You”), the forgetting begins afresh. It’s not a bad concept, but was never fully stitched together. Vocalist Kim Beacon has an unremarkable voice, like Noel McCalla or Pete Hicks, and the arrangements lack the dynamic tension of an “Undertow,” instead sounding like endless variations on “Please Don’t Ask” from Duke. The intricate piano passages, symphonic synthesizers and guitars are partly in line with expectations, yet Banks’ own songs with Genesis were never this prolix and prone to meander. As with Rutherford, Banks arrived a few years late to the prog party with this one, when slow-moving concept albums were long out of fashion. A few tracks (“Lucky Me,” “For A While,” “You”) could work as standalone songs, but the instrumental sections are awfully dry (“The Waters of Lethe” notwithstanding). Smallcreep’s Day wasn’t a great work either, suggesting that both musicians would be better served in Genesis, a point the noble Duke confirmed.

9124 048 back cover 9124 048 lyric sleeve
9124 048 back cover 9124 048 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. FROM THE UNDERTOW
  2. LUCKY ME
  3. THE LIE
  4. AFTER THE LIE
  5. A CURIOUS FEELING
  6. FOREVER MORNING
  7. YOU
  8. SOMEBODY ELSE'S DREAM
  9. THE WATERS OF LETHE
  10. FOR A WHILE
  11. IN THE DARK

    All songs written by Tony Banks

CREDITS

TONY BANKS -- keyboards, guitars, basses & percussion
KIM BEACON -- vocals
CHESTER THOMPSON -- drums & percussion
David Hentschel -- engineer
Ainslie Roberts -- cover painting
Hothouse -- design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK October 1979 Charisma LP CAS 1148 lyric sleeve
US/CAN October 1979 Charisma LP CA-1-2207 lyric sleeve
FRA 1979 Charisma LP 9103 130  
GER/NET 1979 Charisma LP 9124 048 lyric sleeve
JPN 1979 Charisma LP RJ-7621  
GER 1987 Charisma CD 787092  
UK/GER   Charisma CD CASCD 1148  
US March 13, 1992 Caroline CD CAROL-1823  

 

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