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Nursery Cryme

Genesis Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Aug 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Charisma
  • ASIN: B000024E9H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

By 1971 Genesis had all the pieces in place. Following the devastating departure of guitar player Anthony Philips and drummer John Mayhew they'd finally found musicians who had the chops to keep up with these posh boys' grandiose visions. Though (with singer Peter Gabriel especially) their roots lay in white r'n'b it was no longer simply good enough to sing about the simple joys of being young. Their previous album, Trespass, had been full of post-apocalyptic allegory (a subject they'd return to) and anti-violence diatribe. Easing into their self-appointed role as purveyors of very English rock fantasy, they retired to the obligatory 'place in the country' and gave the world Nursery Cryme. An album filled with 19th century shaggy dog stories, greek myth and rural life. Genesis had virtually invented their own genre, Edwardian rock.

By this point their roots in the work of prog predecessors, Procol Harum and Family, were still very visible, yet Gabriel's love of role-playing within song was taking them somewhere else entirely new. Honed by endless gigging at places like Ayelsbury's Friars club, songs such as ''The Musical Box'' were tailor-made for his use of costume to hide his shyness (a creepy old man in this case). The production was far too rudimentary to really convey their power but recent recruits, Phil Collins (ex-child star and fusion enthusiast) and Steve Hackett (proven track record with sibling John in band, Quiet Sun), made all the difference.

Collins' snappy drums were augmented by his uncanny ability to sound not unlike Gabriel, allowing him to sing on one track ('For Absent Friends'). Hackett's armoury of tapping and swell techniques really broadened the palette of the band, giving Tony Banks more room for his Delius-lite organ filigrees, not to mention their newly purchased Mellotron, bought from King Crimson who they were now chasing in the 'most-English band' contest. 'Seven Stones' is a masterclass in pomp, in a good way. And let's not forget the twelve string guitars. Never has a band had such a chiming about them and hardly surprising; nearly every member played one.

So we end up with a series of mini suites about murder by croquet mallet followed by psychosexual haunting ('The Musical Box'), armageddon by enraged plant life ('The Return Of The Giant Hogweed') or hermaphroditic tales of caution ('The Fountain Of Samalcis'). All of it delivered with a panache that wouldn't quite put them in the big league but was a large step towards making their mark. --Chris Jones

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GENESIS Nursey Cryme (1995 UK Defintive Edition Remaster 7-track digitally remastered CD issue of the 1971 album picture sleeve CASCDX1052)

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
By Jim
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When remastering came along in the 90s, I assumed that vaunted technical improvements were cut and dried - a remastered version surely had to be better than the old out-dated technology version. So I lost no time in acquiring the new, supposedly improved editions, and dispensing with the old ones. Then along came the Genesis 2008 remasters.

By now I'm starting to wonder if remastering is all it's cracked up to be. Is it really improved audio or just a marketing ploy? I was initially excited by the release of the Genesis box sets, especially the 1970-75 one, as this is my favourite Genesis era. However, having become increasingly aware of criticism of the sound achieved through modern remastering techniques: too compressed, undynamic, too loud, too wearing on the ears, too bright, too EQ'd etc I was reluctant to part with the cash for what would after all be my 4th round of Genesis album purchasing (original vinyl, original CD release, 1994 Definitive editions, 2008 remastered editions). Just listing that makes me feel like a sucker!

But curiosity has got the better of me, so I've gone and got a couple of the new releases - Selling England By The Pound and Nursery Cryme - so I can hear for myself whether it's a worthwhile improvement. Have the golden-eared audiophiles got a point, or are they just being grumpy old fusspots? I no longer have the original CD releases of the Genesis albums for comparison, but I still have the remastered so-called `Definitive' editions, so I can listen to these and the latest versions side by side, back to back, back to front, and draw my own conclusion. Now, I do appreciate good quality sound reproduction, but I'm not an overly analytical high-end audiophile.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Play me my song, here it comes again... 16 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
How did this random situation occur? 3 chaps from Charterhouse Public School, a child actor and the ubiquitous quiet bearded one, get together and write and record a record of breathtaking imagery, originality and structure? I happened over this album by liberating it from a friend's record collection, it had such an affect on me and still does to this day. I can't think of another album (even from the Gabrielesque period of Genesis) that is like this. It sounds like one would imagine a rock band would had it been armed with electric instrumentation at the turn of the last century.

Ok, so the cover is very Victorian in style, the logo for Genesis for the period being taken from a cocoa tin from the period, but I think this has been produced to compliment the recordings and not the other way round. The first track `The Musical Box' was played right up to Gabriel leaving and was still occasionally played as a medley right up to the band's demise. The subject matter could be described as weird at best and is all the better for it. A dark and delicious seam of humour lay at the heart of Genesis from this period and it is apparent in spades on this album, from a child removing their peer's head with a croquet mallet and a man eating plant to a man who cut's off his own toes and serves them in a restaurant; if this sort of thing offends, stay away.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new beginning! 5 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is the first album which features the classic line-up of Gabriel, Hackett, Banks, Rutherford and Collins.
The 'public school sound' of Trespass is peppered with working class additions and this brings their creativity to a new height.
'Musical Box' is an extremely imaginative piece, changing in arrangement from acoustic to electric brilliantly and seemlessly. Apparently the lyrics of this piece inspired the excellent(if bizarre!) cover. From the start of the track Gabriel appears to have leadership and his voice rings with a subtlety and passion which seems curious when you reflect on his age at the time. Tony Banks' swathes of dramatic organ are wonderfully effective with Steve Hackett's lead guitar. Something that is also ofetn missed is Gabril's lovely flue playing which goes so well with the Genesis 12-string signature sound.
Throughout this album there are some original moments of brilliance.
Phil Collins does his first ever lead vocal slot for the band on 'For Absent Friends'. Perhaps this was a sign of things to come!
'The Return of the Giant Hogweed' is a wonderful story and is extremely melodromatic and is led by electric guitar (courtesy of new-boy Hackett who clearly shows his ability here).
'Seven Stones' has Gabriel sounding more public school than ever with his lyric 'The old man's guide is chaarnce'. I particularly love the instrumental arrangemntsin this piece. The whole band get a good chance to show off their individual talents and it works so well in the 'whole'. The thing I like most about this song is Tony Banks's effective and swirling mellotron at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Genesis
A great album, in my humble opinion. Starting with the classic 'The Musical Box', moving through the pretty 'For Absent Friends' then onto the archetypal prog rock styled 'Return... Read more
Published 2 days ago by MarkD
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite Genesis album
I had this on vinyl and treasured it for 30 years. I don't have to worry about scratching this CD
Published 3 months ago by moonraker girl
5.0 out of 5 stars All time classic
A must for all Genesis fans. Should be in every prog rock and Genesis collection. I never tire of listening to this album. Pure genius
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. C. A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars jackjump 2
bought this on tape in the 80s a bit murky in places but got box set 70-75 and this version is fab love every track classic stuff 5 stars
Published 5 months ago by gypstock
5.0 out of 5 stars Genesis Nursery Cryme
I just can't get enough of this album.

I was only 7 when this came out and was unaware of Genesis until my teens at which point 'prog rock' was beginning to become a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bacchus
5.0 out of 5 stars Genesis -Nursery Cryme
I did have the 'Vinyl' of this and sold it so i wanted to replace it with the Nursery Cryme CD.
Published 6 months ago by Rockmaf
4.0 out of 5 stars The lads are getting better
A very good early Genesis album but better was to come in the shape of Foxtrot and Selling England By The Pound. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Prog Rob
3.0 out of 5 stars sacd
I felt it was not well remastered for 5.1 surround-sorry. As it was this i wanted-hence the moderate rating-though3.5 stars would be more like it.
Published 8 months ago by malcolm campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine but for poor packaging
Was excited to see this arrive the other day, but disappointed to find that the case for the CD had cracked during transit from edge to edge. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alexander Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars How it was meant to sound
This is just a review of the DVD 5.1 surround sound version of Nusery Cryme, as I haven't got round to listening to the remastered cd version yet and like most people I don't have... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Peter N. Ingleby
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