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Format: Vinyl LP album. Charisma Records UK release from 1970. Gatefold jacket double LP release with lyric sheet. Folk-flavoured progressive rock and second album by Genesis. the last with guitarist Anthony Phillips. 6 tracks including: Looking for Someone; White Mountain; Visions of Angels; Stagnation; Dusk; The Knife. No barcode, lovely clean and strong copy.
Initially I purchased the Vinyl Re-mastered version box set but gave it up as a bad job due to the Foxtrot and Selling England LPs being extremely poor pressings (surface noise, pops, clicks etc). However, the re-mastered vinyl version of Trespass was excellent in sound quality. Not sure why they did not sell the vinyl versions separately as with the CDs. I have the original 1970 vinyl version, which is now suffering from excessive playing.
I have been listening to this album since the early 70s and still believe these songs are very under-rated. The issue is that collectively the next four studio albums were stronger and live sets contained over this period more classics from these albums (with exception of the Knife). Even for me as a vinyl lover the stereo mixes on this re-mastered CD are excellent. They are crystal clear, fill the speakers with detailed sound and the stereo separation is interesting because it very different to the original vinyl with addition sounds added. Totally the opposite to the very poor quality release of the 1994 Definitive Edition Re-master which unfortunately I have been listening to prior to this release.
To me this album is very easy listening, beautiful melodies and interweaving of acoustic guitars with organ. The vocals are much softer than later albums. Most of these songs the band were playing and developing on the road before recording and I think you can hear this (being at ease) to some degree on the album. There is no other group that sounds like this early Genesis. The band admits during the interviews on the box set version that they took their musical influences at this time from groups such as Fairport Convention and Family.
I like all the seven songs but my personal favourites are ` White Mountain', `Stagnation (changes direction musically constantly)' and of course the master-piece `The Knife'. This to me has been `beefed up' sonically on these new CD and vinyl releases more than any other track vs the original recording.
Clearly musical tastes and memories are different but to me this early Genesis album is still as enjoyable now as back in the early 70s and this remastered CD gives it a new, fresh sonic, face-lift. If you are an existing Genesis fan and want to remove bad memories of the Definitive Remaster or are new to the Peter Gabiel fronted band then I strongly recommend this CD re-issue.Read more ›
Trespass is a brilliant record. If you like early Genesis but never gave this album a try, don't miss the chance. What is a little confusing is that there are four CD versions of the album - original UK CD, original US CD, Definitive Edition and the latest Remastered/Remixed version. I have listened to all versions (many times) on different equipment, to get a balanced idea (HiFi set up at home, car stereo and mp3 on my way to work). It's a fact the original recording/mix has limitations, so I think this album will never sound perfect. Every version has pros and cons. The original Nimbus mastered 1985 UK CD is the closest thing to my original UK vinyl copy. There is a fair amount of hiss and it sounds muddy all the way. If you are conservative and think music on CD must sound like the original LP, this is your version. And indeed, many audiophiles consider this version to be the best one. To me, this version, like many original issues on CD is dull and calls for some respectful remastering. The original US MCA version is my favorite. The sound is less muddy. A little brighter and clearer, but not harsh. The hiss is there but I don't bother, this version feels just "right". Maybe some EQ was used during the US mastering, but a judicious one. An interesting fact is that the MCA original CD sounds similar to my US ABC/Impulse LP. It would be interesting to know what kind of work was done on the american master... The 1994 "Definitive Edition" is the album on a facelift. There is less tape hiss (heavy noise reduction applied), some equalization, but to me the difference is not huge, on casual listening the UK '85 and the DE '94 versions sound alike. The 2007 Remix/Remaster is Trespass on "Extreme Makeover". Brutally LOUD, ultra equalized, and intended to cause a very impressive impact, but after some minutes all that punch is likely to cause ear fatigue. There are lots of people raving about it's "clarity" but, to me, the price for that is too high, this version sounds unnatural and annoying, so I rarely listen to it. Maybe it's just me, after all, people must be by now getting "used" to this wildly loud remasters.Read more ›
Having previously released what was quite possibly the worst album ever created, Genesis got a new drummer and starting writing actual music. This result is one of the finest progressive rock albums you will ever here. This album is quite remarkable in that it has all the greatest trademarks of prog rock (extended instrumentals, strange lyrics etc) but does not sound dated. Maybe that's the result of the remaster but I think this album really stands the test of time much better in fact than some of the Phil Collins era pop.
The music on this album is incredible and each song is beautifully crafted and they each tell a story. I just haven't figured out what all those stories are yet. The lyrics are intelligent and poetic and Peter Gabriels voice completely devours them.
The style varies with each song but never falters in its excellence. Looking for Someone and White Mountain open the album with all guns blazing and you are launched into a mystical realm of mind-blowing guitar and keyboard solos. Visions of Angels is a more relaxed and contemplative piece written by Anthony Phillips who left after this album and went on to produce some of the most pretentious drivel I've ever heard. But never mind that. This song is given the Genesis treatment and becomes a masterpiece.
Dusk gives me shivers. It's almost spiritual and Peters voice is so delicate on this track it's almost awkward but not so much that it takes away from the beauty of the song. Stagnation is a very upbeat and fun track which ends with one of the best and most uplifting instrumentals they ever wrote.
The album ends with track The Knife. They used to do this in the encores and Gabriel would dive into the crowd. The energy is amazing. The vocals are at their strongest on this track and all the players are working at full power to deliver this monster. The last racks on Genesis albums always seem to be the best and this is no exception. Despite being a lot shorter it carries the same energy and power as Suppers Ready.
This has been called Genesis' greatest album. I'm not sure if I agree with that but I can understand why people might say that. The transformation from the little school band producing pop rubbish to prog legends is so sudden and so very complete that i would never have guessed Trespass was by the same band as From genesis to Revelation had I not previously known it.
This is a real treat and no prog collection is complete without it. I cannot recommend this enough.Read more ›