Nursery Cryme

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Genesis truly established themselves as progressive rockers on Trespass, Nursery Cryme is where their signature persona was unveiled: true English eccentrics, one part Lewis Carroll and one part Syd Barrett, creating a fanciful world that emphasized the band's instrumental prowess as much as Peter Gabriel's theatricality. Which isn't to say that all of Nursery Cryme works. There are times when the whimsy is overwhelming, just as there are periods when there's too much instrumental indulgence, yet there's a charm to this indulgence, since the group is letting itself run wild. Even if they've yet to find the furthest reaches of their imagination, part of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Genesis truly established themselves as progressive rockers on Trespass, Nursery Cryme is where their signature persona was unveiled: true English eccentrics, one part Lewis Carroll and one part Syd Barrett, creating a fanciful world that emphasized the band's instrumental prowess as much as Peter Gabriel's theatricality. Which isn't to say that all of Nursery Cryme works. There are times when the whimsy is overwhelming, just as there are periods when there's too much instrumental indulgence, yet there's a charm to this indulgence, since the group is letting itself run wild. Even if they've yet to find the furthest reaches of their imagination, part of the charm is hearing them test out its limits, something that does result in genuine masterpieces, as on "The Musical Box" and "The Return of the Giant Hogweed," two epics that dominate the first side of the album and give it its foundation. If the second side isn't quite as compelling or quite as structured, it doesn't quite matter because these are the songs that showed what Genesis could do, and they still stand as pinnacles of what the band could achieve.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1990
  • Label: Wea Int'l
  • UPC: 075678267321
  • Catalog Number: 7826732
  • Sales rank: 25,347

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Genesis Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Phil Collins Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Voices, Track Performer, Group Member
Peter Gabriel Flute, Percussion, Bass Drums, Tambourine, Vocals, Voices
Steve Hackett Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar, Track Performer, Group Member
Tony Banks Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Voices, 12-string Guitar, Mellotron, Track Performer, Group Member
Mike Rutherford Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Voices, 12-string Guitar, Track Performer, bass pedals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Phil Collins Arranger, Composer
Peter Gabriel Composer
Genesis Arranger, Composer
Steve Hackett Arranger, Composer
John Anthony Producer, Audio Production
Tony Banks Arranger, Composer
Chris Blair Remastering
Tony Cousins Remastering
Nick Davis Remastering
David Hentschel Engineer
Mike Rutherford Arranger, Composer
Paul Whitehead Cover Design
Geoff Callingham Remastering
Chris Peyton Sleeve Adaptation
Tony Smith Management
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A very good early album

    With the classic "The Musical Box" this is one that helped define the future of Genesis. Peter Gabriel headed the band during this time. Well worth owning. Very interesting album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nursery Cryme: More Exciting Than Mother Goose By Far!

    One of the better Pre-Collin Genesis albums. Gabriel's unique ability to draw his listeners into his adventures is always present in this album, along with all others. Hackett's guitar is unlike any other that the music world has ever heard and ever will hear, (he's no Jimmy Page but is unique in his own manner) Collins' drums are ever-present, constantly and rapidally thrumming in the background, while Rutherford's plucking of his bass guitar can always be heard admist the complex music. Tony Banks'organ and piano unleashes tunes that will fully emerse you into any world (and there are many) that Gabriel creates. Musical Box is a great song that appeals to all aspects of rock and others styles as well. Return of the Giant Hogweed is also another extremely unique and complex song that has riffs unheard anywhere else in rock music history. Genesis, I feel is one of the most overlooked bands ever. Their talent is so great, yet they are constantly pushed aside by bands such as Pink Floyd, and Led Zepplin (not to say they aren't great bands themselves). They are rarely played on the radio and didn't even make the top 100 of VH1's best rock bands. I also think that more young people should think about buying a Genesis album, and more probably would if they were given more air-time. This band does NOT have a weakness!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grotesquely popular

    Rough, slightly irritating, and at some times, not-so-listener-friendly, Nursery Cryme was the band's first 'real' album. 'The Musical Box,' although not one of my favorites, was a Genesis classic all the way into the 90's. My favorite track is 'Harold the Barrel.' Quirky and funny. 'The Return of the Giant Hogweed' is another piece of 'program music' culled often for Genesis concerts. 'The Fountain of Salmacis' is pretty inconclusive, tubby, and the vocals are lost at some times. The album overall is done well, and it begins a brand new era with the arrival of Phil Collins and Steve Hackett.

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