Nights At The Roundtable - Genesis with Peter Gabriel and a track off Trespass, their first Charisma album recorded in 1970. Looking For Someone.
November 8, 2010

Genesis in 1970 - just at the beginning of their break-through period.

Genesis tonight. Maybe not as you remember them, if you've become familiar with the band after Peter Gabriel left and around the time they became hit makers. This was an earlier incarnation of the band. Not as they were in the beginning when they were signed to Decca in 1968, but that early-middle period before Phil Collins joined and when they were first signed to Charisma Records, the label responsible for much of what became known as Prog-Rock in the UK. in the early 1970's

Trespass was their first album with the new label, released in October of 1970 to good reviews but not good sales in the UK. They did hit almost instantly in Europe where their influence would be felt for many years, if not decades later. Trespass was something of a transition and a honing of what would become their trademark sound. Shortly after the album was recorded there would be some personnel changes, among the most notable would be the replacement of their drummer, the late John Mayhew with former child actor and drummer for Flaming Youth Phil Collins as well as replacement of guitarist Anthony Phillips with first, Mick Barnard and then Steve Hackett.

Tonights track, Looking For Someone, opens the album and gives some hint of what would be going on with their musical direction by their next album, Nursery Cryme. It would be the beginning of what came to be known as The Classic Era for Genesis.

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