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Released: Oct. 23, 1970

Rating: 3.241 (average of 10 ratings)

Genre: progressive rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Looking for Someone
  2. White Mountain
  3. Visions of Angels
  4. Stagnation
  5. Dusk
  6. The Knife

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart --
peak on U.K. album chart 98

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • The Knife (1/71) --

“Genesis’ first truly progressive album” BE is “as serious as all get-out.” JP The “band’s classical-folk-jazz meld hasn’t yet moved from hyphenation to hybrid.” JP “This first effort at large-scale songwriting was a warm-up” JP that “is important mostly as a formative effort. Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, and Michael Rutherford are here, but the guitarist is Anthony Phillips and the drummer is John Mayhew. Gabriel, Banks, Phillips, and Rutherford are responsible for the compositions, which are far more ambitious than the group’s earlier efforts (‘Silent Sun,’ etc.). Unfortunately, much of what is here is more interesting for what it points toward than what it actually does – the group reflects a peculiarly dramatic brand of progressive rock, very theatrical as music, but not very successful.” BE

“The lyrics grapple with good and evil, salvation and vengeance.” JP “The lyrics are complex enough but lack the unity and clarity that would make Genesis’ subsequent albums among the most interesting of prog rock efforts to analyze.” BE

“Gabriel’s voice is very expressive but generally lacks power and confidence, while the conventional backup vocalizing by the others is wimpy, and Phillips’ playing is muted. Tony Banks’ keyboards are the dominant instruments, which isn’t that bad, but it isn’t the Genesis that everyone came to know.” BE

“The soft, lyrical Visions of Angels and Stagnation are typical, gentle works by a band that later learned how to rock much harder. Only one of the songs here, The Knife – which rocks harder than anything else on Trespass and is easily the best track on the album – lasted in the group’s concert repertory past the next album.” BE

Review Source(s):
  • BE Bruce Eder, All Music Guide
  • JP Jon Pareles, Blender magazine. (10/07), pp.118-9.

Related DMDB Links:

previous studio album: From Genesis to Revelation (1969) Genesis’ DMDB page Peter Gabriel’s DMDB page next studio album: Nursery Cryme (1971)

Last updated March 4, 2010.