Listen/Download – Genesis – Where The Sour Turns To Sweet
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Today’s selection hails from the very first album by one of the biggest prog bands of the 70s, who would oddly enough move on to be a huge pop band in the 80s, Genesis.
As is the case with most bands with a multi-decade existence, Genesis had a number of lineup/style variations, most of which I like (some of which – Phil Collins years ((cough)) – I do not.
Today’s selection, ‘Where the Sour Turns to Sweet’ is the opening track from their 1969 debut ‘From Genesis To Revelation’.
Originally issued in a Spinal Tap-pish black sleeve with minimal lettering, the album is an absolute masterpiece of later days popsike edging into prog and is filled with great melodies and playing.
The album was produced by Jonathan King, who discovered the members of Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Anthony Phillips and Chris Stewart/John Silver on drums, when they were students at his alma mater, Charterhouse School.
As I said, the album is a great slice of UK popsike with just a touch of prog (not too much to turn off prog-haters) in the style of so much of the old British Psychedelic Trip/Rubble comps.
‘Where the Sour Turns To Sweet’ opens with piano chords and finger snaps, followed by Gabriel’s instantly recognizable voice (his wild, symbolic theatricality seems to be in its embryonic stages) .It gains steam with subtle orchestral flourishes, before a slightly more rocked out chorus.
There are plenty of hooks, and some beautiful chord changes.
The rest of the album is excellent, and ought to be pretty easy to find. It has been reissued multiple times (with multiple covers) to capitalize on the later success of the band.
I hope you dig the tune and I’ll see you all next week.
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