Nursery Cryme

Virgin UK
Release date
10 Nov 2008
Running length
7 tracks
Running time


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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Musical Box (2008 Digital Remaster) 10:27 707
2 For Absent Friends (2008 Digital Remaster) 1:47 511
3 The Return Of The Giant Hogweed (2008 - Remaster) 8:07 321
4 Seven Stones (2008 Digital Remaster) 5:07 432
5 Harold The Barrel (2008 Digital Remaster) 2:59 418
6 Harlequin (2008 Digital Remaster) 2:55 396
7 The Fountain Of Salmacis (2008 Digital Remaster) 8:00 395

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Nursery Cryme is the third studio album by Genesis and was recorded and released in 1971. It is also the first album to feature the lineup of Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, and Steve Hackett; the latter two replacing John Mayhew and Anthony Phillips, on drums and guitar respectively, in 1970. This lineup would remain consistent until Gabriel’s departure in 1975.

Though not as polished in production terms as the albums that followed (most of the songs were only recorded on 8-track), Nursery Cryme was still a large progression from the group’s second album Trespass. Although the folky feel was still retained on songs such as “Harlequin” and “For Absent Friends”, other tracks displayed a more aggressive and strident sound. Hackett’s lead guitar playing contributed a lot to this, with strong solos contained within “The Musical Box”, “The Return of the Giant Hogweedand “The Fountain of Salmacis”.

Banks also contributed towards the more aggressive sound in various ways: for some time before Hackett’s recruitment. Genesis had performed live as a four-piece, with Banks substituting for guitar by playing lead solos on his Hohner “Pianet” electric piano, played through a fuzz box. This technique can be heard on “The Musical Box” and the intro to “The Return of the Giant Hogweed”.

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  • MisterJunior

    I love this one. Everybody goes tits for Foxtrot and Selling England by the Pound (and rightly so, as they're both amazing albums) but this one deserves a lot of love, too. "The Musical Box" may very well be my favorite Genesis track. They were good before this (mark me down as a guy who thinks From Genesis to Revelation is much better than its reputation and a guy who thinks Trespass is a classic) but this is where they reached the stratosphere and rattled off four godlike albums in a row.

    22 Jul 7:45pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    My favorite after Foxtrot and The Lamb (which are 2 of my favorite albums ever). A marathon of goosebumps. ♥

    18 Apr 4:29am Reply
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  • Inle-rah

    My favourite Genesis album, with Foxtrot a reasonably close second.

    8 Mar 12:04am Reply
  • hateampere

    a great album

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • roldki

    love it

    21 Sep 2012 Reply
  • theEldritch

    Love the sound of this record.

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • iron345

    Musical Box is still absolutely haunting even after all these years.

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • arielglencer

    What a great album.

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • silverlage


    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • waterland100

    Play me my song.........

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • NicolasCatalani

    My favorite album of Genesis. Epic.

    6 Jan 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    I think this might be my favorite Genesis album. Might also be their darkest effort with songs like the Fountain of Salmacis, the Musical Box, and Harold the Barrel.

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • rafaelwho

    Best album along SEBTP. [2]

    14 May 2011 Reply
  • Sosen

    I guess Kevin's just too HXC for this album.

    1 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Tarkus10

    Best album along SEBTP.

    14 Mar 2011 Reply
  • toffea

    @KKKevin : quit smokin' ; poor skeleton!

    18 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ricz_dm

    Best of Genesis, along with Foxtrot e Selling England.

    22 Jun 2010 Reply
  • pepganzo

    ti ho consumato. nei parchi, in casa, sul letto con a fianco il vinile, in auto, in Inghilterra, girovagando in quei posti che ti hanno ospitato e di conseguenza generato. ti ho regalato. il miglior album dei Genesis. ''Perchè, che palle i brani lunghi'' ed è vero. E' vero che Foxtrot e Selling son vuoti e barocchi, ossimoro, lo so. ma rende l'idea. son vuoti nel loro posseder troppo. son album-vetrine che mostran tutto ancor prima di 'addentrarti' nel negozio. Nursery sfiora per poco tutto cio'. perchè è diverso. c'è la diversità. i brani da 2 minuti... perle. non ci saranno mai piu. ad esso segue Trespass o trespàss? beh il pirmo (il secondo..).

    11 Jun 2010 Reply
  • cybershredder

    The Fountain of Salmacis, great ending to a great album

    4 May 2010 Reply
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