Release date
17 Mar 1993
Running length
6 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Looking For Someone 7:08 32,723
2 White Mountain 6:47 30,606
3 Visions Of Angels 6:55 27,786
4 Stagnation 8:52 28,028
5 Dusk 4:15 39,243
6 The Knife 9:01 44,351

About this album

Trespass is the second studio album by Genesis and was recorded and released in 1970. The only album with drummer John Mayhew and the last with guitarist Anthony Phillips, Trespass had a folk-flavoured progressive rock sound that was a marked departure from their earlier work, and foreshadowed the path the band would follow through the 1970s.

The compositions were generally much longer and complex than before, featuring several different musical sections. The sound evokes a kind of ‘pastoral English idyll’ espoused by numerous progressive rock bands of the time. To this end, much use is made of multi-tracked 12-string acoustic guitars, blended with folky vocal harmonies, flute, acoustic piano, and gentle keyboard pads on Hammond organ and mellotron. The drum playing is generally fairly soft, which actually complements the atmosphere, although the band were unhappy with John Mayhew’s skills and replaced him with Phil Collins following Trespass’ completion and Anthony Phillips’ departure.

Despite its generally muted, pastoral, folky feel, the album is not without dynamic moments. Peter Gabriel’s vocals are soulful and angst-ridden throughout, particularly at the climax of “Stagnation”, which also includes a prominent Hammond organ solo from Tony Banks. Closing track “The Knife” is aggressive and bombastic, featuring some biting lyrics from Gabriel, with Mike Rutherford playing fuzz bass. The song, which received great praise by The Nice’s Keith Emerson, became a favourite closer to live shows and appeared — with lyrical changes — on Genesis’ 1973 first live album Genesis Live.

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  • Akayz7

    just looked @ number of listeners, ignore my previous comment.

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Akayz7

    this is v good, why so forgotten?

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    @Arthur_Lima Why should anybody care about AllMusic anyway? Some of the 5/5 albums have singles rated low.

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Abomination317

    Everything's a little rough around the edges, but the quality of the writing is all there (and arguably better than much of the next few albums). Superb album.

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    The first Genesis masterpiece ♥

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Dag272727

    I don't think there exists an album that is as criminally underrated as this.

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Drazba

    great album

    31 May 2013 Reply
  • SkaldandShadows

    My favourite Genesis album!

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • hauzzer

    I second: fantastic album.

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • sl8221958

    I think Selling England is their best, --but I've listened to it so much ... I do love this album, especially the quieter moments like Stagnation. Flat out awesome record.

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
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  • Arthur_Lima

    Allmusic really isn't reference for prog rock.

    21 Jul 2011 Reply
  • tipper42

    Fantastic album. I wore out my vinal album in the 70's.

    7 Mar 2011 Reply
  • mk741

    Wonderful prog album.

    28 Feb 2011 Reply

    wow. truly underrated.

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Mistermasyl

    the most underrated genesis album

    9 Jan 2011 Reply
  • krzyssaganski

    my favourite Genesis album! The Knife and Looking For Someone owns!

    16 Sep 2010 Reply
  • non-apejase

    I love what Trey Anastasio said about this album at the Hall of Fame induction.

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • LakeGlade12

    The 2008 remaster was badly needed for this album. It now sounds much more crisp and clear. It has helped me love this album even more than I did previously.

    14 Mar 2010 Reply
  • MoogleRancha

    Finally got this on CD. Love it.

    4 Feb 2010 Reply
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