From Genesis to Revelation (album dei Genesis del 1969)

Nel 1967 Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Peter Gabriel, Anthony Phillips e Chris Stewart, tra i sedici e i diciassette anni, studenti con la passione per la musica, firmarono un contratto con la casa discografica Decca Records per poi incidere il primo album di un gruppo destinato alla grandezza, i Genesis. Il nome fu scelto da Johnathan King, il produttore, che consigliò i ragazzi di comporre l’album sul tema biblico: da lì il suggestivo titolo FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION, dalla genesi, alla rivelazione. Ciononostante, il riferimento in merito è riscontrabile solo in tre brani, mentre negli altri dieci, prevalgono argomenti, quali, l’amore, l’introspezione, la satira. Il tutto permeato da dissolvenze strumentali fra alcuni pezzi come filo conduttore.

Ma a King non bastava e, tenendo il gruppo all’oscuro delle sue intenzioni, inserì nel disco arrangiamenti per archi e ottoni. Purtroppo le vendite furono disastrose, contribuendo ad incrinare il rapporto tra King e i Genesis, che poco dopo firmarono per la Charisma Records, per la quale avrebbe inciso i loro dischi migliori. Mentre al buon Johnathan non rimase che il merito di un nome diventato leggenda e l’impavido tentativo di ristampare varie volte FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION, facendo leva sulla popolarità poi raggiunta dal gruppo, con esito comunque non memorabile.

Un esordio ad ogni modo di rilevanza storica per il solo fatto di essere il primo album di un gruppo che in seguito ha stravinto la prova del tempo, al netto di un’ovvia immaturità artistica dettata dall’adolescenziale età di Banks e soci. Ma, che mi permetto di affermare, vanta melodie dirette e deliziose e poi, signori miei, come si fa a non intenerisi sentendo la gracile voce del diciottenne Peter Gabriel?

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