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Rob Gould and Friends — Play Nursery Cryme
(Fruits de Mer crustacean 98, 2023, CD / LP / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2023-10-31

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After taking on the challenge of covering Van der Graaf Generator’s Pawn Hearts in 2021, multi-instrumentalist Rob Gould had the idea of doing a follow-up album covering another of his favorite bands, Genesis. Nursery Cryme had a strong influence on Rob as a late teen, which has stayed with him throughout the years, and it seemed infinitely more playable to Rob than the other early Genesis albums. Rob enlisted his musical friends Pete Carlyle (vocals), Luiz ‘Lad’ Garcia (backing vocals, electric guitar), Phil Cragle (lead and acoustic guitars), Fernando Alge (guitars), Trevor Pollitt (bass), Jay Tausig (drums, guitars, backing vocals), Kimberly Bass (vocals), Icarus Peel (guitars), and Gabriel Costa (bass) to lovingly recreate this Genesis classic. This is one outstanding album that pays homage to Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, and Phil Collins. Rob and friends certainly do them proud! And what is remarkable, their cover does not even sound like a copy, this album could have easily been a Rob Gould original release, which is amazing when someone attempts to emulate iconic music. Like Rob, I’ve been enthralled with Nursery Cryme from my very first listening in 1974. My all time favorite Genesis song is “The Musical Box,” and Rob’s cover does not disappoint. Every song on the new album is hitting on all cylinders. “The Return of the Giant Hogweed” is something to behold, as well as the beautiful “The Fountain of Salmacis.” The CD that accompanies the ablum contains two bonus tracks, covers of another two Genesis songs from the same era that never made it on an album: “Twilight Alehouse” and “Happy the Man.” These two songs had previously appeared on the 1974 compilation The Famous Charisma Label 5th Anniversary and “Happy the Man” as a single. All that I can say is WOW, this is one excellent album that does not detract from the original.

Filed under: New releases, 2023 releases

Related artist(s): Genesis, Jay Tausig, Icarus Peel, Rob Gould

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