Nursery Cryme

~ Release group by Genesis


Nursery CrymeGenesis12" Vinyl7
  • GB1971-11-12
CharismaCAS 1052[none]
Nursery CrymeGenesis12" Vinyl7
Philips6369 916[none]
Nursery CrymeGenesisCassette7
CharismaZCCAS 1052[none]
Nursery CrymeGenesisCassette7
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)80030-4-B[none]
Nursery CrymeGenesis12" Vinyl7
Charisma9211 1052[none]
Nursery CrymeGenesis12" Vinyl7
CharismaCAS 1052[none]
Nursery CrymeGenesis12" Vinyl7
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)80030-1-B075678003011
Nursery CrymeGenesis12" Vinyl7
CharismaCHC 22[none]
Nursery CrymeGenesisCD7
CharismaCASCD 1052[none]
Nursery CrymeGenesisCD7
CharismaCASCD 10525012981105228
Nursery CrymeGenesisCD7
  • JP1986-10-22
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)32VD 10264988006605251
Nursery CrymeGenesisCD7
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)7 80030-2075678003028
Nursery CrymeGenesisCD7
  • XE1994-08-15
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)7243 8 39780 2 1, CASCDX 1052724383978021
Nursery CrymeGenesisCD7
  • CA1994-12-01
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)CD 82673075678267321
Nursery CrymeGenesisCD7
EMI-Odeon S.A.I.C. (Argentine division of EMI, copyrights, distribution, founded ca. 1970s)7243 8 39780 21724383978021
Nursery CrymeGenesisCD7
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)82673-2075678267321
Nursery CrymeGenesisCD7
  • JP1999-03-31
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)VJCP-680924988006766433
Nursery CrymeGenesisHybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer, 2 channels) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer, multichannel) + DVD-Video7 + 7 + 7 + 15
  • GB2008-11-11
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)50999 519547 2 75099951954727
Nursery CrymeGenesisDigital Media7
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)[none]
Nursery Cryme (2008 digital remaster and stereo mix)GenesisCD7
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)GENCDY 25099926569925
Nursery CrymeGenesisCD7
Rhino (reissue label)R2 516780603497896035
Nursery CrymeGenesis12" Vinyl7
Rhino (reissue label)R1 5180059990501084276
Nursery CrymeGenesisSHM-CD7
  • JP2013-04-24
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)CAS 1052, VJCP-980164988006553217
Nursery CrymeGenesisSHM-CD7
  • JP2014-11-26
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)UICY-400954988005858122
Nursery Cryme (Matrix / Runout: 6369 916 1Y=3 3 20)Genesis12" Vinyl7Philips6369 916[none]
Nursery CrymeGenesisCassette7Charisma, Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)CHCMC 22[none]
Nursery CrymeGenesisCD7Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)82673-2075678267321


associated singles/EPs:Happy the Man
included in:1970–1975
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Wikidata:Q834410 [info]
crowdfunding page:,k:Genesis+-+Nursery+Cryme [info]

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By 1971 Genesis had all the pieces in place. Following the devastating departure of guitar player Anthony Philips and drummer John Mayhew they'd finally found musicians who had the chops to keep up with these posh boys' grandiose visions. Though (with singer Peter Gabriel especially) their roots lay in white r'n'b it was no longer simply good enough to sing about the simple joys of being young. Their previous album, Trespass, had been full of post-apocalyptic allegory (a subject they'd return to) and anti-violence diatribe. Easing into their self-appointed role as purveyors of very English rock fantasy, they retired to the obligatory 'place in the country' and gave the world Nursery Cryme. An album filled with 19th century shaggy dog stories, greek myth and rural life. Genesis had virtually invented their own genre, Edwardian rock.

By this point their roots in the work of prog predecessors, Procol Harum and Family, were still very visible, yet Gabriel's love of role-playing within song was taking them somewhere else entirely new. Honed by endless gigging at places like Ayelsbury's Friars club, songs such as ''The Musical Box'' were tailor-made for his use of costume to hide his shyness (a creepy old man in this case). The production was far too rudimentary to really convey their power but recent recruits, Phil Collins (ex-child star and fusion enthusiast) and Steve Hackett (proven track record with sibling John in band, Quiet Sun), made all the difference.

Collins' snappy drums were augmented by his uncanny ability to sound not unlike Gabriel, allowing him to sing on one track ("For Absent Friends"). Hackett's armoury of tapping and swell techniques really broadened the palette of the band, giving Tony Banks more room for his Delius-lite organ filigrees, not to mention their newly purchased Mellotron, bought from King Crimson who they were now chasing in the 'most-English band' contest. "Seven Stones" is a masterclass in pomp, in a good way. And let's not forget the twelve string guitars. Never has a band had such a chiming about them and hardly surprising; nearly every member played one.

So we end up with a series of mini suites about murder by croquet mallet followed by psychosexual haunting ("The Musical Box"), armageddon by enraged plant life ("The Return Of The Giant Hogweed") or hermaphroditic tales of caution ("The Fountain Of Samalcis"). All of it delivered with a panache that wouldn't quite put them in the big league but was a large step towards making their mark.