A batch of songs Genesis recorded 50 years ago for its first album have been unearthed and released as a new compilation, Genesis: 50 Years Ago, in the U.K.
The songs come from sessions the then-fledgling group did, fresh out of private school in Britain, during the late 60s with Jonathan King, who produced the group's first album, From Genesis To Revelations.
The tapes, recorded at the now-closed Regent Sound Studios in London, were recently discovered in "an old warehouse" and sent to King, who remixed them with engineer Steve Levine.
In a statement, King says that, "Nobody knew of their existence until I got a call from a friend -- fortunately employed to go through (the tapes and knowing my connection. With delight, we listened to numerous tapes and takes. I could not believe how fantastic Peter Gabriel's voice was -- the reason I signed the group in the first place. And the songs are really great, too. I think it is a tremendous album."
50 Years Ago features 23 versions and remixes of the songs, including stereo and mono mixes and others isolating Gabriel's vocals. The song list includes: "In Hiding," "One Day," "A Winter's Tale, "A Place To Call My Own," "The Silent Sun" "On The Trail Of The One Eyed Hound," "When The Sour Turns To Sweet," "In Limbo," "Am I Very Wrong?," "The Serpent," "The Conqueror," "Image Blown Out," "That's Me," "In The Wilderness, "The Window," "In The Beginning" and "Fireside Song."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.