Like most of Peter Gabriel's work, the album was too far ahead of its time. In 1974, Rolling Stone writer Gordon Fletcher said of a reissue of Trespass, "It's spotty, poorly defined, at times innately boring, and should be avoided by all but the most rabid Genesis fans." I don't even know who a rabid Genesis fan would be in 2008, but there is nothing about this album that is boring. Even the extended instrumental passages remain interesting with the band's remarkable ability to create sonic tension. Trespass was unfortunately the only album with drummer John Mayhew, later replaced by Phil Collins (on 1971's Nursery Cryme). Mayhew's explosive drumming combined with Tony Banks' keyboard playing is what propels most of the record. Of the members that played on Trespass, only bassist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks are still in Genesis.
Genesis performing "The Knife" in Paris in 1973
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