Rob Gould and Friends Play Nursery Cryme – LP+CD – Review

Genesis’ “Nursery Crime” Reimagined: A Fresh Take on a Classic

Genesis’ “Nursery Crime”: The Original
Before we delve into the reimagined version, let’s talk about the original. “Nursery Crime” by Genesis, released in 1971, is an iconic album. I recently revisited it through a Japanese CD that comes in a mini gatefold sleeve. Listening to it was a nostalgic journey, reminding me of the unique soundscapes Genesis crafted.

The Reimagined Version by Rob Gould and Friends
Now, the reason I revisited the original was because of this gem: “Nursery Crime Reimagined” by Rob Gould and Friends. Released under the Fruits de Mer Records label, a label known for its commitment to artistic freedom, this version is nothing short of spectacular.

The album comes in a beautifully designed gatefold sleeve, and the vinyl itself is a visual treat with its brown splatter effect. It also includes a CD with two additional tracks: “Twilight Alehouse” and “Happy the Man.”

While the song titles and lengths closely mirror the original, calling this album a mere cover would be an injustice. The reimagined version brings modern recording techniques to the fore, resulting in pristine sound quality. The guitars on tracks like “The Musical Box” have a rockier edge, and the mellotrons and keyboards layer beautifully, offering a fresh listening experience.

Initially, I wondered if this version would overshadow the original for me. But what it truly did was make me appreciate both versions in their own light.

Final Thoughts
Rob Gould and Friends have done a commendable job with “Nursery Crime Reimagined.” It’s not just a tribute to the original but stands as a testament to the timeless nature of good music. The attention to detail, both in the music and the packaging, is evident, making it a must-have for any music collector.

So, if you’re looking to experience a classic in a new light, I highly recommend giving this a spin. And while you’re at it, revisit the original too. It’s a musical journey worth taking.

Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine

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