The Silent Sun
|"The Silent Sun"|
2006 reissue sleeve
|Single by Genesis|
|from the album From Genesis to Revelation|
|Released||2 February 1968
July 2006 (reissue)
|Genre||Folk rock, pop rock, baroque pop, psychedelic pop|
|Writer(s)||Tony Banks, Peter Gabriel, Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford|
|Genesis singles chronology|
"The Silent Sun" (album title "Silent Sun") is the premiere single by English rock band Genesis. It was written by Tony Banks and Peter Gabriel at a time when the band's potential producer, Jonathan King, was starting to lose interest. Knowing that King was a fan of the Bee Gees, Banks and Gabriel wrote the song specifically to recapture his attention. The band was signed and the song was released as a single on 2 February 1968 (some publications refer to 22 February 1968 - not proved). They would soon begin work on their debut album, From Genesis to Revelation.
"The Silent Sun" is a fusion of folk rock and pop rock. The heavy use of orchestral strings and lightweight romantic lyrics make this song a far cry from the progressive music on Genesis' second album, Trespass. The song, like most of From Genesis to Revelation, has not appeared on any Genesis compilation or live album.
It was reissued in very limited quantities in July 2006 on CD-single under the title "The Silent Sun 2006", with "When The Sour Turns To Sweet 2006" as a B-side. The versions on this CD-single are remix/remaster versions, also available on the 2006 re-issue of the bands 1969 debut album.
- Tony Banks – piano, backing vocals
- Peter Gabriel – lead vocals
- Anthony Phillips – acoustic guitar, backing vocals
- Mike Rutherford – bass, backing vocals
- Chris Stewart – drums
- Additional personnel
- Arthur Greenslade – orchestral arrangements
- Genesis: A History (1990).
- "Deutscher Genesis Fanclub it / Genesis / Genesis: Vor 45 Jahren erschien "The Silent Sun"". Genesis-fanclub.de. 1968-02-22. Retrieved 2014-05-15. See also here.
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