Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#130 in the Series) is Mike Rutherford, Smallcreep’s Day.
OK, it’s time to go a little more obscure. Not as much obscurity in the artist, but in the material chosen.
Smallcreep’s Day is the first solo work by guitarist Mike Rutherford. Rutherford is known, of course, mainly for his work with Genesis. But like all members in that band, he’s done work outside the group.
His main solo project that he’s known for is ‘Mike and the Mechanics.’ They had some popular songs in the mid eighties. All I Need is a Miracle and The Living Years being the best known of them.
Smallcreep’s Day was more of a progressive album as compared to the pop of the Mechanics.
Side one was a seven part epic piece of the title cut. Side two is traditional five song setting.
Ex-Genesis member Anthony ‘Ant’ Phillips plays keys, Brand X member Morris Pert plays percussion. Simon Phillips was on drums. He’s played with everyone from Roger Daltrey, Judas Priest, Garry Moore and can currently be found behind the kit for ‘Toto.’
Smallcreep’s Day was produced by David Hentschel. He’s been around forever. He produced Genesis’ Duke amongst many other artists.
It was a very good record but got shitty reviews like most progressive music.
The cover work was another design by the great Hipgnosis. (As was yesterday’s UFO album, Force It.)
It was released in 1980 and reached #163 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart.
Your 1973 recording of “Selling England by the Pound” is Today’s Cool Album of the Day.
Genesis is one of my favorite bands. Genesis IS my favorite live band. My seeing them at an “Invitation Only: Full Dress Rehearsal Show” for a hand full of people in 2007 will most likely never be topped as a music experience!
‘Selling England By The Pound’ was the penultimate album with Peter Gabriel as their costume wearing front man. He left the machinery two years later after recording and touring for ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.’
“Selling” contains two of my favorite pieces. ‘The Cinema Show’ and ‘Firth of Fifth.’ Both contributing to their live shows for years. Other highlights include ‘Dancing with the Moonlit Knight’ and ‘I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe)”
Viva Genesis! Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2010.