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Foxtrot
     

Foxtrot

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by Genesis
 

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Although better known for their platinum-selling pop of the 1980s, Genesis in 1972 were a prog-rock band struggling to be heard. Early that year the band were saved from the brink of oblivion when their third album, Nursery Cryme, became a hit in Italy. So this time, Genesis set out to make their most

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Although better known for their platinum-selling pop of the 1980s, Genesis in 1972 were a prog-rock band struggling to be heard. Early that year the band were saved from the brink of oblivion when their third album, Nursery Cryme, became a hit in Italy. So this time, Genesis set out to make their most balanced, ambitious, and artistically successful album -- the one the band forever after felt it had to top. Opening with an eerie, drawn-out Mellotron solo that announces the "Watcher of the Skies" and closing with the triumphant strains of the 23-minute epic suite, "Supper's Ready," Foxtrot makes a strong case for the surreal theater-rock Genesis was developing in the early '70s. Orchestral keyboards dominate amid a variety of textures, but Steve Hackett's bizarre, singing guitar sounds hold their ground throughout, and Peter Gabriel's surreal lyrics and idiosyncratic voice lend the band the personality that burned itself into people's memory.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Foxtrot is where Genesis began to pull all of its varied inspirations into a cohesive sound -- which doesn't necessarily mean that the album is streamlined, for this is a group that always was grandiose even when they were cohesive, or even when they rocked, which they truly do for the first time here. Indeed, the startling thing about the opening "Watcher of the Skies" is that it's the first time that Genesis attacked like a rock band, playing with a visceral power. There's might and majesty here, and it, along with "Get 'Em Out by Friday," is the truest sign that Genesis has grown muscle without abandoning the whimsy. Certainly, they've rarely sounded as fantastical or odd as they do on the epic 22-minute closer "Supper's Ready," a nearly side-long suite that remains one of the group's signature moments. It ebbs, flows, teases, and taunts, see-sawing between coiled instrumental attacks and delicate pastoral fairy tales. If Peter Gabriel remained a rather inscrutable lyricist, his gift for imagery is abundant, as there are passages throughout the album that are hauntingly evocative in their precious prose. But what impresses most about Foxtrot is how that precociousness is delivered with pure musical force. This is the rare art-rock album that excels at both the art and the rock, and it's a pinnacle of the genre (and decade) because of it.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/1990
Label:
Wea Int'l
UPC:
0075678267420
catalogNumber:
7826742
Rank:
19538

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Performance Credits

Genesis   Primary Artist
Phil Collins   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Peter Gabriel   Flute,Percussion,Cello,Bass Drums,Oboe,Tambourine,Vocals,Voices,12-string Guitar
Steve Hackett   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Tony Banks   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Voices,12-string Guitar,Mellotron
Mike Rutherford   Bass,Guitar,Cello,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,bass pedals

Technical Credits

Phil Collins   Composer
Peter Gabriel   Composer
Genesis   Arranger
Steve Hackett   Composer
Tony Banks   Composer
John Burns   Engineer
David Hitchcock   Producer,Audio Production
Mike Rutherford   Composer
Paul Whitehead   Cover Design
Gruggy Woof   Producer
Richard MacPhail   Engineer

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4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply one of their most fantastic works. All their earlier albums led to this and the two which follow. Supper's Ready is simply one of the finest progressive rock sidelongs I've ever heard, and the shorter pieces are often overlooked even though they are great pieces by themselves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Is it possible to make a perfect album without flaws? Well, Genesis did, with an album called "Foxtrot". This is probably my favourite Genesis album, without flaws, bad songs and silly stuff! This is the ultimate prog album, besides Gentle Giant's "Octopus" and Supertramp's "Crime of The Century"! All songs are just flawless and just grab me and take me to a another world of music! The epic suite "Supper's Ready" is one of Genesis best songs and the "Apocalype in 9/8" part at the end is amazing! The other track's is just as good, and best of all: i never get tired of these songs!!! Buy this album!!! Insanely Recommended!!!! 5 stars!
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
With "Suppers Ready" and "Watcher of the skies" this is one of the best Progressive Rock albums made. Peter Gabriel is amazing on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a great album from the early days of genesis. watcher of the skies great song. and also the 23 minute epic suppers ready great piece. peter gaberials voice on the tracks verry well put toghter and esspley on the last track he sings his heart and soul out. great drumming by phill colins. and the keyboard playing by tony banks very remarkable. and steve hackets gutair work and mike rufords bass work makes this a rocken cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I was to be marooned on an island and was allowed to take one CD - this would be it. No point in me wittering on anymore really.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this is the best of the old Genesis as nothing else they've done can top Supper's Ready. This is the height of their cohesive power. The epicenter of their musical force.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a freshman college disc jockey searching for music for one of my first shows, I found this album with the most transfixing cover art...Upon first listening, I was overwhelmed by the creative uniqueness of the instrumentation, vocals and lyrics. Honestly, after having accumulated over 4,000 albums over 40 years, I have never enjoyed an album as much. I played the original album until the grooves wore white. Suppers Ready, a musical transcription of the Book of Revelations, was a religious experience to see in person. I saw them around the time this album was released and now can die in peace knowing I saw true GREATNESS in my lifetime ! Simply put, the best album of all time !
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a time when there is so much fluff pop in the world why not take time to listen to an album like Fotrot where five musical masters create one of their first great works. also: Supper's ready is awesome, Can-Utility is great and under-rated!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Genesis' live concerts of the early 70s opened with two great extended pieces from this album; the atmospheric 'Watcher of the Skies' and 'Get 'em Out by Friday.' 'Horizons' is short and sweet, but it is really just a way to get Steve Hackett some playing time. Supper's Ready (all 20+ minutes of it) is unbelievable. My favorite part is Gabriel's 'flower dance' during 'Willow Farm.'