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Foxtrot Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Foxtrot marked a decisive point in Genesis's career. An emerging art-rock band who were building up a growing cult following with a busy touring schedule, this album was an artistic and commercial landmark; it was their first album to chart. Including the classic "Watcher of the Skies" and Peter Gabriel's whimsically compassionate slice of life, "Get 'Em Out by Friday," the album's highlight is the ambitious sidelong epic "Supper's Ready." Comprising seven linked subsections, it was inspired apparently by a frightening experience where Gabriel's wife, Jill, felt she was possessed, and is a story of two lovers and the struggle between good and evil. Certainly it was the most innovative and entertaining piece the band had produced to date. The relatively rough production values could be seen as either detracting somewhat from the impact of the album or adding a pleasantly rough edge to what might otherwise be a somewhat prim sound. --James Swift
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  • Audio CD (January 1, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Wea Int'l
  • ASIN: B000002J1M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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89 of 97 people found the following review helpful By woburnmusicfan on November 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I've owned over a thousand albums at one time or another. I can't say for sure which is my favorite of them all, but the 1972 album "Foxtrot" is a strong contender. The songwriting was more consistent than on the preceding album "Nursery Cryme", and the band had a year's more experience playing with new members Phil Collins (drums) and Steve Hackett (lead guitar). The mediocre production and lack of synthesizers keep the album from having as good a SOUND as some of Genesis' later works, but the overall songwriting and musicianship were at their all-time peak here. You can't consider yourself a true Genesis fan and not have this album.
The centerpice is Genesis' masterpiece, "Supper's Ready", which is undoubtedly my favorite song, a 23-minute epic in seven acts that begins on multiple 12-string acoustic guitars, moves on to Peter Gabriel's hilarious "Willow Farm", and ends big with the ominous "Apocalypse in 9/8" (Tony Banks playing a 4/4 organ solo while the rest of the band repeats a 9/8 riff) and a cathartic ending that reprises earlier themes in widescreen Technicolor. It's awe-inspiring, and far better than the "Seconds Out" version.
The other songs are all good, though not in the same league as "Supper's Ready". "Watcher of the Skies" sounds the most dated today -- its opening wall of Mellotron string chords doesn't sound as big and powerful now. But the song's unique 6/4 rhythm and sci-fi lyric, about an alien coming to Earth only to find humans have moved on to other worlds, are both strong. "Time Table", a rumination on medieval times, is the most straightforward song, with piano ballad verses and a swelling chorus.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Solo Goodspeed on October 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
.... long, long ago (okay, we're talking early '70s, so maybe not THAT long), an uppity bunch of European rock enthusiasts, mostly college buddies, introduced us culturally starved Western yahoos to a new realm of music which became known as Progressive. It broke away from the standard of much popular stuff of that day, incorporating elements of jazz, classical, and generally abstract deviance from your basic 4/4, 1-4-5 blues progressions that permeated a musical form which, back then, only got really exciting whenever somebody took an extended solo. And sometimes even that didn't work ......
Enter Genesis. A five-piece, electro-symphonic ensemble fronted by Peter Gabriel, a quirky storyteller who shaved the middle of his head and dressed up in nightmarish costumes. On the surface that would seem a cheap gimmick. Then you really listen to the music. The opening, soaring chords of Watcher of the Skies suggest anything from a panoramic view of a vast canyon to hurtling through space at the speed of infinity. The song relates the tale of your everyday God-Man who is doomed to witness the folly of mortal beings as they come and go over the ages, with no recourse but to ponder on the meaning of it all. Timetable diminishes the energy level, brings us a bit more down to acoustic Earth, with the melancholy observation "Why must we suffer each race to believe that no race has been grander? It seems because through time and space, though names may change, each face retains the mask it wore."
Get 'Em Out By Friday envisions a society which imposes a four-foot restriction on humanoid height - we're running out of all that time and space!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mike on March 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The 3rd of a string of underrated albums by the great classic lineup of Genesis. Contains classic songs, classic performances, probably classic Genesis at it's best.

"Watcher Of The Skies" is probably one of Tony Banks's best moments on any Genesis record, if not on any record he's ever played on. The combination of string/brass and bass accordian sounds of the Mellotron Mark II, and touches of Hammond Organ, make for a stunning intro to an amazing song, if not an amazing album. The rest of the song starts with an interplexing 6/4 rhythm that follows with Mike Rutherford playing distorted Rickenbacker basslines over Phil Collins's pulsating drumline. Steve Hackett copies Rutherford's part on guitar but provides short stacatto leads a la his volume pedal at other times. The song itself actually could be related to '2001; Space Oddyssey', whereas aliens probably made humans intellegent, and Peter Gabriel's lyrics perfectly illustrate that picture. When this song was performed live, Gabriel wore batwings on his head, with glow-in-the-dark paint around his eyes.

"Get 'Em Out By Friday" shows an interesting concept story. Genetic control has limited human height to 4 feet, and everybody has to move into smaller, more expensive apartments. Peter Gabriel takes the point-of-view of different protagonists and antagonists affected by this. Features interesting Flute and Mellotron Flute duets in the middle section.

"Time Table" is an interesting song done by Genesis. It's probably the greatest piano feature since "Visions of Angels", but before "Firth Of Fifth". It seemed to provid a little comedy and seriousness at the same time.

"Can-Utility and The Coastliners" represents all sides of Genesis at this point in their career.
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