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Trick of the Tail (CD/DVD) [CD]

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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000P7V45S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
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1. Dance on a Volcano
2. Entangled
3. Squonk
4. Mad Man Moon
5. Robbery, Assault and Battery
6. Ripples...
7. A Trick of the Tail
8. Los Endos

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Genesis cracked the Top 40 for the first time with this 1976 LP, their first post-Gabriel release. Ripples; Assault and Battery ; the title tune, and the rest join videos for the above three, 40 minutes of 1976 concert footage and more!

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104 of 110 people found the following review helpful
By Argyris
Format:Audio CD
NOTE: The following review deals exclusively with the sound quality of the new 2007 reissue of the album. For an extensive analysis of the album, see my review of the 1994 edition.

An event recently took place that many of us have been waiting (sleeplessly) for ever since 1994: The entire Genesis catalog is in the process of being remastered, and the charge has been taken up by none other than the masters of remastering, Rhino Records! When I heard this, I was absolutely floored. After all, it has been now 13 years since the Genesis albums have been touched, and while Yes, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, and even Kansas have been available in remastered editions since the turn of the millennium, Genesis has been completely overlooked...until now.

Unfortunately, it's not all rosy and peachy. Unlike some reissues, yes, you definitely will notice the difference between the new and old versions. And that's the problem. By no means were the 1994 Genesis remasters perfect; in fact, some of them are downright pitiful. 'A Trick of the Tail' was one of the better ones, though there were several glaring problems that needed to be solved with the sound. Incidentally, these have been totally fixed in the 2007 reissue. But, alas, it's the other changes that complicate the matter.

Below is an itemized list of what's right with this remaster, and what's wrong with it:

What's RIGHT with 'A Trick of the Tail' (1976/r. 2007):

1) Hey! I get it now! - Throughout the album, the vocals are much clearer. Passages that seemed muffled and unfocused are now much easier to understand, even without the aid of already knowing the lyrics.
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let The Dance--And The Collins Era--Begin! August 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
1976's "A Trick Of The Tail" was the first Genesis album without lead singer Peter Gabriel, with drummer Phil Collins taking Gabriel's place at the mike on a full-time basis for the first time (Phil had already sung lead vocals on a pair of the band's earlier songs, "For Absent Friends" & "More Fool Me"). "A Trick Of The Tail" was a landmark album for the band, and it still stands today as one of their best. It not only showed the music world that Genesis *could* survive without Gabriel, it also proved to those who thought of Genesis as "The Peter Gabriel Band" that Gabriel was not, in fact, the only talented musician in the group. While Peter is most certainly a musical genius, and he was a fantastic frontman & songwriter for Genesis, ALL of the band members, including Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett, and former members including Anthony Phillips, etc., all contributed to the group's musical magic right along with Peter. "A Trick Of The Tail" was the proof of that. Now a quartet, "A Trick Of The Tail" finds Genesis still at the top of their game, with eight marvelous compositions that remain among the best in all of progressive rock, with such band staples as "Dance On A Volcano," "Squonk" (both superb Genesis rockers), the lovely, majestic songs "Entangled," "Mad Man Moon" & "Ripples," the great fun of "Robbery, Assault & Battery" & the title song, and the mindblowing coda, "Los Endos" (a sort of instrumental re-cap of the album's previous songs, with the band bidding a fond farewell to Peter Gabriel at the very end, as Collins sings "There's an angel standing in the sun/Free to get back home"---it's a line from "Supper's Ready," the band's magnum opus from 1972). Read more ›
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle of achievement June 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Remember how George Harrison released five years' worth of stifled songwriting creativity after the Beatles' breakup, with the masterful "All Things Must Pass"?

I have to qualify this by saying that I'm a huge Gabriel-era Genesis fan. For the most part, I can do without the Phil Collins era (okay, "Duke" is pretty good). I even prefer Ray Wilson's work on "...Calling All Stations..." to most of Phil's. But despite that, I have to say that "A Trick of the Tail" is my single favorite Genesis album, PERIOD.

As wonderful as Peter was, he really had demanded too much control over the songwriting. As a result, this first album sans Peter - where they were clearly under enormous pressure to prove that they could survive without him - ended up being like a songwriters' and instrumentalists' clinic.

Tony Banks's songwriting, Mike Rutherford's and Steve Hackett's guitar playing, and Phil Collins's singing and drumming all get a great workout here, and there isn't a single clunker in the bunch - "Squonk," "Dance on a Volcano," and "Entangled" are the clear winners here, though Banks's keyboards really shine on "Ripples" and "Mad Man Moon." Only "Robbery, Assault & Battery" ever strikes me as a bit dated or campy - but it's strong enough instrumentally to overcome the somewhat forced lyrics.

I never get tired of listening to this one on roadtrips, and it often rocks harder than much of their other work. So - despite preferring 1969-75 Genesis overall - it's usually the album I use to introduce newbies to the band. My recommendation is without reservation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not sure if I like the remix from the original mix, but this album is still a Genesis materpiece!
Published 4 days ago by James P. Husar
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Genesis Album
Almost 40 years later, it's still my favorite Genesis album. I love it when on the just soars. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars "blue girls come in every size. Some are wise and some are the wise"
This is my favorite Genesis album. It helps that this, and 'Then There Were Three', were the first two (and the only two) Genesis albums that I actually bought and didn't have as a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by King of Controversy
5.0 out of 5 stars ... more I listen to this album the more I love it
The more I listen to this album the more I love it
Published 1 month ago by M. Shane Borders
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The dvd does not play in Europe. It is ntsc. Beware!!!
Published 1 month ago by Maarten
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album
Published 1 month ago by Glenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as I remember, but still...
A wonderful classic, and I prefer this remaster as well. While it's not my vinyl, it's a satisfactory replacement for that worn piece of musical history. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M W
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as expected! Quick and no tricks here!
Will def purchase from here again.
Published 1 month ago by Suzanne P.
5.0 out of 5 stars the 1976
For me this edges out Rubber Soul as the best arranged album ever, released at the beginning of a 7 month time suspension when everyone thought it would never rain again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by cirenelle
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I am very happy!!!
Aug 8, 2008 by r. f. |  See all 2 posts
4 other GENESIS albums to buy in this same format!
Yes, you are correct, there are 2 more box sets coming...the 1983-1997 box set will be released in mid-summer, and then - finally! - the 1970-1975 box set will probably be out in time for Christmas.
Mar 25, 2007 by C. Gadbois |  See all 24 posts
Listing still not correct
Disc 2 contains the videos for "Robbery, Assault, and Battery", "Ripples", and "A Trick Of The Tail". An interview with Rutherford, Banks, Collins, & Hackett about the recording of the album. A concert film from 1975 featuring Bill Bruford on drums and other stuff.... Read More
May 23, 2007 by E.I.E.I. Owen |  See all 5 posts
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