Foxtrot Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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This is a great album, but you knew that. I’m here to tell you about what version to get.
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This is a great album, but not if you get the "definitive edition remaster." That is the CD you will get if you order through Amazon, and it was mixed by someone who hates... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is my favorite Genesis album, cd came packaged very well and plays great. seller was nice to deal with.Published 5 months ago by IcStephen
This was a Christmas gift for our grandson but by his reaction upon opening it, we had given him THE ultimate present.Published 6 months ago by Mick