6369 922 Foxtrot
Produced by David Hitchcock and Genesis
Released on October 1972
UK CHART POSITION #12
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6369 922 cover  

T here are rare occasions where words fail; to call Foxtrot “sublime” or attach any series of suitably descriptive words to it merely traps in an ordinary jelly jar what was meant to exist outside of it. Hearing Foxtrot, really hearing it, will change the way you look at music altogether. Nursery Cryme was an inspired record, but not a perfect one, as this is. It’s one thing to aspire to art through music, but quite another to turn each instrument into an individual paintbrush, as happens here. Perhaps “camera” is the better word, since it’s from five separate vantage points that the scenery takes three-dimensional shape. From the first moments that Tony Banks heralds “Watcher of the Skies,” it’s clear that this is a different Genesis. Peter Gabriel inhabits the songs like a foot in a well-worn shoe, wiggling into different characters with ease and aplomb. With Mike Rutherford’s bass providing the foundation, Phil Collins’ drums are free to add delicious commentary throughout the record, underscoring gentle passages with a well-placed tap on the bell, ushering in stormclouds of sound with dexterous rolls on the drums. And of course there’s Steve Hackett, his electric guitar sliding in and out of the music like sunrays through clouds. Although the nearly side-long “Supper’s Ready” is the album’s focal point (and perhaps their magnum opus), every song on Foxtrot is stellar. Conjuring the past in “Time Table,” scrying a bleak, not-too-distant future in “Get ‘Em Out By Friday,” inventing new gods on “Watcher of the Skies” and “Can-Utility And The Coastliners,” these songs are at the heart of what progressive rock can accomplish. There are precious few albums that transcend music to become epics in their own right (Close to the Edge and Minstrel in the Gallery come to mind). Genesis duplicated the magical feat on Selling England By The Pound, but it detracts not one iota from Foxtrot’s achievement. This record, to my tastes, represents one of the great musical works of the 20th century.

6369 922 back cover 6369 922 lyric sleeve 82674-4 front cover
6369 922 back cover 6369 922 lyric sleeve 82674-4 front cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. WATCHER OF THE SKIES    7:19
  2. TIME TABLE    4:42
  3. GET 'EM OUT BY FRIDAY    8:33
  4. CAN-UTILITY AND THE COASTLINERS    5:43
  5. HORIZONS    1:39
  6. SUPPER'S READY    22:53
    i. Lovers' Leap
    ii. The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man
    iii. Ikhnaton And Itsacon And Their Band of Merry Men
    iv. How Dare I Be So Beautiful?
    v. Willow Farm
    vi. Apocalypse in 9/8 (Co-starring The Delicious Talents of Gabble Ratchett)
    vii. As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs (Aching Mens' Feet)

    All titles composed and arranged by Genesis

CREDITS

TONY BANKS -- organ, mellotron, piano, electric piano, 12 string, voices
PHIL COLLINS -- drums, voices, assorted percussion
PETER GABRIEL -- lead voice, flute, bass drum, tambourine, oboe
STEVE HACKETT -- electric guitar, 12 string and 6 string solo
MICHEAL RUTHERFORD -- bass, bass pedals, 12 string guitar, voices, cello
Richard Macphail-- equipment & stage sound (sound friend)
Also starring Guy and Paul
John Burns -- engineer
Paul Whitehead -- sleeve design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/EUR October 1972 Charisma LP 6369 922 gatefold cover, pink label
US October 1972 Charisma LP CAS 1058 gatefold cover
JPN 1972 Charisma LP BT-5161 picture sleeve, lyric insert
UK   Charisma LP CAS 1058 blue label reissue
FRA   Charisma LP 9103 107  
UK 1983? Charisma/Virgin LP CHC38 gatefold cover
US   Atlantic LP/CD/CS 81848  
UK 1994/95 Virgin CD/CS CASCD 1058 original master recording
US October 4, 1994 Atlantic CD/CS 82674 original master recording
EUR 1994 Virgin CD 839 779 digital remaster
RUS 1999 Kankard CD GFNCD004 lyric booklet

 

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