YEAR RELEASED: 1972
CHART ACTION: #12 UK
SINGLES: Watcher of the Sky
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Get ‘Em Out by Friday, Supper’s Ready
LINEUP: Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Bookended by two of their better prog compositions, Foxtrot propels Genesis to high esteem in the progressive rock world.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: From the mellotron wash of “Watcher of the Sky” to the concluding notes of “Supper’s Ready”, this album finds Genesis comfortable and confident in delivering their ornate, complex material.
Odd time signatures abound everywhere, and the lyrics are playful and storylike, drawing inspiration from Keats, ancient Norse kings, and even a spiritual encounter at Kensington Palace. The climax is “Supper’s Ready”, which over its seven movements and 23 minutes transports the listener to another realm, as long as they can follow along with the storyline.
Not everything works all of the time, which is typical for longer suites, but the the opening and closing and “Get ‘Em Out by Friday” really work, and became band and prog rock staples.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The main part of “Watcher of the Sky” is in 6/4, while the most famous part of “Supper’s Ready” is in 9/8. That’s for you scoring at home, as it were.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: The great pieces dominate the album and make up for the so-so pieces.