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On 1976’s A Trick of the Tail, Phil Collins’ vulnerable, earnestly soulful singing gives Genesis’ imposing prog rock the anchor it needed. With its shape-shifting wall of sound, “Dance on a Volcano” is immense but elated, while “Squonk” is a thickset march into the cosmos. Even at their most ambitious, the band display a newfound concentration, and they still relish a bit of fun, especially on the toe-tapping melodies of “A Trick of the Tail” and the gleeful Cockney disco of “Robbery, Assault and Battery.”

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First Post-Gabriel Album A Sonic Masterpiece

Genesis fans have long debated whether the departure of Peter Gabriel and the emergence of Phil Collins as their new singer was a blessing or a curse (I lean toward "blessing"), this is arguably the best Genesis album of all. It emcompasses everything fans like about the band: dramatic overtones, whimsical tunes, beautiful melodies, and sonic bombast that sounds just as good today as it did in '75. The opening of "Dance On A Volcano" still gives chills, and Phils harmonies on "Entangled" are just as pleasing as anything Crosby, Stills and Nash created. This is an excellent group of songs to have, whether you're looking to bolster a Genesis playlist or create one from scratch. Enjoy!

Live Versions?

This is a must-have. Period. However, don't expect the live versions of Squonk, Robbery and Los Endos. The previews of these songs are indeed from ATOTT, so it could be reasonably expected that the purchased versions will be too (I'm writing this review of the album, and not the download thereof). That said, this album is a sonic, and more importantly musical, period piece. Definitely mid-70s, definitely prog-rock, definitely Genesis. All of the odd time signatures, Phil's Peter-or-not-Peter performance (to have to sound like Peter should not be considered a bad thing), and yes, the Mellotron, are there, and executed flawlessly. Sadly, there wasn't more of Steve Hackett, which no doubt helped to propel him to a solo career.


This is a great Genesis album, still in their prime even though Gabriel (the ultimate prog storyteller) was no longer leading the band. Genesis has great musicianship, but they put the storytelling just ahead of it usually. It would be nice if the greatest Genesis albums (Selling England by the Pound and Foxtrot) were represented here on iTunes. Those were prog storytelling at its best.


Formed: 1966 in Godalming, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Genesis started life as a progressive rock band, in the manner of Yes and King Crimson, before a series of membership changes brought about a transformation in their sound, into one of the most successful pop/rock bands of the 1980s and 1990s. In addition, the group has provided a launching pad for the superstardom of members Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, and star solo careers for members Tony Banks, Michael Rutherford, and Steve Hackett. Their roots go back to 1965 and a pair of rival groups,...
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A Trick of the Tail, Genesis
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Arena Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock
  • Released: Jan 01, 1976

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