1. (00:07:24) Genesis - Watcher Of The Skies
2. (00:04:44) Genesis - Time Table
3. (00:08:37) Genesis - Get 'Em Out By Friday
4. (00:05:45) Genesis - Can Utility And The Coastliners
5. (00:01:40) Genesis - Horizons
6. (00:22:54) Genesis - Supper's Ready
Playing Time.........: 00:51:04
Total Size...........: 97.93 MB
NFO generated on.....: 10/6/2008 4:18:51 PM
The album was recorded and released in 1972 as the band's career quickly
gained momentum. Foxtrot was also Genesis' first album to enter the UK
charts, reaching # 12 and paving the way for a long and successful chart
career for the band. Still, it failed to reach the US charts, as their
contemporaries, Yes, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Jethro Tull, and to a lesser
extent, Pink Floyd, were more popular at the time. It was not the first
Genesis album to appear in the charts: Trespass had reached #1 in Belgium in
1971, shortly followed by Nursery Cryme's #4 placing in Italy. Foxtrot
managed to better its predecessor's performance by attaining the #1 position
in the Italian charts.
Both "Watcher of the Skies" and "Supper's Ready" rank among some of the
band's most beloved works, and became live favorites. "Watcher of the
Skies" and "Get 'Em Out by Friday" appeared on 1973's Genesis Live, while
the 23-minute-long "Supper's Ready" was omitted due to space
considerations. Live versions of that track did appear on 1977's Seconds Out
(with Phil Collins on vocals), as well as the 1998 box set Genesis Archive
"Can-Utility and the Coastliners" is based on the legend of King Canute, who
supposedly ordered the seas to retreat to mock the sycophancy of his
followers. An early, longer version of the song found its way into pre-album
live sets; known as "Bye Bye Johnny", it featured an extended instrumental
section in which the haunting Mellotron string sound dominated. Sadly for
some, this particular version never made it to the recording stage.
"Horizons" starts with the central idea of Bach's Prelude of the first Cello Suite
and then develops its own piece, baroque style. The song accomplishes the
function of a prelude.
The title of the album may be a nod to the Mellotron Mark II used by Banks at
the time, which included foxtrot as one of the preset rhythms in its tapeset.
The 'fox on the rocks' (a phrase itself reminiscent of the works of Dr. Seuss)
is mentioned in the lyrics of the "Willow Farm" section of "Supper's Ready",
and is featured in the album artwork. This figure in a red dress with a fox's
head became one of Gabriel's earliest stage costumes.