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"A Trick Of The Tail"
© Atco Records
Year of Release: 1976
Dance On A Volcano
Mad Man Moon
A Trick Of The Tail
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"A Trick Of The Tail"
A Trick Of The Tail became the first album for Genesis, where Phil
Collins became the lead vocalist. Former lead singer Peter Gabriel left the group
for a solo career, and many auditions were taken in search of a new vocalist.
But in the end, their replacement singer was already a member of the band:
Phil Collins was the drummer, and with having a drummer as lead vocalist back
then, the future may not be as promising to some, as it was once was with
Gabriel. But the Phil Collins/Genesis era would be their most successful in
later years. But looking back on how it all began with Collins, it is quite
different, listening to A Trick Of The Tail. It shows how having a new
singer would be the start of a new sound and era.
The Peter Gabriel/Genesis sound definitely remained on Trick, yet
with a different vocalist. "Dance On The Volcano" has a great
progressive rock sound, compared to the likes of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and
the years with Gabriel as vocalist. "Entangled" is a soft ballad,
and for those knowing Collins and Genesis in their later years, it's easy to
determine that "Entangled" is Genesis AND Collins, and even having a
progressive sound, as in the band Yes, this song could easily have been featured
on a future Genesis release, such as Duke.
"Squonk" seems to be defining the sound of Collins and Genesis on
later releases, and again, it is easily recognized as Genesis with Collins.
Likewise, "Mad Man Moon", another ballad, (as compared to ELP),
indicates to the listener back in 1976, that with the departure of one singer
and sound, another new sound was forming. "Robbery, Assault And Battery"
has just a bit of pop mixed with progressive, and yet, it was the start of a
new sound and era for Genesis.
"Ripples" starts out as a ballad, and can be compared to the Gabriel
era. It is definitely progressive in sound, and tells the listener that they
could continue with their past sound, and mix it with their new one. The title
track would be a hit on FM Radio, and it also has the mix of the old Genesis
and what would be the new sound for Genesis. The instrumental "Los Endos"
ends the album with a traditional Progressive Rock sound, that was heard
quite frequently in the decade of Progressive Rock, the 1970s.
A Trick Of The Tail does continue the pre-Collins (Gabriel)
progressive sound, yet there were the beginning foundations of a new sound
for the band's new singer. All of the songs clock in roughly around the 5-7
minute mark, where the beginnings of each song does show the band's new
direction, and towards the end of each song, the instrumental music of 1970s
Progressive Rock entertains those who enjoy Progressive Rock Music. This
album is not just a great album, it also shows how one band losing one
prominent member can survive with a new one, and prove that success can
happen, the second time around. This is a rare occasion, but Genesis would
become more popular with Collins than with Gabriel in the decades to come.
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