Genesis interviewed on Foxtrot

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Foxtrot is the fourth studio album by the English progressive rock band Genesis and the second from the band's classic line-up which included Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, and Steve Hackett. It was released in 1972.


Foxtrot was Genesis' first album to enter the UK Top 20, reaching No.12. Still, it failed to reach the US charts. Nor was it the first Genesis album to chart worldwide: Trespass had reached No.1 in Belgium in 1971, shortly followed by Nursery Cryme's No.5 placing in Italy. Foxtrot also reached No.8 in the Italian charts. "Watcher of the Skies" and "Get 'Em Out by Friday" appeared on 1973's Genesis Live, their first live album, while the 23-minute-long "Supper's Ready" was omitted due to space considerations. Live versions of "Supper's Ready" did appear on 1977's Seconds Out (with Phil Collins on vocals and Chester Thompson on drums), the 1998 box set Genesis Archive 1967–75, and the 2008 box set Genesis 1970–1975. The fox on the rocks 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 Peter Gabriel's earliest stage costumes.

The mellotron introduction to "Watcher of the Skies" was esteemed enough that the manufacturers of the mellotron, Streetly Electronics, now supply the "Watcher Mix" sound as a mellotron tape set. "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 (as heard on certain bootleg recordings); known as "Bye Bye Johnny" or "Rock My Baby," it featured an extended instrumental section in which the mellotron string sound dominated. "Horizons" (performed solo by Steve Hackett) starts with the central idea of the prelude from Bach's Cello suite Suite No. 1 and then develops its own piece, baroque style. Retrospective reviews of the album have been largely positive. In the Q & Mojo Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, the album came No.2 in its list of "40 Cosmic Rock Albums".

Watcher of the skies

The cover artwork for Foxtrot was created by Paul Whitehead, a former art director for the London-based magazine Time Out who also created the artwork for the albums Trespass (1970) and Nursery Cryme (1971). All three original paintings were later stolen from Charisma Records when it was sold to Virgin Records in 1983. Whitehead has hypothesized that the staff of Charisma got wind of the imminent sale and responded by looting the building. 

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Track listing:
1. Watcher of the Skies (7:23)
2. Time Table (4:45)
3. Get 'Em Out by Friday (8:36)
4. Can-Utility and the Coastliners (5:44)
5. Horizons' (1:41)
6. Supper's Ready (22:58)
I. Lover's 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 Ratchet)
VII. As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs (Aching Men's Feet)

This is the 2007 Reissues Interview with all Genesis' members on Foxtrot album, contained in the Genesis 1970–1975 box set which was released in 2008.

Part I

Part II

Part III


Genesis line-up:
Tony Banks–organ, acoustic and electric pianos, mellotron, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Phil Collins–drums, percussion, backing vocals
Peter Gabriel–lead vocals, flute, oboe, percussion
Steve Hackett–electric and acoustic guitars
Mike Rutherford–bass guitar, bass pedals, cello, acoustic guitar, backing vocals

David Hitchcock-producer
John Burns, Richard MacPhail-engineer
Paul Whitehead-cover artwork