Friday, January 28, 2005

Album of the Day

Foxtrot, by Genesis (1972): Of the classic Genesis albums, I tend to give short shrift to Foxtrot, mainly because I prefer live versions of it's centerpiece, the 23-minute epic "Supper's Ready." But listening to it today at work I was overwhelmed by how great side 1 (for you vinyl-philes) is. "Watcher of the Skies" is rightfully a classic, with it's massive Mellotron opening and Morse code rhythm driving it along. "Get 'em Out By Friday" is equally good, but in a completely different way. And "Can-Utility and the Coastliners" is an overlooked gem, especially the instrumental section in the second half. Even "Time Table," certainly not a highlight of the Gabriel years, is a nice sort of palate cleanser between "Watcher" and "Friday."

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