8 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
148 Ratings

148 Ratings

Lateknight_66 ,

Strong album

Many members of the soon-to-be-40 set are not particularly aware of this album...most of my school friends latched onto the more commercially successful releases starting with Abacab. This album does have some real significance, though. Some variance of styles, much 12 string guitar work, and a Collins that was still concerned with quality drumming. The vivid storytelling also sets it apart from some of their other work. Take a good look at the cover illustrations if you can and then let the characters follow the storylines: "They've got no horns and they've got no tail...They don't even know of our existence...Am I wrong to believe in a city of gold, that lies in the deep distance?" Good stuff.

jimbugtm ,

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.

JibrilAbd ,

A Great Album- too bad I-Tunes mucked it up!!!

'Trick' has to be one of the best albums from the Collins era of Genesis. Very powerful and provacative music and incredible musicianship from the four boys. There is some very fine guitar work from Rutherford and Hackett on 'Entangled' and 'Ripples', both beautiful ballads. Banks contributes some wonderful piano on 'Mad Man Moon', and Collins provides his usually fabulous drumming on 'Los Endos', and provides some very touching vocals that are in many ways better than Peter Gabriel's. The album is the first to mark the band's transition period away from progressive rock and more towards pop-rock and stardom, but still definately holds on the band's musical roots. The only flaw in the slaw is that I-Tunes decided to replace the fantastic studio versions of 'Squonk' and 'Los Endos' with live versions from another album. I give this album (in original form) 5 stars, I-Tunes gets no stars. I'd recommend the 'remixed' version only because it includes the studio versions of all the songs.

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