180g Vinyl Reissue! Half Speed Mastered & Pressed at Pallas in Germany!
A Trick of the Tail is the seventh studio album from the English progressive rock band Genesis. It was released in February 1976 on Charisma Records and was the first album to feature drummer Phil Collins as lead vocalist following the departure of Peter Gabriel. It was a critical and commercial success in the UK and US, reaching No. 3 and No. 31 respectively. "A Trick Of The Tail" was a landmark album for the band, and it still stands today as one of their best with classics like "Dance On a Volcano" and "Squonk."
Following Gabriel's decision to leave the band, the remaining members wanted to carry on and show they could still write and record successful material. The group wrote and rehearsed new songs during mid-1975, and listened to around 400 audition tapes for a replacement frontman. They entered Trident Studios in October with producer David Hentschel to record the album without a definitive idea of who was going to perform lead vocals. Eventually, Collins was persuaded to sing "Squonk," and the performance was so strong, he sang lead on the rest of album.
Genesis have always been known for their sense of spectacle and their groundbreaking live shows, as much as their ambitious studio albums like the evergreen Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England By The Pound, and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Over the last four decades, the group has sold 150 million albums worldwide and has influenced the likes of Elbow, The Flaming Lips, and Jeff Buckley.
"...succeeds on that level quite wildly -- to the extent that it proved to longtime fans that Genesis could possibly thrive without its former leader in tow." -Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com
180g Audiophile Vinyl
Half Speed Mastering
Pressed at Pallas in Germany
2008 Mixes by Nick Davis
1. Dance On A Volcano
4. Mad Man Moon
5. Robbery, Assault and Battery
7. A Trick Of the Tail
8. Los Endos