As a fan of Pink Floyd, Yes, King Crimson, Rush and Gentle Giant I kept being prompted to listen to Genesis, hearing about how great they were. This surprised me because as far as I knew they were a duff 80's pop band with MIDI drums and lots of power ballads.
I decided to pick up Foxtrot because it seemed to be everyone's favourite and was dead cheap on Amazon. Great decision; this album is astounding, a prog masterpiece of lyrical story telling, structural complexity and is awash with mellotron and organ sounds.
The level of musicianship is what you'd expect from any great prog band, Peter Gabriel has an excellent voice (much to my surprise) and Phil 'Power Ballad and MIDI drums,' Collins is a MUCH better drummer than I had thought.
The real stars here are Tony and Steve, who really shine on this record.
My favourite songs are 'Get em out by Friday,' and the haunting 'Can Utility and the Coastliners,' two wonderful songs that should be heard by any prog fan.
The standout track however is the 23 minute epic, 'Suppers Ready,' which will blow your mind, its kind of like a bizarre meld of 'On thin Ice,' by Floyd, 'I talk to the Wind,' by Crimson and 'Ritual,' by Yes. You have to hear it to believe it, and I very much recommend that you do...BUY THIS RIGHT NOW.