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I don't know of an album that tops this.,
This review is from: A Trick Of The Tail (Audio CD)
From Wind and Wuthering backwards, I love Genesis. They have produced some of the finest moments of the Brit prog movement, if not some of the finest moments ever to grace the history of recorded music - but they are not my favourite band. However, after listening to this album regularly for more than 30 years, it is about time that I came out and nailed my colours to the mast: quite simply, this is the best album by any band in the world, ever. Over the years I grew to hate so many things about the poppier side of Genesis and saw them evolve into an ever more pompous troupe of upper crust back-biters and ego trippers. Such a shame - but never mind - the only thing that would better this would be a fully reformed band with Gabriel at the helm - and that just ain't gonna happen.
Musically ToTT is closer to Selling England than The Lamb - but is far more cohesive than both, with rich textures throughout and a magnificent vocal performance from the debutante chanteuse Collins. Hackett and Banks produce sublime and complimentary soundscapes that never drift towards the realms of the ridiculous, whilst Banks and Collins deliver driving, yet detailed rhythms that colour and punctuate to perfection.
Best tracks? Ripples is perhaps the most beautiful song ever cut to disc and all of the rest are nearly as good. I saw Steve Hackett live last Monday and his band played Los Endos: it overwhelmed me to the point of near death.
My only criticism relates to the production decision to fade out too many wonderful songs that surely could have driven on to momentous conclusion. Oh well, I've lived with that for over 30 years - and yet pray that I can have another 30 in which to enjoy this magnificent work.