In 1976, the English progressive rock group Genesis is found orphan of its lead singer. Peter Gabriel left, taking his talent as a songwriter, his stage eccentricity and his voice in his luggage.
Few groups are recovering from such a split. Talk to the Doors after Jim Morrison, after the Velvet Underground Lou Reed.
But Genesis will be the exception that proves the rule. It is turning to his drummer, a Phil Collins, somewhat discreet until then, that the boat will resume the course, eventually becoming a huge machine pop, selling over 130 million albums career.
But well before that time when the Genesis Phil Collins had nothing to do with that of Peter Gabriel, the English trio must redefine itself. In February 1976, the album "A Trick of the Tail" will be the first proof that the group can live without Gabriel. And this is all a "statement" that Collins, Mike Rutherford and guitarist Steve Hackett and keyboardist Tony Banks launch. It is a solid album, credible, that will rally the fans of the first hour and allow the trio to continue his journey with this already popular name. The first concert of Genesis without Peter Gabriel will take place in Canada, London, 25 March 1976 and will be captured in the film "Genesis: In Concert".
"A Trick of the Tail" contains a great variety of musical styles, from folk Entangled gem, one of the most beautiful sung by Collins, dark and intense rock Squonk. At that time, progressive rock fashion full swing: Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, Pink Floyd are important arenas filling machines, while the Americans have eyes (or ears) for the California bands like the Eagles, CSN & Y, James Taylor, Neil Young and co.
"A Trick of the Tail" of the new Genesis will arrive at exactly the right time, offering quality songs (Mad Man Moon) wrapped well in more complex structures than the average age of the artists (Robbery, Assault and Battery, written by Banks). Collins, Rutherford and Banks just aim: the prog rock fans as much as that of folk (the Ripples anthem) adopt the group that will continue to evolve in the 70s, before becoming a pop machine as the mass audience knows in the 80 and older.
In this interview, members of Genesis reparlent sessions compositions and album recording.
Steve Hackett, for its part, will leave the boat after the "Wind & Wuthering" album released in late 1976, less interested in the new direction of the group. He had already enjoyed the independence and control that allowed a solo album in 1975 with "Voyage of the Acolyte" which Collins and Rutherford participated as mere accompanying musicians.
Genesis - A Trick of the Tall
(Atlantic Records, 1976)
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