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Foxtrot 50: October 6, 1972-2022, some great reasons to love this album - AUDIO, VIDEO & MEMORIES

October 6, 1972, he leaves Foxtrot, 4th Genesis album, 2nd with Phil Collins and Steve Hackett, 1st in Italy, 14th in the top 50 ranking Prog Rock Albums of all times Rolling Stone


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Here some good reasons to love this album.

  • Foxtrot it's a very "italian" album. In fact the text of Watcher Of The Skies it was written in Naples, on the roof of the Domiziana hotel, which hosts the band for the double concert that closes the first part of Nursery cryme Tour by Genesis in Italy on April 19, 1972. Mike and Tony write the lyrics inspired by the sci-fi panorama they enjoy from their particular vantage point. READ HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.
  • Reggio Emilia, April 12, 1972: could be defined as date e birthplace of Watcher Of The Skies. Because, according to the memories of Hackett and Rutherford, it was in the Emilian city that practically all of it was performed during the pre-concert rehearsals.  READ HERE TO FIND OUT MORE. And the unforgettable and very long intro di Watcher it is the first of my "Delmale Flowers".

  • Foxtrot he finished first in the Italian ranking, twelfth in the English one, forty-fifth in Germany. He immediately kidnapped the hearts of the Italians. 
  • And again about Italy, the first country to discover their talent. During the Foxtrot tours Genesis have been headliners al Charisma Festival, supported by Lindisfarne, Peter Hammill and Capability Brown. For the first time, accustomed to concerts in schools and small clubs in their country, they played in front of 10.000 people in Reggio Emilia (much more than the organizers expected) and even 18.000 at the Palasport in RomeREAD HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.

  • With Foxtrot and in particular with Get'em Out By Friday, the Genesis kicked off theirs busy texts. With sarcasm and irony, Peter Gabriel, author of the text, deals with a dramatic subject such as building speculation, expropriations and evictions. A deeply felt theme in the 70s in England and beyond. There are still hints of science fiction, as in previous or contemporary songs (The Return... or Watcher...) but here Peter starts to turn towards the social issues of Selling England By The Pound e The Lamb... READ HERE TO FIND OUT MORE. A cornerstone of the album, another "Delmale flower".

  • Foxtrot is the most loved overall by all Genesis members. "For me it is really an exciting album - says Tony Banks ad Armando Gallo in Genesis: I Know What I Like - with great sonic contrasts. An interesting album to do and listen to. We had left as live performers, but during the Nursery Cryme Tour we also put ourselves to the test as arrangers. "In the same book, Phil Collins remembers that this was a curious period, in search of the right combination of sounds; Mike and Steve agree that Foxtrot was the beginning of the discovery of the right sounds of the band. For me Can-Utility and the Coastliners it's an almost hidden gem on the record, but a small masterpiece that Steve Hackett, who composed the text, is rightly proud of.

  • E there is a reason why Horizons Radio is called this way. It's the visceral love for this beautiful album.

  • And then Supper's Ready. One of the symbolic tracks of the whole prog past and present, the undisputed masterpiece for many magazine of the time - first of all AllMusic -, enraptured by the Genesis suite, still of great modernity. Live this 23-minute piece came to life thanks to Peter Gabriel's costumes and masks: the flower, also a symbol of this section, the polyhedron of Magog, the crown of thorns, the white dress and the fluorescent sword of the finale. READ HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.

  • With Foxtrot the Genesis land for the first time in the United States. A not immediately exciting arrival overseas. The debut is in a Christmas concert, full of problems, at the Philharmonic Hall in New York on December 13, 1972, preceded by a live for a few students at Brandeis University in Boston two days earlier. An experience that is repeated to early March, with some dates in the USA and Canada, this time with more success.  READ HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.

  • But even if not triumphant, the landing in the USA will be a excellent tow for Genesis in Europe and in particular at home. The press and the media begin to deal with them more intensely and their "guests" are multiplying. The climax will be in London, on February 9, 1973, when Genesis will be protagonists in the Mecca of the rock scene: the Rainbow Theater, the first true triumph in England. 
  • For the occasion Peter Gabriel wears a full trunk in the dressing room and wears his famous costumes and masks for the first time on stage On the notes of mellotron di Watcher Of The Skies, Peter comes out unexpectedly for the audience and bandmates with the black suit and bat wings on his head. Here's the effect it did (in a video from the following tour, October 1973 Live Shepperton Studios):

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Foxtrot 50: Harlequin Special “Supper's Ready” hand-painted artwork by Frank Grabowski - VIDEO

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Supper's Ready with hand-painted artwork.

Hand-painted artwork by Frank Grabowski to 50th Anniversary for the song "Supper's Ready" by Genesis from their album Foxtrot (1972).
«I dedicate the video to Steve Hackett the grail keeper of this wonderful music by Genesis. The version used is from the Steve Hackett album "Genesis Revisited II" ».

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Foxtrot 50: Francesco Gazzara Plays Genesis “Foxtrot” (Limited Edition CD) - BUY

Francesco Gazzara returns to face the prog repertoire of the early 70s of the legendary English band dedicating himself to entire historical albums of the group.

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After the lucky piano-orchestral tributes Play Me My Song (2013) and Here It Comes Again (2020), also appreciated by some original members of Genesis, the keyboardist and composer publishes "Foxtrot"(digital release on IRMA Records label - FIND OUT MORE HERE), who turned 50 on October 6, 2022.

This new interpretation of the original tracklist includes the songs already present in Gazzara's first two tributes - "Watcher Of The Skies","Timetable"And the entire suite"Supper's Ready"Preceded by"horizons"- to which are now also added"Get'Em Out By Friday"and "Can-Utility And The Coastliners”In two new arrangements with the usual acoustic and vintage sounds of the Roman keyboard player (piano and Hammond organ).

The first 100 copies of the album will only be available on the artist's Bandcamp page; you can order the CD here: https://francescogazzara.bandcamp.com.

Fifty years later, this album's legacy of modern music is still huge and Gazzara plays Genesis instrumental piano / orchestral version is a humble tribute to such beautiful music written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford .

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Foxtrot 50: all versions of the album and singles in the Collector's Corner

On 6 October 1972 Genesis released the album "Foxtrot". Here are some steps towards the birthday.

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The Collector's Corner of Horizons Genesis traveling in the Genesis discography: Foxtrot.

Foxtrot comes out on October 6, 1972 and, both in England and in Italy, it is in the new one  version mad Hatter area of charisma, designed by John Tiennel.  WATCH THE AVAILABLE COLLECTION VERSIONS ON EBAY.

The cover this time can also be opened in Italy and contains photos and texts. Here she is:

List of tracks:
A1 Watcher Of The Skies
A2 Timetable
A3 Get 'Em Out By Friday
A4 Can-Utility And The Coastliners
B1 Horizons
B2 Supper's Ready
B2.1 Lover's Leap
B2.2 The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man
B2.3 Ikhnaton And Itsacon And Their Band Of Merry Men
B2.4 How Dare I Be So Beautiful?
B2.5 Willow Farm
B2.6 Apocalypse In 8/9 (Co-strarring the delicious talents of Gabble Ratchet)
B2.7 As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs (Aching Men's Feet)

In February 1973 and on single excerpt from the album: Watcher Of The Skies / Willow Farm. Side A is a 4 minute version of the original. Side B is one of the segments of Supper's Ready

The circulation is very low and this makes the single rare and valuable. Here the two versions: English and Italian (click on the images to collect):

And here are the versions juke box (click on the images to collect):

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Foxtrot 50: the birth of “Watcher Of The Skies” in Italy - the MEMORY of the BAND

On 6 October 1972 Genesis released the album "Foxtrot". Here are some steps towards the birthday.

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April 1972, Genesis arrived in Italy, the country that first understood their music. Two stages of that adventure will remain in the history of the group, because Watcher Of The Skies was born here.

The date of Reggio Emilia on April 12th, in fact it is officially considered the  birthplace of Watcher Of The Skies.

According to the memories of Hackett, Rutherford and the others present, it was precisely in the Emilian city that an embryonic version of the unforgettable piece was performed for the first time during sound check.

Palasport of Reggio Emilia from the Facebook page "Genesis 40th anniversary first Italian tour"

«In the Palasport of Reggio Emilia, a huge horrible place full of echo, in the middle of the sound check, Tony played those two initial chords on his mellotron. They worked very well even though, even today, I'm not sure how aware he was of how good they were. " (From The Living Years by Mike Rutherford. My translation)

In the tour to present Nursery Cryme, Genesis took advantage of free time and also of the rehearsals on stage to compose parts of songs that would later form the Foxtrot album. 

Richard Macphail in My Book of Genesis tells how Genesis composes the album. Rich remembers that Tony Banks officially stated that there are many pieces which were then glued together:

«It was a normal thing in Genesis. Some of the pieces were composed of fragments written by individual members and the problem was how to adapt them. In Supper's Ready, for example, Willow Farm, is in A flat major, it was supposed to lead to a small flute melody in A minor. So we had to work hard to harmonize the different agreements. Sometimes it's a completely natural change and it happened without our realizing it. "

Mino Profumo in Genesis in Italy. The concerts 1972-1975 he says that the keeper of the sports hall remembers "Watcher Of The Skies' notes emerge clearly during the soundcheck."

 

Perfume recalls that "It is indeed a work in progress like confirmation without hesitation Steve Hackett: “In reality Watcher Of The Skies was not composed exactly on the occasion of the rehearsals for the Reggio Emilia concert, we had already prepared a very rough and a little different version but it can be said that we played it almost completely and for the first time during that soundcheck. I remember that I was in the bathroom, in the basement of the sports hall, I heard the intro and the whole structure began to tremble, they were magnificent and powerful notes. The whole group followed the execution and it was at that moment that, at least for me, in my imagination the band sounded like and more than an orchestra "».


And quote the words of the promoter Maurizio Salvadori: "" I remember that every now and then they made improvisations in the soundchecks, even half an hour and they put in things just tried, I think they also did the reaction of people who were always appreciable. They tried a preview of a couple of pieces that they would later insert into the next disc. ”»

 

 

From Reggio Emilia the song is used for the sound check before the concerts. Even not all of them the people present at the concert noticed that a historical song was being born on that stage. There were also other details that attracted attention. It reminds Horizons Radio Raimondo Vecchi Fossa. "The stage was turned towards the high grandstand and not towards the audience as for the other concerts and it surprised me a lot. Gabriel with the rear window of hair performed as the first song Happy The Man that I had and I still have like 45 rpm. "

On April 19th Genesis are live at the Mediterranean Theater of Naples.

A double concert that closes the first part of the Nursery cryme Tour of Genesis in Italy.

A second stop in this Genesis story, because on the roof of the Hotel Domitiana, which houses the band, Mike and Tony write the text of Watcher Of The Sky. From the hotel terrace, in fact, you can see the whole complex of the Mostra d'Oltremare, the Arena Flegrea and the Mediterranean Theater, a foreign body with respect to the city, which could give the impression of a landscape of an unknown planet.

Here is the memory of Tony Banks in Genesis: I Know What I Like di Armando Gallo:

“We were sitting on top of this building, it was a warm sunny day and we were just looking out across a large area of ​​buildings and fields; there was not a living soul around. It seemed that the entire population had just deserted the planet and this is what 'Watcher of the Skies' says: an alien being who comes to the planet and sees it completely deserted. And so the story unfolds with a bit of science fiction. I like Arthur Clarke's 'Childhood's End' and books like that. "

And of Mike Rutherford in The living years (Trans. G. Testani):

«Tony and I together wrote the text, sitting on the roof of our hotel in Naples imagining that the world was over. Quite strange, considering it was a pleasantly sunny day. "

 In Naples, therefore, the song is completed and, as we know, the next Genesis album will open, to be released the following October: Foxtrot.

But in his autobiography, Mike tells another background, which happened in Naples:

«In Naples we discovered another therapeutic pastime ... Concluding a tour with a group fight was a classic. The unusual thing about the quarrel-of-end-tour in Naples was that there was an amusement park just around the corner from the hotel where we slept. We got to the point of being so fed up with each other that we decided that the only thing to do was to throw ourselves on the bumper car track and bump into each other wildly and repeatedly. I have to say that I have never experienced such an effective way to clarify. "

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Foxtrot 50: the first time of the fox head (and the red dress), September 28, 1972 - AUDIO, VIDEO & MEMORIES

On 6 October 1972 Genesis released the album "Foxtrot". Here are some steps towards the birthday.

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On September 28, 1972, at the National Stadium in Dublin, during il Foxtrot Tour, Peter Gabriel shows up on stage wearing a fox head and a red dress for women, unbeknownst to his companions. 

The show at the National Stadium in Dublin, on September 28th, will remain in the history of Genesis because, in the finale of The musical box, Peter Gabriel shows up on stage wearing a fox head and a red dress for his wife Jill, unbeknownst to his companions. The beginning of an era of theatricality and costumes, which gave the band a hitherto unknown visibility and popularity.  

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And here is the effect taken from the concert at the Bataclan in Paris on January 10, 1973:

Here is Phil Collins' comment in his autobiography "No, I'm not dead yet", Mondadori:

"Before this there had been no indication that Peter wanted to start dressing up. How, later, he won't warn us of the flower mask he will wear for the part of Willow Farm in Supper's Ready, and not even for the triangular box that you put on your head for the next part, Apocalypse in 9/8. We also see them at the same time as the public sees them. He does not want to know how to decide in a group in these cases. (...) These are the very unconventional things that Peter Gabriel is now doing on stage with Genesis. After Dublin, Ms. Volpe reappears at every concert, always in the same spot. We get used to it early, and it's better for us: a photo of Peter in the new costume ends up straight on the cover of the «Melody Maker», and adds a zero to the Genesis engagement rate. We go from thirty-five pounds to three hundred and fifty pounds a night. "

Mike Rutherford tells in his autobiography The Living Years, Arcana:

"We had been kept completely in the dark about Pete's intentions; he knew, moreover, that if he had anticipated something we would have tried to stop him."

Remember Tony Banks in Without Borders. Life and music of Peter Gabriel di Daryl Easlea, Arcana:

"Others did something with the costumes, but we used all the space on the stage. When you went to a Genesis show you saw the veiled curtains, and then the artificial smoke, which yes now is a cliché but then it was not at all. bat wings and painted eyes. You could hear the sound of the Mellotron, practically the first stereo effect. There were no other gigs of that level in the world. The first ten minutes were incredibly powerful. I think we were among the first bands. to grasp the beauty of the fusion of music and visual effects. Partly it happened by chance and luck, partly because Peter's ability in that sense was truly unique. "

In fact, the February 9 1973, at the Rainbow Theater in London, Peter Gabriel wears a full trunk in the dressing room and wears his famous costumes and masks on stageOn the notes of mellotron di Watcher Of The Skies, Peter comes out for the first time in a black suit and bat wings on his head.  

Here's the effect (in a video from the following tour, October 1973 Live Shepperton Studios):

And then again, new twists throughout the concert. Images that will mark, for better or for worse, the band forever.

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