To recap, there were no individual studio album threads until a CAS one was started, which made me think of starting from the beginning with FGTR and going on from there. We got as far as Nursery Cryme plus a Selling England one to mark its 45th anniversary. The NC one didn't attract much interest but anyway let's see how Foxtrot gets on.
It's one of the best openings of any Genesis album. That mellotron solo - there is nothing like it that I know of. It underlines how, as I've said before, Genesis solos often showed how different their approach was - other bands seemed to do solos to fill up some time and show off a bit. Genesis ones always seemed to me to have shape and meaning, and tell a story. This one is also striking as it's right at the beginning of the track, indeed at the beginning of the album, and unaccompanied. I remember Banks saying he and Rutherford were on a rooftop in Italy looking out over a seemingly deserted town and it made them think what might go through the mind of an alien arriving on Earth and finding it deserted or abandoned. The mellotron solo seems to reflect that idea, its different shapes and textures suggest towns and landscapes. Well, to me, anyway! Even if that wasn't the actual intention. The dynamics of the rest of the song make it overall a very distinctive track, and a great showpiece for how well the two new boys were settling in. In relation to this, it's nice that Hackett got a solo piece on the album - I do like Horizons.
Another favourite of mine is Can Utility, its twists and turns and different sections show how a band could achieve those features so often associated with progressive rock, but in a tuneful way in the space of about 5 minutes. I have a real fondness for the 'far from the north...' segment, part of the opening section which I understand was brought in by Hackett and which then segues into what sounds like a classic Banks-Collins-Rutherford jam.
Time Table has never made much of an impression on me and I can't recall when I last ever listened to it - probably around 1980-ish. I don't feel I'm missing out on anything, unsurprisingly for a song that begins "A carved oak table tells a tale..." which has to be one of the most uninspiring opening lines of any song ever, and it doesn't get any better after that. I also haven't listened to Friday for decades apart from having it inflicted on me when Hackett mystifyingly chose it to open the Genesis section of one of his various Genesis Reheated shows a few years ago. On top of that of course, it was sung by Nad Sylvan.
So that's Foxtrot. Oh - and of course, it's got Supper's Ready on.
A slight diversion - on the Nursery Cryme thread I linked to a review on Julian Cope's website. Similarly here is a piece from the RAM Album Club site. I don't think they do it any more but they used to have this feature where someone reviews a well-known album they've never heard before. In this one, the writer David Quantick comments on Foxtrot. I found this quite funny but it will probably annoy some - http://ramalbumclub.com/post/1…eek-62-foxtrot-by-genesis