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Released: October 6, 1972

Rating: 4.143 (average of 11 ratings)

Genre: progressive rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Watcher of the Skies
  2. Time Table
  3. Get ‘Em Out by Friday
  4. Can-Utility and the Coastliners
  5. Horizon’s
  6. Supper’s Ready
    a. Lover’s Leap
    b. The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man
    c. Ikhnaton and Itsacon and Their Band of Merry Men
    d. How Dare I Be So Beautiful?
    e. Willow Farm
    f. Apocalypse in 9/8
    g. As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs (Aching Men’s Feet)

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart --
peak on U.K. album chart 12

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Watcher of the Skies
  • Supper’s Ready


Foxtrot was Genesis’s milestone at the time.” JP This “is where Genesis began to pull all of its varied inspirations into a cohesive sound – which doesn’t necessarily mean that the album is streamlined, for this is a group that always was grandiose even when they were cohesive, or even when they rocked, which they truly do for the first time here.” STE

“Indeed, the startling thing about the opening Watcher of the Skies is that it’s the first time that Genesis attacked like a rock band, playing with a visceral power. There’s might and majesty here, and it, along with Get ‘Em Out by Friday, is the truest sign that Genesis has grown muscle without abandoning the whimsy.” STE Still, to some, “what sounded wildly innovative 35 years ago now seems endearingly goofy and all too overblown.” JP

Unquestionably, “the bombast runs thick on this album, nearly half of which is devoted to the music-hall apocalypse of” JP “the epic 22-minute closer Supper’s Ready, a nearly side-long suite that remains one of the group’s signature moments. It ebbs, flows, teases and taunts, see-sawing between coiled instrumental attacks and delicate pastoral fairy tales.” STE “They’ve rarely sounded as fantastical or odd.” STE

“If Peter Gabriel remained a rather inscrutable lyricist, his gift for imagery is abundantly, as there are passages throughout the album that are hauntingly evocative in their precious prose. But what impresses most about Foxtrot is how that precociousness is delivered with pure musical force. This is the rare art-rock album that excels at both the art and the rock, and it’s a pinnacle of the genre (and decade) because of it.” STE

Review Source(s):
  • STE Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
  • JP Jon Pareles, Blender magazine. (10/07), pp.118-9.

Related DMDB Links:

previous studio album: Nursery Cryme (1971) Genesis’ DMDB page Peter Gabriel’s DMDB page Phil Collins’ DMDB page next studio album: Selling England by the Pound (1973)

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Last updated June 3, 2011.