by Genesis


Foxtrot is the fourth studio album by the English progressive rock band Genesis, released on 6 October 1972 on Charisma Records. It features their longest recorded song, the 23-minute track “Supper’s Ready”. The album was recorded following the tour in support of their previous album, Nursery Cryme (1971), which saw them gain popularity, including a well-received slot at the Great Western Express Festival, Lincolnshire in May 1972. The album was written over the summer of 1972 and combined songs that had already been performed live with new material worked out in jam sessions. Recording began in August with John Anthony, but sessions were prone to tension and disagreements. After a short Italian tour, sessions resumed with Dave Hitchcock taking over production duties. The cover was the final Genesis work to be designed by Paul Whitehead, featuring a fox wearing a red dress. Frontman Peter Gabriel wore the dress and a fox’s head on stage for the following tour, which gathered press attention and greatly improved the group’s profile. Foxtrot was the first Genesis album to chart in the UK, reaching No. 12, and received largely positive reviews. It went to number one in Italy, their first album reaching number one globally. A non-album single “Happy the Man” was released at the same time. The album has continued to attract critical praise and was reissued with a new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mix as part of their 2008 Genesis 1970–1975 box set.


  1. Watcher Of The Skies (7:23)
  2. Time Table (4:46)
  3. Get ‘Em Out By Friday (8:37)
  4. Can-Utility And The Coastliners (5:45)
  5. Horizons (1:41)
  6. Supper’s Ready (22:52)

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Format Vinyl LP Album (Gatefold)
Label Charisma
Catalog Number CAS 1058
Notes First UK press. Gatefold textured sleeve. Red coloured text on spine. Red Charisma inner. ** Large mad hatter label. Track durations are not given on this release. Label: “Manufactured and Distributed by B&C Records Ltd”. Sleeve: “Marketed by B&C Records Ltd., 37 Soho Square, London, W1.” and “Printed & made by the E.J. Day Group, London & Bedford” **Direct quote from ‘The B&C Discography 1968 to 1975’:- “Original issue (“A-1U” and “B-1U” matrix copies) in textured sleeve included either a plain white inner sleeve or the “Charisma puts a little colour in your cheeks” advertising inner (the advertising inner sleeve was most likely not included with the very first batch)”
Discogs URL Genesis - Foxtrot