On Feb. 20, 1976, Genesis released their A Trick of the Tail album in the US. It was the band’s seventh LP, and their first recording following the departure of Peter Gabriel. After a search for a new lead singer, the band realized drummer Phil Collins was the perfect front man and vocalist.
A Trick of the Tail reached #31 on the US album charts and went to #3 in the UK. Two singles from the album, “A Trick of the Tail” and Ripples,” were released, but neither song charted anywhere on the planet.
I have always loved the song “Ripples” — its melody and its lyrical metaphor of endless, exponential experiences that are fleeting. Steve Hackett’s guitar sonics are beautifully mixed with Tony Banks’ majestic keyboards.