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Label:
  Virgin
Serial:
  3850462 (PAL), 3859642 (NTSC) (2 discs)
Title:
  Genesis: A Trick of the Tail
Description:
  "A Trick of the Tail"

Genesis
Track listing:
  1. Dance On A Volcano
2. Entangled
3. Squonk
4. Mad Man Moon
5. Robbery, Assault And Battery
6. Ripples
7. A Trick Of The Tail
8. Los Endos
Genre:
  Pop/Rock
Content:
  Stereo/Multichannel
Media:
  Hybrid
Recording type:
 
Recording info:
 
Note:
  SA-CD + DVD

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Reviews: 3

Review by Electrical Radio June 3, 2008 (9 of 11 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:    
After hearing this disc on 3 different systems-- a car stereo CD player, my computer with Harmon/Kardon speakers, and my H/K living room set with a Sony SACD player-- I'm ready to put a few words to "paper" (or LCD screen). The main question being will this CD startle listeners with some sonic revelation, will it offend long-time fans by changing a page of their beloved musical history, or is it just no big deal?

I'm not sure what I was looking for, really. The sound on my original Trick LP was impressive and the CDs were as good, plus they were a bit quieter. But I was up for a little audio adventure and I know that Nick Davis, who did the earlier RM based on the stereo master tapes that David Hentschel mixed in 1975, was able to go back to the original multitrack master (the 2" wide studio tape that has 24 separate tracks for guitar, vocal, bass, drums, etc.). By getting closer to that source tape, which was the first place the original sound hit after coming from the mixing desk at Trident studio back in 1975, maybe we could get more of that musical magic.

The dynamics on the famous jump from Steve Hackett's opening guitar notes to the point where Mike tramps his foot on the bass pedal is pleasantly startling. All the vocals have more presence (midrange clarity), but I don't hear any harshness that wasn't in previous versions. If anything, Phil's vocals are a bit warmer.

Although Nick Davis follows the earlier mix pretty closely overall, I think this new clarity allowed him to lower Phil's voice in the mix a tad. You can really hear Steve's strumming on "Squonk" and Mike's bass sounds bolder as well. It's quite possible that David had to limit the bass levels due to anticipated difficulty reproducing them on an LP.

The quieter songs sound the most different to me. "Mad Man Moon" was a lovely journey through desert sands in older days. Now it almost rocks in parts, with bits from Steve and Tony brought up in the mix.

The multi-channel version has some pleasures of its own. Phil plays a snare in "Moon" that seems to come from a hillside somewhere far behind the listener. Hey, that fits right in with the spirit of the song! The surround sound gives Trick an enveloping sound without being gimicky. In fact, Nick removed the odd effect David Hentschell put into the last song, "Los Endos." The music doesn't contract into mono and then explode back to stereo, so you might not be too happy if that was a favorite moment of yours.

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Review by PLS July 24, 2007 (5 of 9 found this review helpful)
Sonics:  
The first Genesis post Peter Gabriel work!Like Wind and Wuthering the sound is sweet detailed with good soundstage, but the tonal balance wont get in favor of this edition compared to the olders cd editions! Attention to the volume knob is a must at the sa-cd layer, it have good sound but it tends to be bright, but is damn sweet and well integrated, just restrain the volume, theres plenty of bass!

Just buy it if you like the music and if you have the money!

Regards

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Review by Eyolf December 11, 2011 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
Very very good both sound and music. Full of sparkle and life, great bottom and weight and great clarity. All the Genesis sacds have much improved sound. Highly recomended.

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