Monday, 3 June 2013

Dance on A Volcano (Genesis, 1976)

When Peter Gabriel left the band in 1975, most of the fans and the critics really thought Genesis were at en end. The opening track of "A Trick of The Tail" proved this was a big, very big mistake. From the first note to the last, "Dance on A Volcano" is a festival of creativity, energy and pure progressive rock, a brilliant jewel added to the Genesis crown, one of the best tracks they ever wrote and performed. Yes, about this performance: Phil Collins sings and plays his drums with a renewed strength and he's worth three different ones: the singer, the drummer and the leader.

...And then there were... four!

And what about Steve Hackett's guitars? They're flamboyant, just like the lava the lyrics evocate and Tony Banks - as usual - creates the musical architecture on which such a vibrant song rises like a gothic cathedral. A special mention goes to Mike Rutherford's bass lines, perhaps never so strong and varied, colourful and enthralling. It's no use to push on this introduction: I want to listen to the song once again... and see if the volcano here outside my window keeps on sleeping...