Genesis ‎– A Trick Of The Tail

Charisma ‎– CDS 4001
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Dance On A Volcano
Written-By – Rutherford*, Collins*, Hackett*, Banks*
A2 Entangled
Written-By – Hackett*, Banks*
A3 Squonk
Written-By – Ruherford*, Banks*
A4 Mad Man Moon
Written-By – Banks*
B1 Robbery, Assault And Battery
Written-By – Collins*, Banks*
B2 Ripples
Written-By – Rutherford*, Banks*
B3 A Trick Of The Tail
Written-By – Banks*
B4 Los Endos
Written-By – Rutherford*, Collins*, Hackett*, Banks*

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Recorded at Trident Studios, London Oct/Nov 1975
℗ 1976 Charisma Records
UK First Issue.
Textured outer sleeve
Comes with a picture inner sleeve.
First press sleeves have the Soho Square address for Charisma:
Marketed by Charisma Records Ltd, 37 Soho Square, London, W1.
Manufactured and distributed by Phonogram Ltd, Phonodisc Ltd, Chadwell Heath, Essex.
This issue has a different publisher to other issue with the same number.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label matrix): †CDS 4001-A†
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label matrix): †CDS 4001-B†
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 side A run-out): A///3 1 CDS 4001 A\3
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 side B run-out): CDS4001 B//3 T 1 5 22
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 side A run-out): CDS 4001 A//1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 side B run-out): CDS 4001 * B//1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 side A run-out): CDS 4001 A//1 T 3 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 side B run-out): CDS 4001 B//1 T 2 1

Other Versions (5 of 200) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
6369 974 Genesis A Trick Of The Tail(LP, Album, RE) Charisma 6369 974 Uruguay 1976 Sell This Version
70319 Genesis A Trick Of The Tail(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Charisma 70319 France 1985 Sell This Version
6369 974 Genesis A Trick Of The Tail(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) Charisma 6369 974 Netherlands 1975 Sell This Version
6369 974 A Genesis A Trick Of The Tail(LP, Album, Tex) Charisma 6369 974 A Italy 1976 Sell This Version
32VD-1032, 25V-1101B Genesis A Trick Of The Tail(CD, Album, RE, Smplr) Charisma, Virgin 32VD-1032, 25V-1101B Japan 1986 Sell This Version


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September 14, 2018
A serviceable album of classic era prog rock from one of the genre's most prominent bands. "Dance On A Volcano" is a superb opener. "Ripples" is the real standout here though. A masterpiece! It's not the band's best but never stopped me from listening to it 100 times!


August 14, 2018

Just for Mad Man Moon and Entangled, they're beautiful. Very close to selling England by the pound in terms of quality and emotion.


December 30, 2017
Does anyone know the exact release date of this album?


August 15, 2017
I have a copy with matrix numbers CDS 4001 A//1 and CDS 4001*B//1 yet the label states "All tracks Fuse Music Ltd" not "All tracks Copyright Control". Also, the gatefold states the 70 Old Compton Street address, not the Soho Square one. So, is mine a first press?


May 14, 2017
I have a copy of Trick of the Tail with 2 tracks that are not as printed on the label or cover. Side A-1 On Broadway and Side B-4 Carpet Crawlers. Atco label. Can anyone tell me about this. Thanks


January 15, 2017
edited about 1 year ago

Had Peter Gabriel not left Genesis, I sincerely doubt that they would have become the super group they evolved into, as Gabriel would not have ventured down the same streets, knocking on every door, offering up something for everyone, as Phil Collins seemed destined to do.

What Peter Gabriel saw fit to walk away from was a studio littered with complete, nearly complete, and brilliant snippets that merely needed to be fleshed out, and of course now those who remained needed to find the right voice to breathe life into this material in order to master one of the greatest bodies of work Genesis ever laid down … leaving me to wonder what Gabriel would have done at this stage. Though with that in mind, the music gathered together for this outing seemed to benefit from a voice that was a bit more timid, a bit unsteady, and laced with warmer tones, presented in a manner where the vocals [or narration] didn’t guide the songs, but rather the instrumentation did. Nearly all of the tracks were radio friendly [back when there was actual radio], and all of the songs were presented with a uniqueness that sincerely redefined the band, almost drawing a line of demarcation between what had been, and what they became, where it was easy to scratch your head and wonder if there had been merely two bands going by the name of Genesis.

One of the most charming aspects to this album is how different each song is from every other, and even more so, how flawlessly each track plays off of and morphs in an undefined manner with the others, bespeaking of the brilliant instrumentation that heretofore seemed less idealistically important, where an enchanting fable filled with characters and animals with human characteristics weave magic spells, etching a place into everyone’s heart. Trick Of The Tail is a one off, Genesis would never again achieve anything as stunning as this bit of wanderlust. And of course, all of this happened because Genesis was able to marry those early experimental concepts with pop hooks and a creativity that was breezy and essentially created for a contextual simplicity that comes off as clean clear and full of life.

The Fun Facts: Nearly 400 vocalists auditioned for the spot left vacant by Peter Gabriel.

A Squonk is a mythological American creature, who hunters claim evades capture by dissolving completely into a pool of tears and bubbles when cornered. Mr. J.P. Wanting of Pennsylvania was rumored to have coaxed one into a sack, though on the way home, the bag lightened, and when he peered inside there was nothing. The legend also goes on to imply that the creature’s skin was ill-fitting, and covered with blemishes that made it ashamed of its appearance, spending nearly all of its time in hiding and weeping. Moonlighted nights are best for the Squonk to hunt, though it fears going out, afraid that it will somehow catch a glimpse of itself.

“Mad Man Moon” - People have theorized for thousands of years that the Moon has all kinds of impacts on us, saying that it affects fertility, crime rates, dog attacks, and increases blood loss during surgery. “It must be a full Moon,” they say, or “Full moon tomorrow night! All the crazies will be out!” Historians suspect it’s possible that the brightness of a full moon disturbed people’s sleep schedules, meaning that the full Moon was a high time for people to be active at night, favoring work, travel, or even crime by the light of the full moon.

Review by Jenell Kesler


November 27, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
Please help me find my release. The code is 6369 974 on Charisma. The label states the year 1975 and there are only 3 releases of this year, none of which match the label. There is no 'Made in...', the only clue is inside the gatefold sleeve on which it says: Manufactured by Charisma Records Ltd,37 Soho Sq., London W1, Manufactured & distributed by Phonogram Ltd..'. So it seems to be UK. Or have I actually found a new release?! Thanks for your help. P.S. I'm new here


April 9, 2016
I have an original US issue Atco SD 36-129 from 1976. It has 2 side two labels, yellow Atco labels, no side one label. Is this a super rare misprint? I've been scouring the internet trying to find any info and haven't seen anything mentioned about this. Any help is appreciated, please message me if you know anything about this.