2. Mad man moon (Genesis)

The progressive rock incarnation of Genesis (image credit) - roughly until the departure of Steve Hackett - is my favourite band of all time - and they had some good songs in later years as well. Picking the one outstanding Genesis song is not easy, as three would qualify for my top10 songs of all time: Carpet crawlers, Firth of Fifth and this one from the 1976 classic album A trick of the tail. This was the first album after the departure of charismatic front man Peter Gabriel, and proved to be one of Genesis' best ever progressive rock records, a clear choice in my all-time album top ten (albeit behind Selling England by the pound). The absolute highlight is the Tony Banks gem Mad man moon. The instrumental parts are gorgeous, right from the intimate flute play at the start. And Phil Collins shows what a fine voice he has for symphonic rock, delivering great lines like "forever caught in desert lands one has to learn to disbelieve the sea" with great panache.

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: Firth of Fifth, Carpet crawlers, Dancing with the moonlit knight, Cinema show/Aisle of plenty, The lamia, Entangled, Supper's ready, Ripples, A trick of the tail.


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