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Selling England By The Pound Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (January 5, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J1O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
2. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
3. Firth Of Fifth
4. More Fool Me
5. The Battle Of Epping Forest
6. After The Ordeal
7. The Cinema Show
8. Aisle Of Plenty

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If one had to pare the prog-rock story down to a handful ofessential albums, this would undoubtedly be one of them. SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND was the culmination of all that Genesis had been striving for since their late-'60s inception, the refinement of the vision that developed on TRESPASS, NURSERY CRYME, and FOXTROT (somewhere in the world, there's been a second-wave prog outfit named after every one of thesealbums). The fusion of a complex classical mind with an electrified rock heart and pastoral folk spirit defined Genesis' anatomy, and never more effectively than on SELLING ENGLAND. Peter Gabriel's startlingly unpretentious tale-spinning is at its best on "The Battle of Epping Forest". Tony Banks's elegant, sophisticated keyboard work is a vital element of nearly every tune, and the electric/acoustic guitar tapestry woven by Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford is the perfect icing on the cake. Somewhat anomalous but entirely welcomeis the Gabriel-era band's catchiest, quirkiest song "I KnowWhat I Like (In Your Wardrobe)", the tale of a somewhat daft gardener. Phil Collins's lead vocal on the gorgeous acoustic ballad "More Fool Me" paints the shape of things to come.If you only buy one Genesis album, make it this one.


Often overshadowed by its immediate successor--The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway--this 1974 album features Genesis concert favorites such as the baroque "Firth of Fifth" and the epic "Cinema Show." It yields the group's first British hit, "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)." Singer Peter Gabriel's heady mixture of dark drama and cryptic commentary is tied to some of the band's most stunning arrangements: Steve Hackett's violin-like guitar melodies on "Firth of Fifth," Tony Banks's synth arpeggios on "The Battle of Epping Forest," and crisp, tight drumming throughout from Phil Collins. Collins makes his Genesis lead vocal debut on the acoustic "More Fool Me." The complex structures and poetic risks taken here may throw fans of later Genesis hits such as the cute "Abacab," but it's well worth coming along for the ride. --James Rotondi

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One of the best albums ever made, if not the best.
Omppumehuz Mehu
This album's music with Peter Gabriel with Band is a musical synergy of rock, classical, and poetry, to listen and enjoy it!
Stanley Burns
Selling England By the Pound(1973) is Peter Gabriel's best work for Genesis.
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on April 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I listened to Genesis obsessively while in graduate school and this 1973 recording was always a favorite. For me, Selling England by the Pound represents everything about progressive rock that I hold near and dear: intricate ensemble work, virtuosic musicianship, cool synthesizer sounds (ARP Pro Soloist!), and "hummable" melodies. I know the "hummable" melodies thing will raise a few eyebrows, but they are nice to have around and there is no shortage of them on this recording.

There is a mixture of long and short pieces on Selling England by the Pound, which range from quiet acoustic pieces to full-blown, over the top, prog extravaganzas. The longer pieces include Dancing with the Moonlit Knight (8'03"), Firth of Fifth (9'37"), The Battle of Epping Forest (11'44"), and The Cinema Show/Aisle of Plenty (12'41"). Sandwiched in-between the longer pieces is the poppy I Know What I Like (in 1974, it reached #21 in England), More Fool Me, which is an acoustic piece with Phil Collins on vocals, and After the Ordeal, which is a short instrumental written by guitarist Steve Hackett. Each of the longer pieces are excellent examples of their highly disciplined ensemble approach to arrangements, which include pre-composed solos and display the use of a few carefully placed chords that make the transition between sections in different keys seamless. The transitional chords and mellow 12-string acoustic guitar parts, along with smooth synthesizer and guitar tones, a full Rickenbacker bass sound from Mike Rutherford, and the ability of excellent drummer Phil Collins to make even a 5/4 seem natural impart an unhurried, warm, and intimate feel to the whole recording.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By spiral_mind on July 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Chances are any die-hard fan of 70s prog knows this album already and won't even need to read these comments. Genesis in their early years were one of the most outlandish and imaginative (not to mention musically talented) groups out there, and Selling England is arguably the finest representation of the band while Peter Gabriel was still in it. The whimsical lyrics and ten-minute songs that marked the genre are plentiful here, but not excessive; they're rooted in ear-pleasing melodies and arranged in an almost classical manner. (Check the wonderful piano intro to "Firth of Fifth" or the heartfelt guitar solo.) They also offer some shorter gems (the peaceful piano/flute-led "After the Ordeal," the simple strumming of "More Fool Me") that it wouldn't take a proghead to enjoy, and "I Know What I Like" was the group's first single to break onto the charts. I'd recommend this as the first early Genesis disc for those who are just learning of their life beyond Phil Collins. Incidentally, Phil's drumming is inventive, layered and well-executed over all their early albums. I wish he'd remember it sometimes.
Though it's a holy grail of sorts among its cult fan base, this still isn't an album for everyone; there are lots of organs and keyboards scattered around, the music ranges from simple to dauntingly complex, and the lyrics at times can seem downright silly. I'll add that it was the record of theirs most grounded and down-to-earth; where previous efforts went through historical settings to fairy tales and futuristic landscapes, this one is distinctly English all over. It's consistent from the British slang words through "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" to the fading-out of the final track in a melange of store signs, green grocers and scrambled eggs. If the album's title seems a little sarcastic..
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By JM Sjöbohm on December 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
For those people who only know Peter Gabriel for his pop song "Sledgehammer", who think Genesis and Phil Collins are pop/rock musicians only, or those who don't have respect for them for being pop/rock superstars... Genesis besides being pop rock superstars, they were Art-Progressive Rock superstars in the 70's, and such albums like Foxtrot ,Nursery Cryme and the masterpiece The lamb lies down on Broadway prove it. But by far, the best record ever made by Genesis is this one, Selling England by the pound. The reason: They sound like a band, everybody has the opportunity to show their talents. Peter Gabriel's dramatic voice and a flute as dramatic as his voice. Steve Hackett, with his over the top guitar, almost Van Halenish sound, with complex and lyrical solos. Mike Rutherford showing he is great in the rhythm section with his precise bass lines. Tony Banks with his classical influenced keyboards that give the whole atmosphere to the recording and Phil Collins as the great drummer he is, with complex rhythms and a great background and lead vocalist. Along with Close to the edge by Yes, In the court of the crimson King by King Crimson, Aqualung by Jethro Tull ,Emerson Lake & Palmer's debut album, and Pink Floyd's Dark side of the Moon, this one is one of the essential recordings for those who are interested in the British Progressive Rock era. Sure, Genesis made some of the best pop songs in the 80's, but in the 70's they made their best music, and this album is a statement of that.
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