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Selling England By The Pound

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B003UJ3CVC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liquid Len and his Smashed Bottle Men 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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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive rock - done right. 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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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Genesis Masterpiece 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
One of the best rock albums in the seventies! also one's of best genesis's album together with the lamb lies dawn on brodway.
Published 1 month ago by Humberto Pereira
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
I used to hear this classic in my vynil from 40 years ago which i have upto these days. A masterpiece
Published 1 month ago by Paulo Tarnapolsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Selling England By The Pound - Genisis at their peak!
Great sound quality. To hear Phil Collins on the drums at his peak is awesome! A sound like no other - hope others check this CD out. It will not disappoint.
Published 1 month ago by Steve Gessel
4.0 out of 5 stars The first side is brilliant. The second side... isn't
What's there to say about this album? It's maybe the most highly rated of Genesis' albums (by the hardcore prog fans, of course - the general public loves Invisible Touch best as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by coppertin
5.0 out of 5 stars A High Water Mark
This was the first Genesis album I ever heard and I bought one for myself as soon as I could scrape together the pennies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Genesis
No Genesis collection is complete without this album, at least if you are a fan of Genesis when Peter Gabriel was the front man. Read more
Published 3 months ago by unnecessaryandnotimportant
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius.
One of the best bands of all time. The talent of these musicians is beyond anything that has been presented to the music lovers of this day and age since the Classic composers of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John R. Scalzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance the Knight Away
"Can you tell me where my country lies?"

My older brother used to listen to this album constantly. Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Lion
5.0 out of 5 stars Genesis Sells England to create a 70s classic
For me, `Selling England' has always been the best of Gabriel-era Genesis and remains so. `The Lamb' has great musical moments but unfortunately exemplifies the conceptual excess... Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Guardian
5.0 out of 5 stars The Height of Progressive Rock
It's simple. Out of all music in progressive rock, it doesn't get much better than this album. Dancing With the Moonlight Knight, Firth of Fifth, The Battle of Epping Forest and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nathan Brown
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