Selling England by the Pound

Genesis - Selling England by the Pound
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Based on 2 reviews
1973 Ratings: #89 / 132
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1973 Ratings: #27
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It plays as a collection of short stories, fables, and fairy tales, and it is also a rock record, which naturally makes it quite extraordinary as a collection, but also as a set of individual songs.


There isn't a whole lot that I can say about 'Selling England by the Pound' except that the way Genesis blend this sound of British medieval pastiche with modern and electric instrumentation is incredibly well executed and quite marvellous for its 53 minutes, what this band set out to do sonically makes this one of the most unique prog albums I've heard in a while and to say the least it's an impressive record. As a whole it isn't one of my favourite prog albums ever and it does have some minor ... read more



OOF! If you give me an album that is entertaining front to back, and never has a dull moment, AND the music holds you hostage EVERY SECOND until you finish the record.... That's a recipe for a masterpiece right there.

My only gripe would be that some songs, especially toward the end don't hold up to the quality of the first half. I'd say those first few songs are UNREAL.

Not to say it falls off completely. I'm just saying that the record could have polished their later songs to be ... read more


Number 4:

This album sounds like a weird 70s musically about the story of a knight…which is pretty much exactly what it is. A competent Quest for Camelot. The first track is most definitely the strongest with a constantly building melody with more instruments, and everything after that just feels, less. I don’t know, I guess I can only handle this medieval style music for so long. There’s a reason the Lute went out of fashion. But that first song, amazing.


The first 4 tracks on this thing do a great job of subverting expectations and constantly hitting you with ideas that feel fresh but also make sense. The riffs are great and their influences are clearly on display without feeling derivative of those influences. However, after track 4 the album loses me. The switch-ups don't feel as exciting, the sections lack any sort of smooth transitions, and the songs in general just feel like a chore to get through. This is definitely a unique and creative ... read more


Here it is. Without any shred of doubt, my favorite album of all time.

This was the first album I ever heard from Genesis, I was hot off of listening to the likes of King Crimson and Pink Floyd and was looking for something different. Progressive rock was really the only genre I was listening to at this time (and really still do only listen to) so after a bit of searching, I quickly found Genesis. I wasn't aware that they were a completely different kind of band for their first couple of ... read more


This is more magic. This is the goated band. how can you have this much good stuff that's THIS good.

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Track List

  1. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
  2. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
  3. Firth of Fifth
  4. More Fool Me (Vocals Phil)
  5. The Battle of Epping Forest
  6. After the Ordeal
  7. The Cinema Show
  8. Aisle of Plenty
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Added on: August 23, 2013