Selling England by the Pound

Genesis - Selling England by the Pound
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1973 Ratings: #96 / 146
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1973 Ratings: #22
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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.


70s Prog Rock time!

I've heard some of the more popular songs by Genesis and also their album "Trespass", which I thought was decent, but kinda mild. And Selling England by the Pound is definitely a huge improvement that I overall really enjoy.

I mean the album kicks off with an absolutely STUNNING song and the band's best song I've heard easily, "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight", with absolutely fantastic guitars, vocals, and production. The song feels so full and ... read more


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Released on September 28th, 1973, Selling England by the Pound is the fifth album by the English progressive rock band Genesis. The album was recorded after the touring of their previous album, Foxtrot. The band had set some time aside to write new material for their new album, which covered several themes, which included the loss of English folk culture and an increased American ... read more


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


Their best album in my opinion
While the first half is the strongest the entire album is great
For me "Firth of Fifth" is the best this album has to offer with on of the best guitar solos ever and a stellar instrumental all around


Prog-rock but extra British. The shorter tracks I thought were alright, but the longer songs were super entertaining. This thing has instrumentation that holds up compared to that of other celebrated prog-rock albums with an edge to it with cultural lyricism and unique vocals that are often played around with to keep me on my toes.


But- I thought they used the Metric System?!

Shouldn't it be Kilograms??!?!?!??

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Added on: August 23, 2013