Selling England by the Pound

Genesis - Selling England by the Pound
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Based on 2 reviews
1973 Ratings: #69 / 100
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Based on 158 ratings
1973 Ratings: #6
October 12, 1973 / Release Date
LP / Format
Charisma / Label
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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.

[SJO Counter: 4]

Looks like I gotta add the Genesis albums into my “WHY THE FUCK HAVE I NOT LISTENED TO THIS SHIT” list.

I do remember listening to some other Genesis albums, but it’s been years and my memory of them has been completely washed away. So, this is perhaps a great way to dive into Genesis at long last.

This will probably be the only time I say this unironically, but "ok, this is epic!"

The instrumentation on this album is nothing to laugh at! ... 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.

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
This album has had the biggest influence on me musically in my life. There's not a single second of boredom throughout this album. I can't count how many times I've listened to it without ever getting burnt out of it. As I changed, this album has changed the way I see music and if I had never found out about this LP, I would not be the person I am today. This has opened me to prog rock, playing instruments, experimental music and indirectly opened me to a lot more genres. I daresay: this album ... read more
Lovely Lisa R. and I attended this show at the Santa Monica Civic sitting to the left of center stage in the midsection. The band came out, began to play and we both knew we were in for a legendary treat. The problem with the set was the Santa Monica/Venice surf rat crowd... Unfamiliar with the band, rowdy & drunk making for bits of discomfort & upset these were the same cats in the water you often wanted to kick the living [email protected] out of on the beach. [Takes a calming deep breath.] ... read more
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Track List

  1. Dancing with the Moonlit Knigh
  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