Genesis - Selling England by the Pound

Genesis - Selling England by the Pound
Artist: Genesis
Duration: 53:21
Release Date: November, 1973
Album: Selling England by the Pound
Styles: Album Rock, Art Rock, Prog-Rock
Genre: Pop\Rock

Genesis proved that they could rock on Foxtrot but on its follow-up Selling England by the Pound they didn't follow this route, they returned to the English eccentricity of their first records, which wasn't so much a retreat as a consolidation of powers.

For even if this eight-track album has no one song that hits as hard as "Watcher of the Skies," Genesis hasn't sacrificed the newfound immediacy of Foxtrot: they've married it to their eccentricity, finding ways to infuse it into the delicate whimsy that's been their calling card since the beginning. This, combined with many overt literary allusions -- the Tolkeinisms of the title of "The Battle of Epping Forest" only being the most apparent -- gives this album a storybook quality. 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. Genesis has never been as direct as they've been on the fanciful yet hook-driven "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" -- apart from the fluttering flutes in the fade-out, it could easily be mistaken for a glam single -- or as achingly fragile as on "More Fool Me," sung by Phil Collins. It's this delicate balance and how the album showcases the band's narrative force on a small scale as well as large that makes this their arguable high-water mark.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Dancing with the Moonlit Knight / Tony Banks / Phil Collins / Peter Gabriel / Steve Hackett / Mike RutherfordGenesis8:04
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) / Tony Banks / Phil Collins / Peter Gabriel / Steve Hackett / Mike RutherfordGenesis4:08
Firth of Fifth / Tony Banks / Phil Collins / Peter Gabriel / Steve Hackett / Mike RutherfordGenesis9:37
More Fool Me / Tony Banks / Phil Collins / Peter Gabriel / Steve Hackett / Mike RutherfordGenesis3:10
The Battle of Epping Forest / Tony Banks / Phil Collins / Peter Gabriel / Steve Hackett / Mike RutherfordGenesis11:46
After the Ordeal / Tony Banks / Phil Collins / Peter Gabriel / Steve Hackett / Mike RutherfordGenesis4:16
The Cinema Show / Tony Banks / Phil Collins / Peter Gabriel / Steve Hackett / Mike RutherfordGenesis11:06
Aisle of Plenty / Tony Banks / Phil Collins / Peter Gabriel / Steve Hackett / Mike RutherfordGenesis1:32

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