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Selling England By The Pound

Genesis Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Aug 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Charisma
  • ASIN: B000024E9M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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BBC Review

Following the critical success of Foxtrot, and having the live reputation to secure them gigs aplenty in medium-sized venues, the one thing Genesis lacked was a really successful album to put them up amongst their peers like Yes, and King Crimson. It was time to up their game once more.

Strangely they did this by backtracking. Their work had always contained a pastoral yearning and a sense of wanting to return to past times. Undoubtedly their adherence to this surreal form of nostalgia sprang from their public school backgrounds at Charterhouse, but following Foxtrot's rather obtuse statements about the end of the world, it was a sense of loss for the old order that informed Selling!Hence its title.

The album's opening track 'Dancing With The Moonlit Knight' gives the perfect snapshot of what Genesis were about at this point. Its folk roots gradually morph into Elgar-esque, jazz rock grandeur as the band finally captured their true sound on vinyl. It still retains the creepy sense of Edwardian ghosts in there too.

By this point Collins' jazz-rock drumming was transforming their set pieces into much sprightlier offerings such as the second part to 'Cinema Show' where Gabriel's love of T S Eliot also comes to the fore. It's all much cleverer, and still manages not to be too overbearing, despite the use of words like 'undynal' in ''Firth Of Fifth'' (the puns still kept coming). It also allowed Gabriel to don even more outrageous stage garb. Hackett's work on the latter is awesome, his sound now fully his own; a really rare feat in rock. Even Gabriel's flute now sounded polished. Only 'The Battle Of Epping Forest' seemed out of place, with its comedy values at odds with its violent subject matter.

Banks here plays far more piano and synthesizers were now getting a look in as on the aforementioned 'Cinema Show'. To cap it all, single ''I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)'', with its narrative about small town eccentrics, finally cracked the singles chart for the band. It seemed that the world now finally ready for Genesis. --Chris Jones

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genesis' absolute peak 2 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is the very peak of Genesis' output. Gabriel's lyrics, the instrumental arrangements, the incredibly clever song structures, the great melodies, all combine to create something utterly moving and magic. The whole mood of this album is quite unlike anything else - a mixture of mythical, medieval and modern; bombast and humour, but above all, beauty.

This is the album on which Tony Banks creates his most magical keyboard soundscapes (but not forgetting to add plenty of fresh, exciting piano), Hackett gets the biggest chance to shine that he ever would on a Genesis album, and Gabriel writes some of his funniest, cleverest and most interesting lyrics, delivering them as only he can. There are some of the most emotionally devastating instrumental moments here on any Genesis album - any album FULL STOP, in fact - for example; Hackett's gut-wrenching guitar solo in 'Firth of Fifth', and Banks' extended keyboard solo at the end of 'The Cinema Show', where his keys create a swirling mass of colourful sound that envelops the listener and seems to come straight from the heart. And amongst all this, Gabriel draws you in with his commentaries on the degeneration of modern England, as well as transporting the listener back to the mythological England that never was.

Nowhere is this more apparent than on the opening track, 'Dancing with the Moonlit Knight', a song with so many twists and turns that you're left gasping for breath at the end, or at least you would be if there were not a two-minute outro of soothing, plucked acoustic guitars and textural sounds from the keyboards and flute.

Next we have 'I Know what I Like (In your Wardrobe)', with another winner of a lyric from Peter and a stomping beat, giving the band its first minor chart success.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine! 18 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
It was bad enough when the band lost Gabriel, but when they lost Hacket as well, it was clear that both the heart and the soul had left the band. Collins is/was all well and good as a showman (and, lest we forget, a fantastic percussionist) but he couldn't give to the band what those guys did.

Here is the evidence.

The Gabriel and Hackett combination on Dancing With the Moonlit Knight should life anyone off their feet - and Firth of Fifth should knock them off them again. I've been playing this album since I was a teenager - I'm in my forties now and it still makes me feel like weeping with joy on every listen. If you've never heard it, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album in the world..............ever ! 25 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've been into Genesis since I was in my twenties, and now, in my fifties, I'm still as big a fan as ever. This album, for me, is Genesis at their absolute peak. A towering album, as powerful today as ever. The music lifts me as high now as it did all those years ago. The Lamb comes close, but Selling England is a timeless classic - if you haven't heard it, you're lucky, because you have so much to look forward to - BRILLIANT.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer days and a rippling whimsy... 9 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this as a young man in a car driving through central France in the summer of 1979 and it evokes the fondest memories. Beautifully articulate, eccentric and quite, quite different to anyone else aspiring to the so-called (and much maligned genre) "prog-rock". No blues influence at all, hard edges curiously softened - arguably a delicate, feminine quality - and utterly English. I spent many hours learning Firth of Fifth's piano introduction (much to my tutor's irritation! She did seem to appreciate its demanding quality once I'd mastered it). I still find it hard to recognise any clearly definable musical influence on these guys from Nursery Cryme to Wind and Wuthering. Music which defined itself with no recourse to fashion or pandering to popular tastes; I guess that's why it still sounds brilliantly inventive after all these years
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grows On You Unstoppably! 8 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
For me, this is the defining album of the early Genesis years, although perhaps an acquired taste, it has grown on me over the years and has never lost its magic.

From the first moment of Peter Gabriel's stand-alone voice singing "Can you tell me where my country lies? ... " there is a stamp of something bold and different in what is to come in the following songs. The rest of the opening track contains some moments of pure genius and a flowing energy that takes you right into the album.

It is the atmosphere that runs through the whole 50 minutes or so, evoking images of medieval England with an almost mythological air in both the lyrics and the instruments.

Another quality to this album is its diversity, from a classical opening to Fifth of Firth on the piano by Tony Banks to the catchy "In your wardrobe" track, which if I recall correctly from a documentary I saw, was the first taste of single success that Genesis had, getting into the top 20.

Overall, although this may not be to everybody's taste, it is a must for any Genesis fan, and worth a listen for anyone else! If it catches your imagination, then it will last you for years of relistening.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic, not to be missed 17 Nov 2007
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
All of the first five Genesis albums have a magical quality to them, they all have their own unique personality, and of course, top quality progressive music.
Selling England' is perhaps one of the greatest prog albums ever recorded, and certainly one of the most loved. From the absolutely epic vocal intro of 'Dancing with the Moonlight Knight,' until the full circle ending of 'Aisles of Plenty,' you are enraptured by some great storytelling, and some astounding music.
Selling England contains one of the coolest Genesis songs ever written: 'After the Ordeal,' a short instrumental of ridiculous quality. It also features some of Genesis's most loved material like the keyboard classic 'Cinema Show,' and the long and crazy 'Battle of Epping Forest.'
As far as prog albums go, you'd be hard pressed to find a more popular one, and there's a reason for that; its marvelous! Buy Now!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but...
Excellent, but... It's exactly the same as the mix which appears on the SACD/DVD version in the 1970-1975 box set. If you own the box set then don't bother buying this. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Jon Endtwistle
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Blu-ray audio release
Album speaks for itself but in 5.1 Blu-ray audio, sound is superb - much better than stereo vinyl through my system. Read more
Published 1 month ago by humberman
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
No nonsense about content; if you are thinking of buying a Pure Audio version of an album that has been around for decades then you don't need to learn about content. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keith Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars I know what I like and its not The Prattle of Epping Forest!
Sorry for the negative headline as this is a great album overall,but 'I Know What I Like' has to be the worst single ever from a prog rock band, and 'The Battle of Epping Forest'... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zomby Woof
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
This album is one I have been after for ages for a present for my husband who loves it he said it was best present
Published 1 month ago by julie lamb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album Sounding Even Greater.
One of Genesis's best albums. Have this on vinyl but i don't bother with cd's any-more. So missed out on the SACD ect box sets. This is a great way to hear this album remastered. Read more
Published 1 month ago by peter haydon
5.0 out of 5 stars Genesis Sells England to create a 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 2 months ago by The Guardian
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Audio / Pure Genius
This is more a review of the new Bluray edition of this album rather than the band. You just have to read the multitude of reviews here to see just how good they are / were. Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Its sounds in surround better than the original cd
When this came first out I was about 14 years of age and I played the LP once in a week. For me this is the best Genesis album ever. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ludo Lauwereyssens
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Genesis album
One of the best Genesis album. Will recommend the album Foxtrot This two albums is the best albums from Genesis.
Published 2 months ago by Rolf Dagfinn Olsen
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