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Selling England By The Pound [CASSETTE]

Genesis Audio Cassette
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Product details

  • Audio Cassette (20 Oct 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Charisma
  • ASIN: B000053I8S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 678,593 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New to Genesis? Start Here! 21 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Genesis are on record as saying that they feel they have never produced a definitive album. Maybe, but 'Selling England' is as close as they get. This is their 'Dark Side of the Moon'.
All the elements of Genesis, old and new, are present on this record. Gabriel's voice and quirky, pun filled lyrics are much in evidence. It has Steve Hackett's finest hour in the magnificent solo on 'Firth of Fifth', and Tony Banks similarly shines in the awesome instrumental section of 'The Cinema Show'. Mike Rutherford's powerful rhythmn playing drives 'Cinema Show' and 'Dancing With the Moonlit Knight', and Phil Collins, whose drumming is staggering throughout, has a vocal debut on the light, romantic ballad 'More Fool Me', perhaps a sign of things to come.
This is a powerful, complex yet amazingly accessible and melodic work, lyrically loosely based on the theme of England, past and present. For me personally, Genesis hit their peak with this album, and sustained the quality for 'The Lamb', 'Trick of the Tail' and 'Wind and Wuthering' before starting to balance their art with simpler, more radio friendly ballads and anthems. One of the great rock albums of the Seventies.
Interestingly, Radiohead fans listening to this will hear quite a sizeable influence from this record - the mellotron choirs, 7/4 timing and guitar figures all crop up in 'OK Computer'!
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69 of 72 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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29 of 30 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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