Selling England by the Pound

Selling England by the Pound

by Genesis Genesis
Selling England by the Pound

Selling England by the Pound

by Genesis Genesis


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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. [Selling England was re-released on CD in 2014.]

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2014
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0603497896011
catalogNumber: 516781
Rank: 4590


  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

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Genesis   Primary Artist
Phil Collins   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Peter Gabriel   Flute,Percussion,Oboe,Vocals,Group Member
Steve Hackett   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String),Group Member
Tony Banks   Keyboards,12-string Guitar,Group Member
Mike Rutherford   Group Member
Michael Rutherford   Bass,12-string Guitar,Electric Sitar

Technical Credits

Genesis   Arranger,Composer,Producer
John Burns   Producer
Betty Swanwick   Cover Painting
Chris Peyton   Sleeve Adaptation

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