Selling England by the Pound

Selling England by the Pound

by GenesisGenesis

CD(Remastered)

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2009
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 5099926570129
catalogNumber: 2657012
Rank: 38291

Tracks

  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,Background Vocals
Peter Gabriel   Flute,Percussion,Oboe,Vocals
Steve Hackett   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tony Banks   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Mike Rutherford   Bass,Guitar,Sitar,12-string Guitar,Electric Sitar

Technical Credits

Phil Collins   Composer
Peter Gabriel   Composer
Genesis   Producer,Audio Production
Steve Hackett   Composer
Tony Banks   Composer
John Burns   Producer,Audio Production
Rhett Davies   Engineer
Mike Rutherford   Composer
Betty Swanwick   Paintings

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