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Selling England By The Pound

Genesis

1973

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Selling England By The Pound

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3.18

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Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, and a slew of Hall-of-Fame-worthy musicians in the prog band that launched them all to stardom produced a singularly weird and schizophrenic record even for prog. From track one, this thing is a wandering mess. Maybe that's why I found myself mostly ignoring it. The lack of a consistent through-line within a single song made my brain just sort of shut off.

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I have a real soft spot for this kind of wanky 70s prog. It's overblown, nerdy and insists upon itself but somehow rather than hate it I absolutely love it. Could listen to this style all day in the background at work (and have many times). Actually, I'll probably spend the rest of the day listening to prog. 5/5.

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5

This is a tough one for me. Not the rating - that's a five, easy. It's tough because I'm trying to listen to this the same way I'm listening to the other 1001 albums, even though I'm a huge fan and I've listened to this album easily 100 times. But, when I think back to my original impressions, I found early Genesis difficult to get into, unlike other early prog bands like King Crimson and Yes. There always seemed to be something a little "off" about early Genesis. They'd mix a surprisingly hard edge with songs that referred to things like "unifauns" and "lily fair." Or, some of the sounds are dated: Hackett's guitar often sounds muffled to me and some of the synth sounds are dated. But their music is the proverbial onion...peel it back and you find layer upon layer (it doesn't make me cry, but there are moments like the middle of Steve Hackett's solo in Firth of Fifth that always give me chills. Their album Foxtrot is not in the 1001 albums or I'd be saying the same about the end of Supper's Ready. Heck, I'd be writing a book about Supper's Ready). What's more is this music is many times better live than recorded. I've seen latter day Genesis play the instrumental parts of Firth of Fifth and Cinema Show. I've seen Steve Hackett and his band play many of these songs. Both are amazing. For a more "historic" version, go see the cover band "The Musical Box" who play an amazing version of the early band that even the band members acknowledge is authentic. So, my listen of this album is colored by my knowledge of just how good it CAN sound. The fact is: this music is amazing. Firth of Fifth is a rock symphony with one of my favorite melodic guitar solos of all time. Dancing with the Moonlit Knight starts with Peter Gabriel a capella and turns into a musical tour de force around 2:25 (listen for Steve Hackett's tapping solo, something he was doing years before Eddie Van Halen made it famous). Listen to Phil Collins' drumming throughout the album - while most people know him from the 80s (with most thinking of the gated reverb fill from In the Air Tonight), this album showcases why he was one of the most in demand session drummers of the 70s and 80s. The man is doing 50 things at once and if you've ever seen video of him playing, you know he looks relaxed as can be. Mike Rutherford lays down backing guitars and excellent driving bass lines throughout much of the album. And then there's Tony Banks, the man who later sticks to "happy chords" and "sad chords" droning over simple hit songs. Listen to his keyboard playing on this album and other early Genesis albums. His solo at the end of The Cinema Show mixes the best of melody and speed and shows he belongs in the conversation of "who is the best prog keyboardist?" Other great examples - everything he plays on Firth of Fifth, the keyboards in Supper's Ready and Watcher of the Skies (sorry, annoyed that Foxtrot isn't in the 1001). For me, the main weak spot on this album is The Battle of Epping Forest. Even after all those listens it still doesn't do much for me, plus it's too long (I don't have a problem with long songs...again, I wish I could write about Supper's Ready!). Bottom line, this is an outstanding band at its best. After one more album, they lose Peter Gabriel. Two more albums after that, they lose Steve Hackett. Then the band starts to become the Genesis most people know. Don't get me wrong - I like that Genesis also. But this Genesis was a prog giant. To those listening to this for the first time, keep listening and unpeel this onion. It's worth it.

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if Peter Gabriel read the Canterbury Tales and T.S. Eliot over and over? Prog Rock. Prog rock happens. Why do I love prog rock so much? Is it how it feels cinematic? Like there's a camera panning around an open vista in your mind. Is it the wizards? The offbeat references and inscrutable lyrics? All I know is that this is gorgeous. Plus you can never go wrong with Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins (whose drumming is legend tier and essential to this album's flow) and Mike "and the mechanics" Rutherford. These guys are no damn joke. It's not often a supergroup exists before any of its members become famous. I might just need to listen to more genesis.

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I knew that Genesis had changed their style throughout the years but I didn't realize how much they were prog rock early on. Gabriel's lyrics are strange (they always are) but refreshing - they force you to listen and think. The musical arrangements are at times sweet and serene and then other times heavy and pulsating (maybe too electro piano/synth heavy). I enjoyed Dancing with the Moonlit Knight but I didn't get the popularity of Firth of Fifth - it's a fine song and I enjoyed the piano and flute work, beyond that I wasn't all that fired up. Of the long songs, I liked the Battle of Epping Forest a lot more (weird and wonderful). And I loved the Cinema Show - just a unique, magical 10+ minute musical journey. More Fool Me isn't bad but feels like it belongs on a different album (start of it blends nicely into Firth of Fifth then lyrics and music go a slightly different direction). It doesn't have the same seamless fit as After the Ordeal and Aisle of Plenty, and I realize the former wasn't wanted on the album at first. I think that says something about the former (it is beautiful). Prog rock isn't my scene but this album is quite good. I wonder what it was like listening to it on a good acid trip.

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So here's the thing... After about 2 minutes of the opening track, I was convinced this would be a 1. It was so annoying and pompous and self-important, and this did continue throughout the album. But, despite Peter Gabriel doing my head in for the full hour, everything else was admittedly pretty damn good. The drums were interesting, there's lot going on instrumentally and dynamically, and the songs move through various interesting and versatile sections. I feel anything below a 2 or lower would be unfair on that side of things, but to be honest, the lyrics and posturing annoyed me enough that this 3 feels generous in some respect. Still, props to the rest of the band for pulling it out of the bag - there is some genuinely great stuff here. It's just a shame it's so oversaturated

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First off the opener at around 1:20 is definitely a "lo-fi hip-hop chill beats to study and relax to" break down so that got me pretty hype. Second off, I'm not really a big prog rock fan so it was kind of downhill from there. I would not say this album was a total wash though because some of those synth sounds are so sick and I very much love big retro synth sound. I think my problem with this album's particular style of prog rock is that the songs get so epic and huge so quickly and then we've still got like 10 minutes to go of these sweeping guitar licks and I just get listener fatigue real quick, which made me start losing interest in the fantasy whimsy of the lyrics. Not for me, but Phil Collins rules.

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Utter shit

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Self-indulgent shite

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I hated almost every second, all the medieval rubbish especially. A complete mess

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5

Incredible music, sometimes weird, often haunting... And the lyrics tell a really interesting tale. The whole album has an experimental feel, which often appeals to me. Easy five-star rating.

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5

This was very odd, but I loved it. Only really familiar with the poppy "We Can't Dance" or "Invisible Touch" type Genesis. I was definitely not prepared for a psychedelic romp through the English countryside. It was a well-appreciated detour!

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5

Great prog rock album with some folky/medival sounding melodies

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5

What musicianship! This is prog rock and a level of sophistication I haven’t heard yet, while incorporating sounds far ahead of their time. Great album!

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5

There are a lot of progressive rock fans that hail the Lamb as the high point of the early era of Genesis but I think this album is. I love side one so much that for years I never gave side 2 a proper listen. This was dumb on my part. Side 2 has Cinema Show which might be the best song on the album after Firth of Fifth. Battle of Epping forest is a funny song about 2 rival gangs with some great lyrical wordplay. After the Ordeal is a beautiful instrumental written by Steve Hackett (which both bank Tony Banks and Peter Gabriel didn't want on the album). It was the first time Hackett played a nylon string guitar on a Genesis album and it strongly hints at the sound and style that his future solo albums would have. Aisle of Plenty closes side two and repeats the melody of the album's opening track. A great way to close a great album.

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Really enjoyed this one - interesting to see early prog prog which I don't often listen to. Clearly see the influence on more modern prog I do like. Blending track by track of old medieval sounds, with synthesizers of the 70s made for real interesting sound. I specifically found myself finding this album sounding a lot like the risk of rain soundtrack at times. Interesting to learn about the americanization of england themes, but did not follow lyrics as closely as music.

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That 70s English prog rock sound. As I observed in classic Rush from prior reviews, there's a fundamental silliness about some of it, but it's not boring, and set in a lush ass sonic landscape.

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5

Awesome! Identified potential new portal song

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5

Amazing prog album. Definitely deserves a listen for all.

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5

phil collins and peter gabriel... hm

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5

Surprisingly awesome

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5

Un album magnifique, évidemment! Plein de samples de bon rap aussi.

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5

Un de mes albums prefere au monde. Ecoute un cinquantiane de fois 5*

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5

Genoten van deze! Ik wist niet wat te verwachten, maar de niet alledaagse melodieën konden me wel bekoren!

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5

Métomelo por el culo. I believe in Peter Gabriel supremacy

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5

Great prog masterpiece!

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5

Phil Collins steals the show with his drumming and writing/singing the best song on the album. Gabriel's stuff isn't bad either!

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5

Fun, elated, driven by their success with Foxtrot.

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5

Holy prog.

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5

Genesis - always cool!

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5

Epic. Love this album. Firth of fifth is simply a phenomenal track.

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5

Rating: 9,3/10 What is this immediate awesomeness? "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight" evolves into something akin to Rush. This whole album is just so good! The prog-rock and Rush-like elements are amazing. "Firth Of Fifth" is an amazing track, but so are all the other songs! "The Battle Of Epping Forest" is a long epic melodic treat, filled with shifting time signatures, awesome synth sounds and great drumming!

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5

Genesis har betytt så mycket för mig sen tonåren, så jag ser såklart det här albumet genom en rosig lins, men i mina ögon är det här kanske fortfarande världens bästa platta. Vilken jävla RESA det är, från den trevande öppningen av Dancing with the Moonlit Knight till det bombastiska avslutet på The Cinema Show, via Firth of Fifth och The Battle of Epping Forest. Det enda jag önskar är att jag inte kunde albumet not för not redan utan fick uppleva det som nytt igen. Skulle dela ut 6 stjärnor om jag kunde.

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5

Ett av världens bästa progg-album, känns nästan som de uppfinner något ny blandgenre? Har många olika inslag, det tillsammans med den lite lätt humoristiska lyriken, insprängda runk-solon och en rätt lättsmält längd, gör det till ett väldigt roligt album att plöja i en sittning. Släpptes 1973 men känns så himla i framkant, måste ha varit extremt banbrytande för sin tid. Produktionen är extremt jämn och utstrålar professionalitet men lämnar heller inga riktiga 'nuggets' som hade jammat rätt bra med den 'levnadsglada' musiken. Allt annat än en femma är tjänstefel men det kittlar inte i pungen som det gör för vissa andra tidlösa klassiker? Inte samma Eurekaupplevelse som när jag lyssnade på The Wall, ett annat album jag varvar hundratals gånger? Men däremot faller allt på plats utan den minsta glipa eller opolerad skavank. Skulle nog säga 4.8, upprundat till en femma. Don't get me wrong, ÄLSKAR SKITEN

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5

lyssnade igenom första gången för typ ett år sen och kom ihåg att man blev ganska trött och paff och oj första gången man lyssnade. men nu! nu! Epping forest är wohooo och moonlit knight ojojoj. Lite dippar i kortlåtarna ibland och är inte heeeelt övertygad av cinema show, MEN

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5

Classic/10

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5

9/10 great prog, would love to hear more Genesis

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5

Bien vu.

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5

God I wish I still did drugs

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5

A different side of Genesis that I wasn’t aware of, but I liked it a lot!

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5

This is my personal favorite Genesis album. The whole first side is spectacular, especially Firth of Fifth. The second side is mostly story songs that are intricate in their execution and interesting in their story lines.

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5

Fenomenalny album. Na pewno często wrócę. Bogactwo melodii i przenikanie się gatunków, przyjemna warstwa liryczna, zdecydowanie magnum opus Genesis. Takie ciekawe rzeczy pod względem muzycznym tam się działy, że aż ciężko było się skupić na czymkolwiek innym niż słuchanie. Każdy tam dał popis swoich najlepszych umiejętności. Pierwszy i trzeci utwór zdecydowane topki z albumu, do których z chęcią wrócę. Na minus przedłużone niektóre kawałki, moim zdaniem na siłę. Niemniej jednak wydaje mi się, że nie mógłbym temu krążkowi dać czwórki i spać spokojnie.

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5

Genialny muzycznie album. W każdym z utworów Phil Collins zaskakuje swoim kunsztem perkusyjnym, niemniej każdy z muzyków na przestrzeni całego albumu ma kilkukrotnie okazję zabłysnąć i pokazać swoje umiejętności. Niezwykle trudne do zagrania utwory, które dodatkowo poza klasycznym trio rockowym wplatają syntezatory, intrumenty dęte, gitarę 12 strunową czy pianino, dodatkowo solówki skomponowane typowo pod każdy z instrumentów, które przewijają się przez całość utworu. To wszystko, oraz muzyczna opowieść w niecodziennie długich utworach trwających nawet 10 minut sprawia, że album odciąga od innych czynności i angażuje w aktywne słuchanie. Mocno wpleciona lirycznie kultura anglosaska podkreśla pochodzenie albumu, które można także usłyszeć w warstwie muzycznej, szczególnie instrumentów dętych.

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5

This album is a masterpiece! Prog with folk/medieval melodies. Favorite tracks: * Dancing With The Moonlit Knight * I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) * The Battle Of Epping Forest

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5

Nick Green would be happy.... Liking it so far. Firth of Forth is great. Also More Fool Me. Yeah, ok, I loved this. Genesis is one of those bands I'm always surprised to discover I love, but....this ruled.

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5

Still their best album overall, still listen to it regularly. The worst song is the one with Phil Collins singing, a sign of what was to come. There's a live version of Cinema Show on Youtube from 1976 with Bill Bruford doing the twin drummer thing that's amazing if you haven't seen it. Shame they didn't bring this last tour out here. One of the few bands I've never seen. Haven't seen PG ever either.

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5

This is a 'love-it or Hate-it' scenario. I can see a whole army of 1* reviewers massing on the border....... I used to love 'Phil Collins Genesis' and thought 'Peter Gabriel Genesis' dull but actually listening to this now it's like the Heavens have opened and the sun is shining down. It's marvellous. I'm in Prog-Paradise. The musicianship is amazing and the meandering bits no longer irritate me. Maybe it's an age thing? Our army of 5* defenders will repel the enemy!

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5

A true classic from one of my favourite bands. Didn't listen to it today to be fair, but listened through most of it last week and know pretty much the whole thing off by heart, so I can still give a fair review. This album plays off somewhat as a concept album, with common musical themes popping up in several places and an inescapable English vibe. The three main highlights to look out for are "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight", "The Cinema Show" and "Firth of Fifth". Genesis was in a purple patch in terms of instrumentation and creativity at this point, and it shines through in places like the breathtaking guitar solo on FoF, or Cinema Show's colossal organ solo. Scattered between are everything from love ballads to the prog-folk rock behemoth "The Battle of Epping Forest". Even if this album doesn't strike you at first, appreciate the scope of the sound they are creating and you'll see the beauty behind it.

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4

Hey, this was actually quite nice! Thought I would find it dull, but I really enjoyed the melodic lines for most of the songs.

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4

Nice

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4

Was a great little listen, odd in places due to the drug taking is imagine

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4

bisschen Mittelalter Style aber trotzdem nice und da ich ja gerade eh nur im homeschooling chille auch gut zum Arbeiten

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4

One of my favourite albums, without a hit song. So much creativity, without being just totally wierd.

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4

Instrumentals were great however the lyrics lost me on a few songs. I think it would have been better on drugs

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4

The kind of album you would smoke up to or play on a trip. Good stuff

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4

Loved every minute, what a journey. So close to a five it's not funny

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4

theatrical, great guitar. fun album

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4

Wow. I didn’t realise how Rush-like Genesis really was. Very Jethro Tull influenced. I dug it.

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4

Excellent album. I like early Genesis - Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is one of my all-time top 10 albums - but I haven't listened to this one a lot. Adding it to my regular playlist. 4 stars.

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4

Genesis is Phil Collins' band. This is their fifth album. Its seen as a classic progrock album now, although it had mixed reviews when it was released. Several really long, but cool songs.

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4

How they sing is much different than I expected. And the guitar has a filter I've never heard before, and they included an organ in a few of the songs.

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4

Story teller album, I felt it was realxing musing

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4

ive already listened to this but it was prett good i need to listen again LOL

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4

A proper classic! First 3 songs are incredible, but the album is sort of let down by the subsequent songs.

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4

I can get down with some British prog, but it sometimes looks rather quaint next to German kosmische. Genesis have never been a favourite of mine, and from memory I would have said 3/5. Happy to revisit it, and I enjoyed it more than expected. (The 2014 half-speed remastered vinyl sounds amazing btw.) Some of the tracks seem to think they are more stupendous than they are, confirming all the things people say about prog's pretentiousness. However, 90% of this record sounds great. I love the mixture of folk and classical influences (albeit superficial?) into rock. I even like most of the silly whimsical lyrics. 4/5

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4

I've always enjoyed this one, but I need to sit down and give it the attention it deserves. Not an album to be listened to in the background while doing other things.

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4

Good

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4

Know it well. Love classic Genesis.

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4

Great first half.

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4

Solid album

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4

Liked the beginning more than the end. This was fun

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4

Some parts were corny. Some parts went hard. Other parts went hard because they were so corny

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4

Really enjoyed this album - such an interesting fusion of various genres, ranging from rock to folk to more experimental sounds.

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4.5

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4

Quite progressive, always kept interesting

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I think this is the first Genesis album I've properly listened to - not sure if this is a good entry point into their back catalogue, but yeah, enjoyed it! Prog with the folkiness dialed up, and without going too twee. Fave track - "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight", perhaps, or "The Battle of Epping Forest". I definitely think more listens will be rewarded...

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4

Weight for it

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4

Silly but some brilliant stuff on here. Drumming is as good as I’ve heard during the album club.

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Hierbei hätte ich fast einen schweren Fehler gemacht, hab die Platte nur bis zum 3. Song geschafft und fand sie langweilig und hatte danach zu viel um die Ohren, daher diese Nachbeurteilung mehr als 1 Monat später: ab The Battle of Epping Forest wird sie richtig, richtig geil.

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4

Another predictable choice for this list--SEBTP is the most direct, least eccentric, and least complex release of Genesis' classic period that started with Nursery Cryme and ended with The Lamb Lies On Broadway. Either Nursery Cryme or Foxtrot would have been better choices (The Lamb Lies On Broadway is in fact on the list). Which is not really a knock on SEBTP--it's still a very good album. Genesis' mastery of extended song forms is still evident if not as obvious as on the other albums. Even at their strangest, the members of Genesis seem incapable of penning a melody that isn't hummable, and one flows into the next with an enviable inevitability. Considering the amount of whimsy and sophistication here, the music rocks really hard in places, quite the accomplishment. Then there is the sound, which is incredibly expansive--credit goes to all the musicians, but the MVP here is clearly Tony Banks, with his--ahem--banks of keyboards, including piano, organ, a Mellotron, and an ARP Pro Soloist synthesizer. Banks is one of the unsung master synth programmers of the 70s. His synths never sound cheap or thin. And the arrangements from the band are intricate and emotive. As usual, Peter Gabriel sings his heart out--he's one of the all-time great angsty singers. And I haven't even gotten into the lyrics, which are unusually literate, thoughtful and witty. Still, although Dancing With The Moonlit Knight probably comes close, there aren't any indisputable knockouts like Watcher of the Skies from Foxtrot or Seven Stories from Nursery Cryme.

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It's no secret that I love Gabriel era Genesis. While this album contains a lot of my favorite of their tunes, Battle of Epping Forest is a disaster and The Cinema Show deteriorates halfway through into a 5 minute grating keyboard solo. So, it's far from perfect, but this album was really important to me and helped frame how I think about music.

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4

I like Genesis. A lot. But they have never had an album for me that is solid throughout. Here, the last song kinda leaves a bad taste in my mouth. A lot of the songs I heard the live “Seconds Out” version before. So they always hold up, except “Firth of Fifth.” What a masterpiece. “Cinema Show:” the studio version can’t compare to hearing Collins and Bruford going all out. So yeah, this is a good one, but not a GREAT one.

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4

you know what prog and rap have in common their àbums are TOO LONG. still this one has a special place in my heart. Genesis and me in high school were going steady for s while. This album is among ny favorites of this period. 4 ⭐️

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Vabbè, penso sia inutile che dica che stavo aspettando questo gruppo al varco. Era nella mia top 10 del varco. L'ultima volta che ho sentito i Genesis sarà stato a 14/15 anni nella mia fase progressive rock e non mi avevano convinto. Devo dire che oggi, un po' a malincuore pure, sono rimasto abbastanza stupito. Questo disco, rispetto per dire ad Aqualung che è praticamente contemporaneo, suona veramente su un altro livello. I musicisti, pluriacclamati, sono bravi davvero e non solo per fama e la composizione c'ha un livello di raffinatezza che comunque è notevole, su delle cose ha un sound che ho trovato stranamente affine e moderno, a tratti ho pensato "ma sto sentendo un disco di adesso?". I pezzi sono vari e ben caratterizzati. La pecca, che per me non lo fa arrivare al 5, è forse una questione di gusto personale, che il prog rock per quanto lo puoi fare un po' punk e del popolo comunque suona sempre un po' pretenziosetto. In questo disco i Genesis riescono a minimizzarne gli effetti, però si sente uguale. Per me è 4 pieno, sicuramente richiederà qualche altro ascolto.

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4

Really liked this one. Particularly when they were going all traditional English folk style. Some lovely tinkely instruments throughout

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4

Never really listened to Genesis outside of the hits until my uncle passed last year. This was one of his favorite albums. I think I appreciate a lot of prog rock more than I like it, but there’s some cool shit going on here. Phil Collins is a monster drummer.

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4

Signature Genesis sound without any that made me go 'oooooh'

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4

This is really stunningly well-done album, just beautiful. I mean really, can you imagine anyone today pulling off something this marvelous? The musical prowess of Genesis is undeniable here, and I absolutely love Peter Gabriel’s vocals. Elegant, poetic lyrics, that will come off as opaque or too clever by half to a lot of listeners – including me at times! If you have to go to Genius to figure out what the heck a song is talking about, you lose a bit of its impact. The album has some truly lovely, moving arrangements, with everyone playing at top form. It’s also a nice reminder that Phil Collins is a remarkable drummer, better than he ever was as a singer. This album was a real pleasure to listen to, but a little goes a long way here. It’s also a little self-indulgent, which I have limited patience for. Not quite a 5, but a solid 4. Fave Songs: I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe), Aisle of Plenty, The Cinema Show, Firth of Fifth

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4

I was surprised to have liked it as much as I did.

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4

Rebosa creativitat i mostra la banda en un estat de forma increïble. Es pot escoltar tantes vegades com dies té l'any, i cada una d'elles provocarà una experiència diferent a l'anterior. Per arribar a ser perfecta, li manca un toc més melòdic, però molt a prop hi queda

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4

I don't think I've heard much Peter Gabriel era Genesis so far, but I digged it. It sounds like it may have influenced quite a few of the later prog metal and rock bands I'm into. Pretty highbrow prog rock, very artful, Perhaps a bit too much for its own good though. Could definitely be more accessible with less intentional dissonance.

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4

Always loved early Gabriel solo stuff as I came of age. stopped listening. nice to hear with Phil and the other dudes.

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4

I don't really love that old folk rock sound, but Peter Gabriel's voice is amazing.

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4

Wasn't a fan of the first 2 songs on the album. But then thought "Firth of Fifth" and "More Fool Me" were brilliant, then after that a mixed bag, but still enjoyable overall.

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4

Young man says you are What you eat eat well old man Says you’re what you wear 7/10

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4

Solid 3, beautiful melodies and lyricism, so tempted for a 4, fuck it 4, too good

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Plenty of over complication as is the want of this style from the period. Never took to Genesis in either format, despite having a great singer, drummer and guitar player. Wasn't taken with the album when I heard it about the time it came out. That has not changed. However it is a good piece of work. The three elements I picked out are prominent here and provide the better moments. The guitar fills are wonderful. It is maybe too clever but somewhat dull.

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4 stars

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qui aurait cru que Phil Collins avait fait ça avant la BO de Tarzan

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Je ne mets pas 5 par respect pour Paul McCartney

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Some great songs like "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" and "Firth of Fifth" (god damn, that guitar solo is so good). "The Battle Of Epping Forest" is whatever. I liked the synthesizer sounds but the lyrics are just kind of too wacky for me and it's too long for what it is. Nothing against long songs, Supper's Ready is one of my favorite songs of all time. Speaking of Supper's Ready, it's sad that there's no Foxtrot on this list.

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Progressive rock. Experimental/adventurous. Sometimes a little funky/psychedelic. Nice percussion. Mellow. Good to read or work to. Would listen to again.

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On pourrait me reprocher de ne pas appliquer mes reviews en ce moment, mais rendez vous à l'évidence: c'est toujorus mieux que mon camarade d'écoute robpoirière qui présente actuellement à son actif une dizaine d'albums de retard. Un comportement scandaleux, que je ne manque de rapeller à Robert chaque matin. Ce dernier n'a pas encore décidé de la moindre sanction à l'égard de rob, mais je vous tiendrais au courant de l'avancée de ce dossier.

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Prima 4.

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Even though most of the songs clock in over 7 minutes, it's easy to listen to and get lost in the song. I laughed a few times out loud about the lyrics in "II Know What I Like" and felt like "Cinema Show" could be a song that came out yesterday. The arrangements build in such a way that makes would could be a jam, something more.

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Fajny albumik, dość mocno wychodzący poza stereotypowe brzmienie klasycznego starego rocka przez wplatanie elektronicznych dźwięków przez co muzyka się nie nudzi, ale przez to cierpi wokal, który nie nadąża różnorodnością instrumentów i dźwięków. Ciekawie się słucha albumu jako całej historii, ale poszczególne kawałki się nieraz dłużą. Liryka i wokal 3.5/5 reszta 5/5.

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Większości nie znałam, ale giga fajne

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mmm, Genesis :3 Definitely a worthwhile album. Epic in a sense (?), full of unexpected sound fusions, which made my jaw drop at times. Love the vocals, love the drums (as if I expected anything else from Phil Collins). Sounded surprisingly fresh for a nearly 50 year old album - I would say that's a solid sign of an evergreen. A well-deserved spot on 1001 list. Will happily come back to this album in the future. Highlight: The Battle of Epping Forest

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Dobry kawał rocka progresywnego. Nie wszystkie rzeczy się udały, a sam album nie miał żadnego utworu, który wywoływałby we mnie jakieś szczególne emocje, ale na pochwałę zasługuje Peter Gabriel ze swoim wokalem (Collins w utworze "More fool me" niestety nie dowiózł) oraz duża rozpiętość instrumentala (która przeważanie tworzyła dość spójną całość)

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Good for listening to while reading Lord of the Rings

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I am not really familiar with early Genesis… and don’t know that I have heard any of these songs before. I enjoyed the prog-rock sound and rambly songs for the most part, although even after reading the lyrics I am often left scratching my head as to what these are about. The music is great in that 70s prog-rock way. As I listened to “The Cinema Show’s” very, very extended instrumental section I was wishing I was listening to this on a record player back in 70s. Enjoyed this strange little journey…

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Never bad, occasionally great, often meandering in that prog rock noodly, Hobbitty way. Interesting to see this incarnation of Genesis that I'm not familiar with beyond a song or two, particularly hearing how Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins' voices blend. Very pretty!

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Well, when I saw the band was Genesis, I was not expecting what I heard. I am not at all familiar with early Genesis, quite apparently. I struggled at times and was interested at others. Definitely never fell in love with it and I am really on the line between 3 and 4. Because I enjoyed the vocals of Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel, I landed at 4.

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Like it! Full of classical elements!

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Go off kings

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eitthvað þarna

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Pour moi, Genesis avec Peter Gabriel au chant et Phil Collins à la batterie est la meilleure époque. Les albums Nursery Crime, Foxtrot et ce dernier sont à écouter. J’aime beaucoup la puissance qu’apporte les bass pedal à la fin de Firth of fifth. Pièces préférées: I Know What I Like (In your wardrobe), Firth of Fifth

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I quite enjoyed this. The long song suites work well, sounding magical and whimsical one minute before rocking out the next. Peter Gabriel had a great voice back then. It's a very theatrical album with a heady mix of organic sounds like flute and piano and various synthesizers, typical of 1973.

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This album came up as my recommendation and I said to myself, "Great!" This version of Genesis is a solid line-up with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, and Phil Collins. I like Peter Gabriel, and I like a lot of what Genesis has done. A few years ago I listened to every single Genesis album to try and figure out how they went from their prog-rock beginnings to pop music superstars. I've heard "Selling England" by the pound at least a couple of times, and several of the tracks more than that. You could take any track from this album and get a good idea of what Genesis has to offer at this point in time. I had two tracks that I wasn't sure if they were a full 4 stars, but the rest of the tracks were easily a 4. The album works well as a single whole. This album is not my favorite Genesis album, but it is a favorite and worth a listen.

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ovo su najbritanski nazivi pjesama koje sam vidio na jednom albumu, ali stvarno dobrih stvari ima. sjećam se da sam taj album nekad davno preslušao, ali ne tak detaljno, i znam da mi je odma bio dobar, pa evo revizit karta. dakle poput pink floyda me podsjećaju - zašto? više tako što baš zvuči što bi slušo da sam u njihom kraju i da je sunčano, onako rana jesen, ujutro, sunce izlazi ili proljeće i ovo se sluša, ovce na ispaši, ptice cvrkuću, ja ispod krošnje sjedim na klupčici i uživam.

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Pas mal pour du Genesis Prefs: Dancing with the Moonlit King, I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe), Firth of Fifth, After the Ordeal, The Cinema Show Moins pref: More Fool Me

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Have not listened to this in full for a very long time. Brought back a lot of memories.

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Really enjoyed this! I always assumed that Genesis made more poppy stuff like Phil Collins' solo work, but this is whole hog prog. Lots of long, cinematic rock stuff on here, pretty wacky to hear Phil singing in this space and style. I was legitimately floored when I heard "Firth of Fifth" because there's a flute portion that ScHoolboy Q sampled on "Gangsta in Designer." The obscurity of some hip hop samples just blows my mind. Long story short, this was a very cool album, and even though I didn't save too many tracks to return to, I think it's great. Favorite tracks: Dancing with the Moonlit Knight, Firth of Fifth, Aisle of Plenty. Album art: I like the art, though the muted pastel palette isn't my favorite. I'm not sure what's going on with these garden people but I like it. 4/5

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I'm only really familiar with Phil Collins-led Genesis (mom likes "A Trick of the Tail"). It's amazing to see they started as an extremely proggy-Rush-ish band and went into 80s pop later. It's not bad, just a little pretentious and not for me that much. Favorite tracks: "Dancing With the Moonlit Knight", "The Battle of Epping Forest"

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Liked it more than I thought I would, really interesting album. It’s easy to forget that genesis started off doing art rock like this, I honestly prefer way more than the direction Phil Collins took them later on

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It was fine. It got a little esoteric toward the middle. It sounded like Pink Floyd mixed with Steely Dan

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weird album, the songs are long and different so there are good parts but its hard to give each song an identity of sorts

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Strange album

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3.75

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Good tunes. Rocking steadily

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Yawn

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Proggy. Not my usual cup of tea, but highly enjoyable. Makes me want to listen again and check out more of their albums.

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a daring album by genesis. I liked it. Maybe a little too uppity for a rock album.

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Much better than expected

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Early genesis...should be good.

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A hard listen for new ears. Some nice motifs in songs and definitely worth a listen. Just not my thing, yet.

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Started strong but got a little too experimental and meandering in the end. 3.

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some of the songs didnt need to be that long but the guitar solos were good

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Brought back memories. Berlin. Phil Collins lead vocals on More Fool Me. Enjoyable but not critical to revisit.

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Fav song on album - The Battle of Epping Forest

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particolare.. alcune poco ascoltabili

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grew on me not bad

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Cool prog rock from the early 70s. Reminiscent of Rush. Phil Colins' performance on this album is unlike any of his solo works.

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Rock imitando a trovadores medievales.

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Sorpresa total. No coneixia aquest disc i m'ha semblat molt interessant. Dens i recarregat, necessitarà d'unes quantes escoltes més per poder fer-ne un veredicte just. Però la primera ha estat impactant i m'ha provocat una molt bona impressió. I no m'ho esperava. No sé per què tenia els Genesis com un grup poc interessant, però veig que al menys l'època Peter Gabriel mereix ser explorada.

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5

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I'm not sure why, but I expected to hate this. I actually quite enjoyed it, but wouldn't listen again.

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very long tracks. starts weak but ends strong. average, would relisten

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The first track was a hoot. I mean..... it's almost a parody of the worst excesses of 70s prog. Something Bill Bailey would come up with. Great musicianship though. the joke wore thin by the end.....and it wasn't meant to be a joke in the first place. But I enjoyed it anyway

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a bit too odd and quirky

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I have never listened to early Genesis. I did not expect this. Still there were some rocking bit in between the more surreal ones.

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Very trippy

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Musically sound, very intricate. You forget just how talented this group is. Not my favorite Genesis album, but definitely one most prog-rock Genesis fans would love.

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Really enjoyed this one!

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Not my genesis album i guess

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2.5 afgerond naar 3

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Had a much more rock sound than I expected. Quite few songs are nice but some are too long and get tiresome.

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Uma cheiração de peido do caraio.

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Old rock, muy calmado y con algunos solos que sorprenden. El tipo de rock que escuchas en un viaje muy largo.

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If they took out all of the needless arpeggios this album would only be 30 minutes long and much better. Still, the parts that are good are really good and I found myself leaving this one on in the background for most of the day.

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Really liked the started, but got a bit lost by the end. Still a decent listen

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More fool me is a great song After the ordeal is a nice instrumental Songs are each too long, not nearly as good as his solo music

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Ehhh it's like King Crimson without the interesting riffs

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I knew none of these. I could hear elements of War of the Worlds and The Divine Comedy. Didn’t sound like it was from 1973!

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1. That guitar riff has it, and those vocals. Damn, going to enjoy this. 3. Firth of Fifth - that guitar solo is hot! Fuck, going to look into that. That's filthy, I love it! The rest isn't hitting as hard. Probably a 3 for me. Maybe 4 simply because they're more experienced instrument playing wise and lyrics. Peter Gabriel is great but being an 80s baby, always prefer Phil Collins singing for Genesis.

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Ok album. Genesis was better on the 80s when Phil Collins did more of the leg work. This album felt like he was underutilized and they focused more on the instrumentals. 5.9/10

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I liked it but not every song really suited me

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Unsurprisingly I have mixed feelings about this album, as it is anything but homogeneous. Firth Of Fifth is interesting. What are those time signatures? Wikipedia says 13/16, 15/16 and 2/4! Super cool! But the complexity brings with it a certain allovertheplaceness. It's a classical-feeling glam-sounding concept-y album with neat art and an ironic title. At the risk of sounding like every other album reviewer in the world, I must say I keep hearing bits of Pink Floyd here and there. It's almost freakishly similar to ELP's Pictures at an Exhibition in aura. Things I like: the complexity, the ambition, the wordplay in Aisle of Plenty, I don’t think it takes itself that seriously, some of the instrumentals (especially The Cinema Show), it got me interested enough to read more about it on Wikipedia, you could listen to it many times and still find interesting things you hadn’t noticed because it’s very varying in style, it doesn’t repeat itself, has everything Germ Free Adolescents lacks. Things I dislike: has a bit too much of everything Germ Free Adolescents lacks, it’s a bit all over the place, the vocals are kind of jarring in my ears and sound a bit like football supporters, feels like they’re doing this just for their own fun as a sport, none of the songs really got to me, slightly show-off-y at times. Strong 3.44 stars.

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Sehr stabiles Rock album

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cant believe bojo is in genesis! selling england and that!

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Solid 3/5. This one will only get better.

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It’s fun!!!!!!

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Typisch dat Peter gabriel op dezelfde manier zingt als phil collins.

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Ik ben een sucker voor prog. Dit stemde mij positief.

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Recognised one song and like it, but not won over by the rest of the prog-ness. Not awful, might try again. Difficult to get past Flight of the Conchords send-up (Lord of the rings song).

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Some moments of brilliance, but overall just too proggy for me.

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I love me some 70s prog. This album has some high highs and some low lows. Not my favorite Genesis album but when it hits it hits hard

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Io sono cresciuto ascoltando un sacco di progressive. Ma i Genesis sono uno di quei gruppi con cui non ho mai legato. Soprattutto quelli con Phil Collins alla voce (quindi non in questo caso). Avendoli dovuti ascoltare, devo dire che, pur non avendo cambiato idea, ho riconosciuto un'immensa bravura. Alcune cose mi sono anche piaciute, ma non abbastanza da dargli un voto alto.

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just doesn't stand out as much as it thinks it does. 3.4

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So. Very. Proggy. One day isn't really enough to get my head around this, there's so much to unpack. On paper it could easily be terrible but I think I actually quite like it. It's ambitious and cinematic and quirky, and there are sections of music I really got into for a moment... before the album took yet another left-turn into a 4 minute instrumental bridge or folk interlude. Also, shout-out to Philip Collins for the best drumming performance on the list so far.

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I like prog but never really got into Genesis. This didn't swing it for me. Good playing but the song writing was average. On the plus side it makes punk make so much more sense.

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Very progressive.

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This is a pretty decent album with a fantastic first half and an enjoyable but patchy second half. I loved Firth of Fifth before listening to this and like I Know What You Like, even if the latter remains more as a recurring presence and joke in Top Gear. I also enjoyed More Fool Me a fair bit and Isle of Plenty a fair bit as nice side closers. Although I quite enjoy long songs, some on this were just not interesting for me. Epping Forest was a bit too long and was waiting for The Cinema Show to be over as it was one too many. It's good but not my favourite Prog Rock album.

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Fine album. Nothing special. 3 stars.

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Genesis is an interesting case for me. There are loads of songs that I really enjoy, both from the Gabriel and the Collins eras, and I pretty much grew up with their music. I admire their musicianship, and I think they're an extremely important band in music history, especially for prog rock. Even so, they've always been more of a pick and mix and a Best Of band for me. I rarely have what it takes to listen to an album in its entirety. Maybe especially with their earlier material. Even so, this is solid 70's Genesis.

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det var ett bra album.

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Second Listen. I am a fan of Genesis, but this has been an album I hadn't heard much of until this list. I knew a few of the songs before listening. This is one of those albums that will take a while to really get into. A very strong 3/5 for now.

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Twas only ok

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Solid album that lands somewhere between Pink Floyd and Rush

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Good, early Genesis, although I prefer the later incarnation of the group. Some good songs on this disc.

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very long songs

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Classic rock. Good gems.

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Very reminiscent of early Split Enz - it outstays it welcome but has some pleasant moments.

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No really for me

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This is definitely something. I appreciate it, it's very interesting and I could imaging it growing on you.

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Some decent prog upon first listen, will give another go certainly

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It's a strange one. I enjoy listening to this record, as a piece of music - stellar musicianship and some great stuff going on. As for my personal enjoyment - I can't see myself saying "Cor I really fancy listening to Selling England by the Pound", there's a lot going on, it's very erratic, it's not easily digestible. There are a couple of songs I don't really care for as well.

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Not my thing, but can't say it's bad. Awesome instrumental, actually. Liked After The Ordeal the most.

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Doesn't sound anything like Phil Collins after he left Genesis. Wasn't but, just not what I was expecting.

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Moments ot brilliance. Gotta love Peter G. 3 1/2 / 5

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Rock progresivo.

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Good not my favorite genesis album

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it was okayish

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A progressive rock classic. Long incredible solos. Genesis took the fusion of folk and psychedelia to the extreme. (6/10) FT: Firth of Fifth

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Much of this washed over me, but in a very pleasant way. There are some wonderful standouts such as 'I Know What I Like' and 'Firth of Fifth', the latter especially containing some wonderful textures. Listen closely and there's often something interesting happening - problem is, I wasn't compelled to zoom in enough

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I want to be into Genesis because there's so much of it and there are so many people who revere them. There's some really good songwriting here, I think. And the Battle of Epping Forest was so 1973 that I couldn't help liking it. But there's nothing here I'd put on a playlist.

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Médium

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Wasn't wild about this. I much prefer their later work.

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Un album très sympa de la part de Genesis même si j'ai été très perturbé par l'attitude de Phil Collins qui ne cesse de se plaindre tout au long du projet. On entend en effet dès les premières notes celui-ci grommeler en fond « putain c'est moi qui devrais être en train de chanter j'en ai marre de la batterie... » Il ne décolère pas sur le morceau suivant : « il chante comme une casserole ce connard en plus » peut-on entendre derrière les cymbales. Le dernier morceau se conclut sur une véritable bagarre déclenchée par un « mais il va me laisser chanter, bordel ?! » capté par les oreilles du chanteur. Quel dommage...

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At first i was like "oh no..." at its worst, lyrically it feels like bad showtunes but musically some of this fucking rips.

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The production is incredible. The execution is incredible. I realllllllly wanted to dig tf out of this but maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood. I’ll definitely come back to this, but it’s a bit much, which is why I haven’t listened to it multiple times already. I will come back 100% focused. For right now, the songs just didn’t hit as hard as I’d like them to.

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i didn’t love it, didn’t hate it. it had the potential to be a 4 but some of the songs just dragged out. i also wasn't a fan of a few of the tracks, those definitely brought down the album. i feel like it wasn’t very outstanding. maybe i’ll revisit it, but i don’t feel a strong urge to

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3.3 - Sometimes unlistenable, often downright joyful. It sounds like a rock opera about forest elves who have developed advanced technology. The synthesizer sonics are lame, except around 8:00 on “The Cinema Show.” Genesis ejaculates signature changes and they wank through epically meandering chord structures. There are some laughably bad stretches of ungainly noodling, stepping up and down from one key to another. All that makes for some ghastly melody lines. The lyrics and subject matter, so much as I’ve been listening for them (which I mostly haven’t cared to), seem utterly preposterous. And, unfortunately this is another British album that features Monty Python sounding skits, which seems to be a regrettable trend among Brits of this era. BUT, this album does reward at some stretches. There’s an amazing guitar solo around 5:30 on “Fifth of Fifth.” The vocals are excellent. Peter Gabriel sounds incredible on “More Fool Me.” Glad I gave this a listen.

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So....I don't really like prog rock. There are definitely good things about the genre, but a lot of it, for me, feels like forgettable stretches broken up by the occasional bit of good music. There wasn't anything I specifically disliked about this album, but it was also hard to get too invested in it because of how slowly developing it is. Also, Jesus Christ this album just keeps going, doesn't it? Like, I'm 37 minutes in and there is still one hell of a lot of album left. 3/5

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A colleague just noted today an article discussing the shortening of attention spans in the modern era. I must be a victim. I had a hard time with this one fading away into the background during its long long passages. I also had a hard time imagining that this was the same band that produced "Invisible Touch." It's not going to be my favorite, but it was fun to hear the Genesis of Genesis.

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3.5/5

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just not for me lol - i made it halfway through.

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I hadn't really listened to much of Gabriel-led Genesis, (which is odd as a I have a soft spot for 80's Peter Gabriel). First time listening to the whole album, quite enjoyed the prog-rock, best experienced inside a wardrobe.

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Rating: 6/10

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Very interesting, I liked

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Interesting. Have I heard Genesis before? Not that I can recall. Had some very cool sounds and parts I really enjoyed, but also got quite rambly. Some of the songs were just too long. Still, I enjoyed it. Probably would have liked it more if I were actually listening instead of working, but alas. Time is precious.

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Not sure what it is about some of these classic British rock albums where it seems the band was strung out on drugs when they made it. I like a lot of why Genesis did but this was tough and a little all over the place.

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This album is weird to me, because it sounds so much like something I would like, but none of the songs really hit for me. I think whoever the lyricist is just don't quite work for me. Always misses by a hair. That said, most of the instrumentals are very good, and the drumming is incredible

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A pleasant listen

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Because the world needed more navel-gazing about England. Best track: I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)

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The preferable era of Genesis.

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I've discovered a liking for prog-rock through this list, but this listen was tough. I've always had trouble getting into early Genesis, maybe its Peter Gabriel's falsetto or the weird hippy-dippy Jethro Tull-like flute music. I do get early Genesis' influence on music and would give this a second listen at some point, but don't see a heavy rotation from this one in my future. 3/5.

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more like selling england by the £9 becasue of inflation

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Groovy.

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I love Peter Gabriel, I love Phil Collins, and I really like Genesis, but this album doesn't quite make my like list. It felt like it was pulled right out of mideval times and that's not to say it's bad. Just that none of these songs caught my attention or made me want to listen again.

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I prefer 80's Genesis

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Seems like average prog noodling. Fine as a soundtrack, but if you want to do the noodling thing at least commit to a silly concept or 20-plus-minute opus. Otherwise you end up with a pop record for people who claim not to like pop. To be fair, this is much looser than your typical pop project. Whether that's good or bad is up to the listener.

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Did not enjoy, Very long songs and silly voices.

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I do not vibe with prog rock. A lot of it blended together and didn’t really keep my interest. There were some parts that were decent but I couldn’t name them specifically. I’m sure it makes sense to others but not me.

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Too much like Rush. But better than Rush.

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Not my cup of tea. I don't really like Phil Collins and many of these songs are just too pretentious.

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Wasnt as fun as nursery crymes

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This was a little too funky for me.

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first 2 songs

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it was chill

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Snooze fest fornme personally, respected the vibes but fuck these Brits 2.2

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This was a slog to get through, but not awful. Not as much FUN as I expect from Genesis.

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Not really my type - love Genesis though

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Another meh

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Yea, not feeling it...

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yeah you know what this kinda sucks

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Its almost okay, but it just gets weird for most of the songs. Can see where they turn into a good band eventually but its not there yet.

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that was some freaky weird stuff. I wanna say drugs but I dont know. I give it a ripe orange and two burnt avocado's

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Can see artistic route they were going for did not like

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I didn't particularly like the album, but it was mostly just crazy to hear Collins, Gabriel, and Rutherford playing long operatic prog rock. It seemed worlds away from their "Invisible Touch" cashing in.

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Below average prog rock. 6.9/10

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A bit slow for me, not a lot really catches the ear. Still, a solid album by a classic band. Would listen to other albums by them before this one most likely, no Phil Collins on vocals (I think...?)

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Really uneven. Some good moments, but some really long, repetitive moments. Lyrics were also really rough in places.

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The problem with prog rock songs is, they tend to all be half good half bad.

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Super nerd-prog menstrual vibes, concept album worth listening to once

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Busy and ambitious.

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Was probably a good concept album but wasn't playing close enough attention to it so was pretty dull for me

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Did not really enjoy the songs on this album. Nothing very memorable

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N/A

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Too artsy for me

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Ik ben fan van latere Genesis, met Phil als zanger. Peter Gabriel is ook een erg puike zanger maar ik vind die oude Genesis zo theatraal, bombastisch en langdradig.

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Tjemig, is dit nu een conceptalbum?!

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2/5 nothing really stuck tbh

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Picnic!

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081021 18:08 2.5

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Småtrist. Det var inte mycket jag har att reagera på egentligen. Inget extra intressant, inget extra ointressant heller. Bara ganska smaklöst hela vägen igenom.

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Generally terrible.

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Very prog, OK if you like that sort of thing but really irritated me. It felt really smug.

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This was quite weird. Like a concept folk album with some psychedelic rock thrown in once and a while. I didn’t dislike it but it didn’t do much for me. Might grow on me if I listened a bunch more. The first suggested Genesis song that came on after this album instantly reminded me how much they can rock, but this just wasn’t it.

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I mean. It's Genesis.

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Really feels quite self indulgent, maybe a few more listens and I'd find some stuff I like but not really for me

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I was too tired to pay any attention to this, but Scott says it was hard work and who am I to argue? Jude Law looks increasingly like Phil Collins. They both have hot daughters. Goodbye. 🧊

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started off horrifically, then behaved like it was going to be good before nosediving at the end. can't decide if it was utter crap or just middling. it belongs in the lower middle crap field.

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Yeah

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44. Selling England by the Pound - Genesis 8 tracks. This is early Genesis & I don't think I recognise any tracks. It sounds more Gabriel influenced than Rutherford or Collins & he left 2 years later. Personally I think Genesis were better after he left than before. 2/5

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Genesis's fifth album is another progressive rock one, with a few long running jam songs. The band combined their older, whimsical sounds with harder & heavier rock sounds to create a magical adventure of an album. This album has been certified gold. I do like this album because it's rock music that can be put on in the background and not be distracting.

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This album will appeal to a very specific set of people. Of which, I do not belong. Tedious. Didn't like the sound in general. Decent concept.

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Trippy late-60s Pink Floyd-ie feel. I had no idea this band was ever anything more than 80s mainstream!

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Pretty good prog-rock. Early flashes of Marillion with a touch of ELP thrown in. I still say that the best thing that happened for Peter Gabriel and the three who remained as Genesis was their split from each other.

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Nah

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Like Phil Collin’s, didn’t enjoy this album

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Gave it three run throughs, they just miss the mark on every track for me, nothing catches my ear at all. It’s as though they they collectively decided “hey let’s not put anything memorable on this album at all”

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Not sure why I had to listen to this one

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I can appreciate the musicianship and production but its not for me.

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Music for a Renaissance Fair. There's too much plinky guitar plucking. I don't know man, I might be in the minority here but I prefer the way more commercially appealing 80's Genesis over this prog rock experimental stuff.

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p294, 1973. 2 stars Was prepared to dislike this as I tended to lump Genesis in with the entire prog rock-wank era but... parts of this are OK. Always liked Peter Gabriel's solo stuff, and his voice is spot on. Steve Hackett and Phil Collins also on form. Set against this, all the usual early 1970s complaints... dodgy lyrics, overly long instrumental "fiddly" bits - look how fast I can play! Listen to my fabulous, sterile instrumental "improvisation"! See how long I can go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and ON - and dig my groovy 70's synths maaaaaan. But it's got something, despite all that. I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to it, but I don't hate it either.

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Peter Gabriel was much improved by breaking out solo. Genesis was made even worse by making Phil Collins their lead singer.

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I hate prog rock

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"The lyrics have since been praised [...], but the band later said they did not gel well with the music and made the piece complicated for the sake of being so". This quote is from Wikipedia's page on the album. It is only about one song, but it could as well be applied to the record. Heck, it could probably be applied to Peter-Gabriel-era Genesis as a whole. But to stick to *Sell England By The Pound*, it's interesting to know that, by their own admission, the majority of the band members consider this album as a failure of sorts (a point confirmed many times on the Wikipedia page). And this is probably because, apart from very, very rare highlights here and there (most of them in "Firth Of Forth"), the music on *Selling England By The Pound* is not particularly well-written. Sure, it sounds complex and convoluted, but a single listen is enough to tell that the band actually just pasted different parts or jams together so as to create their overlong songs. This here is the very definition of bad writing and logically, the end result is horrendous in its lack of cohesion. As for the recording itself, it has aged very, very poorly. The flute solos sound a little cheesy, but they're not the worst part, the worst part being those terrible synth solos sticking out like sore thumbs in some of the most boring passages ever written in the prog-rock genre. Stupendous how so many people had such bad taste when they made this album a commercial success at the time. When it comes to vocals on the album, they are more than decent overall. However Gabriel's melodic lines are often not catchy or memorable enough to bring that cohesive fabric that's so direly needed here. Lyrics are fine, with many striking one-liners here and there (the last line of The Battle Of Epping Forest is indeed an interesting anti-climax). Yet most of the songs are too clunky to seal the deal for me. They simply don't make me feel anything. I always try to keep an open mind, but clearly, I don't see what the fuss is all about here. What we have is more than competent musicianship, of course, even talent. But if you want to select a list of 1001 albums you should absolutely listen to, there are probably twice as many albums worthier of your time out there. Life's too short to waste it on stuff you consider a little ridiculous. My loss, maybe. But that's the way it is for me. [Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 972 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 10 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 7 Albums from the list I will *not* include in mine (as I think many others are more important): 9 (including this one) Albums I might not be able to judge (some might end up on my final list but it's because I recognize how culturally important they are): 2]

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Why is this in the mix? Some album that Genesis squeezed in between tours that "Critics and the band themselves have given mixed opinions" about? They have so many other albums. Anyway, there's some interesting stuff here but ultimately it's nothing I'm going to go back to.

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1st sounds not very good 2nd slightly better 3rd I like the best so far 4th is ok 5th kinda sucks skipped after listening 2/3s 6th eh ok song kind of forgetable 7th Not a fan of this album

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Meh. Żadna piosenka mnie nie zainteresowała.

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Paikoin mukaansa tempaavaa, mut pitkäveteiseks kävi

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Paikoitellen kivaa melodiaa, mutta toisinaan tuntu lähtevän taiteellisuus omalle laukalle. Ei jatkoon.

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I bet these fellas bogarted the best medicinal shit available. How else to explain the difference between this and what Collins, Rutherford and Banks were doing a decade later. Some of us prefer that version of Genesis over these self-righteous textures.

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no, phil spector is... just this guy you know?

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What the hell was this? Utter madness. Don't think I will recover any time soon.

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Wel priem maar niet echt van deze tijd

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Tolerable Genesis, before they went downhill further

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Noodly doodly, some familiar elements, but not really my bag

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I found this too chaotic to enjoy. There were moments that worked and I’d start to get into the song and then it would completely change.

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Good example of the genre and obviously good musicians. But a bit self indulgent and somewhat rambling. Not massively engaging. (2.3/5)

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Dobro pa nisam zaspo hodajuci, bas bland album

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Phil Collins solo, može. Ne znam zašto, Genesis mi se nikad nije svidio.

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Solos for solos sake. Long songs. Doesn't do it for me.

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Hodgepodge of songs put together, listened while driving.

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pretty crappy and long, wasnt expecting the few good parts tho

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The cosmic lawnmower can fuck right off

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So many familiar songs so good

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Uninteresting. Boredom made me not finish.

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Too weird for me

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Pretty awful tbh

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So random, too abstract, hard to get through

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It was too weird for me

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Not for me

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I know this band and this album are important in the timeline of "progressive rock," and there are a few bands in that subgenre I really like (e.g., ELP, Rush, Jethro Tull, Yes...and I know, I know, this is all loosely defined and highly subjective), but I just never clicked with Genesis. I gave this album a listen and, nah, just don't really like it.

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this sucks. I had to stop because it got annoying

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Mince

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In the beginning, God created this album. It was shit.

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A load of proggy old bollocks

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I like the one where the big monkey plays the drums in exchange for chocolate, why isn't that on here Phil? This is vastly superior to the other prog we've had on this list, although that is a pretty low bar really. I've said it before, and I am sure I will say it again before we get to the end of these 1,001 albums, but thank the Rock Gods that punk happened.

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Folksy minstrel music. I never want to listen to this again.

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No. This was weird. I didn't like it at all.

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I'm angry I listened to this.

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A bit prog- rock for my tastes!

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Not a fan of prog rock. It sounded like the hobbit the musical

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No thanks. Not for the likes of me.

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One of the reasons why punk happened!

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Fijn rustig album. Zou goed zijn als LP

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2008 remaster on Spotify. Old-school rock, good stuff.

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Trollz

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