Selling England by the Pound is the fifth studio album by the English progressive rock band Genesis, released in October 1973 on Charisma Records. It reached No. 3 in the United Kingdom and No. 70 in the United States. A single from the album, "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)", was released in February 1974 and became the band's first top 30 hit in the UK. The album was recorded in August 1973 following the tour supporting the previous album, Foxtrot (1972). The group set aside a short period of time to write new material, which covered a number of themes, including the loss of English folk culture and an increased American influence, which was reflected in the title. Following the album's release, the group set out on tour, where they drew an enthusiastic reception from fans. Critics and the band themselves have given mixed opinions of the album, though guitarist Steve Hackett has said it is his favourite Genesis record. The album has continued to sell and has reached Gold certification by the British Phonographic Industry and the Recording Industry Association of America. It was remastered for CD in 1994 and 2007. Several of the album tracks became fan favourites and featured as a regular part of the band's live setlist into the 1980s.Wikipedia
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
I hated almost every second, all the medieval rubbish especially. A complete mess
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.
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!
Great prog rock album with some folky/medival sounding melodies
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!
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.
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.
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.
Awesome! Identified potential new portal song
Amazing prog album. Definitely deserves a listen for all.
phil collins and peter gabriel... hm
Un album magnifique, évidemment! Plein de samples de bon rap aussi.
Un de mes albums prefere au monde. Ecoute un cinquantiane de fois 5*
Genoten van deze! Ik wist niet wat te verwachten, maar de niet alledaagse melodieën konden me wel bekoren!
Métomelo por el culo. I believe in Peter Gabriel supremacy
Great prog masterpiece!
Phil Collins steals the show with his drumming and writing/singing the best song on the album. Gabriel's stuff isn't bad either!
Fun, elated, driven by their success with Foxtrot.
Genesis - always cool!
Epic. Love this album. Firth of fifth is simply a phenomenal track.
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!
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.
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
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
9/10 great prog, would love to hear more Genesis
God I wish I still did drugs
A different side of Genesis that I wasn’t aware of, but I liked it a lot!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
Essential prog work listening and the best album of the Gabriel era of Genesis
What an amazing album. True work of art from beginning to end. I know Phil Collins isn't some master class singer, and Peter Gabriel was great too, but Phil Collins voice is just wonderful to me for some reason.
Firth of Fifth has to be one of the best prog rock songs of all time. Now listening to the entire album for the first time in quite a while, I can confirm again it is brilliant from start to finish.
One of many classic Genesis albums. I am probably more inclined to listen to one of their 80s albums: Duke / Abacab / Genesis / Invisible Touch are all 5-star but probably not on this list. From their Peter Gabriel period, I had only expected to see the Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, but of course Selling England By The Pound is an appropriate choice too.
A prog masterwork. Ever changing songs, brimming with great melodies, creativity and life. Though the players are all incredibly gifted, technicality never overshadows musicality. If you haven’t heard it before you certainly must before you die
Magnificent. To me this is Genesis's masterwork and up there in the top 5 prog albums. I really like the playful lyrics (especially Battle of Epping Forest and Cinema Show) and the lovely, understated playing of Hackett and Banks. The songs all stand up and are both complex and accessible. A total joy to listen to
A genuine classic. One off.
One of my first progrock albums I ever bought. Still so great.
This is an iconic prog album, certainly in the top 5 of all time. I can't decide which is the best song on the albu: the Firth of Fifth, Battle of Epping Forest or Cinema Show. They are all monster songs and truly epic in scope (in this case the use of epic is not cliched, but truly appropriate). Here, on their fifth album all band-members are basically in peak form. Firth features lovely piano and guitar solos by Banks and Hackett, Battle of Epping Forest has some of my favourite lyrics / wordplay sung magnificently by Peter Gabriel, and Cinema Show closes with an incredible 4.5 minute keyboard solo by Rutherford. The album lags slightly in certain sections but the sheer weight of the above 3 songs more than compensates for any shortcomings. Peak Prog indeed.
I think this is my favourite Genesis album. The keyboard solo in Cinema Show is my favourite-OAT, with its many different themes. The instrumental passage in Firth of Fifth is great and Rolling Stone (I think) ranked Hackett's guitar solo in that song as one of the GOAT. His solo in After the Ordeal is good to. I like the opening and closing bookends + Epping - though I'm not so fond of the hit or More Fool Me. A big plus is that the entire band participates in writing the music and lyrics. Gabriel's lyrics are clever and can be hard to figure out for non-Brits. I once visited Song meanings (I think) to read more about the references in Moonlit Knight - it wasn't a short read.
damnnnn. great album through and through. opener is amazing, not a single song is annoying, except maybe the second one, but not to an extreme extent, and the closer (The Cinema Show/Aisle of Plenty) wraps it up really nicely. it always feels shorter than it really is, because it really takes you to a place and brings you home. I would love to give this a 5, but it does feel somewhat bland at times, and is not incredibly memorable on a song by song basis. it feels more like a long soak in this world than different songs that stick with you. high 4.5
Listen to it with great pleasure
Hey, this was actually quite nice! Thought I would find it dull, but I really enjoyed the melodic lines for most of the songs.
Was a great little listen, odd in places due to the drug taking is imagine
bisschen Mittelalter Style aber trotzdem nice und da ich ja gerade eh nur im homeschooling chille auch gut zum Arbeiten
One of my favourite albums, without a hit song. So much creativity, without being just totally wierd.
Instrumentals were great however the lyrics lost me on a few songs. I think it would have been better on drugs
The kind of album you would smoke up to or play on a trip. Good stuff
Loved every minute, what a journey. So close to a five it's not funny
theatrical, great guitar. fun album
Wow. I didn’t realise how Rush-like Genesis really was. Very Jethro Tull influenced. I dug it.
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.
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.
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.
Story teller album, I felt it was realxing musing
ive already listened to this but it was prett good i need to listen again LOL
A proper classic! First 3 songs are incredible, but the album is sort of let down by the subsequent songs.
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
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.
Know it well. Love classic Genesis.
Great first half.
Liked the beginning more than the end. This was fun
Some parts were corny. Some parts went hard. Other parts went hard because they were so corny
Really enjoyed this album - such an interesting fusion of various genres, ranging from rock to folk to more experimental sounds.
Quite progressive, always kept interesting
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...
Weight for it
Silly but some brilliant stuff on here. Drumming is as good as I’ve heard during the album club.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ⭐️
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.
Really liked this one. Particularly when they were going all traditional English folk style. Some lovely tinkely instruments throughout
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.
Signature Genesis sound without any that made me go 'oooooh'
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
I was surprised to have liked it as much as I did.
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
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.
Always loved early Gabriel solo stuff as I came of age. stopped listening. nice to hear with Phil and the other dudes.
I don't really love that old folk rock sound, but Peter Gabriel's voice is amazing.
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.
Young man says you are What you eat eat well old man Says you’re what you wear 7/10
Solid 3, beautiful melodies and lyricism, so tempted for a 4, fuck it 4, too good
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.
qui aurait cru que Phil Collins avait fait ça avant la BO de Tarzan
Je ne mets pas 5 par respect pour Paul McCartney
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.
Progressive rock. Experimental/adventurous. Sometimes a little funky/psychedelic. Nice percussion. Mellow. Good to read or work to. Would listen to again.
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.
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.
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.
Większości nie znałam, ale giga fajne
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
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)
Good for listening to while reading Lord of the Rings
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…
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!
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.
Like it! Full of classical elements!
Go off kings
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Have not listened to this in full for a very long time. Brought back a lot of memories.
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
The calm before the storm, Selling England by the Pound features Genesis at a moment of transition. While there are ferociously awesome progressive noodling permeating the album, there are also moments of accessibility that forecasts what would eventually happen to the group in the ensuing years. An essential album in the prog rock era of Genesis' career. Favorites: Dancing with the Moonlit Knights, I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe), Firth of Fifth, The Battle of Epping Forest, The Cinema Show.
Some nice drum work on this.
Lovely folk pop prog.
Selling England By The Pound is Gensis' magnum opus. Well, really it's frontman Peter Gabriel's magnum opus. Prior to his departure from the band in 1975, Peter Gabriel with Genesis was making some of the finest prog rock around. This band could play with the best of 'em: King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Yes, etc. Selling England By The Pound is a tight hour of songs builds in an epic way. Prog music always liked it's big moments, well you'll find plenty here. Truth be told, my favorite points are the simpler, quieter lulls of the album such as More Fool Me, which I feel is more indicative of the pop that Gabriel would go on to make. Your mileage will vary. If you've heard the prog rock from this time period, you will already know how you'll feel about this album. I'm pretty lukewarm on prog rock, but this is done well-enough that I walk away more impressed than not.
It’s the tuneful and dramatic passages (“I Know What I Like” “Firth of Fifth” “After the Ordeal” and “The Cinema Show” are standout examples ) that make prog rock albums for me, and there are certainly more than a few here. They create a kind of mosaic-y feel (artists probably want you to think Renaissance tapestries). “More Fool Me” and “Epping Forest” (at least the first part) sound pretty modern. And while I like quite a few bits, there is almost as much excessive noodling and Gabriel gets dangerously close to “Minister of Silly Voices” territory here and there. Still, pretty solid overall and holds up relatively well.
Genre: Progressive Rock 4/5 A prog rock record I had yet to get around to, Genesis' Selling England by the Pound is just as good as any of the prog records which may have surrounded it on the shelves at the time. Yes' Fragile, King Crimson's Larks' Tongues in Aspic, and Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon were all just released, giving listeners plenty of new material to keep them happy, but Genesis' epic entry into the genre was just around the corner, featuring plenty of elements familiar to prog fans, but with a melodic, symphonic focus not omnipresent in the genre. While Dancing with the Moonlight Knight and Firth of Fifth are the two tracks most widely known from this record, and while both are great prog journeys in their own right, The Cinema Show, the epic on the B-side, is one of the best prog epics of the decade. The track beautifully blends its symphonic elements, its folk elements, and its heavier rock elements with ease, even finding space for some really solid jamming, culminating in one of my favorite prog tracks of the decade. The rest of the album is rife with the sorts of material that would make any prog devotee happy, from the medieval and quaint, to the driving and complex. Really solid album that I'm sure will reward repeat listens.
Some weird skits but otherwise great album
Haven’t listened to a Gabriel led Genesis album in forever, and this reminded me why I love them. Perhaps has one of the most underrated opening tracks to an album ever!!
Bounced off these for so long because of the horrible populist noise they became in the Invisible Touch era. Despite knowing they're prog behemoths under Peter Gabriel. But anyway, how could I like the Flaming Lips and not like this, is I guess. There's still lots to find annoying, and it's partly the stuff here that's pisstake-worthy (see The Battle of Epping Forest's singular ridiculousness) and the worst excesses of Yes that I blame for my not realising how much fantastic music there was to discover in the prog genre until way late in my musical journey. But if you put all your preconceptions aside, and just give in to it, this is a joyous record.
Banger…. Classsic… true classsic…. Swag… etc
Great as music goes but as PG's Genesis goes its kinda mid. I'd take Foxtrot over this one any day
Really interesting 70s prog rock, mixed with medieval themes, and folk stories. Overall an interesting listen, very different from 80s Genesis lead by Phil Collins.
Pretty good sound. I liked it
Firth of Fifth the best song on the album? Probably. Banks has done so much on different types of synth-ish keyboards, it's interesting to see how good he is on straight up piano. PG's flute coming out to play is also a treat. This is top notch prog rock. The Lamb is prob my favourite so I will settle on 4 for this bad boy.
This was really good, I enjoyed the progressiveness of the project.
Phil Collins’s aka mustard tiger Poggers
I enjoyed it, all the songs sounded different and kept me engaged even thought some were long
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"
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
It was fine. It got a little esoteric toward the middle. It sounded like Pink Floyd mixed with Steely Dan
weird album, the songs are long and different so there are good parts but its hard to give each song an identity of sorts
Good tunes. Rocking steadily
Proggy. Not my usual cup of tea, but highly enjoyable. Makes me want to listen again and check out more of their albums.
a daring album by genesis. I liked it. Maybe a little too uppity for a rock album.
Much better than expected
Early genesis...should be good.
A hard listen for new ears. Some nice motifs in songs and definitely worth a listen. Just not my thing, yet.
Started strong but got a little too experimental and meandering in the end. 3.
some of the songs didnt need to be that long but the guitar solos were good
Brought back memories. Berlin. Phil Collins lead vocals on More Fool Me. Enjoyable but not critical to revisit.
Fav song on album - The Battle of Epping Forest
particolare.. alcune poco ascoltabili
grew on me not bad
Cool prog rock from the early 70s. Reminiscent of Rush. Phil Colins' performance on this album is unlike any of his solo works.
Rock imitando a trovadores medievales.
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.
I'm not sure why, but I expected to hate this. I actually quite enjoyed it, but wouldn't listen again.
very long tracks. starts weak but ends strong. average, would relisten
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
a bit too odd and quirky
I have never listened to early Genesis. I did not expect this. Still there were some rocking bit in between the more surreal ones.
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.
Really enjoyed this one!
Not my genesis album i guess
2.5 afgerond naar 3
Had a much more rock sound than I expected. Quite few songs are nice but some are too long and get tiresome.
Uma cheiração de peido do caraio.
Old rock, muy calmado y con algunos solos que sorprenden. El tipo de rock que escuchas en un viaje muy largo.
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.
Really liked the started, but got a bit lost by the end. Still a decent listen
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
Ehhh it's like King Crimson without the interesting riffs
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!
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.
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
I liked it but not every song really suited me
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.
Sehr stabiles Rock album
cant believe bojo is in genesis! selling england and that!