Genesis – Selling England By The Pound (1973) [1986, Japan]

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Title: Selling England By The Pound
Year Of Release: 1986-10-22 (1973)
Label: Toshiba EMI Ltd. (Japan)
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Prog-Rock
Quality: FLAC (img.+.cue+.log) | MP3 320kbps
Total Time: 53:43
Total Size: 358,51 | 187,66 Mb (Full Scans)
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Genesis proved that they could rock on Foxtrot but on its follow-up Selling England by the Pound they didn’t follow this route, they returned to the English eccentricity of their first records, which wasn’t so much a retreat as a consolidation of powers. For even if this eight-track album has no one song that hits as hard as “Watcher of the Skies,” Genesis hasn’t sacrificed the newfound immediacy of Foxtrot: they’ve married it to their eccentricity, finding ways to infuse it into the delicate whimsy that’s been their calling card since the beginning. This, combined with many overt literary allusions – the Tolkeinisms of the Title of “The Battle of Epping Forest” only being the most apparent – gives this album a storybook Quality. It plays as a collection of short stories, fables, and fairy tales, and it is also a rock record, which naturally makes it quite extraordinary as a collection, but also as a set of individual songs. Genesis has never been as direct as they’ve been on the fanciful yet hook-driven “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)” – apart from the fluttering flutes in the fade-out, it could easily be mistaken for a glam single – or as achingly fragile as on “More Fool Me,” sung by Phil Collins. It’s this delicate balance and how the album showcases the band’s narrative force on a small scale as well as large that makes this their arguable high-water mark.
~Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine~
Release of the album: 1973, October, 13 [LP Charisma, Cat.# CAS 1074, UK]
Release of this CD: 1986, October, 22 [CD Toshiba EMI Ltd. (Japan), Cat.# 32VD-1029 / UPC: T4988 006 60528 2]
(p) 1973 Charisma Records Ltd.
Manufactured by Toshiba EMI Ltd.
Made in Japan
Credits:
Drums, Percussion, Vocals – Phil Collins
Electric Guitar, Guitar [Nylon String Guitar] – Stephen Hackett
Engineer [Assistant] – Rhett Davies
Keyboards, Twelve-String Guitar – Tony Banks
Painting [Cover] – Betty Swanwick
Producer – Genesis, John Burns
Twelve-String Guitar, Bass, Sitar [Electric Sitar] – Michael Rutherford
Vocals, Flute, Oboe, Percussion – Peter Gabriel
Tracklist:
01. Dancing With The Moonlight Knight (08:04)
(T. Banks / P. Collins / P. Gabriel / S. Hackett / M. Rutherford)
02. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (04:07)
(T. Banks / P. Collins / P. Gabriel / S. Hackett / M. Rutherford)
03. Firth Of Fifth (09:37)
(T. Banks / P. Collins / P. Gabriel / S. Hackett / M. Rutherford)
04. More Fool Me (03:12)
(T. Banks / P. Collins / P. Gabriel / S. Hackett / M. Rutherford)
05. The Battle Of Epping Forest (11:45)
(T. Banks / P. Collins / P. Gabriel / S. Hackett / M. Rutherford)
06. After The Ordeal (04:16)
(T. Banks / P. Collins / P. Gabriel / S. Hackett / M. Rutherford)
07. The Cinema Show (10:45)
(T. Banks / P. Collins / P. Gabriel / S. Hackett / M. Rutherford)
08. Aisle Of Plenty (01:52)
(T. Banks / P. Collins / P. Gabriel / S. Hackett / M. Rutherford)

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