Genesis
Selling England by the Pound


4.5
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by newWorld USER (6 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist


I've been going on a Gabriel era Genesis listening spree, and this is the second Genesis review I have done.

Background:

This is the third album with, what many would call, the classic Genesis line-up. The lineup is Peter Gabriel, vocals, flute; Steve Hackett, guitars; Tony Banks, keys; Phil Collins, drums, vocals; and Mike Rutherford, bass. It was released in 1973.


1. Dance with the Moonlit Knight (8:03)

The album opens with Gabriel singing a capalla, "Can you tell me where my country lies...," which just blows me away. Then come in the guitars and synth. This song definitely has a medieval feel, and is filled with puns and British references. Then the chorus comes in full blown, followed by a rocking instrumental section with interesting phrasing/timing. The song ends with a very dream-like feel; guitar and synth. 9/10

2. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (4:09)

This song was a single, and is very strong. The song has strange lyrics and awesome percussion. The chorus is supported well with synthesizers. 7/10

3. Firth of Fifth (9:37)

One of the strongest songs one the album. It has a beautiful piano intro, and it eventually builds up to the verse. Gabriel's mythologically/Judeo-Christian based lyrics give the song a character unlike many songs I've ever heard. After a few verses, the theme from the intro comes back in synth. Hackett's tone on the solo is phenomenal. It makes me want to cry almost. 9.5/10

4. More Fool Me (3:12)

This track features Phil Collins on vocals and Mike Rutherford on acoustic guitar. This is a pleasant song that has more than once been stuck in my head. This is the weakest song on the album, but it is good nonetheless. 6.5/10

5. Battle of Epping Forest (11:44)

This song begins with a marching drum and Gabriel on flute. The verse is very catchy, probably because it is in 7/8. Some of the guitar and keyboards sound right good. After a few verses the song decends into an acoustic section. This is probably my favourite part of the song. The strange thing is that in the sleeve the lyrics to this part are under the title "After the Ordeal." Afterwards it ends with the themes that began the song. The only problem with this song is that it goes on a little long near the end. 8/10

6. After the Ordeal (4:15)

This instrumental is just amazing. The first 2 minutes or so are just guitar and piano. Near the end the rest of the band, including Gabriel on flute come in. This is one of the best instrumentals I've ever heard. 8/10

7. Cinema Show (11:09)

Best song on the album. It begins with acoustic guiat and vocals, and eventually the rest of the band comes in. It's about a man and a woman, named Romeo and Juliet. The guitar on the first part of the song complements the vocals perfectly, intertwining itself with them. The second part of the song is an instrumental driven by the drums and synth. It sounds alot like a movie theme, hence the song's title. Just amazing. 10/10

8. Aisle of Plenty (1:32)

This song uses the same themes from the first song, and is basically used to sum up the album. On its own, this song is not that much, but because it is connected to the first it carries alot more wait. 7/10

Overall, this is definitely one of my top 20 albums, if not top 10. This is Genesis near, if not at, their best.

Rating: 9/10


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FillInTheBlankHere___
September 27th 2004


64 Comments


I've been told I'd enjoy Genesis, despite my hate of Phil Collins' vocals. Does he only do backup on this album? I've been debating buying this for a while now.

newWorld
September 27th 2004


24 Comments


[QUOTE=FillInTheBlankHere___]I've been told I'd enjoy Genesis, despite my hate of Phil Collins' vocals. Does he only do backup on this album? I've been debating buying this for a while now.[/QUOTE]

He sings lead on "More Fool Me," but he does a good job, and if you hate Phil it is only a small portion of the album. The rest he only does backup.

Goblin Metronome
September 30th 2004


5 Comments


I'm glad that there are some other Gabriel-era Genesis fans on this site.

And Dancing With the Moonlit Knight deserves a 10.

Goblin Metronome
September 30th 2004


5 Comments


And very good review, by the way.

newWorld
September 30th 2004


24 Comments


[QUOTE=Goblin Metronome]I'm glad that there are some other Gabriel-era Genesis fans on this site.

And Dancing With the Moonlit Knight deserves a 10.[/QUOTE]

I love Gabriel-era Genesis. It's like a nice medium between Zeppelin and Yes.

I don't give out 10s easily. Cinema Show is not only the best Genesis song ver written, but it is one of the best songs ever written period. Moonlit Knight drags a little too much at the end (although the effect is good, I sometimes find myself skipping tracks after a bit of it).

Phunphone
December 3rd 2004


32 Comments


This album is, IMO, Genesis' best work, and in my top 5 of best prog albums ever made. May favourite song here is Firth of Fifth.. especially the guitar solo, just blows me away. Every song is a masterpiece, with uplifting melodies and amazing story- telling by Peter Gabriel. I can imagine the crowd singing "I knooow what I like!" when listening to that song... and that really happens.

Now, if a band can write such songs that makes half a million people sing at the same time, donate it with talented musicianship, and keep telling these little stories that feel like they're written only for us, well, then that band is a big band.

Raijo
January 1st 2005


24 Comments


I went out on a limb one day and bought this album as well as a few others and I must say, I was sorely disapointed with this album. I wouldn't recommend this at all. There are lots of progressive bands better both technically and musically than Genesis that I believe one should probably listen to long before even considering giving these guys a listen. Maybe it's just me but after having heard From Genesis to Revelation (that was a painful listen) and Selling England by the Pound I am really turned off by these guys and wouldn't recommend them or at the very least this album.

Distorted Vision
January 2nd 2005


184 Comments


I like this album, I think it's one of those ones that has to grow on you, and it's taken me a while to appreciate.

Good review, I pretty much agree with your ratings, The Cinema Show is brilliant. Genesis are underrated compared to Yes and Rush et al, but they're definitely one of the greatest prog groups. In fact, I like them a lot more than Yes.

newWorld
January 2nd 2005


24 Comments


[QUOTE=Raijo]I went out on a limb one day and bought this album as well as a few others and I must say, I was sorely disapointed with this album. I wouldn't recommend this at all. There are lots of progressive bands better both technically and musically than Genesis that I believe one should probably listen to long before even considering giving these guys a listen. Maybe it's just me but after having heard From Genesis to Revelation (that was a painful listen) and Selling England by the Pound I am really turned off by these guys and wouldn't recommend them or at the very least this album.[/QUOTE]


That blows. What other progressive bands do you listen to. I think Genesis is difficult to get into because they are way out in left field stylistically; every other band at the time had a blues rock foundation. I always thought Selling England was a good start when getting into them, but give Foxtrot a try if you're still interested. But Genesis to Revelations is not a Genesis album anyone should be listening to unless for pure curiousity.


Good review, I pretty much agree with your ratings, The Cinema Show is brilliant. Genesis are underrated compared to Yes and Rush et al, but they're definitely one of the greatest prog groups. In fact, I like them a lot more than Yes.


Thanks. I agree about the underratedness and the better than Yes. I love Yes, but Genesis is more theatrical.

Raijo
January 2nd 2005


24 Comments


[QUOTE=newWorld]That blows. What other progressive bands do you listen to. I think Genesis is difficult to get into because they are way out in left field stylistically; every other band at the time had a blues rock foundation. I always thought Selling England was a good start when getting into them, but give Foxtrot a try if you're still interested. But Genesis to Revelations is not a Genesis album anyone should be listening to unless for pure curiousity.[/QUOTE]
I listen to Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Yes, Queenryche and Dream Theater (The Mars Volta and Radiohead as well but I'm not sure if you consider those bands progressive rock). Anyway I might give them one more chance since one of the guitarists in a jazz band I play in really likes progressive rock and especially Genesis so I'm still kind of curious as to what he sees to them. I'm thinking I might give The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway or Foxtrot a chance however I'm rather disapointed with the arrangements and vocals of Selling England by the Pound and if either of the aforementioned albums is like this one I'm probably setting myself up for disapointment again.



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