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Genesis - Selling England By The Pound
Label: Atlantic Records
Release: 1973

Tracklisting:
Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
Firth of Fifth
More Fool Me
The Battle of Epping Forest
After the Ordeal
The Cinema Show
Aisle of Plenty
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And there it is! In '73, Genesis step forth to the plate with their legendary "Selling England By The Pound" and knock the ball right out into the car park. A total classic. Every member of Genesis is on top form - Gabriel's voice in full force, Hackett's on fire, Banks is brilliant, and Rutherford is Wonderful, and Phil is not only great at the drumming lark, but he's great at the vocal lark too, as he proves on "More Fool Me", a great little acoustic ballad. Just one of several great songs on this album.

The best one might come at the beginning, with "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight" - at first, it's so wonderful and pretty, before crashing into some gigantically heavy sections. Simply outstanding, with some wonderful Gabriel lyrics. From this, we go into the "hit single" - the infectious "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" - it's a poppy masterpiece, and it's super-silly. However, your more traditional prog afficionado, despite really enjoying this one altogether, may enjoy it more with an extra side-helping of "Firth of Fifth". Another classic, and of course, it features Steve Hackett's classic solo, which is arguably the best solo he ever played. Side two's starting epic "Battle of Epping Forest" is messy, but great messy. It's a fantastic track - and the messiness kind of represents the huge street fight that goes on the track, although not in the super disjointed way that say, "Battle of Glass Tears" or "Gates of Delirium" would. However, this album reaches the high heights due to the unreal melodies that flow throughout the entire album, and chances are, the best track to represent Genesis's melodic ability comes in the classic "Cinema Show". From the wonderful acoustic lines that open the track, to the soothing sound of Gabriel's voice as he runs through some great lines, to the warm sound of Hackett's electric and the classic seven-minute Tony Banks keyboard solo that closes out the track, this song IS melody, and is undoubtedly one of Genesis's finest moments. Finally, the album closes with a reprisal of "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight" in "Aisle of Plenty", which is a perfect album closer.

This album is fantastic throughout - the first Genesis album to be brilliant right across the board. As such, it cannot not get the 10 - an undisputed classic of the prog genre.

Reviewer Rating of CD :

holy crap! the peak of the band's career, and i mean it. this is truly beautiful music. the song "dancing with the moonlit knight", the first song on here, is the PEFECT progressive rock song. i can't believe how amazing it is. it starts acappella, with peter gabriel showing why i consider him to be one of the greatest singers of all time. slowly, slowly, more and more instruments come in, until a gigantic synth choir comes in, and the band starts to play some of the hardest rocking passages on the album. steve hackett (greatest guitar player on the planet) plays one of his most amazing solo's, some alteration of keyboard and guitar solo's, then it all winds down to a beautiful quasi ambient piece with accoustic guitarist/bassist michael rutherford playing the same four notes over and over on his accoustic, with tony banks adding some random keyboard swashes, peter gabriel fluting, and steve hackett playing some emotion filled guitar lines. that's probably the worst description i've ever heard of that song in my life! but it's worth buying the album just to hear this one song.

the silly, i know what i like (in your wardrobe), is next, and it's a goofy song, about a lawnmower who's happy just to be that: a lawnmower! others tell him he should try to be something better, but he's fine with what he does.

firth of fifth is next and boy is it ever! starting with some beautiful cascading piano work by tony banks (he rarely played this part live, it's really hard) goes into a massive massive MASSIVE sounding guitar/synth/bass melody with the worst lyrics on the album. the middle instrumental part is very well thought out. starting out with a trademark peter gabriel beautiful flute solo, it leads into some more wonderful tony banks piano but his piano part follows the basic melody idea of the peter gabriel flute solo, then a very strange synth solo that also follows peter's flute melody. towards the end of the solo, steve hackett starts doign some hammer ons, which adds to the tension, and steve let's loose with his best solo of all time. and trust me, the best solo by steve hackett could be the best solo ever. then it all comes back to the beginning with booming drums and the beginning piano part is played again. symmetry!

more fool me is a phil collins (sic) sung ballad that's actually nice.

next is battle of epping forrest. this is the longest song (i think) on the album, and it's packed with so many ideas i'm not going to go into them. it deals with a real life gang battle, and features some very funny lines and silly singing by peter.

after the ordeal is a steve hackett penned instrumental that is one of their best instrumentals ever.

the cinema show has one of tony banks best moments on it: the keyboard solo at the end. tony could never out play anybody like rick wakeman or keith emerson, but here he shows what he's a master at: building tension. the way that solo goes is amazing.

there's a reprise of a few of the themes from dancing with the moonlit knight and that's that! a must buy for fans of progressive rock. buy it, okay?

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