Genesis – Selling England by the Pound (1973)

Artist Credit
Tony Banks Composer, Guitar, Guitar (12 String), Keyboards, Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals
Chris Blair Remastering
John Burns Audio Production, Producer
Geoff Callingham Remastering
Phil Collins Composer, Drums, Member of Attributed Artist, Percussion, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Rhett Davies Assistant Engineer, Engineer
Nick Davis Remastering
Peter Gabriel Composer, Flute, Member of Attributed Artist, Oboe, Percussion, Vocals
Genesis Audio Production, Primary Artist, Producer
Steve Hackett Bass, Composer, Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Member of Attributed Artist
Mike Rutherford Bass, Bass Instrument, Composer, Guitar, Guitar (12 String), Member of Attributed Artist, Sitar, Sitar (Electric)
Betty Swanwick Paintings

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.

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