Played Selling England by the Pound by Genesis

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Selling England by the Pound is the fifth studio album by Genesis and was recorded and released in 1973. It followed Foxtrot and was the band’s commercial peak with Peter Gabriel, hitting #3 in the UK. The album went gold in the US in 1990.

Holds up pretty well — actually I have a memory of the album being overshadowed by annoying songs, but was less bothered than I remembered 😂

Really like the opening track, “Dancing with the Moonlight Knight.” The first few sung lines do a great job setting a tone. Forgot how much I enjoy “More Fool Me.” It is a head-scratcher to me that “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)” is the single, when those two are much more enjoyable.

“The Cinema Show” was the worst. The falsetto bits are not good, and it’s really damn long (though not as long as Epping Forest). I like the chorus of “Battle of Epping Forest” but there are other parts of the *11 minute track* 🙄 that annoyed me.

I feel like you don’t see 11-minute tracks anymore now that Spotify / streaming is the main way people listen, and artists get paid by the track. There are some songs that benefit from length, but maybe so many ideas don’t need to be mashed into one uber-song (lookin’ at you Tarkus).

By Tracy Durnell

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