Selling England By The Pound

Virgin UK
Release date
10 Nov 2008
Running length
8 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (2008 Digital Remaster) 8:01 1,342
2 I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (2008 Digital Remaster) 4:09 1,063
3 Firth Of Fifth (2008 Digital Remaster) 9:32 1,238
4 More Fool Me (2008 Digital Remaster) 3:09 839
5 The Battle Of Epping Forest (2008 Digital Remaster) 11:40 741
6 After The Ordeal (2008 Digital Remaster) 4:14 671
7 The Cinema Show (2008 Digital Remaster) 10:38 686
8 Aisle Of Plenty (2008 Digital Remaster) 1:57 614

About this album

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.

The album cover is a painting by Betty Swanwick called The Dream. The original painting did not feature a lawn mower; the band had Swanwick add it later as an allusion to the song I Know What I Like


Retaining the pastoral yearning for ancient or medieval England as its primary thematic material, the album focuses on traces of this past in the present. Songs about England’s mythological past (Dancing With The Moonlit Knight) co-exist with sketches of contemporary lawnmowers (I Know What I Like), and the centrepiece of the second side, the epic The Cinema Show, has two lovers serve as reincarnations of ancient Greek figures in a way which is almost directly out of the “Fire Sermon” scene in T. S. Eliot’s long poem The Waste Land.

The musical performances are much more polished and tight than on the preceding LPs. Musical diversions are more often unified into the general song structure. In particular, Steve Hackett’s guitar solos in Firth Of Fifth show his unique voice on guitar at its best, while the song opens with a highly structured classically inspired piano-instrumental by Tony Banks.

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  • Reggie_Smith

    The instrumental section of "The Cinema Show" is one of the highlights of any music ever recorded. I can never have that as background as it takes my full attention. I feel as though I'm being taken on some sort of, say, magic carpet ride or something.

    26 Feb 2:47am Reply
  • Coolbutlame

    Freaking I Know What I Like derails the first half of this album for me. Thankfully, it picks back up right at Firth of Fifth.

    12 Feb 9:24pm Reply
  • MaurizioMinazzi

    Along with Close to the Edge by Yes, this is the greatest thing to have happened to progressive rock. [2]

    9 Feb 9:21am Reply
  • JMFG2112

    v And Rush was born.

    7 Feb 9:49pm Reply
  • albinjames

    1973 was truly an excellent year for prog. This, Tales of Topographic Oceans, Dark Side of the Moon, Brain Salad Surgery, Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Camel, etc.[2]

    9 Jan 2:06am Reply
  • MPtrash

    El punteo de Firth of Fifth es de lo mas precioso que he escuchado nunca

    6 Jan 11:59pm Reply
  • Poisonnation

    1973 was truly an excellent year for prog. This, Tales of Topographic Oceans, Dark Side of the Moon, Brain Salad Surgery, Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Camel, etc.

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • LolzeezTheBro

    Greatest album of all time.

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    My fave album by Genesis,first bought on vinyl around 1981 and played all the time,I was only 10 when it came out.

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Abomination317

    Actually one of my least favourites Genesis albums. Only The guitar solo in Fifth of Firth, After the Ordeal and the end of The Cinema Show (the first half of which sounds like a rehash of parts of Supper's Ready) really stand out to me.

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • JustChewIt

    what a fantastic year it was - selling england by the pound, dark side of the moon, queen... i wish i lived in 70's.

    28 Dec 2012 Reply
  • TiagoVentura

    timeless and everlasting

    21 Dec 2012 Reply
  • PerSemb

    I'm SO in love with this album! Just bought the 1986 pressing (Japan) on eBay! Can't wait 'til it arrives!

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Sojeq

    Incredible album, every single track. I haven't heard to Genesis for couple of years, and it sounds even better now.

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • iron345

    Probably one of the most important prog rock album ever but I just can't listen to it any more apart from maybe Moonlit Knight.

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • roldki

    This was my first Genesis album. I loved it on the first listen.

    30 Jul 2012 Reply
  • 2487

    Fuck these tags.

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • sl8221958

    Like "mamafan" below, this was my first Genesis album. It changed my life. I also think it's their best, too.

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    Very, very good concept album, one of my favorites since it"s came out (1973) and one of the most important albums of the progressive rock history.

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Dav759

    The best prog-rock album ever...

    12 Feb 2012 Reply
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