Genesis "Selling England By The Pound"

Congratulations Genesis on today being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

Your 1973 recording of Selling England by the Pound is Today’s Cool Album of the Day.

Genesis is one of my favorite bands. Genesis IS my favorite live band. My seeing them at an “Invitation Only: Full Dress Rehearsal Show” for a hand full of people in 2007 will most likely never be topped as a music experience!

‘Selling England By The Pound was the penultimate album with Peter Gabriel as their costume wearing front man. He left the machinery two years later after recording and touring for The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.

Selling contains two of my favorite pieces. “The Cinema Show” and “Firth of Fifth.” Both contributing to their live shows for years. Other highlights include “Dancing with the Moonlit Knight” and “I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe)” It also included Phil’s debut as lead vocalist for the Quintet, that would be on the ballad titled “More Fool Me.” Little did we know at the time….

Viva Genesis! Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2010.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford.

Side one

  1. “Dancing with the Moonlit Knight” 8:04
  2. “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)” 4:07
  3. “Firth of Fifth” 9:35
  4. “More Fool Me”  3:10

Side two

  1. “The Battle of Epping Forest”  11:49
  2. “After the Ordeal” 4:13
  3. “The Cinema Show” 11:06
  4. “Aisle of Plenty”  1:32


  • Peter Gabriel – lead vocals, flute, oboe, percussion
  • Phil Collins – drums, percussion, backing vocals, lead vocals on “More Fool Me”
  • Tony Banks – piano, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Hackett – lead guitar
  • Mike Rutherford – bass guitar, bass pedals, rhythm guitar, electric sitar, cello, acoustic guitar


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