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Album : Selling England By The Pound – Genesis

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The first song CB ever heard by Genesis was “The Battle Of Epping Forest”.  A friend, Tim, turned him onto it.  It was a listening experience on a lot of levels.  Great music, lyrics, vocals, humor.  It took Babyhead’s mind.  It was similar to a  Monty Python bit except musical.  The lyrics from the song are still in his head today.  Lots of great images conjured up in this song.  It was a trip.

Babyhead was lucky he the found the album.  Like most of the music he was listening to, he wasn’t going to find it on the radio.  The album was definitely a new direction in his tastes.

The whole album, like the first cut he heard, is a listening experience.  The band working out, jamming out and exploring their influences.  Bottom line, it sounded good and fresh to CB.  Not traditional rock, blues, folk etc.  These guys were making music their way.  The more he listened to it the more he liked it.

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One of the cuts ‘I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) ‘ has an  all- time favorite lyric  “Me, I’m just a lawnmower – you can tell me by the way I walk” then Gabriel takes you out with his flute.  Awesome.

This was a different style of music.  It sent the imagination into orbit.  Surrounded his ears with some real good playing and cool sounds.  Peter Gabriel’s lyrics and voice were a big reason he liked it.  The playing on it was first rate.

CB loved this album and this band.  They were doing it their way.  No question.  Some really great music on this album.  He was off to find more music by this band.

‘Selling England By The Pound’ was a great discovery.  Thanks Tim.  Hey,  what kind of tobacco was that we smoked?

 

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17 comments on “Album : Selling England By The Pound – Genesis

  1. Jim S.
    October 23, 2016

    Firstly, it’s called wacky tabacky. Secondly, this album is one i know of but can’t say I’ve heard in a long time. I’ll add it to my ‘listen list.’ Bear in mind that list is growing longer and unlike in my high school days, I never seem to find an hour to listen to anything. Best effort methinks.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 23, 2016

      Whatever it was it was good. Yeah this album sent CB on a Genesis binge to the back catalogue plus stayed current with their new output. Followed Gabriel’s music after he split. Still liked Genesis’s music but it was when PG was with the band that I really dug them. The reason I featured this album. I know all about the list getting bigger but hey it’s where me find refuge. I’ll be popping over to your stuff when I find some of that time.

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  2. greenpete58
    October 26, 2016

    Gabriel-era Genesis is one of my favorite bands. So English, so melodic, trippy, and imaginative. They made a big dent in Canada (judging from the bootleg tapes I have), and “Selling England…” was very popular there. I don’t know, is it their best LP? “Foxtrot” is also up there for me. The post-Gabriel “Wind and Wuthering” is also a guilty pleasure, partly because it’s the first Genesis I ever heard. Phenomenal group.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 26, 2016

      Man you know your stuff. All that early music is great. ‘Watcher of the Skies’ ‘Get Em Out by Friday’. I always have a place for my initial exposure and your ‘Wind..’ I get. I remember when Gabriel left and the band was looking for a replacement and I’m thinking Collins would be good. He took vocals on a cut on ‘Selling England’. I’m with you on this band. Thanks for the thoughts Pete.

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  3. Jim S.
    October 29, 2016

    So I listened to this album, and while I liked it, I confess I didn’t love it. I think I’ve somewhat lost my zeal – such as it ever was – for prog-rock over the years. The long suites, the varied instrumentation and all are nice. But given the choice, 9 times out of ten these days I’d probably listen to short and punchy (Elvis Costello, XTC) over longer and ponderous. Not indicating that one can’t listen to both. It’s just that I’ll usually prefer the short and punchy. (There are exceptions, such as Allmans, sometimes Phish. And jazz can go on forever.)

    So, good but not where my musical head is at these days.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 29, 2016

      Yeah, I get it. CB is just casting his memory back to his initial exposures to different kinds of music. His influences. This album was a step into a different direction which led to more great music. (Stayed with Gabriel over the years). Different head space today> Yeah, but still has some good listening in it. Not as regular it once was but has some good memories. ‘Wardrobe’ is a tune that has stuck in the old head. I’m with you on a lot of this music thing. Later.

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      • Jim S.
        October 29, 2016

        Gabriel’s good. I like the direction he took. A lot of good choices.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 30, 2016

        I remember the anticipation for PG’s first solo album (For his first 3 solo records). Not disappointed.

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  4. 1537
    November 23, 2016

    I loved this one – it manages to sound just like the cover art.

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  5. Tangled Up In Music
    December 19, 2016

    That part in Firth of Fifth where the drums build up to the climax and then it all erupts into the guitar solo…incredible album.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 19, 2016

      That’s the reason I did a take on the album. It was a great album (Fifth a great cut for the reasons you stated) plus it opened the door to all sorts of new music for CB. Back in the day it was far from popular but it had a hard core following. Good album, good memories. I devoured Genesis after this

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      • Tangled Up In Music
        December 19, 2016

        Did you like them after Gabriel left even?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 19, 2016

        Yes I still liked them. But obviously with Gabriel leaving it wasn’t the same band. I was more into Peters music. In fact CB is a big Gabriel fan. One of my top guys.

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  6. Vinyl Connection
    January 30, 2017

    Terrific album. I’ll break it out for another spin too. “Firth of Fifth” is one of my favourite bits of prog, period.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      January 30, 2017

      I had this album in one hand and ‘Larks’ in the other. Man did I get baptized. My 14 year old head was never the same.

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      • Vinyl Connection
        January 30, 2017

        I can see that from the pic you use, CB. Now we know why!

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