Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Selling England by the Pound 12" Vinyl 8 Charisma CAS 1074 [none]
Selling England by the Pound 12" Vinyl 8 Charisma FC 6060 [none]
Selling England by the Pound 12" Vinyl 8 Charisma 6369 944, CAS 1074 [none]
Selling England by the Pound 12" Vinyl 8 Charisma 6369 944 A [none]
Selling England by the Pound 12" Vinyl 7 Charisma FC 6060 [none]
Selling England by the Pound 12" Vinyl 8 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) SD 19277 [none]
Selling England by the Pound Cassette 8 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) CS 19277 [none]
Selling England by the Pound CD 8 Charisma CASCD 1074 [none]
Selling England by the Pound CD 8 Charisma CASCD 1074 5012984507425
Selling England by the Pound (Japanese reissue) CD 8 Charisma Music Publishing Ltd 32VD 1029 4988006605282
Selling England by the Pound (made in West Germany) CD 8 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) SD 19277-2 075678156823
Selling England by the Pound CD 8 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) SD 19277-2 075678156823
Selling England by the Pound CD 8 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) CASCDX 1074 724383977727
Selling England by the Pound CD 8 EMI-Odeon S.A.I.C. (Argentine division of EMI, copyrights, distribution, founded ca. 1970s) CASCDX 1074 724383977727
Selling England by the Pound CD 8 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) CD 82675 075678267529
Selling England by the Pound CD 8 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 82675-2 075678267529
Selling England by the Pound 12" Vinyl 8 EMI 100 (“The First Centenary”) LPCENT17 724384280314
Selling England by the Pound CD 8 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) VJCP-68095 4988006766457
Selling England by the Pound 12" Vinyl 7 Charisma, Classic Records FC 6060
Selling England by the Pound Hybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer) + DVD-Video 8 + 8 + 19 Charisma, Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 50999 519559 2 2, CASCDR 1074 5099951955922
Selling England by the Pound (2008 digital remaster) Digital Media 8 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) GENCDY 4 5099926570150
Selling England by the Pound (2008 digital remaster and stereo mix) CD 8 Rhino (reissue label) R2-516781 603497896011
Selling England by the Pound (2008 digital remaster and stereo mix) CD 8 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) GENCDY4 5099926570129
Selling England by the Pound Vinyl 7 Classic Records (audiophile reissues) FC 6060-200g
Selling England by the Pound SHM-CD 8 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) VJCP-98018 4988006553231
Selling England by the Pound Blu-ray 16 Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America) 0600753454404 600753454404
Selling England by the Pound SHM-CD 8 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) UICY-40097 4988005858146
Selling England by the Pound CD 8 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) CD 19277 075678156823

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
included in: 1970–1975
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000189986 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/29224 [info]
Wikidata: Q750081 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Genesis:Selling_England_By_The_Pound_(1973) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/genesis/selling_england_by_the_pound/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/vxhj [info]

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Following the critical success of Foxtrot, and having the live reputation to secure them gigs aplenty in medium-sized venues, the one thing Genesis lacked was a really successful album to put them up amongst their peers like Yes, and King Crimson. It was time to up their game once more.

Strangely they did this by backtracking. Their work had always contained a pastoral yearning and a sense of wanting to return to past times. Undoubtedly their adherence to this surreal form of nostalgia sprang from their public school backgrounds at Charterhouse, but following Foxtrot's rather obtuse statements about the end of the world, it was a sense of loss for the old order that informed Selling...Hence its title.

The album's opening track "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight" gives the perfect snapshot of what Genesis were about at this point. Its folk roots gradually morph into Elgar-esque, jazz rock grandeur as the band finally captured their true sound on vinyl. It still retains the creepy sense of Edwardian ghosts in there too.

By this point Collins' jazz-rock drumming was transforming their set pieces into much sprightlier offerings such as the second part to "Cinema Show" where Gabriel's love of T S Eliot also comes to the fore. It's all much cleverer, and still manages not to be too overbearing, despite the use of words like 'undynal' in ''Firth Of Fifth'' (the puns still kept coming). It also allowed Gabriel to don even more outrageous stage garb. Hackett's work on the latter is awesome, his sound now fully his own; a really rare feat in rock. Even Gabriel's flute now sounded polished. Only "The Battle Of Epping Forest" seemed out of place, with its comedy values at odds with its violent subject matter.

Banks here plays far more piano and synthesizers were now getting a look in as on the aforementioned "Cinema Show". To cap it all, single ''I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)'', with its narrative about small town eccentrics, finally cracked the singles chart for the band. It seemed that the world now finally ready for Genesis.