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5 stars Not Genesis best album...But absolutely their second. An enormous tower of inspiration, creativity, mastership and emotion. I think I never forget the first time I heard Dancing With The Moonlit Knight. I didn't know what was happening to me. It was all the way back in 1993 and after that I market Genesis as my no. 1 band...and it has been ever since.

It was the first album that I brought on CD, which was back then not even the remastered version yet, but just a copy straight from the same mix as the LP. However the first fewlines of Gabriel blew me away completely......Pure Ephoria...I would say...and the quality of the album does stay on a high level till the last notes of Aisle Of Plenty (that Mellotron sound Wow !!!).

The first parts of songs I heard from this album were in the Old Medley that Genesis played during the 1992 We Can't Dance Tour....I recorded the Knephworth show on TV and it made me really curious...however for some reason I never took the next step and listeneded to the original...or better say I didn't even knew that Firth Or Fifth and I know What I like where were from that particular album. That changed a year later when we decide to go deep into Genesis's past.... and Selling was our first stop. I took a few cd's in the local recordstore and listened to them. It were A Trick Of The Tail, Nursery Crime and Selling....Selling was the first one I put on and after Gabriel's first words I knew for sure that this was the one I wanted to buy. And there my journey into the Gabriel era started.

All of the songs grew out to classics in its own sense and all of this songs gained an enormous fame over the years and were played ober and over over the years on several tours. The legendary moments are simply too many to remember but to name a few. Gabriels vocals on Dancing, the Mellotron on Dancing, the guitarsolo (possible the most beautifull guitarsolo ever recorded by any progband) on Firth Of Fifth and the last part of The Cinema Show.....

After this I brought the remaster of it in 1994...but it was dissapointing......and for long I did not dare to listen to it again. So often I rather liked to put on a bootleg, listen a live version from the Collins Era or eventually nothing at all. This all changed last year when Genesis atlast decide to release the last Genesis box....soon I rediscovered Selling again...and finally it was recorded the way it should pure, so tight and so dynamic....I was like a live recording.....If the orginal of Selling was already mindblowing and should deserve 5 stars, then the new remaster (SACD or DVD audio preferable) should deserve a 6th star...and this goes for all the other remasters as we'll.

No Progessive rock fan can efford it not to have this in your collection.

Daniel1974nl | 5/5 |


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