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5 stars Not only the greatest progressive rock album of all times, but the greatest album of any type of music. The most amazing thing about the album that even with one weak song, "More Fool Me", the rest of the album is so incredibly strong, that it is still a 5 star album, and the greatest ever. The opening of "Dancing With the Moonlit Knight" is my favorite start of any album. "Firth of Fifth" may be the greatest prog song of all times. Tony Banks keyboards set the stage for Steve Hackett's guitar solo that carries you off into another place. "I Know What I LIke" and The Battle of Epping ForEpping Forest" are both strong musically, with very humorous lyrics. "After the Ordeal" is a mellow lead in fotm Epping Forest into another truly great masterpiece "The Cinema Show/Sisle of Plenty". I have always been a huge Steve Hackett fan, and have always felt when he left Genesis, that should have been the end. However, it is Bank's keyboards which carry "The Cinema Show". The album is full of some of Peter Gabriel's best vocal work. "More Fool Me" has always seemed like a bit of filler to me, giving Phil Collins a chance to step behind the mike. Even though it's a weak song compared to the rest of the album, and a short one at that, the incredible strength of the rest of the album keeps it from diminishing the album as a whole. Any prog collection must start with Selling England. While Trespass, Nursery Crymes, Foxtrot are great albums, each one got progressively strong to the nadir of progressive rock in Selling England by the Pound.
rjeffreyr | 5/5 |


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