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Marc Baum
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5 stars It's difficult to choose, which was truely the definitive peak of Genesis: "Foxtrot" or "Selling England By The Pound"? In my oppinion it's "Selling England By The Pound". The production is brilliant, really every single instrument is perfectly in place, Gabriel's outstanding voice, too. Don't get me wrong, I love all of Genesis work from the Gabriel-era up from "Trespass". It's really hard to choose, but I think that "Selling England..." is their most complete record. "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight" is hunting, dramatic power prog at it's best (in "Aisle Of Plenty" repeats the intro melody of that track. There are epics like "Firth Of Fifth" (what a guitar solo from Hackett!), "The Battle Of Epping Forest" and the fulminant "Cinema Show" (wonderful chorus!). You get also the first "hit" of Genesis with "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" and a great instrumental with "After The Ordeal". When prog-heads talk about the most quintessential records of all times, mostly falls the name "Close To The Edge", "Dark Side Of The Moon" or even "Selling England By The Pound". The fact, that these three albums and some of the following ones are on top of this page is really good and earned I think. In principal it's not important which is the best, because all are great and must-haves. This album deserves the 5 star rating, like "Foxtrot", "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" or "Nursery Cryme". I love this band for their great work throughout the years '70 - '77 like most of prog fans do, so you know that this is quintessential. If you like it or not doesn't count, because it is truely a masterpiece and you can't change that fact!
Marc Baum | 5/5 |


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