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Selling England By the Pound

Genesis' dominance of the pop charts in the 1980s and 1990s cemented their image as radio-friendly hitmakers, but there was a time when the U.K. group stood at the cutting edge of progressive rock; the band's first half-dozen albums (with singer Peter Gabriel at the microphone) are exemplars of the form. SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND, from 1973, is a remarkably effective fusion of whimsical storybook tales and muscular rock performances. The eight originals include a catchy single (“I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)”) as well as complex musical epics (“The Battle of Epping Forest,” “The Cinema Show”) and - shades of things to come – a lead vocal from drummer Phil Collins (“More Fool Me”). SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND reached #3 on the British chart to become Genesis' most commercially successful album to that point, and the set remains among the band's very best.

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