Album #280 – Selling England By The Pound

Album #280

If you are looking for the Genesis sound that dominated their albums from the late 70’s to early 90’s, you won’t find it here. This album is from the Peter Gabriel era of Genesis. It is Progressive Rock at it’s finest. To me, if rock and roll existed back in the Victorian Era, this is what it would sound like. This album mixes classical influences with folk and rock to create a unique progressive rock sound. This “concept album” focuses on the past, mostly old England. It transports the listener back to that time. This album also showcases the musicianship of Tony Banks, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins. They are all amazing musicians. I don’t know why so many people hated Genesis back in the 70’s other than the fact that what they were doing was kind of boring. John Peel has famously said that he cried at a Genesis concert because he was saddened at the state of their music and he credits this event as a factor in his decision to start playing Punk music on his BBC Radio 1 show.  Despite this, these guys are not the typical egotistical prog rock musicians. The instrumental breaks in the songs are more suited to the song rather than as a means to show off. Peter Gabriel’s vocals are great as always. His vocals transport the listener back in time. Phil Collins actually sings lead vocals on one song on this album, More Fool Me. At first, I didn’t even notice that it was Collins singing. I thought it was Gabriel. That is how much alike they sounded at the time. My, how things change!! I liked this album somewhat. I was kind of bored by it. It was not exciting but, I do appreciate the musicianship. This is a good reference point to see how far Genesis has come since this album was released. Overall, I give this album 4 out of 5.

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