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Charted: Oct. 13, 1973

Rating: 4.464 (average of 12 ratings)

Genre: progressive rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Dancing with the Moonlit Knight
  2. I Know What I Like in Your Wardrobe
  3. Firth of Fifth
  4. More Fool Me
  5. The Battle of Epping Forest
  6. After the Ordeal
  7. The Cinema Show
  8. Aisle of Plenty

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 0.5
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.06
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2.5


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 70
peak on U.K. album chart 3

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • I Know What I Like in Your Wardrobe (4/6/74) #21 UK


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Selling England by the Pound
“Genesis proved that they could rock on Foxtrot but on its follow-up Selling England by the Pound they didn’t follow this route, they returned to the English eccentricity of their first records, which wasn’t so much a retreat as a consolidation of powers.” STE “Most of the album flaunts songs that are stuffed with stop-start riffs, shifty meters, atmospheric interludes and nutty rhymes: meticulously plotted excess.” JP

“Even if this eight-track album has no one song that hits as hard as Watcher of the Skies, Genesis hasn’t sacrificed the newfound immediacy of Foxtrot; they’ve married it to their eccentricity, finding ways to infuse it into the delicate whimsy that’s been their calling card since the beginning.” STE

This “is prog Genesis at its pinnacle, an album of songsuites that can barely stop morphing long enough to show off a majestic tune or a spiraling guitar riff. It’s a concept album (but of course) about Britain’s long descent from past glories: from Shakespeare and chivalry to dead-end jobs and supermarket shopping.” JP

“Many overt literary allusions – the Tolkeinisms of the title of The Battle of Epping Forest only being the most apparent – gives this album a story book quality. It plays as a collection of short stories, fables and fairy tales.” STE

“Genesis has never been as direct as they’ve been on the fanciful yet hook-driven I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) – apart from the fluttering flutes in the fade-out, it could easily be mistaken for a glam single – or as achingly fragile as on More Fool Me.” STE The latter “introduces Collins as the morosely romantic lead singer he would later become full-time.” JP

“It’s this delicate balance and how the album showcases the band’s narrative force on a small scale as well as large that makes this their arguable high-water mark.” STE

Review Source(s):
  • STE Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
  • JP Jon Pareles, Blender magazine. (10/07), pp.118-9.

Related DMDB Links:

previous studio album: Foxtrot (1972) Genesis’ DMDB page Peter Gabriel’s DMDB page Phil Collins’ DMDB page next studio album: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)

Last updated March 4, 2010.