Released on 13 October 1973, Selling England by the Pound is the fifth studio album by Genesis. It reached No. 3 in the UK and No. 70 in the U.S. A single from the album, I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe), was released in February 1974 and became the band’s first top 30 hit in the UK.
The album was recorded in August 1973 following the tour supporting the previous album, Foxtrot (1972). The group set aside a short period of time to write new material, which covered a number of themes, including the loss of English folk culture and an increased American influence, which was reflected in the title. Following the album’s release, the group set out on tour, where they drew an enthusiastic reception from fans.
Critics and the band have given mixed opinions of the album, though guitarist Steve Hackett has said it is his favourite Genesis record. The album has continued to sell and has reached Gold certification by the British Phonographic Industry and the Recording Industry Association of America. Several of the album tracks became fan favourites and featured as a regular part of the band’s live setlist into the 1980s.
- Dancing with the Moonlit Knight
- I Know What I Like In Your Wardrobe
- Firth of Fifth
- More Fool Me
- The Battle of Epping Forest
- After the Ordeal
- The Cinema Show
- Aisle of Plenty
Format: Vinyl / 12” Album
Release Date: 3 Aug 2018