Selling England by the Pound - Genesis
Selling England by the Pound is the fifth studio album from the English progressive rock band Genesis, released in October 1973 on Charisma Records. It reached number 3 in the UK and number 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; November 1973 in the U.S.
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. It was remastered for CD in 1994 and 2007. Several of the album tracks became fan favourites and featured as a regular part of the band’s live setlist into the 1980s..
Released: October 1973
Recorded: August 1973 at Island Studios, London
Genre: Progressive rock, Art rock
Label: Charisma Atlantic
Producers: John Burns, Genesis
Singles released from the Album:
“I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)” Released in February 1974