Genesis - 'Selling England By The Pound' (landmark album review) Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     April 21, 2017    
0.0 (0)
3791   0   1   0   0   0





A true masterpiece.

This is a Rocktopia™ landmark review (album review no. 4993, pls. click HERE for more information)

Hearing this album for the first time proved a pivotal moment in my musical journey. As a child of the sixties music was a significant factor in our house, The Beatles, The Carpenters, Simon & Garfunkel and Bread were amongst family favourites, but the moment the school hippie handed me a carrier bag containing a selection of albums, including this one, it was a life changer as I'd discovered Rock. Deep Purple and Black Sabbath were interesting, but from the second I heard Peter Gabriel's A Cappella opening to 'Dancing With the Mooonlit Knight' I was well and truly hooked.

Here's music not bound by the three minute single convention, but tracks that are multi-faceted, stretching out over extended periods to tell stories with recurring musical themes often returning in different guises. Lyrics conjuring images in your head, painting pictures; they're clever, often funny and containing Gabriel's speciality of word-play, all of which resonate with me.

On top of all that there's the wonderful instrumentation. The only word I can use is majestic. Here are superb musicians creating the most fantastic tapestries, the solos are truly sensational. Little did I know that Steve Hackett was about to become one of my life long heroes, his playing going way beyond the traditional riffing guitarist, here is a true virtuoso. Tony Banks' piano and keyboard work is also equally splendid. The bloke on drums (Phil Collins) isn't just keeping time, he's producing some tasty runs and fills and the bass of Mike Rutherford adds really lovely motifs of his own.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site

Every one of the eight tracks is a winner, with the epic numbers being interspersed by shorter, but none the less wonderful songs. Three of these epics are classics of the genre with the aforementioned '...Moonlit Knight' being joined by 'Cinema Show' and my all-time favourite 'Firth Of Fifth'. 'The Battle Of Epping Forest' isn't quite as revered, but to me it's still brilliant with Gabriel giving vent to both his lyrical and theatrical genius.

If one needed a single track to demonstrate the band's genius, then it is 'Firth Of Fifth'. Banks' exquisite piano introduction is a delight, whilst the lyrics are beautifully crafted and perfectly pitched for a geography study, as I was at the time. The piano and flute interlude is utterly compelling as is the synth solo where Rutherford's bass and Collins' drums are so integral, and then it's that solo. Still, in my opinion, one of the greatest guitar solos ever, Hackett is supreme, but listen to what's underpinning it and you'll hear that everyone's contribution is vital in producing an absolute classic track. My love of Prog was forged right there. 'Cinema Show' is just as special and then there's the wonderful, poignant 'After The Ordeal' which delivers pathos in spades.

Needless to say I played this album repeatedly and kept it until I could scrape together the cash to buy my own copy. I still play it regularly. A true masterpiece.

Gary Marshall

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  February 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 2 weeks ago
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???
  • Berny : @tomandpam: Many thanks for your purchase. The download instructions were sent yesterday, please contact me at «email» should you haven't received the email.
  • tomandpam : I paid for a download on issue 89 and didn't receive the download. Please let me know when I can get it. Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Fireworks Magazine #89 will be available at selected UK based newsagents on December 16th. The digital version can already be purchased in our Download Store.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?
  • Berny : @el nowy: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. Pls. check your mail!
  • el nowy : Hi, how long does it take for my download license to be available? I purchased it 3 days ago. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @l.thijs: Apologies for the delay, your digital copy can now be downloaded from your "My Downloads" section.
  • l.thijs : Hi Fireworks Magazine. I made a purchase on 10 nov and I paid by Paypall. I bought the #85 fireworks mag download for GBP3,50. But I didn,t receive anything. Please can you find out what's going on?
  • kazooba : I have digital versions of every issue from 27 thru 88, any way I can get issues 1 - 26 with cd's digitally?
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: The links are in the Fireworks menu. Have you tried scrolling down? Maybe your screen size is too small...
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; there are only links up to Fireworks 86. Which is kinda strange because i already downloaded CD 87 but i'm looking for the link to CD 88...Chris
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site