GENESIS - SELLING ENGLAND By The POUND
* CLASSIC RECORDS 200 GRAM PRESS *
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. For 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. This, combined with many overt literary allusions -- the Tolkeinisms of the title of "The Battle of Epping Forest" only being the most apparent -- gives this album a storybook quality. It plays as a collection of short stories, fables, and fairy tales, and it is also a rock record, which naturally makes it quite extraordinary as a collection, but also as a set of individual songs. 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," sung by Phil Collins. 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. (AMG)
A Note on Classic Records: Acclaimed reissue label specializing in audiophile LP reissues of classic albums; employs its own custom-built tube-based mastering equipment on all of its releases; masters its releases from original master tapes (or the best sources available). Earliest releases were a box set of RCA Living Stereo classical titles and Verve jazz titles (subsequently sold individually).
Classic used 180 gram vinyl until 2001. That year they switched to 180 gram "SV" (Super Vinyl) and added a sticker specifying the type of vinyl to all their LPs. They introduced 200 gram "Quiex SV-P" in July 2002. That was followed by "SV-P II" and, in 2008, "Clarity Vinyl." In the 2000s, they also introduced lower priced versions of many of their LPs, pressed from the same masters but on regular 150, 140, or 120 gram vinyl. Represses were always done on the latest vinyl formulation and can be dated by the sticker.
Classic also produced a line of gold CDs in the 1990s and then 24/96 HDAD digital disks. Mastering was typically done at Bernie Grundman Mastering by Grundman himself or Chris Bellman. Classic's assets were purchased by Acoustic Sounds in 2010. (DSC)
Genesis – Selling England By The Pound
Label: Charisma – FC 6060, Classic Records – FC 6060
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 200g QUIEX SV-P
Country: US Released: 26 Jun 2001
A1 Dancing With The Moonlit Knight 8:02
A2 I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) 4:03
A3 Firth Of Fifth 9:36
A4 More Fool Me Vocals – Phil* 3:10
B1 The Battle Of Epping Forest 11:43
B2 After The Ordeal 4:07
B3 The Cinema Show / Aisle Of Plenty Vocals – Phil* 12:40
Artwork By [Cover Painting] – Betty Swanwick
Drums, Percussion, Vocals – Phil Collins
Engineer [Assistant] – Rhett Davies
Guitar [12-string], Bass, Sitar [Electric] – Michael Rutherford*
Guitar [Electric, Nylon] – Stephen Hackett*
Keyboards, Guitar [12-string] – Tony Banks
Producer – Genesis, John Burns
Vocals, Flute, Oboe, Percussion – Peter Gabriel
Released on 200 Gram Classic Records QUIEX SV-P Super Vinyl Profile
℗ © 1973 Stratton-Smith Productions, Inc. Printed in U.S.A.
Manufactured & Distributed under exclusive license by Classic Records, Inc.
Other (Label - Side One): ST-FC-732993 PR
Other (Label - Side Two): ST-FC-732994 PR
Matrix / Runout (Side 1): FC-6060-A
Matrix / Runout (Side 2): FC-6060-B
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