GENESIS released their fifth studio album ‘Selling England By The Pound’ on October 13, 1973 through Charisma Records. The album reached No. 3 in the UK and No. 7 in the US. 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 a tour in support of the previous album, Foxtrot. The album was recorded at Island Studios, London with producer John Burns and Genesis. After the album’s release, the group toured, where they received an enthusiastic reception from fans.
The album cover is a painting by Betty Swanwick titled The Dream. Swanwick had designed posters for London Transport between the 1930s and 1950s. The original painting did not feature a lawn mower; the band asked Swanwick to add it later as an image for the song “I Know What I Like” because Swanwick told them that she did not have enough time to paint a new image for their cover.
Critics and the band gave different opinions on the album, although guitarist Steve Hackett said it was his favorite Genesis record. The album continued to sell well and achieved gold certification by the British Phonographic Industry and RIAA. The album was remastered for CD in 1994 and 2007. Some of the tracks on the album became fan favorites featured as a regular part of the setlist performed live by the band into the 1980s.
Tracklist: 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.
Personnel: – Phil Collins – drums, percussion, vocals, – Michael Rutherford – 12-string, bass, electric sitar, – Steve Hackett – electric guitar, nylon guitar, – Tony Banks – keyboards, 12-string, – Peter Gabriel – vocals, flute, oboe, percussion. [sources/photo special]