Cracking America “By the Pound”

Cracking America “By the Pound” 

Posted: 10:29 am Thursday, October 4th, 2018

By Pete Rizzo


Name-dropped by many as the best Genesis album of the Peter Gabriel era (a close second for me, right behind “The Lamb…”), “Selling England by the Pound” was released 45 years ago this month, the first album by the classic lineup to crack the US charts.

This was thanks in large part to their lone single to crack the charts during the Peter era:

Owing true to my proggy proclivities, my favorite tunes off of “Pound” are among the album’s longest.

The guys in the band thought this about the album

And whenever The Musical Box comes to town, this album is a favorite of theirs to do all of (and they do it exceptionally well).

In hindsight, “Pound” really was a “calm before the storm” album. Relations between the band were fairly tranquil compared to what was to come with “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway”, which turned out to be Peter’s swan song with Genesis.