Label: Atlantic - R1 516781,Rhino Records - R1 516781,Charisma - R1 516781 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Deluxe Edition, Mixed, Reissue, Remastered 180 Gram • Country: USA & Canada • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock
It was released on their album Selling England by the Pound. The song was originally going to be titled "Disney". The song was developed from several brief piano pieces composed by frontman Peter Gabrielwhich were later combined with some of Steve Hackett 's guitar figures to make up the song. Gabriel contributed English-themed lyrics to "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight", because the music press thought that Genesis were putting too much effort into appealing to the American audiences.
He also included some references to Green Shield Stamps in the lyrics. The song's ending, which contains Dancing With The Moonlit Knight - Genesis - Selling England By The Pound number of string guitar figures, was originally supposed to segue into "The Cinema Show" another song on the album to make a song of around 20 minutes in length.
This idea was scrapped, because it was too similar in length to the minute song " Supper's Ready " from Foxtrotthe band's previous record. That tune started off with the influence of a Scottish song, then it moved into something that I Morituri - Various - 古式 Records Compilation Volume #2 of in a more elegiac way — something nostalgic and wistful, and common to a lot of Genesis tunes.
Then it bursts forth, it fights off its shackles, really takes off like a rocket, into another section, which seems to borrow from something that sounds more Russian in a way. The song was performed in and the year after, but was dropped from the band's setlist once The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway was released, and only rarely did it show up afterwards. Genesis' guitarist Mike Rutherford said that he thought the song was a good opener for Selling Dancing With The Moonlit Knight - Genesis - Selling England By The Pound by the Poundbut he was less happy about the whole song overall, as he said it was "a bit busy".
Ultimate Classic Rock wrote that despite Ruins - Fear Of Men - Fall Forever puns in the song being a bit over the top at times, the band performs at its musical peak in "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight".
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