Genesis’ Wind & Wuthering after 45 years

Genesis - Wind and Wuthering Lyrics and Tracklist | GeniusToday marks the 45th anniversary of the release of WIND & WUTHERING, the second album Genesis recorded as a four-piece after the departure of Peter Gabriel. It would be the band’s last studio album with guitarist Steve Hackett – Genesis paring down to the trio of Tony Banks (Keyboards), Phil Collins (vocals, drums) and Mike Rutherford (guitar, bass) from 1978’s…AND THEN THERE WERE THREE…
The album opens with Banks’ shimmering chords for the dynamic ‘Eleventh Earl of Mar’, which switches through various moods and tempos. Banks’ opus ‘One for the Vine’ follows, further developing the piano-based multi-part approach he adopted for ‘Mad Man Moon’ on the previous album, A TRICK OF THE TAIL. Rutherford’s ballad ‘Your Own Special Way’ is the weakest song on the album with ill-matched verse and chorus and a rambling mid-section. ‘Wot Gorilla?’ is a jazzy fast-paced Collins and Banks led instrumental that makes for a pleasant interlude. Side two opens with ‘All in a Mouse’s Night’ – a twee Tom & Jerry tale that has a strong Hackett solo on the coda. ‘Blood on the Rooftops’ is a gorgeous song exploring the generation gap through images from TV. We then move into the inter-linked closing section of the album with the simmering instrumental ‘Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers’ giving way to the powerful and rhythmic ‘…In That Quiet Earth’ and then the epic anthemic album closer ‘Afterglow’, which has been a live show classic ever since. The album’s romantic, classically tinged arrangements showed the increasing influence of Banks as a writer, but also demonstrated Hackett’s importance to the band in adding guitar sound and textures. Collins and Rutherford were already a formidable rhythm section and ensured the songs flowed. Whilst it may lack the heavier numbers evident on THE LAMB LIED DOWN ON BROADWAY and parts of A TRICK OF THE TAIL, the album is highly rewarding for those willing to invest in the depths of structure and arrangement the band offer here. Of the non-album tracks, which formed the EP SPOT THE PIGEON (1977), ‘Inside and Out’ is a classic Genesis two-part acoustic song/electric instrumental that should have made the album at the expense of ‘Your Own Special Way’. The album cover, painted by Colin Elgie, is one of the band’s best and its grey autumnal feel perfectly captures the mood of the music.

GENESIS
WIND & WUTHERING (Charisma, 17 December 1976) – Album Score – 76%
Tony Banks – Steinway grand piano, ARP 2600 synthesizer, ARP Pro Soloist synthesizer, Hammond organ, Mellotron, Roland RS-202 string synthesizer, Fender Rhodes electric piano, 12 string guitar, backing vocals
Phil Collins – vocals, drums, cymbals, percussion
Steve Hackett – electric guitars, nylon classical guitar, 12 string guitar, kalimba, autoharp
Mike Rutherford – 4, 6, and 8 string bass guitars, electric and 12 string acoustic guitars, bass pedals
Produced and engineered by David Hentschel
Assistant Engineered by Pierre Geoffroy Chateau and Nick “Cod” Bradford
Recorded at Relight Studios, Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands, September-October 1976
Mixed at Trident Studios, October 1976
2007 remix by Nick Davis assisted by Tom Mitchell and Geoff Callingham
Sleeve design by Hipgnosis and Colin Elgie

TRACK SCORES
Eleventh Earl of Mar (Banks, Hackett, Rutherford) (7:45) ****
One for the Vine (Banks) (10:00) ****
Your Own Special Way (Rutherford) (6:19) ** (A-side single, 18 February 1977)
Wot Gorilla? (Collins, Banks) (3:21) ***
All in a Mouse’s Night (Banks) (6:39) ***
Blood on the Rooftops (Hackett, Collins) (5:28) *****
Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers… (Hackett, Rutherford) (2:20) ***
…In That Quiet Earth (Hackett, Rutherford, Banks, Collins) (4:54) *****
Afterglow (Banks) (4:11) *****

Non-album tracks (SPOT THE PIGEON EP – 1977)
Match of the Day (Banks, Collins, Rutherford) (3:24) **
Pigeons (Banks, Collins, Rutherford) (3:12) ***
Inside and Out (Banks, Collins, Hackett, Rutherford) (6:45) *****