SD 38-100 Wind & Wuthering
production credits unknown
Released on December 1976
UK CHART POSITION #7 . . . US CHART POSITION #26 . . . GOLD RECORD (4/20/90)
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T he last of the Genesis albums to reach truly epic proportions, much of it fueled by the stellar songwriting of Tony Banks and Steve Hackett. Wind & Wuthering does have half its heart in the music before (“Trick of the Tail”) and after (“Scenes From A Night’s Dream,” “Follow You, Follow Me”), but, oh, what they do with that other half. The quartet clearly ups the ante from their last album, reclaiming the sublime heights of such seemingly lost wonders as Selling England By The Pound on works like “Afterglow,” “One For The Vine” and “Blood On The Rooftops.” Hackett’s guitar leads the charge up the hill, re-using the same successful strategy set forth on his own Voyage of the Acolyte for sections of “Eleventh Earl of Mar,” “Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers…” (a prototypical Hackett title) and “…In That Quiet Earth.” In fact, his contributions have rarely been so pronounced on any Genesis album. Phil Collins also brings his extracurricular work to bear on the band with the instrumental “Wot Gorilla?,” a tune that would sound at home on any number of Brand X albums. However, the record’s most recognizable moment belongs to Mike Rutherford, the lovely and tranquil “Your Own Special Way.” It became their biggest US single to date (the first of many to come), and remains perhaps Rutherford’s finest contribution to their catalog. I would have been happy to hear the band continue in this vein for years to come, but it wasn’t meant to be. Hackett left soon after, and his ear for sprawling musical structures was audibly absent from …And Then There Were Three. As a result, little of Wind & Wuthering appears on the band’s official live albums; only “Afterglow” and “One For The Vine” have been so honored, which is something of a shame. In a way, this is the forgotten masterpiece, a last hurrah long since drowned out by the band’s commercial success, but one lost chapter that rewards repeated readings.

SD 38-100 back cover
SD 38-100 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. ELEVENTH EARL OF MAR    (Tony Banks/Steve Hackett/Michael Rutherford)    7:39
  2. ONE FOR THE VINE    (Tony Banks)    9:56
  3. YOUR OWN SPECIAL WAY    (Michael Rutherford)    6:15
  4. WOT GORILLA?    (Phil Collins/Tony Banks)    3:12
  5. ALL IN A MOUSE'S NIGHT    (Tony Banks)    6:35
  6. BLOOD ON THE ROOFTOPS    (Steve Hackett/Phil Collins)    5:20
  7. a. UNQUIET SLUMBERS FOR THE SLEEPERS...    (Steve Hackett/Michael Rutherford)    (7:12)
    b. ...IN THAT QUIET EARTH    (Steve Hackett/Michael Rutherford/Tony Banks/Phil Collins)
  8. AFTERGLOW    (Tony Banks)    4:10

CREDITS

TONY BANKS --
PHIL COLLINS --
STEVE HACKETT --
MICHAEL RUTHERFORD --

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK December 1976 Charisma LP/CS CDS/CDSMC 4005 lyric sleeve
US/CAN December 1976 Atlantic LP/CS SD 36-144  
BRA/GER/NET/NZ 1976 Charisma LP 9124 003 lyric insert
ARG   Charisma LP 27311 gatefold cover
FRA   Phonogram LP 9103 114 lyric insert
YUG   RTB LP LP5658  
UK   Charisma LP CDS 4005 blue label reissue
US April 1986 Atco LP/CD/CS SD/CS 38-100  
UK 1994 Virgin CD/CS CDSCD 4005 digital remaster
US December 14, 1994 Atlantic CD/CS 82690 definitive edition remaster
EUR 1994 EMI CD 839886  
BRA 2000 Virgin LP 1408012  

 

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