Wind And Wuthering
Released in December 1976
UK CHART POSITION #7 . . . US CHART POSITION #26
- Eleventh Earl Of Mar (7.39)
- One For The Vine (9.56)
- Your Own Special Way (6.15)
- Wot Gorilla? (3.12)
- All In A Mouse's Night (6.35)
- Blood On The Rooftops (5.20)
- Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers.....
- .....In That Quiet Earth (7.12)
- Afterglow (4.10)
PHIL COLLINS - Voices, Drums, Cymbals, Percussion.
STEVE HACKETT - Electric Guitars. Nylon Classical, 12 String, Kalimba, Auto-harp.
MICHAEL RUTHERFORD - Basses, 4, 6 and 8 String. Electric and 12 string Acoustic guitars. Bass pedals.
TONY BANKS - Steinway Grand Piano. ARP 2600 and Pro-Soloist Synthesizers. Hammond Organ, Mellotron,Roland String Synthesiser, Fender Rhodes Piano. etc.
All tracks published by © 1977 Gelring Ltd/Hit & Run Music (Publishing) Ltd
Recorded at Relight Studios, Hilvarenbeek, Holland.
Co-Produced by DAVID HENTSCHEL & GENESIS
Engineer DAVID HENTSCHEL
Assistant Engineer PIERRE GEOFFROY CHATEAU
Remixed at Trident Studios, London.
Assistant Engineer NICK "COD" BRADFORD
Tape Operators John, Geoff, Neil and Steve
Equipment Tex (Nibs) Read, Andy Mackrill, Paul Padun and Dale
Thanks to Tony Smith, Alex Sim, Brian Murray-Smith
Sleeve design: HIPGNOSIS/COLIN ELGIE
Remastered at The Farm and Abbey Road by Nick Davis, Geoff Callingham and Chris Blair
The 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 the 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.