Wind & Wuthering

Label
Rhino Atlantic
Release date
25 Oct 1990
Running length
9 tracks
Running time
50:40

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Eleventh Earl of Mar 7:42 21,713
2 One for the Vine 9:58 22,047
3 Your Own Special Way 6:17 31,765
4 Wot Gorilla? 3:19 17,287
5 All in a Mouse's Night 6:37 16,997
6 Blood on the Rooftops 5:26 20,319
7 'Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers... 2:22 1,038
8 In That Quiet Earth' 4:48 3,062
9 Afterglow 4:11 48,938

About this album

Wind & Wuthering is a studio album by British progressive rock band Genesis, originally released on 27 December 1976 , though the release date is often incorrectly listed as 7 January 1977, which was the US release date.

Wind & Wuthering was the second Genesis studio album featuring Phil Collins as lead vocalist. It was released within a year of A Trick Of The Tail . It was also the last full studio album to include guitarist Steve Hackett. The album has a much more sombre atmosphere than the previous one, particularly in its second half.

Tony Banks has said Wind & Wuthering is one of his two favourite Genesis albums. Steve Hackett has also stated that he is “very fond” of this album.

Wind & Wuthering reached number 7 in the UK and #26 in the US. In the US, “Your Own Special Way” gained FM airplay.

The album’s title derives from two pieces: The “Wind” comes from “The House of the Four Winds”, the title given by Hackett to a piece that later became the quiet bridge for “Eleventh Earl of Mar”; the “Wuthering” alludes to the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. The titles of tracks 7 and 8 are derived from the novel’s closing sentence: “I lingered round them, under that benign sky: watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells, listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass, and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.”

“Eleventh Earl of Mar” refers to the historical figure of John Erskine, 11th Earl of Mar by one reckoning.

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  • mk741

    A weak album (upon revisiting it). The way Banks' meandering keys smother each track is incredibly annoying, and Collins' hammy vocals don't help. The album needed a major influx of Hackett's guitar/ balls/ life (who was right to jump ship here). Not surprising they'd go full-on schmaltz with And then... after this one.

    4 Jul 5:25am Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    lol no

    13 Jun 8:00pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    I think the kindest thing you can say about this album is that its better than a trick of the tail

    8 Mar 1:08am Reply
  • Poisonnation

    It all went downhill after this album.

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    Near-masterpiece. And as far as I'm concerned, this is Genesis' swan song.

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • roldki

    What the heck? This is awful! It's pretty much just an unlistenable synthfest!

    23 Oct 2012 Reply
  • sl8221958

    When I saw the Seconds Out tour and Phil did his acrobatic tambourine jam, I got sold on I Know What I Like. That was fun. I like the idea of the song lyrics too-- a guy who is happy and successful doing what he does, though none of his betters think so. I didn't care for More Fool Me on Selling England simply because it was Phil, and not PG on vocals. My opinion, but Phil just sounds like imitation Gabriel-- without the range and expression and hint of darkness. Phil does pop music well, does drums like a god. I was never especially offended by Own Special Way. I was surprised to see the venom towards it here. Oh well, I love DEVO, so there ya go!

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
  • silverlage

    no way

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • silverlage

    Is this Phil C. singing on the whole album?.

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Sosen

    Great album, with the exception of Your Own Special Way. What a horrible song. [2]

    30 Jan 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    Great album, with the exception of Your Own Special Way. What a horrible song.

    17 Nov 2011 Reply
  • WhiteBane

    love it ♥

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
  • gsm007g

    Afterglow......rather Tasty...

    3 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Sosen

    PROG-ROCK!!!!!!

    25 Oct 2010 Reply
  • alvaronigro

    The best without Peter.

    26 Jun 2010 Reply
  • DavidBG16

    last great genesis album... after thar, genesis falls

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • lucy1379

    Adoro Genesis*

    22 Dec 2009 Reply
  • pepganzo

    the best without peter.

    16 Nov 2009 Reply
  • constructionist

    got on record [2]. Best listened to in November.

    5 Nov 2009 Reply
  • elo4000

    wind and wuthering is a good album.

    30 Oct 2009 Reply
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