Wind & Wuthering

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Wind & Wuthering
Studio album by Genesis
Released 23 December 1976 (UK)
7 January 1977 (US)[1]
Recorded September – October 1976 at Relight Studios/Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
Genre Progressive rock
Length 50:54
Label Charisma, Atco
Producer David Hentschel and Genesis
Genesis chronology
A Trick of the Tail
Wind & Wuthering
Spot the Pigeon

Wind & Wuthering is the eighth studio album from the English rock band Genesis, released in December 1976 on Charisma Records.[2] It is the last album recorded with guitarist Steve Hackett in the band's line-up before he left to continue with his solo career.

Tony Banks has said Wind & Wuthering is one of his two favourite Genesis albums, Duke being the other.[3] Steve Hackett has also stated that he is "very fond" of this album,[3] the last Genesis studio album he plays on. Mike Rutherford, however, describes the album as the "feminine side of Genesis" and a bit like "treading water after the drive of A Trick of the Tail" and that he "couldn't get the same kind of buzz."


The album's title derives from two pieces: The "Wind" comes from "The House of the Four Winds" (a Chinese restaurant in Manhattan), 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 paragraph:

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. The first line of the song ('The sun had been up for a couple of hours, covered the ground with a layer of gold') is the first line of the novel The Flight of the Heron by D. K. Broster. The lyrics were written by Mike Rutherford who got the idea after reading a "history book about a failed Scottish Rising. I liked the idea of him. He was a bit gay, a bit camp and a bit well-dressed."

"Afterglow" was composed by Tony Banks, who described it as a spontaneous piece that was written in about the same amount of time as it takes to play it and somewhat resembles "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"; it became a staple on Genesis tours for over 10 years, from the 1977 Wind & Wuthering Tour until the 1986/7 Invisible Touch Tour.[4] It was played as part of the 2007 Turn It On Again: The Tour, as part of a medley that also included "In The Cage", "The Cinema Show", and "Duke's Travels."[5] A Moog Taurus bass pedal is used to create a drone effect on which much of the song is structured.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
Q 3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[9]

Wind & Wuthering was released in the UK on 23 December 1976; its North American release followed on 27 December 1976. It peaked at number 7 on the UK Albums Chart and number 26 on the US Billboard 200. "Your Own Special Way" was released as a single in the US. It reached number 62 on the singles chart, becoming the band's first charting single with Collins as lead vocalist.


Rolling Stone gave the album a positive review, praising Genesis for being both more experimental and more steeped in conventional rock than their progressive rock contemporaries. They made particular note of "Your Own Special Way", calling it "a first-rate pop song".[8]

In a retrospective review, Allmusic similarly made note of "Your Own Special Way", calling it "the first [Genesis tune] that could qualify as a love song". They described it as "working the same English eccentric ground that was the group's stock in trade since Trespass" and said it is "a standard Genesis record, but quite a good one in that regard.[6]

In another retrospective review, Andy Fyfe writing for Q praised "One for the Vine" as one of Genesis's "moments of impressive songwriting", but also added that "little of the band's output has aged well".[7]

According to Billboard, at the end of 1977 a poll of more than 10,000 radio listeners in Greece voted Wind & Wuthering the fourth best album of the year.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Eleventh Earl of Mar"   Banks/Hackett/Rutherford 7:39
2. "One for the Vine"   Banks 9:56
3. "Your Own Special Way"   Rutherford 6:15
4. "Wot Gorilla?"   Banks/Collins 3:12
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All in a Mouse's Night"   Banks 6:35
2. "Blood on the Rooftops"   Collins/Hackett 5:20
3. "Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers…"   Hackett/Rutherford 2:27
4. "…In That Quiet Earth"   Banks/Collins/Hackett/Rutherford 4:45
5. "Afterglow"   Banks 4:10

Original North American Atco Records pressings of the album banded "Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers..." and "... In That Quiet Earth" together as a single track. The running time for the combined track on these pressings is listed as 7:12.

2007 SACD/CD/DVD Release[edit]

A new version of Wind & Wuthering was released in the UK and Japan on 2 April 2007. It was released in the US and Canada as part of the Genesis 1976-1982 box set on 15 May 2007. This includes the entire album in remixed stereo, the entire album in surround sound, and related video tracks.

  • Disc 1, in the European and Japanese releases, is a hybrid SACD/CD. The stereo layer includes the remixed tracks, and the SACD layer is a multichannel surround sound remix.[11]
  • Disc 1, in the Canadian and US releases, is a standard CD, containing the stereo remixes. No SACD layer is included.[12]
  • Disc 2, in all releases, is a DVD containing both audio and video tracks. This includes three audio mixes of the album: DTS 5.1 surround sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Digital stereo.[13] The DTS surround sound is a slightly compressed version of the surround sound on the SACD,[12] and the Dolby surround sound is of slightly inferior quality to the DTS.[14]
  • Disc 2 also includes the following video tracks:
  1. Band interview about this album (2007).
  2. Genesis on The Mike Douglas Show (US television), 1977 (sourced from bootleg video). Songs include "Your Own Special Way" and "Afterglow".
  3. Japanese television appearance, 1977 (sourced from bootleg video). Songs include "Eleventh Earl of Mar", "One For the Vine", and "Your Own Special Way".
  4. World Tour Program, from 1977 tour (13-page gallery).




  • Produced by David Hentschel & Genesis
  • Engineered by David Hentschel
  • Assistant engineers – Pierre Geoffroy Chateau & Nick Bradford
  • Nick Davis – 5.1 surround sound and stereo mixes (2007 remaster)
  • Tony Cousins – remastering (2007 remaster)
  • Ray Shulman – DVD authoring (2007 remaster)


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  2. ^ Gallo, Armando (1980). I Know What I Like. Los Angeles: D.I.Y Books. p. 161. ISBN 0-283-98703-0. 
  3. ^ a b Reissue Interviews 2007, on the Wind and Wuthering 2007 SACD/CD/DVD Release
  4. ^ Song Review by François Couture. "Afterglow – Genesis | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Set Lists – Europe". Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Wind & Wuthering at AllMusic
  7. ^ a b Andy Fyfe Q, May 2007, Issue 250.
  8. ^ a b Marsh, Dave (24 February 1977). "Genesis: Wind & Wuthering : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 1 December 2007. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Nathan Brackett; Christian David Hoard (2004). The new Rolling Stone album guide. New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 327–328. ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8. 
  10. ^ Billboard, 18 February 1978, p.63.
  11. ^ "Various formats described". Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Explained in interview with producer and remixer Nick Davis". Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  13. ^ The DVD interface has two audio choices: Dolby 5.1 and DTS 5.1. If the Dolby 5.1 option is chosen on a system that does not support surround sound, the Dolby stereo mix is played.
  14. ^ "Comparison from Sound and Vision magazine article online". Retrieved 10 August 2013.