Genesis
Wind & Wuthering


3.5
great

Review

by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
April 19th, 2012 | 61 replies | 5,196 views


Release Date: 1976 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Before ending up as a trio, Genesis put out their final progressive record.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Even after Genesis were left as a four-piece during the mid-70’s, carrying on the progressive torch as best they could with one man less, friction between their numbers persisted. With A Trick of the Tail arriving earlier and Wind & Wuthering later in the year, 1976 was a productive time for the newly Collins-led ensemble, but their upholding creativity could not prevent another member from stepping out. Despite his phenomenal playing, Steve Hackett had been continually underused as a lead guitarist, eventually growing dissatisfied with the weight of his input in the recording process. He fully devoted himself to his solo career after leaving the band, though not before providing his valuable contributions to the essential live release Seconds Out, arguably the final snapshot of ‘progressive’ Genesis.

Wind & Wuthering follows the course laid down before, although it is a calmer, once again more orchestral work. Gone are the elements of jazz fusion, and back are Tony Banks’ all-dominating keyboards. Judging by his proficiency throughout and the execution of One for the Vine and All in a Mouse’s Night, both of which he takes sole credit for, that really doesn’t seem to have been a bad development. Unfortunately, the band’s interplay does suffer for it. The full extent of their sound presents itself strongly during Eleventh Earl of Mar, as well as the two-part instrumental Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers... In That Quiet Earth, but the particular vibe that gave a lot of life to A Trick of the Tail did not make it all the way through.

It can still be safely qualified as progressive, but the album does contain the first real hints at Genesis’ future direction. Your Own Special Way is a first love song from them, and a very average, overly lengthy one at that. It’s the only clear low point, as Afterglow wraps up things in much better fashion. The slow-moving ballad is a perfect fit for Collins, who ironically enough had no part in any sort of love song here. Soon enough, the remaining trio would ready to seal the deal with pop music. They were in for a lot of success; prog was not.

Genesis Mark IV:

Phil Collins – Vocals, Drums
Steve Hackett – Guitar
Tony Banks – Keyboards
Mike Rutherford – Bass, Guitar

Highlights:

Eleventh Earl of Mar
One for the Vine
Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers... In That Quiet Earth
Afterglow




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Nagrarok
April 19th 2012



8197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Time to pick this up again.

Tyrael
April 19th 2012



20828 Comments


how

are

you

not

staff

yet

ffs

Nagrarok
April 19th 2012



8197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cookie will be given to true Genesis fans that spot the Selling England reference in the review.

Ire
April 19th 2012



41754 Comments


J/

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2012



8328 Comments


Cool, cool, you have reached the midway mark with your Genesis discog as I can see (still loving your discography reviews man!). Have a pos for your always-classy writing.

Ire
April 19th 2012



41754 Comments


Wind & Wuthering follows the course laid down before, although it is a calmer, once again more orchestral work.


omggg

rockandmetaljunkie
April 19th 2012



3302 Comments


"how are you not staff yet ffs"

yeah, i wonder the same thing.
If not a staff member, then at least a contributor.

Another good review man pos'd

Ire
April 19th 2012



41754 Comments


you should review the greatest dispute of all

rockandmetaljunkie
April 19th 2012



3302 Comments


"dude he reviews good music not la dipshit"

true

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2012



15893 Comments


how

are

you

not

staff

yet

ffs


I still don't get how people don't understand this. Nagra is a great reviewer, but the site promotes people who stay up to date with new releases. If there was a "classic rock staff authority" position, he'd most likely be promoted immediately.

Digging: Maybeshewill - Fair Youth

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2012



15893 Comments


hell people who have never written reviews will be on staff before nag ever gets there

hey at least jviney sort of came through

skoko and antar fell off the map though

Nagrarok
April 19th 2012



8197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hell people who have never written reviews will be on staff before nag ever gets there


haha

Tyrael
April 19th 2012



20828 Comments


'I still don't get how people don't understand this. Nagra is a great reviewer, but the site promotes people who stay up to date with new releases. If there was a "classic rock staff authority" position, he'd most likely be promoted immediately.'

That's bs

Voivod rarely reviews new stuff for example

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2012



15893 Comments


Voivod reviewed only new releases in the four months leading up to his promotion.

I don't know what he's done since then, but that can't be helped.

I mean don't get me wrong, I don't really care about any of this I just am explaining what I have heard and understand to be the "rules"

ThunderNeutral21
April 19th 2012



3864 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nag deserves staff. not a fan of this album from what ive sampled but gr8 review

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2012



15893 Comments


If this helps smooth anything over I think the new Rush song is fucking awesome

Lakes.
April 19th 2012



26975 Comments


Good man, sowing

Digging: The Suicide Machines - Destruction By Definition

Jethro42
April 19th 2012



12402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Tony Banks, the omnipresent musician here, stated that the album is in his top 3 Genesis ones. Even if at that point, Hackett was about to call it a day, he is also very fond of WAW and rightfully so as it features some of his most accomplished guitar work. Here is an example of an Hackett gem that Genesis refused to select for Wind and Wuthering (ending at 3:40);
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7OzYGNPbmU
Great review for a superb album, supernag.

Ire
April 19th 2012



41754 Comments


J/

picked up this and trick on vinyl a few days ago. rule

YoYoMancuso
April 19th 2012



11027 Comments


this is an awesome album, trick of the tail as well



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