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Wind And Wuthering

Genesis Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 Oct 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Charisma
  • ASIN: B000024EXP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On this 1976 album, the group's second after Phil Collins took over lead vocal duties from Peter Gabriel, Genesis continues to make art-rock that's both accessible and emotional, if less overly quirky than with the Gabriel-fronted lineup. The extended epics "Eleventh Earl of Mar" and "One for the Vine" showcase the group's still-sharp progressive instincts, while "Wot Gorilla?" and "All in a Mouse's Night" demonstrate a gently eccentric sense of humour. Meanwhile, the lilting love song "Your Own Special Way" presages the string of romantic ballads that would soon make Genesis a world-class hit machine. --Scott Schinder

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 3 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is, put simply, the best rock album I have ever heard. Most people discuss the orchestral sweep, the mastery of One for the Vine etc etc; I want to put in a case for Blood on the Rooftops as one of the most surprisingly moving rock songs ever written. The unlikely writing partnership of Phil Collins and Steve Hackett pays off with an unusual and devastating result: this song and this album should be played in schools to teach the youth of today what music is!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genesis Genius 24 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
An absolute masterpiece as Genesis albums go. 11th Earl is a first-class opener, and it just gets better from there. Phil, having taken over as lead vocalist on "A Trick of the Tail", continues to lend his own unique style to some beautiful lyrics. "Blood on the Rooftops" has a poignancy as it was one of Steve Hackett's last contributions to the band before he left. A stunning finale - the last 3 tracks are segue, a winning formula later repeated on "Duke", with that good old trick of reminding the listener of previous tracks. (In that quiet earth has a great riff from 11th Earl). "Afterglow" really rounds it all off with its powerfully romantic sound. Certainly worth every penny!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Hurrah.... 22 Oct 2000
Format:Audio CD
Simply put, IMHO, the last great Genesis album before it all went downhill. They hadn't had a bad album from 'Foxtrot' to 'Trick of the Tail', and Wind and Wuthering is the last of this great era of Genesis albums.
The Album opens with Eleventh Earl of mar, which is really the stand out track for 'theme' of the album, that, and One for the Vine are just amazing. If you like the instrumental sections of genesis work, then wind and wuthering is definetely no exception. Two tracks in one 'Unquiet slumbers for the sleepers.... and ...In that quiet earth' is a suberb 10 or so minute instrumental that eventually crescendos to a very funky rendition of the Eleventh Earl of Mar theme (which i might add, is my favourite few bars of the album, and i can't help but Bounce to). Other Stand out tracks are 'All in a mouse's night' which for some reason reminds me of 'Robbery, assault and Battery' from Trick in it's structure - (and in it's place, at the start of side two), actually overall Wind and Wuthering is a very succesful evolution from Trick of the Tail, developing a new side of Genesis, that unfortunately only lasted these two albums (although i feel they recaptured some of the magic on 'duke'). another great track is 'Your own special way', which i hated at first, because i can't stand ballads, but after the Middle Eight section with the mellotron, When it kicks back in, really got me interested - Now i love it. Overall, A great album, but needs a few listens to get used to.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close to perfection 30 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
Whenever I hear this album, thoughts go back to the gig in 1977 at Birmingham Odeon, when I saw the boys on the "Wind" tour. The most brilliant concert I have ever been to, showcasing their most brilliant album (more so than Trick of the Tail). This album represents the high-water mark of Genesis's career, before the sad decline through "And Then There Were Three", and "Duke", to the appalling "ABACAB".

Prog-rock is often criticised as just self-indulgent twiddling, but listen to the epic story-telling of "One for the Vine", the lush romanticism of "Your Own Special Way", and the semi-orchestral "Blood on the Rooftops", with its witty lyrics (the Queen, Errol Flynn and Mother Goose mentioned in the same song?) - I'm getting a bit carried away, but you get the picture. If you want the finest example of 1970's British prog-rock, this album is close to perfection. If your acquaintance with Genesis began in 1979, buy this album and hear what you missed.

Incidentally, I know I'm not supposed to comment on other reviews, but I can't let previous comments on "All in a Mouse's Night" go without offering a different view. A weak track? Let's run it through the checklist for Genesis classics: 1. Whimsical/nursery-rhyme lyrics - check. 2.Sublime guitar from Hackett - check. 3. Movements with different time-signatures - check. 4.Climactic, multi-layered ending with Banks playing everything including the kitchen sink - check. Yep, sounds like a classic to me. Definitely one of the best tracks on the album. But hey - don't believe me, buy it and judge for yourself!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Continued Excellence! 1 Jun 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Wind And Wuthering continues from where A Trick Of The Tail left of - excellence all-round. There are many excellent songs on this album. 'Eleventh Earl Of Mar' is a pulsating opener, filled with booming drums and quietly atmospheric guitar. The wonderful epic track 'One For The Vine' is equally loud, but with wonderful keyboards/guitars. Other personal favourites include 'Blood On The Rooftops' with the well-crafted accoustic opening and eccentric lyrics, and the U.S. Hit 'Your Own Special Way' - a classic ballad (recently re-done by Paul Carrack). It was a shame that this was Hackett's last studio album - although he was on Seconds Out. But the trio continued to greater heights - and this album is another great continuation of the epic Genesis style, as the later albums were too!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hackett so crucial 29 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent (if not perfect) Genesis album - probably the last true 'progressive album' as from then on the 'poppy' side of Genesis tends to show through more and more. What this album shows more than anything is how crucial Steve Hackett was to the sound the band produced. The lack of cutting edge on future albums when Mike Rutherford is playing lead guitar can be clearly seen and heard if you listen to this album. There are some top class songs - some of them may now seem a touch overlong but that is a minor criticism. 'One for the Vine' is a classic Genesis song with an interesting story line and some superb instrumental passages. 'Blood on the Rooftops' is another classic which Steve Hackett has recently been playing in his live show. There is only one weak song on the album 'Your Own Special Way' which is frankly quite boring. It is also disappointing to note that Steve Hackett left after this album as he felt that his work was not been represented - then why put a bit of a filler in like 'Wot Gorilla'? Have a listen if you get the chance to the song 'Inside and Out' which is available on the Arcoives 2 and wonder why it was not included on this album -it would have made it an even stronger album and probably have kept Hackett in the band.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
This record was the last I bought by Genesis. The band were not the same without Gabriel. The stories in the songs were not as interesting. The melodies did not seem as good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Prygodzicz
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a nice material.
I have bougt this record and an other Calling All Stations: Hybrid SACD + DVD. The Wind and Wuthering [Hybrid SACD + DVD] wasn't so exciting than I expected.
Published 3 months ago by Jager Pal
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Genesis Album
Quite simply, this is the last truly great Genesis album the guys released and a fitting way for their sublime guitar genius Steve Hackett to depart. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Prog Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars genesis
bought to replace the vinyl. still one of my favourite genesis albums. afterglow is an excellent track one of their best
Published 4 months ago by Ramoth
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this album
Not quite Trick of the Tail, but still a classic Genesis album before Phil C really got his claws in!
Published 4 months ago by George
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales to Music
One of Genesis' best albums ever! Just sit back, listen and enjoy all the nuances they inflict upon the musical stage.
Published 4 months ago by Les Hooton
5.0 out of 5 stars All time classic
A must for Genesis fans the world over. No serious prog rock collection is complete without this album. Pure genius
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. C. A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Genesis album
Really enjoyed this album. Some great instrumental parts. Would recommend it to anyone who likes Genesis and not got this album. It is probably the best.
Published 7 months ago by Anthony Gerard Mahoney
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories.
Had Wind and Wuthering on vinal tape then cd, but this remastered version is great. Cant think why its taken me so long to find it.
Published 7 months ago by tel boy
5.0 out of 5 stars A true gem!
This has always been my favourite Genesis album/CD, so this review will have a slight rose coloured tint to it, but I make no apology for that. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lawrie the lush attic
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