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!