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The Last Hurrah....
on 22 October 2000
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.