Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#574 in the Series) is Genesis, Wind and Wuthering
“..And There Were Still Four.” That could have been the title for Wind and Wuthering when you look back at it. I’m of course referring to the fact that this was indeed, the last album with four of the historic Genesis lineup members.
We know that Peter Gabriel left the band at the end of the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour. The next year saw the release of the first post-Gabriel album, A Trick of the Tail. That great release was followed up with Wind and Wuthering. Yes, like many of the band’s fans, we love the Gabriel era. My favorite will always be ‘73’s Selling England By The Pound, but you’d be hard pressed to find any back to back albums from any era of the band as strong as A Trick of the Tail and Wind and Wuthering. They were also the only two albums released after Peter left, and before long-time guitarist Steve Hackett also said good-bye.
We’ll look at “Trick” another time, so let’s look at this album called Wind and Wuthering.
The opening number was also a concert opener for number of tours. That would be “Eleventh Earl of Mar” or you may know it as “Go West Young Man,” no, I take that back, Genesis fans know the titles by the actual names, not just by the hook. At least they did back in these days.
My favorite song on the disc was also a long time concert favorite. It might be my favorite on the album as well, that would be “One for the Vine.” It’s a great song featuring Phil Collins at his storytelling best. I also loved it because, live, I always thought it was a great song to showcase the world-class drumming of Chester Thompson. Watch the live video below.
Speaking of Chester, “Wot Gorilla” is actually a reference to him. The nickname came from Frank Zappa while Chester was part of FZ’s band during the One Size Fits All era.
Side two opens with a pair of live favorites, “All in a Mouse’s Night” and “Blood on the Rooftops.”
Oops, maybe I made a major mistake here. I know I mentioned that “One For the Vine” was my favorite. I’m going to have to take a mulligan on that one since I forgot that Tony Banks’ “Afterglow” ends this disc.
THIS would go on to be one of the concert highlights on, I believe, every tour from this point forward. I didn’t see every tour, but they did play this track every time I saw the band. Live it was a remarkable mix of powerful Banks keyboards, great Collins vocals, spectacular lights and fog and first and absolutely foremost, Mike Rutherford’s heavy heart and body thumping Taurus bass-pedals. THAT was what you took home from those tours.
This was a very good album, and like I said before, a great one-two with A Trick of the Tail. Squonk, Dance on a Volcano, Entangled, Ripples, Los Endos, Eleventh Earl of Mar, One For the Vine, Your Own Special Way, Afterglow…. Yes indeed, a wonderful era that lasted just two albums. It produced plenty of wonderful Genesis music. Don’t tell me they ended when Gabriel left. I couldn’t disagree more.
Be sure to check out the videos playlists below. Firstly we have the complete studio album. Below that we have some live tracks and a real treat. Two performances of “Your Own Special Way” and “Afterglow” from The Mike Douglas Show in 1977.
- “Eleventh Earl of Mar” (music: Banks, Hackett, Rutherford / lyrics: Rutherford) – 7:41
- “One for the Vine” (Banks) – 10:00
- “Your Own Special Way” (Rutherford) – 6:15
- “Wot Gorilla?” (Banks, Phil Collins) – 3:12
- “All in a Mouse’s Night” (Banks) – 6:35
- “Blood on the Rooftops” (music: Hackett, Collins / lyrics: Hackett) – 5:20
- “Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers…” (Hackett, Rutherford) – 2:23
- “…In That Quiet Earth” (Hackett, Rutherford, Banks, Collins) – 4:50
- “Afterglow” (Banks) – 4:10
- Steve Hackett – guitars, kalimba, autoharp
- Tony Banks – keyboards
- Mike Rutherford – basses, guitars, bass pedals
- Phil Collins – vocals, drums, percussion
- See our write-up on Genesis, Seconds Out
- See our write-up on Peter Gabriel, Plays Live
- Watch PG “mini-concert” on LiveOnLetterman
- See our write up on Genesis, Duke
- See our write up of other prog-rock acts
- See other 1977 albums that we’ve featured
- See other Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Members that we’ve featured.
Here’s some live cuts from Wind and Wuthering. Including one by Daryl Stuermer
Your Own Special Way and After Glow, The Mike Douglas Show, 1977