|Wind & Wuthering|
|Studio album by Genesis|
|Released||27 December 1976|
|Recorded||September - October 1976 at Relight Studios/Hilvarenbeek, NL|
|Label||Charisma, Virgin, Atco|
|Producer||David Hentschel and Genesis|
Tony Banks has said Wind & Wuthering is one of his two favourite Genesis albums. Steve Hackett has also stated that he is "very fond" of this album (this was also his last studio release with the band).
Wind & Wuthering reached number 7 in the UK where it remained on the charts for 22 weeks, and #26 in the US. In the US, "Your Own Special Way" gained FM airplay.
The album's title derives from two pieces: The "Wind" comes from "The House of the Four Winds", the title given by Hackett to a piece that later became the quiet bridge for "Eleventh Earl of Mar"; the "Wuthering" alludes to the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. The titles of tracks 7 and 8 are derived from the novel's closing sentence: "I lingered round them, under that benign sky: watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells, listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass, and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth."
"Eleventh Earl of Mar" refers to the historical figure of John Erskine, 11th Earl of Mar by one reckoning.
"Wot Gorilla?" is a reference to touring drummer Chester Thompson having been mentioned in "Florentine Pogen", a track on Frank Zappa's 1975 album One Size Fits All. Thompson performed drums on the track, the outro section of which features the repeated vocal phrase "Chester's gorilla"
"Afterglow" was composed by Tony Banks, who described it as a spontaneous piece that was written in about the same amount of time as it takes to play it; it became a staple on Genesis tours for over 10 years, from the 1977 Wind & Wuthering Tour until the 1986/7 Invisible Touch Tour. It was played as part of the 2007 Turn It On Again: The Tour, as part of a medley that also included "In The Cage", "The Cinema Show", and "Duke's Travels" . A Moog Taurus bass pedal is used to create a drone effect on which much of the song is structured.
A new version of Wind & Wuthering was released in the U.K. and Japan on April 2, 2007. It was released in the US and Canada as part of the Genesis 1976-1982 box set on May 15, 2007. This includes the entire album in remixed stereo, the entire album in surround sound, and related video tracks.
Genesis toured in support of Wind & Wuthering between January and July 1977. This tour marked the debut of Chester Thompson as their touring drummer and final tour with guitarist Steve Hackett. The tour was documented on the Seconds Out album.