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Wind & Wuthering
Studio album by Genesis
Released 27 December 1976[1]
Recorded September - October 1976 at Relight Studios/Hilvarenbeek, NL
Genre Progressive rock
Length 50:54
Label Charisma, Virgin, Atco
Producer David Hentschel and Genesis
Professional reviews
Genesis chronology
A Trick of the Tail
Wind & Wuthering
Seconds Out

Wind & Wuthering is the eighth studio album by British rock band Genesis, originally released in the UK in December 1976[1]

Tony Banks has said Wind & Wuthering is one of his two favourite Genesis albums.[3] Steve Hackett has also stated that he is "very fond" of this album (this was also his last studio release with the band).[3]


Chart performance

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.[4] 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" [2]. A Moog Taurus bass pedal is used to create a drone effect on which much of the song is structured.[citation needed]

Track listing

Side one

  1. "Eleventh Earl of Mar" (Tony Banks, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford) – 7:41
  2. "One for the Vine" (Banks) – 10:00
  3. "Your Own Special Way" (Rutherford) – 6:19
  4. "Wot Gorilla?" (Banks, Phil Collins) – 3:19

Side two

  1. "All in a Mouse's Night" (Banks) – 6:37
  2. "Blood on the Rooftops" (Hackett, Collins) – 5:27
  3. "Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers..." (Hackett, Rutherford) – 2:23
  4. "...In That Quiet Earth" (Hackett, Rutherford, Banks, Collins) – 4:50
  5. "Afterglow" (Banks) – 4:12

2007 SACD/CD/DVD Release

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.

  • Disc 1, in the Canadian and U.S. releases, is a standard CD, containing the stereo remixes. No SACD layer is included.[6]
  • Disc 2, in all releases, is a DVD-Video disk containing both audio and video tracks. This DVD includes three audio mixes of the album: DTS 5.1-channel surround sound, Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound, and Dolby Digital stereo.[7] The DTS surround sound is a slightly compressed version of the surround sound on the SACD,[6] and the Dolby surround sound is of slightly inferior quality to the DTS.[8]
  • Disc 2 also includes the following video tracks:
  1. Band interview about this album (2006).
  2. Genesis on The Mike Douglas Show (U.S. television), 1977 (sourced from bootleg video). Songs include "Your Own Special Way" and "Afterglow".
  3. Japanese television appearance, 1977 (sourced from bootleg video). Songs include "Eleventh Earl of Mar", "One For the Vine", and "Your Own Special Way".
  4. World Tour Program, from 1977 tour (13 page gallery).



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.


  1. "Squonk"
  2. "One For the Vine"
  3. "Robbery, Assault And Battery"
  4. "Your Own Special Way" (performed on UK shows in January, 1977 and the whole of the North American leg in February and March, 1977)
  5. "Lilywhite Lilith"/"The Waiting Room"/"Wot Gorilla" (performed at London's Rainbow Theatre show on 1 January 1977)
  6. "All In a Mouse's Night" (performed on UK shows in January, 1977)
  7. "Inside and Out" (performed on South American and second European legs replacing "Your Own Special Way")
  8. "Firth of Fifth"
  9. "The Carpet Crawlers"
  10. "...In That Quiet Earth'"
  11. "Afterglow"
  12. "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)"
  13. "Eleventh Earl of Mar"
  14. "Supper's Ready"
  15. "Dance On a Volcano"
  16. "Drum Duet" (replacing the instrumental coda of "Dance On a Volcano")
  17. "Los Endos"


  1. "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway"
  2. "The Musical Box" (closing section)



  1. ^ a b c Gallo, Armando (1980). I Know What I Like. Los Angeles: D.I.Y Books. p. 161. ISBN 0283987030. 
  2. ^ Andy Fyfe Q, May 2007, Issue 250.
  3. ^ a b Reissue Interviews 2007, on the Wind and Wuthering 2007 SACD/CD/DVD Release
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Formats described at
  6. ^ a b Explained in interview with producer and remixer Nick Davis, at
  7. ^ The DVD interface has two audio choices: Dolby 5.1 and DTS 5.1. If the Dolby 5.1 option is chosen on a system that does not support surround sound, the Dolby stereo mix is played.
  8. ^ Comparison from Sound and Vision magazine article online at


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