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5 stars Wind and Wuthering was released in Australia in early 1977 when I was making the transition from high school to university.

I had to return the first copy since there was a pressing problem on "Your Own Special Way". To me, this was the weakest song on the album and having it played on the store sound system so that the fault good be located and proved was rather embarrassing - this was not the stuff of Genesis.

Wind and Wuthering continues the standard set by Trick of the Tail and covers new ground but also travels some older paths. "Eleventh Earl of Mar", "One for the Vine" and "All in a Mouse's Night" all have parallels to the Nursery Cryme/Foxtrot period.

Banks again dominates the song writing (credits or co-credits for 6 out 9 tracks).

The stand out tracks are "Eleventh Earl of Mar (7:41)" and "One for the Vine (10:00)" on side one and, on side two, "Blood On The Rooftops (5:27)", and the trio of "Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers (2:23)", "In That Quiet Earth (4:49)" and "Afterglow (4:12)" which play as a single track.

The lyrics for "All in a Mouse's Night" are a bit weak (perhaps I was looking for something a bit more mature) but the music and keyboard solos are strong .

As I said before, I think "Your Own Special Way" by Rutherford is the weakest song so I was surprised that Hackett included it on his "Genesis Revisited" when there were so many other choices open to him. Perhaps I've missed something?

This was to be Hackett's last studio album with Genesis. My view is that much of Hackett's solo material required Banks to lift it to the next level, and Genesis needed Hackett to challenge Banks. What may have been had they continued together?

4.7 Stars.

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