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4 stars An excellent goodbye from the classic period.

Oddly enough, although this album is very similar to "Trick of the Tail", somehow I like it better and I must digress a bit.

Me and my fellows from the school days used to own this album, being young GENESIS converts into prog rock. Beginning of the 1980s Yugoslavia had a domestic record production that printed many major international music acts through obtaining licence from the major international record companies. Biggest catalogues were owned by Jugoton and PGP RTB local labels. The latter was alas notorious for their lousy quality of vynil records which were often made so badly that once purchased record had to be replaced at the shop for another, after many skippings on the turntable. PGP RTB owned Phonograph/Philips catalogue including its subsidiary Charisma label, including GENESIS of course.

"Wind and Wurthering" was available and surely we tried to listen to it, but were always dissapointed by a "weak bass sound" and "bad production". Not until someone got an "original" vynil from the West were we aware of the cause of such "bad sound": extremely poor plastic thing of PGP RTB release. Now, listening to a CD I cannot but admire the last work of the four musicians. When "the sound problem" is finally OK, I can only say that "Eleventh Earl of Mar", "One for the Vine", "All in a Mouse's Night", "Blood on the Rooftops" and "Unquiet Slumbers..." are all excellent numbers, equalling the best moments of their classic period.

Of course there is a sequel to "More Fool me" - "Your Own Special Way" - which shows the way Collins would lead in the 1980s, and which is a must to skip over if you don't like Celine Dion-style weeping. But overall this is an excellent "swan song" of the GENESIS true epic and progressive opus.

Seyo | 4/5 |


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