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Released: Dec. 27, 1976

Rating: 3.734 (average of 9 ratings)

Genre: progressive rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Eleventh Earl of Mar
  2. One for the Vine
  3. Your Own Special Way
  4. Wot Gorilla?
  5. All in a Mouse’s Night
  6. Blood on the Rooftops
  7. Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers…
  8. …In That Quiet Earth
  9. Afterglow


sales in U.S. only ½ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 100,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 26
peak on U.K. album chart 7

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Your Own Special Way (12/76) #62 US, #43 UK

Wind & Wuthering
Wind & Wuthering followed quickly on the heels of A Trick of the Tail and they’re very much cut from the same cloth, working the same English eccentric ground that was the group's stock in trade since Trespass” (Erlewine). “A Trick of the Tail played like Genesis’ attempt at crafting a great Genesis record without Peter Gabriel” (Erlewine) and this album stills shows the band “seeking the grandeur of the Gabriel years” (Pareles) as they “went mostly for the slow and momentous, complete with filibustering interludes that anesthetize the songs” (Pareles).

Wind & Wuthering finds Genesis tentatively figuring out what their identity will be in this new phase of their career. The most obvious indication of this is Mike Rutherford’s Your Own Special Way, which is both the poppiest tune the group had cut and also the first that could qualify as a love song. It stands out on a record that is, apart from that, a standard Genesis record, but quite a good one in that regard” (Erlewine).

Review Source(s):
  • Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
  • Jon Pareles, Blender magazine. (10/07), pp.118-9.

Related DMDB Links:

previous studio album: A Trick of the Tail (1976) Genesis’ DMDB page next studio album: And Then There Were Three (1978)

Last updated April 3, 2008.