Why have I been reluctant to add this to my collection? It's an album I had as a kid, a part of the Genesis collection (Trespass through Three Sides Live) I would expect to own, and it includes one of my favorite of their songs "Blood On The Rooftops." Yet I've passed up a bunch of chances to buy it. This time, the price and moment being right, I picked it up.
At this point Genesis had recovered from the loss of Peter Gabriel and continued as a quartet with the gorgeous A Trick Of The Tail. Wind & Wuthering was the quartet's sophomore album and turned out to be their swan song as Steve Hackett left and the next album was aptly titled And Then There Were Three. Wind & Wuthering has always felt to me like a sophomore album through and through. Maybe that's why I've taken so long to buy it.
The first side has three very good songs and schmaltzy enough it was a kind of hit. Side two begins with a pretty bad lyric but good instrumenta, moves into the gorgeous "Blood On The Rooftops," and follows with a good two-part instrumental before ending with "Afterglow" a song that everyone loves but I think is just meh.
The front and back covers are perhaps the best in their catalog (though I love Seconds Out). It's gorgeous packaging for an album that may be a little too pretty. Still I'm not sure what I've been waiting for in buying it.
Time to give it a spin.