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Ultime opus du Genesis (presque) classique, album immense comme la plupart de ceux qui le précèdent, Wind & Wuthering est essentiel.
Un des albums les plus musicalement aboutis de ce Genesis progressif, aussi, grâce à la maniaquerie de l'arrangeur en chef, Tony Banks, et le soutien de ses collègues qui, c'est acquis, ne sont pas des demi-sels quand il s'agit de s'exprimer, chacun, sur leur instrument respectif. En résulte des compositions précieuses, millimétrées même et, du coup, un peu moins de folie que ce que nous avait habitué le groupe dans sa mouture la plus référentielle. Concrètement, sur 8 des 9 compositions, on retrouve le Genesis qu'on avait eu l'habitude d'entendre en, cependant, un peu plus lisse. L'absence de Gabriel est, il faut dire, un facteur contribuant de cet etat de fait. Déjà parce que Collins, nettement moins "clonesque" que sur A Trick of the Tail (pour lequel, il est vrai, il n'avait pas prévu de chanter), amène une sensibilité plus pop, plus romantique, ensuite parce que les textes ont perdu en symbolique et en allégorie parfois cryptique ce qu'ils ont gagné en clarté. C'est le cas sur l'ensemble de l'album où l'on n'est pas obligé de trop se creuser les méninges pour savoir ce que ce diable de parolier a bien voulu dire, à l'exception cependant de One for the Vine qui est aussi, tiens tiens, le chef d'oeuvre de l'opus. On y apprécie la fantaisie toute britannique d'un All in A Mouse's Night, sorte de Tom & Jerry version prog, moins le côté trop normal, commun dirait-on, d'une bête chanson d'amour telle que Your Own Special Way.Lire la suite ›
Sorti la même année (!) que A TRICK OF THE TAIL, WIND & WUTHERING est avant tout l'œuvre de Tony Banks (le travail sur les synthétiseurs est plus remarquable ici que jamais) et va devenir l'un de leurs albums les plus (injustement) décriés. Revenant à des formats épiques dignes des premiers disques, Genesis ose et redevient aventureux. La suite ONE FOR THE VINE, en particulier, ravive l'intérêt du groupe pour l'alternance entre le calme et l'envolée, décollant sur sa partie instrumentale avec un mouvement de synthétiseurs au lyrisme écervelé (presque du J.-M. Jarre !) et s'apaisant sur les délicats arpèges acoustiques du thème principal. La suite qui clôt l'album (divisée en trois morceaux distincts) emmène carrément l'auditeur dans un univers proche de King Crimson - avec des moments frôlant la terreur (l'hallucinant IN THAT QUIET EARTH) - et se termine par un hymne à l'émotion à fleur de peau, l'énorme AFTERGLOW, qui clôtura leurs concerts pendant un bon moment. Quant au seul hit du disque, le délicat YOUR OWN SPECIAL WAY, il est dû au bassiste/guitariste Mike Rutherford (dont la plume s'affine de plus en plus) et transporte Genesis dans le monde des morceaux qui pourraient émouvoir un barreau de chaises ! Le guitariste Steve Hackett, lui, malgré un superbe BLOOD ON THE ROOFTOPS co-écrit avec Collins, ne s'était pas retrouvé dans les travaux de son groupe sur cet album et il quitta le navire peu après ce très beau disque au romantisme enivrant. Tops : AFTERGLOW, ONE FOR THE VINE, YOUR OWN SPECIAL WAY, BLOOD ON THE ROOFTOPS, ALL IN A MOUSE'S NIGHT
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4.5 Stars.... Outstanding album reissued with flawed DVD material4 août 2007
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Music: 5 stars; DVD material: 4 stars
"Wind and Wuthering" is the 2nd post-Peter Gabriel album, originally issued in 1977. It continued the unexpected success of "A Trick of a Tail" album with Phil Collins stepping in for Peter Gabriel as lead singer. I got the 1994 reissue but the temptation of a bunch of DVD bonus materials was such that I did buy the "Genesis 1976-1982" 6 CD/6 DVD set.
As to the CD, "Wind & Wuthering" (9 tracks, 51 min.) remains a fabulous listen 30 years later. From the opening "Eleventh Earl of Mar", the band sounds on top of their game. The 10 min. epic "One For the Vine" is in my book the best track that Tony Banks has ever penned, period. Mike Rutherford's beautiful ballad "Your Own Special Way" was the unexpected hit (in a shortened version), and foreshadowed things to come ("Follow You Follow Me', and others thereafter). "Wot Guerilla" is the "Los Endos" of this album. Other highlights include "Blood on the Rooftops", Steve Hacket's last main contribution before he left the band. The instrumental mini-set of "Unquiet/In That Quiet Earth" is just terrific, before giving way to the catharsic ending "Afterglow", what a way to end the album, wow!
As to the DVD, it first brings the album in a terrific 5.1 surround system, and it sounds fantastic if you have the proper home music set-up (which I do). As to the visuals, the "Reissue Interviews 2007" brings about 20 min. of the guys bringing their perspectives on the album, quite entertaining. The other video materials are somewhat disappointing: a US bootleg of Your Own Special Way and Afterglow (from a TV show) and a Japanese bootleg of several albums tracks, but the audio and video quality leaves to be desired. Couldn't they have found anything better to include here? That said, I saw Genesis on the "Wind & Wuthering" tour in Brussels in 1977, so this has a lot of sentimental value for me.
If you are considering buying any of the reissued CD/DVD albums, you really should look at buying the "Genesis 1976-1982" box instead as it offer far more "bang for the buck" (only $69 here on Amazon), and on top it comes with a bonus CD/DVD of assorted B-sides, EPs and other hard to find tracks from that era.
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Hoping all Genesis titles will be available in the US5 mai 2013
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This album, called his favorite by Genesis keyboard player Tony Banks, has been a favorite of mine as well for years-How exciting is it to now get this remaster, remixed in surround on a bonus DVD? VERY! The surround mix is beautiful, full of definition. You'll hear things you never heard before. It's like discovering the album all over again! Great job on the remaster, and with the interesting bonus material-Footage from the Mike Douglas show in the 70's and Japanese live footage-both, unfortunately, have had the studio versions overdubbed, presumable because the original audio was unworkable. Still, it's nice to see the live footage-Maybe in the future live versions could be overdubbed for authenticity. The 2007 interviews about the making of the album are excellent, fascinating, and it's so great to see Steve Hackett in particular discuss the music. Both post-Gabriel albums with Hackett are top-notch efforts. I just hope that the remainder of the classic catalog is released in the US-They're available in Europe, but in formats that won't play on US equipment-Let's have them!
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Genesis' swan song with Steve Hackett gets a superb makeover for its 30th anniversary10 novembre 2007
Terrence J. Reardon
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Genesis' ninth album Wind and Wuthering was released in January of 1977 in the US. The album is arguably musically more developed and fleshed out than was on its predecessor, 1976's Top 40 charting album A Trick of The Tail, you can sense the band (and drummer/singer Phil Collins in particular) gaining more confidence in their songwriting and performing abilities. The seven minute plus "Eleventh Earl of Mar" (penned by bass player Mike Rutherford, guitarist Steve Hackett and keyboard player Tony Banks) starts the album off with a bang and is one of my all time favorite Genesis songs. The next track is the majestic ten minute epic "One for the Vine", arguably Banks' best song for the band. The live version from the reissued Three Sides Live rivals the studio version IMHO. Next was Mike Rutherford's "Your Own Special Way", which was an unexpected modest hit (and would pave the way for the road to superstardom starting with 1978's Top 20 charting And Then There Were Three). The Collins/Banks instrumental "Wot Gorilla" concludes the first half with a bang. The whimsical Banks number "All In a Mouse's Night" kicks off the second half with a bang. Then, Steve's fingers are all over the Collins/Hackett collaboration "Blood On the Rooftops", with beautiful Spanish guitar solos and superb mellotron sounds. The instrumentals "Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers..." (penned by Rutherford/Hackett) and "...In That Quiet Earth" (penned by the whole band) are great. The closing piece "Afterglow" is one of Banks' masterpieces which told of a survivor who had to move on with life sfter losing everything he had and is still a favorite song of mine from the band. Sadly, this album marked the end of classic prog-rock era Genesis. Although the band would certainly continue to record prog-rock songs here and there, no album would ever be able to recall the heights of the albums from Trespass to Wind and Wuthering. Strangely, this Genesis album would prove to be the band's second album to crack the US Top 40 peaking at #26 in early 1977. I first got this album as a Christmas present from my older brother in 1997 when he bought me the 1994 remastered CD and loved it immediately. That remastered CD version buried the weak sounding Atco CD issue from the 1980s. Now in May of 2007, Rhino/Atlantic re-release the album as a CD and DVD set. The album is remixed on CD in stereo for excellent sound (very similar to what was done to The Who catalog in the 1990s). The new mixes are AMAZING and I hear things in the new mixes that I have not ever heard before. Also, it comes with a DVD which has the album mixed in 5.1 plus two bootleg promo TV performances (these are Your Own Special Way and Afterglow from The Mike Douglas Show in February of 1977 (no, it wasn't hosted by the actor Michael Douglas but the talk show host who passed away last year) and Eleventh Earl of Mar, One For the Vine and Your Own Special Way from a Japanese TV show) plus new interviews with messieurs Collins, Hackett, Banks and Rutherford about the making of the album. Highly recommended!
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Genesis "Wind & Wuthering"3 octobre 2011
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Very good recordings with the remastering and the DVD-Audio, the sound in DTS or Dolby 5.1 is the best yet. è a hard progressive rock very good and can not miss for anyone who loves this line sound.
Timeless and classic!6 janvier 2015
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Although Steve Hackett was apparently pretty disgruntled by the time Wind & Wuthering was finished, you'd never know it by listening to the album. Wind, in my opinion, showcased some of Hackett's best guitar work with Genesis. Interestingly, I thought Tony Banks' keyboard playing was also exceptionally good on this project as well. Wind & Wuthering, which seems to be a forgotten album by many, got lost between the shuffle of Trick of The Tail and the band's double live album, Seconds Out. While still very much progressive rock, further signs of what lies ahead for the band appeared in songs like "Your Own Special Way" and "Afterglow."
What I enjoyed best about this album; however, are some of the pieces with longer instrumental parts, which were classic period Genesis. Songs like "...In That Quiet Earth" and "One For The Vine" being perfect examples of that style. Although the songs were still lyrically dominated by fantasy, it is here that we start to see the first real signs of yet another evolution for Genesis. An evolution that would eventually turn purist prog-rock fans against Genesis, and turn millions of pop fans on to them.