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Steve Hackett


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3.41 | 318 ratings

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4 stars This album seems to divide Hackett fans. Some love it, whilst others rate it very lowly. I am one of those who love it. I won't go so far as to say these versions are superior to the original Genesis tracks, but most of them are, in a different way, just as good. For me, the new version of 'Firth Of Fifth' is absolutely tremendous. It sounds like a full scale orchestra in parts. The intro I find very effective, even though it isn't Tony Banks. The famous solo is recreated here with new power and precision. Brilliant stuff. 'Fountain Of Salmacis' is another winner. A great and powerful new version which Steve sings very effectively imo. Likewise, 'Watcher Of The Skies' is presented here in a fabulous, more orchestral version. Of course, Wetton is no Gabriel, but he doesn't do badly here. I also like the new take on 'Your Own Special Way', a track many Genesis fans dislike. This version is almost a cabaret version, but it's very well done indeed. 'Waiting Room Only' is not quite the same, or as good, as the original, but it's still interesting. 'Dance On A Volcano' is another song that sounds very modern now, yet retains its true Genesis atmosphere. Steve sings this one too. The remaining tracks are good, but not quite as good as the ones I have already mentioned. Again, imo of course! The whole album is very interesting and shows these classic songs in a new and modern light. The album cover too is spectacular, and may just be my favourite Hackett cover. All in all, I would say this album is certainly worth a listen or three. If you like Hackett's solo work, especially his more recent recordings, such as 'To Watch The Storms' and 'Wild Orchids' then you should enjoy this album. Production wise it's on a similar level, and the overall quality and diversity are the same. Take a chance and you'll be well rewarded!
chessman | 4/5 |


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