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Steve Hackett


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3.75 | 34 ratings

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3 stars Nostalgia

I now have as many as six different live concert videos with Steve Hackett (not counting his appearances on Genesis and other band and projects) and the present one, named after the studio album of the same name, is my least favourite one. This is not because it is in any way bad, it is rather that the other ones are so incredibly good! For those who were there and saw Steve and his new backing band in the 70's this DVD might be a powerful incentive for nostalgia or an interesting historical document. But for pure listening/viewing pleasure, Spectral Mornings is clearly inferior.

We have here, apart from Steve himself, his brother John on flutes, Nick Magnus on keyboards, John Shearer on drums, Dik Cadbury on Bass and, finally, Pete Hicks on vocals. They are here captured performing a selection from Steve's first three solo albums. The main feature consists of only seven tracks with a further two tracks making up the "bonus" material. The total running time is, however, over an hour and almost every minute is enjoyable.

This DVD is certainly worth having, but I still insist that if you can do without the nostalgia, you will get a much better experience from one of Hackett's more recent DVD releases. The Tokyo Tapes, Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires, Once Above A Time and Horizons are all preferable Prog performances. Hungarian Horizons is a three-man performance of classical guitar.

Good, but only essential as a historical document

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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