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Steve Hackett


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3.41 | 304 ratings

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3 stars If you like the idea of some seventies Genesis songs being re-recorded with different personnel (bar S.H. obviously) and given a nineties sheen with the biggest sound recording technology can offer, you'll love this. Watcher works really well with John Wetton on vocal, I always liked his warm voice, the mellotron parts are augmented by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and just add to the tension originally intended on the original recording, this remains the most unchanged track where as most of the others are re arranged in some way. Dance On a Volcano is probably the highlight with Hackett (I think) tackling vocal here with his voice slowed down and treated with delays and reverb which gives it a really menacing sound in keeping with the spirit of the original, also listen to slap bass and drumming on the "on your left and on your right" section, this is amazing. Firth of Fifth, Fountain and Los Endos are given new arrangements and just when you think you're treading familiar territory they each go off at an unexpected tangent, to return to their original conclusion at some point. The songs I havent mentioned here are not really worth a mention and are what let this album down. Steve Hackett has also very obviously gathered an incredibly amount of technique over the years and has a tendency to "widdle" and stray from the point occasionally, where as this could attract some potential listeners who like fast technical guitar players, it mars the album slightly for me. For anyone who feels these songs should stay in there original form and couldn't bear to listen to them being tampered with should stay away. A worthwhile project.
Jools | 3/5 |


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