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Steve Hackett


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5 stars This Hackett playing Genesis is superior to Genesis on Seconds Out!

When Steve Hackett performed his first solo gig in The Netherlands on October 19th in 1978 (Congresgebouw, The Hague) the venue was half empty I remember, early July 2024 Steve Hackett will play 3 evenings in a row (De Boerderij, Zoetermeer), no more tickets available (lucky me got a ticket on the final night), all concerts were sold out within a few months, the times they are a changin' .....

Another fact about the difference between early Hackett and Hackett nowadays: in the past he hardly played Genesis songs, anno 2024 his setlist is loaded with tracks from 70s Genesis, he even played entire Genesis albums in the last 10 years. A great example of Steve Hackett playing Genesis is this 3-CD/2-DVD box set, featuring known guest musicians like Nick Kershaw, the late John Wetton, and Steve Rothery.

Listening and watching Steve Hackett on this box set I am blown away by his distinctive guitar sound and his skills, this is one of the most underrated guitarists in rock and prog history. For example, the huge variety he creates with techniques like tapping, slide, tremelo and using the volume pedal. He also switches easily from heavy electric guitar to tender Spanish guitar. And in my opinion Steve Hackett has delivered the most compelling guitar solo ever played, in Firth Of Fifth, what a build-up, grand finale and afterglow, wow! He also shines in Fly On A Windshield, The Musical Box, Blood On The Rooftops, Supper's Ready and Los Endos, and in one of my highlights, Shadow Of The Hierophant (the only solo album track). There was no longer room in Genesis for Hackett playing like this in 1977, what an unique symphonic rock sound, especially the blend of volume pedal driven electric guitar, the unsurpassed Mellotron and the mighty Moog Taurus bass pedals, goose bumps!

A strong bonus on this box set is singer Nad Sylvan, I love his voice, more pleasant and intense than Phil Collins on Seconds Out. I am only not really pleased with the extra brass and woodwind elements in the music, but that is purely personal, I am not very up to saxophones and that kind of instruments.

CD-1, 2 and 3 feature the entire Hammersmith Apollo in London concert (May 10th, 2013, "thunderous applause from an ecstatic audience" and "the tremendously successful sell-out Genesis Revisited tour"), DVD 1 and feature the full show (2 hours and 41 minutes) show and Behind The Scenes (close to 40 minutes).


TenYearsAfter | 5/5 |


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