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VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE

Steve Hackett

 

Eclectic Prog

4.21 | 905 ratings

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Phil
4 stars I'm reviewing the re-mastered CD of this album, released September 2005, of which I have just purloined a freshly minted copy!

It's been a number of years since I had this album, having lost my vinyl copy in a domestic flood some years ago, but hearing it again is like encountering an old friend. Steve Hackett really is a master of melodies, and this his first solo album emphasises his contribution to Genesis' music during the '70's.

There are plenty of reviews that adequately describe the music, suffice to say that for me, the highlights are Ace of Wands, Hands of the Priestess (I & II), and Shadow of the Hierophant. I really want to give you the benefit(?!) of my views on the quality of the re-mastering, and of the bonus tracks.

Firstly, the quality of this CD is excellent. Ace of Wands in particular seems to benefit, kicking in crisp and clear. I have listened to the album both on headphones and in the car and the sound comes through strong and and punchy. It's a superb job. Sadly I can't compare it with the previous CD issue, but from my memory, it does seem to have an extra sparkle over the vinyl copy I once had.

Secondly, there are two bonus tracks, Ace of Wands live, and an extended version of Shadow of the Hierophant. I tend to get a bit cynical about bonus tracks as often "alternative version" = "second best" (e.g. Rhino Yes re-masters). A live version though is different; and here there is a very faithful recreation of the original "Ace of Wands", even down to the track timing - both live and original are 5,25!! The extended version of "Shadow" is simply that.....an extra 6 minutes of the closing sequence of the song which now runs to an epic 17+ minutes. If like me you like this track, the extra length of outro works just fine. However, if you already have the album then the bonus tracks may not be enough justification to rush out and buy this version.

All in all, a great album that has lasted well through the years, and full marks for the re-mastering here. A booklet includes full lyrics and the original artwork.

Phil | 4/5 |

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