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Steve Hackett


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3.27 | 182 ratings

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5 stars I rate this album as one of Steve's best. Very atmospheric, with a good mix of acoustic and electric guitar, the mood is quite dark at times, with the usual touch of humour and irony. I have the snapper 2 cd version, which comprises this album and There Are Many Sides To The Night, the live one. Both are excellent. My version doesn't have the last four tracks on it. The track running order was different when this album first appeared, I know this as a friend of mine has the original. 'Take These Pearls' was track one, whilst 'Sierra Quemada' was half way down the list. This last mentioned track is one of the best electric instrumentals Steve has ever written - it is simply beautiful, and I never tire of hearing it. I would even rate it above 'The Steppes' and 'Twice Round The Sun', both of which are, themselves, classics! But every song here has something to offer. 'Take These Pearls', 'Dark As The Grave', 'Paint Your Picture' all have exquisite melodies and the most wonderful harmonies, always a strength of Hackett's. 'There Are Many Sides To The Night' is lovely, with poignant lyrics, whilst 'In The Heart Of The City' has a superb keyboard solo to end it. 'Tristesse' effectively merges Steve's two guitar styles - classic and electric. But every song on here is worth listening to. A special album, and, as I said before, one of his best, easily up there with Voyage Of The Acolyte, Spectral Mornings and To Watch The Storms. And all his classical guitar albums. Wonderful stuff!
chessman | 5/5 |


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