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Steve Hackett - Spectral Mornings CD (album) cover


Steve Hackett


Eclectic Prog

4.14 | 855 ratings

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5 stars Steve Hackett's third solo studio record "Spectral Mornings" is a totally astonishing recording which grabs you from the first moment to the last. I have listened to it several times and it only gets better all the time. To be honest it is one of my favourite prog records. It is filled with so much power and glory and here is many styles mixtured. The biggest highlight "Tigermoth" for example starts as an atmospheric symphonic piece and becomes a medieval sounding composition with lovely vocals by Pete Hicks.

Over the whole record the guitars of course are world class but every instrument is very good played. The cover isn't as amazing ad Voyage of the Acolyte but the content is so much better than that record. The record hits a perfect Genesis' class and it has a fantastic flow that stretches all the way to its goal. "Spectral mornings" is a lovely instrumental piece and "The Virgin and the Gypsy" is a song with both splendor and glory. It is also very enjoying to hear Steve sing himself in "The Ballad of tge Decomposing Man" which is funny and stands out by being different.

The joy this album brings me is beyong describing and and presume also the musicians were into some form of ecstasy. Steve Hackett composed everything and the other musicians were Pete Hicks: vocals, Dik Cadbury(bass, violin) Nick Magnus(keyboards, syhtnesizers and mellotrons etc), John Hackett (flutes) and John Shearer(drums and percussion). I also want to praise the bonus tracks whicks includes a wonderful work called "Live Acoustic Set" which gives you some of the finest tunes you can think of.

Very well done by Steve an d his five comrades and every track here is totally worth five of five stars and of course I consider it all a masterpiece. It is unusual to feel in this way of a record and Steve Hackett has here produced the best solo Genesis' record and if this was a Genesis record it would have been among the three best. I recommend "Spectral mornings" deeply to everyone who loves music! A masterpiece!

DrömmarenAdrian | 5/5 |


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