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Stephen Richard Hackett - Born February 12th 1950 (Pimlico, London, UK)

GUITAR BASED MUSIC WITH VARIOUS STYLES
(Blues, Classical, Folk, Jazz, New Age and Progressive Rock)


Steve HACKETT needs no introduction. He is definitely one of the major guitarists of this century. Ex-GENESIS, he is now a major force in the domain of music composed for guitar, rock as well as classical. Steve is a complex musician, drawing influence from a wide variety of styles and melding them into super compositions. His music has evolved over the years, and while some of it was not up to the standards that he set with other albums. They are still excellent.

HACKETT joined GENESIS as guitarist in early 1971 and featured across ten albums of their history. He replaced Anthony PHILLIPS, and stayed with the band during their successful mid-70s progressive rock period. I remember once reading that, if GENESIS lost their "brains" when Peter GABRIEL left, then they surely lost their "heart" when Steve left. In a way, it is easy to see how HACKETT was "crowded out" of Genesis in 1977. From "Nursery Crime" in 1971 to the double-live "Seconds Out" in 1977, he created in his solo albums his own style, dominated by his guitars, sometimes very classical or at times furious. His tracks go from a symphonic Progressive style to a more energetic rock.

From the first album "Voyage Of The Acolyte" while he was still with GENESIS to his most recent ones, all are MUSTS. For the most part, all of the compositions on HACKETT's first five solo albums are well-thought-out and impeccably well crafted. I would highly recommend "Voyage of the Acolyte" (missing GENESIS album), "Please Don't Touch" (powerful), his TRADEMARK "Spectral Mornings" (pure magic), "Defector" (another amazing album by Steve), and "Cured" (pop-oriented). This, along with "Time Lapse", "The Unauthorised Biography", "Guitar Noir", "Darktown" and "To Watch The Storms", are the best for people curious about the HACKETT "feel". However I believe these are his bests - it could rightly be called "THE HISTORY OF MUSIC ACCORDING TO STEVE HACKETT." Get them ALL...and HAPPY LISTENING!!!

Discography with GENESIS (1971-1982):
1971 - Nursery Crime
1972 - Foxtrot
1973 - Live
1973 - Selling England By The Pound
1974 - Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1976 - Wind and Wuthering
1976 - Trick of the Tail
1977 - Second...
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STEVE HACKETT top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.25 | 1453 ratings
Voyage of the Acolyte
1975
3.60 | 607 ratings
Please Don't Touch!
1978
4.14 | 888 ratings
Spectral Mornings
1979
3.65 | 495 ratings
Defector
1980
2.43 | 320 ratings
Cured
1981
2.96 | 283 ratings
Highly Strung
1982
3.36 | 259 ratings
Bay Of Kings
1983
2.42 | 229 ratings
Till We Have Faces
1984
3.18 | 183 ratings
Momentum
1988
3.28 | 241 ratings
Guitar Noir
1993
2.91 | 148 ratings
Blues With A Feeling
1994
3.44 | 338 ratings
Genesis Revisited
1996
3.62 | 187 ratings
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1997
3.79 | 324 ratings
Darktown
1999
3.45 | 156 ratings
Sketches Of Satie
2000
2.56 | 142 ratings
Feedback 86
2000
3.78 | 397 ratings
To Watch The Storms
2003
3.60 | 198 ratings
Metamorpheus
2005
3.74 | 329 ratings
Wild Orchids
2006
3.56 | 118 ratings
Tribute
2008
3.68 | 376 ratings
Out of the Tunnel's Mouth
2009
3.85 | 434 ratings
Beyond the Shrouded Horizon
2011
3.90 | 522 ratings
Genesis Revisited II
2012
3.75 | 401 ratings
Wolflight
2015
3.74 | 183 ratings
The Night Siren
2017
3.90 | 294 ratings
At the Edge of Light
2019
3.58 | 15 ratings
Under a Mediterranean Sky
2021

STEVE HACKETT Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.79 | 77 ratings
Time Lapse
1992
3.91 | 58 ratings
There Are Many Sides To The Night
1994
3.97 | 154 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes
1998
4.53 | 83 ratings
Live Archives 70,80,90s
2000
4.43 | 14 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.25 | 12 ratings
Hungarian Horizons
2003
4.67 | 11 ratings
Live Archive NEARfest
2003
4.17 | 29 ratings
Live Archive 03
2004
4.33 | 32 ratings
Live Archive 04
2004
3.80 | 27 ratings
Live Archive 05
2005
3.02 | 23 ratings
Live Archive 83
2006
4.33 | 109 ratings
Rails Live
2010
4.52 | 127 ratings
Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
2013
4.16 | 89 ratings
Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall
2014
3.78 | 9 ratings
Access All Areas
2014
4.09 | 49 ratings
The Total Experience Live In Liverpool
2016
4.00 | 21 ratings
Summer Storms & Rocking Rivers (with Djabe)
2017
4.20 | 36 ratings
Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham
2018
4.74 | 22 ratings
Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall
2019
3.96 | 13 ratings
Selling England by the Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live at Hammersmith
2020

STEVE HACKETT Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Live!
1992
4.13 | 66 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes
2001
4.29 | 52 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.00 | 34 ratings
Hungarian Horizons - Live in Budapest
2003
4.05 | 23 ratings
Horizons
2003
4.39 | 85 ratings
Once Above a Time
2004
3.32 | 12 ratings
Live Legends
2004
3.72 | 30 ratings
Spectral Mornings
2005
4.36 | 14 ratings
Estival Jazz Lugano
2009
4.06 | 41 ratings
Live - Fire & Ice
2011
4.26 | 11 ratings
The Bremen Broadcast - Musikladen 8th November 1978
2013

STEVE HACKETT Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.88 | 32 ratings
The Unauthorised Biography
1992
4.54 | 13 ratings
Guitare Classique
2001
3.34 | 30 ratings
Genesis Files
2002
3.13 | 29 ratings
Genesis Revisited II: Selection
2013
4.88 | 16 ratings
Premonitions: The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983
2015
4.44 | 9 ratings
Broken Skies Outspread Wings
2018

STEVE HACKETT Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.67 | 9 ratings
Ace of Wands
1975
3.67 | 6 ratings
How Can I?
1978
2.59 | 8 ratings
Narnia
1978
3.18 | 15 ratings
Clocks
1979
4.17 | 6 ratings
Every Day
1979
2.42 | 7 ratings
Sentimental Institution
1980
2.16 | 10 ratings
The Show
1980
2.52 | 8 ratings
Hope I Don't Wake
1981
3.00 | 4 ratings
Picture Postcard
1981
2.80 | 16 ratings
Cell 151
1983
4.00 | 7 ratings
A Doll That's Made in Japan
1984
3.80 | 5 ratings
Timeless
1994
3.21 | 9 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1996
3.00 | 4 ratings
Days Of Long Ago
1999
4.33 | 3 ratings
Feedback 86 + Live 90's
2001
5.00 | 3 ratings
Live Recordings 70's, 80's
2001
4.00 | 6 ratings
Brand New
2003
3.25 | 4 ratings
Man In The Long Black Coat
2006
2.37 | 8 ratings
Til These Eyes
2012
3.63 | 10 ratings
Spectral Mornings
2015
4.50 | 6 ratings
Behind the Smoke
2017
2.29 | 5 ratings
When the Heart Rules the Mind
2018

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 Under a Mediterranean Sky by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.58 | 15 ratings

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Under a Mediterranean Sky
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Heart of the Matter

4 stars As you probably know, there are not only one, but at least two Steves: the prog rocker supported by his full-blown band, and the classical leaned musician who experiments with the fusion of orchestral ensambles and acoustic (nylon & steel stringed) guitars. The last Steve delivered this album, in which his sonic palette is broadened as to include also antique & ethnic instruments from the mediterranean orb, and instrumental contributions by the extraordinary guest players, including his brother John.

Needless to say that this is music tinged by the history and cultural variety of the Mediterranean shores. However, there's no need to fear that the ethnic element surpasses the progressive conception of the themes. That delicate balance is not to be missed on this lovely record: listen, for example, The Dervish and the Djin, which commences with a solo performance by the most exotic instrument, only to give way for the entry of the great orchestral arrangement, reaching a fantastic peak with the marvellous sax solo on top of all that.

Not to be missed, if you love this sort of instrumental affair.

 The Tokyo Tapes by HACKETT, STEVE album cover DVD/Video, 2001
4.13 | 66 ratings

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The Tokyo Tapes
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nº 387

"The Tokyo Tapes" is a DVD of Steve Hackett and was released in 2001. This is the twin brother of his double live album, with the same name, and released three years before. It contains, precisely, the same seventeen live tracks of the double CD plus eighteen minutes of bonus rehearsal footage and the personal biographies of this band's line up. It was compiled from two live concerts that were recorded at Koseinenkin Hall in Tokyo, Japan on December 1996.

The line up on "The Tokyo Tapes" features, besides the ex-Genesis' guitarist, Steve Hackett, a truly progressive super rock group with the vocalist and bassist John Wetton from King Crimson, UK and Asia, the drummer Chester Thompson from Weather Report, Frank Zappa and Genesis live, the multi instrumentalist Ian McDonald from King Crimson and Foreigner, and the former professional keyboardist Julian Colbeck which worked with the Yes' super group Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe and that usually works with Steve Hackett on many of his live shows.

The set list of "The Tokyo Tapes" includes many Genesis' songs, as well as several songs taken from Steve Hackett's solo archive. The original Genesis' songs performed live are six: "Watcher Of The Skies", "Firth Of Fifth", "Horizons", "In That Quiet Earth", "Los Endos" and "I Know What I Like". These songs were originally released on some Genesis' studio albums, such as, "Foxtrot", "Selling England By The Pound", "A Trick Of The Tail" and "Wind And Wuthering". The original Hackett's songs performed live are seven: "Riding The Colossus", "Camino Royal", "Walking Away From Rainbows", "Vampyre With A Healthy Appetite", "Shadow Of The Hierophant" and "Black Light". These songs were originally released on various Hackett's studio albums, such as, "Voyage Of The Acolyte", "Highly Strung", "Bay Of Kings" and "Guitar Noire". This DVD also contains some other several songs written and released by some other several bands and artists. So, we have "Battlelines" which is a composition by (Wetton/Marlette/Mitchell) from John Wetton's studio album "Battle Lines", "The Court Of The Crimson King" which is a composition by (McDonald/Sinfield) from King Crimson's album "In The Court Of The Crimson King", "Heat Of The Moment" which is a composition by (Wetton/Downes) from Asia's eponymous debut studio album "Asia" and "I Talk To The Wind" which is another composition from King Crimson's debut studio album "In The Court Of The Crimson King", also by (McDonald/Sinfield).

Most of these songs are performed differently from the original studio versions, with other arrangements and with some extended instrumental sections. The Genesis classics "Watcher Of The Skies", "Firth Of Fifth", are completed with a monstrous Hacket's guitar solo, "In That Quiet Earth", "Los Endos", and "I Know What I Like" are played with renewed vigour, with John Wetton handling most of the lead vocals. John Wetton also covers his song "Battlelines" and an acoustic version of Asia's hit "Heat Of The Moment". King Crimson's fans will revel in the inclusion of "The Court Of The Crimson King" and "I Talk To The Wind", which features some great flute playing and Mellotron sounds from Ian McDonald. Steve Hackett also covers a bunch of tunes from his many solo albums. The highlights are, maybe, "Riding The Colossus", "Shadow Of The Hierophant", and the lovely track "Walking Away From Rainbows". Steve Hackett on this live show exhibits is in fine form, displaying his unique talents, on both electric and acoustic guitars throughout.

The DVD recreates the entire performance providing a rare opportunity to view great vintage material. The stage setting is very spacious with, from left to right, Colbeck, Hackett, Wetton and McDonald, positioned stage front, and Thompson centrally located behind the guitarist and bassist. The stage backdrop and lighting here are economical but effective, a true reminiscent of Genesis' shows from the early 70's. A good deal of the footage is shot from the audience's view point although the onstage cameras ensure that individual solos and Thompson in particular, are not overlooked, really.

Conclusion: When I reviewed the CD version of "The Tokyo Tapes", which was actually one of my first reviews on Progarchives, I wrote that "The Tokyo Tapes" is one of my all time favourite live albums. The same goes with its video version. This is an excellent live show made by Steve Hackett, which always was one of my favourite guitarists and progressive musicians. It has some of my favourite songs recorded on some of my favourite albums by some of my favourite bands. It's superiorly performed by some of the best and my favourite musicians too. This is a winner DVD, really. Considering that there isn't enough progressive rock music represented in the DVD format, this is a must have for any fan of this genre. Here you have an excellent souvenir of a fine performance that comes highly recommended.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Selling England by the Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live at Hammersmith by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2020
3.96 | 13 ratings

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Selling England by the Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live at Hammersmith
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Muumi

5 stars My favourite Hackett Genesis tribute. Steve Hackett got excellent band here. The new drum/bass -section does perfect job. Actually every element of this Selling England & Spectral Mornings come so close to perfection (sound mixing included), that no matter how good earlier live blu-rays of Genesis revisited are, this must be among the best, if not best. I have also Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival -lives and comparing those, I would rank Selling England & Spectral Mornings first, Royal Albert second and Royal Festival third best. Royal Albert got almost too much bass. With Royal Festival one have to accept orchestral arrangements, whitch I did not like so much. In selling England & Spectral Morning everything is in very good balance and band plays tight. Highest Recommendations!
 Selling England by the Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live at Hammersmith by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2020
3.96 | 13 ratings

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Selling England by the Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live at Hammersmith
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

3 stars Another year, another Steve Hackett release, another version of Genesis music... This time Craig Brundell is on the drums and not the long time musician of Hackett Gary O'Toole. The Flower kings connection is still there but with Jonas Reingold on bass. So we have two competent players to fill the spot and completer the usual line-up. The first set is the solo material of Hackett with songs from ''Spectral Morning'' and ''At The Edge of Light''.

I was keeping a lot of focus on Robin Townsend playing on flute and sax because the sound of his instruments was placed beautifully in the back of the room by Steven Wilson with another great 5.1 surround mix. Nad Sylvan make his appearance at the end of the first set when the band played the complete SEBP album with a Jazz version of ''I Know What I like''. Then the unfinished song ''Déja Vu'' is played, not a bad song, but not great either.

If you have already many Hackett live releases, this one is not a necessary addition to your collection unless you have a home theater system where you can hear for the first time a good surround mix of a concert from Hackett. 3 stars for the cd and 4 stars for the DVD. (3.5)

 Selling England by the Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live at Hammersmith by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2020
3.96 | 13 ratings

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Selling England by the Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live at Hammersmith
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Heart of the Matter

4 stars I think I'm going to give a look only to the double CD set, because it's really there where the musical scope of this fantastic live performance is better appreciated.

First a word of warning: "Spectral Mornings", third and possibly best solo studio album by Mr. Hackett, is not played entirely here. Even so, the essential tracks are, and they blend extraordinarily well with materials from his latest, "At The Edge Of Light". After the opening with Steve's live staple Every Day, three compositions from this album show the virtues that have become usual for him: infinite band ductility, amazing guitar craftmanship, and those vocal harmonies so reminiscing of Yes & Steve Howe (listen and compare to Howe's "Love is"). After that, follows the celebration of "Spectral Mornings" where, if I had to choose a cenital point, shines brightly the eponymous track, with a tonal quality closer than ever to the instrumental suite Unquiet Slumbers / In That Quiet Earth, from Genesis' "Wind & Wuthering".

Entering the Genesis set, Mr. Nad Sylvan takes the lead vocal, doing as always a fine job of it, but the band's interplay cease to be as tight & concerned with the originals as in the previous part, making room to some participation of the audience as well, which is good if you are there, but not so much on a recording. Of course, the focal point in the celebration of "Selling England..." is the missing composition Déjà Vu, left aside when the original album was put together. To be fair, this has been played live (and released) before. I'm not meaning that its inclusion here wasn't worthy, on the contrary, I find it very enjoyable.

The ending is also the usual in Steve's concerts: Dance On A Volcano & Los Endos, taken from Genesis' "A Trick Of The Tai", their first studio album with Phil Collins on vocals.

 How Can I? by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1978
3.67 | 6 ratings

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How Can I?
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Heart of the Matter

4 stars Fabulous single extracted from Steve's second solo album, "Please Don't Touch", which was released immediately after his departure from Genesis' guitarist chair. Both sides are prime material to prog ears consumption:

On the A face, he teamed nothing less than with legendary american folk-singer Richie Havens (of Woodstock reputation), who provided his raspy, Gabriel-like tinged voice to "How Can I?", one of those rare perfect ballads where the word "perfect" isn't discharged in vain.

On the flip, a nice instrumental featuring the brothers interplay: Steve on acoustic guitar, and John Hackett on transverse flute crafting a tiny classical gem dedicated to Kim Poor (Steve's wife by then).

Masterful single by a master of prog

 Genesis Revisited II by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.90 | 522 ratings

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Genesis Revisited II
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nº 374

'Genesis Revisited II' is the twenty-seventh studio album of Steve Hackett and was released in 2012. This is a different album because we have new versions of some original Genesis' songs plus new versions of some compositions of his solo career, rather than new songs. Somehow, it's a sequel to his studio album 'Genesis Revisited' released in 1996.

'Genesis Revisited II' has been in the offing for a considerable time because it was released sixteen years after the first volume 'Genesis Revisited'. So, it isn't really surprisingly that the personal for volume II has shifted dramatically with only Roger King, Nick Magnus, John Wetton and his brother John, which are the sole survivors of the previous album.

So, the line up on the album, beyond Steve Hackett (vocals and guitars), is Mike Akerfeldt (vocals), Nick Beggs (bass), Simon Collins (vocals), Dick Driver (double bass), Francis Dunnery (vocals), Rachel Ford (cello), John Hackett (flute), Jakko Jakszyk (vocals), Conrad Keely (vocals), Nick Kershaw (vocals), Roger King (keyboards), Dave Kurzner (keyboards), Amanda Lehman (vocals), Nick Magnus (keyboards), Neal Morse (vocals), Phil Mulford (bass), Gary O'Toole (vocals and drums), Lee Pomeroy (bass), Steve Rothery (guitar), Jeremy Stacey (drums), Roine Stolt (guitar), Nad Sylvan (vocals), Christine Townsend (violin, viola, flute, soprano and tenor saxophones), Rob Townsend (soprano saxophone and whistle), John Wetton (vocals), Steven Wilson (vocals and guitar) and Djabe. 'Genesis Revisited II' is a double studio album with twenty-one tracks. Hackett, in contrast to 'Genesis Revisited', stays closer to the original versions and chooses only pieces from the six studio albums in which he was involved, enriched by some of his solo pieces that are closely related to Genesis. So, from Genesis we have: 'The Musical Box' and 'The Return Of The Giant Hogweed' from 'Nursery Crime', 'Horizons', 'Supper's Ready' and 'Can-Utility And The Coastliners' from 'Foxtrot', 'Dancing With The Moonlight Knight' from 'Selling England By The Pound', 'The Chamber Of 32 Doors', 'The Lamia', 'Fly On A Windshield' and 'Broadway Melody Of 1974' from 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway', 'Entangled' and 'Ripples' from 'A Trick Of The Tail', 'Blood On The Rooftops', 'Eleventh Earl Of Mar', 'Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers'', ''In That Quiet Earth' and 'Afterglow' from 'Wind And Wuthering'. From Hackett we have: 'A Tower Struck Down' and 'Shadow Of The Hierophant' from 'Voyage Of The Acolyte', 'Please Don't Touch' from 'Please Don't Touch' and 'Camino Royale' from 'Highly Strung'.

The first impression is good. As far as the style of the interpretations is concerned, the album is more homogeneous than 'Genesis Revisited'. There, the pieces are more varied when compared to the original. The changes are bigger than here. So, 'Genesis Revisited II' is very homogeneous and much closed, keeping the past successful. As far as the instrumental implementation is concerned, the individual pieces are played very close to the original. This time, Hackett refuses to reinterpret the old material and simply plays it one-to-one. This overall impression isn't changed by the fact that Hackett has made changes in a few places. It remains consistently with homeopathic orders of magnitude. Daring is nothing here. On the contrary, the listener is bathed in the 70's sound. The musical changes mostly refer to details and accents, mostly in favor of the guitar. Occasionally, the instrumentation is varied. The wind instruments and strings subtly expand the sound spectrum. Concrete innovations can be found in specific places, in which then selectively added or changed. When Hackett introduces something radically new, it's usually an extra intro or a solo variation that allows a new perspective on the individual pieces. Hackett does a great job adding some of his solo tracks in here too.

'Genesis Revisited II' follows a similar ideal, unleashing a guest list of musicians talented enough to make you wince on songs we all know and love, or should love. Vocally alone we have some of the current names of the prog scene. However and in fact, with musicians of the calibre of John Hackett, Steve Rothery, Nick Beggs, Lee Pomeroy and Roine Stolt, among others, let's say that the quality of the performances isn't, and will be never, a question of lack of quality.

Conclusion: As happened with 'Genesis Revisited' this is also a very personal work of Hackett. Still, in contrary to 'Genesis Revisited' where Hackett revisited the world of Genesis modifying many of the original songs, sometimes with some controversial options, on 'Genesis Revisited II' Steve preferred plays it straight, which is certainly the case of almost everything here apart some invigorated versions. I particularly like the new version of 'Supper's Ready' with five different vocalists. Of course we can always question the needing of revisit some of the old songs and if it's better to play those songs in a straight way or re-writing them in a new format, running huge risks when we are speaking of an important band like Genesis. But I must say I like very much of this album, as happened with the other, and that for me, like Ivan Melgar M, Hackett can always revisits Genesis as many times he wants because I'll always buy those albums.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Genesis Files by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2002
3.34 | 30 ratings

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Genesis Files
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Review Nº 340

"Genesis Files" is a compilation of Steve Hackett and was released in 2002. "Genesis Files" chronicles a short span of Steve Hackett's solo career with excerpts from selected projects from the mid of the 80's through the late of the 90's, culling material from the albums "Genesis Revisited", "The Tokyo Tapes", "DarkTown", "Feedback '86" and "Bay Of Kings". For a real collector fan, the set does offer one previously rare track, the studio version of "Riding The Colossus", which was only available on the Japanese edition of "Genesis Revisited". While the double disc set makes a nice introduction to some of Steve Hackett's more recent projects, the collection focuses heavily on his own versions of Genesis' era material, as the title might suggests. So, eleven of the twenty tunes featured on "Genesis Files" are material written with Genesis while Steve Hackett was in the band, which means that they belong to their golden era.

So, "Genesis Files" has twenty tracks. "Firth Of Fifth" is from "Selling England By The Pound" of Genesis and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "Watcher Of The Skies" is from "Foxtrot" of Genesis and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "Riding The Colossus" is from "Genesis Revisited" but only appeared on the Japanese edition. "Rise Again" is from "Darktown" of Hackett. "Valley Of The Kings" is from "Genesis Revisited" of Hackett. "Time Lapse At Milton Keynes" is from "Bay Of Kings" of Hackett. "Your Own Special Way" is from "Wind And Wuthering" from Genesis and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "The Fountain Of The Salmacis" is from "Nursery Cryme" of Genesis and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "For Absent Friends" is from "Nursery Cryme" of Genesis and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "Twice Around The Sun" is from "Darktown". "Horizons" is from "Bay Of Kings" of Hackett. "Prizefighters" is from "Feedback '86" of Hackett. "Camino Royal" is from "Highly Strung" of Hackett and is the version of "The Tokyo Tapes" of Hackett. "I know What I Like" is from "Selling England By The Pound" of Genesis and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "Déjà Vu" isn't a Genesis' or Hackett's song. The song was started by Peter Gabriel and was finished by Hackett and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "Waiting Room Only" is from "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" of Genesis and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "Dance On A Volcano" is from "A Trick Of The Tail" of Genesis and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "The Steppes" is from "Defector" of Hackett and is the version of "The Tokyo Tapes". "In That Quiet Earth" is from "Wind And Wuthering" of Genesis and is the version of "The Tokyo Tapes". "Los Endos" is from "A Trick Of The Tail" of Genesis and is the version of "The Tokyo Tapes".

Maybe you're a bit confused with the title of this compilation of Hackett. As you'd expect by the title, maybe you can think this compilation should be a collection of Hackett's best work with Genesis. Instead it draws almost exclusively from two 90's Hackett's albums featuring, mostly, re-worked and re-interpreted Genesis' tracks and an all-star roster of artists, including John Wetton, Bill Bruford, Tony Levin, Paul Carrack, Ian McDonald, Chester Thompson, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, a true amazing list of great prog artists on the same album. Then "Genesis Files" randomly throws in a handful of other tracks from some other solo material from some other works of Steve Hackett.

As all we know, Hackett is an extremely talented and versatile guitarist, and unless you count Anthony Phillips, he is the only ex-member of Genesis who has remained really true to their 70's prog style and sound, while also exploring new musical horizons. Therefore, fans of early Genesis will find much to savor here. So, "Genesis Files" is a great way to reexperience the old classics, unless you are pining for exact reproductions, through different lens, the lens of Steve.

Conclusion: Like "Genesis Revisited", "Genesis Files" isn't a true Genesis' revisited album. "Genesis Files" is also a compilation with some songs taken from several solo musical works of Hackett. And as I wrote before when I reviewed "Genesis Revisited", we can always question the need of revisit some of the old Genesis' songs, but especially the need of introduction some songs of his personal musical catalogue on a compilation that should supposedly be only of Genesis' songs. However and despite some controversial options taken by him, I think "Genesis Files" is globally a fantastic collection of great songs. It represents practically the entire "Genesis Revisited" album and it has also some other great songs, especially the songs performed on his excellent live album "The Tokyo Tapes", which I also have reviewed some time ago. However and despite all I said before, this isn't for me an essential musical compilation of Hackett's music. Sincerely, what is absolutely essential and that in no way this compilation can replace, is "Genesis Revisited" and "The Tokyo Tapes". Yes, these are two albums absolutely indispensable, especially "The Tokyo Tapes" which is, in my humble opinion, one of the best live albums I've ever heard. So, the only advice I can give you is that if you don't have yet those two albums, you may go buy urgently these two fantastic pieces of music. Sincerely, this is for me a better and more logical option, instead of spending money on this compilation, despite being a good compilation.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Genesis Revisited II by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.90 | 522 ratings

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Genesis Revisited II
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Easy Livin
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4 stars Making Ripples

I really enjoyed Steve's 'Genesis Revisted album', released in 1996. For that album he brought in a superb line up of musicians to help him to offer his own interpretations of classic Genesis material. Some of the new versions were more radically different than others, and some worked better than others. The highlight for me was the magnificent 'Firth of Fifth'. While it was still clearly recognisable as the classic song it was and is, the 'Genesis Revisted' version brought a new dimension to the song, creating a brand new masterpiece while revering an old classic.

My optimism was high then when Hackett released this new set of songs under the name 'Genesis Revisted II'. I assumed from the title that the objective would be the same, and that I would be presented with more old favourites in new clothes. It is therefore with some disappointment that I have to report that the sense of adventure and the willingness to deviate are totally absent this time around. The line up remains strong and the musicianship undeniably top notch, and there perhaps lies the rub.

A quick look at the track list will confirm that some of Genesis' finest moments are included here. With 'Supper's ready', 'The Musical Box', 'Dancing with the moonlit knight', 'Ripples' etc. all present, we have are two generously filled CDs of familiar songs. This is an album I could listen to time and time again. It is a sort of 'Best of Genesis' compilation with each song played perfectly. So what is my problem? Well it's just that, every song is played perfectly. It is very hard at times to remember that this is not a Genesis album. It's like listening to the old favourites played by the best musicians and presented on the finest hi-fi in the world. It's just too perfect and thus too clinical.

If I want to hear the Genesis version of 'Supper's ready', I'll play 'Foxtrot'. That for me is the definitive version, warts and all. When it comes to cover versions, I would prefer to hear an interpretation of the piece of music the artist has chosen pay tribute to. I do not want to hear a version that simply recreates the original piece.

I know I am being a bit unfair here, so while I am at it I will also have a quick whinge about the fact that there are several songs here that are not Genesis songs at all, indeed one or two may have been rejected by the band. I think there's an element of slight of hand going on when you market the album as a Genesis tribute then include some of your solo work on it, excellent though it is.

I readily apologise for such a negative review of what is a very enjoyable album indeed. I do wonder though, what was the point?

 Genesis Revisited by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.44 | 338 ratings

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Genesis Revisited
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nº 337

"Genesis Revisited" is the twelfth studio album of Steve Hackett and was released in 1996. It's a very different studio album because basically it has new versions of original songs of Genesis and isn't made of new compositions of him.

"Genesis Revisited" has eleven tracks. The first track "Watcher Of The Skies" was a song originally released on "Foxtrot". Despite be relatively close to the original version, it's more majestic, energetic and powerful than the original. That reminds me the live version performed on his live album "The Tokyo Tapes". It's worth mention the great performance of John Wetton on vocals. He has one of my favourite voices. This is a great version, as good as, or even better, than the original version. It represents one of the highest moments on the album. The second track "Dance On A Volcano" was a song originally released on "A Trick Of The Tail". It's different from the original version with a beginning completely different. The vocals on the song are performed by Steve Hackett with a distorted voice. Steve Hackett's option of using his voice on the song isn't consensual, because we all know that he hasn't a good voice. However, I personally like of the two versions of the song. The third track "Valley Of The Kings" isn't a Genesis' song. This is a song of Steve Hackett's catalogue. Personally, this is one of my favourite songs of Steve Hackett and the rearrangement of this song is fantastic. This track represents also one of the highest moments on the album. The fourth track "Déja Vu" isn't also a Genesis' song. It's a song originally started by Peter Gabriel and finished by Steve Hackett. It's a beautiful ballad sung by Paul Carrack, with a nice guitar solo and it's well played. However, this isn't for sure one of the highest moments on the album. The fifth track "Firth Of Fifth" was a song originally released on "Selling England By The Pound". But, this is a version completely transformed. The rearrangements are very deep and have been done to create alternative ways of performing each segment differently on the song, for example, the replace of the flute on the interlude part, by acoustic guitar. Once more we have the fantastic voice of John Wetton and an orchestration absolutely irreproachable. This represents also one of the highest moments on the album. The sixth track "For Absent Friends" was a song originally released on "Nursery Cryme". As I wrote before, when I reviewed "Nursery Cryme", this is, in my opinion, the weakest song on that album, but it seems that Steve Hackett hasn't the same opinion. This song is fortunately and substantially modified and it's better than the original version. It sounds very Baroque, which make this song very nice and enjoyable to hear. The seventh track "Your Own Special Way" was a song originally released on "Wind And Wuthering". Once more, I have the same opinion of "For Absent Friends". As also I wrote before, when I reviewed "Wind And Wuthering", it's the weakest song on that album and despite be written by Mike Rutherford, looks like more a song of Phil Collins. Despite be better than the original version, it isn't for sure one of the highest moments on this album too. The eighth track "Fountain Of Salmacis" was a song originally released on "Nursery Cryme". This always was one of my favourite Genesis' songs and represents another highest moment on this album. It's also rearranged differently from its original form but once more we are in presence of a great version of the original song. Again we have Steve Hackett singing on the album and once more, the option of use his voice isn't consensual, but on this case it fits very well. The ninth track "Waiting Room Only" was a song originally released on "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway". However, this is a completely different piece, in its form. Sincerely, I don't like this version of the song, and for my taste, it doesn't works truly very well. The tenth track "I Know What I Like" was a song originally released on "Selling England By The Pound". This is another song completely modified and also sung by Steve Hackett. Personally, I don't dislike of this version of this song, but sincerely I prefer the original version, despite I consider it too much commercial and the weakest song on "Selling England By The Pound". The eleventh track "Los Endos" was a song originally released on "A Trick Of The Tail". It's also a magnificent version of the original song, substantially modified by him and superiorly performed by all musicians who participated on the song. This is another highest moment on the album that closes fantastically this very special album, which is also usual for Genesis to close their usual live shows.

Conclusion: "Genesis Revisited" is a very personal work of Steve Hackett. We can question the need of revisit some of the old Genesis' songs, the choice of the songs chosen by him and even the changes made by him. However, I think an artist must be free to do what he wants, especially Steve Hackett which is one of the writers of the songs and he was also, in my humble opinion, aware of the risks he was running. Globally and despite some controversial options made by him, I think he made a fantastic job and "Genesis Revisited" deserves to be rated with 4 stars and be considered an excellent addition for Genesis/Hackett's fans. It's always a pleasure to me revisit Genesis through the eyes of Hackett.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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