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STEVE HACKETT

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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 - Seconds Out
1982 - Three Sides Live

Discography with GTR (YES guitarist Steve HOWE)
1986 - GTR

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WolflightWolflight
Inside Out U.S. 2015
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Genesis Revisited: Live at the Royal Albert HallGenesis Revisited: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Inside Out U.S. 2014
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Genesis Revisited: Live at HammersmithGenesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
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Inside Out U.S. 2013
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Spectral MorningsSpectral Mornings
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STEVE HACKETT shows & tickets


  • I Ogólnopolski Zlot Fanów Genesis on 20 Jun 2015
  • Night of the Prog X on 17 Jul 2015
  • Steve Hackett at Debaser Medis, Stockholm on 4 Sep 2015
  • Steve Hackett at Rockefeller, Oslo on 6 Sep 2015
  • Steve Hackett at Laeiszhalle, Hamburg on 11 Sep 2015
  • Genesis Classics + Hackett Favourites & Intro. Wolflight on 13 Sep 2015
  • Steve Hackett at E-Werk, Cologne on 15 Sep 2015
  • Genesis Classics with Hackett favourites & introducing Wolflight on 18 Sep 2015
  • Steve Hackett at Theater am AEGI, Hannover on 29 Sep 2015
  • Steve Hackett at Boerderij, Zoetermeer on 2 Oct 2015
  • Steve Hackett at Boerderij, Zoetermeer on 3 Oct 2015
  • Steve Hackett at Ancienne Belgique, Brussels on 4 Oct 2015
  • Steve Hackett at Royal & Derngate, Northampton on 9 Oct 2015
  • Steve Hackett at St. David's Hall, Cardiff on 10 Oct 2015
  • Genesis Classics + Hackett Favourites & Intro. Wolflight on 13 Oct 2015
  • Steve Hackett at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glagow on 18 Oct 2015
  • Steve Hackett - Acolyte to Wolflight with a sprinkling of Genesis on 23 Oct 2015

STEVE HACKETT discography


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STEVE HACKETT top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.22 | 1005 ratings
Voyage Of The Acolyte
1975
3.58 | 434 ratings
Please Don't Touch!
1978
4.16 | 630 ratings
Spectral Mornings
1979
3.65 | 353 ratings
Defector
1980
2.38 | 231 ratings
Cured
1981
2.94 | 195 ratings
Highly Strung
1982
3.33 | 183 ratings
Bay of Kings
1983
2.24 | 158 ratings
Till We Have Faces
1984
3.11 | 131 ratings
Momentum
1988
3.26 | 177 ratings
Guitar Noir
1993
2.93 | 100 ratings
Blues with a Feeling
1994
3.37 | 252 ratings
Genesis Revisited
1996
3.61 | 133 ratings
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1997
3.79 | 237 ratings
Darktown
1999
3.46 | 111 ratings
Sketches of Satie
2000
2.51 | 95 ratings
Feedback 86
2000
3.76 | 308 ratings
To Watch The Storms
2003
3.62 | 151 ratings
Metamorpheus
2005
3.76 | 247 ratings
Wild Orchids
2006
3.57 | 78 ratings
Tribute
2008
3.64 | 293 ratings
Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth
2009
3.86 | 348 ratings
Beyond The Shrouded Horizon
2011
3.86 | 404 ratings
Genesis Revisited II
2012
4.08 | 200 ratings
Wolflight
2015

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

3.76 | 64 ratings
Time Lapse
1992
3.91 | 48 ratings
There Are Many Sides To The Night
1994
3.95 | 116 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes
1998
4.51 | 67 ratings
Live Archives 70,80,90s
2000
4.50 | 2 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.50 | 2 ratings
Hungarian Horizons
2003
4.79 | 5 ratings
Live Archive NEARfest
2003
4.11 | 17 ratings
Live Archive 03
2004
4.31 | 20 ratings
Live Archive 04
2004
3.62 | 17 ratings
Live Archive 05
2005
2.74 | 16 ratings
Live Archive 83
2006
4.33 | 89 ratings
Rails Live
2010
4.44 | 75 ratings
Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
2013
4.02 | 41 ratings
Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall
2014

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

3.98 | 21 ratings
Horizons (DVD)
1990
3.63 | 21 ratings
Spectral Mornings (DVD)
1999
4.11 | 52 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes (DVD)
2001
4.21 | 41 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.01 | 30 ratings
Hungarian Horizons (DVD)
2003
4.36 | 70 ratings
Once Above A Time (DVD)
2004
3.19 | 7 ratings
Live Legends
2004
4.71 | 7 ratings
Estival Jazz Lugano
2009
3.95 | 33 ratings
Live - Fire & Ice
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Bremen Broadcast - Musikladen 8th November 1978
2013

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

2.78 | 25 ratings
The Unauthorised Biography
1992
4.63 | 8 ratings
Guitare Classique
2001
3.43 | 21 ratings
Genesis Files
2002
2.81 | 18 ratings
Genesis Revisited II: Selection
2013

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

4.00 | 3 ratings
Ace of Wands
1975
2.00 | 2 ratings
How Can I?
1978
2.50 | 2 ratings
Narnia
1978
3.52 | 10 ratings
Clocks
1979
2.50 | 2 ratings
Every Day
1979
3.88 | 5 ratings
The Show
1980
2.00 | 3 ratings
Sentimental Institution
1980
2.50 | 2 ratings
Hope I Don't Wake
1981
2.50 | 2 ratings
Picture Postcard
1981
3.04 | 9 ratings
Cell 151
1983
3.00 | 3 ratings
A Doll That's Made in Japan
1984
3.04 | 5 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1996
2.50 | 2 ratings
Days Of Long Ago
1999
3.00 | 2 ratings
Brand New
2003
2.00 | 2 ratings
Man In The Long Black Coat
2006
2.09 | 3 ratings
Til These Eyes
2012

STEVE HACKETT Reviews


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 Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2014
4.02 | 41 ratings

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Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by tarkus1980
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3 stars The Genesis Revisited tour was nice and all, but this live album, the second one from the GR tour, is unnecessary overkill. The sound is great (a little bass-heavier than the last one, which is neither good nor bad, just interesting), and all of the performances are just fine, but there's an odd going-through-the-motions vibe to the show, as if the novelty of performing all of these old classics had given way to "Ugh, this tour's just gonna keep going forever isn't it." There are five tracks here that weren't on Hammersmith: "The Carpet Crawlers" (with vocals from Ray Wilson, who doesn't sound horrible here), "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" (basically done the same as on GR II, except with Nad Sylvan singing instead of Neal Morse), "Horizons" (the same as ever and introduced as "agnostic guitar"), "The Fountain of Salmacis" (which sounds nice but doesn't really feel like it matches any of the Genesis studio or live renditions) and "Ripples" (done in a stripped-down version with the classic solo replaced with a brief classical guitar flourish, and with great Amanda Lehmann vocals that make this version a necessity). The concert also makes one significant downgrade from its predecessor: the rendition of "Afterglow," after "Unquiet Slumbers" and "In That Quiet Earth," is done by Sylvan instead of John Wetton, and he sounds pretty wimpy in comparison (what's really strange is that Wetton was around, and he actually sang on "Firth of Fifth" immediately afterwards).

The other performances are great, of course, even if I find myself missing a bunch of the stuff from Hammersmith that was dropped to make room for the "new" stuff here (it's weird to imagine a world in which "Blood on the Rooftops" somehow became overplayed, but I guess it finally happened to Hackett and O'Toole). Every official recording of "Supper's Ready," especially at this late of a date, is a treasure in its own way (Hackett's ending solo goes a little over the top of a little over the top, but I don't mind), and everything here is worth coming back to once in a while even if somebody already has a copy of Hammersmith. And yet, the slight inescapable sense that Hackett had overplayed his hand with the GR tour occupies the album nearly from start to finish, and while that's not a crippling blow, it's enough to make me like this one a smidge less than Hammersmith (which caught this tour in ascent as opposed to its inevitable plateau and decline). If you liked Hammersmith, you may as well get this one too, but you'll probably give it a listen or two and then forget about it.

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 Voyage Of The Acolyte by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.22 | 1005 ratings

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Voyage Of The Acolyte
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by fudgenuts64

5 stars The wonderful Hackett had so many ideas that he couldn't really fully get through on Genesis records, so in 1975 during the downtime after The Lamb tour, he went into the studio to record a masterpiece of pastoral prog. This album is much like Trespass-Nursery Cryme era Genesis and King Crimson's debut. Very heavy at times, but always followed by moments of pure beauty with John Hackett's flute and John Acock's Mellotron shining through the entire album. This isn't a vocally dominated album by any stretch, and it's better for it. The three vocal led pieces, are, very good however. The Hermit is sung by Hackett himself and sets a very calm mood following into a beautiful classical esque section that leads into Star of Sirius, with vocals by Phil Collins. More straightforward here, but again, themes are reprised and the song doesn't overstay it's welcome. A short interlude with The Lovers leads into the masterpiece of the album, Shadow of the Hierophant. An 11 minute epic that sets the mood that few songs can, with lead vocals by Sally Oldfield that really makes the delivery of the music so strong.

In short, incredibly strong first half which is entirely instrumental, and has Hackett's trademark sound throughout, and a second half that keeps the pastoral mood up and ends on a super high note. Absolutely essential if you like either early Genesis, or really, King Crimson. A lot of this doesn't rock. But it's beautiful music. Essential.

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 Wolflight by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.08 | 200 ratings

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Wolflight
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

4 stars The concept of this album is about the relation between human and the Wolf. Also important is the hours before dawn, because it's the time that the wolf are hunting and that Steve Hackett like to write his songs. It's a unique time to let things comes naturally without any distractions. Steve has met some real wolves and played with them even if the cover could look digitally made. Now for the music, there's enough variations from one song to the other to have a good time listening the whole album all the way through. There is also many variations possible with the guitar that can be used to make percussive sounds. There's some classical sounds, flamenco and naturally some more heavy rock passages. So there is a contrast in the music with some dark ambiances and lighter atmosphere. The use of harmonica gives another color to the music. The world music sounds makes you travel in a foreign country. The choir harmonies are developed and Steve who never was the best vocalist did not push his voice too much here with better results. "Love songs to a Vampire" feature Chris Squire on bass and after a peaceful intro has many mood changes. "The Wheel's turning" put you in the amusement park's ambiance and remind me of music from his first albums. The excellent "Corycian Fire" has a world music atmosphere with world music instruments. "Black Thunder" is another great track with dark atmosphere and some nice drums and bass. There is also some interlude pieces and some less memorable songs that complete the picture of this enjoyable album.

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 Wolflight by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.08 | 200 ratings

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Wolflight
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by dough1225

5 stars Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett's 24th solo studio album shows the maturity of a songwriter and musician who hasn't forgotten his roots. All told, Mr. Hackett has released more solo albums than all the other members of Genesis combined. He is the only Genesis alumni to still re-record and perform Genesis songs, touring the world with a band of stellar singers and musicians. His solo discography speaks for itself and Wolflight is one of his finest works.

This album is a journey through contemporary and ancient cultures and the individual struggle for freedom. World music permeates the compositions while Hackett's lyrics explore the Far East, vampires and domestic abuse, his own childhood in London, ancient Greece, Mexico, America's Deep South and Martin Luther King, Morocco and Iceland. Primal and orchestral, Hackett's electric and acoustic guitars are ever present. His varied, talented band and guest musicians and vocalists perform with perfect symmetry.

Best tracks: Wolflight, The Wheel's Turning, Corycian Fire, Black Thunder, Dust and Dreams

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 Wolflight by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.08 | 200 ratings

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Wolflight
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Green Shield Stamp

4 stars 'Wolflight' is definitely one of Hackett's best albums - up there with 'Voyage of the Acolyte' and 'Spectral Mornings'. Hackett has recently immersed himself in the 'Nursery Cryme' to 'Wind and Wuthering' era of Genesis (his era with the band) through the Genesis Revisited II project. This has obviously rubbed off on his own writing and can be heard in the epic, romantic sweep of much of this album. There is a pervading sound of Eastern exoticism with ethnic world music colourings. In several places this is established through the string orchestra which sounds beautifully lush and blends musical embellishments that at times are reminiscent of the Doctor Zhivago film soundtrack and Russian composer, Rimsky Korsakov's Sheherezade (the start of 'Dust and Dreams' for instance). These Russian-tinged orchestrations are most notable on the title track and the amazing 'Love Song To a Vampire' (my favourite track on the album). In other parts of the album the Eastern sound shifts more towards Arabic flavourings with instruments such as an oud and duduk being used. The track 'Corycian Fire' has a Zeppelinesque Kashmir feel. The songs are strong on this album with big choruses. Hackett doesn't have the strongest voice in the world but on many of the songs his voice is multi tracked ala 10cc 'I'm Not in Love' to create a rich harmonic sound. As you would expect Hackett's guitar chops are displayed extensively throughout but not for their own sake. On this album the instrumental passages are there to serve the song (a principle always observed by Genesis). So we get some 'Bay of Kings' classical guitar stylings to evoke mood and atmosphere as well as some soaring electric guitar passages. Melodically this stands as a strong statement for Hackett, but it doesn't quite measure up to Genesis. Many of the melodies have a folky quality and perhaps lack the inventiveness of those created by his former band. Shame about the album cover which looks like a cheap e-book gothic novel cover.

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 Sketches of Satie by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.46 | 111 ratings

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Sketches of Satie
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Losimba

4 stars As a person who also loves classical music it is close to obligatory that I at least try and listen into any remakes of classical stuff by prog or other rock artists. Some are close to horrible, even making the composers turn in their graves, others can easily compete with recordings by the most famous classical performers in quality.

Sketches Of Satie by the Hackett brothers is a prime example of the second category. While it is one of the few works where I don't have any other recordings, I wouldn't hesitate to put this CD on when I have guests who only like classical music. The pieces themselves are rather easy to listen to, while both Steve Hackett on the guitar and John on the flute show the proper skill with their instruments. One could criticize that the arrangement is close to the way Erik Satie suggested, making it not very original compared to albums like Pictures At An Exhibition by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, but I don't think that this is too important with classical music. Hey, if you listen to "normal" classical recordings or concerts, you will find the odd accent different between two conductors, but everything else is close to identical.

The reason why I don't award Sketches Of Satie 5 stars is that it is not the best classical album by Steve Hackett. This honour falls to A Midsummer Night's Dream, but Sketches Of Satie is still worth strong 4 stars.

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 Sentimental Institution by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1980
2.00 | 3 ratings

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Sentimental Institution
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

2 stars The other of the two singles taken from the Defector album, but unlike 'The Show', this hasn't got a good non-album track on the B-side. And speaking of the A-sider, especially the idea of having 'Sentimental Institution' in a jukebox is somewhat ridiculous. I can imagine how embarrassing it would have felt in my youth to play this granny song to a casual crowd in a bar. In the album it functions as a parodical closing number; in an eclectic context of prog it isn't necessarily so much out of place to mock any kind of music, e.g. old fashioned vocal music (Dik Cadbury's vocals and the simple arrangement treated to sound like coming straight out of an old gramophone), but why make a single of it as well? At least there's a nice vintage (Art Nouveau) drawing to accompany it.

'The Toast' is in my opinion one of the two loveliest tracks of Defector. Slow, melancholic, and full of the distinctive pastoral atmosphere that's one of Hackett's strengths. Since both tracks are on the main album, this rather unnecessary single falls in the "Collectors/fans only" category.

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 Please Don't Touch! by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.58 | 434 ratings

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Please Don't Touch!
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

2 stars Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett's first proper solo album after leaving the band, a follow-up to his album, `Voyage of the Acolyte' that almost works as a default Genesis album, 1978's `Please Don't Touch' is a fairly unconvincing, frequently overtly commercial eclectic rock/pop album devoid of much in the way of consistency or cohesion. The fact that Hackett himself barely sings any lead vocals himself, instead bringing in a bunch of guests, only adds to the confusion. But most disappointingly, there's not much that actually drifts close to proper prog-rock that it drives home even more of what a letdown it is compared to its predecessor. It's not without a few nice moments, mostly in the second half, and there's no denying Mr Hackett was trying many new sounds and styles, but it rarely completely satisfies.

Hackett's instantly recognisable chiming guitars, jangly piano and a guest vocal from Kansas frontman Steve Walsh are the highlight of album opener `Narnia', an upbeat pop/rocker with a melody that wouldn't have sounded out of place on an Alan Parsons Project album. It's pleasant and undemanding at best. The quirky and whimsical `Carry On Up The Vicerage' drifts closest to his old band, especially due to the nice organ, but the wind-up-toy vocals will be loved and loathed in equal measure. It seems like a silly joke that slightly raises a smile the first time, but is grating and unfunny from then on. If it were to have appeared on a Genesis album, it would have been a hugely divisive track. `Racing In A' darts through a range of fragments of themes back and forth, even some classical music snippets, but despite a lovely acoustic guitar passage near the end, the piece seems thrown together, and another Steve Walsh vocals dates it rather badly.

I can't shake the feeling that `How Can I?' occasionally nicks some of the melody from the Beatles track `Across The Universe'. Steve's acoustic guitar chimes are nice, and it certainly is romantic, but the scratchy and stuffy vocal from soul singer Richie Havens drags it down, and the rhyming lyrics make me cringe. I think Steve's own voice would have meant a lot more to the track. Worst of all on this album, `Hoping Love Will Last' is a commercial orchestrated soul pop number sung by Randy Crawford that sounds like one of those overly sentimental ballads you'd find on a Michael Jackson album (I don't exactly mean that as a criticism, though). Of course it's exquisitely performed by her, but it's so lost here, almost seeming like it was accidently included on the album from another artist. I'm sure Steve had a great respect for these two soul artists he brought in to sing lead on these tracks, but when I think of English progressive rock, I damn sure don't see much connection to the rich history of black American music. Their vocals sound completely out of place here, even though I'm sure they offer plenty of character and warmth in their own music.

Much better is the classical guitar and drifting flute instrumental `Kim', simply beautiful. But best of all are the frantic prog workouts (finally!) `Land of a Thousand Autumns' and the title track `Please Don't Touch'. Classical guitar mystery, darting prancing flute, backwards effects, thick punching bass, spectral keyboards, nightmare Mellotron and snarling guitar menace, with plenty of bombast, power and tension throughout. `The Voice of Necam' is a childlike circus-style ditty with dark electronic glitches and eerie droning sighing wordless harmonies soon joined by more ravishing classical guitar. `Icarus Ascending' is a dramatic and classy closer, with quite a spacey and ethereal atmosphere, plus quick little boppy bass and jazzy piano twinkling diversions, but another smooth vocal from Richie lets it down for me.

Those who can admire Mr Hackett at this early point in his solo career experimenting, attempting sounds away from progressive rock and trying to work out what directions to head in, as well as those who can appreciate more straight-forward rock music with a lot of variety, will likely enjoy this album most. I'm really glad there are others who rate it much higher than I do. But those wanting a more complex, involved progressive work will only find fleeting moments throughout to satisfy them. It bugs me a little that, for all the thought that Steve Hackett was the keeper of the `true' Genesis/prog flame as his former band was drifting towards more commercial sounding in the later 70's, there are average pieces on this album that are far and away more blatantly commercial than anything that band had offered at the same time. The follow-up album `Spectral Mornings' was an improvement (but still not the classic to my ears that many people regard it as being), and `Defector' in 1980 was even better, but `Please Don't Touch' is a frustrating, disappointing experience, despite little glimpses of that proper progressive magic sometimes shining through.

Two stars.

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 Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2014
4.02 | 41 ratings

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Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Prog Reviewer

4 stars With rumors and hopes for a new Genesis tour filling my social media, my only response is that Steve Hackett, the great guitarist of Genesis, is already giving us the sound and experience of Genesis through his Genesis Revisited tour. Personally, I will get to see the live show in a few months, but this live album recorded at the famous Royal Albert Hall is quite a teaser for me, and quite an experience in and of itself.

First of all, the production values are enormously high. Hackett's guitar (probably the most important part) thunders as if in a vacuum, and the array of instruments all sound well-mixed and larger than life. I especially love the sax and flute work from Rob Townsend. These musicians, and all the rest, are all incredible, and there's a reason Hackett chose them. The presentation is rather "epic", if I can use that word. It keeps you guessing at what will be played next and how the songs will have changed. This is a sophisticated and professional show, through and through.

Yet, everyone wants to know about the tracklist. Honestly, it's pretty stellar. Obviously, there's not much reason for me to go into why certain Genesis songs are so great, as that's been done to death a million times over by others. However, I will say that the songs all sound great, and I love Hackett's changes. Everything from "Dance on a Volcano" to "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" to the spectacular visions of "Supper's Ready" and "Watcher in the Skies" are all different, yet the same. Their best moments are for sure left intact. Though most people dislike it, my favorite Genesis album is "Wind & Wuthering", and so I was more than pleased to see my favorite Genesis songs "Unquiet Slumber for the Sleepers", "In the Quiet Earth", and "Afterglow" in the tracklist. Not only that, but they have been modified with a new jazziness that elevates them considerably.

In all honestly, I think Hackett has improved upon most of the tracks he has modified. It may just be modern recording methods, but the songs have much more contrast between highs and lows, much more depth, and a certain personality that simply fits. Hackett's "Genesis Revisited: Live at the Royal Albert Hall", then, is a wonderful live album that almost stands as an album all by itself. Hackett is continuing his strong solo career, and he deserves to be recognized more.

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 Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2013
4.44 | 75 ratings

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Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by tarkus1980
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The DVD is better. After putting together the oh-so-enjoyable Genesis Revisted II, it was inevitable that a lengthy tour would follow with a lengthy live album and DVD, and Hackett obliged by putting out a 3-CD+2-DVD set of the band's 2013 show at the Hammersmith Apollo. The DVD (of the show; the second DVD is just some extras) is a blast; it's fascinating to watch Hackett and his small army work so hard to make these faithful-but-tweaked renditions come alive. Nad Sylvan (who sang "Chamber of 32 Doors," "The Musical Box" and "Eleventh Earl of Mar" on GRII) isn't a perfect stand-in for Gabriel, of course, but he's a reasonable Gabriel/Collins hybrid and he does well enough on the whole. Plus, it's a little oversimplified to just call him the vocalist; in the first half of the show, there's a stretch of nearly an hour in which the only song that features him on vocals is "The Musical Box" (the others in the stretch are "Fly on a Windshield/Broadway Melody of 1974," "The Lamia," "Shadow of the Hierophant," "Blood on the Rooftops," and the "Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers .../...In That Quiet Earth/Afterglow" medley, which brings out John Wetton). As far as song selection, even a runtime of more than 2.5 hours will inevitably leave out some potentially great inclusions, but on the whole there's a good selection of songs from GRII plus faithful (to the originals) renditions of some tracks that had made it onto the original Genesis Revisited. I regretfully had to miss this tour when it came near Chicago (I only found out about it the day before and there was no way to make the logistics work), and I'm very happy to have this document as a reasonable proxy of what I missed.

As a live album, though, there are different standards to apply, and thus there are some nits to pick that I could overlook with the DVD. I feel like somewhat of an ingrate to note such a thing, but these are the third live renditions in six years (courtesy of the second disc of Out of the Tunnel's Mouth and Live Rails) of "Blood on the Rooftops," "Fly on the Windshield/Broadway Melody of 1974" and "Firth of Fifth," and while I enjoy them plenty they're done pretty much identically to before (except that Sylan sings "Firth of Fifth" here whereas O'Toole had sung it previously). This is also the second rendition of "Los Endos" in four years (Live Rails again), and it's done pretty much identically to before, aside from the way that the "Moonlit Knight" excerpt from before is swapped out (it's unnecessary given that a full version of that song occurs earlier in the show) for an excerpt from "Slogans" (I do take some enjoyment at the fact that Hackett made sure to include a little bit of his non-Genesis solo material in his show, even though much of his audience had probably never heard a lick of it). That said, there is a really nice touch near the end of having Sylvan come back to sing the "Supper's Ready" reprise from the end of the original studio version. The material that appeared on GRII is essentially done here in a manner identical to how it was done on that album, and the one substantial change (using a single lead vocalist on "Supper's Ready" rather than the lineup used on the GRII version) doesn't strike me as an improvement (I like Sylvan plenty, but being the sole vocalist on a version of "Supper's Ready" is a terrific responsibility, and I'm not sure he totally lives up to it). It was a nice touch to open with "Watcher of the Skies," yes, and including "I Know What I Like" and "Dance on a Volcano" (again, close to the original versions, not the novelty versions of GR) helps to fill out the show well, but they don't feel like the most adventurous of choices.

For all of this, though, I feel like I'm somewhat missing the forest for the trees, and the forest is: "Holy cow, it's a Steve Hackett live album with all of this awesome Genesis stuff in 2013!!!" I mean, who would have thought that I'd be so happy to hear half of Wind and Wuthering done in a live setting at this late a date? Who would have thought that "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" or "The Lamia" or "Shadow of the Hierophant" or "Supper's Ready" would come back to the stage at this point with a prominent member of Genesis involved? And besides, Hackett tears it up; he'd always been skilled at adding little improvements to this material back when he'd been with Genesis, and this skill had only improved through time.

Overall, I enjoy this album a great deal when I listen to it, but I feel like I would value it more if GRII didn't already exist. A good comparison for this album, in my mind, is the Roger Waters live album In the Flesh that he put out in 2000, which documented a tour where he played a number of old Pink Floyd songs plus a sampling of his solo work (and which I would love if it weren't for the final song, which I dislike a great deal). Here's the thing, though: Waters hadn't just put out a corresponding album where he'd re-recorded a bunch of old Pink Floyd songs with his touring band, and thus the new renditions had a strong feeling of being necessary on some level. The renditions here are necessary in a way, yes, but with a big asterisk, and that's the main reason I can't rate this higher, even if part of me loves this album. Regardless, if you liked GRII, you'll almost certainly like this, and it's worth getting (especially since, again, the DVD of the same show comes with it).

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