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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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The Night SirenThe Night Siren
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The Total Experience Live In Liverpool [Blu-ray]The Total Experience Live In Liverpool [Blu-ray]
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STEVE HACKETT discography


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

4.23 | 1192 ratings
Voyage Of The Acolyte
1975
3.58 | 507 ratings
Please Don't Touch!
1978
4.16 | 742 ratings
Spectral Mornings
1979
3.62 | 405 ratings
Defector
1980
2.40 | 273 ratings
Cured
1981
2.95 | 231 ratings
Highly Strung
1982
3.35 | 213 ratings
Bay Of Kings
1983
2.36 | 191 ratings
Till We Have Faces
1984
3.12 | 150 ratings
Momentum
1988
3.26 | 202 ratings
Guitar Noir
1993
2.94 | 119 ratings
Blues With A Feeling
1994
3.40 | 290 ratings
Genesis Revisited
1996
3.58 | 152 ratings
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1997
3.79 | 267 ratings
Darktown
1999
3.47 | 128 ratings
Sketches Of Satie
2000
2.55 | 113 ratings
Feedback 86
2000
3.77 | 337 ratings
To Watch The Storms
2003
3.59 | 168 ratings
Metamorpheus
2005
3.76 | 280 ratings
Wild Orchids
2006
3.54 | 97 ratings
Tribute
2008
3.66 | 324 ratings
Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth
2009
3.85 | 385 ratings
Beyond The Shrouded Horizon
2011
3.86 | 452 ratings
Genesis Revisited II
2012
3.79 | 333 ratings
Wolflight
2015
4.00 | 32 ratings
The Night Siren
2017

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

3.79 | 70 ratings
Time Lapse
1992
3.92 | 55 ratings
There Are Many Sides To The Night
1994
3.97 | 133 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes
1998
4.52 | 72 ratings
Live Archives 70,80,90s
2000
4.36 | 11 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.25 | 8 ratings
Hungarian Horizons
2003
4.75 | 9 ratings
Live Archive NEARfest
2003
4.17 | 22 ratings
Live Archive 03
2004
4.34 | 25 ratings
Live Archive 04
2004
3.70 | 22 ratings
Live Archive 05
2005
2.87 | 19 ratings
Live Archive 83
2006
4.33 | 98 ratings
Rails Live
2010
4.48 | 103 ratings
Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
2013
4.12 | 68 ratings
Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall
2014
3.98 | 26 ratings
The Total Experience Live In Liverpool
2016
4.00 | 5 ratings
Summer Storms & Rocking Rivers (with Djabe)
2017

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

4.00 | 21 ratings
Horizons (DVD)
1990
3.70 | 26 ratings
Spectral Mornings (DVD)
1999
4.13 | 58 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes (DVD)
2001
4.22 | 45 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.01 | 32 ratings
Hungarian Horizons (DVD)
2003
4.36 | 78 ratings
Once Above A Time (DVD)
2004
3.28 | 10 ratings
Live Legends
2004
4.70 | 10 ratings
Estival Jazz Lugano
2009
4.00 | 36 ratings
Live - Fire & Ice
2011
3.96 | 7 ratings
The Bremen Broadcast - Musikladen 8th November 1978
2013

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

2.84 | 29 ratings
The Unauthorised Biography
1992
4.56 | 9 ratings
Guitare Classique
2001
3.52 | 26 ratings
Genesis Files
2002
3.09 | 25 ratings
Genesis Revisited II: Selection
2013
4.80 | 10 ratings
Premonitions: The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983
2015

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

4.40 | 5 ratings
Ace of Wands
1975
2.50 | 4 ratings
How Can I?
1978
2.29 | 5 ratings
Narnia
1978
3.10 | 12 ratings
Clocks
1979
3.33 | 3 ratings
Every Day
1979
2.12 | 9 ratings
The Show
1980
2.00 | 3 ratings
Sentimental Institution
1980
2.13 | 4 ratings
Hope I Don't Wake
1981
2.50 | 2 ratings
Picture Postcard
1981
2.64 | 12 ratings
Cell 151
1983
3.00 | 3 ratings
A Doll That's Made in Japan
1984
2.00 | 1 ratings
Timeless
1994
3.04 | 6 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
2.13 | 4 ratings
Til These Eyes
2012
3.67 | 6 ratings
Spectral Mornings
2015

STEVE HACKETT Reviews


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 The Night Siren by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 32 ratings

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The Night Siren
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars This new album has been done with a collaboration of many musicians around the world and with a lot of instruments including sitar, tabla, harmonica etc. It was recorded in different places and it's really a prog rock album of a guitar player with many elements of world music, It still maintains the Hackett identity, which has never been far away in the past years from the world music. We can hear influences from his past solos albums and his love for classical music and the flamenco guitar. The music is based around the Hackett guitar playing with many solos, and his supported by classical arrangements. The song covers a lot of different atmospheres from cinematic, eastern music, ballad, etc. I really enjoyed the drums parts on the instrumental "El Nino", the beautiful melodies in the last two songs, and the opener "Behind the Smoke" with his mix of classical arrangments and world music tones which set the table for what's coming next.

There's a message on this album for the acceptance of our cultural differences in this dark times, and if there's someone that can understand this is the man who has been around the world a lot (thanks to his wife) and can share his message the best way he can be by his music.

 Voyage Of The Acolyte by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.23 | 1192 ratings

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Voyage Of The Acolyte
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Andre the Aeropagite

5 stars This is considered by the majority the best album steve hackett ever recorded. And I can understand why. It is in my top 10 best rock albuns of all time. There is not a single weak track in this recording. Starting with the frenetic drum solo in ace of wands, passing through the calm and peaceful Hands Of The Priestess Part I, and finishing in the dense and powerful Shadow Of The Hierophant , the album flows like a roller coaster. Alternating fast moments with calm ones really sounds very nice, Hackett definitely hit the Jackpot. He also deserves a lot of credit for the songwriting (it does not sound like a solo album from a first class progressive rock guitarrist) and for the selection of the musicians. His brother John Hackett on flute, Robin miller on oboe, Sally oldfield and Phill Collins on vocals and mike rutherford on bass guitar. What else can you say when you have 3/5 of Genesis on the lineup. I highly recomend to every prog fan out there. RATINGS 1. Ace Of Wands - (8,5/10) - starts with a frenetic drum solo by Phil Collins and evolves to a calm section with flute and keyboards... very nice opening track. 2. Hands Of The Priestess Part I (9/10) - pastoral song with great performances by hackett in the acoustic guitar and his brother John in the flute. 3. A Tower Struck Down (7/10)- the worst song in the album, however it is still good. 4. Hands Of The Priestess Part II (8,5/10) - beautiful track. The problem? Too short. 5. The Hermit (9/10) - another pastoral song with nice acoustic guitar. 6. Star Of Sirius (10/10) - the second best song in the album, just amazing. 7. The Lovers (8,0/10) - contains a very nice acoustic guitar sound but it is too short. 8. Shadow Of The Hierophant (10/10) - best track. a Progressive rock masterpiece.
 The Total Experience Live In Liverpool by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2016
3.98 | 26 ratings

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The Total Experience Live In Liverpool
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars A mixed bag

Steve Hackett has been touring relentlessly for a long time and he has been extremely prolific when it comes to releasing live albums/videos from his tours going all the way back to the late 90's with the release of The Tokyo Tapes. For the last five years or so he has been touring extensively under the concept of "Genesis Revisited" and this period alone has already spawned several live releases including Genesis Revisited: Live At Hammersmith in 2013 and Genesis Revisited: Live At The Royal Albert Hall in 2014. The most recent in this series is the present one released in 2016 entitled The Total Experience: Live In Liverpool. The "total experience" refers to the fact that about half the show is Steve Hackett solo material and the other half a straight continuation of the "Genesis revisited" concept with Nad Sylvan's convincing Peter Gabriel impersonation. Personally, I found the concept of the tour a bit confusing and separating the solo stuff from the Genesis stuff in this way only helped emphasise how different these are from each other.

The first half of the show draws material from two main sources: Steve's 1975 solo debut album, Voyage Of The Acolyte, and his latest studio release at the time, Wolflight, which explains the "from Acolyte to Wolflight" part in the name of the tour and in the subtitle of this live album. We also get here a few songs from other early solo albums like Please Don't Touch, Spectral Mornings, and Defector. Most of these songs, if not all of them, have been included on other live recent albums. As I remarked in my review of the Wolflight studio album, it sounds very much like Steve's previous albums going back at least to 2004's To Watch The Storms. It is not bad, but feels a bit like more of the same.

Turning now to the Genesis stuff, any fan of that band is bound to get interested in these selections. It is particularly nice to see that they have included a few "new" songs that were not performed on the previous couple of tours, including Get 'em Out By Friday and Can-Utility And The Coastliners from Foxtrot and The Cinema Show/Aisle Of Plenty from Selling England By The Pound. These are all excellently performed and will not disappoint anyone. Still, even with these excellent surprises I think that Steve has now come to the end of the road with the "Genesis revisited" concept. Continuing on with this beyond this point would be milking it.

The Total Experience is not a bad live album, but there are many others in Steve's extensive live catalogue that are much better than this one. (I should add that I am only familiar with the audio of this release and not the accompanying DVD. I did however see Steve live in Malmö, Sweden on this tour where the same set list was performed.)

 The  Show by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1980
2.12 | 9 ratings

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The Show
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

1 stars Good grief, how bad a single from one of my favourite artists can be. First, I like quite a lot all the early albums by Steve Hackett, definitely including Defector (1980) which contains some atmospheric stuff full of unique, timeless, English charm that I consider to be one of Hackett's trademarks -- witnessed already in the Genesis output, e.g. 'Blood on the Rooftops' from Wind & Wuthering. But Defector is notably more uneven than Steve's preceding solo albums, mainly due to some throwaway songs like 'The Show'. It is musically very mediocre pop song with a kitchy synth riff going on and on. And the lyrics that try to be satirical about rock business, they are hardly even slightly amusing.

I didn't know the B-side song 'Hercules Unchained' in advance, so I listened to it on YouTube. At first I wondered can this really be the right track, or is YouTube accidentally playing me some Slade or something in that vein instead. Noisy electric guitar sound walls of metallic rock'n'roll, and fast-tempo vocals like on the worst songs of Billy Joel (such as 'Still Rock'n'Roll to Me'). The best thing about this horrible song is its length of under three minutes. It has been included as a bonus on Defector's CD release. Frankly to me it would be a very negative, unwanted addition to a fairly nice album.

(One star reviews are very rare in my reviews list, because I prefer to write about music I can recommend to at least someone, but this was just a case of a quick ex tempore review, and if I yesterday gave two stars to a decent album just because I wasn't really turned on by it, this single is a plain one-star release for me.)

 Till We Have Faces by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.36 | 191 ratings

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Till We Have Faces
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by sussexbowler

5 stars Back in the day, I used to listen to 2 albums all the way through, all the time. One of those was Peter Gabriel's 'So', whilst, surprisingly, the other was this. I appreciated the 'Brazilain' twist to it (I like my percussion), as after Peter Gabriel's 4th album percussion would never be the same for me anyway.

In the original song order it flowed nicely (except the very last song), and overall, I thought it a great album. Why, in heavens, they altered the order that the songs were in on the original LP I just can't grasp.

In later years I came up with a philosophy about dealing with Steve Hackett albums. That was that, overall, they could be an indifferent listen, but that there was usually one or two tracks that would really hit the mark. To this end, both 'Let me count the ways' and 'Whats's my name' are essential. The Brazilian rhythms in 'Matilda Smith-Williams home for the aged' are excellent too, so we're probably getting 3 strong tracks here. These songs are way above a 2 star rating, and deserve to be heard.

Essential listening? Absolutely, for the reasons I mention above. Don't discount the quality of these three songs.

 Spectral Mornings by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2015
3.67 | 6 ratings

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Spectral Mornings
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Einwahn

4 stars This release is a cover version of the title track from Steve Hackett's 'Spectral Mornings' album of 1979. It is arranged by Robert Reed (recent albums 'Sanctuary', 'Sanctuary II'), and specially written lyrics are beautifully sung in a duet by David Longdon (Big Big Train) and Christina Booth (of Reed's band Magenta). Actually there is a 'supergroup' list of musicians, including the Big Big Train drummer Nick D'Virgilio and Steven Wilson's bassist Nick Beggs. Plus of course the man himself plays a lovely guitar section. It is quite lovely, and very commercial - but we can forgive this as the proceeds go to a Parkinson's Disease charity.

Verdict: new life for an old classic.

 Genesis Revisited II by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.86 | 452 ratings

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Genesis Revisited II
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by LunarSea

2 stars I've always blown kind of hot and cold with Hacketts solo work and tend to rate some of it very highly and some of it as complete throwaway rubbish. For me his finest solo moments were on Please don't touch and Spectral Mornings, although I'll admit that I thought some of the production on the latter was a bit lacking, particularly on the title track which seemed to have a certain amount of unwanted distortion/noise associated with it somewhere in the mix...Anyone else noticed that...?

However, I digress.....this album, which can't be called solo work as it involved all the previous members of Genesis at the writing stage and on the originals, is a re-working of some of their much loved favourites and is kind of OK but a bit disappointing in the vocal sense. This is a purely personal issue for me as I always struggle with hearing old songs which I've loved for many years being re-done as what amounts to cover versions : the instrumentation can be as near perfect and close to the original as possible but I generally feel let down by vocal performances which are usually - IMHO - vastly inferior to the original. This album is no exception. The vocals are OK throughout but no more than that.

Lets take Ripples as an example : Amanda lehman ( can't help but wonder why Hackett thinks she's so good exactly..?? ) isn't by any stretch of the imagination a great vocalist but she does a reasonable (ish) job on this, undoubtedly with the help of pitch correction and various other bits and pieces of studio wizardry. Compare the album version with any of the live youtube versions out there from the tour however and the song gets murdered every time.

Now lets look at the Genesis version(s) of Ripples : the original version was on Trick of the Tail and sounds as it should because it's the original version of course. I saw Genesis perform this live on the Duke tour in 1980 (2 nights at Glasgow Apollo) and both times it brought a tear to my eye. Check out the Live in Rome version in 2007 too - OK, so it sounded like the key had been changed to accomodate Phils decreased vocal range and it was a slightly shorter version, but you know, it STILL sent a shiver down my spine and brought a tear to my eye.

Now quickly go back and have a look at Lehmans performance of it at the Albert Hall and you will surely cringe and weep. D'you get what I'm trying illustrate here..? The point is that if the vocals are weak then the song is going to be a whole lot less than it should be regardless of how spectacular the music is, and that's the case with this whole album. It's quite good but just not brilliant for that single reason.

In conclusion I would give Hackett five stars for his efforts in keeping these old songs alive and for giving so many of us the chance to see them being performed live again (although I personally didn't go to any of the shows), but I can only give him 1 star for his choice of vocalists, and that counts for most his solo career with the exception of Please don't Touch when he was switched on enough to use decent vocalists of the calibre of Randy Crawford and Steve Walsh.

A bit disappointing. 2 stars overall.

 The Total Experience Live In Liverpool by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2016
3.98 | 26 ratings

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The Total Experience Live In Liverpool
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars Here's another live release of Mr. Hackett after a couple of Genesis revisited show, this time, it's the celebration of 40 years of "Voyage of Acolyte" and the release of the "Wolflight" album. The concert starts with the intro of "Corycian Fire" and open with the old track "Spectral Morning". It's disappointing that we can see and hear this complete song only in the extras in the videos section. "Love Song to a Vampire" has that attractive melody getting you hook immediately. In "Wolflight", we can witness the confidence that Steve's voice has acquired in the past years. "Weel's Turning" show heavier guitar sections before an acoustic set of 2 songs beginning with a personal song from Steve dedicated to his wife : "Love and Sea". It's followed by an acoustic version of "Jacuzzi" with his brother Jon on flute. The second set of the show is the Genesis songs starting with "Get' em Out by Friday" with a Nad Sylvan voice that is spot on so as Gary O'Toole's voice. Ronnie Stolt is on bass, being the first instrument he played in his life, so that was not something new for him. The surprise came with the rare interpretation of "Can-Utility and the Coastliners" and "After the Ordeal". My review is based on the Blu-Ray, so my rating will include my appreciation of the overall experience of that 2 hours and 40 minutes show. If I compare this live release from the previous release, I will say that a little more attention has been given to the visuals.The sound and, the camera work are excellent. In the extras, you should take a look at the three videos from the new album that are impressive. The Behind the scenes documentary is what you expect with some repetitive answers in the band's members interviews. I rarely give a 5 stars rating on live releases, because it's a new interpretation of previously old songs, so this is a solid 4 stars.
 Please Don't Touch! by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.58 | 507 ratings

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Please Don't Touch!
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Per Kohler

5 stars Go west young man. Off to L.A. and America. In common with his former band mate P. Gabriel, Hackett chose to seek foreign land to record his debut work as solo artist. The reason for this can be obvious. To force one's way out from the past and to do something entirely different. On PDT Hackett goes in for to sound as un-English as possible. Not Voyage of the Acolyte Part 2 but a jazz- and blues style. The director has not entirely forgotten his roots though. Bombastic sound pictures, frail clinks, dramatic effects, romantic adventures... All for your soul and mind. An extended 12-string intro paves the way for vocalist Steve Walsh. It could just as well have meant Hackett joining American top notch act Kansas. I have to admit that Steve Walsh isn't my fave singer of all time but here he fits perfectly. 'Narnia' is as fresh as a premiere danseuse at the opera.

On 'Carry On Up the Vicarage' Hackett sings duet with himself. The light voice is recorded at half speed while the bass- is as natural as Steve himself. 'Vicarage' is as good as anything to emanate from the Genesis camp. The accessibility of 'I Know What I Like', the whimsicality of 'Willow Farm'. Pure genius! Randy Crawford pops up shortly in the vocal section. The lyric is a tribute to Agatha Christie (wasn't she involved in 'And Then There Were None' as well??). 'Racing in A' is made up of 2 separate sections. Once again Steve Walsh on voice and he's just as convincing as on 'Narnia'. Tom Fowler sounds clinical on his highly discernable bass. That's the risk with solo albums; you pay an individual for a commission. Nothing more, nothing less. Someone said that 60% of all studio musicians only play for the money. Some very convincing strings lead to a sole classical guitar. If it didn't happen it wouldn't be Steve Hackett. To edit different sections isn't unique for popular music. It even occurs in classical music and symphony orchestras.

'Kim' seriously calms down the temper. Steve on acoustic and Brother John on flute. Dedicated to spouse Kim Poor who in due order is responsible for the album cover. Inspiration comes from a shop on Portobello Road (London) which is selling articles from Victorian times. On the back cover Steve is standing at Palace Pier in Brighton. If you want a richer instrumentation listen to the version on Bay of Kings. 'How Can I' with Richie Havens on vox is the most down-to-earth and laid-back inclusion on the album. Not the most advanced piece of lyric in history. You wouldn't believe it to be a Hackett composition for obvious reasons. 'Hoping Love Will Last' feels like the records central piece and it's worth the price of the album alone. It was rehearsed in Genesis with Phil on vocals but never included on W & W. Hackett had a desire to bring in a female vocalist in the Genesis recording too. Instead it ended up here with a so far rather unknown Randy Crawford. The piano chords move the song forward to the delightful string section. A mixture between real strings and guitar synth. The strings took two weeks to record as every violin part is dubbed a number of times. Also first time for Hackett as string arranger so it was rather strenuous. Also for Graham Smith from Van Der Graaf.

'Land of a Thousand Autumns' consists of acoustic- and multi-layered gtr synth. 'Please Don't Touch' is as you probably know by now one of the many leftovers from W & W. As an amalgam with 'Wot Gorilla' but only the latter was included. There were still a lot of instrumental work from Steve on the B-side of Wuthering but PDT had to wait to this very moment. John Hackett on flute, piccolo flute and bass pedals is just as important here as his elder brother. It would still be interesting to hear Collins render the work, to cite M Rutherford; - 'the only drummer who cares about the song'.

'The Voice of Necam' is high-tech with a vengeance. Tape loop vocals, a singer sings a tone for 8-10 seconds recorded on two different tape recorders. Then transferred to 24-channel and changes speed on the tape to obtain various tones on every channel. On 'Necam' the voices are even treated through computer(please note that this is the Stone Age 1978!). Final 'Icarus Ascending' is performed by Richie Havens. A moderate and deep voice of fine standard. Once again Hackett takes out his guitar synth and this time he wants to resemble a saxophone. If you listen to the tones in the solo towards the end of instrumental section (in the middle of the tune) you're able to discern this phenomena. Tape loop on the chorus, reggae rhythms and piccolo from Bro. John. A grand mixture!

Released almost simultaneously with 'And Then There Were Three' and followed by 'P.G.2' shortly afterwards, you can state that 1978 was a productive year for the former cohesive band. Remarkably and quite unique everything still on the same label. Why not pick your favorites and turn it into The Lamb Part 2?

 Wolflight by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.79 | 333 ratings

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Wolflight
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Progkid

5 stars This was my first introduction to the magical world of Steve Hackett.One day early in 2016 I was checking out good albums that I missed in 2015 and the cover of this album caught my attention. I knew who Hackett was so I decided to try it and boy I was surprised. Hackett is clearly a guitar virtuoso which is evident on this album. This album has great transition between classical acoustic guitar passages to heavy rock riffs and I must say I am impressed by his singing style which he uses to deliver stories. The title comes from the mystical blue light that appears just before the sun rises and is the time when wolfs go hunting. The first half of the album is particularly very strong and is filled with great tracks such as the title track and the lovely melodic track "Love Song To A Vampire" (his vocal work is superb in this one and the lyrics are well thought out like a poetry) . The Mighty Chris Squire plays bass in this track. The album has great use of orchestra too and has influences from world music. The production quality is great and I would recommend this to everyone. This is one of Hackett's strongest album. I had goosebumps while listening to this on a cold day. Stop reading this review and try it!
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