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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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Genesis Revisited: Live at the Royal Albert HallGenesis Revisited: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
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Voyage of the AcolyteVoyage of the Acolyte
Extra tracks · Import · Remastered
Astralwerks 2005
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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
Extra tracks · Remastered
Astralwerks 2005
Audio CD$3.68
$2.90 (used)
DefectorDefector
Extra tracks · Import · Remastered
Astralwerks 2005
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Tokyo TapesTokyo Tapes
Original Masters UK 2002
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Genesis Revisited IGenesis Revisited I
Import
EMI Import 2013
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Genesis Revisited IIGenesis Revisited II
Inside Out 2012
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Please Don't TouchPlease Don't Touch
Extra tracks · Import · Remastered
Astralwerks 2005
Audio CD$3.68
$2.90 (used)
Highly StrungHighly Strung
Import · Extra tracks · Remastered
Charisma/Virgin 2007
Audio CD$6.41
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STEVE HACKETT shows & tickets


  • Steve Hackett at G Live, Guildford, Surrey on 3 Nov 2014
  • Steve Hackett's Genesis Extended on 19 Nov 2014
  • Steve Hackett at Keswick Theatre, Glenside on 20 Nov 2014
  • Steve Hackett at Keswick Theatre, Glenside on 21 Nov 2014
  • Steve Hackett at Grand Théâtre de Québec, Quebec on 28 Nov 2014
  • Genesis Extended on 29 Nov 2014
  • Genesis Extended 2014 World Tour on 2 Dec 2014

STEVE HACKETT discography


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

4.21 | 894 ratings
Voyage Of The Acolyte
1975
3.60 | 388 ratings
Please Don't Touch!
1978
4.16 | 564 ratings
Spectral Mornings
1979
3.64 | 314 ratings
Defector
1980
2.38 | 202 ratings
Cured
1981
2.94 | 169 ratings
Highly Strung
1982
3.34 | 158 ratings
Bay of Kings
1983
2.22 | 137 ratings
Till We Have Faces
1984
3.12 | 119 ratings
Momentum
1988
3.27 | 159 ratings
Guitar Noir
1993
2.94 | 88 ratings
Blues with a Feeling
1994
3.36 | 235 ratings
Genesis Revisited
1996
3.60 | 125 ratings
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1997
3.79 | 217 ratings
Darktown
1999
3.41 | 104 ratings
Sketches of Satie
2000
2.53 | 79 ratings
Feedback 86
2000
3.76 | 283 ratings
To Watch The Storms
2003
3.62 | 139 ratings
Metamorpheus
2005
3.77 | 232 ratings
Wild Orchids
2006
3.49 | 70 ratings
Tribute
2008
3.62 | 266 ratings
Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth
2009
3.84 | 331 ratings
Beyond The Shrouded Horizon
2011
3.85 | 381 ratings
Genesis Revisited II
2012

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

3.74 | 64 ratings
Time Lapse
1992
3.89 | 47 ratings
There Are Many Sides To The Night
1994
3.93 | 107 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes
1998
4.47 | 65 ratings
Live Archives 70,80,90s
2000
5.00 | 2 ratings
Live Archive NEARfest
2003
4.05 | 20 ratings
Live Archive 03
2004
4.17 | 26 ratings
Live Archive 04
2004
3.54 | 22 ratings
Live Archive 05
2005
2.70 | 14 ratings
Live Archive 83
2006
4.31 | 81 ratings
Rails Live
2010
4.46 | 60 ratings
Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
2013
4.17 | 15 ratings
Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall
2014

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

4.03 | 19 ratings
Horizons (DVD)
1990
3.63 | 18 ratings
Spectral Mornings (DVD)
1999
4.05 | 55 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes (DVD)
2001
4.16 | 43 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires (DVD)
2003
3.98 | 30 ratings
Hungarian Horizons (DVD)
2003
4.31 | 71 ratings
Once Above A Time (DVD)
2004
3.24 | 6 ratings
Live Legends
2004
4.67 | 6 ratings
Estival Jazz Lugano
2009
3.89 | 32 ratings
Live - Fire & Ice
2011

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

2.75 | 23 ratings
The Unauthorised Biography
1992
4.67 | 6 ratings
Guitare Classique
2001
3.40 | 20 ratings
Genesis Files
2002
2.92 | 17 ratings
Genesis Revisited II: Selection
2013

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

0.00 | 0 ratings
Ace of Wands
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
How Can I?
1978
0.00 | 0 ratings
Narnia
1978
3.56 | 7 ratings
Clocks
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sentimental Institution
1980
4.09 | 4 ratings
The Show
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hope I Don't Wake
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Picture Postcard
1981
3.26 | 8 ratings
Cell 151
1983
4.00 | 1 ratings
A Doll That's Made in Japan
1984
3.09 | 3 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1996
2.10 | 2 ratings
Til These Eyes
2012

STEVE HACKETT Reviews


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 Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2013
4.46 | 60 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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 Live Archive NEARfest by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2003
5.00 | 2 ratings

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Live Archive NEARfest
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

5 stars Somewhere In North America

Since its inception in the year 2000, six releases in Steve Hackett's Live Archive series have seen the light of day. The two latest entries in the series contain recordings of Steve's acoustic live performances, one from 1983 and one from 2005. Live Archive 04 is as far as I understand the very same concert recording as that featured on the concert film Once Above A Time. The one before that is a compilation of live tracks recorded in various places in Europe on Steve's 2003 tour. This brings us to the present release, which in my opinion is the best in the Live Archive series. Live Archives NEARfest features a full show recorded at Patriots Theater, Trenton, New Jersey in June 2002. The set list is very similar to that of the Somewhere In South America DVD which has long been a personal favourite of mine. Indeed, the first 12 songs in the set are identical before some differences begin to appear. In Memoriam is present on both but holds a different position in this set. The only substantial differences in terms of songs are that on Live Archives NEARfest we get performances of Spectral Mornings and Everyday instead on Sierra Quemada and A Tower Struck Down.

The show opens with The Floating Seventh which is a mood setter before the 21st Century Schizoid Man-like Mechanical Bride. This is followed by an excellent medley containing several familiar pieces. Serpentine song is another song that reminds of King Crimson's debut album, but this one is along the lines of the much mellower numbers from that classic album (an album which obviously has been a huge influence on Steve and Genesis). Homage is paid to his Genesis days through instrumental excerpts from Watcher Of The Skies, Hairless Heart and Firth Of Fifth, as well as a full performance of Steve's own version of Los Endos closing the show as usual. Steve's Rock side is further represented by The Steppes, Camino Royale, Vampyre With A Healthy Appetite and Darktown, whilst his acoustic side is represented by Walking Away From Rainbows, Satie's Gnossienne no. 1, and Genesis' Horizons. Overall, a perfect set list which showcases the versatility and eclecticism of the amazing Steve Hackett. I simply love this set!

Having already given five well-deserves stars to Somewhere In South America, I cannot give Live Archives NEARfest any less as the two releases are equally brilliant. However, given how similar they are in content, most people will probably be satisfied with only one of these releases.

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 Live Archive 83  by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2006
2.70 | 14 ratings

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Live Archive 83
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars Bay Of Kings Live

Live Archive 83 features an acoustic performance by Steve and his brother John Hackett, recorded in the same year as Steve's first acoustic album Bay Of Kings was released. Naturally, the set list features most of the songs from the Bay Of Kings album including some that originally appeared elsewhere such as the eternal Horizons from Genesis' Foxtrot album and Kim from Please Don't Touch. Other numbers were drawn directly from Steve's solo albums up to that point including Hands Of The Priestess, Ace Of Wands and Jacuzzi. Whilst the first of these is a pleasant but unsurprising choice, the latter two are among the more interesting selections here as they were originally Rock numbers that have here been transformed into acoustic pieces. However, though these are interesting versions I do prefer the original, electric versions.

There are some very nice acoustic pieces performed here, several of which are definite Hackett classics and have become mainstays in Steve's acoustic repertoire until the present day. In addition to those mentioned above, I count the lovely Tales Of The Riverbank, Second Chance and the folky Jazz On A Summer's Night. The latter has a very Ian Anderson-like flute sound. But there are also several numbers that meander and just feel like endless acoustic strumming without enough in the way of a memorable melody. I would say that about half of this live album ranges from good to very good and about half is transportation with some moments even being rather lifeless and dull.

A nice addition for fans, especially fans of Steve's acoustic side, but like most of his acoustic releases this one too is by no means essential.

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 Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2014
4.17 | 15 ratings

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

Review by rdtprog
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4 stars To get the Blu-Ray of this new show of Steve Hackett, I had to buy this extravagant box-set with Dvds, Cds and Art-Book. It fit neatly with my others culinary book.This is another gimmick from Inside Out to give you some video content if you want the Cds. This concert is much like the recent and previous one in Hammersmith London, with some different songs, like "Carpet Crawlers", "The Return of the Giant Hogweed", "Ripples" and "The Fountain of Salmics". My review will come only from the Blu-Ray, I won't listen to the others formats.

For Steve Hackett, the goal of this project is not to play the same notes, but as he says in the liner notes, to be authentic. Each player can bring their own touch as long as it doesn't betray the spirit of the originals songs. Steve Hackett brings some improvisations at the end of "Supper's Ready", "Ripples", Roger King add a short new passage in the song "I Know What I Like", but the most extreme addition, is the guitar solo of Roine Stolt in the remarkable song "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" where he brings his typical Flower Kings sound. Ray Wilson is guest on 2 songs and his voice fits perfectly in the song "Carpet Crawlers". Nad Sylvan is really comfortable in the singing department, even if sometimes he forced a little too much his voice. John Wetton sings in the song "Firth of Firth". "Los Endos" is played with the usual improvisation of any Hackett's concerts and with some passage of his solo material.

Apparently the sound mix of the Cds suffers from too much bass, but I didn't notice this with the Blu-Ray. This time the drum is not too loud like on the Hammersmith Dvd. There is some nice surrounding effects, you will hear what I mean with the guitars on the "Return of the Giant Hogweed". The picture quality is nice in high definition with plenty of visuals and animation on screens.

I would have changed a couple of songs, but it's impossible to please everyone with a band that has to choose songs from a rich catalogue. For those who are interested in documentary, there is a 40 minutes making of the show, which presents the musicians and show mostly Steve Hackett, who is in very good mood. So good that there is a album by album review interview of 1 hour.

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 Live Archive 03 by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2004
4.05 | 20 ratings

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Live Archive 03
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars Everywhere in Europe

The present entry in Steve Hackett's Live Archive series is a compilation of live tracks recorded on Hackett's 2003 European tour in support of the excellent To Watch The Storms album. The fact that it is a compilation of live recordings from various shows rather than a single full concert can be felt at times, especially when there is a bit of silence between some of the tracks. Still, this is absolutely excellent stuff from start to finish, covering material from Steve's days with Genesis all the way up through his latest solo effort at the time: the aforementioned To Watch The Storms. The first two tracks are from that album and musically they have more to do with King Crimson's milestone 1969 debut than with Genesis; Mechanical Bride is in the vein of 21st Century Schizoid Man and Serpentine Song reminds of mellower numbers like I Talk To The Wind.

The Genesis pieces performed here are all instrumental unlike the vocal versions he has done on recent tours. Representing the Genesis days here are full performances of Hairless Heart, In That Quiet Earth, Los Endos, and the acoustic Horizons, as well as excerpts from Watcher Of The Skies and Firth Of Fifth. Many of the best numbers from Steve's early solo albums are here too including storming renditions of Please Don't Touch, Spectral Mornings, The Steppes, Camino Royale and many more, plus more recent tracks like Brand New, Darktown and the relaxing Walking Away From Rainbows. In my view, almost everything sounds better here than on the studio albums and there is a perfect balance between electric and acoustic and between intense and tranquil moments.

For those who own the "regular" live releases from this period, this archival set is not really needed unless you are a big Hackett fan like me. This track list overlaps very significantly with those of the brilliant live releases Somewhere In South America (DVD & 2CD) and Once Above A Time (DVD), both of which feature full shows rather than tracks taken from various shows. Both Somewhere In South America and Once Above A Time are live masterpieces in my view and very highly recommended. Live Archive 03 is very good as well in its own right and deserving of a high rating, but as implied above only serious fans and collectors will need to have this in addition to those two, and it is after all to fans and collectors that the Live Archive series is primarily aimed.

(As a side note, I should mention that as far as I understand Live Archive 04 is just the audio from the same Budapest show featured on the Once Above A Time DVD, and since I've reviewed that already I will not review Live Archive 04 separately)

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 Live Archive 05 by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2005
3.54 | 22 ratings

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Live Archive 05
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Classical Jazz

Part of the Live Archive series, the present release features an acoustic performance recorded in 2005. The first disc of this two disc set features the solo part of the show with Steve alone on stage with his acoustic guitars. The second disc contains the second set of the evening when Steve is joined on stage by his brother John on flutes and Roger King on keyboards. While both sets are pleasant I much prefer the second trio set over the opening solo set as the latter is much more diverse and varied both instrumentally and in terms of tempos and styles. The focus is on Classical music, but they inject a bit of Jazz and Folk here and there as well as Classical adaptations of a some Genesis songs and a few similarly adapted numbers from Steve's Rock albums.

There is overall a significant overlap with the set list featured on the Hungarian Horizons DVD released a couple of years earlier. Though I prefer that DVD which doesn't split the show into a solo part and a trio part, there are a few nice surprises here not featured on that DVD. The most notable is After The Ordeal originally from the Selling England By The Pound album which is the highlight of the show for me. Other nice numbers include Andante In C (aka Tales From the Riverbank) Jacuzzi, Bacchus (including the flute solo from Firth Of Fifth), Hands Of The Priestess, Hairless Heart, Second Chance, Kim and Walking Away From Rainbows.

Good, but not essential

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 Sketches of Satie by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.41 | 104 ratings

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Sketches of Satie
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars No. 4

Even though this is credited not to Steve alone but to him and his brother John collectively, Sketches Of Satie readily falls into Steve Hackett's Classical output following the albums Bay Of Kings, Momentum and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Unlike those albums however, the music here is by Classical composer Erik Satie and performed by Steve and John on acoustic guitar and flute respectively.

I find this music beautiful, pleasant and relaxing, but it does tend to get repetitive after a while as there is no instrumental variation and very little variation in style and tempo throughout the album. Needless to add Sketches Of Satie has nothing to do with Steve Hackett's career as a Rock artist and it has nothing whatever to do with progressive Rock. This is an album of Classical music period.

If you are curious about this music I would recommend to start with the (semi-) acoustic live concert DVD Hungarian Horizons in which Steve and John accompanied by keyboard player Roger King perform some pieces from this album together with many other pieces from throughout Steve's career including instrumental adaptations of several Genesis songs. This acoustically driven live performance draws from many sources and features more variation both instrumentally and in tempos and styles (not just Classical music but also some Folk and Jazz).

Sketches Of Satie is rather nice and pleasant, but really only recommended for fans of Steve Hackett's Classical side.

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 Metamorpheus by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.62 | 139 ratings

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Metamorpheus
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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1 stars Sorry Steve, but this is just dull!

I am an enormous fan of Steve Hackett's career, from the incredible albums he did with Genesis in the 70's through his illustrious solo career spanning five different decades. One of the things that I appreciate so much about Hackett is his eclectic approach fusing influences from Classical, Folk, Jazz, Blues and (progressive) Rock into new and interesting forms. When this eclectic aspect is missing and Steve concentrates on a single style only for a whole album, the result is a lot less interesting. This was the case when he did a pure Blues Rock album in the 90's called Blues With A Feeling, and it is the case with his several purely Classical outings. Metamorpheus is an example of the latter. This album is 100% Classical music throughout and it has absolutely nothing to do with progressive Rock or any kind of Rock.

Another thing that I admire and appreciate in Steve Hackett is his unique and distinctive signature guitar sound on both acoustic and electric guitar. I particularly like when he incorporates both his acoustic and his electric sides on the same album or in the same live performance, or even within the same piece of music. Of course, there are no electric guitars whatsoever on this purely Classical album, but the deeper problem is that Steve's acoustic playing here is not recognizably his own. There is nothing here that reminds me of the Steve Hackett I know and love. He has reduced himself here to just a regular Classical guitar player - a very skilled one for sure, but one without a distinctive sound and style all of his own.

Yet another thing a like about Steve Hackett's Rock albums, such as Defector, Guitar Noir, To Watch The Storms and Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth, to name a few of my favourites, is his skills as a creator of memorable instrumental music. This aspect too is missing on the present album, as this seemingly goes on endlessly without making any kind of lasting impression on me. Frankly I find it dull and find it difficult to sit through it all, and believe me I've tried on numerous occasions.

The reader should keep in mind that I am not a fan of Classical music, but a Rock fan through and through. I cannot properly judge this album for what it is, an album of Classical music. I happily concede that I lack the experience and knowledge to judge it as such. Judging it as a Prog album is however impossible as it does not contain a single trace of anything progressive or anything Rock. I can hear that it is not of low quality by any means, but it simply does very little for me.

But why be so harsh as to give only one star to one of my all time favourite artists? The answer is that I've previously given Bay Of Kings (Steve's first Classical guitar album) and Momentum (his second such album) two stars, and these earlier albums are both clearly better and more memorable for me than Metamorpheus even they are too one-dimensional to merit more than two stars and are clearly less interesting than his Rock albums. Also, even the weakest of Steve's many Rock albums (such as Till We Have Faces, for example) that I've given two stars in the past at least contain a few worthwhile moments and are much more enjoyable for me than the present album. Sorry Steve, with all respect, this just isn't my cup of tea I'm afraid.

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 Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2014
4.17 | 15 ratings

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

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars Return Of The Giant Hogweed

Steve Hackett's massively successful Genesis Revisited tour has now resulted in yet another live album and video following last year's Genesis Revisited: Live At Hammersmith. The present album was recorded in the Royal Albert Hall. (Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks should take note: classic Genesis can still sell out arenas of this size.) The set list draws exclusively from the Genesis albums to which Steve contributed: Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England By The Pound, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, A Trick Of The Tail, and Wind And Wuthering. To be exact, precisely three songs from each of these six albums make up this impressive set list. However, out of the 18 tracks featured here no less than 13 were also present on Live At Hammersmith. Moreover, it is the same line-up with Roger King on keyboards, Gary O'toole on drums, Rob Townsend on sax and flute, Lee Pomeroy on bass, and Nad Sylvan on vocals. Even some of the guest performers are the same including a returning John Wetton (though he sings Firth Of Fifth here instead of Afterglow).

The considerable overlap with Live At Hammersmith raises some doubts about whether yet another live release from the same tour was really needed. In the light of this let's look at the differences. Out of the five tracks not also on Live At Hammersmith, by far the most interesting are Return Of The Giant Hogweed and Fountain Of Salmacis, both originally from Nursery Cryme. These songs are not often played live. (When I saw this show live in Copenhagen a little while ago they also played The Knife, but unfortunately this song is not present here.) Another interesting feature of Live At The Royal Albert Hall is the presence of Ray Wilson, the singer that Genesis hired for Calling All Stations in 1997 (some 20 years after Steve had left the band!). Wilson sings on The Carpet Crawlers and I Know What I Like.

In the end I must say that I do enjoy the present live album as much as Live At Hammersmith and I thus think the two deserve the same rating of four stars. Live At The Royal Albert Hall is a great live document in its own right, but it is probably only fanatics like me who will feel a great desire to have both of these live albums.

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 Spectral Mornings by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.16 | 564 ratings

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Spectral Mornings
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by MJAben

4 stars This was my first Hackett album and to this day is my favorite of his offerings. I find often that Hackett's largest problem is varying quality of songs in his albums, I find that often I love some of his output and find other songs virtually unlistenable (or at the least certainly not enjoyable). On this album however we have quality music in various styles from start to finish. This is a more reserved and accessible album than Voyage of the Acolyte, it is frequently poppy but regularly beautiful with far more of an emphasis on songwriting than on musicianship. Nevertheless there can still be found some wonderful solo's from Hackett (Spectral Mornings, Every Day).

What this album has however, that I feel no other Hackett album can hold claim to is a sense o coherency, a sense of flow and direction from start to finish that makes this album one magical ride with some absolutely wonderful songs. It may not be his most progressive offering but it is by far his best.

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