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

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


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

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

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

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

4.24 | 1375 ratings
Voyage Of The Acolyte
1975
3.59 | 584 ratings
Please Don't Touch!
1978
4.14 | 850 ratings
Spectral Mornings
1979
3.65 | 472 ratings
Defector
1980
2.42 | 308 ratings
Cured
1981
2.95 | 273 ratings
Highly Strung
1982
3.37 | 247 ratings
Bay Of Kings
1983
2.42 | 219 ratings
Till We Have Faces
1984
3.18 | 174 ratings
Momentum
1988
3.28 | 234 ratings
Guitar Noir
1993
2.95 | 139 ratings
Blues With A Feeling
1994
3.43 | 325 ratings
Genesis Revisited
1996
3.61 | 175 ratings
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1997
3.79 | 309 ratings
Darktown
1999
3.53 | 151 ratings
Sketches Of Satie
2000
2.56 | 135 ratings
Feedback 86
2000
3.78 | 380 ratings
To Watch The Storms
2003
3.60 | 189 ratings
Metamorpheus
2005
3.75 | 316 ratings
Wild Orchids
2006
3.56 | 113 ratings
Tribute
2008
3.67 | 362 ratings
Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth
2009
3.86 | 420 ratings
Beyond The Shrouded Horizon
2011
3.89 | 501 ratings
Genesis Revisited II
2012
3.79 | 382 ratings
Wolflight
2015
3.70 | 165 ratings
The Night Siren
2017
3.95 | 235 ratings
At The Edge Of Light
2019

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

3.79 | 75 ratings
Time Lapse
1992
3.92 | 58 ratings
There Are Many Sides To The Night
1994
3.97 | 148 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes
1998
4.53 | 82 ratings
Live Archives 70,80,90s
2000
4.38 | 13 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.27 | 11 ratings
Hungarian Horizons
2003
4.67 | 11 ratings
Live Archive NEARfest
2003
4.13 | 27 ratings
Live Archive 03
2004
4.31 | 30 ratings
Live Archive 04
2004
3.74 | 25 ratings
Live Archive 05
2005
2.93 | 21 ratings
Live Archive 83
2006
4.33 | 108 ratings
Rails Live
2010
4.51 | 121 ratings
Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
2013
4.15 | 84 ratings
Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall
2014
3.50 | 6 ratings
Access All Areas
2014
4.09 | 46 ratings
The Total Experience Live In Liverpool
2016
4.11 | 19 ratings
Summer Storms & Rocking Rivers (with Djabe)
2017
4.21 | 34 ratings
Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham
2018
4.76 | 16 ratings
Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall
2019

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

4.02 | 22 ratings
Horizons (DVD)
1990
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live!
1992
3.74 | 30 ratings
Spectral Mornings (DVD)
1999
4.15 | 66 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes (DVD)
2001
4.24 | 51 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.01 | 34 ratings
Hungarian Horizons (DVD)
2003
4.36 | 83 ratings
Once Above A Time (DVD)
2004
3.32 | 12 ratings
Live Legends
2004
4.31 | 13 ratings
Estival Jazz Lugano
2009
4.03 | 39 ratings
Live - Fire & Ice
2011
4.26 | 10 ratings
The Bremen Broadcast - Musikladen 8th November 1978
2013

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

2.86 | 31 ratings
The Unauthorised Biography
1992
4.45 | 11 ratings
Guitare Classique
2001
3.49 | 29 ratings
Genesis Files
2002
3.23 | 28 ratings
Genesis Revisited II: Selection
2013
4.81 | 16 ratings
Premonitions: The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983
2015
4.50 | 8 ratings
Broken Skies Outspread Wings
2018

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

4.50 | 6 ratings
Ace of Wands
1975
3.00 | 5 ratings
How Can I?
1978
2.40 | 6 ratings
Narnia
1978
3.13 | 13 ratings
Clocks
1979
3.75 | 4 ratings
Every Day
1979
2.09 | 4 ratings
Sentimental Institution
1980
2.12 | 9 ratings
The Show
1980
2.21 | 5 ratings
Hope I Don't Wake
1981
2.67 | 3 ratings
Picture Postcard
1981
2.67 | 13 ratings
Cell 151
1983
3.25 | 4 ratings
A Doll That's Made in Japan
1984
2.50 | 2 ratings
Timeless
1994
3.04 | 6 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1996
2.67 | 3 ratings
Days Of Long Ago
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
Feedback 86 + Live 90's
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Recordings 70's, 80's
2001
3.67 | 3 ratings
Brand New
2003
3.00 | 3 ratings
Man In The Long Black Coat
2006
2.17 | 5 ratings
Til These Eyes
2012
3.47 | 8 ratings
Spectral Mornings
2015
4.00 | 3 ratings
Behind the Smoke
2017
2.05 | 3 ratings
When the Heart Rules the Mind
2018

STEVE HACKETT Reviews


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 Voyage Of The Acolyte by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.24 | 1375 ratings

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Voyage Of The Acolyte
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Psychedelic Paul

5 stars Legendary guitarist STEVE HACKETT (born 1950) is of course best-known for his GENESIS years as well as for his long and distinguished career as a solo artist. He recorded six albums with Genesis thoughout the 1970's:- "Nursery Cryme" (1971); "Foxtrot" (1972); "Selling England by the Pound" (1973); "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" (1974); "A Trick of the Tail" (1976); & "Wind & Wuthering" (1976). He left Genesis in 1977 due to the age-old band problem of "artistic differences", which led him to embark on a long solo career. Steve Hackett has recorded an incredible 26 solo albums to date, with his latest album "At the Edge of Light" released as recently as 2019. His first album, reviewed here, "Voyage of the Acolyte" (1975), was the only solo album Steve Hackett recorded whilst still a member of Genesis. It could be called the missing Genesis album, as it incorporated many of the ideas he wanted to include in the band. It almost IS a Genesis album in all but name, because "Voyage of the Acolyte" features Genesis members Mike Rutherford on bass and Phil Collins on drums. Steve recorded two more well-received solo albums at the tail-end of the 1970's:- "Please Don't Touch!" (1978) and "Spectral Mornings" (1979). He recorded six further albums during the 1980's which met with mixed receptions. More recently, he's released two critically acclaimed albums of "Genesis Revisited" songs. He was also part of the short-lived supergroup GTR who released one self-titled album in 1986. He collaborated with Chris Squire of YES in 2012 to record the album "A Life Within a Day", released under the cunningly-titled name of "Squackett". The original title of the "Voyage of the Acolyte" album was intended to be "Premonitions" but Steve Hackett's record label Charisma didn't like it and suggested the far better title of "Voyage of the Acolyte" which Steve was perfectly happy to accept. The album cover was painted by Brazilian artist Kim Poor, who later became Steve Hackett's wife and who went on to design many of Steve's future album covers.

"Voyage of the Acolyte" is a concept album based on a deck of Tarot cards and the first card drawn from the deck is "Ace of Wands". It's a Tarot card that represents fiery energy and this lively music is like a frenetic and energetic dance around the flames. It's a bright and sparkling proggy opening to the album that's positively glowing like a glittering prize. It's sure to delight fans of the Genesis sound, especially bearing in mind that the album has Mike Rutherford on bass and the unmistakably powerful drumming of Phil Collins. The music also features Steve Hackett's brother John on flute in some Prog- Folk fluty flights of fancy. There's enough key changes, chord progressions and staccato stop-start breaks in this 5-minute instrumental piece to keep even the most hardened of prog-heads happy. The second Tarot card drawn from the deck is "Hands of the Priestess, Part 1", a truly gorgeous flute and acoustic guitar piece. The High Priestess in the Tarot deck represents the duality of nature; masculine and feminine, good and evil, negative and positive, and although the music might have something of a melancholy air, it's a beautifully calming and pleasant piece of music that will carry you away on a sea of dreams, where you can marvel at those rippling blue waves of the topographic oceans ..... but that's another album entirely. The next turn of the cards is "A Tower Stricken Down". The Tower card which is shown being struck by lightning in the Tarot deck, represents disruption and potentially devastating change. This dramatic image is conjured up in the music, which is a strident and sonorous and somewhat discordant keyboard piece with the heavy pounding sound of Mike Rutherford's bass and with Phil Collins pounding away on the drums in a very offbeat and very proggy time signature. The music might sound harsh and full of dark and portentous doom and gloom, but it perfectly represents the sense of impending catastrophe in the stricken tower image. We hear a powerful sonic blast towards the end of the piece, which sounds like an atomic explosion, and then we hear the lonely voice of a Mellotron, representing a vast empty desert. Yes, it's all doom and gloom in this tale of a bleak dystopian future, but don't get too downhearted, as there now follows a brief reprise of the beautifully melodic "Hands of the Priestess", which is sure to lift up the spirits again. Next, we draw "The Hermit" card. It's a Tarot card representing spritual knowledge, accomplishment, development, and success. The music is a quietly introspective acoustic piece, featuring a cello, a flute, an oboe, and where we get to hear the dulcet tones of Steve Hackett for the very first time - and a very fine singer he is too. This is a sparklingly beautiful piece of music that glimmers like a bright shining crystal.

Opening Side Two now, you might recognise the voice on "Star of Sirius" because it's none other than Phil Collins. Not surprisingly then, this marvellous 7-minute piece of melodic prog sounds more like the classic sound of Genesis than anything heard on the album so far. As any amateur astronomer will know, Sirius is the brightest star in the northern hemisphere, and the playfully bright and uplifting melody very much reflects that. The Star Tarot card represents hope and optimism just as surely as the joyous and jubilant music in this emotionally-rich and exhilarating tune. The heavenly message contained within the stargazing lyrics is very uplifting too:- "Although the journey is still far from ended, You gaze at the sky, Above the cloudless night, Nebulous bright." ..... Returning to Earth now and we're in romantic mood for the Tarot card, "The Lovers". The card represents a naked man and a woman under the watchful protective eye of an angel in the legendary Garden of Eden. The delightful music is suitably angelic in tone too. It's a brief but beautiful acoustic guitar piece featuring the light echoey swirling synthesiser. This leads us into the final song and the real highlight of the album: "Shadow of the Hierophant". The Hierophant is a religious figure in the Tarot card depiction and the music is powerfully inspirational too and may even inspire religious devotion. This 12-minute masterpiece features the beautifully lilting tones of Sally Oldfield (Mike's sister). This is a spectacular grand finale to a magnificent album. Steve Hackett's masterful guitar really shines on this outstanding piece of musical magic. It wouldn't be overstating the case to say this music is as good as, if not better than, anything Genesis have ever done. This song features the full works, including crystal-clear vocals from Sally, the gorgeous floating sound of the Mellotron, a flighty flute, a sonorous bass, and powerful drumming. The song gradually builds up in intensity, emerging into a booming and bombastic wave of sound for the dramatic finale. No amount of superlatives in a review can do justice to the music though. In the words of King Crimson, this is a glorious and majestic "Cadence and Cascade" of music that you really have to hear to believe. You'll believe in the power of music to invigorate and revitalise the body and soul after hearing this. It's a powerful and dramatic piece of music with all of the opulent splendour and majesty of Buckingham Palace which will take you up the stairway to heaven and remain in the memory forever and ever, Amen! Okay, that's enough superlatives for now, because it's time for the album overview.

Steve Hackett makes a dramtic emergence onto the solo stage with "Voyage of the Acolyte" The album represents the spectacular beginning of a long and illustrious solo career. Steve takes us on a dramatic and powerful musical journey of wondrous stories with this tremendous opening album. It's sure to delight fans of melodic Progressive Rock everywhere, and should appeal equally to Genesis fans and non-Genesis fans alike. It's a moody and magnificent album of timeless appeal which has really stood the test of time.

 Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2019
4.76 | 16 ratings

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Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by steelyhead

5 stars I know I have a tendency to rate 4 or 5 stars to everything Hackett, sorry, but this is one of the best live albums He has put out. The set list is great and the orchestra is just fabulous giving deep to the compsositions. Everything sounds great here but the stellar moment is "Shadow of the Hyerophant" which is incredible and this is way beyond the studio version. Just this song is worth the price of two Cd's. "Supper's Ready" and "The Firth of Fifth" are great too. You know what? I'm giving this 5 stars, there's no other rating I am confortably with, so there You are. It's official a must have album.
 Spectral Mornings by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.14 | 850 ratings

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Spectral Mornings
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by TCat
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3 stars Steve Hackett's third full-length solo album 'Spectral Mornings' (released in 1975) shows Hackett's growth as a solo artist and also sees his first use of a real 'back-up' band and what would end up being considered his classic band line-up, which would also remain with him for the recording of his next album 'Detractor'. Hackett was still with Genesis when he recorded his first solo album, and his second album, released after he left Genesis because he felt he wasn't given enough autonomy anymore, was backed up with guest artists. When Hackett decided to tour and feature songs from both the debut album and 'Spectral Mornings' on the tour, it was obvious he needed a band, so this was the first time an actual back up band was formed.

Most of this album was recorded during a very snowy winter and the band was pretty much isolated in a winter cabin, so they were able to concentrate on recording and partying day and night. John Hackett, Steve's younger brother played flute, Nick Magnus played keys and synths, John Shearer was on drums, Dik Cadbury on bass and other instruments as needed, and Pete Hicks sung most of the lead vocals when needed. With the help of this band, and also from learning from previous mistakes, Hackett really showed a lot of progress as a composer and solo artist on this album.

The influence of Genesis and his love of prog shows through in the opening strains of 'Everyday' and the heavy use of synth. The main thing that was evident was the harmonized vocals that are apparent through this song, which deals with Steve's own experience with drug use, and is his anti-drug message developed from those experiences. In the instrumental breaks, you can really hear Hackett's guitar work shine through with his rapid note delivery and also melodic passages which are all backed up with the cheerful progressive foundation of the music. 'The Virgin and the Gypsy' is more of a folk-tinged style and slows everything to a more moderate track, with both solo lead vocals interspersed with harmonized layers, acoustic guitar strumming, flute flourishes, harpsichord and once again heavy and symphonic sounding synth use. Steve plays a Cantonese Koto on 'The Red Flower of Tachai Blooms Everywhere', which also uses mellotron to imitate a Japanese vocalist. The use of percussion is minimal as on the previous track and uses effects to depict wind. 'Clocks ' The Angel of Mons' starts with clicking, noisy clocks and low frequency synths, and then the entire band kicks in with great progressive track. The clock ticking is used as percussion later in the track along with heavy drumming and layers of melodic guitar and synth including Moog synth foot pedals played by hand by John Hackett. The ending features a rousing drum solo from John Shearer. This track was considered for a horror movie soundtrack, but eventually rejected for that purpose. The last track features Steve Hackett singing lead vocals with a lighthearted track 'The Ballad of the Decomposing Man' which is a lot similar to the rowdy bar-room style similar to ELP's 'The Sheriff' and etc and later switches to an island calypso style. I find it a bit annoying, as I do with ELP's same style of song (which they unfortunately do more than once).

The second side of the album begins with the classical guitar and flute duet 'Lost Time in Cordoba'. The addition of light keys keep the music in more of a classical style of music than traditional acoustic solos in rock music. 'Tigermoth' continues with the instrumental style, but this time with the full band in progressive rock mode again. Heavy synth washes rule on this track creating an atmospheric, yet somewhat thick sound. Vocal effects mixed with guitar effects create a feeling of unease. The music fades back to the main opening theme, and to me it all seems to be more glued together, not really flowing very well. However, the textures are quite varied here and seem to hit upon every sort of style, but never settling on anything. The dramatic sounds of the first half seem to contradict the somewhat humorous-sounding delivery and strange lyrics and melody. The contrasts don't really seem to work very well here, but at least it was an ambitious idea if nothing else. The last track on the original album, the instrumental 'Spectral Morning' is one of Hackett's most beautiful solo tracks, with beautiful guitar melodies soaring above the lush backgrounds. This track alone makes you forgive Hackett for the awful job done on 'Tigermoth'. 'Spectral Mornings' would end up to become Hackett's signature solo and rivals even the lovely guitar solo by Zappa on 'Watermelon in Easter Hay'. It is a great way to end the album, and is one of the main reasons why I come back to Hackett's music often.

The 2005 remaster included 8 bonus tracks, most of which are alternate mixes or versions of the tracks on this album, plus a couple of live tracks and an unlisted 'joke' track to end it all off. These tracks mostly add insight to already existing album, but don't necessarily improve or take away from the album. The best of the bonus tracks is the "Acoustic Medley" which really shows off Steve's talent.

Even if this is the better of the first three albums, there are still a couple of misguided tracks. One thing the album does have going for it is variety however, as Hackett workds to create a dynamic array of songs for this album. I think the album is still far away from being essential, and only some of the tracks can be considered excellent while others are only average, and a few are (to me at least) downright embarrassing. In the end, it is an album that I keep in my collection because it does have some great material, but overall, it isn't enough to pull it up to 4 stars.

 Genesis Revisited II by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.89 | 501 ratings

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Genesis Revisited II
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Zoltanxvamos

5 stars I am so glad I was born before this album came out, what a masterpiece in Progressive Rock history... literally! This album by ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, takes tracks from Genesis albums between Trespass and Wind and Wuthering. Steve Hackett hit the nail on the head with this album, it takes the format of Alan Parsons, hiring tens of singers such as Nad Sylvan, Neal Morse, Steve Wilson, John Wetton, Francis Dunnery and Nik Kershaw (1. WHAT A VOICE! 2. Former Pop singer singing Genesis? That is special!). Steve Hackett didn't only take songs from the old Genesis days but he also took songs from his Solo albums. Songs from Voyage of the Acolyte, Please Don't Touch and onward. Its not only the songs, but the way he pieced everything together, keeping the old sound of genesis, the mix, but all with Better Sound Quality! Bravo Mr. Steve Hackett, you are my favourite guitarist ever... and one of the best songwriters alive today! So glad I am seeing you live in a few days!
 At The Edge Of Light by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.95 | 235 ratings

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At The Edge Of Light
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by The Duke of Prunes

4 stars Most well-crafted and diverse Hackett solo album? I would say so. What is to admire about the Genesis maestro Steve Hackett's latest solo works is the fact that he draws a wide palette of musical influences from all over the world and manages to interflow them into something cohesive and conceptual. Unlike most virtuosic guitarists solo albums, Steve is making "compositions", instead of fretboard excursions. Not to mention the fact he has an angelic voice as well. If you are already fan of his work, this album will not dissapoint you, and if you're not familiar with his solo output, this is a great start since it encompasses most of his stylistic diversities.

"At the edge of light" starts with a 2 minute overture named "Fallen Walls and Pedestals". It is dominated by dark and gloomy symphonic orchestrations, later on joined by Hackett's stratospheric guitar. Overall bombastic sound, stellar production, no less can be expected. Perfect mood-settling interlude. And the title resonates well with the music, instilling that world-ending, "on the edge" feel, which is further complemented by the title of the album. The track segues into "Beasts in Our Time". The opening is very unsettling, again having the notable symphonic tinge, and then we hear how well Steve's vocals have aged just like a fine wine. There is emotional dissonance, created by the next orchestrations, flowing into another acoustic vocal section. Again, really good compositional techniques. And then - Rob Townsend's incredible sax is presented, accompained with John Hackett's soothing flute. After a brief guitar solo and a somewhat dreadful, movie-like orchestration, Steve goes balls-to-the-wall with heavy Crimson-esque riff underneath beastly soloing, until the end of this dark and theatrical piece.

As a musical antipode, the next track - "Under the Eye of the Sun" begins with a fast, pumping and uplifting melody. We hear Jonas Reingold with great and heavily audible bass work, reminiscent of Chris Squire. It truly feels like a tribute to the classic Yes years with the high-pitched, light, chorus-like vocals, reminding us of Jon Anderson. After a short solo, we get to a really interesting and spiritual didgeridoo and flute wind section. That is actually the first time i hear didgeridoo in prog. The whole bridge feels like moving through a cave, and at the end of it, the reprise of the main riff can be interpreted as seeing the light again. Enjoyable composition, rather relieving.

"Underground Railroad" has strong, underlying Western American feel with the sitar and Hackett's vocals, which could've been on any Johny Cash song, for instance. Simply proving that Steve is a chameleon when it comes to expressing emotions and themes with his music. Somewhere in the middle, we come out of the "cowboy" vocals with straightforward hard rock, flowing into a moderate beat solo, ending with chorus, similar to the previous song, backed by Tina Turner-esque yells, only to strenghten the American feel.

The next piece is without a doubt the highlight of the album, no coincidence it's the longest one. "Those Golden Wings" has everything you would want in a Steve Hackett composition. The beginning is a classical orchestration with Christine Townsend's viola in front. Really catchy vocal melodies in the acoustic partition. Thereafter we get to a symphonic driven part with Nick D'Virgilio's simple, but effective drumming, leading to a celestial vocal part, reminding me of Steve Hogarth's voice. After a swift bridge, the track divulges into full blown orchestra, with an operatic note throughout. Just epic. Crustily, Hacket takes up with very Rush-inspired riff and rhythm section as well. A quick reprise occurs, and the beautiful and vivid vocal line is presented again. After a short symphonic bridge with acoustic guitar, the track ends with a prolong solo, enough as a reason as to why Hacket is an unparraled guitar magician. "Shadow and Flame" begins really occult-y with the way the vocals are delivered and the Goblet drums. Then we have interweaving violas, decaying and progressing in volume, and the incredible parade of sitar, giving huge Indian/Oriental feel. Wicked piece. Short, but interesting.

"Hungry Years" is your usual pop-rock song, in the vein of Bruce Springsteen. Moderate, non-changing beat throughout. Relaxing, catchy vocals. Nothing that extravagant, or proggy here.

"Descent" is something like battle theme, with a marching drum section, and ominous classical orchestration behind it. Aptly named, truly feels like aviation descent. Good idea, but underdeveloped in my opinion, it feels a bit repetitive.

"Conflict" is again very movie, soundtrack-inspired, orchestral score with some fast guitar playing towards the end.

"Peace" is doing a great job as a closer. The beginning alludes to "Bohemian rhapsody" a little with the emotional vocals and main piano. This is probably Hackett's best vocal arrangement in this album. It starts soft, and builds up tension, released in the heavenly chorus middle section. The track ends with Steve's remarkable sharp and expressive guitar soloing. Laconically, this is probably his best solo recording in terms of musical variety - instruments, motifs, genre- intersections, etc. There are some moments, lacking huge inspiration, but they for sure are in the minority. After all, Steve Hackett aged 69 this year. Not many musicians still continue to produce intricate, intense, proggy pieces, while not succumbing to pastoral and overly laid-back works at this point of their life. Kudos to Steve for that spirit. Recommended for every fan of progressive rock.

 At The Edge Of Light by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.95 | 235 ratings

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At The Edge Of Light
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by peskypesky

4 stars Is it possible that in 2019, Steve Hackett has released his best solo album? It doesn't seem possible....but I think he may have done it. This album is a fantastic, inspired prog rock masterpiece. I don't even know where to begin praising it. Steve's playing is off the charts. At times he reminds me of guitar god Jeff Beck, at other times Steve Howe. But it's not those guys. It's like Steve has decided to stop being modest and show what he can really do.

The album is powerful, full of great riffs, but it's also melodic and lush. And Steve's singing has left me stunned! He sounds like John Wetton. When did Steve get this voice??

I really can't believe how good this album is.

 Voyage Of The Acolyte by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.24 | 1375 ratings

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Voyage Of The Acolyte
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by FalconBleck

5 stars #33 Review

As i said, i'll be reviewing Steve Hackett, but probably only this album for now because i plan to review so many more things so i'll break my rule of reviewing everything from an artist before moving on.

The first Genesis member solo project, not only that, but it was in-between Genesis albums and it was made by most Genesis members except for Tony Banks, the mellotron role was taken by the Hackett brothers and that (maybe) got more time to Tony so he could write almost the entirety of A Trick of the Tail.

1.- Ace of Wands 10/10 I listen to this instrumental everyday, i just love it. It has inspired me on many things, i tend to think while listening to this music piece, imagining new worlds and ideas. It starts strong, gets slower when it needs to be, then it goes all jam, really energetic and finally epic, its amazing, it shows the skills of every Genesis member (aside from Tony Banks, the only Genesis member not present in this album) and it just works, probably the best solo instrumental never done by Genesis.

2.- Hand of the Priestess (Part 1) 10/10 The first time i heard this i started crying, its so beautyful, like it reflects innocence in its purest form, no wonder why Koji Kondo used a piece from this theme as the theme for Princess Zelda from the videogame series The Legend of Zelda. This instrumental also has like some suspicious sounding guitar notes in the background that pop from time to time, giving advice for whats to come in the next theme...

3.- A Tower Struck Down 10/10 I really like the atmosphere and the odd time signature used through the song, i could discount a point because i think that this theme could've been a little more weird, like there are parts where it repeats a little bit, aside from that, my favorite part is the "cough" for some reason. The ending of this theme is perfect and segues really well to the next piece...

4.- Hands of the Priestess (Part 2) 10/10 So after all that nightmare it appears that light has returned again, this reprise of the first part its even more pretty and i really love it, even though its really short, its a curcial piece for this 3 song suite that should be listen completely and in its entirety its a solid 10.

5.- The Hermit 8/10 The first 1/3 of the album has been pretty solid so far, mainly because it was all instrumental, while i think that this song is really well crafted, it feels really simple, like it doesn't transport me like the rest of the album has done so far, this song has much simpler instrumentation but for what it tries to convey it does it really well. It is also a really short song.

6.- Star of Sirius 6/10 Really peaceful guitar and vocals, while the mellotron its filled with mistery (an strong suit for that instrument), it reminds me of another videogame music but i can't remember wich (maybe it was some Paper Mario idk). Then the song goes all faster and adventurous and that's when i expected a Tony Banks solo for some reason, but instead it gets back into peaceful/misterious and reprises Hands of the Priestess, wich is beautyful and makes me forget about the solo for a while. And that's the thing with this song, it gives me the impression that its gonna do more, there's a moment where the guitar enters, does an small solo, then reprises Ace of Wands and the song goes back to that moving part that doesn't actually move me that much while reprising parts from Ace of Wands again. So in the end, it repeats itself and doesn't feel as developed as the rest of the album so far.

7.- The Lovers 8/10 I don't know what was this 1:50 instrumental that felt like 10 seconds, this should've been part of Star of Sirius, if it was, that song would be a 7/10, i liked how it made me felt, like the story ended and there they are, the silhouettes of the lovers grabbed by the hand at the edge of some cliff.

8.- Shadow of the Hierophant 9/10 Strikes really hard after the last song, i really love the voice and the sense of holyness that this theme gives, really peaceful and then the mellotron explodes with pure energy, simply beautyful, gets a little repetitive but then it changes, the evil is dissapearing and the good enters at last, the guitar has some notes from Ace of Wands, then that part with the Xylophone nails the strike, nothing more innocent than that instrument, but something its surging on the back, one of my favorite instrument parts, gives a soundtrack vibe, the fight isn't over and it'll continue going on for eternity.

So, in the end, is this the best album that Genesis never made? I don't think so, but its the best prog album that a Genesis solo member has done (Unless Ant proves me wrong with The Geese and the Ghost) with an score of 89/100, but i'll give it 5 stars anyways, the first 1/3 and the last song are a must to hear, The Hermit with The Lovers could make a nice complement to the overall greatness but i just really can't get into Star of Sirius, it bores me.

Well, i've updated the reviews for Abacab and Still, but right now i don't know what else to update, i'll maybe review some Genesis Side-B's, but more importantly, my next big reviews will be some Yes albums, i've been listening to a lot of Yes lately (along with Genesis) and i really feel the need to review like 6 albums from them.

 At The Edge Of Light by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.95 | 235 ratings

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At The Edge Of Light
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Trinity S

5 stars Those Golden Wings - real classics - what a treat , what a joy! It starts from gentle symphonic landscape and turned into classy art rock anthem , to me it's a highlight track like Dave Gilmour "comfortably numb" but in in a HACKETTs vein! Fantastically beautiful 11 mins + track to start with! "Beasts in our Time " another jewel and the whole symphonic atmosphere just complements the music. You know, some of themes are close to Camel "harbor of tears" even Steve's vocals!! But to me it's a compliment) I read some not positive comments saying that the album is safe or more of the same .. will not agree.. this is another gem by a master that should be in your collection! After this album I've returned to listen to 4-5 older albums. Ps. Special thank you to Roger King for this symphonic contribution!
 At The Edge Of Light by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.95 | 235 ratings

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At The Edge Of Light
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by The Jester

5 stars Review #105

Earlier this year, the legendary ex-guitar player of Genesis, Steve Hackett, released his 26th studio album, named as At the Edge of Light. Having enjoyed his two previous works Wolflight and The Night Siren (but mostly Wolflgiht), I didn't hesitate at all! I don't know how to describe it, but this album begins where the previous ones stopped. It is more or less in the same style, but in my opinion is better than both of them. Steve Hackett (as it seems), decided that the style of music he wants to play is this; Progressive Rock with lots of Ethnic influences, and many soft melodic turns. He gave us a first idea of that style with ' the very good ' Wolflight, he went a step back with The Night Siren, and now it was the time for the killing blow! And that blow came with the release of At the Edge of Light. To be honest, I wasn't so hopeful after The Night Siren, and that's why I caught by surprise. I still cannot believe how good this album is!

Steve Hackett managed to 'marry' his very rich Progressive Rock heritage with tunes from - mostly - Anatolian traditional music, and the result is simply breathtaking! Of course, the cherry on the cake is his top-notch guitar performance, but that's not a surprise.

The listener gets a first idea of what's going to follow with the 2-minute-long Fallen Walls and Pedestrals, that works as the album's intro. And then comes Beasts in our Time, one of the album's finest moments without a doubt. But the album's absolute highlight is (in my opinion) the 11-minute-long, Those Golden Wings, which, constantly shifts between gentle rhythms, orchestral backed vocals to a real ear-worm of a riff, to a Carmina Burana-esque choral section to be finally resolved with a three minute guitar solo.

At the Edge of Light includes 10 tracks, and to be honest, to only one that I do not like (yet), is Shadow and Flame, because of its strong Indian influences that were never my cup of tea. I do not wish to continue writing more things, because there is no point doing that. If you take a look around the internet, read the reviews for this album, and even better, listen to it, you will understand why everybody's talking about it.

For me, this is a wonderful album, that shines above most albums that has been released during these last years. As for Steve Hackkett, I believe that it is one of his best works ever! Not paying attention to this album would be a huge mistake! My Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5.0)

 Spectral Mornings by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.14 | 850 ratings

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Spectral Mornings
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by CeeJayGee

5 stars The Gabriel/ Hackett era of Genesis is by far my favourite for the band. By the time I was able to see the band perform live, Gabriel had left but I saw Steve Hackett in the band a couple of times before he left in 1977. I bought his first solo albums but, for some reason, I didn't buy Spectral Mornings on its release and it is only in the last 15 years that I have fully appreciated this fine album within what is now a huge body of work over 44 years. The guitar performances throughout are a delight as you would expect. There are eight very different tracks on the album which range from the light-hearted through oriental, folk and melancholy styles. The album opens with Every Day, a foot tapping rocker with a beautiful melodic theme which builds to a glorious conclusion and is probably my favourite track. The Virgin and the Gypsy is a lovely lullaby. The Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere is a delightful oriental instrumental. Clocks ? The Angel Of Mons opens like a noisy mantelpiece ticking clock followed by an edgy theme that develops into a typical Hackett rocker that closes with a dramatic drum solo. The Ballad of the Decomposing Man and Tigermoth are the lighter humorous tracks that are both enjoyable and add to the variety of the album. Lost Time In Cordoba is a lovely folksey instrumental and the album closes with the anthemic Spectral Mornings. A brilliant album.
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