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STEVE HACKETT

Eclectic Prog • United Kingdom


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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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STEVE HACKETT shows & tickets


  • Steve Hackett at Teatro Opera, Buenos Aires on 13 Mar 2015
  • Steve Hackett: "Wolflight" Album Launch 2015 on 27 Mar 2015
  • Steve Hackett at Royal & Derngate, Northampton on 9 Oct 2015
  • Steve Hackett at St. David's Hall, Cardiff on 10 Oct 2015
  • Steve Hackett - Acolyte to Wolflight with a sprinkling of Genesis on 23 Oct 2015

STEVE HACKETT discography


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

4.21 | 920 ratings
Voyage Of The Acolyte
1975
3.57 | 396 ratings
Please Don't Touch!
1978
4.16 | 577 ratings
Spectral Mornings
1979
3.64 | 319 ratings
Defector
1980
2.38 | 209 ratings
Cured
1981
2.95 | 177 ratings
Highly Strung
1982
3.33 | 163 ratings
Bay of Kings
1983
2.24 | 144 ratings
Till We Have Faces
1984
3.12 | 120 ratings
Momentum
1988
3.26 | 163 ratings
Guitar Noir
1993
2.94 | 91 ratings
Blues with a Feeling
1994
3.36 | 235 ratings
Genesis Revisited
1996
3.60 | 120 ratings
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1997
3.79 | 217 ratings
Darktown
1999
3.44 | 100 ratings
Sketches of Satie
2000
2.52 | 83 ratings
Feedback 86
2000
3.76 | 284 ratings
To Watch The Storms
2003
3.60 | 139 ratings
Metamorpheus
2005
3.76 | 232 ratings
Wild Orchids
2006
3.57 | 68 ratings
Tribute
2008
3.63 | 270 ratings
Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth
2009
3.85 | 320 ratings
Beyond The Shrouded Horizon
2011
3.85 | 367 ratings
Genesis Revisited II
2012

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

3.76 | 61 ratings
Time Lapse
1992
3.90 | 44 ratings
There Are Many Sides To The Night
1994
3.94 | 107 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes
1998
4.52 | 62 ratings
Live Archives 70,80,90s
2000
4.83 | 4 ratings
Live Archive NEARfest
2003
4.11 | 17 ratings
Live Archive 03
2004
4.31 | 20 ratings
Live Archive 04
2004
3.61 | 16 ratings
Live Archive 05
2005
2.68 | 15 ratings
Live Archive 83
2006
4.33 | 79 ratings
Rails Live
2010
4.42 | 64 ratings
Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
2013
4.13 | 23 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 | 19 ratings
Spectral Mornings (DVD)
1999
4.05 | 56 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes (DVD)
2001
4.16 | 44 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires (DVD)
2003
3.98 | 30 ratings
Hungarian Horizons (DVD)
2003
4.36 | 66 ratings
Once Above A Time (DVD)
2004
3.24 | 6 ratings
Live Legends
2004
4.67 | 6 ratings
Estival Jazz Lugano
2009
3.89 | 33 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
2.97 | 18 ratings
Genesis Revisited II: Selection
2013

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

2.00 | 1 ratings
Ace of Wands
1975
2.00 | 1 ratings
How Can I?
1978
2.00 | 1 ratings
Narnia
1978
3.52 | 8 ratings
Clocks
1979
2.00 | 1 ratings
Every Day
1979
3.96 | 4 ratings
The Show
1980
2.00 | 1 ratings
Sentimental Institution
1980
2.00 | 1 ratings
Hope I Don't Wake
1981
2.00 | 1 ratings
Picture Postcard
1981
3.08 | 7 ratings
Cell 151
1983
3.00 | 2 ratings
A Doll That's Made in Japan
1984
3.04 | 4 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1996
2.00 | 1 ratings
Days Of Long Ago
1999
2.00 | 1 ratings
Brand New
2003
2.00 | 1 ratings
Man In The Long Black Coat
2006
2.09 | 3 ratings
Til These Eyes
2012

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 Please Don't Touch! by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.57 | 396 ratings

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Please Don't Touch!
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two stars.

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 Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2014
4.13 | 23 ratings

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

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

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

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

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

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

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 Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2013
4.42 | 64 ratings

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Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by tarkus1980
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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
4.83 | 4 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
2.68 | 15 ratings

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Live Archive 83
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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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
4.13 | 23 ratings

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

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

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
4.11 | 17 ratings

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Live Archive 03
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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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
3.61 | 16 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
3.44 | 100 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
3.60 | 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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