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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 discography


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

4.22 | 1175 ratings
Voyage Of The Acolyte
1975
3.58 | 500 ratings
Please Don't Touch!
1978
4.16 | 730 ratings
Spectral Mornings
1979
3.62 | 398 ratings
Defector
1980
2.40 | 266 ratings
Cured
1981
2.95 | 224 ratings
Highly Strung
1982
3.35 | 210 ratings
Bay Of Kings
1983
2.34 | 186 ratings
Till We Have Faces
1984
3.12 | 150 ratings
Momentum
1988
3.26 | 197 ratings
Guitar Noir
1993
2.93 | 117 ratings
Blues With A Feeling
1994
3.39 | 285 ratings
Genesis Revisited
1996
3.58 | 152 ratings
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1997
3.79 | 260 ratings
Darktown
1999
3.47 | 127 ratings
Sketches Of Satie
2000
2.54 | 112 ratings
Feedback 86
2000
3.77 | 334 ratings
To Watch The Storms
2003
3.59 | 168 ratings
Metamorpheus
2005
3.77 | 274 ratings
Wild Orchids
2006
3.54 | 97 ratings
Tribute
2008
3.65 | 319 ratings
Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth
2009
3.85 | 381 ratings
Beyond The Shrouded Horizon
2011
3.86 | 442 ratings
Genesis Revisited II
2012
3.79 | 325 ratings
Wolflight
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Night Siren
2017

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

3.79 | 69 ratings
Time Lapse
1992
3.92 | 55 ratings
There Are Many Sides To The Night
1994
3.97 | 130 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes
1998
4.52 | 72 ratings
Live Archives 70,80,90s
2000
4.36 | 11 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.29 | 7 ratings
Hungarian Horizons
2003
4.75 | 9 ratings
Live Archive NEARfest
2003
4.17 | 22 ratings
Live Archive 03
2004
4.34 | 25 ratings
Live Archive 04
2004
3.70 | 22 ratings
Live Archive 05
2005
2.87 | 19 ratings
Live Archive 83
2006
4.33 | 97 ratings
Rails Live
2010
4.47 | 97 ratings
Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
2013
4.09 | 62 ratings
Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall
2014
4.35 | 18 ratings
The Total Experience Live In Liverpool
2016

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

4.00 | 21 ratings
Horizons (DVD)
1990
3.70 | 26 ratings
Spectral Mornings (DVD)
1999
4.12 | 57 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes (DVD)
2001
4.22 | 44 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.01 | 32 ratings
Hungarian Horizons (DVD)
2003
4.36 | 77 ratings
Once Above A Time (DVD)
2004
3.28 | 10 ratings
Live Legends
2004
4.78 | 9 ratings
Estival Jazz Lugano
2009
4.01 | 36 ratings
Live - Fire & Ice
2011
3.96 | 6 ratings
The Bremen Broadcast - Musikladen 8th November 1978
2013

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

2.84 | 29 ratings
The Unauthorised Biography
1992
4.56 | 9 ratings
Guitare Classique
2001
3.49 | 25 ratings
Genesis Files
2002
3.02 | 24 ratings
Genesis Revisited II: Selection
2013
4.88 | 8 ratings
Premonitions: The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983
2015

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

4.40 | 5 ratings
Ace of Wands
1975
2.50 | 4 ratings
How Can I?
1978
2.29 | 5 ratings
Narnia
1978
3.10 | 12 ratings
Clocks
1979
3.33 | 3 ratings
Every Day
1979
2.12 | 9 ratings
The Show
1980
2.00 | 3 ratings
Sentimental Institution
1980
2.13 | 4 ratings
Hope I Don't Wake
1981
2.50 | 2 ratings
Picture Postcard
1981
2.64 | 12 ratings
Cell 151
1983
3.00 | 3 ratings
A Doll That's Made in Japan
1984
2.00 | 1 ratings
Timeless
1994
3.04 | 6 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1996
2.50 | 2 ratings
Days Of Long Ago
1999
3.00 | 2 ratings
Brand New
2003
2.00 | 2 ratings
Man In The Long Black Coat
2006
2.13 | 4 ratings
Til These Eyes
2012
3.57 | 5 ratings
Spectral Mornings
2015

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

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The Show
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

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

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

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

 Till We Have Faces by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.34 | 186 ratings

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Till We Have Faces
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by sussexbowler

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

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

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

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

 Spectral Mornings by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2015
3.57 | 5 ratings

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Spectral Mornings
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Review by Einwahn

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

Verdict: new life for an old classic.

 Genesis Revisited II by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.86 | 442 ratings

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Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by LunarSea

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

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

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

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

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

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

A bit disappointing. 2 stars overall.

 The Total Experience Live In Liverpool by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2016
4.35 | 18 ratings

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The Total Experience Live In Liverpool
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars Here's another live release of Mr. Hackett after a couple of Genesis revisited show, this time, it's the celebration of 40 years of "Voyage of Acolyte" and the release of the "Wolflight" album. The concert starts with the intro of "Corycian Fire" and open with the old track "Spectral Morning". It's disappointing that we can see and hear this complete song only in the extras in the videos section. "Love Song to a Vampire" has that attractive melody getting you hook immediately. In "Wolflight", we can witness the confidence that Steve's voice has acquired in the past years. "Weel's Turning" show heavier guitar sections before an acoustic set of 2 songs beginning with a personal song from Steve dedicated to his wife : "Love and Sea". It's followed by an acoustic version of "Jacuzzi" with his brother Jon on flute. The second set of the show is the Genesis songs starting with "Get' em Out by Friday" with a Nad Sylvan voice that is spot on so as Gary O'Toole's voice. Ronnie Stolt is on bass, being the first instrument he played in his life, so that was not something new for him. The surprise came with the rare interpretation of "Can-Utility and the Coastliners" and "After the Ordeal". My review is based on the Blu-Ray, so my rating will include my appreciation of the overall experience of that 2 hours and 40 minutes show. If I compare this live release from the previous release, I will say that a little more attention has been given to the visuals.The sound and, the camera work are excellent. In the extras, you should take a look at the three videos from the new album that are impressive. The Behind the scenes documentary is what you expect with some repetitive answers in the band's members interviews. I rarely give a 5 stars rating on live releases, because it's a new interpretation of previously old songs, so this is a solid 4 stars.
 Please Don't Touch! by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.58 | 500 ratings

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Please Don't Touch!
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Per Kohler

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Wolflight by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.79 | 325 ratings

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Wolflight
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Progkid

5 stars This was my first introduction to the magical world of Steve Hackett.One day early in 2016 I was checking out good albums that I missed in 2015 and the cover of this album caught my attention. I knew who Hackett was so I decided to try it and boy I was surprised. Hackett is clearly a guitar virtuoso which is evident on this album. This album has great transition between classical acoustic guitar passages to heavy rock riffs and I must say I am impressed by his singing style which he uses to deliver stories. The title comes from the mystical blue light that appears just before the sun rises and is the time when wolfs go hunting. The first half of the album is particularly very strong and is filled with great tracks such as the title track and the lovely melodic track "Love Song To A Vampire" (his vocal work is superb in this one and the lyrics are well thought out like a poetry) . The Mighty Chris Squire plays bass in this track. The album has great use of orchestra too and has influences from world music. The production quality is great and I would recommend this to everyone. This is one of Hackett's strongest album. I had goosebumps while listening to this on a cold day. Stop reading this review and try it!
 Voyage Of The Acolyte by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.22 | 1175 ratings

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Voyage Of The Acolyte
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Ghost_of_Prog

4 stars Set between Gabriel's finale with the band and Genesis picking themselves back up (briefly) with A Trick of the Tail, Steve Hackett released his first solo album. Now Hackett was a team player, putting the band's interests above his own. His style and atmosphere (along with Tony Bank's keyboard skills) helped defined Genesis's sound, and he was even allowed to shine on his own a couple of times with pieces such as Horizons and After the Ordeal. However, Hackett's skills are truly allowed to shine when he takes the reins rather than sharing them with others, as Voyage of the Acolyte shows the world.

A popular nickname for this album is "the lost Genesis album," which was probably given because Hackett's band- mates Rutherford and Collins join him on this album. However, that title is really unfair towards Hackett. While it might be easy to lump it with the post-Gabriel album's, VotA sounds nothing like the preceding/post Gabriel albums. If anything, VotA is most reminiscent of Trespass, where Hackett was not present. It has both it's own unique energy and pastoral sound that is absent in his work with Genesis. This "lost" album is not lost because it has little connection with Genesis outside of band-members; this album is purely Hackett's child.

Ace of Wands lays the cards on the table. While Hackett's work with Genesis had him taking backstage to support everyone, he takes center stage and shows just what he can do with his skills. The song alternates between sheer energy and calming interludes all while maintaining a majestic atmosphere. Despite loving every bit of Hackett's guitar playing (both electric and acoustic), he shows that he is a musician first and guitarist second, by allowing multiple passages that feature no guitar but contribute to the wonder of the piece. Despite shining, Hackett maintains a sense of humility and does not allow his instrument to dominate at all times.

Hands of the Priestess opens with a quiet and mysterious melody on the acoustic guitar before the flutes come in to lull us into a euphoric state of mind. As a fan of the Zelda series, I noticed that the flute melody bares some resemblance to "Zelda's Lullaby." This beautiful piece lowers our guard before we are hit with A Tower Struck Down. Probably the oddest (and weakest) track on the album, it builds on a singular rhythm while bouncing back between strange sound effects which build up to a terrifying climax and then a somber conclusion. Listening to it, it tries to be the "rock" piece of the album but it both too odd and too soft to be that. An interesting piece, nonetheless, that leads us to conclude the HotP suite, which mixes the song's original melody with that of Ace of Wand's.

The similarities between the album and Trespass is seen the most in The Hermit, with its pastoral guitar, slightly distorted vocals, and beautifully somber finale. This is the first song on the album to feature vocals, and it's Hackett's no less. Star of Sirius is another treat, featuring the Trespass-like atmosphere with both jazz-tinged melodies and the opening track's unique energy. The cherry on top is Phil Collins on vocals, which works very well, unlike his first two songs with Genesis.

The Lovers acts as a prelude to the album's striking finale Shadow of the Hierophant. The song starts with alternating between a striking symphonic sound and Sally Oidfield's vocals backed up by beautiful acoustics. After a few rounds, Hackett gently crawls up with some ethereal electric guitar playing followed by a beautiful solo. While the first half is beautiful, the second half is darker and a lot more subtle. It starts off with one instrument playing a slightly off melody. As time progresses, more instruments come in to either play or support that melody before every instrument available comes in, closing the song and fading away. It took me quite a few listens to appreciate the latter half, but it was worth it. Despite how different the two parts are, one cannot exist without the other, as some later live albums prove.

A great start to one of progressive rock's (paradoxically) best and most underrated musicians. As for the rating, I feel like four stars is appropriate. While the album is fantastic, "A Tower Struck Down" is significantly weaker than the rest of the tracks and the album (with the exception of the last two songs) seems to be fixated on the melodies from Ace of Wands rather than wanting to create their own.

Still, a must have for any Genesis or 70's progressive rock fan.

 Please Don't Touch! by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.58 | 500 ratings

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Please Don't Touch!
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Booba Kastorsky

2 stars I remeber I listened to this album long time ago, and it didn't impress me at all. When Steven Wilson's remastered 5.1 version appeared, I decided to give it another try: maybe I missed something becasue I wasn't a prog head when I listened it in the past? Well, my impression didn't change. A good half of this album (first half, to be sure) is not a prog at all, just kind of AOR/pop-rock (and... Motawn), with a few nice moments when Steve plays acoustic guitar. Only last four tracks save this album from being "one star" opus. They are on par with Steve's first solo album, which is still his best, in my opinion. So we have 15 minutes of very goood to excellent music out of 38 minutes disk. 2.5 stars for me. I don't think it deserves Mr. Wilson's 5.1 treatment.
 Wolflight by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.79 | 325 ratings

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Wolflight
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars This is one of the few modern prog albums in my collection, having picked it up only shortly after its release. And I will say that while I don't typically care for modern prog, this album was a pleasant surprise, though that probably owes to the fact that Steve Hackett isn't exactly a modern prog artist, having been playing for 40+ years. "Wolflight" is a collection of songs that Steve Hackett has written while traveling around the world, as described in the liner notes, and the variety of experiences Steve has had is certainly reflected in the eclectic style of the music.

There's plenty of different stuff on "Wolflight", from dramatic ballads like "Love Song To A Vampire" to rock and blues in "The Wheel's Turning" to the latin-esque "Earthshine". It also ranges from calm and serene in "Heart Song" to upbeat in "Loving Sea" to pseudo-metal in the title track. In terms of the sound of the album, much of the music comes across as sounding a lot more like Joe Satriani or Steve Vai than Hackett's Genesis. The production is smooth and clear and the performances are well-executed; Steve has clearly been in the business long enough to know how to lay down a quality album.

There isn't really any bad material on "Wolflight" and it makes for a good, reliable listening experience. However, there isn't really any memorable content, either. A good but non- essential album and a must-have for Hackett fans.

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