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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

Steve Hackett official website

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STEVE HACKETT shows & tickets


  • Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2014 on 7 Aug 2014
  • Steve Hackett at G Live, Guildford, Surrey on 3 Nov 2014
  • Steve Hackett's Genesis Extended on 19 Nov 2014
  • Steve Hackett at Keswick Theatre, Glenside on 20 Nov 2014
  • Steve Hackett at Keswick Theatre, Glenside on 21 Nov 2014
  • Steve Hackett at Grand Théâtre de Québec, Quebec on 28 Nov 2014
  • Genesis Extended on 29 Nov 2014
  • Genesis Extended 2014 World Tour on 2 Dec 2014

STEVE HACKETT discography


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

4.21 | 879 ratings
Voyage Of The Acolyte
1975
3.60 | 382 ratings
Please Don't Touch!
1978
4.17 | 556 ratings
Spectral Mornings
1979
3.64 | 308 ratings
Defector
1980
2.37 | 201 ratings
Cured
1981
2.94 | 169 ratings
Highly Strung
1982
3.34 | 156 ratings
Bay of Kings
1983
2.22 | 136 ratings
Till We Have Faces
1984
3.12 | 117 ratings
Momentum
1988
3.27 | 159 ratings
Guitar Noir
1993
2.94 | 88 ratings
Blues with a Feeling
1994
3.36 | 231 ratings
Genesis Revisited
1996
3.61 | 119 ratings
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1997
3.79 | 213 ratings
Darktown
1999
3.58 | 99 ratings
Sketches of Satie
2000
2.53 | 79 ratings
Feedback 86
2000
3.76 | 279 ratings
To Watch The Storms
2003
3.77 | 135 ratings
Metamorpheus
2005
3.76 | 227 ratings
Wild Orchids
2006
3.54 | 65 ratings
Tribute
2008
3.62 | 260 ratings
Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth
2009
3.84 | 319 ratings
Beyond The Shrouded Horizon
2011
3.84 | 366 ratings
Genesis Revisited II
2012

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

3.75 | 62 ratings
Time Lapse
1992
3.89 | 44 ratings
There Are Many Sides To The Night
1994
3.94 | 104 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes
1998
4.49 | 63 ratings
Live Archives 70,80,90s
2000
4.11 | 19 ratings
Live Archive 03
2004
4.19 | 25 ratings
Live Archive 04
2004
3.93 | 20 ratings
Live Archive 05
2005
3.77 | 13 ratings
Live Archive 83
2006
4.32 | 78 ratings
Rails Live
2010
4.50 | 53 ratings
Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
2013
4.00 | 4 ratings
Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall
2014

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

4.03 | 19 ratings
Horizons (DVD)
1990
3.63 | 18 ratings
Spectral Mornings (DVD)
1999
4.07 | 52 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes (DVD)
2001
4.18 | 41 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires (DVD)
2003
3.99 | 29 ratings
Hungarian Horizons (DVD)
2003
4.32 | 70 ratings
Once Above A Time (DVD)
2004
3.24 | 6 ratings
Live Legends
2004
4.67 | 6 ratings
Estival Jazz Lugano
2009
3.90 | 31 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
2.79 | 15 ratings
Genesis Revisited II: Selection
2013

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

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

STEVE HACKETT Reviews


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 Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2014
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars Return Of The Giant Hogweed

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

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

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

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 Your Own Special Way by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1996
3.09 | 3 ratings

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Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Matti
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3 stars As Steve Hackett's double album Genesis Revisited II (2013) got a lot of warm response among prog fans, let's take a brief look at what was on offer in the first revisitation nearly two decades ago. I own the 2-CD called Genesis Files that contains also material from some other Hackett albums, but for the most part it naturally recycled his new versions of the GENESIS classics.

This single includes the songs 'Your Own Special Way' and 'Fountain of Salmacis'. These songs - and their versions - are almost opposing each other; the other is a polished, sleeky, AOR-ish, serene ballad sung by Paul Garrack, who was in Mike Rutherford's pop group Mike + The Mechanics. Hackett chose this Wind & Wuthering song as a gesture of respect towards Rutherford, its writer, and so Garrack was a perfect choice. This is surely one of the most commercially accessible of all songs in the Genesis Revisited albums. And as well-done as it is in the chosen style, I don't believe any prog fan likes it very much.

And the other, the powerful mini-epic originating from Nursery Cryme, is given some extra twists in this modern arrangement, sung by Hackett himself. In my opinion the modernization slightly sticks to one's ears. But quite a magnificent song it is also as this version! It's perhaps questionable how wise it was to put these very different songs into the same single. Or then it was very clever. But anyway, this falls into the "good, but non-essential" rating.

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 Live - Fire & Ice by HACKETT, STEVE album cover DVD/Video, 2011
3.90 | 31 ratings

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Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Off the rails

We fans of Steve Hackett have been truly blessed with high quality live releases in recent years, my personal favourites being The Tokyo Tapes (double CD 1997/DVD 2001; reissued in 2014 as a three disc set), Somewhere In South America (DVD & 2CD package 2003), and Once Above A Time (DVD 2004). The present live concert recording called Fire & Ice is available as a DVD video and as an audio-only digital download (available through Steve Hackett's official website). Since I have only the latter I am not able to comment on the visual aspects of this release.

The track list of Fire & Ice is rather similar to that of Rails Live (a double CD live album that was released one year before this one); no fewer than 11 of the 20 songs featured here were also present on that album (and most of the others were included on other recent Hackett live releases). The line-up here is identical to that on Rails with Roger King, Amanda Lehmann, Gary O'Toole, Nick Beggs, and Rob Townsend making up Steve's band. Overall, I think that Rails Live is the stronger of the two.

Like when Rails was recorded, they were touring here in support of the Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth album. As many as five out of the eight tracks from that album are present here. And even though I find Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth to be an excellent album, I am not entirely happy with all of the inclusions from it. Still Waters in particular is too much of a Blues rocker for my taste, and an unusually strong focus on Blues is actually something that may be said to hold for Fire & Ice as a whole. Steve even explicitly defends the Blues at one point by urging the audience: "Let's hear it for the Blues, that much maligned form". John Wetton joins Steve and the band on stage for a rendition of All Along The Watchtower (written by Bob Dylan and popularised by Jimmi Hendrix) which is another of this album's bluesier tracks, yet another being Prairie Angel which is a new song that would later appear on Beyond The Shrouded Horizon.

There are five Genesis classics performed here - Watcher Of The Skies, Firth Of Fifth, Carpet Crawlers, Los Endos, and Blood On The Rooftops - all of which have been featured on other recent Steve Hackett live releases. Of course I love them all, but I must admit that Carpet Crawlers has never been a big favourite of mine. It is too much of a vocally oriented track for this setting and it works better in the Genesis Revisited show. Again like on Rails, the acoustic side of Steve Hackett is not much on display on this quite rocking album. The Darkness In Men's Hearts is a solo performance by Nick Beggs on his Chapman stick which is pleasant enough but not too exciting. The worst track is The Golden Age Of Steam, originally from the weak Darktown album, which I find it hard to understand why they included at all.

Had this been Steve Hackett's only live album I would perhaps have felt somewhat differently, but as there are so many excellent live releases from him available there is much to live up to and in my view Fire & Ice is just not as good as most of the others. Go instead for those I mentioned at the beginning, and if you already have those then Rails Live is a good addition as well. Fire & Ice is good too, but not essential.

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 The Tokyo Tapes by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 1998
3.94 | 104 ratings

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Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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5 stars Selling Genesis (and King Crimson) by the pound

At a time when Genesis (the Collins-Banks-Rutherford line-up) had radically de-emphasised the band's 70's material in their live sets in favour of more commercially viable songs from their 80's and 90's albums (and Peter Gabriel never performed any Genesis songs live), and the Robert Fripp-led King Crimson also had totally abandoned their early material, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, and Ian McDonald did exactly the right thing when they banded together in the mid 90's to perform classic tracks by these major Progressive Rocks bands in which they had been part in the past (McDonald and Wetton in King Crimson 1968-69 and 1972-74 respectively, and Hackett in Genesis 1970-1977; the golden eras of both bands). These three men here kept the legacy of these classic Prog bands alive much better than the bands who owned the rights to the names 'Genesis' and 'King Crimson'. The rest of the line-up here consists of Chester Thompson (who toured with Genesis for many years) on drums and Julian Colbeck (who toured with Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe) on keyboards. A very powerful line-up indeed!

The set list included such Genesis classics as Watcher Of The Skies and Horizons from Foxtrot, Firth Or Fifth and I Know What I Like from Selling England By The Pound, Los Endos from A Trick Of The Tail, and In That Quiet Earth from Wind And Wuthering. From King Crimson's classic debut album comes The Court Of The Crimson King and I Talk To The Wind, both wonderfully performed. In addition to all this we get songs from Hackett's solo career including Shadow Of The Hierophant, The Steppes, Camino Royale, and the new Riding The Colossus. And, to represent Wetton's presence, they also play the title track from his solo album Battlelines plus an acoustic version of Asia's Heat Of The Moment (which sounds much better than the original version). It is truly an excellent set and many of the songs are here in new arrangements while keeping just the right amount of the old.

The Tokyo Tapes was first released on double CD in 1997 (with the two studio bonus tracks Firewall and The Dealer) and then on DVD in 2001 (with some bonus rehearsal footage) and now in 2014 as a three disc set featuring the DVD as well as the two CDs with one further bonus track added: a cover version of All Along The Watchtower featuring John Wetton. This song was originally written by Bob Dylan and made popular by Jimmi Hendrix. This studio recording was especially recorded for the 2014 re-release of Tokyo Tapes. As a matter of principle I avoid rating the same material more than once unless the different releases offer something the others don't. While the DVD version is a long standing favourite of mine, it is only now that I hear the bonus tracks for the first time and I think that all three bonus tracks are very good and add value to the set. So, if you don't already have this excellent concert then the new three disc set is really a great way to get hold of this essential live document.

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  Genesis Revisited by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.36 | 231 ratings

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Genesis Revisited
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Chicapah
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3 stars I fell in love with Genesis in '75 when I was introduced to "Selling England by the Pound." I immediately acquired vinyl copies of what I'd missed along the way and eagerly saturated my ears with the innovative, eclectic progressiveness that is the group's eternal legacy. Although I was a dedicated and jealous Yes freak I was instantly intrigued by their unique blend of folk, jazz and rock coupled with Peter Gabriel's alluring strangeness that made them stand out from all other bands in existence. However, the sole monkey wrench in their aural art was the thin, almost amateurish sound quality of their albums that I found cruelly distracting if not downright criminal. For the life of me I couldn't understand why their music didn't have the stunning high fidelity that made the material by Yes and ELP leap out from my speakers and engulf me in soundscapes that were darn near rapturous. Evidently there's not much that can be done to change the fundamental recordings that populate "Nursery Cryme," "Foxtrot," "SEBTP" and "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" because even the most recent re-mastered CDs have failed to make drastic improvements in their overall presentation.

Thusly, for decades I've often wondered what the colossal impact their magnificent songs and epic tracks would've had on me and the rest of the world at large had the group been able to retain the services of someone like Eddie Offord who could've efficiently captured their magic on analog tape. In 1996 the guitarist that was a member of the band during their most creative period, Steve Hackett, released "Genesis Revisited" and I felt that perhaps my dream had come true. He'd taken some of their most beloved tunes and re-recorded them with the help of a host of very talented musicians in order to showcase them in the glorious auditory Technicolor that late 20th century state of the art studio equipment and techniques offered. But once again I was reminded of the truth imbedded in the phrase "be careful what you wish for." I'm not condemning this disk as an utter disappointment. Not at all. Steve did his level best to upgrade the songs he picked out for the album and I have no complaint whatsoever about the way the CD sounds. It has all the rich tones and depth that's missing in the aforementioned classic LPs. Yet it makes me appreciate the undiluted energy and raw excitement that Genesis' early recordings contain in spite of their anemic audio resonance. No matter the shortcomings, their genius was not to be denied. It's painfully obvious that you can only catch lightning in a jar one time and then that golden moment is lost forever.

Hackett wisely begins his labor of love with the stupendous "Watcher of the Skies," employing a cast of skilled synthesizer wizards and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to punch up the awesome intro. The cavernous atmosphere they establish is very impressive, adding a wider dimension to this excellent composition. Of course, it doesn't hurt having John Wetton's proggy voice, Bill Bruford's inimitable drumming and Tony Levin's bass guitar acumen included. They do a terrific job. At this juncture I was ecstatic, thinking that the entire "Genesis Revisited" was going to be a godsend to this aging fan's ears. "Dance on a Volcano" is next and, with the rhythm section of Chester Thompson on drums and Alfonso Johnson on bass being on board, I was braced to be blown away. I adore the huge aura Steve erects for this cut but I'm not too crazy about Hackett's electronically enhanced vocals. I appreciate his attempt to offer an alternative vision of how the song should be portrayed but, alas, it comes up short in comparison to its gargantuan debut found on the sublime "Trick of the Tail." From there he segues into a new and rather heavy-handed instrumental, "Valley of the Kings," that's firmly grounded by Hugo Degenhardt's solid drumming. Steve's spirited guitar playing throughout is top-notch and a treat to hear. He's right up there with Jeff Beck as far as conjuring amazing quirks and feedback out of his guitar. "Déjà vu" follows, a tune that Hackett and Gabriel were working on during the band's preparation for "SEBTP" but didn't finish in time. Paul Carrack's unmistakable voice is perfect for this lovely number and he does it full justice. The lush symphonic score is a wonderful surprise, as well. "Firth of Fifth" is one of my all-time favorites and I couldn't wait to see what Steve did with it. First of all he smartly utilized the presence of Bill and John to lay down a killer track. In addition he didn't succumb to the temptation to try and duplicate Tony Banks' brilliant grand piano overture that so magnificently dignified the original version but opted to let the synth crew serve up a respectable alternative. Wetton's singing style is suitably haunting for this epic but it's Hackett's classical guitar work at the beginning of the second movement that grabs my attention most. After that Bruford's hot percussion and a stunning orchestral score soar aloft while Steve's extended guitar ride is passionate and moving.

"For Absent Friends" is okay as a change of pace. Colin Blunstone sings it well enough and the symphony is an elegant touch. All in all it's a sweet rendition of one of the group's prettier numbers. I'm not sure what Hackett was aiming to accomplish by completely overhauling Mike Rutherford's "Your Own Special Way" but he went too far off the prog reservation with it. It sports a prominent modern R&B groove for Carrack's soulful vocal to ride atop but the track is so overproduced that it gets lost in the fog. It's not unlistenable but it doesn't come close to capturing the simple innocence the original on the extraordinary "Wind and Wuthering" possesses. "The Fountain of Salmacis" fares much better. The duo of Thompson and Johnson rumbling underneath the surface lays down an imposing foundation but it's Steve's classical guitar intro segment that impresses most. Why Hackett insisted on doing the tricky singing chores is beyond me but at least he doesn't destroy the ambience. Gotta hand it to him, though. This is an odd and very complex piece of progressive rock to pull off but he makes it admirably worth any progger's while to sit through repeatedly. "Waiting Room Only" is the low point. The Sanchez/Montoya Chorale, harmonica and sax along with a variety of weird effects and sound bites contribute to this experimental seven-minutes of barely-tolerable madness and bluesy instrumental interludes. Of all the fine songs on "Lamb" this was his choice? Hmm. His take on the iconic "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" follows. He bestows upon it a jazzy swing groove that's definitely novel and all but not captivating or charming in the least. Unfortunately he doesn't do it any favors by trying to inject a big dose of British humor into the proceedings, either. The group's first hit song deserves better. Steve goes out with a bang, though. "Los Endos" features Chester and Hugo kicking tail on their respective drum kits with Pino Palladino doing bass guitar duties. The challenging, fusion-like arrangement (especially in the early going) is tight and spectacularly rendered although Ian McDonald's sax and flute contributions are woefully underemphasized in the mix.

I'm glad Steve took it upon himself to try to make amends for the inexcusable engineering flaws that crippled the recordings of some of Genesis' most earth-shaking tunes in the era preceding Peter Gabriel's departure to go climb up Solsbury Hill alone. This endeavor was something that had to be done sooner or later and who better to give it a go than one of the guys who was there when it all went down. While it doesn't totally right the tragic wrongs that marred the otherwise brilliant "Nursery Cryme" and its brothers, Mr. Hackett does deserve a modicum of gratitude from all Genesis fanatics for making the effort. I reckon if Phil, Tony, Mike and Peter had joined him on this project it might have been a prog rock event equivalent to the moon landing but speculation is cheap and plentiful. I might as well chase the wind. As it is, though its appeal is understandably limited to charter members of the Genesis brigade, it earns my highest 3-star rating. Fine job, Steve. You have nothing to be ashamed of.

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 The Tokyo Tapes by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 1998
3.94 | 104 ratings

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The Tokyo Tapes
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars This is mainly a soloist live album from Steve Hackett in a one-off collaboration with several very good Prog Rock musicians who were mainly acting as touring musicians for him in a one-off project: John Wetton on bass and vocals, Ian McDonald on wind instruments and keyboards, "the fantastic" Chester Thompson on drums (as Hackett introduces him to the audience before the start of one song in the album; I agree with Hackett in his opinion about Thompson), and Julian Colbeck on keyboards.

The set-list consist mainly of some solo songs composed by Hackett (with two of them sung by him), plus two songs from the original line-up of King Crimson and composed by Ian McDonald with Peter Sinfield ("In the Court of the Crimson King", with great drums by Thompson, and "I Talk to the Wind"), one song from the solo albums done by Wetton ("Battlelines") and an almost acoustic performance of Asia`s "Heat of the Moment". Also there are some songs from Genesis also sung by Wetton BUT played with different arrangements adding some new parts which were not included in the original versions, a thing which gives some variety, of course. Hackett also plays some solo acoustic guitar pieces. Some of the old Genesis songs also include some brief melodies and parts of other songs from this band. These versions sometimes sound a bit "strange" but they sound good anyway.

In one interview, Wetton said that this project was always a one-off project and that was the only way it was considered then. A brief one-off tour in Japan in December 1996 and that was all. A funny experience for all the musicians who were involved in it, with also very good performances from all of them. The recording and mixing is very clear and very good.

The album also includes two bonus solo studio tracks by Hackett which are two good instrumental new songs.

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 Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2013
4.50 | 53 ratings

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Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Tristan Zaba

5 stars I saw an interview with Steve a little while ago in which he stated that in lieu of a full Genesis reunion (something that will most likely never happen taking into consideration Phil' health problems and Pete's preoccupation) he would like the Genesis revisited collection to stand as the definitive recordings of these songs. While that is without a doubt quite a claim, I believe this CD/DVD set achieves this.

I've always had a lot of mixed emotions regarding the early Genesis recordings up to Peter's departure. Let me just state that I love the music itself to death and really can't get enough of it. However, most of those recordings (or at least large portions of them) in my opinion suffer from sloppy playing and poor production. It always seems like Peter is just slightly exceeding his vocal comfort zone, Phil's drumming isn't providing enough of a rhythmic foundation, etc. I have never had any complaints about Mike Rutherford or Steve Hackett. I also really like Tony Banks, even if he sometimes seems a bit uninspired. Instances like the revolving door of producers on Foxtrot really show and make the album seem like mass confusion. From the first time I listened to that disc I thought "wow, someone needs to do a kickass rerecording of this".

Well, ladies, gentlemen, and those outside the gender binary, said kickass rerecording is here and boy is it a doozy. All these songs, in my opinion, sound exactly as they should when played by outstanding musicians who really know how to execute complex, passionate, and beautiful music. It simply could not be done better, especially in a live setting! The one low point would probably be Nik Kershaw's vocals on The Lamia. He does a good job, but his voice just doesn't suit it. It's like listening to that recording of Dream Theater covering Dark Side of The Moon. I'm also not a huge fan of the Eleventh Earl Of Mar, but that's mainly just because I don't like the piece. The execution is still beautiful.

It is really hard to pick the best parts (as it is all so fantastic), but I would have to say The Musical Box, Supper's Ready, and Los Endos are my favourites. Los Endos is quite a dramatic reworking, but it shows instrumental virtuosity to a degree that almost has to be seen to be believed (good thing there's a DVD). The unison sections between the instruments are so insane it's incredibly hard to even distinguish the individual players on the CD. It almost sounds like one great mega-synth, but no. That is honestly a sax, keyboard, and electric guitar playing together (without a drummer in some sections!!!!). Supper's Ready is just perfect in every way. There's no other way to describe it. As far as The Musical Box goes, I've probably listened to this recording 50 times since I bought the set. It is played with such amazing energy. One of those real "shivers-down-your-spine" performances. I actually love the original recording of that song too, but I don't find it as hard hitting as this.

Again, I almost cannot express the greatness of the performances and overall musicianship on these discs. I also think Steve Hackett was the perfect person to lead this. I find him truly remarkable and he is a great inspiration on my own guitar playing. I've thought for a while that Voyage Of The Acolyte was what Genesis could have sounded like if done properly. It's great to see this music finally get that treatment.

However, no offence to the other members of Genesis from that time period. I think they're all fantastic and cannot express how much I appreciate their contributions to progressive music. It wouldn't be the same without any of them. However, when listening to Chopin's preludes I can almost guarantee I'd rather hear Horowitz play them than Chopin himself. That is what this disc is. This band is the Horowitz to Genesis' Chopin.

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 Defector by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.64 | 308 ratings

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Defector
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Surprisingly for a deeply artistic work, ''Spectral mornings'' would reach No.9 in the UK album charts and even had a decent praise in the United States, climbing to No.138.Good thing for Hackett was that the new line-up he established was dedicated to his works, so he could eventually tour with comfort and in August 1979 he even played at the famous Reading Festival.The result was that by the recordings of his fourth album no line-up changes had occured, the only change being the studio (Wessex Sound Studios, London).Another product of the Charisma label, ''Defector'' would see the light of day in June 1980.

The 80's virus could not pass by Steve Hackett's works, so ''Defector'' opens a new era for the great British guitarist/composer.His new album has this dreamy, smooth approach of many British acts of the early-80's, somewhat abandoning any powerful, symphonic orchestrations and increasing its Pop sensibilities.The result was an album, consisting of short tracks with balanced work on guitars and keyboards, instrumental and vocal moments, intricate and accesible material.At times it sounds like a combination of IQ early offerings with a slight GENESIS vibe in the more symphonic-inclined material and ALAN PARSON'S PROJECT around the same time with plenty of poppy vocals and flexible melodies.Of course the album remains highly professional, flirting always with Hackett's prog roots, offering lots of dramatic instrumental parts with some marvelous guitar work and bombastic keyboards.But the overall result is very close to Neo Prog, having a less emphatic symphonic mood and a greater sense of melody.The flutes of John Hackett and the classical guitar of Steve retain some of the folky underlines as heard in his previous work, especially during the pair of mellow instrumental pieces at the second half of the album.It is just that the listener was not actually used to such strong use of synths and poppy vocal tunes by Hackett.

Not exactly an uneven album.In fact ''Defector'' sounds pretty balanced overall, but it is a work with a discreet 80's feeling compared to Hackett's previous albums.Even so, the good material is sufficient enough to recommend it to all fans of Progressive Rock.

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 Genesis Revisited II by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.84 | 366 ratings

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Genesis Revisited II
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Gatot
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3 stars Degabrieling Genesis ...

Ah ...it has been so long for me not writing a prog review for this site due to unbelievable workload in my professional life - it's a good problem to have, actually ... And this one by Steve Hackett has been one of albums regularly played during my work and sipping a cup of black coffee ....what a life! How can you afford a life without prog music surrounding you? Even I keep proggin' during my cycling to work on daily basis. But no time to write one until tonight when I need a break after a long hours of work preparing next week busy agenda. But i enjoy it very much ...because I have prog in my blood!

OK ...let's get started with this Genesis Revisited II. First off, I always enjoy any album Steve has produced including this one. I think he is a great composer and not just a great guitar player. And for this one I wan to look at three aspects. First is on the selection of songs for this 2-CD album. Second, on the composition or rearrangement (if any) related to this one and third, how the guitar retouching by Hackett works with this album.

In terms of selection of songs I have to admit that all of them are excellent tracks with the whole tenure of Steve with Genesis until he left after Wind and Wuthering plus four tracks from his solo work. It's excellent! As you know, avid Genesis fans usually categorizing the bands into two era: Gabriel era and without Gabriel. For me personally, the determining factor is Steve Hackett as I do enjoy two albums after Gabriel left: A Trick of The Tail and Wind & Wuthering. So ..no problems Gabriel left the band as long as Steve is still with Genesis. It proved when Steve left the music has completely changed as no longer howling guitar sounds exist. I do not mean also that I do not enjoy Trespass with Anthony Phillips but I just want to emphasize that the existence of Steve is key in Genesis. So I can put four stars actually on selection of songs.

On the composition or rearrangements of the music, I feel dissatisfied as all songs are in its original composition; only some guitar retouching here and there. Why Steve did like this? Why he did not take lessons from his Revisited I which was really excellent as he rearranged the song like Firth of Fifth wonderfully? Or ...did he ever learn from The Fower Kings who covered Cinema Show better from its original form? In this record everything is exactly the same. What is different is that for those Gabriel fan might say that this is a de-Gabriel-ing Genesis as tracks during Gabriel era are sung by others. Yes there are great songs here like Supper's Ready, The Return of Giant Hogweed, The Chamber of 32 Doors, Can Utility and the Coastliners , Entangle, Fly on a Windshield, Blood on The Rooftops. Wow! They sound like Genesis but then what without rearrangement? Why not better listening to the original album of Genesis?

Maybe the reason for listening this album is the guitar retouch (a bit) by Hackett. The sound of guitar is now much more apparent than the original version and I enjoy it. I think I love Steve's guitar playing and they all sound great here with this Revisited II album. In some part like Blood on Rooftops he added some bars of acoustic guitar as well. The solo work like Camino Royale, Please Dont Touch etc sound better here than the original version.

I think this is still a good and enjoyable album - like listening to Genesis compilation PLUS (four solo tracks). Actually Steve can do more with rearrangements of the songs. Keep on proggin' ....!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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 Time Lapse   by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 1992
3.75 | 62 ratings

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Time Lapse
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by genbanks

3 stars Time lapse was my first approximation to Steve Hackett music. Being a fan of the whole Genesis work, and with some LPs of Banks and Rutherford or cassettes of Gabriel and Collins at this time, I was had great expectations in Hackett's music. But when I listened the CD I felt a bit disappointed. Not what I was expected. The music seemed to be cold and dry in many cases. Today, after many prog music listened, I think that Seteve Hackett falls down many times in some kind of progrock cliches. The album combines the registers of two shows, one from 1990 and the other from 1981, and covers almost all Steve career till this moment, but without acoustic pieces. Many tracks are not of my taste, as I said before, cold and empty, like Please don't touch, Jacuzzi, The red flower of Ta chai, Tigermoth, A tower struck down or Clocks ' The angel of Mons. I think Steve has better tracks than those ones. About the others, there are some lights and shadows. On the shadow side, Ace of wands, a good prog number on the studio recording, here sounds without life. The same happens with the cover of the Genesis instrumental In that quiet earth, with some flutes and droping out the second section (the keyboard solo). Hope a I don't wake in the morning is a simple song, nothing special, and The Steppes nothing great, but acceptable track. I left the best for the last. Camino Royale, a rather good track wich suffers some Steve's songwriting characteristics that I don't like so much, like paste two sections of a track in a way in which the transition sounds a bit forced, not flowing one into the other. By the way the chorus of this track is amazing. Depth Charge, another good track, aggressive and with much life for an instrumental piece. This track evolved then into Riding the colossus. Here Steve shines with the guitar solo. Spectral mornings, another Steve Hackett favourite, sounds good here but not sure that better than the original. By the way is a great instrumental. The absolute highlight of the album, and maybe the one who could make it valuable is the stunning version of Everyday. Here I can find again this not flowing transitions, but the power and quality of these guitar solos are just fantastic, and you would wish them not finish anymore. As a Hackett work is not essential, but just good.

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