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STEVE HACKETT

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


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

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

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

Discography with GENESIS (1971-1982):
1971 - Nursery Crime
1972 - Foxtrot
1973 - Live
1973 - Selling England By The Pound
1974 - Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1976 - Wind and Wuthering
1976 - Trick of the Tail
1977 - Seconds Out
1982 - Three Sides Live

Discography with GTR (YES guitarist Steve HOWE)
1986 - GTR

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

4.22 | 1028 ratings
Voyage Of The Acolyte
1975
3.58 | 439 ratings
Please Don't Touch!
1978
4.16 | 642 ratings
Spectral Mornings
1979
3.65 | 357 ratings
Defector
1980
2.39 | 238 ratings
Cured
1981
2.96 | 199 ratings
Highly Strung
1982
3.35 | 185 ratings
Bay of Kings
1983
2.26 | 161 ratings
Till We Have Faces
1984
3.12 | 134 ratings
Momentum
1988
3.27 | 179 ratings
Guitar Noir
1993
2.94 | 104 ratings
Blues with a Feeling
1994
3.38 | 254 ratings
Genesis Revisited
1996
3.60 | 134 ratings
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1997
3.79 | 237 ratings
Darktown
1999
3.47 | 113 ratings
Sketches of Satie
2000
2.53 | 100 ratings
Feedback 86
2000
3.76 | 312 ratings
To Watch The Storms
2003
3.61 | 151 ratings
Metamorpheus
2005
3.77 | 253 ratings
Wild Orchids
2006
3.57 | 82 ratings
Tribute
2008
3.64 | 296 ratings
Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth
2009
3.86 | 349 ratings
Beyond The Shrouded Horizon
2011
3.88 | 398 ratings
Genesis Revisited II
2012
3.94 | 250 ratings
Wolflight
2015

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

3.76 | 65 ratings
Time Lapse
1992
3.91 | 49 ratings
There Are Many Sides To The Night
1994
3.95 | 117 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes
1998
4.51 | 67 ratings
Live Archives 70,80,90s
2000
4.50 | 2 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.50 | 2 ratings
Hungarian Horizons
2003
4.79 | 5 ratings
Live Archive NEARfest
2003
4.11 | 17 ratings
Live Archive 03
2004
4.31 | 20 ratings
Live Archive 04
2004
3.62 | 17 ratings
Live Archive 05
2005
2.74 | 16 ratings
Live Archive 83
2006
4.33 | 90 ratings
Rails Live
2010
4.44 | 80 ratings
Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
2013
4.02 | 46 ratings
Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall
2014

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

3.98 | 21 ratings
Horizons (DVD)
1990
3.63 | 21 ratings
Spectral Mornings (DVD)
1999
4.11 | 53 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes (DVD)
2001
4.21 | 41 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.01 | 30 ratings
Hungarian Horizons (DVD)
2003
4.36 | 71 ratings
Once Above A Time (DVD)
2004
3.22 | 8 ratings
Live Legends
2004
4.71 | 7 ratings
Estival Jazz Lugano
2009
3.95 | 33 ratings
Live - Fire & Ice
2011
3.95 | 3 ratings
The Bremen Broadcast - Musikladen 8th November 1978
2013

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

2.80 | 26 ratings
The Unauthorised Biography
1992
4.63 | 8 ratings
Guitare Classique
2001
3.43 | 21 ratings
Genesis Files
2002
2.90 | 20 ratings
Genesis Revisited II: Selection
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Premonitions: The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983
2015

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

4.00 | 3 ratings
Ace of Wands
1975
2.00 | 2 ratings
How Can I?
1978
2.50 | 2 ratings
Narnia
1978
3.52 | 10 ratings
Clocks
1979
2.50 | 2 ratings
Every Day
1979
3.88 | 5 ratings
The Show
1980
2.00 | 3 ratings
Sentimental Institution
1980
2.50 | 2 ratings
Hope I Don't Wake
1981
2.50 | 2 ratings
Picture Postcard
1981
3.04 | 9 ratings
Cell 151
1983
3.00 | 3 ratings
A Doll That's Made in Japan
1984
3.04 | 5 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
2.09 | 3 ratings
Til These Eyes
2012

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 The Bremen Broadcast - Musikladen 8th November 1978 by HACKETT, STEVE album cover DVD/Video, 2013
3.95 | 3 ratings

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The Bremen Broadcast - Musikladen 8th November 1978
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars Originally broadcast in the German TV early in 1979, this small-sized gig captures the ex-GENESIS guitarist at the very early stage of his live solo performing career. Despite that fact, there are material from three different albums; Spectral Mornings hadn't yet come out at the time. To many these first three albums are the best ones too. So the track list is really fine! One could almost say, too fine for this sextet. I'm referring to the songs that originally featured guest vocalists (Steve Walsh of KANSAS, Sally Oldfield, Phil Collins) and are now sung by Pete Hicks. He manages to sound quite a lot like Walsh on 'Racing in A' and 'Narnia', but his high, falsetto-approaching vocal performance on 'Shadow of Hierophant' is a rather disturbing mockery of Sally Oldfield's soprano excellence.

That's about the only fault I can find in this set. The playing is energetic, highlighting Hackett's versatile guitar technics. Brother John's flute graces several tracks, and Nick Magnus is great on keyboards. Mellotron on 'Hierophant', wow! The camera work and sonic quality are both fairly good.

There are two previously unreleased bonuses from the same gig: 'Carry On Up the Vicarage' (I wonder how Hackett makes himself sound like a little squirrel), and 'Star of Sirius', in which the vocal parts sound a bit blurry. Despite some tiny minuses, this is a totally recommendable release for all Hackett fans.

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 Voyage Of The Acolyte by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.22 | 1028 ratings

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Voyage Of The Acolyte
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by AndyJ

4 stars Steve Hackett's first solo album 'Voyage Of The Acolyte' pulls you right in from first few notes of the awesome opener 'Ace Of Wands', and it grips your attention throughout the entire length of the album. What we have here in this record is one of the greatest progressive rock guitarist being 'let off the hook' to explore progressive music in his own terms. And the music on offer here is really quite diverse. You can hear all of the different strands of creativity that Steve Hackett had accumulated over the years that he was never able to record with Genesis. In 'Acolyte' Steve gets the chance to do things his way, and its absolutely fascinating and essential listening.

In order to understand this solo work from Steve Hackett it is worth-while looking back to 1975, the year in which this album was recorded. Genesis had released the controversial double album 'The Lamb Dies Down On Broadway' the year before, an album in which Hackett was relegated to a supporting role in a way that had never happened before in Genesis. In fact all of the band took a back seat to Peter Gabriel throughout the 'The Lamb', which was dominated by vocals, rather than musical passages as with the previous Genesis works.

Steve Hackett even talks about this difficult period in the liner notes. By working on a solo album he was able to explore his own creativity without needing approval from the rest of Genesis. In his own words; "It seemed like I'd finally got to become the Captain of my own ship... For me there was no turning back after Voyage of the Acolyte."

So, back to the album at hand, what we get here is hard driven prog-rock, sensitive moody and emotive compositions, and a closer which might just be the best thing Steve Hackett has ever committed to tape. In fact I'd say 'Shadow Of The Hierophant' might be one of the best progressive rock tracks ever, it has it all, power, soul, great female vocals and one of the most intoxicating and haunting endings to any prog-rock song. Guess musicians include, amongst others, Genesis alumni Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford. This is a very solid 4-star album, highly recommended to all fans of progressive music and great guitar playing!

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 Wolflight by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.94 | 250 ratings

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Wolflight
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Mister Steve Hackett still delivers the goods, obviously not intent to rest on his considerable laurels and releasing another masterful work, showing that he remains predictably unpredictable. He has found new energy on the electric scene, not surprising as he has always come across as a consummate musician and a fan (his list of guest appearances runs in pages). When you have a bass/stick man of Nick Beggs' stature, how can one not be inspired? That was a true find, Stevo!

The greatest attribute I can think of in anointing Hackett with special accolades is that he gives the fans what they want: guitar innovations and solos! He is not a musical dilettante who amuses his ego by playing sloppily (and rarely) just to piss others off! I actually showed some you tube vids to an unsuspecting female music fan (who knew nothing of Hackett but knew of "Abacab") and she was shocked how great control and technique he displayed.

There are a few outright jewels here, from the title track to the exhilarating "Love Song to a Vampire", an archetypical Hackett anthem that blends a fabulous melody, choir work, blistering guitar phrasings, a thunderous beat and a genial structure that keeps things palpitating ! That choir blast amid the Roger King orchestrations is insane BTW! Instant pleasure!

The Brits seem fascinated by the carnival, it's an oft repeated theme in both music and film, a merry go round of seemingly simple social pleasures that are overt on the playful "The Wheel's Turning", mixing in the circus like stylings with some brawny playing (Beggs and drummer O'Toole really flex their muscles here), while Hackett tears off some wah-wah licks to great effect. Slightly bluesy and pure fun!

"Corycian Fire" refers to the Corycian cave in Greece, where the oracle began in ancient times and it depicts the rights of wild women invoking the rebirth of Dionysus. Hackett gives the piece a slight Mediterranean touch, with brash percussives and almost Wagnerian chanting that explodes mightily into the soaring sky.

The acoustic Hackett is equally enthralling, so "Earthshine" fulfills that function brilliantly, showcasing his ridiculous maitrise, his picking is phenomenal, rapid and precise. "Loving Sea" has a highly 70s resonance both musically and lyrically, lead and backing vocals conspiring together to create a very pastoral sound, sort of CSNY with prog tendencies. So as such such, its nice but not memorable.

But "Black Thunder" fixes that in a hurry, a booming and volatile beat with the rhythm section doing some serious heavy damage. The guitar attack is nasty, the choir backing voluptuous and the soloing simply devastating. Lots of stop and start themes, mood swings, hodgepodge of industrial sounds and a wickedly tortured solo, you really see the visceral Hackett at work here, not exactly softening up his old age attitude. He can and does, still rock. The highlight track must assuredly be "Dust and Dreams" , a perfect groove laid down by the Beggs-O'Toole tandem riding on burning coals, hot and smoldering, as Hackett drapes his Siberian toned guitar and unleashes a solo that curdles the blood and gooses the skin. Brrrrrr, bloody magic! The mood is oppressive, symphonic and demented, having a similar feel to his classic tune "In Memoriam" off the Darktown album.

This is not his best ever but a close third after Voyage and Spectral, a solid release by prog's resident strongman and legend. 4 lupo lux

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 Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2014
4.02 | 46 ratings

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

Review by tarkus1980
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3 stars The Genesis Revisited tour was nice and all, but this live album, the second one from the GR tour, is unnecessary overkill. The sound is great (a little bass-heavier than the last one, which is neither good nor bad, just interesting), and all of the performances are just fine, but there's an odd going-through-the-motions vibe to the show, as if the novelty of performing all of these old classics had given way to "Ugh, this tour's just gonna keep going forever isn't it." There are five tracks here that weren't on Hammersmith: "The Carpet Crawlers" (with vocals from Ray Wilson, who doesn't sound horrible here), "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" (basically done the same as on GR II, except with Nad Sylvan singing instead of Neal Morse), "Horizons" (the same as ever and introduced as "agnostic guitar"), "The Fountain of Salmacis" (which sounds nice but doesn't really feel like it matches any of the Genesis studio or live renditions) and "Ripples" (done in a stripped-down version with the classic solo replaced with a brief classical guitar flourish, and with great Amanda Lehmann vocals that make this version a necessity). The concert also makes one significant downgrade from its predecessor: the rendition of "Afterglow," after "Unquiet Slumbers" and "In That Quiet Earth," is done by Sylvan instead of John Wetton, and he sounds pretty wimpy in comparison (what's really strange is that Wetton was around, and he actually sang on "Firth of Fifth" immediately afterwards).

The other performances are great, of course, even if I find myself missing a bunch of the stuff from Hammersmith that was dropped to make room for the "new" stuff here (it's weird to imagine a world in which "Blood on the Rooftops" somehow became overplayed, but I guess it finally happened to Hackett and O'Toole). Every official recording of "Supper's Ready," especially at this late of a date, is a treasure in its own way (Hackett's ending solo goes a little over the top of a little over the top, but I don't mind), and everything here is worth coming back to once in a while even if somebody already has a copy of Hammersmith. And yet, the slight inescapable sense that Hackett had overplayed his hand with the GR tour occupies the album nearly from start to finish, and while that's not a crippling blow, it's enough to make me like this one a smidge less than Hammersmith (which caught this tour in ascent as opposed to its inevitable plateau and decline). If you liked Hammersmith, you may as well get this one too, but you'll probably give it a listen or two and then forget about it.

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 Voyage Of The Acolyte by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.22 | 1028 ratings

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Voyage Of The Acolyte
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by fudgenuts64

5 stars The wonderful Hackett had so many ideas that he couldn't really fully get through on Genesis records, so in 1975 during the downtime after The Lamb tour, he went into the studio to record a masterpiece of pastoral prog. This album is much like Trespass-Nursery Cryme era Genesis and King Crimson's debut. Very heavy at times, but always followed by moments of pure beauty with John Hackett's flute and John Acock's Mellotron shining through the entire album. This isn't a vocally dominated album by any stretch, and it's better for it. The three vocal led pieces, are, very good however. The Hermit is sung by Hackett himself and sets a very calm mood following into a beautiful classical esque section that leads into Star of Sirius, with vocals by Phil Collins. More straightforward here, but again, themes are reprised and the song doesn't overstay it's welcome. A short interlude with The Lovers leads into the masterpiece of the album, Shadow of the Hierophant. An 11 minute epic that sets the mood that few songs can, with lead vocals by Sally Oldfield that really makes the delivery of the music so strong.

In short, incredibly strong first half which is entirely instrumental, and has Hackett's trademark sound throughout, and a second half that keeps the pastoral mood up and ends on a super high note. Absolutely essential if you like either early Genesis, or really, King Crimson. A lot of this doesn't rock. But it's beautiful music. Essential.

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 Wolflight by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.94 | 250 ratings

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Wolflight
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

4 stars The concept of this album is about the relation between human and the Wolf. Also important is the hours before dawn, because it's the time that the wolf are hunting and that Steve Hackett like to write his songs. It's a unique time to let things comes naturally without any distractions. Steve has met some real wolves and played with them even if the cover could look digitally made. Now for the music, there's enough variations from one song to the other to have a good time listening the whole album all the way through. There is also many variations possible with the guitar that can be used to make percussive sounds. There's some classical sounds, flamenco and naturally some more heavy rock passages. So there is a contrast in the music with some dark ambiances and lighter atmosphere. The use of harmonica gives another color to the music. The world music sounds makes you travel in a foreign country. The choir harmonies are developed and Steve who never was the best vocalist did not push his voice too much here with better results. "Love songs to a Vampire" feature Chris Squire on bass and after a peaceful intro has many mood changes. "The Wheel's turning" put you in the amusement park's ambiance and remind me of music from his first albums. The excellent "Corycian Fire" has a world music atmosphere with world music instruments. "Black Thunder" is another great track with dark atmosphere and some nice drums and bass. There is also some interlude pieces and some less memorable songs that complete the picture of this enjoyable album.

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 Wolflight by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.94 | 250 ratings

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Wolflight
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by dough1225

5 stars Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett's 24th solo studio album shows the maturity of a songwriter and musician who hasn't forgotten his roots. All told, Mr. Hackett has released more solo albums than all the other members of Genesis combined. He is the only Genesis alumni to still re-record and perform Genesis songs, touring the world with a band of stellar singers and musicians. His solo discography speaks for itself and Wolflight is one of his finest works.

This album is a journey through contemporary and ancient cultures and the individual struggle for freedom. World music permeates the compositions while Hackett's lyrics explore the Far East, vampires and domestic abuse, his own childhood in London, ancient Greece, Mexico, America's Deep South and Martin Luther King, Morocco and Iceland. Primal and orchestral, Hackett's electric and acoustic guitars are ever present. His varied, talented band and guest musicians and vocalists perform with perfect symmetry.

Best tracks: Wolflight, The Wheel's Turning, Corycian Fire, Black Thunder, Dust and Dreams

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 Wolflight by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.94 | 250 ratings

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Wolflight
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Green Shield Stamp

4 stars 'Wolflight' is definitely one of Hackett's best albums - up there with 'Voyage of the Acolyte' and 'Spectral Mornings'. Hackett has recently immersed himself in the 'Nursery Cryme' to 'Wind and Wuthering' era of Genesis (his era with the band) through the Genesis Revisited II project. This has obviously rubbed off on his own writing and can be heard in the epic, romantic sweep of much of this album. There is a pervading sound of Eastern exoticism with ethnic world music colourings. In several places this is established through the string orchestra which sounds beautifully lush and blends musical embellishments that at times are reminiscent of the Doctor Zhivago film soundtrack and Russian composer, Rimsky Korsakov's Sheherezade (the start of 'Dust and Dreams' for instance). These Russian-tinged orchestrations are most notable on the title track and the amazing 'Love Song To a Vampire' (my favourite track on the album). In other parts of the album the Eastern sound shifts more towards Arabic flavourings with instruments such as an oud and duduk being used. The track 'Corycian Fire' has a Zeppelinesque Kashmir feel. The songs are strong on this album with big choruses. Hackett doesn't have the strongest voice in the world but on many of the songs his voice is multi tracked ala 10cc 'I'm Not in Love' to create a rich harmonic sound. As you would expect Hackett's guitar chops are displayed extensively throughout but not for their own sake. On this album the instrumental passages are there to serve the song (a principle always observed by Genesis). So we get some 'Bay of Kings' classical guitar stylings to evoke mood and atmosphere as well as some soaring electric guitar passages. Melodically this stands as a strong statement for Hackett, but it doesn't quite measure up to Genesis. Many of the melodies have a folky quality and perhaps lack the inventiveness of those created by his former band. Shame about the album cover which looks like a cheap e-book gothic novel cover.

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 Sketches of Satie by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.47 | 113 ratings

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Sketches of Satie
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Losimba

4 stars As a person who also loves classical music it is close to obligatory that I at least try and listen into any remakes of classical stuff by prog or other rock artists. Some are close to horrible, even making the composers turn in their graves, others can easily compete with recordings by the most famous classical performers in quality.

Sketches Of Satie by the Hackett brothers is a prime example of the second category. While it is one of the few works where I don't have any other recordings, I wouldn't hesitate to put this CD on when I have guests who only like classical music. The pieces themselves are rather easy to listen to, while both Steve Hackett on the guitar and John on the flute show the proper skill with their instruments. One could criticize that the arrangement is close to the way Erik Satie suggested, making it not very original compared to albums like Pictures At An Exhibition by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, but I don't think that this is too important with classical music. Hey, if you listen to "normal" classical recordings or concerts, you will find the odd accent different between two conductors, but everything else is close to identical.

The reason why I don't award Sketches Of Satie 5 stars is that it is not the best classical album by Steve Hackett. This honour falls to A Midsummer Night's Dream, but Sketches Of Satie is still worth strong 4 stars.

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 Sentimental Institution by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1980
2.00 | 3 ratings

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Sentimental Institution
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

2 stars The other of the two singles taken from the Defector album, but unlike 'The Show', this hasn't got a good non-album track on the B-side. And speaking of the A-sider, especially the idea of having 'Sentimental Institution' in a jukebox is somewhat ridiculous. I can imagine how embarrassing it would have felt in my youth to play this granny song to a casual crowd in a bar. In the album it functions as a parodical closing number; in an eclectic context of prog it isn't necessarily so much out of place to mock any kind of music, e.g. old fashioned vocal music (Dik Cadbury's vocals and the simple arrangement treated to sound like coming straight out of an old gramophone), but why make a single of it as well? At least there's a nice vintage (Art Nouveau) drawing to accompany it.

'The Toast' is in my opinion one of the two loveliest tracks of Defector. Slow, melancholic, and full of the distinctive pastoral atmosphere that's one of Hackett's strengths. Since both tracks are on the main album, this rather unnecessary single falls in the "Collectors/fans only" category.

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