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Poll Question: Which of Steve's first three very different solo albums do you prefer?
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    Posted: October 06 2018 at 20:13
Steve Hackett's first three solo releases represent three widely divergent styles. While Spectral Mornings contains several great songs and some great moments, and Voyage of the Acolyte displays a very Genesis-like sound palette, I find myself preferring Please Don't Touch! as an overall effort. This is mostly due to the amazing performances of guest vocalists Richie Havens, Randy Crawford, and Steve Walsh (Kansas)--some of the best of their respective careers. Five songs that I can never get enough of. Plus, there is the adventurous "Voice of NECAM" and the gorgeous instrumental with his brother John dedicated to his then wife and album artist, Kim.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Manuel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 06 2018 at 20:25
Three fantastic albums from one of my top favorite guitarists. Each with a different mood, and all three with excellent music. I cannot choose, honestly.
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Spectral Mornings easily, if only for "Every Day"
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VoTA is my all time top 10
            
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote twosteves Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 06 2018 at 22:37
have to agree Havens and Crawford do an amazing job on Please don't touch--not a fan Steve Walsh type singing but the song is good---Voyage is a great album even tho it has a lot of collaboration on it---Spectral Mornings is an album I listen to a lot for title track and Everyday---so its a tough call. Guess Spectral because I do think title track is one of his best instrumentals---and Everyday is powerful too
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Spectral Mornings just edges out Voyage of the Acolyte for me, although Please Don't Touch has many highlights too. 3 fine solo albums.
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Spectral Mornings, but all three are excellent.

The 2015 re-recording of the title track with words is astonishing.

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I like all 3, but is a plus on spectral for me
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote maryes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 07 2018 at 04:05
Voyage of the Acolyte > Spectral Mornings > Please Don't Touch!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote someone_else Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 07 2018 at 07:19
Voyage of the Acolyte is the best solo effort by any Genesis member.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fischman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 07 2018 at 07:53
I love Spectral, but I don't think anything will top Voyace for me.

'75 was quite a year with Hackett releasing Voyage and Hillage releasing Fish Rising, two of the greatest solo prog albums ever.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote progmatic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 07 2018 at 10:17
Originally posted by Squonk19 Squonk19 wrote:

Spectral Mornings just edges out Voyage of the Acolyte for me, although Please Don't Touch has many highlights too. 3 fine solo albums.
I could have written this post.
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Voyage.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote verslibre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 07 2018 at 11:09
VOTA, by far. "Ace of Wands" (with Phil Collins drumming!) is sublime.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lewian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 07 2018 at 13:37
Originally posted by progmatic progmatic wrote:

Originally posted by Squonk19 Squonk19 wrote:

Spectral Mornings just edges out Voyage of the Acolyte for me, although Please Don't Touch has many highlights too. 3 fine solo albums.
I could have written this post.

Same here.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TCat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 07 2018 at 14:34
I'm a proud owner of all three of these on vinyl....and Spectral Mornings is my favorite.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote miamiscot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 08 2018 at 08:03
Love all three but Please Don't Touch is my favorite.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mormegil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 08 2018 at 10:14
Spectral Mornings will always be my favorite Hackett album.
VOTA and PDT are very close behind, however. All are very special, IMHO.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 08 2018 at 11:06
I'm not as familiar with the second and third so I won't vote but I think voyage is the best Genesis sounding album that Genesis never made(with G&G a close second).
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