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Steve Hackett


Eclectic Prog

3.91 | 61 ratings

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4 stars For senior romantics

By far the best concert album featuring less than three players, that I've heard. A year ago I rated Steve Howe's solo live album with one star, in Hackett's case even the fifth star is not out of question at all. Steve's acoustic guitar is accompanied by Julian Colbeck on keyboards (not on all tracks) and the place is Teatro Metropolitan in Palermo, Sicily. The sound quality and the acoustics are great; the atmosphere is intimate, warm, elegant and romantic. Steve introduces most tracks (using careful slow English and some Italian words). Less talking would do, but it makes it even easier for the listener to get into the intimate concert feeling.

The set naturally draws mostly from acoustic guitar albums like Bay of Kings (83) but many other albums' material is heard too. 'Ace of Wands' from Voyage of Acolyte works well as a guitar/piano duet. 'A Blue Part of Town' is a delicious, sensual blues number.There are two non-Hackett compositions, by Ennio Morricone (if I remember right) and by Antonio Vivaldi (the same 'Largo' from concerto in D that Steve Howe plays in his debut). The whole 70 minutes are pure pleasure to the ears, perfect for peaceful background but colourful enough for full concentration. Warmly recommended to friends of acoustic guitar or peaceful instrumental music in general.

Matti | 4/5 |


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