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Steve Hackett


Eclectic Prog

3.79 | 75 ratings

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5 stars Oh, the perfect Hackett live album!This one features 7 songs from a concert done in 1990, and 7 from anotherone done in 1981. It all starts of with "Camino Royale": A very entretaining track featuring really cool guitar sounds, powerful bass, good drumming, amazing keyboards and flute. The part in which Hackett sings is kinda dark and mysterious,low drum beat, bass , keyboards and flute keeping the mystery of the section, and light guitar sounds. Then the whole thing is more "happy" and brighter in the chorus, when the brass-like keyboard sound joins in. If it seems kinda poppy by this part of the song, don't worry, the song is long, and the intrumental prog-rock section is simply majestic! The flute solo, the whole powerful guitar by steve, the vibraphone-like keyboard. Simply fascinating! "Please don't touch!": Oh my GOD! what a hit! the drum-beat, the bass and the backing keyboard create a really interesting atmosphere and Steve gives us some of his most interesting guitar-skills. It starts being quite dark, but there's a brighter section with cool guitar playing, a bit of flute by John which takes away the darkness....... for a moment, 'cos, then darkness comes again! A really Prog psychedelic track, I love this one. "Every Day": Oh, what a set of continuous hits! One of my all-time favourites! It reminds me of GENESIS a bit. The guitar, the keyboards, the lead and backing vocals are in really good shape. This first part of the song (the one with the lyrics) is quite enjoyable, but the big thing comes when the over 4-minutes guitar solo comes. Oh my gosh! what a mind blowing guitar solo. I'm not capable of explaining the greatness of this solo, you'll have to listen to the song, if you don't know it. "...In that quiet earth": The Genesis song from "Wind & Wuthering". The begining is quite similar to the original, but the middle/end section is very particular.It's got a soft flute solo which reminds me of JETHRO TULL! A very interesting version. "Depth Charge":It starts with a drum-beat which sounds a lot like PINK FLYD's "Learning to fly". Wonderful guitar, cool backing keyboards, a really enjoable number. "Jacuzzi": Oh, great! I love this one. The lead flute, the powerful bass, the simply Soul- taker keyboards, and the cool guitar are very well ensambled. Sometimes it's bright and happy, sometimes dark. If you know this song, you maybe know what I'm talking about, if not, just give it a listen, it's really worth it! "The Steppes": The great mix between mystery and passion. The basic drum-beat, the flute , the bass pedals, the dark synths and the strange guitar sounds give this sense of mystery to the track. Then, it sounds a bit like something by Genesis on "Duke" maybe. The part with the string-like backing keyboards and the lead guitar is played with pure passion of music. "Ace of wands": This 7+ minutes version is amazing and quite diferent to the original. It has no acustic guitar, so the acustic sections here are played with electric guitar, making it sound weird and unique. There's a section where they make the song longer. This part is really psychedelic and it sounds cool. The synths and keyboards sound as good as on the original (or maybe even better!), the bass is BRUTAL, the flute by John is as amazing as ever and the drums keep the rythm of the song in a fine way. "Hope I don't wake": A nice poppy song( the only poppy one here). Most of the reviewers think this song is quite mediocre. Well, it's true that this is nothing compared to other genious Hackett songs, but I like it anyway. I like the vocals (lead and backing) and the keyboards. Not a really genious song, but quite enjoyable. "The Red Flower of Taichai...": A nice chinese-like number with soft, relaxing flute sounds, string-like keyboards and backing arpegio guitar (the cymbals sound cool, by the way). "Tigermoth": This is a shortened 3-minute instrumental version, which starts with a nice xylophone-like keyboard sound and flute. Then the cool guitar comes in, together with the bass, the bass pedals, synth and choir-like keyboards and great drumming. A cool number. "A tower struck down": Anotherone of my favourites. The tempo is quite irregular, the keyboards are majestic, the bass and bass pedals can really be heard, the guitar makes the whole thing sound more psychedelic. Really cool, and really progressive. Suddenly, the tower falls down with an explotion... ...BAM! "Spectral Mornings": Really cool lead guitar all the way through, the keyboards create the perfect atmosphere. A nice number. Then you can hear the sound of clocks, clocks that's it....."CLOCKS-the Angel of Mons": Cool psychedelic lead guitar, bass, keyboards and drums doing a fine job to make this one a really interesting number. Well, get this one if you want a "LIVE-GREATEST HITS" of Mr.Hackett. This is as progressive as ever! You can find darkness, light, psychedelia, prog and a pop song. Don't you fans miss this one! Five stars!!!!!!
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