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Stephen Richard Hackett - Born February 12th 1950 (Pimlico, London, UK)

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

4.24 | 1400 ratings
Voyage Of The Acolyte
1975
3.59 | 592 ratings
Please Don't Touch!
1978
4.14 | 863 ratings
Spectral Mornings
1979
3.65 | 479 ratings
Defector
1980
2.42 | 311 ratings
Cured
1981
2.96 | 275 ratings
Highly Strung
1982
3.36 | 251 ratings
Bay Of Kings
1983
2.42 | 220 ratings
Till We Have Faces
1984
3.18 | 175 ratings
Momentum
1988
3.29 | 238 ratings
Guitar Noir
1993
2.92 | 142 ratings
Blues With A Feeling
1994
3.44 | 328 ratings
Genesis Revisited
1996
3.62 | 178 ratings
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1997
3.79 | 315 ratings
Darktown
1999
3.53 | 152 ratings
Sketches Of Satie
2000
2.58 | 139 ratings
Feedback 86
2000
3.78 | 387 ratings
To Watch The Storms
2003
3.60 | 191 ratings
Metamorpheus
2005
3.74 | 321 ratings
Wild Orchids
2006
3.59 | 116 ratings
Tribute
2008
3.67 | 366 ratings
Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth
2009
3.86 | 425 ratings
Beyond The Shrouded Horizon
2011
3.88 | 509 ratings
Genesis Revisited II
2012
3.78 | 391 ratings
Wolflight
2015
3.72 | 172 ratings
The Night Siren
2017
3.93 | 266 ratings
At The Edge Of Light
2019

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

3.79 | 77 ratings
Time Lapse
1992
3.93 | 60 ratings
There Are Many Sides To The Night
1994
3.97 | 149 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes
1998
4.53 | 82 ratings
Live Archives 70,80,90s
2000
4.38 | 13 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.38 | 13 ratings
Hungarian Horizons
2003
4.69 | 13 ratings
Live Archive NEARfest
2003
4.17 | 29 ratings
Live Archive 03
2004
4.33 | 32 ratings
Live Archive 04
2004
3.80 | 27 ratings
Live Archive 05
2005
3.02 | 23 ratings
Live Archive 83
2006
4.33 | 110 ratings
Rails Live
2010
4.51 | 123 ratings
Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
2013
4.15 | 86 ratings
Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall
2014
3.78 | 9 ratings
Access All Areas
2014
4.09 | 47 ratings
The Total Experience Live In Liverpool
2016
4.00 | 20 ratings
Summer Storms & Rocking Rivers (with Djabe)
2017
4.19 | 34 ratings
Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham
2018
4.73 | 21 ratings
Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall
2019

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

4.09 | 25 ratings
Horizons (DVD)
1990
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live!
1992
3.77 | 32 ratings
Spectral Mornings (DVD)
1999
4.16 | 68 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes (DVD)
2001
4.29 | 52 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.00 | 34 ratings
Hungarian Horizons (DVD)
2003
4.39 | 85 ratings
Once Above A Time (DVD)
2004
3.32 | 12 ratings
Live Legends
2004
4.36 | 14 ratings
Estival Jazz Lugano
2009
4.06 | 41 ratings
Live - Fire & Ice
2011
4.26 | 11 ratings
The Bremen Broadcast - Musikladen 8th November 1978
2013

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

2.92 | 34 ratings
The Unauthorised Biography
1992
4.54 | 13 ratings
Guitare Classique
2001
3.34 | 29 ratings
Genesis Files
2002
3.14 | 28 ratings
Genesis Revisited II: Selection
2013
4.84 | 19 ratings
Premonitions: The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983
2015
4.60 | 10 ratings
Broken Skies Outspread Wings
2018

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

4.67 | 9 ratings
Ace of Wands
1975
3.33 | 6 ratings
How Can I?
1978
2.59 | 8 ratings
Narnia
1978
3.18 | 15 ratings
Clocks
1979
4.17 | 6 ratings
Every Day
1979
2.42 | 7 ratings
Sentimental Institution
1980
2.25 | 12 ratings
The Show
1980
2.52 | 8 ratings
Hope I Don't Wake
1981
3.00 | 4 ratings
Picture Postcard
1981
2.80 | 16 ratings
Cell 151
1983
4.00 | 7 ratings
A Doll That's Made in Japan
1984
3.80 | 5 ratings
Timeless
1994
3.21 | 9 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1996
3.00 | 4 ratings
Days Of Long Ago
1999
4.33 | 3 ratings
Feedback 86 + Live 90's
2001
5.00 | 3 ratings
Live Recordings 70's, 80's
2001
4.00 | 6 ratings
Brand New
2003
3.25 | 4 ratings
Man In The Long Black Coat
2006
2.37 | 8 ratings
Til These Eyes
2012
3.70 | 11 ratings
Spectral Mornings
2015
4.50 | 6 ratings
Behind the Smoke
2017
2.29 | 5 ratings
When the Heart Rules the Mind
2018

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 Genesis Files by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2002
3.34 | 29 ratings

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Genesis Files
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Review Nš 340

"Genesis Files" is a compilation of Steve Hackett and was released in 2002. "Genesis Files" chronicles a short span of Steve Hackett's solo career with excerpts from selected projects from the mid of the 80's through the late of the 90's, culling material from the albums "Genesis Revisited", "The Tokyo Tapes", "DarkTown", "Feedback '86" and "Bay Of Kings". For a real collector fan, the set does offer one previously rare track, the studio version of "Riding The Colossus", which was only available on the Japanese edition of "Genesis Revisited". While the double disc set makes a nice introduction to some of Steve Hackett's more recent projects, the collection focuses heavily on his own versions of Genesis' era material, as the title might suggests. So, eleven of the twenty tunes featured on "Genesis Files" are material written with Genesis while Steve Hackett was in the band, which means that they belong to their golden era.

So, "Genesis Files" has twenty tracks. "Firth Of Fifth" is from "Selling England By The Pound" of Genesis and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "Watcher Of The Skies" is from "Foxtrot" of Genesis and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "Riding The Colossus" is from "Genesis Revisited" but only appeared on the Japanese edition. "Rise Again" is from "Darktown" of Hackett. "Valley Of The Kings" is from "Genesis Revisited" of Hackett. "Time Lapse At Milton Keynes" is from "Bay Of Kings" of Hackett. "Your Own Special Way" is from "Wind And Wuthering" from Genesis and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "The Fountain Of The Salmacis" is from "Nursery Cryme" of Genesis and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "For Absent Friends" is from "Nursery Cryme" of Genesis and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "Twice Around The Sun" is from "Darktown". "Horizons" is from "Bay Of Kings" of Hackett. "Prizefighters" is from "Feedback '86" of Hackett. "Camino Royal" is from "Highly Strung" of Hackett and is the version of "The Tokyo Tapes" of Hackett. "I know What I Like" is from "Selling England By The Pound" of Genesis and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "Déjā Vu" isn't a Genesis' or Hackett's song. The song was started by Peter Gabriel and was finished by Hackett and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "Waiting Room Only" is from "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" of Genesis and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "Dance On A Volcano" is from "A Trick Of The Tail" of Genesis and is the version of "Genesis Revisited". "The Steppes" is from "Defector" of Hackett and is the version of "The Tokyo Tapes". "In That Quiet Earth" is from "Wind And Wuthering" of Genesis and is the version of "The Tokyo Tapes". "Los Endos" is from "A Trick Of The Tail" of Genesis and is the version of "The Tokyo Tapes".

Maybe you're a bit confused with the title of this compilation of Hackett. As you'd expect by the title, maybe you can think this compilation should be a collection of Hackett's best work with Genesis. Instead it draws almost exclusively from two 90's Hackett's albums featuring, mostly, re-worked and re-interpreted Genesis' tracks and an all-star roster of artists, including John Wetton, Bill Bruford, Tony Levin, Paul Carrack, Ian McDonald, Chester Thompson, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, a true amazing list of great prog artists on the same album. Then "Genesis Files" randomly throws in a handful of other tracks from some other solo material from some other works of Steve Hackett.

As all we know, Hackett is an extremely talented and versatile guitarist, and unless you count Anthony Phillips, he is the only ex-member of Genesis who has remained really true to their 70's prog style and sound, while also exploring new musical horizons. Therefore, fans of early Genesis will find much to savor here. So, "Genesis Files" is a great way to reexperience the old classics, unless you are pining for exact reproductions, through different lens, the lens of Steve.

Conclusion: Like "Genesis Revisited", "Genesis Files" isn't a true Genesis' revisited album. "Genesis Files" is also a compilation with some songs taken from several solo musical works of Hackett. And as I wrote before when I reviewed "Genesis Revisited", we can always question the need of revisit some of the old Genesis' songs, but especially the need of introduction some songs of his personal musical catalogue on a compilation that should supposedly be only of Genesis' songs. However and despite some controversial options taken by him, I think "Genesis Files" is globally a fantastic collection of great songs. It represents practically the entire "Genesis Revisited" album and it has also some other great songs, especially the songs performed on his excellent live album "The Tokyo Tapes", which I also have reviewed some time ago. However and despite all I said before, this isn't for me an essential musical compilation of Hackett's music. Sincerely, what is absolutely essential and that in no way this compilation can replace, is "Genesis Revisited" and "The Tokyo Tapes". Yes, these are two albums absolutely indispensable, especially "The Tokyo Tapes" which is, in my humble opinion, one of the best live albums I've ever heard. So, the only advice I can give you is that if you don't have yet those two albums, you may go buy urgently these two fantastic pieces of music. Sincerely, this is for me a better and more logical option, instead of spending money on this compilation, despite being a good compilation.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Genesis Revisited II by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.88 | 509 ratings

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Genesis Revisited II
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Easy Livin
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4 stars Making Ripples

I really enjoyed Steve's 'Genesis Revisted album', released in 1996. For that album he brought in a superb line up of musicians to help him to offer his own interpretations of classic Genesis material. Some of the new versions were more radically different than others, and some worked better than others. The highlight for me was the magnificent 'Firth of Fifth'. While it was still clearly recognisable as the classic song it was and is, the 'Genesis Revisted' version brought a new dimension to the song, creating a brand new masterpiece while revering an old classic.

My optimism was high then when Hackett released this new set of songs under the name 'Genesis Revisted II'. I assumed from the title that the objective would be the same, and that I would be presented with more old favourites in new clothes. It is therefore with some disappointment that I have to report that the sense of adventure and the willingness to deviate are totally absent this time around. The line up remains strong and the musicianship undeniably top notch, and there perhaps lies the rub.

A quick look at the track list will confirm that some of Genesis' finest moments are included here. With 'Supper's ready', 'The Musical Box', 'Dancing with the moonlit knight', 'Ripples' etc. all present, we have are two generously filled CDs of familiar songs. This is an album I could listen to time and time again. It is a sort of 'Best of Genesis' compilation with each song played perfectly. So what is my problem? Well it's just that, every song is played perfectly. It is very hard at times to remember that this is not a Genesis album. It's like listening to the old favourites played by the best musicians and presented on the finest hi-fi in the world. It's just too perfect and thus too clinical.

If I want to hear the Genesis version of 'Supper's ready', I'll play 'Foxtrot'. That for me is the definitive version, warts and all. When it comes to cover versions, I would prefer to hear an interpretation of the piece of music the artist has chosen pay tribute to. I do not want to hear a version that simply recreates the original piece.

I know I am being a bit unfair here, so while I am at it I will also have a quick whinge about the fact that there are several songs here that are not Genesis songs at all, indeed one or two may have been rejected by the band. I think there's an element of slight of hand going on when you market the album as a Genesis tribute then include some of your solo work on it, excellent though it is.

I readily apologise for such a negative review of what is a very enjoyable album indeed. I do wonder though, what was the point?

 Genesis Revisited by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.44 | 328 ratings

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Genesis Revisited
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nš 337

"Genesis Revisited" is the twelfth studio album of Steve Hackett and was released in 1996. It's a very different studio album because basically it has new versions of original songs of Genesis and isn't made of new compositions of him.

"Genesis Revisited" has eleven tracks. The first track "Watcher Of The Skies" was a song originally released on "Foxtrot". Despite be relatively close to the original version, it's more majestic, energetic and powerful than the original. That reminds me the live version performed on his live album "The Tokyo Tapes". It's worth mention the great performance of John Wetton on vocals. He has one of my favourite voices. This is a great version, as good as, or even better, than the original version. It represents one of the highest moments on the album. The second track "Dance On A Volcano" was a song originally released on "A Trick Of The Tail". It's different from the original version with a beginning completely different. The vocals on the song are performed by Steve Hackett with a distorted voice. Steve Hackett's option of using his voice on the song isn't consensual, because we all know that he hasn't a good voice. However, I personally like of the two versions of the song. The third track "Valley Of The Kings" isn't a Genesis' song. This is a song of Steve Hackett's catalogue. Personally, this is one of my favourite songs of Steve Hackett and the rearrangement of this song is fantastic. This track represents also one of the highest moments on the album. The fourth track "Déja Vu" isn't also a Genesis' song. It's a song originally started by Peter Gabriel and finished by Steve Hackett. It's a beautiful ballad sung by Paul Carrack, with a nice guitar solo and it's well played. However, this isn't for sure one of the highest moments on the album. The fifth track "Firth Of Fifth" was a song originally released on "Selling England By The Pound". But, this is a version completely transformed. The rearrangements are very deep and have been done to create alternative ways of performing each segment differently on the song, for example, the replace of the flute on the interlude part, by acoustic guitar. Once more we have the fantastic voice of John Wetton and an orchestration absolutely irreproachable. This represents also one of the highest moments on the album. The sixth track "For Absent Friends" was a song originally released on "Nursery Cryme". As I wrote before, when I reviewed "Nursery Cryme", this is, in my opinion, the weakest song on that album, but it seems that Steve Hackett hasn't the same opinion. This song is fortunately and substantially modified and it's better than the original version. It sounds very Baroque, which make this song very nice and enjoyable to hear. The seventh track "Your Own Special Way" was a song originally released on "Wind And Wuthering". Once more, I have the same opinion of "For Absent Friends". As also I wrote before, when I reviewed "Wind And Wuthering", it's the weakest song on that album and despite be written by Mike Rutherford, looks like more a song of Phil Collins. Despite be better than the original version, it isn't for sure one of the highest moments on this album too. The eighth track "Fountain Of Salmacis" was a song originally released on "Nursery Cryme". This always was one of my favourite Genesis' songs and represents another highest moment on this album. It's also rearranged differently from its original form but once more we are in presence of a great version of the original song. Again we have Steve Hackett singing on the album and once more, the option of use his voice isn't consensual, but on this case it fits very well. The ninth track "Waiting Room Only" was a song originally released on "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway". However, this is a completely different piece, in its form. Sincerely, I don't like this version of the song, and for my taste, it doesn't works truly very well. The tenth track "I Know What I Like" was a song originally released on "Selling England By The Pound". This is another song completely modified and also sung by Steve Hackett. Personally, I don't dislike of this version of this song, but sincerely I prefer the original version, despite I consider it too much commercial and the weakest song on "Selling England By The Pound". The eleventh track "Los Endos" was a song originally released on "A Trick Of The Tail". It's also a magnificent version of the original song, substantially modified by him and superiorly performed by all musicians who participated on the song. This is another highest moment on the album that closes fantastically this very special album, which is also usual for Genesis to close their usual live shows.

Conclusion: "Genesis Revisited" is a very personal work of Steve Hackett. We can question the need of revisit some of the old Genesis' songs, the choice of the songs chosen by him and even the changes made by him. However, I think an artist must be free to do what he wants, especially Steve Hackett which is one of the writers of the songs and he was also, in my humble opinion, aware of the risks he was running. Globally and despite some controversial options made by him, I think he made a fantastic job and "Genesis Revisited" deserves to be rated with 4 stars and be considered an excellent addition for Genesis/Hackett's fans. It's always a pleasure to me revisit Genesis through the eyes of Hackett.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Once Above A Time (DVD) by HACKETT, STEVE album cover DVD/Video, 2004
4.39 | 85 ratings

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Once Above A Time (DVD)
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by iluvmarillion

5 stars This was a promotional tour of Hungary following the release of the 'To Watch The Storms' album. The first half of the concert really mixes it up, starting with the growling opening chords of Valley Of The Kings, progressing to the syncopated Mechanical Bride, waltzy organ music of Circus Of Becoming and the hammer thrusts of Slogans to the beautiful flute and piano piece, Frozen Statues, the pastoral Serpentine Song with its pan flute, a quiet atmospheric piano piece, Hammer In The Sand and the familiar acoustic guitar of Blood On The Rooftops.

Then the concert picks up a notch with the mellotron of Fly On A Windshield leading into Please Don't Touch and Steve's solo guitar playing of Firth Of Fifth. Just when you think it can't get any better than this Gary O'Toole gets going on the drum kit on Darktown. The real kick is in the next song, Brand New, when Steve ditches the acoustic guitar for electric lead at the beginning of the song, Gary moves in with a short scintillating burst of drums then bass, sax and electric guitar join in a jam. Roger King on keyboards quietens down the pace with some electronic percussion and then Steve closes out the song on electric guitar.

The pace doesn't let up there with Air-Conditioned Nightmare, the classic staple, Every Day and another glorious guitar solo on Spectral Mornings before the concert wraps up with Los Endos. If your interest lies in Peter Gabriel era Genesis and you wanted to keep following the band in the 80's and 90's you should have been following Steve Hackett and his band instead of the Phil Collins led Genesis because all you love about the early Genesis is here on this video. This is my favourite Steve Hackett concert. Just a shame there is no audio version of the concert. You live for these moments.

 Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires by HACKETT, STEVE album cover DVD/Video, 2002
4.29 | 52 ratings

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Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Awaken 6am

5 stars Time Flyies. Someday weīll all can say that this performance is 20 years old... Being a huge Mr. Hackettīs fan itīs my pleasure to check that this performance is one of the highest rated of all Steveīs official live recordings. Let me tell you that having attended + 300 live shows in my life I would never forget this one. Its enormously difficult to put this as a cool track-by-track , musician - by-musician performance. Amazingly enough reading some reviews I see other people feels the same. Thatīs why Iīm one of the very few people that finds that almost the same band liuneup performing on the restles GR I & II tour seem a little tired, compared to this one, fresh, joy to perform. I have experienced myself the real joy in this menīs faces while playing at the whole concert. I saw many attendants crying while leaving the Coliseo Theatre after the show, due to so many emotions running this whole set. It was a non-stop of so emotional music direct to the heart. And It was on yr, 2001, not 2002 as someone stated.

Still there are some friends who go "Hey I Saw you on "Watcher Of The Skyies"... yes and I still wonder what was interesting for the cameraman in filming me long seconds shared with no less than Roger King while I was trying to install my cameraīs film propperly under near absence of light during that holy song intro. I was in charge of covering this show with reviews and pics for some Argentinian media. There is a Chilean boot release on CD of their show of the same tour released with a front cover of the band showered under a green light, pic courtesy of yours truly, that someone downloaded from Steves official web site The other "souvenir" I took with myself was a seemingly lifetime eardrum trauma, I suspect the fantastic "Mechanical Bride" īs fault. Nevermind, nothing can pale the experience of attending the best performance Iīve ever saw/ heard in My life.

While considering set selection, performances and joy that this mean exude, (Five Stars) , on the downside I can say that video quality of this DVD is surprisingly poor, compared to, say, "Once above a Time" one... And so is the whole layout of the DVD... being that there were ... eghem !... Many other much better pictures available.

Trying to be enterprisingly objective, all can I say to general prog lovers is: Donīt miss this show, and try not to get distracted by the noisy and low quality video on this one. May Steve take note of all good reviews regarding this show and (fingers crossed) think about a remaster - full version of this exceptional piece of art.

 Please Don't Touch! by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.59 | 592 ratings

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Please Don't Touch!
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nš 330

"Please Don't Touch" is the second solo studio album of Steve Hackett. It was released in 1978 and is his first solo musical work after he has leaving Genesis in 1977. But, unlike "Voyage Of The Acolyte", which was largely an instrumental conceptual album steeped in the most progressive rock tradition, "Please Don't Touch" is primarily more a collection of songs featuring several guest vocalists Richie Havens, Randy Crawford, and Kansas' Steve Walsh. Although the sum effect of the overall album is something of a patchwork, the individual pieces are often lovely.

This album featured the participation of a handful of several guest artists. Beyond Steve Hackett (vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards and percussion), deserve special mention the participation of his brother John Hackett (flute, piccolo, bass pedals and keyboards), of the American jazz and R&B singer Randy Crawford, of the American folk singer and guitarist Richie Havens, of two members of the progressive American band Kansas, Steve Walsh (vocals) and Phil Ehart (drums and percussion), of the Genesis concert drummer Chester Thompson, of the violinist of Van Der Graaf Generator, Graham Smith and finally of the American musician Tom Fowler( bass), who played with many musicians, specially with Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention.

"Please Don't Touch" has ten tracks. The first track "Narnia" is a very nice song that became a classic Steve Hackett's track. It's a good opener for the album and is based on the book "The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe" by C. S. Lewis. It has a Hackett's nice acoustic guitar work and it's also beautifully sung by Steve Walsh of Kansas. The second track "Carry On Up The Vicarage" is a strange song with the voice of Steve Hackett distorted and also with some choral children's voices distorted on the background. It's a very funny song that is a tribute to Agatha Christie, the famous British police crime novelist. The third track "Racing In A" is a typical Steve Hackett's song. On this track Steve Hackett and Steve Walsh share the vocal duties. It's a very good song full of nice guitar and keyboard works with a memorable and brilliant classical acoustic performance by Steve Hackett, in the end. The fourth track "Kim" is a beautiful acoustic short song very well developed with guitar and flute. It's a song dedicated by Steve Hackett to his wife. This is a song that needs no introduction because it's a very well known and a typical instrumental track that appears on many of his live recordings. The fifth track "How Can I?" is a very nice ballad sung by the unmistakable voice of Richie Havens, one of the Woodstock veterans. It's a beautiful love song very well sung by the rich and warm voice of Richie Havens. The invitation to Richie Havens to participate on the album is probably a tribute to him by Steve Hackett. The sixth track "Hoping Love Will Last" is another nice song this time sung by Motown diva Randy Crawford. It's a very beautiful song with lovely performances of violins and cello very well accompanied by quiet drums and percussions. It has also good guitar work of Steve Hackett. The seventh track "Land Of A Thousand Autumns" is a very nice and short instrumental song with strings and keyboards, which is, in reality, an interlude to the next song "Please Don't Touch". The eighth track is the title track "Please Don't Touch". It represents clearly the typical style of Steve Hackett's music, and it represents also one of the highlights of the album. This is an excellent instrumental piece of music, also very well known that appears on many of his live albums. The ninth track "The Voice Of Necam" is another strange song that sounds like a background film music. It's a song with some electronic mixes and it has also a small and gentle acoustic guitar work. This is another song that represents a musical passage between the two songs. The tenth track "Icarus Ascending" is another excellent song superiorly sung by Richie Havens and with the contribution of Steve Hackett on the vocals too. The strong points of this song are for sure, the great guitar work of Steve Hackett and the fantastic vocal performance of Richie Havens. This is probably the perfect ending to this strange and varied Steve Hackett's album.

Conclusion: "Please Don't Touch" is, in my opinion, a transition album in the musical career of Hackett. Differently from his previous debut solo album, which is more close to the music of Genesis also with the participation of some of his colleagues from the band, this second solo work is, in a certain way, a strange album where Hackett explores many different kind of musical styles, and where I think we can clearly see that he is looking for his own musical space as a solo artist. However and despite "Please Don't Touch" is far from being as good as its predecessor, it still is, in fact, a great album. Sincerely, I can't agree with some of you that consider it, a minor Hackett's musical work. It's true that it isn't as consistent and balanced as "Voyage Of The Acolyte", but it's also true that it has some great musical moments, some excellent musical performances and the participation of some great artists. So, due to all I said before, I sincerely think that "Please Don't Touch" is essential and an excellent addition to all music collection of progressive rock music.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Genesis Revisited II: Selection by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2013
3.14 | 28 ratings

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Genesis Revisited II: Selection
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
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3 stars Review Nš 324

'Genesis Revisited II: Selection' is a compilation of Steve Hackett and was released in 2013. As its name indicates, here we are in presence of a selection of tracks which appear on Steve Hackett's studio album 'Genesis Revisited II'.

'Genesis Revisited II' was the twenty-seventh studio album of Steve Hackett and was released in 2012. This is a different kind of album because it has new versions of some original songs of Genesis in his era, plus some new versions of compositions of his solo career. By the other hand, it was a sequel to his studio album 'Genesis Revisited' released in 1996, which largely consists of covers of songs originally made by Genesis, and some solo songs too, but this time with a great variety of guest vocalists and musicians. This compilation includes also some new material, a version of 'Carpet Crawlers' sung by Genesis' vocalist Ray Wilson, which doesn't appear on the original studio album.

So, sixteen years on from the first volume of regenerated classic Genesis' songs comes that second revisited through the back catalogue. Unlike that first volume, where Steve tinkered with some of the arrangements, on the second one he played it relatively straight, maybe too straight. However, Hackett's biggest challenge throughout has been to re-imagine some of Genesis' most iconic pieces and for the most part, the new versions have a fresh vigour and energy.

Whereas being transported back sometimes to more than thirty five years, does it work? Yes, perfectly. It was given to the songs an extra spice with the benefit of modern production techniques and a few extra instrumental flourishes. By the other hand, the option of use several vocalists was a good choice for me. I must confess that I particularly like the new version of 'Supper's Ready' with five different vocalists. Unfortunately, it doesn't make part of this compilation.

The line up on this compilation is Steve Hackett (vocals and guitars), Nad Sylvan (vocals), Roger King (keyboards), Rob Townsend (saxophone, flute and percussion), Lee Pomeroy (bass) and Gary O'Toole (vocals, drums and percussion). It as also some artists as guest musicians: Ray Wilson, John Wetton, Nik Kershaw, Steven Wilson and Francis Dunnery.

'Genesis Revisited II: Selection' has nine tracks. As I wrote before, 'Carpet Crawlers' from 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' is an additional track that didn't appear on the two disc version. It features Ray Wilson on vocals, the brother of Steven Wilson, the vocalist on Genesis' 'Calling All Stations'. This is a good version of the song and it's interesting to hear them together because they never played together before. 'Eleventh Earl Of Mar' is a song from 'Wind And Wuthering', the last Genesis album on which Hackett appeared. Sylvan's voice sounds like an amalgam of Gabriel, Collins with a hint of Fish. This is a version very well improved. 'The Lamia' is one of 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' strongest pieces. It's very idiosyncratically interpreted by Nik Kershaw. The gripping and lush guitar solo receives an upgrade from Hackett's duel with Steve Rothery, two guitars that move around each other, uniting two of the greatest prog guitarists. 'Dancing With The Moonlight Knight' from 'Selling England By The Pound' surprises, before the a cappella singing intro, with a short acoustic intro. This nice idea makes Steve's favorite piece of the old Genesis, appear even more British, to which Francis Dunnery also contributes with his intense vocal line. 'Entangled' from 'A Trick Of The Tail' is a perfect track for the singer Jakko Jakszyk and his warm and pleasant voice. The new recording also remains very close to the 70's original version and thus receives the fascination of the set dream state. 'Shadow Of The Hierophant' from 'Voyage Of The Acolyte' is the single piece that belongs to the solo catalogue of Hackett. Amanda Lehmann takes the vocal helm for this one as she did on the live dates. It's a hauntingly high note on which to end and that remains faithful to the original in content and style. 'Can-Utility And The Coastliners' could be the most underrated piece on 'Foxtrot'. It's wonderful to hear it again and the string section supporting it is excellent. It has an attractive, flowing and vibrant energy and Steven Wilson's vocals bring a new edge to it. 'Afterglow' from 'Wind And Wuthering' with John Wetton on vocals, plods along. It's very well improved and it might, at times, sound even better than the original. 'Blood On The Rooftops' also from 'Wind And Wuthering' is known from various concerts and is presented here enriched with an additional acoustic guitar prelude and string support. Here I miss Phil Collins, really.

Conclusion: 'Genesis Revisited II: Selection' is a selection of tracks of the studio album 'Genesis Revisited II'. I think we can call it a short version of the original album where Steve made an interesting and reasonably setlist of songs. He made a magnificent voyage to the past, between 1972 and 1976, including songs from five Genesis' studio albums, 'Foxtrot', 'Selling England By The Pound', 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway', 'A Trick Of The Tail' and 'Wind And Wuthering', which are, in my humble opinion, their best five studio albums and true five masterpieces of the group. He included also a solo track, 'Shadow Of The Hierophant', which is, for me, one of his best tracks ever as a solo artist. So, this is a good compilation but it's better to own the original studio album. Only 'Carpet Crawlers' is worth hearing.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Voyage Of The Acolyte by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.24 | 1400 ratings

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Voyage Of The Acolyte
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
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5 stars Review Nš 322

"Voyage Of The Acolyte" is the debut solo studio album of Steve Hackett and was released in 1975. "Voyage Of The Acolyte" is also the first solo album to be released by any member or ex-member of Genesis. "Voyage Of The Acolyte" was releasead before "The Geese And The Ghost" and "Peter Gabriel (1 ? "Car")" of Anthony Phillips and Peter Gabriel, respectively, both released in 1977, "A Curious Feeling" of Tony Banks which was released in 1979, "Smallcreep's Day" of Mike Rutherford which was released in 1980 and "Face Value" of Phil Collins which was released in 1981.

Steve Hackett invited to participate on his debut solo studio album two of his fellow members of Genesis, in those times, Rutherford and Collins, and some other fine musicians too. So, the line up on the album is Steve Hackett (electric and acoustic guitars, mellotron, harmonium, bells, autoharp and effects), Mike Rutherford (bass guitar, bass pedals and 12 string fuzz-bass), Phil Collins (vocals, drums, vibes and percussion), John Hackett (flute, ARP synthesizer and bells), John Acock (Elka synthesizer, mellotron, harmonium and piano), Sally Oldfield (vocals), Robin Miller (oboe and English horn), Nigel Warren-Green (cello), Percy Jones (bass guitar) and Johnny Gustafson (bass guitar).

"Voyage Of The Acolyte" has eight tracks. All tracks were written by Steve, except track three written by Steve and John and track eight written by Steve and Rutherford. The first track "Ace Of Wands" is a great opener for the album. It has a violent entrance with a very complex Steve's guitar work, and it has also great individual performances by Collins on drums and by his brother John with a very aggressive flute work. The result is a promising track with great some parts. This is one of the best tracks on the album. The second track "Hands Of The Priestess I" is a short, very calm and beautiful acoustic piece of music with the unmistakable Steve's guitar style, very well accompanied by his brother's flute work. The third track "A Tower Struck Down" is the most unusual song on the album. It has a very dark style, and is somewhat unexpected. It's a less melodic song, more experimental and that reminds me King Crimson, especially due to the way how the mellotron was used. It remains another great track but it's the least accessible number from the album. The fourth track "Hands Of The Priestess II" is the smallest song on the album and is a kind of a remake of the first part of "Hands Of The Priestess I". It's a very beautiful and melancholic song with some nice keyboards, and one more time, we have a beautiful John's flute work. The fifth track "The Hermit" is another calm, soft, beautiful and melancholic song on the album, but this time with Steve's vocals. Who knows Steve well, knows he isn't a vocalist and that he hasn't properly a great voice. However, on this song, his voice is very decent and pretty and is very well accompanied by a great guitar work. I particularly like very much the combination of the acoustic guitar work and great keyboards. The sixth track "Star Of Sirius" is the second lengthiest song on the album and is also one of the best, most diverse and complex tracks on the album. This is the track that many say it's a Genesis' song. It has Collins singing and practically everything on the song sounds like Genesis. It's extremely atmospheric, but also goes though a few upbeat sections. The seventh track "The Lovers" is the other smallest song on the album and is also another classic mellow acoustic nice track. It's a track perfectly in the same vein of "Horizon" of "Foxtrot". The eighth track "Shadow Of The Hierophant" is, in my humble opinion, the great epic, the highest point on the album. This is really a majestic closer to it. Some of you wrote that think this track is too long and that makes of it a boring song. I completely disagree with that opinion. This is, for me, a fantastic, memorable and beautiful piece of music, a real masterpiece, with the beautiful and superb voice of Sally. I think this musical piece is strongly influenced by Johann Sebastian Bach, the German classical Baroque composer. That isn't surprising, because many of we know the Steve's passion by this classical composer.

Conclusion: "Voyage Of The Acolyte" marks an extraordinary beginning of an ongoing career. Many fans consider this his finest work. I remember this release has shocked many fans in those times. Genesis had lost their front man and supposedly their music mastermind too. So, the future of the group seemed uncertain. Was Steve's solo debut another indication that the band was breaking up? Being the first one to release a solo work surprised many people because on Genesis, he always seemed to be the most unobtrusive of all. "Voyage Of The Acolyte" is the best debut solo album released by any member or ex-member of Genesis. It's, in many ways, almost a lost Genesis' album, because it features Collins and Rutherford, because it comes out in the wake of Gabriel's departure from the group and also because there are many similarities with the music sound of Genesis. In my humble opinion, "Voyage Of The Acolyte" is at the same level of "A Trick Of The Tail" and "Wind And Wuthering", and is also something more progressive and innovative than these two albums. So, "Voyage Of The Acolyte" is a wonderful masterpiece that doesn't deserves less than 5 stars.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Wolflight by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.78 | 391 ratings

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Wolflight
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Steve falling in love?

Higher amount of tender longs/ballads is unusual for Steve Hackett's solo albums. This one has a particular place in the discography due to fine melodies, high accessibility and solid guitar playing (as usual). Thankfully, there are also longer tracks that stay in your music mind. Singing has become highlight of Steve's records by now, be it for his matured singing abilities or vocal support from others.

Highlights are the epic title track with almost metallic edge, the ethereal ballad "A love song to a vampire". "Wheel's turning" caught my attention thanks to the symphonic orchestral motive. "Earthshine" confirms classy acoustic guitar abilities. "Heart song" is yet another tender song and could be well used as a single on radios.

A good pop/rock album but because of not a usual amount of progressive elements, 3 stars for proggers and 4 stars for others.

 Genesis Revisited II by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.88 | 509 ratings

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Genesis Revisited II
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars I like this one much more than Genesis Revisited I. There are few reasons for that: - more authentic Genesis atmosphere by having fewer differences but still differing enough to be interesting - multitude of high quality musicians - inclusion of post Gabriel tracks - recreation of old Hackett classics

The above points make this album pleasant not only for repeated listening at home but also worth attending the concert which I did once in Germany. Everybody was stunned at Hackett's professionalism, passion and band quality. From the vocal point of view, I like the two vocalists that quite resemble Peter Gabriel which is not the case for Phil Collins even though his son recorded one part of "Supper's ready".

Recommended to almost all proggers, not only Genesis fans. One of the best revisited record.

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