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STEVE HACKETT

Eclectic Prog • United Kingdom


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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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The Night SirenThe Night Siren
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STEVE HACKETT discography


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

4.23 | 1201 ratings
Voyage Of The Acolyte
1975
3.58 | 512 ratings
Please Don't Touch!
1978
4.16 | 747 ratings
Spectral Mornings
1979
3.62 | 409 ratings
Defector
1980
2.41 | 276 ratings
Cured
1981
2.95 | 233 ratings
Highly Strung
1982
3.36 | 214 ratings
Bay Of Kings
1983
2.36 | 193 ratings
Till We Have Faces
1984
3.13 | 152 ratings
Momentum
1988
3.26 | 204 ratings
Guitar Noir
1993
2.94 | 120 ratings
Blues With A Feeling
1994
3.40 | 291 ratings
Genesis Revisited
1996
3.58 | 154 ratings
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1997
3.79 | 270 ratings
Darktown
1999
3.48 | 129 ratings
Sketches Of Satie
2000
2.56 | 115 ratings
Feedback 86
2000
3.77 | 341 ratings
To Watch The Storms
2003
3.59 | 169 ratings
Metamorpheus
2005
3.76 | 281 ratings
Wild Orchids
2006
3.55 | 98 ratings
Tribute
2008
3.66 | 328 ratings
Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth
2009
3.85 | 387 ratings
Beyond The Shrouded Horizon
2011
3.86 | 454 ratings
Genesis Revisited II
2012
3.79 | 336 ratings
Wolflight
2015
3.68 | 67 ratings
The Night Siren
2017

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

3.79 | 71 ratings
Time Lapse
1992
3.92 | 55 ratings
There Are Many Sides To The Night
1994
3.97 | 134 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes
1998
4.52 | 72 ratings
Live Archives 70,80,90s
2000
4.36 | 11 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.33 | 9 ratings
Hungarian Horizons
2003
4.75 | 9 ratings
Live Archive NEARfest
2003
4.17 | 22 ratings
Live Archive 03
2004
4.34 | 25 ratings
Live Archive 04
2004
3.70 | 22 ratings
Live Archive 05
2005
2.87 | 19 ratings
Live Archive 83
2006
4.33 | 99 ratings
Rails Live
2010
4.48 | 105 ratings
Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
2013
4.12 | 70 ratings
Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall
2014
4.00 | 30 ratings
The Total Experience Live In Liverpool
2016
4.11 | 9 ratings
Summer Storms & Rocking Rivers (with Djabe)
2017

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

4.00 | 21 ratings
Horizons (DVD)
1990
3.70 | 26 ratings
Spectral Mornings (DVD)
1999
4.13 | 58 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes (DVD)
2001
4.23 | 46 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.01 | 32 ratings
Hungarian Horizons (DVD)
2003
4.36 | 78 ratings
Once Above A Time (DVD)
2004
3.28 | 10 ratings
Live Legends
2004
4.70 | 10 ratings
Estival Jazz Lugano
2009
4.00 | 36 ratings
Live - Fire & Ice
2011
3.96 | 7 ratings
The Bremen Broadcast - Musikladen 8th November 1978
2013

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

2.84 | 29 ratings
The Unauthorised Biography
1992
4.56 | 9 ratings
Guitare Classique
2001
3.52 | 26 ratings
Genesis Files
2002
3.09 | 25 ratings
Genesis Revisited II: Selection
2013
4.82 | 11 ratings
Premonitions: The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983
2015

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

4.40 | 5 ratings
Ace of Wands
1975
2.50 | 4 ratings
How Can I?
1978
2.29 | 5 ratings
Narnia
1978
3.10 | 12 ratings
Clocks
1979
3.33 | 3 ratings
Every Day
1979
2.12 | 9 ratings
The Show
1980
2.00 | 3 ratings
Sentimental Institution
1980
2.13 | 4 ratings
Hope I Don't Wake
1981
2.50 | 2 ratings
Picture Postcard
1981
2.64 | 12 ratings
Cell 151
1983
3.00 | 3 ratings
A Doll That's Made in Japan
1984
2.00 | 1 ratings
Timeless
1994
3.04 | 6 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
2.13 | 4 ratings
Til These Eyes
2012
3.67 | 6 ratings
Spectral Mornings
2015

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 The Night Siren by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.68 | 67 ratings

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The Night Siren
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by The Jester

3 stars On the 24th of March 2017, Steve Hackett released his 25th studio album named as The Night Siren. Having enjoyed his previous album 'Wolflight' a lot, I was curious to see what this new album of his will sound like. And the truth is that, it sounds like a sequel of Wolflight. The general style is the same and the elements that can be found in Wolflight are present here once more: The combination of many different music styles, the strong Ethnic influences and Hackett's guitar in a leading role of course. The truth is that, many of the songs in this album were recorded during the Wolflight sessions, that's why these two albums look very much alike. For the needs of the recordings, Hackett worked with no less than 17 session musicians, from many different countries around the world, proving that music is a universal language that can unite people. There are a wide variety of instruments being used in the album, from the classic guitars/bass/drums, up to saxophone, viola, trumpet, flute and even didgeridoo and tar among others. The album is a very pleasant and enjoyable one, but despite the interesting compositions, the overall feeling I get is that 'Siren' is a weaker album, in comparison with 'Wolflight'. But is a very pleasant and listener-friendly album without a doubt. Favourite songs so far: Behind the Smoke and West to East. My Rating: 3.5 Stars
 Wolflight by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.79 | 336 ratings

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Wolflight
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by The Jester

4 stars Steve Hackett needs no introduction. He is one of the finest guitar players of the last decades. He was present in the first and most important period of Genesis before quitting the band and follow a solo career. I'm not a music critic, so I will try to approach this album from the side of a music lover and a fan of Rock & Progressive Rock. For starters, I would like to say that in my opinion 'Wolflight' is probably his best work since 'Voyage of the Acolyte' (1975) and 'Spectral Mornings' (1979). I have listened to the album 5-6 times so far, and every time I discover something new which I hadn't noticed before. The compositions are of high standards, the production is excellent, and the participating musicians are extremely talented ones. The album's main "theme" is the relation between a man and a wolf. So we can say that it is a 'concept' album in a way. Let's take a look at the music now: What Steve Hackett is presenting here, is a mixture of many different styles of music styles, including Rock, Ethnic, Flamenco, Jazz, Classical etc, blended altogether in a beautiful way, and underlined with his wonderful guitar playing. What I enjoyed the most is the changes of music styles within the songs. For example, a song can start with an acoustic guitar playing a flamenco-based tune, which is turning into a classical inspired music theme, and suddenly an electric guitar appears playing wonderful melodies, changing the style of the song completely. (The first time I listened to the album I wasn't so much impressed I must say, but when I started listening to it over and over again it started revealing its musical beauty to me). The musicians who are participating are all very talented ones as I mentioned above, and further than the 6 standard ones, there are 4 more participating as guests, with Chris Squire of 'Yes' being one of them. The album consists of 10 songs, and has a total running time of almost an hour. As for my favorite songs, these are: 'Love Song to a Vampire', 'Corycian Flame' and 'Dust and Dreams/Heart Song'. Concluding this post I would like to mention that 'Wolflight' is one of these - rare in our days - albums which you can listen from the start 'till the end, without having to skip not even one song. Of course there are 'stronger' and 'weaker' moments, but the overall quality is a very high one! The album is available in MP3 and CD version, and as a double vinyl album. Speaking for myself, I have the MP3 version so far, but I'm going to buy the vinyl version very soon. :-) I totally recommend 'Wolflight' to all those who are fans of Rock or Progressive Rock music. I'm sure you will not regret buying this album! As for my rating, this would be 4.00 out of 5.00 stars.
 The Total Experience Live In Liverpool by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2016
4.00 | 30 ratings

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The Total Experience Live In Liverpool
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Steve Hackett -- and his multiple revisitations on Genesis classics -- has released quite many live DVD's lately, this 2CD+2DVD set being the latest one. (For me it primarily was a DVD release with the CD's as a bonus, instead of the other way round.)

The subtitle sums it up. The first half of the show consists mostly of the material from his then-latest album Wolflight (2015). I have to say the studio album left me a bit cold. I agree with SouthSideoftheSky that it offers more or less the same as the previous albums of the last ten years. But of course it's very understandable that the long-term artist wants to have a current set list, and I also noticed that in the concert the songs become more alive than on the sterile-sounding album. The guest appearance of Amanda Lehmann (guitar, backing vocals) graces especially 'Love Song to a Vampire'. The core line-up features the long-time collaborators Roger King on keyboards, Rob Townsend on reeds & additional keys, and Gary O'Toole on drums & vocals. It's surprising to see Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic) on bass here. Two old familiar tracks are thrown among the Wolflight stuff: 'Spectral Mornings' and 'Everyday' from the 1979 album.

'Jacuzzi' from Defector (1980) has here a fresh acoustic arrangement featuring John Hackett on flute. Nice. After the powerful and seldom heard 'Icarus Ascending' (in which Nad Sylvan finely replaces Richie Havens) starts the section celebrating the 40th anniversary of the debut album Voyage of the Acolyte (which still is the favourite for most of the Hackett fans, me included). On 'Shadow of Hierophant' Amanda Lehmann does pretty well the high vocals originally sung by Sally Oldfield. Even up to this point the concert has offered many highlights. Visually it relies on the band playing and the lights underline that beautifully.

The section of Genesis classics is a guaranteed delight. Nad Sylvan is a perfet substitute for Peter Gabriel; he sounds very much like Gabe and has a suitable dose of theatrical charisma of his own (without trying to steal the show). Some tracks such as 'Get 'em Out by Friday' and 'Can-Utility and the Coastliners' from Foxtrot were not included on previous tours. The Hackett- penned instrumental 'After the Ordeal' and 'Cinemashow / Aisle of Plenty' from Selling England (as well as the encore 'Firth of Fifth'), the opening title song from The Lamb, 'The Musical Box'... What a pleasure for an old Genesis fan! The performances are truly excellent all the way.

The second DVD features Behind the Scenes and a Rehearsal Documentary. Decently done all right but nothing special. Nor are the three videos promoting Wolflight very interesting on the long run. It depends on the consumer how valuable it is to get the concert on audio discs too. I would have rated this with four strong stars even if there had been the concert DVD only.

 The Night Siren by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.68 | 67 ratings

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The Night Siren
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Skeletons in the closet

As a big fan and follower of Steve Hackett, I of course had to check out his latest studio offering. Coming just two years after his previous album Wolflight, The Night Siren follows basically the same formula that Steve has been following for his last half-dozen or so Rock albums. Re-reading my review of Wolflight while listening to The Night Siren, I realise that virtually everything I said there applies equally to this album. Any of these songs could have fitted equally well on any of Steve's last handful of Rock albums. The same sound and the same dark feel is present and the same range of influences from Folk to Classical to Jazz to Blues, and Prog.

That the style is predictable doesn't mean that the songs are bad or uninspired. Indeed, I think The Night Siren is a good album and actually Steve's best since 2009's Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth. Among the better songs we find opener Behind The Smoke, Inca Terra, and In Another Life. The low point of the album is the whimsical Martian Sea.

Nonetheless, Steve seems to be stuck in his formula and in order to break out of I have a recommendation (that I also made in my review of Wolflight): Steve, why don't you more fully utilise your excellent touring band in the studio and record an album of new material in the style of "Genesis Revisited"? (I say "more fully" because the same people are contributing to this album, but they are basically guest performers on what is essentially a solo album rather than parts of a proper band like on stage, and Steve sings all lead vocals himself instead of using the excellent Nad Sylvan. Steve sings very well, I just think the time is ripe for trying out something new.) I believe that following my recommendation would be a great idea. After all, the Genesis Revisited concept has been massively successful live, and an original studio album in the same style would surely generate lots of interest among Genesis fans and fans of progressive Rock in general.

In conclusion: If you, like me, enjoy the Rock albums that Steve has been putting out during the last two decades, then you will surely like The Night Siren as well. It is another good Hackett solo album, nothing more nor less.

 The Night Siren by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.68 | 67 ratings

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The Night Siren
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars This new album has been done with a collaboration of many musicians around the world and with a lot of instruments including sitar, tabla, harmonica etc. It was recorded in different places and it's really a prog rock album of a guitar player with many elements of world music, It still maintains the Hackett identity, which has never been far away in the past years from the world music. We can hear influences from his past solos albums and his love for classical music and the flamenco guitar. The music is based around the Hackett guitar playing with many solos, and his supported by classical arrangements. The song covers a lot of different atmospheres from cinematic, eastern music, ballad, etc. I really enjoyed the drums parts on the instrumental "El Nino", the beautiful melodies in the last two songs, and the opener "Behind the Smoke" with his mix of classical arrangments and world music tones which set the table for what's coming next.

There's a message on this album for the acceptance of our cultural differences in this dark times, and if there's someone that can understand this is the man who has been around the world a lot (thanks to his wife) and can share his message the best way he can be by his music.

 Voyage Of The Acolyte by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.23 | 1201 ratings

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Voyage Of The Acolyte
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Andre the Aeropagite

5 stars This is considered by the majority the best album steve hackett ever recorded. And I can understand why. It is in my top 10 best rock albuns of all time. There is not a single weak track in this recording. Starting with the frenetic drum solo in ace of wands, passing through the calm and peaceful Hands Of The Priestess Part I, and finishing in the dense and powerful Shadow Of The Hierophant , the album flows like a roller coaster. Alternating fast moments with calm ones really sounds very nice, Hackett definitely hit the Jackpot. He also deserves a lot of credit for the songwriting (it does not sound like a solo album from a first class progressive rock guitarrist) and for the selection of the musicians. His brother John Hackett on flute, Robin miller on oboe, Sally oldfield and Phill Collins on vocals and mike rutherford on bass guitar. What else can you say when you have 3/5 of Genesis on the lineup. I highly recomend to every prog fan out there. RATINGS 1. Ace Of Wands - (8,5/10) - starts with a frenetic drum solo by Phil Collins and evolves to a calm section with flute and keyboards... very nice opening track. 2. Hands Of The Priestess Part I (9/10) - pastoral song with great performances by hackett in the acoustic guitar and his brother John in the flute. 3. A Tower Struck Down (7/10)- the worst song in the album, however it is still good. 4. Hands Of The Priestess Part II (8,5/10) - beautiful track. The problem? Too short. 5. The Hermit (9/10) - another pastoral song with nice acoustic guitar. 6. Star Of Sirius (10/10) - the second best song in the album, just amazing. 7. The Lovers (8,0/10) - contains a very nice acoustic guitar sound but it is too short. 8. Shadow Of The Hierophant (10/10) - best track. a Progressive rock masterpiece.
 The Total Experience Live In Liverpool by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2016
4.00 | 30 ratings

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The Total Experience Live In Liverpool
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars A mixed bag

Steve Hackett has been touring relentlessly for a long time and he has been extremely prolific when it comes to releasing live albums/videos from his tours going all the way back to the late 90's with the release of The Tokyo Tapes. For the last five years or so he has been touring extensively under the concept of "Genesis Revisited" and this period alone has already spawned several live releases including Genesis Revisited: Live At Hammersmith in 2013 and Genesis Revisited: Live At The Royal Albert Hall in 2014. The most recent in this series is the present one released in 2016 entitled The Total Experience: Live In Liverpool. The "total experience" refers to the fact that about half the show is Steve Hackett solo material and the other half a straight continuation of the "Genesis revisited" concept with Nad Sylvan's convincing Peter Gabriel impersonation. Personally, I found the concept of the tour a bit confusing and separating the solo stuff from the Genesis stuff in this way only helped emphasise how different these are from each other.

The first half of the show draws material from two main sources: Steve's 1975 solo debut album, Voyage Of The Acolyte, and his latest studio release at the time, Wolflight, which explains the "from Acolyte to Wolflight" part in the name of the tour and in the subtitle of this live album. We also get here a few songs from other early solo albums like Please Don't Touch, Spectral Mornings, and Defector. Most of these songs, if not all of them, have been included on other live recent albums. As I remarked in my review of the Wolflight studio album, it sounds very much like Steve's previous albums going back at least to 2004's To Watch The Storms. It is not bad, but feels a bit like more of the same.

Turning now to the Genesis stuff, any fan of that band is bound to get interested in these selections. It is particularly nice to see that they have included a few "new" songs that were not performed on the previous couple of tours, including Get 'em Out By Friday and Can-Utility And The Coastliners from Foxtrot and The Cinema Show/Aisle Of Plenty from Selling England By The Pound. These are all excellently performed and will not disappoint anyone. Still, even with these excellent surprises I think that Steve has now come to the end of the road with the "Genesis revisited" concept. Continuing on with this beyond this point would be milking it.

The Total Experience is not a bad live album, but there are many others in Steve's extensive live catalogue that are much better than this one. (I should add that I am only familiar with the audio of this release and not the accompanying DVD. I did however see Steve live in Malmö, Sweden on this tour where the same set list was performed.)

 The  Show by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1980
2.12 | 9 ratings

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The Show
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

1 stars Good grief, how bad a single from one of my favourite artists can be. First, I like quite a lot all the early albums by Steve Hackett, definitely including Defector (1980) which contains some atmospheric stuff full of unique, timeless, English charm that I consider to be one of Hackett's trademarks -- witnessed already in the Genesis output, e.g. 'Blood on the Rooftops' from Wind & Wuthering. But Defector is notably more uneven than Steve's preceding solo albums, mainly due to some throwaway songs like 'The Show'. It is musically very mediocre pop song with a kitchy synth riff going on and on. And the lyrics that try to be satirical about rock business, they are hardly even slightly amusing.

I didn't know the B-side song 'Hercules Unchained' in advance, so I listened to it on YouTube. At first I wondered can this really be the right track, or is YouTube accidentally playing me some Slade or something in that vein instead. Noisy electric guitar sound walls of metallic rock'n'roll, and fast-tempo vocals like on the worst songs of Billy Joel (such as 'Still Rock'n'Roll to Me'). The best thing about this horrible song is its length of under three minutes. It has been included as a bonus on Defector's CD release. Frankly to me it would be a very negative, unwanted addition to a fairly nice album.

(One star reviews are very rare in my reviews list, because I prefer to write about music I can recommend to at least someone, but this was just a case of a quick ex tempore review, and if I yesterday gave two stars to a decent album just because I wasn't really turned on by it, this single is a plain one-star release for me.)

 Till We Have Faces by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.36 | 193 ratings

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Till We Have Faces
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by sussexbowler

5 stars Back in the day, I used to listen to 2 albums all the way through, all the time. One of those was Peter Gabriel's 'So', whilst, surprisingly, the other was this. I appreciated the 'Brazilain' twist to it (I like my percussion), as after Peter Gabriel's 4th album percussion would never be the same for me anyway.

In the original song order it flowed nicely (except the very last song), and overall, I thought it a great album. Why, in heavens, they altered the order that the songs were in on the original LP I just can't grasp.

In later years I came up with a philosophy about dealing with Steve Hackett albums. That was that, overall, they could be an indifferent listen, but that there was usually one or two tracks that would really hit the mark. To this end, both 'Let me count the ways' and 'Whats's my name' are essential. The Brazilian rhythms in 'Matilda Smith-Williams home for the aged' are excellent too, so we're probably getting 3 strong tracks here. These songs are way above a 2 star rating, and deserve to be heard.

Essential listening? Absolutely, for the reasons I mention above. Don't discount the quality of these three songs.

 Spectral Mornings by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2015
3.67 | 6 ratings

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Spectral Mornings
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Einwahn

4 stars This release is a cover version of the title track from Steve Hackett's 'Spectral Mornings' album of 1979. It is arranged by Robert Reed (recent albums 'Sanctuary', 'Sanctuary II'), and specially written lyrics are beautifully sung in a duet by David Longdon (Big Big Train) and Christina Booth (of Reed's band Magenta). Actually there is a 'supergroup' list of musicians, including the Big Big Train drummer Nick D'Virgilio and Steven Wilson's bassist Nick Beggs. Plus of course the man himself plays a lovely guitar section. It is quite lovely, and very commercial - but we can forgive this as the proceeds go to a Parkinson's Disease charity.

Verdict: new life for an old classic.

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