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Steve Hackett

Steve Hackett is best known as the guitarist with Genesis during their best years as both a progressive and commercial band, across ten albums of their history. His arrival in the group's lineup at the start of 1971, replacing original guitarist Anthony Phillips, provided the group with the last ingredient that it needed for success. In the years since, while Phil Collins may have enjoyed pop/rock stardom and an acting career, and his other bandmates have had their periodic successes, Hackett has come the farthest as a star performer and composer in his own right.

Hackett's earliest experience in playing professionally came with groups named Canterbury Glass and Sarabande, making mainstream rock with a progressive/psychedelic edge. It was as a studio musician that he excelled, recording with a band called Quiet World in 1970. They were signed to the Pye Records label and released an LP titled The Road on that company's progressive rock-oriented Dawn Records label. In late 1970, Hackett crossed paths with Genesis when he placed an advertisement in search of like-minded progressive musicians and Peter Gabriel responded -- the group's original guitarist, Anthony Phillips, had departed and they needed a replacement. He saw them in concert with a temporary substitute in the guitarist's spot and approached them about joining. Hackett was in the lineup in January of 1971 and was quickly established as an integral part of their sound, though his concert work at their earliest gigs suffered from the fact that Hackett had little experience playing on-stage, which initially made him nervous. He subsequently became not only an essential part of the Genesis sound, but also of their image; his bespectacled figure, seated and bent over his instrument in studied concentration, helped to set the group apart from flashier progressive rock outfits of the era.

His skill and vast range opened up the group's sound in new ways during their progressive rock phase; coupled with Phil Collins' drumming in the mix, Genesis turned into a true virtuoso unit, as revealed on the albums Foxtrot, Genesis Live, Selling England by the Pound, and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, all among the finest progressive rock LPs ever conceived. Then, following the departure of lead singer Gabriel and his replacement by Collins, and their move toward a more commercial sound, Hackett proved equally adept; the difference was that their albums were now selling in the millions instead of the hundreds of thousands, and he was getting far more public exposure than ever before.

Hackett's first solo album, Voyage of the Acolyte, dated from 1975 and was, in many ways, almost a lost Genesis album, featuring Collins and Michael Rutherford in its lineup of musicians. Coming out as it did in the wake of Gabriel's departure from the group, it was a cause of some strain among the members, despite their participation, but Hackett stayed with the band through the tour behind the release of Wind & Wuthering, making his last appearance with the group on the Seconds Out live album, ironically just as the band was ascending into the top ranks of concert attractions and recording acts. Hackett's first post-Genesis solo album was Please Don't Touch!, which deliberately hewed very far away from his old group's progressive sound and departed completely from Voyage of the Acolyte as well. He also put together his first touring band, which included Pete Hicks on vocals and John Shearer on drums, as well as brother John Hackett on flute and keyboards, with whom he subsequently recorded the Spectral Mornings album.

Hackett's sound advanced rapidly in the '80s, through albums such as Defector -- a fascinating musical/political fantasy -- and the pop-oriented Cured. His concert work kept him busy throughout Europe, and the expanding fame of his old band led a steady stream of listeners to check out the work of the former Genesis guitarist, whose playing and personality were so prominent on those classic early albums. He also reunited with Peter Gabriel and Michael Rutherford, and then with all of his ex-bandmates for a pair of 1982 charity concerts. The following year he enjoyed a very successful European single in the guise of "Cell 151" from the Highly Strung LP, which helped propel that album to hit status. The mid-'80s saw him broaden his sound to include various elements of "world music" in his studio work, and he also to begin playing smaller, more intimate halls where his guitar skills could be better appreciated.

In 1986, Hackett hooked up with Yes guitarist Steve Howe to form GTR, a progressive rock unit that became a favorite of MTV and the rock press, generating a hit single ("When the Heart Rules the Mind") in America and a platinum-selling album for Arista Records; GTR followed these up with an international tour. Hackett resumed his solo career in 1987, but with the momentum of GTR behind him, he now found crowds of tens of thousands eager to hear him play classical-style acoustic guitar and was becoming the arena rock version of Christopher Parkening or guitarist John Williams. His next major release was Time Lapse, a live retrospective of his work from several decades of music-making.

In 1994, Hackett surprised most of his fans by turning back to his roots with Blues with a Feeling, an album built around the sounds of blues guitar and harmonica that harked back to his boyhood. This pointed to one of the ironies of Hackett's career: as a member of Genesis, he was presumed by most fans to have been classically trained, but his music was actually derived from a multitude of influences, to which he's always extended himself in order to embrace and absorb; thus, although originally a rock guitarist with blues roots, Hackett has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and composed instrumental classical music based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream for EMI's Angel Records label.

Even as his composing career ballooned in the '90s, he also began playing more concerts and turned back to his progressive rock roots by performing Genesis' classic repertoire. Working with a group that included such luminaries as ex-King Crimson alumni Ian McDonald and John Wetton, not to mention Genesis' Chester Thompson, as well as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hackett released a live album titled Genesis Revisited, which was precisely that. During the '90s, he fronted a group known as Steve Hackett & Friends, including former members of King Crimson, who had revived their classic progressive rock repertoire in dramatic new concert form, on CD and concert video.

Hackett has continued to record well into the new century; numerous solo albums include To Watch the Storms, Metamorpheus, and Wild Orchids. Live Rails was released in 2011 and was followed by the moderately successful studio album Beyond the Shrouded Horizon later that year. In 2012, Hackett collaborated with Chris Squire from Yes under the moniker Squackett. Their album A Life Within a Day featured seasoned session drummer Jeremy Stacey, who was fresh from his work with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. That same year, Hackett released Genesis Revisited II, another collection of reworked early Genesis material, which became his most successful solo album to date.

He returned in 2015 with his 26th solo effort, Wolflight, and subsequently set out on the Acolyte to Wolflight with Genesis Revisited Tour to promote the record and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his first solo album. A live recording of the tour's stop in Liverpool was released in 2016. Hackett returned to the studio with wife Jo and co-producer Roger King to develop and record his follow-up to Wolflight. Taking on a more world music-influenced feel, the album, The Night Siren, saw Hackett adding a different dimension to his sound, featuring vocals from Kobi Farhi and Mira Awad as well as introducing a variety of musical instruments from around the world. ~ Bruce Eder
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Behind The Smoke (Single)

1. Behind The Smoke

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Track List: The Total Experience Live In Liverpool

Disc 1

1. Corycian Fire Intro (Live In Liverpool 2015)

2. Spectral Mornings (Live In Liverpool 2015)

3. Out Of The Body (Live In Liverpool 2015)

4. Wolflight (Live In Liverpool 2015)

5. Every Day (Live In Liverpool 2015)

6. Love Song To A Vampire (Live In Liverpool 2015)

7. The Wheel's Turning (Live In Liverpool 2015)

8. Loving Sea (Live In Liverpool 2015)

9. Jacuzzi (Live In Liverpool 2015)

10. Icarus Ascending (Live In Liverpool 2015)

11. Star Of Sirius (Live In Liverpool 2015)

12. Ace Of Wands (Live In Liverpool 2015)

13. A Tower Struck Down (Live In Liverpool 2015)

Disc 2
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Track List: Premonitions: The Charisma Recordings (1975-1983)

Disc 1

1. Ace Of Wands

2. Hands Of The Priestess (Part 1)

3. A Tower Struck Down

4. Hands Of The Priestess (Part 2)

5. The Hermit

6. Star Of Sirius

7. The Lovers

8. Shadow Of The Hierophant (Extended Playout Version)

9. Narnia

10. Carry On Up The Vicarage

11. Racing In A

12. Kim

13. How Can I?

14. Seven Of Cups

Disc 2

1. Hoping Love Will Last

2. Land Of A Thousand Autumns

3. Land Of A Thousand Autumns/Please Don't Touch

4. The Voice Of Necam

5. Icarus Ascending

6. Every Day

7. The Virgin And The Gypsy

8. The Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere

9. Clocks - The Angel Of Mons

10. The Ballad Of The Decomposing Man (Feat. "The Office Party")

11. Lost Time In Cordoba

12. Tigermoth

13. Spectral Mornings

14. The Steppes

15. Time To Get Out

16. Slogans

17. Leaving

18. Two Vamps As Guests

Disc 3

1. Jacuzzi

2. Hammer In The Sand

3. The Toast

4. The Show

5. Sentimental Institution

6. Hercules Unchained

7. Hope I Don't Wake

8. Picture Postcard

9. Can't Let Go

10. The Air Conditioned Nightmare

11. Funny Feeling

12. A Cradle Of Swans

13. Overnight Sleeper

14. Turn Back Time

15. Tales Of The Riverbank

16. Second Chance

Disc 4

1. Camino Royale

2. Cell 151

3. Always Somewhere Else

4. Walking Through Walls

5. Give It Away

6. Weightless

7. Group Therapy

8. India Rubber Man

9. Hackett To Pieces

10. Guitar Boogie (12" Single Version)

11. Time Lapse At Milton Keynes (12" Single Version)

12. Walking Through Walls (12" Single Version)

13. Cell 151 (BBC Radio One Friday Rock Show Session)

14. Walking Through Walls (BBC Radio One Friday Rock Show Session)

15. Hackett To Pieces (BBC Radio One Friday Rock Show Session)

16. Please Don’t Touch (BBC Radio One Friday Rock Show Session)

Disc 5

1. Please Don’t Touch (Live At The New Theatre, Oxford, 1979)

2. Tigermoth (Live At The New Theatre, Oxford, 1979)

3. Every Day (Live At The New Theatre, Oxford, 1979)

4. Narnia (Live At The New Theatre, Oxford, 1979)

5. The Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere (Live At The New Theatre, Oxford, 1979)

6. Ace Of Wands (Live At The New Theatre, Oxford, 1979)

7. Carry On Up The Vicarage (Live At The New Theatre, Oxford, 1979)

8. Acoustic Medley: Etude In A Minor/Blood On The Rooftops/Horizons/Kim (Live At The New Theatre, Oxford, 1979)

Disc 6

1. The Optigan (Live At The New Theatre, Oxford, 1979)

2. Spectral Mornings (Live At The New Theatre, Oxford, 1979)

3. Star Of Sirius (Live At The New Theatre, Oxford, 1979)

4. Shadow Of The Heirophant (Live At The New Theatre, Oxford, 1979)

5. Clocks (Live At The New Theatre, Oxford, 1979)

6. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (Live At The New Theatre, Oxford, 1979)

7. Racing In A (Live At The New Theatre, Oxford, 1979)

Disc 7

1. Please Don’t Touch (Live At The Theatre Royal, London, 1979)

2. Tigermoth (Live At The Theatre Royal, London, 1979)

3. Every Day (Live At The Theatre Royal, London, 1979)

4. Ace Of Wands (Live At The Theatre Royal, London, 1979)

5. Sentimental Institution (Live At The Theatre Royal, London, 1979)

6. The Red Flower Of Tachai Bloom Everywhere (Live At The Theatre Royal, London, 1979)

7. Spectral Mornings (Live At The Theatre Royal, London, 1979)

8. Clocks (Live At The Theatre Royal, London, 1979)

9. Acoustic Medley: Etude In A Minor/Blood On The Rooftops/Horizons/Kim (Live At The Theatre Royal, London, 1979)

Disc 8

1. The Air Conditioned Nightmare (Live At Reading Festival, Reading, 1981)

2. Every Day (Live At Reading Festival, Reading, 1981)

3. Ace Of Wands (Live At Reading Festival, Reading, 1981)

4. Funny Feeling (Live At Reading Festival, Reading, 1981)

5. The Steppes (Live At Reading Festival, Reading, 1981)

6. Overnight Sleeper (Live At Reading Festival, Reading, 1981)

7. Slogans (Live At Reading Festival, Reading, 1981)

8. A Tower Struck Down (Live At Reading Festival, Reading, 1981)

9. Spectral Mornings (Live At Reading Festival, Reading, 1981)

10. The Show (Live At Reading Festival, Reading, 1981)

11. Clocks - The Angel Of Mons (Live At Reading Festival, Reading, 1981)

Disc 9

1. Narnia (Stereo)

2. Carry On Up The Vicarage (Stereo)

3. Racing In A (Stereo)

4. Kim (Stereo)

5. How Can I? (Stereo)

6. Hoping Love Will Last (Stereo)

7. Land Of A Thousand Autumns (Stereo)

8. Please Don’t Touch (Stereo)

9. The Voice Of Necam (Stereo)

10. Icarus Ascending (Stereo)

Disc 10

1. Every Day (Stereo)

2. The Virgin And The Gypsy (Stereo)

3. The Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere (Stereo)

4. Clocks - The Angel Of Mons (Stereo)

5. The Ballad Of The Decomposing Man (Stereo)

6. Lost Time In Cordoba (Stereo)

7. Tigermoth (Stereo)

8. Spectral Mornings (Stereo)

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Track List: Wolflight

1. Out Of The Body

2. Wolflight

3. Love Song To A Vampire

4. The Wheel's Turning

5. Corycian Fire

6. Earthshine

7. Loving Sea

8. Black Thunder

9. Dust And Dreams

10. Heart Song

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Track List: Genesis Revisited: Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Disc 1

1. Dance On A Volcano (Live)

2. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (Live)

3. Fly On A Windshield (Live)

4. Broadway Melody Of 1974 (Live)

5. Carpet Crawlers (Live)

6. Return Of The Giant Hogweed (Live)

7. The Musical Box (Live)

8. Horizons (Live)

9. Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers (Live)

10. In That Quiet Earth (Live)

11. Afterglow (Live)

12. I Know What I Like (Live)

Disc 2

1. Firth Of Fifth (Live)

2. Ripples (Live)

3. The Fountain Of Salmacis (Live)

4. Supper's Ready (Live)

5. Watcher Of The Skies (Live)

6. Los Endos (Live)

Disc 3
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Track List: Genesis Revisited II: Selection

1. Carpet Crawlers

2. Eleventh Earl Of Mar

3. The Lamia

4. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight

5. Entangled

6. Shadow Of The Hierophant

7. Can Utility And The Coastliners

8. Afterglow

9. Blood On The Rooftops

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Track List: Feedback '86 (Re-Issue 2013)

1. Cassandra

2. Prizefighters

3. Slot Machine

4. Stadiums Of The Damned

5. Don't Fall

6. Oh How I Love You

7. Notre Dame Des Fleurs

8. The Gulf

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Track List: Guitar Noir (Re-Issue 2013)

1. Sierra Quemada

2. Take These Pearls

3. There Are Many Sides To The Night

4. In The Heart Of The City

5. Dark As The Grave

6. Lost In Your Eyes

7. Little America

8. Like An Arrow

9. Theatre Of Sleep

10. Walking Away From Rainbows

11. Paint Your Picture

12. Vampire With A Healthy Appetite

13. Tristesse

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Track List: Wild Orchids (2013 Reissue)

1. Transylvanian Express

2. Waters Of The Wild

3. Set Your Compass

4. Down Street

5. A Girl Called Linda

6. Blue Child

7. To A Close

8. Ego And Id

9. Man In The Long Black Coat

10. Cedars Of Lebanon

11. Wolfwork

12. Why

13. She Moves In Memories

14. The Fundamentals Of Brainwashing

15. Howl

16. A Dark Night In Toytown

17. Until The Last Butterfly

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Track List: Till We Have Faces (2013 Reissue)

1. What's My Name

2. Rio Connection

3. Matilda Smith-Williams Home For The Aged

4. Let Me Count The Ways

5. Doll That's Made In Japan

6. Duel

7. Myopia

8. Taking The Easy Way Out

9. Gulf

10. Stadiums Of The Damned

11. When You Wish Upon A Star

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Track List: Genesis Revisited I (Re-Issue 2013)

1. Watcher Of The Skies

2. Dance On A Volcano

3. Valley Of The Kings

4. Deja Vu

5. Firth Of Fifth

6. For Absent Friends

7. Your Own Special Way

8. Fountain Of Salmacis

9. Waiting Room Only

10. I Know What I Like

11. Los Endos

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Track List: Darktown (Re-Issue Version)

1. Omega Metallicus

2. Darktown

3. Man Overboard

4. The Golden Age Of Steam

5. Days Of Long Ago

6. Dreaming With Open Eyes

7. Twice Around The Sun

8. Rise Again

9. Jane Austen's Door

10. Darktown Riot

11. In Memoriam

12. Flame

13. Coming Home To The Blues

14. Fast Flower

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Track List: To Watch The Storms (Re-Issue 2013)

1. Strutton Ground

2. Circus Of Becoming

3. The Devil Is An Englishman

4. Frozen Statues

5. Mechanical Bride

6. Wind, Sand And Stars

7. Brand New

8. This World

9. Rebecca

10. The Silk Road

11. Pollution B

12. Fire Island

13. Marijuana Assassin Of Youth

14. Come Away

15. The Moon Under Water

16. Serpentine Song

17. If You Only Knew

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Track List: Genesis Revisited II

Disc 1

1. The Chamber Of 32 Doors

2. Horizons

3. Supper's Ready

4. The Lamia

5. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight

6. Fly On A Windshield

7. Broadway Melody Of 1974

8. The Musical Box

9. Can-Utility And The Coastliners

10. Please Don't Touch

Disc 2

1. Blood On The Rooftops

2. The Return Of The Giant Hogweed

3. Entangled

4. Eleventh Earl Of Mar

5. Ripples

6. Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers...

7. ...In That Quiet Earth

8. Afterglow

9. A Tower Struck Down

10. Camino Royale

11. Shadow Of The Hierophant

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Track List: Til These Eyes - Single

1. Til These Eyes

2. Enter The Night (Radio Mix)

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Track List: Beyond The Shrouded Horizon

Disc 1

1. Loch Lomond

2. The Pheonix Flown

3. Wanderlust

4. Til These Eyes

5. Prairie Angel

6. A Place Called Freedom

7. Between The Sunset & The Coconut Palms

8. Waking To Life

9. Two Faces Of Cairo

10. Looking For Fantasy

11. Summer's Breath

12. Catwalk

13. Turn This Island Earth

Disc 2
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Track List: Live Rails (Live)

Disc 1

1. Intro (Live)

2. Every Day (Live)

3. Fire On The Moon (Live)

4. Emerald And Ash (Live)

5. Ghost In The Glass (Live)

6. Ace Of Wands (Live)

7. Pollution C (Live)

8. The Steppes (Live)

9. Slogans (Live)

10. Serpentine Song (Live)

11. Tubehead (Live)

Disc 2

1. Spectral Mornings (Live)

2. Firth Of Fifth (Live)

3. Blood On The Rooftops (Live)

4. Fly On A Windshield (Live)

5. Broadway Melody Of 1974 (Live)

6. Sleepers (Live)

7. Still Waters (Live)

8. Los Endos (Live)

9. Clocks (Live)

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Track List: Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth

Disc 1

1. Fire On The Moon

2. Nomads

3. Emerald And Ash

4. Tubehead

5. Sleepers

6. Ghost In The Glass

7. Still Waters

Disc 2

1. Blood On The Rooftops

2. A Tower Struck Down

3. Firth Of Fifth

4. Fly On A Windshield

5. Broadway Melody Of 1974

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Track List: Cured (Bonus Edition) (Remastered)

1. Hope I Don't Wake

2. Picture Postcard

3. Can't Let Go

4. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare

5. Funny Feeling

6. A Cradle Of Swans

7. Overnight Sleeper

8. Turn Back Time

9. Tales Of The Riverbank

10. Second Chance

11. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (Live)

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Track List: Highly Strung (Bonus Edition) [2007 Remaster]

1. Camino Royale (2007 Digital Remaster)

2. Cell 151 (2007 Digital Remaster)

3. Always Somewhere Else (2007 - Remaster;)

4. Walking Through Walls (2007 Digital Remaster)

5. Give It Away (2007 Digital Remaster)

6. Weightless (2007 Digital Remaster)

7. Group Therapy (2007 Digital Remaster)

8. India Rubber Man (2007 Digital Remaster)

9. Hackett To Pieces (2007 Digital Remaster)

10. Guitar Boogie (2007 Digital Remaster)

11. Walking Through Walls (12")

12. Time Lapse At Milton Keynes (2007 Digital Remaster)

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Track List: Wild Orchids

1. A Dark Night In Toytown

2. Waters Of The Wild

3. Set Your Compass

4. Down Street

5. A Girl Called Linda

6. To A Close

7. Ego & Id

8. Man In The Long Black Coat

9. Wolfwork

10. Why

11. She Moves In Memories

12. The Fundamentals Of Brainwashing

13. Howl

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Track List: Spectral Mornings ((Bonus Edition) [Remastered])

1. Every Day (2005 Digital Remaster)

2. The Virgin And The Gypsy (2005 Digital Remaster)

3. The Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere (2005 Digital Remaster)

4. Clocks - The Angel of Mons (2005 - Remaster)

5. The Ballad Of The Decomposing Man (2005 Digital Remaster)

6. Lost Time In Cordoba (2005 Digital Remaster)

7. Tigermoth (2005 Digital Remaster)

8. Spectral Mornings (2005 Digital Remaster)

9. Everyday (Alternate Mix)

10. The Virgin And The Gypsy (Alternate Mix)

11. Tigermoth (Alternate Mix)

12. The Ballad Of The Decomposing Man (Alternate Mix)

13. Clocks - The Angel Of Mons (Single Version)

14. Live Acoustic Section

15. Tigermoth (Live)

16. The Caretaker

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Track List: To Watch The Storms

1. Strutton Ground

2. Circus Of Becoming

3. The Devil Is An Englishman

4. Frozen Statues

5. Mechanical Bride

6. Wind, Sand And Stars

7. Brand New

8. This World

9. Rebecca

10. The Silk Road

11. Come Away

12. The Moon Under Water

13. Serpentine Song

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Track List: The Unauthorised Biography

1. Narnia

2. Hackett To Pieces

3. Don't Fall Away From Me

4. Spectral Mornings

5. The Steppes

6. The Virgin And The Gypsy

7. The Air Conditioned Nightmare

8. Cell 151

9. Slogans

10. Icarus Ascending

11. Prayers And Dreams

12. Star Of Sirius

13. Hammer In The Sand

14. Ace Of Wands

15. Hoping Love Will Last

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Track List: Till We Have Faces

1. Duel

2. Matilda Smith - Williams Home For The Aged

3. Let Me Count The Ways

4. A Doll That's Made In Japan

5. Myopia

6. What's My Name

7. The Rio Connection

8. Taking The Easy Way Out

9. When You Wish Upon A Star

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Track List: Bay Of Kings (1994 Release)

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Track List: Highly Strung

1. Camino Royale

2. Cell 151

3. Always Somewhere Else

4. Walking Through Walls

5. Give It Away

6. Weightless

7. Group Therapy

8. India Rubber Man

9. Hackett To Pieces

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Track List: Cured

2. Picture Postcard

3. Can't Let Go

4. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare

5. Funny Feeling

6. A Cradle Of Swans

7. Overnight Sleeper

8. Turn Back Time

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Track List: Defector (Deluxe)

Disc 1

1. The Steppes (Remastered 2005)

2. Time To Get Out (Remastered 2005)

3. Slogans (Remastered 2005)

4. Leaving (Remastered 2005)

5. Two Vamps As Guests (Remastered 2005)

6. Jacuzzi (Remastered 2005)

7. Hammer In The Sand (Remastered 2005)

8. The Toast (Remastered 2005)

9. The Show (Remastered 2005)

10. Sentimental Institution (Remastered 2005)

11. Hercules Unchained (Remastered 2005)

12. Sentimental Institution (Live At The Theatre Royal, London / 1979)

Disc 2

1. The Air Conditioned Nightmare (Live At Reading Festival, Reading / 1981)

2. Every Day (Live At Reading Festival, Reading / 1981)

3. Ace Of Wands (Live At Reading Festival, Reading / 1981)

4. Funny Feeling (Live At Reading Festival, Reading / 1981)

5. The Steppes (Live At Reading Festival, Reading / 1981)

6. Overnight Sleeper (Live At Reading Festival, Reading / 1981)

7. Slogans (Live At Reading Festival, Reading / 1981)

8. A Tower Struck Down (Live At Reading Festival, Reading / 1981)

9. Spectral Mornings (Live At Reading Festival, Reading / 1981)

10. The Show (Live At Reading Festival, Reading / 1981)

11. Clocks - The Angel Of Mons (Live At Reading Festival, Reading / 1981)

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Track List: Defector

1. The Steppes

2. Time To Get Out

3. Slogans

4. Leaving

5. Two Vamps As Guests

6. Jacuzzi

7. Hammer In The Sand

8. The Toast

9. The Show

10. Sentimental Institution

11. Hercules Unchained

12. Sentimental Institution (Live)

13. The Steppes (Live)

14. Slogans (Live)

15. Clocks / The Angel Of Mons (Live)

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Track List: Spectral Mornings (Deluxe)

Disc 1

1. Every Day (Remastered 2005)

2. The Virgin And The Gypsy (Remastered 2005)

3. The Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere (Remastered 2005)

4. Clocks - The Angel Of Mons (Remastered 2005)

5. The Ballad Of The Decomposing Man (Remastered 2005)

6. Lost Time In Cordoba (Remastered 2005)

7. Tigermoth (Remastered 2005)

8. Spectral Mornings (Remastered 2005)

9. Every Day (Single Version)

10. Clocks - The Angel Of Mons (Single Version; 2005 Digital Remaster)

11. The Caretaker

Disc 2

1. Every Day (Stereo Mix)

2. The Virgin And The Gypsy (Stereo Mix)

3. The Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere (Stereo Mix)

4. Clocks - The Angel Of Mons (Stereo Mix)

5. The Ballad Of The Decomposing Man (Stereo Mix)

6. Lost Time In Cordoba (Stereo Mix)

7. Tigermoth (Stereo Mix)

8. Spectral Mornings (Stereo Mix)

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Track List: Spectral Mornings

1. Every Day

2. The Virgin And The Gypsy

3. The Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere

4. Clocks-The Angel Of Mons

5. The Ballad Of The Decomposing Man

6. Lost Time In Cordoba

7. Tigermoth

8. Spectral Mornings

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Track List: Please Don't Touch (Deluxe)

Disc 1

1. Narnia

2. Carry On Up The Vicarage

3. Racing In A

4. Kim

5. How Can I?

6. Hoping Love Will Last

7. Land Of A Thousand Autumns

8. Please Don't Touch

9. The Voice Of Necam

10. Icarus Ascending

11. Narnia (John Perry Vocal Version)

12. Seven Of Cups

13. Narnia (Alternative Version)

Disc 2

1. Narnia

2. Carry On Up The Vicarage

3. Racing In A

4. Kim

5. How Can I?

6. Hoping Love Will Last

7. Land Of A Thousand Autumns

8. Please Don’t Touch

9. The Voice Of Necam

10. Icarus Ascending

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Track List: Please Don't Touch! [2005 Remaster]

1. Narnia

2. Carry On Up The Vicarage

3. Racing In A

4. Kim

5. How Can I?

6. Hoping Love Will Last

7. Land Of A Thousand Autumns

8. Please Don't Touch

9. The Voice Of Necam

10. Icarus Ascending

11. Narnia (John Perry Vocal Version)

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Track List: Voyage Of The Acolyte [2005 Remaster]

1. Ace Of Wands

3. A Tower Struck Down

5. The Hermit

6. Star Of Sirius

7. The Lovers

8. Shadow Of The Hierophant

10. Shadow Of The Hierophant (Extended Playout Version)

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rabbitwench
I just saw Steve Hackett in concert last night. He is a legend.
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atartagl8
Has anyone noticed the wrong lyrics are posted on Pandora. Pandora has posted the lyrics for Fireside Song.
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Singer stinks on Firth of Fifth too. Why does he get such lousy vocalists?
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jchaldu
My guitar hero since I first played the Foxtrot LP so many years ago. Still innovating and touring.
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Great to see Hackett on here. He's awesome. Great write up too.
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Singer is struggling on Blood on the Rooftops.
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A great musician and writer. A shame so few know him......... y e t we few do and love him.
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Just got to see Steve in Boulder Colorado last week. What a show. He took the roof off!
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agree with best guitarist and damn glad to have been born 1960 as well to enjoy the Genesis evolution for Gabriel to Phil and Chester and eventually Daryl on guitar...... . . . . a m a z i n g ! !
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Honestly, I feel he is probably the greatest guitarist ever. Keep it up Steve!
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Follow the Facebook page: The Steve Hackett Appreciation Society ����������
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Grew up with an initiate. Life knowing Steve Has and never will be the same... The economy and the acid have all changed. A more wonderful period of my life discovering Genesis with Peter and then seeing them on their own with a Trick of the tale with Chester and Phil doing double drums changed the way I saw Genesis for the rest of my life.
I was a very lucky man to be born in 1960.
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Great guitar player! And very overlooked ! IMHO
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Mr. Hackett way ahead of his time.The sound he creates is unlike any other guitarists on the planet. Thank you .Saw
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Steven my battery is. Drying out I hop




Steve I HOPE there's away YOU can find this revise


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Ludiz56 hey guys enjoy it , cause when they're gone ; we'll cry for more , ( same thing happened with MOZART, VERDI AND THE REST OF AMAZING GUYS ) for now we are bless to still have him among us so we can enjoy this genius like: Steve Howe , David Gilmore , Hackett , Anthony Philips jan Ackerman Andrew latimer roger waters and no too many more. You know I love this kind of music so much that I hope we can listen it in heaven. NOTE : after the classic music era the world had to wait till the 40's
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Oh bloody hell Steve I wish I would have KNOWN YOU were working on this project. There has to BE a way to get in touch. Bless YOUR OLD friend DON, Say do YOU still have that wrist watch...goin g back to when you kicked over YOUR Amp at the start of your second set AT BB KINGS, luv to get myself ONE
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVE!! 2/12/14 THANKS FOR YOUR INSPIRATION! !
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The Steve Hackett Music Society on Facebook - 63,000 members. Check it out!
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Phil can rock my world any time np onr compair s
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The interesting thing he does in his 2 hand tapping technique is he uses his thumb nail instead of his finger tip to hammer on the string.When I shook his hand I noticed how long his nails were! And his hand was cold! Another cool technique he does is on his pinky finger he has a small slide that fits over his pinky on his right hand and uses it as a sort of screeching affect.Most players use the slide on the left hand. He uses that affect at the end of a phrase or riff for punctuality. V e r y cool
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Actually Daryl Stuermer handled the guitar/bass duties on the live tours, while Rutherford handled it on the studio recordings. Of course all this was done post Hackett. The finger fret technique that your referring to is actually loosely called 2 hand tapping (hammering on & off).The earliest example would be on Return of the Giant Hogweed on Nursery Cryme. Steve is in my top 5 guitarists of all time. Got to briefly meet him a couple of times.Love his approach & technique, he's very orchestral.
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Hugely under rated. Apparently he invented that super fast finger fret method that was later used by people like Eddie Van Halen (I am not a guitarist). You can find examples of that sound on earlier Genesis records. Saw him in 79 on Spectral Mornings and actually, corny as it sounds, had a life changing experience, such beuaty, emotion, such power. Then later in England, 81, 84. No one does atmospherics like Steve. Hoping to catch him one more time but he doesn't play much US where I now live.
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ian.myles.ma c d o n a l d
Good bio. I really enjoy the Dark Town cd. It never gets mentioned in biographies which is a shame...
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Going to see him in Albany- Genesis Revisited. Can't wait!
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Oh yeah, except for forgetting Peters and Phils careers.
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Steve was not the guitarist during Genesis' most commercially successful years, Mike Rutherford handled both bass and guitar duties. Otherwise, an excellent bio.
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You know, Voyage of the Acolyte seems as if it should be a film score or the background music to A Wrinkle in Time. He also did Till We Have Faces(great book) as an album so maybe he had the same thought.
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You know, Voyage of the Acolyte seems as if it should be a film score or the background music to A Wrinkle in Time. He also did Till We Have Faces(great book) as an album so maybe he had the same thought.
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one of the most beautiful tunes ever composed - steve is the master of melody -harmonic beauty - love the synth guitar and his brother john plays a ton of flutes - fantastic
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LOVE IT!!! LOVE IT!!! LOVEIT!!!!-H I G H SCHOOL DAYS!!!!!-PH I L COLLINS AND PETER GABRIEL!!!!- G R E A T N E S S ! ! - T H E N Mike and THE MECHANICS-NO T H I N G BETTER!!!!!
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yes i agree acolyte is terrific still have it on vinyl
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cowniew
Just one more thing. The length and depth of the bio, one of the better ones on Pandora adds much credibility to the fact that he is one of the best and most underrated rock guitarists.
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cowniew
I'm believing that this is the page for comments on 'Voyage of the Acolyte' by Steve Hackett of Genesis. So I'll just say what needs to be said. This is one of the finest solo albums by a great musician from a great band. It is solid all the way through.Also one of the most overlooked albums ever.
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I'll never forget him playing Spectral Mornings with GTR at the Wharfield Theater in SF. Steve is the unsung hero of Progressive Rock. His music defines big themes and an Anthem sound.
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I met Steve before the Spectral Mornings tour show in Atlanta, as he was walking in the front door. Awesome show. Saw Genesis in the Fox theater for the Wind and Wuthering show. Best show, venue combo ever.
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Genesis revisited was not a live record.
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avocadolemon
To the comment below: The reviewer was thinking of "best" not financially but in terms of the quality of both the music and the lyrics. It would be great to have a collection of all of Mr. Hackett's classical guitar compositions in once place; they are simply wonderful. I guess you could do it with I Tunes, but it would take quite a bit of time.
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Too bad there aren't more like this guy. Very understated and underrated, yet one of my favorites of all time. His beautiful, eerie, and powerful compositions are a testament to a musician who continues to believe in what he does and perfect his sound.

I'm glad he continues to wear the "prog rock" badge with pride, even if he won't label himself into a corner that way. Truly one of the best of our time.
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My favorite guitar player!
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I like that Hackett proudly does the prog-rock thing. Wish he could've hung in w/ Genesis a little longer, once they all got to the point that solo albums were an accepted practice. But I do love the '78-'81 Genesis stuff too.
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jbrzykcy
Steve Hackett and Tony Banks WERE the Genesis sound, with atmospheric composition and musicianship that have been unequalled since. Commercial success hardly is a strong indicator of depth, sophisticati o n and the ability to touch the soul. How I miss the early days, with the combination of talent that Genesis had; and wonder now what this band would have produced had they remained together. Perhaps
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Uh, I love Mr. Hackett and all, but what was this reviewer thinking when he wrote that Steve was there "during their best years as both a progressive and commercial band" He had the progressive part right, but Hackett left in '77. A Trick of the Tail is my favorite album ever recorded, but comparativel y speaking, I wouldn't exactly call it a commercial success.
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EVERYBODY DIGS STEVE!!!!
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I love Hackett's playing and thinking, which is increasingly mature and rich. But I have to smile at the reviewer's opening that after Genesis, "Hackett has come the farthest as a star performer and composer in his own right." Yeah, too bad that Peter Gabriel guy didn't pan out... :-)
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steve hackett is not only an amazing guitarist he is one of the best composers to come out of the world of music,he has never been satisfied with just dazzling people with his guitar skills - he has always put arrangement and melodic superiority first,he is a mystic with a gtr and he is one of the best guitarist on this planet- its not always about how many notes you can play - with steve hackett its always been about creating atmosphere - listen to steve and float away.
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<-----Me and Steve @ the Tarrytown Music Hall 7/16/10 for his "acoustic trio" show, (with Roger King on keys and Rob Townshend on "all things blown" as Steve said in his band introduction s . Phenominal show and meeting one of my idols in person after was icing on the cake!!!
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I first saw Steve Hackett live at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in 1975 for The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour. I remember thinking "How could anyone be that good on guitar ?" But much to my amazement... H a c k e t t only got better in the years that followed.
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steve hackett is an exceptionall y gifted artist its too bad the radio stations don't give him fair play. I guess they don't know what they are missing..... . . . . . . . . .
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Am seeing him for the umpteenth time July 1 in Cleveland. An angel with a guitar....yo u go, Steve!
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