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A Life Within a Day

4 Jun. 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 26 Nov. 2012
  • Release Date: 4 Jun. 2012
  • Label: Esoteric Recordings
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Esoteric Antenna
  • Total Length: 46:15
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  • ASIN: B0085XF5SQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,297 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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...This is my Soundtrack for the Summer.

No, of course it's not Voyage of the Acolyte meets Fish Out of Water, as others have rightly implied. Those styles were 37 years ago. More like Hackett's recent albums, with the solid Roger King programming influence - which personally I like, it gives the tracks form. And if you've heard Squire's solo vocal (The Man You Always Wanted Me To Be) - which I thought was a standout track - from last year's Yes album Fly From Here, you'll get the idea.

This is not heavy, intense prog, by any means. It's upbeat, it lifts the spirits. Both Messrs Squire and Hackett have remarried in recent years, so perhaps there is a certain middle-aged contentment that serves as an undercurrent to keep these tracks rocking along most appealingly. And why not? There are Many Sides to the Day.

I've always liked Squire vocals, and Hackett's vocals have improved with age and experience. But it's as if you get three varieties of lead vocal on this album. Each of the latter, plus when they combine (assisted by Steve's sister-in-law on bv's, quite right too) it's like a whole new entity that sounds distinct in its own right - 'Mr Squackett' perhaps.

And let's not forget the utterly delicious lead guitar flourishes of Mr Hackett to add a dash of inventiveness, and the exquisitely seasoned tone of Mr Squire's bass - every note pure quality.

Tasteful booklet design from the meticulous Phil Smee, however I wouldn't have said no to a Roger Dean cover - but that's soon fixed thanks to google and a decent colour printer (whoops).

This is one album review that can definitely conclude with the word... Enjoy.
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The Squackett album was, somewhat misleadingly, advertised as "Genesis Meets Yes". I disagree. Firstly, as I have stated in other reviews, defining Steve Hackett as "like Genesis" or "the former Genesis guitarist" is both untrue and insulting to his vast bulk of work as a solo artist. Neither can Chris Squires contribution be classed as "like Yes" because, though his career is very much tied up in Yes apart from his two solo projects, without the other band members, his work does not always just sound like Yes. Both artists have their own unique styles and personalities which are not, and cannot be, defined by their past affiliations with specific bands or artists. That being said, there are one or two moments on the album that may remind fans of the two legendary prog bands.

Unfortunately for fans of Chris Squire, Steve Hackett very much dominates the album. I love Steves work but I appreciate that fans looking for Squires input may feel a little short changed. The music is invariably interesting and sophisticated and time has obviously been spent crafting and perfecting each one and having listened to this album many times over, I can confidently (and hopefully objectively, though it's up to you to decide if you trust me) say that I do not think there is a single bad track on the album. I apologise because I realise this review is long but I have tried, where possible and appropriate, to include references and comparisons for fans of both Steve Hackett and Chris Squire because they may not always overlap.

A Life Within A Day will remind Hackett fans of his latest album Beyond The Shrouded Horizon and Steve Hackett very quickly takes control of this track.
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An excellent record not only for any prog fan, but a really good music job !!! The 5.1 version is an ultimate version for High Fidelity listeners...really fine.
Unfortunately the limited edition gatefold LP is a low quality vinyl and it shows some scratches on surfaces...not even the best for a collection item. What a pity...
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Downloaded this and have given it several listens for a fair review.

Firstly through interviews, we were told this was classic Genesis meets Yes. Don't go expecting Dance On A Volcano crossed with Yours Is No Disgrace though which is what I was expecting.
Personally I don't think this meets the mould. I'd personally say it's a bit closer to GTR meets 90125 crossed with some Zeppelin and The Beatles which is no bad thing.
Makes a decent hybrid actually..

A Life Within A Day - Probably the albums most prog orientated track. I'd more say it's Yes crossed with Led Zeppelin with a heavy Kashmir type riff. A fast Yes type
jazzy middle section really lifts this track into the class!!
Tall Ships - Opens with a nice acoustic part from Steve giving way to a bass riff from Squire leading to a chorus that smoothly sails in (excuse the pun). Great track.
Divided Self - Starts with a Beatles type riff from Steve. Basically a pop tune with a nice solo from Steve.
Aliens - This one sticks out like a sore thumb (sorry Chris). The melody and playing is actually quite nice but the lyric just stands out as a bit wierd.
Sea Of Smiles - Good catchy chorus on this one. One of the albums strongest tracks.
The Summer Backwards - Another Beatles(y) type track. Nice one this. Quaint. Seems to finish too early though.
Storm Chasers - The albums 2nd heavy number. A thumping Zeppelin type drum beat with Steve taking lead vocals.
Can't Stop The Rain - Classic Squire on this one. The albums best track for me. Could've sat nicely on Fish Out Of Water 2.
Perfect Love Song - Joined onto the last track. A great riff from Steve. A nice closer.

To sum up a pretty strong album. The production is excellent and the vocals are perfectly layered in.
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