- Vinyl (22 Oct. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 6
- Format: Box set
- Label: Century Media
- ASIN: B0094F2J92
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
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Genesis Revisited II [Limited Edition] [VINYL] Box set
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Former Genesis guitarist and prog rock icon Steve Hackett returns with Genesis Revisited II, a follow-up to 1996’s Genesis Revisited. As the title suggests, it sees Hackett reinterpreting the golden era of the great band – one in which he was crucially involved – while also remaining true to the original spirit which produced such a remarkable string of timeless songs. Four vinyl records and two CDs packaged in a gatefold sleeve, this release focuses on the Genesis tracks where the guitar reigned supreme, as well as some of the band's best tracks and four songs originally written for, but not released, by the band themselves.
Top Customer Reviews
Steve Hackett was always the member of Genesis you'd most like to spend the afternoon in a pub with (Banks too unfriendly, Rutherford too posh, Gabriel too odd and Phil too - well, um, too Phil). So it's almost impossible to be objective about this album, containing as it does music that we know every beat, note and chord of and has been part of our lives for getting on for forty years. As others have said the vocal choices don't always work, but a special mention to Francis Dunnery who does a great job on 'Dancing with the Moonlit Knight' and the closing section of 'Supper's Ready'. (If you want to know what it means to Dunnery look up his Wikaepedia page). And whisper it quietly but this really is up there with the best versions of Supper's Ready. Other highlights for me are the much underrated 'Can Utility and the Coastliners', 'Shadow of the Hierophant' and 'The Musical Box'. And at last, after thirty seven years, Steve's fantastic guitar part on 'Ripples' emerges from where it was buried under Tony Banks' Liberace impression all those years ago.
If some of the recordings on here are a little too close to the originals for some, then check out Genesis Revisited I which is a lot more experimental but still contains fantastic versions of 'Firth of Fifth' and 'Watcher of the Skies'.But in the end it's Steve's music and he can do what he likes with it. As long as it's done with respect and love, which this undoubtedly is, then that's all we can ask for and we should be on our knees thanking God (Steve) for keeping this wonderful music alive.Read more ›
Its almost pointless reviewing the songs one by one here as most will know them and have their favourites.
My favourite song isn't here though "Cinema Show" but I will let that pass as we have got "Can Utility and the Coast Liners" and "Dancing with the Moonlight Knight" as well as sections from the often overlooked "Wind and Wuthering."
This reworking of old favourites is superbly executed and has a clean brighter sound in places. My only real gripe as others have mentioned is that some of the vocalists don't "gel" very well, particularly on "Ripples." Its not that it is bad its just that the vocals are a long way from what you expect. It could grow.
So, why have I given it five stars then. Its a valiant effort and who am I really to criticise the magnificent music of such a wonderful guitarist. Not forgetting such magnificent musicians that played on the original and here on the remake. Truly "Twilights Last Gleaming.' As Phil Collins sang on "Driving the Last Spike," we will never see the likes of them again.
To the odd younger person that may stroll in here by chance I would say buy this if you want a master class in melodic, powerful and emotive prog rock. These guys never went in one direction they where omnipresent!
I will say this though, the reworking of a Tower Struck Down is almost "King Crimson" and if my memory serves me right not actually a Genesis track. Neither is Shadow of the Hierophant but lets not let a few facts get in the way of a good album.
If I can I will be there to see this live next year. Thanks Steve for such a great album.
Fast foward to 2012 and Hackett and (hugely expanded) stellar company have put together an album twice the length. This time around, he stays generally faithful to the originals, adding the occassional guitar phrase or effect here and there - perhaps mindful of his intention to tour a 2-hour show of these classics next year.
The production is immaculate as you'd expect from right-hand man and co-producer, Roger King and the attention to detail (many of the original synth sounds are lovingly recreated here, mellotrons and all, sometimes beautifully supplemented or replaced with real string players). Whether or not these will ALL get heavy rotation on your system I suppose is down to whether you can take to the vocalists. Nad Sylvan aquits himself well, but stand-out voices for me are Nik Kershaw, Francis (ex-It Bites) Dunnery, Simon Collins (yes, son of...) and Hackett himself who takes on the 'Willow farm' section of 'Supper's Ready' himself brilliantly. Maybe he should have done a bit more singing himself?
Steve also adds some 'Genesis branches' including a meaty version of 'Please Don't Touch' (which Genesis dropped during sessions for 'Wind and Wuthering'. This with the tracks from 'Voyage of the Acolyte' and a jazzy 'Camino Royale' from 'Highly Strung' suggest that a 'Hackett Revisited' project would be a fascinating prospect at some point - provided he sang his own songs...
Highly recommended for prog fans. Guarantee you will go back to originals, which is no bad thing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Skilled and beautiful renditions of old Genesis tracks, showing the complexity of the Genesis music and the talent of the assembled artists Steve Hackett brought together to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Drian
Utterly fantastic. So great to hear those fantastic tracks reworked. Thanks Steve you have produced a gem.Published 10 months ago by zen rockman
Perfecto. Brings some old Genesis classics up to date with greater emphasis on the guitar (of course!)Published 12 months ago by D. M. Roberts