Place this CD in your system, turn the sucker up, and wait till the end of the second verse of "In the Heart of the City", when the power and beauty of the drums and bass come in to kick everything into gear! Gorgeous! Like someone else said about one of the songs on one of his other albums, I too would buy the album just on the strength of this one song! There's interesting vocal harmonies during the chorus, and nice production. But there's much much more. Steve's voice isn't bad, kind of reminding me of a cross between Roger Waters and John Wetton (who, incidentelly, does a nice job on Steve's album, "Genesis Revisited"). And like probably every Steve Hackett album, there's at least one of those ominous, eerie, semi-heavy pieces, this time being the great creepy "Vampyre With a Healthy Appetite", again begging to be played LOUD! Steve even manages to throw in a Paul Butterfield-like Harmonica solo, and later, a magnificently arranged killer guitar solo, that deserves to be called a classic, ending off the song.
There's a good deal of variety here, and on the second disc we have a nice live acoustic set with Steve playing lovely classical guitar, later accompanied by keyboard, even doing a nice job on blues harp once again (harmonica, for non-musicians who might not be familiar with that term), a great lengthy set, except for one song that has an unusually simple (for Steve) ascending three chord progression, that almost sounds like a filler.
But overall, this two-disc set is a great statement of what Steve was doing in the early '90s, and like most Steve Hackett albums you get much more than you would from a lot of other artists. And the absurd low price!! I hope he's going to release the much adored "Darktown" with another album, in the same way, since it seems to be unavailable.