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Voyage Of The Acolyte [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Steve Hackett Audio CD
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Steve Hackett is renowned as an immensely talented and innovative rock musician. He was lead guitarist with Genesis as part of their classic line up with Gabriel, Collins, Banks and Rutherford, that produced acclaimed albums such as Selling England by the Pound (a favourite of John Lennon). With Steve's extraordinary versatility in both his electric guitar playing and his composing, he ... Read more in Amazon's Steve Hackett Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Sep 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000AM1TGC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Ace Of Wands (2005 - Remaster) 5:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Hands of the Priestess (Part 1) (2005 - Remaster) 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Star Of Sirius (2005 Digital Remaster) 7:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Lovers (2005 Digital Remaster) 1:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Shadow Of The Hierophant (2005 Digital Remaster)11:432.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ace Of Wands (Live) (2005 Digital Remaster) 6:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Shadow Of The Hierophant (Extended Playout Version)17:012.49  Buy MP3 


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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Genesis than Genesis! 26 Sep 2005
By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
After Peter Gabriel left Genesis, the remaining members took some time out to decide on what to do next. Guitarist Steve Hackett worked on his first solo album and the results were almost a Genesis album in all but name, with both Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford making guest appearances.
It is clear from this album that Steve's contributions within Genesis were very significant indeed. The same autumnal, English, pastoral feel that pervaded albums such as "Foxtrot" and "Selling England By the Pound" is prevalent on "Voyage Of The Acolyte". This album has a dark, haunting feel to it, emphasised by brother John's flute playing and the heavy use of mellotron and acoustic guitar. The album opens with the storming instrumental "Ace Of Wands" which has become a firm live favourite ever since. Hackett is very, very good at writing rock instrumentals. His back catalogue is littered with brilliantly executed pieces like "Clocks", "Sierra Quemada" and "Twice Around The Sun". Next up is the beautifully haunting "Hands Of The Priestess Part 1". This then segues straight into the fuzzy menace of "A Tower Struck Down", another classic instrumental. "Star Of Sirius" is significant in featuring a lead vocal from Phil Collins, a sign of things to come. The album is completed with the mighty "Shadow Of The Hierophant", with beautiful lead vocals by Sally Oldfield and ending with typical instrumental aplomb.
This was an excellent debut for Hackett. A bridge between the Genesis of old and the new and emphatically showcased not just what an excellent instrumentalist Hackett was, but that he had the compositional skills to match. Eventually the success of this album and his frustrations working within the confines of the band would lead to his departure.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top notch prog from Genesis axeman ... 24 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
The first of a slew of great value reissues of the former Genesis axeman’s solo output, 1975’s Voyage Of The Acolyte was made shortly after the release of the band’s Lamb Lies Down On Broadway and the departure of singer Peter Gabriel.
It was a time of solo projects for the band: Phil Collins drumming with Brand X (amongst others) and Mike Rutherford working on projects with former member, guitarist Anthony Philips.
Hackett’s guitar-work played a major role in trade-marking the Genesis sound and with Collins and Rutherford guesting here together with Sally Oldfield, this debut complements well the band’s period prog output.
Performance and production values are constantly high and the album showcases Hackett’s compositional talents, herein applied to a form of concept album based on the Tarot, with each track based on an individual card.
Cello and oboe vie with mellotron and ARP synth in a space occupied in the main by Hackett’s precise yet fluid playing, with plenty of variation of pace and runs of pure melody punched with sufficient staccato dissonance as to keep us sitting up and paying attention.
Critical and public acclaim greeted the release of this record, boosted here with a live version of "Ace Of Wands" and an extended 17-minute version of "Shadow Of the Hierophant" almost solely asserting its credentials as a slice of top notch prog of the time.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely album re-visited! 27 Mar 2007
By DSR VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I remember a sunny afternoon over 30 years ago when a customer visited the audio dealers where I worked clutching a couple of LP's that were to become a big part of my listening sessions over the years. One was "Olias Of Sunhillow" by Jon Anderson and the other was this beautiful outing by Steve Hackett.

The music here is very haunting. It draws you in with great textures of light and shade to keep you on your toes. I wasn't a big fan of Genesis then (Trick Of The Tail changed all that!), but I can now see that the music on this recording shows just what a big part of Genesis Steve was. This may be regarded as a "prog" album by many, but it's stood the test of time far better than many prog LP's of the period in my view.

Along with many others I bought the CD as soon as it was available to replace my well played LP and it exhibited many of the failings of the LP, namely distortion in the kick bass and a certain thin-ness of tone typical of CD's made from masters intended for LP production. The re-mastering here has restored much of the "body" of tone, making the acoustic instruments sound much better and more natural. The distortion's still there a bit, but nothing like as noticeable as before.

In a time when I should be putting my money into new music, I can't help but return to some of my favourites and replace them with the latest issues, especially at the prices they can be obtained for. This a supremely rewarding album to listen to and I can't recommend it highly enough.

In closing, I wish some of the great "unwashed" looking newby bands (all beginning with "The *****") would take a listen to Dads old Genesis LP's, together with other great music from this era - the sort John Peel used to play(!)- Maybe then they'd learn just how far they need to go to come anywhere near great artists like this......

RECOMMENDED!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good as I remembered, but clearer :-) 18 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
A good "remastering" can make such a difference to an original analogue recording. I was not always impressed with some of the earlier attempts to remove the snap, crackle, and pop from some albums, and in removing the analogue "hiss" they removed the soul of the music, and left it digitized and sterile.
Fortunately, things have got so much better. This is a stunning example of how to clean up a Great cd and turn it into Fantastic cd.
Sure, you still have the source limitations, but as I have the original release and now this one, you simply cant fail to hear the difference. Cleaner, brighter, and alive....
If you like Steve Hacket, this is one album you have to have. This version, is the ONLY one to have.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Album....
More of trip down memory lane for me. "Ace of Wands" is one of my favourites. A proper 70s album created by the mind of an artist from the pool of "genius".
Published 4 months ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Voyage of the Acolyte
Received this and love it ,not heard for years
Only worry is I ordered this along with 3 other Hackett cds but somehow not received as a bulk order ... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Markie
5.0 out of 5 stars Minerva
Great lp by Steve One of is best and I'm only in my thirtys remember when I herd this when I was 14 great record
Published 8 months ago by mr m e keirle
5.0 out of 5 stars jonno h
bought this album on vinyl in the mid to late 80s very diverse sounds loads keyboard work besides hacketts brilliance shows what a great writer he is
Published 9 months ago by gypstock
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Gorgeous
Steve's first solo outing and well worth the time adding to your record collection. A wide variety of material; some very subtle and beautiful. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Prog Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars A BLAST OF THE OLD PROG!
An amazing glorious album that I've known off this very early 80s and finally got my hands on it.
All the songs are stellar even though HACKETT was limited with options with... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Alberto Fasoli
3.0 out of 5 stars Voyage of the acolyte
Some cool stuff here,some a bit boring - see "bonus" tracks which fill up some space without adding much new.If you're a big fan it'll while away a bit of your life.
Published 15 months ago by P. S. Addison
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
I bought the vinyl when it was first issued. I thought it was about time to buy the CD. However it was not as good as I remembered.
Published 16 months ago by Mr C. M. Stock
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Hackett Album.
Dated by its genre and sound, but who cares. Collins a barrage, and Hackett going all out too. This album is a big part of my childhood so it has nostalgic appeal but more than... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mouxie
5.0 out of 5 stars Harmonious in every job Steve.
Harmonious in every job Steve. Recommended listening not only to fans of progressive, but to all lovers of any fine, unformatted music.
Published 17 months ago by Igor
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