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4.0 out of 5 stars
Hackett re-opens the musical box, 22 Oct 2012
It's been 16 years since Steve Hackett originally revisited his early career with Genesis (1971-77). That volume proved to be a mixed bag for Genesis fans - he bravely/foolishly decided to go off on some major detours with those tracks (notably the middle section of 'Firth of Fifth' and adding Brazillian percussion to 'Los Endos' - always interesting, but thought by some to have gone too far afield from the originals, perhaps.
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.