3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
There seem to be two or three versions of this excellent 1993 album from the ever inventive, always eclectic Steve Hackett. My review (with any luck) is of the one pictured, remastered in 1997 and reissued by InsideOut/Wolfwork in 2013. Its last track is Tristesse (rather than another track, with which another edition appears to end).
Things get off to a fine start with Sierra Quemada, and there's a marvellous number called Lost in Your Eyes, featuring storming harmonica (oh yes!) played by the man himself.
Lana Turner, Orson Welles, Richard Pryor and Fred & Ginger all get namechecks in the superb Little America, which has some gritty guitar work from Hackett.
The beautiful acoustic guitar-led Walking Away From Rainbows and There Are Many Sides To The Night are just two more intriguing tracks on this fascinating musical adventure.
This is a set of varied songs that just gets better the more you hear it. There's lots of great guitar - not too much of it 'synthed-up' as on other SH records - of both the electric and acoustic varieties.
What's also striking is the confidence of Steve's singing, his moody baritone not for a moment making you wish he'd got in someone else to do the vocals.
There is a battalion of Steve Hackett albums out there now, but this is one to be reckoned with, as interestingly various as his early classics, and full of ideas, as we've come to expect from this unique artist.
Very, very good!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2013
This version has a different runnion order. It opens with "Sierra Quemada" a superb instrumental with a great guitar job that carries the song all the way. It ranks among one of his best songs. His guitar work is among his best, delicate and at the same tims rocks with his signature sound.
The album is full of delicate accousting driven songs "Take these Pearls", "There Are Many Sides to the Night" and "Walkin away from Rainbows" are all pretty songs.
"In the Heart of the City" he explores sounds that will lead him to his next and very best solo album.
This cd is simply a great Steve Hackett album full of his best guitar sound and tecnique, and great compositions. When you hear a SH album, is a journey that has many musical colours and sounds, but at the same time, it holds very well as a unit. He is definetly the most complete and versatile guitar player in Rock ! He can play Blues, Rock, Classical, Accoustic and who knows what else !
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2004
Being familiar with all Steve's albums, I was expecting this album to be good, but not necessarily a 'classic' in the mould of his first 3 solo albums (VOTA, PDT, SM). However, I was pleasantly surprised - this album has everything - all Steve's hallmarks, & ranks alongside his first 3 in my opinion.