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Hackett shows just what Genesis lost when he departed,
This review is from: Genesis Revisited (Remastered) (Audio CD)
A great introduction for anyone who came to Genesis later in the Phil Collins era and a) wants to explore their back catalogue, or b) wants to understand what Steve Hackett brought to the 'classic' five piece line up during the early 1970s.
"Watcher of the Skies", "For Absent Friends" and "Firth of Fifth" are superior to their original versions and the whole album benefits from the orchestral arrangement which adds a greater depth of feeling to the Genesis tracks.
Why Hackett chose to add non-Genesis tracks is a mystery when versions of "Horizons", "Blood on the Rooftops", "In that Quiet Earth", etc, would have better suited this collection, so for Genesis purists, the more recent Hackett album "Genesis files" may be a better choice as it includes those tracks 'dropped' from this album.
If you're new to the music of Hackett or the early Genesis stuff and you like this then go out and buy "Selling England by the Pound" (Genesis, 1974) for the 'classic' Gabriel-era album, and hunt down a copy of Hackett's 1999 "Darktown" album which builds on the mood and feel of this album demonstrating that the revisiting of the Genesis catalogue has given Hackett a fresh spark of creativity.