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Defector (Bonus Edition) [Remastered]

Defector (Bonus Edition) [Remastered]

18 Sep 2005
4.4 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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If you're a collector of Hackett this will not disappoint. The wailing guitar, that distinct vocal of Pete Hicks and the retro track are all there (Sentimental Institution). This, his 4th solo and gold selling album is not his best and "that" track that you can't help put on repeat is not there ("The Virgin and The Gypsy" track 2 on "Spectral Mornings")but there are the classic Hackett tracks -'Time To Get Out' and 'The Show'. I sometimes feel Genesis were all the poorer for missing his input. I feel it's the direction that they really should have gone in. All in all a really good CD, just not a spectacular one.
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The liner notes say that Steve still counts this is one of his personal favourites, but I'm afraid I found it a huge disappointment after the glorious Spectral Mornings. It feels less colourful than his previous work - sometimes wintry (which is not necessarily bad, of course), sometimes just nondescript.
On the plus side, The Steppes is incredible; one of the darkest and most menacing things Steve has produced, and for me the closest he's come to sounding like my hero Terje Rypdal. Jacuzzi is the one bright and summery track, the sort destined to end up as a theme tune to a holiday programme. Hammer in the Sand is a quite haunting piece for piano and strings (and just a faint whiff of guitar-synth). But that's about it; the rest sounds either like re-runs of things he's done before (and usually better), or just sounds beneath his capabilities completely (I'm thinking of The Show in particular here.)
This remaster adds four live tracks (including the 1940s pastiche Sentimental Institution, which was a hoot to see, not that that comes across here) and the (then) uncharacteristically rocky Hercules Unchained.
So, if I dislike this album so much, why did I buy the remaster? Well, partly because I got a deal on the first four remasters, but also because I really wanted to hear proper remaster of The Steppes; and I think it was worth it for that alone.
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Steve has in this album captured everything that wasn't in Spectral Mornings. This is an album of dark brooding mysticism. Right from the start with The Steppes you are taken to a huge overwelming place of no time. By the end of the first track you are captured. Steve's guitar playing is as always breath taking to say the least, but this time we are taken on a much more Gothic trip. after you have listend to this album you can understand how Dark Town came into existance. There is not a bad track on the album. Jacuzzi reverts back to the pure exuberance of Spectral Mornings. Two Vamps As Guests again emphasizes Steve's pure mastery of the guitar with this beautiful classical piece. This Album is full of rich textures that can envoke every human emotion all contained in one CD. This is a must for any lover of pure guitar based music. If you don't have this album,look at your album rack; there's a space there crying out to be filled.
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What an album from Steve Hackett ! Starts off with the superb 'The Steppes' which always reminds me of the advert for Denim in the 70s ! The music runs seamless into 'Time to get out' and the odd sounding "slow" song (Steve was always big on humour when live !) 'Slogans'. My favourite track on the album comes next - Pete Hicks' vocals and harmonies on 'Leaving' are fantastic and lead nicely into the acoustic treat 'Two vamps as guest' which reprises the theme from 'Leaving'. Side two of the original album somewhat sagged for me but does contain an upbeat instrumental 'Jacuzzi' and a film-theme sounding 'Hammer in the sand'. 'The Toast' relegated to a b-side is quite atmospheric whilst 'The Show' (described as a "plodding dirge" in one review I read at the time) is pure disco - quite a change in style for Steve. Not half a big change in style as the last track on the album 'Sentimental Institution' which sounds like an electrically recorded 40s song ! Weird but it works.

This cd reissue contains some bonus tracks including 'Hercules Unchained' the rocky b-side to the single release on 'The Show'. Vintage Hackett.
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I discovered Steve Hackett via the single "Clocks" and as I was just 19 at the time, I rushed out and bought all his first 3 albums (Voyage of the Acolyte, Please don't touch and Spectral Mornings) in late 1979. I bought "Defector" upon its release in mid-1980 and was very pleased with it! The overall theme (a Russian defector in the 80s Cold War) lends itself very well to some beautiful musical ideas from Steve & co and I would thoroughly recommend it to any fan of Steve Hackett's solo work, or even to the most diehard Genesis fan. If you like Steve's guitar playing, you'll love this album. The final track is something of a mystery, but nonetheless wonderful! Great album!
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This was a golden era for Mr Hackett after shedding the shackles of Genesis he was really into his stride by now and his unique playing style had established him as the guitarists guitarist. The Steppes is probaly one of his most brooding pieces and builds to a wailing climax before drifitng away into the next track. If you are a budding prog guitarist Mr H is the ideal person to learn your trade from
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