- Vinyl (22 Oct. 2012)
- Limited Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 6
- Format: Box set
- Label: Century Media
- ASIN: B0094F2J92
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 145 customer reviews
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Former Genesis guitarist and prog rock icon Steve Hackett returns with Genesis Revisited II, a follow-up to 1996’s Genesis Revisited. As the title suggests, it sees Hackett reinterpreting the golden era of the great band – one in which he was crucially involved – while also remaining true to the original spirit which produced such a remarkable string of timeless songs. Four vinyl records and two CDs packaged in a gatefold sleeve, this release focuses on the Genesis tracks where the guitar reigned supreme, as well as some of the band's best tracks and four songs originally written for, but not released, by the band themselves.
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So, what's this all about then? Well it's Steve visiting old ground to effectively, bring it up to date, using a variety of different vocalists and musicians and of course, modern recording techniques. And does it work? Most certainly BUT it is pretty much a direct lift of the originals, the real clue to it not being so is the vocals, because the only thing really missing is one Peter Gabriel. Not that the vocalists on show here are in any way, shape or form, bad - but they just aren't the man himself although several singers get very close to that special sound that Gabriel can achieve!
However, we know every note on display, and Steve and his band of merry men do every single one more than justice and if anything, this whole album benefits from the richer sounds captured in the recording studios using modern techniques. The choice of material is as wide as it is varied and pretty much sums up the earlier guise of Genesis (before it became a bit more pop than prog!) And, for the money, well you really, really cannot go wrong whether you are a Genesis fan, a Steve Hackett fan or just a plain lover of fine, fine music with a very English twist!
The only fly in the ointment is that some of the vocal performances can be a little weak.
If you approach the music with an open mind, imagining that the Genesis had continued, after Gabriel left, with a new front man rather than constantly comparing to Gabriel or Collins I think you will enjoy it more.
I had the opportunity to hear Steve and the band at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall...they were superb, but what was really brilliant was that our children got to hear the music performed live - something we thought would never happen.
We all enjoyed it so much we are going again in Oct to see him at the Apollo - the day after seeing Peter Gabriel!
This album is old treasures treasures, gently unearthed and lovingly restored to view. Enjoy
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