Genesis Revisited CD
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Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has reworked some classic hits from his former band in this album Genesis Revisited. The album includes a previously unreleased Genesis track in "Déjà Vu" and "Valley of the Kings", a new track written by Hackett.
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However, I was more than pleasantly surprised by the treatment administered by Mr. Hackett.
To be honest, Steve should think twice about performing lead vocals on any song (sorry Steve), but his instrumental work and rearrangements of classic Genesis material is often spine tinglingly good.
The dazzling array of musicianship present on this album is thrilling. From Tony Levin and Bill Bruford through John Wetton, Alphonso Johnson, Chester Thompson and Paul Carrack to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the assembly is stunning in its breadth and skill - not forgetting Mr. Hackett himself, of course.
Even though I am a Genesis fan through and through, I would have to say that all of Mr. Hackett's reworkings have something to complement the originals.
"Watcher of the Skies", an already powerful piece, benefits from Wetton's rich vocals and the added orchestration.
"Dance on a Volcano", a terrifically exciting Genesis track, is very poorly vocalised by Steve, using some sort of distortion technique. However, a redemption is effected by the combined drum and bass of Chester Thompson and Alphonso Johnson.
"Valley of the Kings" is a new piece; an OK bow to Mr. Hackett's apparent belief in reincarnation.
"Deja Vu" is a tremendous completion by Steve of a Peter Gabriel song from the "Selling England ..." era. The song would stand alone under any circumstances. In this context, however, it resonates with a certain melancholy for days gone by - appropriate for this album.Read more ›
There's so much to talk about that everybody needs to hear it for themselves. Especially worthy of mention are the superb and unobtrusive orchestrations, which work marvellously where you just wouldn't expect it to hang together.
I've got to say I'm not a Paul Carrack fan-his voice sounds too much like the type much-sought after by TV advertisers to do jingles for things like "wash-and-go" shampoo - but his vocals on "Your Own Special Way" are compensated for by superb instrumental work, which saves the track from MOR schmaltzdom.
Personal (completely unexpected) fave is the re-working of "For Absent Friends". The simple orchestration and Colin Blunstone's unmistakeable vocal really create a magical result.
The joke-jazz take on "I Know What I Like" is one of the whackiest things I've ever heard,complete with Bonzo Dog "Intro/Outro" cum "Tubular Bells" references, and I'm still not sure whether I like it or not; but that reservation aside, there is 75 minutes of consistently fascinating and highly enjoyable music here, which makes it a steal for anyone with an interest in Genesis or Steve Hackett.
Other new arrangements of old favourites put a freshness into them that is not to be dismissed out of hand. Indeed, the new versions may encourage people to dig out albums they have not listened to in a while for a comparison, and may find they like both. Perhaps the album should be thought of as a `what if?' scenario.
In summary, if you cannot bear the idea of someone, even a former member, messing around with your favourite Genesis albums, this CD is probably not for you. However, if you fancy a new interpretation, maybe it's worth a try. Personally, I err towards the review given by Bigusdaveus - read it and you will get a fair idea of what this album contains.
"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.
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If you're a Genesis fan it's worth a listen, not better than the main band but different.Published 13 months ago by Sean
I bought this album a week after my dad passed away, and he would have loved it, as we both regularly saw Genesis since the mid seventies. Read morePublished 17 months ago by flickermick
Sorry but did not like this album but Revisited II is a real gem and a must for prog rock fans of the 70's.Published 17 months ago by zen rockman