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Only Missing One Thing...........
on 12 November 2013
As I said in my review of Live Rails...the only problem I had about buying this album (and Live Rails)was the fact that I already own all the material on display (in many cases in live version as well as the studio material)
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!