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one cool cucumber,
This review is from: Genesis Revisited: Live At Hammersmith (Audio CD)
While I'm a fan of Hackett's work I'm no sycophant nor am I hesitant to identify troublesome elements (as I perceive them) of his work. He began his solo career quite strongly but from '81 thru mid-'90s it was patchy, to say the least. I think TUNNEL'S MOUTH and SHROUDED HORIZON are among his 3 or 4 finest rock solo outings to date. I absolutely loved his first three years with Genesis. So I'm much more a fan than a non fan. Had I not heard GENESIS REVISITED II, LIVE RAILS, OUT OF THE TUNNEL'S MOUTH [disc 2], TOKYO TAPES and WATCHER OF THE SKIES I'd probably give this a resounding 5 star rating. This album is performed impeccably with great sound although Rob Townsend's winds are often undetectable. However, I have little desire to hear 'Fly on a Windshield' 'Broadway Melody' 'Blood on the Rooftops' and 'Firth of Fifth' ever again. Thankfully 'Los Endos' was given new life with the insertion of 'Slogans.' That finale was momentous! Peter O'Toole is a fine singer but Hackett brought in a new better singer in Nad Sylvan who adds a greater degree of believability to his tracks. Since Hackett includes those handful of songs from album to album why not use Sylvan (as was done on 'Firth') to inject new blood into the remaining O'Toole songs that are frankly getting boring? Or maybe it's time to start a new set list. There are still some fine Genesis tracks that deserve to be dusted off like Lamb Lies Down on Broadway/Counting Out Time/Harold the Barrel/Fountain of Salmacis/Squonk/Get em Out By Friday. One final beef is the inclusion of Nik Kershaw - and later Jakko Jakszyk. When I heard 'The Lamia' (also included on GENESIS REVISITED II) I was immediately reminded of Jim Diamond from DARK TOWN; an overwrought, cliched singer whose style doesn't seem to jibe with Genesis'/Hackett's music. Any of his featured singers including Hackett himself would have been better suited. Then again, to Hackett's credit, he appears loyal to his friends and band mates; afterall, O'Toole had his songs before Sylvan entered the picture. That said, this is an uplifting concert. Hackett is one cool cucumber, making the incredibly difficult seem so effortless. By all accounts he is a decent and humble man who eschews the spotlight so the songs and others may shine. Sylvan's theatrics and Mr. Wind's unbridled enthusiasm are the perfect foil to Roger King's methodical precision and Hackett's cool. Even though I have a couple of issues with this album, on balance I am pleased with it. I dismiss the contrarian who barks "the originals were better so what's the point?!" but not really wanting a reasoned response. I'm a fan who has supported the Steve Hackett show in one form or another for 35+ years with a virtual lifetime of Hackett captal to expend. The tracks from NURSERY CRYME and FOXTROT alone are worth the price along with the new and improved 'Los Endos.' Thanks for keeping the flame alive Steven.