Sunday, February 24, 2019

Steve Hackett - 2015-09-15 - Cologne, Germany

Steve Hackett
E-Werk, Cologne, Germany
Acolyte To Wolflight With Genesis Revisited - The Total Experience Tour

Audience recording, very good quality
Available in both lossles (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

More Steve Hackett! Following the enormously successful Genesis Revisited extended tour (2013-2014) and the release of another acclaimed solo album (Wolflight, 2015), for his next tour Steve wanted to highlight the 40th Anniversary of his first solo album, Voyage of the Acolyte (1975) and feature his 40 years of albums up to his newest release, but he also wanted to continue the excitement that the Genesis Revisited shows captured (and by popular request and demand). So, Steve divided the shows into two  parts, the first featuring a retrospective of his solo career, with emphasis on his early albums (Voyage of the Acolyte and Spectral Mornings) and his latest album, Wolflight, and the second part was a continuation of the Genesis Revisited songs. But rather than play the same Genesis songs as in previous tours, he brought out a whole new assortment of classic Genesis, featuring several songs rarely ever heard live, including 2 great Foxtrot gems, 'Get 'em Out by Friday' and my personal favorite (and underrated masterpiece) 'Can-Utility and the Coastliners' and such tracks as 'The Hairless Heart' and the complete 'Cinema Show'. The only repeated songs from the previous tour was 'The Musical Box' and an encore of 'Firth of Fifth'. It made for a fantastic show. The tour title was a mouthful The "Acolyte to Wolflight with Genesis Revisited - The Total Experience Tour", but the show was even more packed, averaging nearly 3 hrs each night. And Steve did feature Acolyte, including 4 songs from that first album (as well as 3 from Spectral Mornings), but also highlighted his new album, with 5 songs from Wolflight for 2 sides to a magnificent show. The show featured here is from one of the very first dates of the tour and represented the best recording from the tour I could find. The tour went through the rest of 2015 and through most of 2016 as well. In 2017, Steve released his next solo album, The Night Siren. For the subsequent 2017 tour, Steve continued to do a mix of solo and Genesis songs, but now replacing the Wolflight tracks with the new Night Siren tracks, as well as once again adding some different Genesis tracks to the show. So, as packed as the 2015 show already is, I couldn't resist adding a couple bonus tracks from the 2017 tour, because he added a couple more Genesis rarely heard live tracks, 'One For the Vine' and the great 'Inside and Out', a Hackett composed song that was left off Wind and Wuthering and was relegated only to the EP Spot The Pigeon (1977). Hope you enjoy this wonderful show.
Part 1 - Acolyte to Wolflight (Hackett solo catalog)
01 Spectral Mornings
02 Out Of The Body
03 Wolflight
04 Every Day
05 Love Song To A Vampire
06 The Wheel's Turning
07 The Steppes
08 Loving Sea
09 Star Of Sirius
10 Ace Of Wands
11 A Tower Struck Down
12 Clocks - The Angel Of Mons
13 Shadow Of The Hierophant

Part 2 - Genesis Revisited
14 Get 'em Out By Friday
15 Can-Utility And The Coastliners
16 After The Ordeal
17 The Cinema Show
18 Aisle Of Plenty
19 Hairless Heart
20 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
21 The Musical Box incl. Band Introduction
22 Icarus Ascending
23 Firth Of Fifth
Bonus Tracks (2017-09-22 - Ridgefield, CT)
24. One For the Vine
25. Inside and Out

Steve Hackett - guitars/vocals
Roger King - keyboards
Gary O'Toole - drums, percussion and vocals
Rob Townsend - sax, flute and percussion
Roine Stolt - bass/12 string guitar
Nad Sylvan - vocals

FLAC - Steve Hackett_2015-09-15_Cologne,Germany_FLAC.part1.rar
             Steve Hackett_2015-09-15_Cologne,Germany_FLAC.part2.rar

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Steve Hackett - 2013-10-11 - Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA

Steve Hackett
Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
Audience Recording, Very Good Quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Following the Genesis Revisited album and Mini Japan tour, Steve went right back to work on more varied and diverse musical projects, producing in short order another classical guitar album, this time with Orchestral backing (A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1997), an acclaimed progressive album featuring dark but beautiful themes (Darktown, 1999), a collaboration with his brother John (flute) on a tribute album to classical composer Erik Satie (Sketches of Satie, 2000), and an album of songs originally composed in 1986, many intended for a second GTR album that never happened (Feedback 86, 2000). He continued his musical journeys with progressive, classical, rock, and classical albums (To Watch the Storms-2003, Metamorpheus-2005, Wild Orchids-2006, and Tribute-2008). Following some difficult times with messy divorces from both his wife and his business manager (including several lawsuits and the dissolution of his Camino Records), Steve continued his resurgent streak of acclaimed progressive rock albums with Out of the Tunnel's Mouth (2009) and Beyond the Shrouded Horizon (2011), followed by teaming up with Chris Squire (Yes) for a one album collaboration dubbed Squackett (A Life within A Day-2012). Next, Steve returned to reviving and re-creating more of his classic Genesis tracks in an even more extensive journey through the Genesis catalog for the double album Genesis Revisited II, in 2012, which was a big hit with progressive fans, resulting in his highest chart success since his early solo days. Once again, these were sensational new versions of Genesis classics, including the epic 'Supper's Ready' and great, but lesser-known songs such as 'Can-Utility and the Coastliners', 'The Chamber of 32 Doors', and 'Return of the Giant Hogweed'. For this collection, rather than offer distinctly different variations on the originals as he did in the First Genesis Revisited project, Steve chose to more closely re-create the original arrangements with some updates, and looking forward to live performances. Steve said his primary reason for re-doing more of these Genesis classics was because he really wanted to perform them live. So, starting in 2013, Steve began his extensive Genesis Revisited II World Tour, which continued all through 2014 as well, and was widely acclaimed, and resulted in the release of two different live albums and DVD concert collections (Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith, 2013, and Genesis Revisited: Live at Royal Albert Hall, 2014). presented here is a great show from the U.S. leg, midway through the tour. I have added a bonus track of 'The Chamber of 32 Doors', a great song that was played at several dates early in the tour, but later dropped from the setlist. Throughout, Steve's great new versions of these songs are more than just nostalgia, but sensational new additions to his Progressive output. 

01. Watcher Of The Skies
02. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
03. Fly On A Windshield
04. Return of the Giant Hogweed
05. The Musical Box
06. Horizons
07. Blood On The Rooftops
08. Unquiet Slumbers For Sleepers ...
09. ... In That Quiet Earth
10. Afterglow
11. Band Introduction
12. Fountain of Salmacis
13. I Know What I Like
14. Dance On A Volcano
15. Supper's Ready
16. Firth Of Fifth
17. Myopia
18. Los Endos
Bonus track:
19. Chamber of 32 Doors (2013-05-11 - Cardiff)

Steve Hackett - Guitar(s)
Roger King - Keyboards
Lee Pomeroy - Bass
Gary O'Toole - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Rob Townsend - Sax, Flute, Woodwinds
Nad Sylvan - Vocals

FLAC - Steve Hackett_2013-10-11_Glenside,PA_FLAC.rar

mp3 -  Steve Hackett_2013-10-11_Glenside,PA_mp3.rar

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Steve Hackett & Friends - 1996-12-19 - Osaka, Japan - PRRP 0042A - A Friendly Fold

Steve Hackett & Friends
December 19, 1996
Osaka Kouseinenkin Hall, Osaka, Japan
(PRRP 0042A - A Friendly Fold)

Audience recording (remastered), Good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Following his departure from GTR in late 1986, Steve Hackett went back to following his own musical directions (after GTR's brief brush with success and more mainstream rock). Steve's next album, Momentum (1988), was another full album of instrumental classical guitar pieces. Then Steve formed his own label, Camino Records, and released his first Live album, Time Lapse (1992). Next was Guitar Noir (1993), a mix of prog rock, classical, and atmospheric guitar with a darker tone. Next, Steve changed things up by releasing an entire album of Blues music, from traditional to his own brand of proggy-blues, Blues With A Feeling (1994). Then, for his next project, he went back to the music of Genesis, with a tribute to the music of his former band for Genesis Revisited (1996). The concept for this album came after talking with some fans, who assumed that he had turned his back on the music from his Genesis days (since he never played it in his concerts), and that he wanted nothing to do with it anymore. This bothered Steve, because he loved the music he had been a part of creating with Genesis in these days. So, he decided to do an album paying tribute to and inspired by some of the great old music from his Genesis days. He gathered other musicians with an affinity for such music, including former King Crimson, Yes, and Weather Report alums like John Wetton, Ian McDonald, Bill Bruford, and Chester Thompson to help out. The album consisted of several songs from his days in Genesis (from classics to more obscure gems), as well as some new ones inspired by that music, and one old previously unfinished song (by Peter Gabriel). The versions played on the album ranged from careful re-creations to new re-arrangements to fanciful re-imaginings, adding new chapters and variations to these classics. The album was very well-received by his fans. However, touring was another issue, as the schedules for most of his guest artists made it impossible for any extended tour. But, Steve was able to schedule 4 dates in Japan, with an all-star band of John Wetton, Ian McDonald, Julian Colbeck (Steve's current keyboard player, formerly with Zappa), and Chester Thompson. Those four shows were the only ones for that 1996 mini-tour, but what a show it was. The setlist mixed several of the Genesis Revisited tracks with various other of Steve's own songs, as well as some early King Crimson (For John and Ian) and even an Asia hit ('Heat of the Moment', but performed as an acoustic ballad). The First two nights (in Tokyo) were recorded and filmed, and were later released as both an album (The Tokyo Tapes, 1998) and a DVD. Certainly unique and memorable shows. The second two nights (in Osaka and Nagoya) became available as audience recordings. The PRRP (Progressive Rock Remasters Project) people remastered the available tapes and released them as PRRP 0042. I have included just the Osaka show here (because sound quality a bit better than Nagoya show, and the setlist was the same both nights), as it is representative. However, if there is interest in thwe Nagoya show (0042B), I can also post that.    

Disc 1:
01 Watcher Of The Skies  9:26
02 Depth Charge  4:48
03 Firth Of Fifth  10:10
04 Battle Lines  6:56
05 Camino Royale  9:11
06 In The Court Of The Crimson King  7:51
07 Horizons  2:13
08 Walking Away From Rainbows  3:35
Total Time 54:10

Disc 2:
01 Heat Of The Moment  4:46
02 In That Quiet Earth  4:37
03 A Vampire (With A Healthy Appetite)  7:44
04 I Talk To The Wind  5:44
05 Shadow Of The Hierophant  4:21
06 Drum Solo  4:54
07 Los Endos  8:24
08 Blood On The Rooftops - Black Light  2:11
09 The Steppes  7:21
10 I Know What I Like  8:33
Total Time 58:35

Steve Hackett - Guitars, harmonica, Lead & backing Vocals
John Wetton - Bass, Guitar, Lead & Backing Vocals
Ian McDonald - Keyboards, Flute, Saxophone, Lead & Backing Vocals
Julian Colbeck - Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Chester Thompson - Drums & Percussion

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

GTR (with Steve Hackett and Steve Howe opening acoustic sets) - 1986-07-21 - California Theatre, San Diego, CA

(With Steve Hackett and Steve Howe opening solo acoustic sets)
July 21, 1986 (1986-07-21)
California Theatre,
San Diego, California, USA

 Audience recording, good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Back to my ongoing Progressive Rock feature, and continuing with the career of guitarist Steve Hackett. We last left Steve in the early 1980's. Following the Cured tour (1981), Steve went back to the studio to create Highly Strung (1983), which was his last album for Charisma (record label), was more "Prog" than the previous album, but still with a sort of prog-pop blend. Steve left Charisma do to his desire to do more varied and a wider range of styles (and less mainstream) of music. For his first album on his new label (Lamborghini Records), Steve released Bay of Kings (1983), which was a full album of acoustic instrumental classical guitar compositions, and the type of album Charisma refused to release. But Steve was back to rock (as well as Brazilian and world music influences) for his next album, Til We Have Faces (1984).
Then, in 1985, Steve teamed up with another renowned prog guitarist also named Steve, Steve Howe, formerly of Yes and Asia, to form the new Supergroup GTR. Hackett has said that the idea for the band came one day when the two Steve's had lunch and began lamenting the fact that the guitar had been largely replaced in eighties rock music by synthesizers, drum machines, and sequencers, and that they should work together try to bring the guitar back into the spotlight. The announcement of this coming together of these two legendary virtuoso guitarists to form a new band was greeted with much excitement and enthusiasm among progressive rock fans. In addition to Hackett and Howe the band consisted of Max Bacon on vocals, Phil Spalding on bass, and Jonathan Mover on drums. The album, GTR, was released in 1986, sold very well, going gold and producing a top 20 single, 'When The Heart Rules the Mind'. However, although it is a solid album and contains much guitar virtuosity, many fans (particularly progressive rock fans) were disappointed with the album, its slick, more mainstream rock production, and the feeling that the songs were just not up with the best by either of the two dynamic stars. They wanted and expected more from this collaboration. And yes, the style is certainly more in line with Asia and other '80's rock than the classic progressive rock of their earlier days. But the tour of the band featuring these superstars performing together was something else. Both Howe and Hackett were able to fulfill a long-held dream of theirs to open their show with an acoustic guitar set, which they did every night, Hackett, then Howe, and then a new acoustic duo with the two of them together, before each GTR show. The band setlist consisted of the entire GTR album with the addition of a couple Genesis/Hackett and Yes tracks to rile up the crowd. I saw them on their only tour in 1986, and it was a great show, but the highlight for me (and many others) was the opportunity to see each of them play their opening acoustic sets and their acoustic duo, just shear joy watching them play. However, by the end of the tour, Hackett was ready to move on to other things, and promptly quit the band. Howe began work on recording a second album without Hackett, but abandoned the project (and the band) after several tracks were finished, but never released (Tracks from the aborted second album, titled Nerotrend, is available as a bootleg). Thus, GTR was another one and done band. Once again, Hackett left in order to pursue more varied and less mainstream forms of music.  Here is a full (including opening sets) show from the U.S. leg of the GTR tour. It's not a great recording, but it is the best (unreleased) one that I have from this tour. In 2015, a deluxe edition of the GTR album was released that included a full live show (GTR songs only, not opening acoustic sets) as a second disc. They also released a live disc from their King Biscuit Flower Hour broadcast show. Those are probably the best quality live recordings available, but there are numerous audience recordings of several other shows available as bootlegs.

Steve Hackett solo acoustic set
01.[01:15] Steve Hackett Introduction
02.[04:24] Traditional Exercise/Blood on the Rooftops
03.[03:27] Calmaria
04.[04:14] Cuckoo Cocoon/Caval Canti
05.[02:50] Bouree/Horizons - Steve Howe Introduction
Steve Howe solo acoustic set
06.[03:09] Surface Tension
07.[03:16] Mood For a Day
08.[02:39] Ram
09.[02:56] Second Initial
10.[03:39] Georgia's Theme
11.[03:40] Clap
12.[00:43] Hackett Introduction
Hackett and Howe Duet
13.[03:55] From a Place Where Time Runs Slow
14.[06:07] Jekyll and Hyde
15.[05:48] Here I Wait
16.[05:26] Prizefighters
17.[07:16] Imagining
18.[02:30] Hackett To Bits
19.[10:09] Spectral Mornings/After The Ordeal/In That Quiet Earth/I Know What I Like
20.[04:52] Toe the Line
21.[02:57] Sketches in the Sun
22.[05:00] Pennants
23.[09:06] Roundabout
24.[07:00] The Hunter
25.[07:45] You Can Still Get Through
26.[06:15] Reach Out (Never Say No)
27.[06:46] When a Heart Rules the Mind
Total 2:07:04

Steve Hackett : Lead Guitars, Acoustic Guitar and Backing Vocals
Steve Howe : Lead Guitars, Steel Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Backing Vocals
Max Bacon : Lead Vocals
Jonathan Mover : Drums & Percussion
Phil Spalding : Bass Guitar
Special Guest:
Matt Clifford : Keyboards

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