I almost jumped out of my chair when I was presented a chance to review the new STEVE HACKETT CD, “Genesis Revisted II.” There are precious few bands that I hold in GODLIKE status but Genesis is one of them.
Steve has long been one of my favorite guitarists and songwriters. When I seen the track list for this, I was even more excited. Five of my very favorite Genesis tunes are included here.
“Genesis Revisited II” is a massive 21 song, two CD set that runs a whopping 2 hours and 24 minutes. With a slew of guest vocalists throughout, including Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth, Steven Wilson of Storm Corrosion, Phil Collin’s son, Simon, and Nad Sylvan among many others.
There’s good news and then great news about this. The good news is that Steve has literally taken the original songs and reworked them in unimaginable ways. The great news is that each and every tune works in a majestic, brilliant way. His playing is as razor sharp as ever and there’s a reverence to these songs that shows just how much Steve loves these tunes. That reverence aside, he lets the music flow where it may, allowing the guest musicians to really shine.
While I understand that the pure scope of this may discourage some people from liking this, anyone that calls themselves a fan of prog rock or metal should absolutely have this in their collection. This has immediately jumped to the top of my list for this year and it’s going to take one hell of an effort to unseat this.
Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited II
Chamber Of 32 Doors
Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
Fly On A Windshield
Broadway Melody Of 1974
The Musical Box
Can-Utility And The Coastliners
Please Don’t Touch
Blood On The Rooftops
The Return Of The Giant Hogweed
Eleventh Earl Of Mar
Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers…
…In That Quiet Earth
A Tower Struck Down
Shadow Of The Hierophant
(vocals, guitars, lyrics)
(Bass guitar, Chapman stick)
Guest vocalists include Steven Wilson, Mikael Akerfeldt, Simon Collins (Phil Collins’ son), Conrad Keely, Francis Dunnery, Neal Morse, John Wetton, Nad Sylvan and Nik Kershaw
There are also two other guitarists apart from Hackett, namely Steve Rothery of Marillion and Roine Stolt of The Flower Kings and Transatlantic.