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Steve Hackett abandoned his plans for a career as a harmonica player when he joined Genesis in late 1971. With Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks, he enjoyed phenomenal success, with 1973’s Selling England By The Pound and 1974’s concept album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway gaining “Classic Album” status. Phil Collins moved from behind the drum ... Read more in Amazon's Steve Hackett Store

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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ais
  • ASIN: B0076L9WPA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Reissue of this 1999 album from the former Genesis guitarist. A favorite amongst Steve's fans, the album includes guest appearances by John Wetton, Ian McDonald, John Hackett and Jim Diamond.

Customer Reviews

Out of all of them, I prize this CD as the best.
Darktown
I get the impression he has a lot to say and I'd love to hear more... a lot more.
booboo bear
This artist is much more than a musician yet his musicianship is unmatched.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By booboo bear on October 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a very odd mix of different musical styles all having a dark cast or hue about them. The album (the most personal thing Hackett's ever done) exudes something unique and almost indescribable. Much like the man who created it.

I believe Steve Hackett once said (referring to IN MEMORIUM) "I might be saying too much here" and I don't agree. I get the impression he has a lot to say and I'd love to hear more... a lot more. There comes a time when an artist has to decide if he wants to make the truth known or be content to know he at least touched on it.

This is without question the most intense and thought provoking work to come from any ex Genesis member which is really saying something. Definitely worthy of much more attention than it's received.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Twenty-nine years of growth in his composition, technique and arrangements have produced this, Steve Hackett's best work to date. This artist is much more than a musician yet his musicianship is unmatched. Over the years, he has written some of the most captivating music of any genre. Steve's work carries the listener away, as music is meant to do. It is impossible to say "Darktown" is his best work, because his work is all good. But it is his newest, and certainly his most mature. It is his best. Thank you, Steve. Be happy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By THX-1138 on November 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Steve Hackett was never one for sitting on the fence. The former Genesis guitarist left the band in 1977 and never looked back, he is now on a certified 'guitar legend' thanks to a remarkable body of work as a solo artist, he is a also a much admired composer, of classical music, and a fine classical guitar player.

Steve has always broken boundaries, and along with former Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel, is one of the most distictive and innovative musicians around. 'Darktown' is Hackett's masterpiece, released in 1999, the album took Hackett around 7 years to make, and the painsteaking detail in this recodring shows why. And album of great darkness, but an album of profound brilliance, here is my view of the album:

1. Omega Metallicus

A kick ass intro to the album, with fast paced 'beats' looped as Steve streches the guitar to it's limit, joking in the sleeve notes that "no guitars were harmed during the making of this recording", i don't believe him.

2. Darktown

The title track that sums up the atmosphere of the album really, dark, esoteric, sinister. A dark soundscape is established as Steve narrates rather than sings the song, and the terrifiying instrumentation only add to the ambience of the piece. This is a rave by Steve at the repressive English educatiobn system, and in paticular, at the "abuse of power" as Hackett says, with lyrics like: "Drink to the ones who dished out the marks/Rabid animals right from the start/It's happy hour shut the beasts away/Come along children it's time to play/In darktown..."

3. Man Overboard

After the overwhelling darkness of the opening tracks, the southing and laid back 'Man Overboard' is a nice relief.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Having listened to the CD every day since it's release in the UK, I am still loving the different moods and sounds. I have every album of Steve's from Voyage Of The Acolyte, each time the new one is my favourite but Darktown I am sure is his best to date. If you are a fan of any one of his album's, this is a must for all of you!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "perplexion" on October 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This being only my 2nd foray into the solo material of Steve Hackett (the first being "Watcher of the Skies: Genesis Revisited"), I wasn't sure what to expect. I wasn't disappointed at the samples I heard in the store. Hackett samples various different styles, using each song to tell a tale or express an emotion. The last track, "In Memoriam" reminds me a little of King Crimson's "Starless and Bible Black" with its somber melancholy tones.
The experimentation and musical "stretching out" leaves me wondering why Hackett and former Genesis bandmate, Peter Gabriel, haven't worked together more since their respective splits with the former prog-rock supergroup. Genesis truly ceased to be Genesis when Hackett left.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "jsheppa" on November 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Steve Hackett has defined the prog-rock genre without being in its spotlight. Ask most people on the street who Hackett is and they would probably answer "Steve who?" Yet, since the years after his departure from Genesis, Hackett has produced some of the most entertaining and captivating music caught on record. He shows that he has a tender side on albums like "Momentum" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream," but then turns the tables and offers up a good dose of rock n' roll ("The Tokyo Tapes," "Guitar Noir"). "Darktown" lies somewhere between the two. The album opens with an amazing bass guitar lick that throbs throughout the course of the song. This kind of guitar play is rampant through the album; Hackett is a true master of the instrument. Some of the songs may not be cohesive; a couple lack direction completely. Still, give this album a listen. It is worth the admission price.
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