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Genesis Revisited I [Import]

Steve HackettAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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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 (March 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B00AO7M5OS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,362 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Watcher of the Skies
2. Dance on a Volcano
3. Valley of the Kings
4. Deja Vu
5. Firth of Fifth
6. For Absent Friends
7. Your Own Special Way
8. Fountain of Salmacis
9. Waiting Room Only
10. I Know What I Like
11. Los Endos

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hackett-ization of the best of Genesis December 30, 2008
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If you're looking for rote reinterpretations of classic Genesis songs don't buy this. You will be severely disappointed. On the other hand if you are seeking a new "twist" on old Genesis songs(and for the most part "classic") then go no further. Look further down. You can get this CD cheaper at the time of this writing.

I'm giving it ***** stars for the singular reason that this has an all star cast of '70's musicians, the reinterpretations are not ROTE, and finally because it is a perfect marriage with The Tokyo Tapes(i.e. the live versions+); Although both may be outdated with The Genesis File.

Nevertheless. Gosh I love this CD and wish I bought it in the 1990s. Sincerely; There are too many highlights to list. And if you don't like revisions; Well? Go away. I'm a Zappa/Dead fan and so am used to the restructuring of songs.

Highlights:

"Watcher Of The Skies." Devestating
"Firth Of Fifth." Killer even without the Tony Banks intro piano solo.
"Fountain Of Salmacis." The sole reason I bought this CD. Devestating.

There are nice ambient touches such as on "The Valley Of Kings." "Waiting Room Only" does contain the heart of "Waiting Room" off of TLLDOB. A refreshing reinterpretation of "I Know What I Like."

This CD doesn't take long to unravel its inherent charms.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hackett - the underappreciated genius November 11, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I felt I had to chime in here, given all of the "4 Star" ratings I see that SOUND as though they should be 5 Stars. Man, you guys are tough with stars!

Except for the die hard EARLY Genesis fans, Steve Hackett is probably almost totally unknown. Even during his time with Genesis, I don't think he got the credit he deserved for his guitar work - truly a virtuoso player with a unique and original style, yet understated. A lot of his playing back then was almost subliminal. Maybe why he didn't get the notoriety he rightfully deserved? I can't think of any other guitarist, along with Alan Holdsworth, who have this much talent, and yet remain relatively unknown for the most part, even by other guitarists.

As for this CD - I originally bought this CD back in the mid 90's while I was looking for one of Hackett's classical CDs (Midsummer Night's Dream also a phenom disc - pick it up when you have the chance). I looked at this track listing and saw that he was basically offering re-worked, re-recorded versions of some of the great old Genesis music. This immediately struck a chord with me but for no other reason then just to answer a question that I've been asking myself for the past 25 or so years - when I listen to many of my old great favorite albums of the 60s and 70s (particularly the Prog/Art Rock ones) I find myself always wondering what these recordings would sound like if done today, in our modern recording studios. Well Steve has gone ahead and answered that question for me, at least as far as a few of Genesis' songs are concerned, and the results are astounding.

The lineup of musicians he has put together for this project is also very noteworthy. And they do NOT disappoint. John Wetton sounds as though he's been singing these songs all his life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This is a gorgeously recorded and beautifully produced gem of an album - yes, Steve Hackett has "re-interpreted" these songs as he revisits them, and that is the whole point. If you want to hear the originals, dig 'em out and listen to them. This is something completely different, refreshing, and at times, breathtaking. Worth buying for "Watcher Of The Skies", "Dance On A Volcano", and "Firth of Fifth" alone... dramatic, terrifying, and sublime. "Deja Vu" is an unexpected gem, originally written by Peter Gabriel for Genesis, but never finished. Buy this - unless you were actually looking for something else and found "weird music" instead (how DOES one do such a thing? - LOL.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Genesis songs re-worked and better recorded January 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
As far as I can discern, this is the same album as 'Watcher of the Skies', but slightly cheaper. I'm pretty familiar with Genesis's output, but this is the first Hackett album I've bought. Hackett was the guitarist who used to remain seated throughout the Genesis concert and wore thick framed glasses.
Unless you count tour drummers Thompson and Bruford (who appear on a number of tracks here), Hackett is the only former Genesis member on this album. But this is much more than a Genesis 'tribute' album.
The essence of each of the Genesis songs chosen remains, but Hackett has had time -- well, quarter of a century anyway -- to think about them and not so much improve them, but create variations on a theme. How do I feel about John Wetton's voice where Gabriel's should be? Not too bad, actually. It's the guitar and orchestra I want to hear, rather than the singing. Hackett himself sings on some of the tracks; his voice is workmanlike, and not too different from Wetton's, actually, but neither has the timbre of Gabriel or Collins.
Hackett of course had to include 'Firth of Fifth', with THAT sublime solo. Thankfully he hasn't changed it much -- he's just topped and tailed it with some extra acoustic guitar work.
The orchestration works well throughout, and it's wonderful to hear the mellotron again, one of THE great instruments of the early 70s. 'Fountain of Salmacis' grows on me, the more I hear it. If nothing else, this album will make you appreciate your Genesis albums more. Steve's sleevenotes give some insight into the group's workings in the 70s.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Hacktastic!
For any longtime Genesis fan. A must. Steve Hackett is the best of the Genesis alumni. A good deal as well.
Published 7 months ago by Brian Humphreys
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It
I was pleasantly surprised, I expected something else but since it was cheap so I tried it. Well it was dam good .
Published 15 months ago by Richard Meagher
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Steve Hackett!!
Although some songs did not meet my taste expectation I felt that as a whole it was like listening to them for the first time all over again. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. SACCO
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad mixing
I love Genesis, but this is crap. Every song made me want to find something else to listen to.
I would not recommend it to anyone.
Published 16 months ago by R. A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Hackett is great
What can you say about Steve Hackett? When he left Genesis, their music hanged and declined in quality. This Genesis Revisited CD spotlights his virtuoso playing.
Published 18 months ago by Justinto237
5.0 out of 5 stars A different twist
It took a couple of listens to get used to these songs without Peter or Phil at the vocal spot, but the musicianship is superb and the arrangements grow on you quickly.
Published 18 months ago by AL
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just revisited, reinvented!
Creatively and instrumentally, this album is great. The only flaw, IMHO, is Mr. Hackett's singing, much of which is a kind of atonal spoken baritone (never to be confused with... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Barking Elk
5.0 out of 5 stars Genesis Revisited
Great collection of old Genesis songs with a modern day feel to it.Steve Hackett is awesome as always.Good stuff Maynard.
Published 19 months ago by Edgar Leeds
4.0 out of 5 stars Intersting Versions of Old Favorites
Mr. Hackett surprised me with the arrangements of these songs. fun and different The guitar solo on Firth of Fifth is one of the best ever recorded.
Published 19 months ago by Kurt P. Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Well I Like It
I have been a Genesis fan since "Selling England" was first put out, and Hackett's guitar work has moved me to tears (in the good way) on more than one occasion. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Stephen Mann
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