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Once Above a Time (2004)

Steve Hackett  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Hackett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00069FL9U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,404 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The show: This concert was recorded in Budapest in April, 2004 during the European tour in support of Hackett's most recent album "To Watch the Storms".

The Line Up: Steve Hackett - guitar & vocals, Roger King - keyboards, Rob Townsend - sax, flute, percussion & vocals, Terry Gregory - bass & vocals, Gary O'Toole - drums, percussion & vocals.

The Set List: 1. Valley Of The Kings, 2. Mechanical Bride, 3. The Circus Of Becoming, 4. Frozen Statues, 5. Slogans, 6. Serpentine Song, 7. Ace Of Wands, 8. Hammer In The Sand, 9. Blood On The Rooftops, 10. Fly On A Windshield, 11. Please Don't Touch, 12. Firth Of Fifth, 13. If You Can't Find Heaven, 14. Darktown, 15. Brand New, 16. Air-Conditioned Nightmare 17. Every Day, 18. Clocks, 19. Spectral Mornings, 20. Los Endos.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Spectacular in every way! December 23, 2004
Steve Hackett's music is like a hidden pleasure, that is, so few people know about or remember this immensely talented guy, and his music, nevermind seeing him perform it, is just such a joy to experience, you want to share it with everyone you know.. if I had the money, I'd buy a case of this DVD and send them out as gifts to all my friends. This one is simply not to be missed by any fan.

This DVD, while quite a similar performance to "Somewhere in South America" from 2002, is a MUCH clearer, sharper video presentation than the Brazil concert DVD from a couple years ago. The camera work is far superior, and the use of split screen, in moderation, lets us see multiple members of the band when it makes sense. The technical director cuts from one camera to another right on the beat of the music, and he's pointing his lenses at exactly the right place at the right time. Much improved from the last one. The stage lighting and effects are spectacular, for what looks like a small venue. Perfetly timed and controlled.. this production was staged by real pros, both in front of and behind the cameras..

Like his earlier DVDs, Steve Hackett is an unquestionable Guitar God in every respect. Why so many other guitarists have risen to mightier fame than he has is a mystery I'll never understand. I'd go so far to say that he is probably the most talented guitarist walking this planet, surpassed by absolutely no one.

His band, the same four musical geniuses as on that earlier DVD, are all virtuosos in their own right. This band is as tight and well-rehearsed as any I've EVER seen or heard. Roger King is a wizard on his many keyboards and effects generators.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hackett to pieces November 23, 2004
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My,oh my! Great concert. Some new stuff, even more old stuff, and some stuff from the middle. Hackett is great as always. I don't understand how arthritis hasn't set into the fingers of old timers like Steve Hackett. The sound and picture on this DVD is superb as well as the band. It's the next best thing to being there, seeing how Steve rarely tours the states. I guess there are just too many hip hoppers here and not enough of the chosen few with actual musical taste. Come on over Steve. there are still a bunch of us old proggers left to fill up a club or two. If enough people rally together with a positive review, maybe he might take some notice of us.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live Hackett: Great Stuff August 17, 2005
Steve Hackett's latest live DVD is a quality release, and from the respose of his fanbase, his best yet.

Here Hackett plays a number of his classics, in a way, this is like a "best of" live. From newer pieces from his latest rock album 'To Watch The Storms' including the riotous 'Mechanical Bride' the beautiful and tranquil 'Serpentine Song' and the quirky, Genesis-like 'Circus Of Becoming'. All are highlights, all are expertly played and feature Hackett's stunning and influencial guitar style.

As for other classics here, Steve turns back the clock and rolls out some of his old band, the great Genesis, best songs. He plays 'Fly On A Windshield', a full band version of 'Blood On The Rooftops' and THAT solo from 'Firth Of Fifth'. Oh and he throws 'Los Endos' in at the end as well...

And then their are the series of standards from his own solo back catalogue. The sinister and genuinley frightening 'Darktown', the brilliant 'Every Day', a bunch of instrumental classics like 'Slogans', 'Hammer In The Sand', 'Ace Of Wands', 'Please Don't Touch' the epic 'Valley Of The Kings' and the heart rending, all time Steve Hackett classic, 'Spectral Mornings'.

Anyone who likes Genesis, is into Steve Hackett, or appreciates genuinley innovative and marvelous guitar work, BUY THIS!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hackett at his best! November 25, 2004
Amazing concert, amazing man, amazing band, amazing songs. This DVD is even better than last years Somewhere in South America. If you love progressive music or outstanding original guitar work, old Genesis, etc. then this is well worth owning. Excellent DVD picture and sound as well. Some of the best music ever written in modern times.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended April 28, 2005
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Can't add much that the other reviewers haven't already mentioned so eloquently; but this concert is very satisfying on all levels.

The audio in 5:1 is superb, and the Hungarian camera crew really knows what it's doing. As for the compositions and musicianship; it doesn't get better than this. Interestingly, the audience would appear to be comprised of as many women as men - most unusual for a 'rock' concert.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Hackett DVD Reviews March 30, 2007
Very few people reach "master" status at their chosen profession, particularly guitarists. But Steve Hackett, the former GENESIS guitarist proves his mastery over the guitar in two DVDs. These two extraordinary concert videos are entitled "Somewhere in South America...Live at Teatro Coliseo, Buenes Aires" and "Once Above a Time" which is live from Budapest, Hungary. Both DVDs feature the same band- Hackett, Rob Townsend on sax & flute, Terry Gregory on bass, Roger King on keys and Gary O'Toole on drums. "Somewhere.." was recorded during their 2001 tour and "Once Above.." was recorded on their 2004 tour. There is some overlap of songs on the two DVDs. However, if you are a Hackett fan as I am, the overlaps are few and the performances are equally great on both DVDs.

Technically, "Once Above..." is the better of the two. There are better camera angles, better post processing, and clearer images. The sound tracks are very good on both and are in Surround 5.0.

As far as the performances go, "Somewhere.." has a kind of raw feel to it as the band was fairly new. But the performance was stellar. You can see the admiration these musicians have for Steve Hackett and how playing in this band has made them really notch up their own playing to a higher level . Some highlights, in my humble opinion, were the "GENESIS" pieces including an abbreviated "Watcher of the Skies" the solo from "First if Firth", "Hairless Heart" and "Los Endos". There is not much singing on either of these DVDs but what there is, is very well executed. "Serpentine Song" is an example. Also, kudos to Rob Townsend for the excellent soprano sax on "Gnossienne". One of my personal favorite on this DVD is "Sierra Quemada" which features some wonderful melodic playing by Hackett in what is a very emotional piece.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good concert by great guitarist
Hackett at his best. High quality video of one of the best guitarists that most people haven't heard of. Tight band with a great performance by Steve and the other band members.
Published 4 months ago by Jack D
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best?
This may be the best Steve Hackett concert DVD I own. It is well filmed, great quality, and a fantastic selection of songs including Genesis and solo material. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kokenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concert! Glad I watched it!
What a great concert! It was a tour I missed so it was nice to finaly see it. Great vocals and paly list. I would recomend.
Published 15 months ago by carey hauser
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have concert vid!
Steve Hackett and his fellow musicians were firing on all cylinders, simply outstanding from first to last. This is what live music should be. Read more
Published on July 25, 2010 by Music Seeker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
Excellent audio quality, but the video quality suffers a little bit due to the fact it is a non-anamorphic dvd.
Published on November 18, 2009 by GogglesGuy
Just finished watching this tonight, and everything was superb. The audio and visual quality, as well as camera work, is actually better than the South American dvd, so I'm... Read more
Published on October 31, 2009 by Joseph W. Szilagy
5.0 out of 5 stars King Steve.
This Concert is a showcase of great Hackett songs. It shows just how thoughtful he is with his musical creations. Read more
Published on January 28, 2009 by A. Gragg
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Hackett is only getting better with time
I grabbed this DVD on a whim, not knowing some of the tracks except of Steve's earlier songs from Spectral Mornings, Please Don't Touch, Acolyte, so on. Read more
Published on October 31, 2007 by MSchoom
4.0 out of 5 stars very good but......
I get the feeling I'm watching a King Crimson / Van Der Graaf revival show.
Published on September 8, 2007 by Kevin Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Way Above a Time and Standard !
Steve Hackett's DVD output has been generous and prolific these past few years. From the superb Hungarian Horizons to 2004's Once Above a Time, Hackett has proved he can still look... Read more
Published on February 8, 2007 by C. W. Higgins
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