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Out of the Tunnel's Mouth

Steve HackettAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 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 (June 8, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B003HE2B7G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,239 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Fire on the Moon
2. Nomads
3. Emerald and Ash
4. Tubehead
5. Sleepers
6. Ghost in the Glass
7. Still Waters
8. Last Train to Istanbul
Disc: 2
1. Blood on the Rooftops
2. A Tower Struck Down
3. Firth of Fifth
4. Fly on a Windshield
5. Broadway Melody of 1974
6. Every Star in the Night Sky

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Hackett June 19, 2010
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The new original material composed by Steve Hackett on "Out of the Tunnels Mouth" is good, solid Hackett, at the peak of his formidable technique. I especially enjoyed "Emerald and Ash", with beautiful harmonic 12 string accompaniment from Anthony Phillips. Not every track is as memorable, but an enjoyable effort nevertheless. It is an album that grows on you over time. If you enjoyed "To Watch the Storms", you will probably find much to like in this album.

The second disc contains live material from the 2009 tour in Italy, which are mostly Genesis tracks. Genesis purists may not think percussionist Gary O'Toole's vocals do justice to such tracks as "Blood on the Rooftops", but if you have an open mind, it can be a nice visit to a lost era.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best? December 7, 2010
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I had read several cautiously positive reviews of Steve Hackett's, Out of the Tunnel's Mouth, so my first listen was a bit of a surprise: it's a marvelously solid release. The songs play like a beautiful visit to Hackett's musical past, with hints of just about every period of his work. Tunnel's Mouth features a variety of sounds that span the gamut from sensitively-rendered classical/folk guitar to some of the most powerful rock to come from him in years. I found myself really feeling this album, not just hearing it, and consider this to be his most emotionally-charged release since Spectral Mornings.
Hackett's work doesn't reflect the times or follow musical trends, it is simply the product of his personal vision, and I can think of no other musician that has maintained that level of integrity for so long. This path hasn't endeared him to the masses, but I don't believe that was ever his goal. I can't imagine that any Steve Hackett fan would be anything but thrilled with this release.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The world is better because Steve Hackett is in it. September 16, 2010
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I just got this CD yesterday, and honestly have only had a chance to track through about 2/3 of it. But I can already tell -- this is another Steve masterpiece. My favorite track so far is "Emerald and Ash" -- one of the most elegant songs (including a great title) about love and betrayal that I've ever come across. And it's not just in the lyrics -- it's in the arrangement itself: it starts with a beautiful, romantic intro, which then leads to the fisrt few verses of wonderful, double-edged lyrics. Then comes a powerful, angular electric instrumental section that rips to the core of "you betrayed me, you b$%^&tch!!" -- and then, the coolest thing, is that it once again ends with the hopeful, romantic theme from the beginning -- an optimist at heart! (and don't get me started on the exquisitely played and recorded 12-string part by Ant!). I don't pretend to know the Kim/Steve story, but how any woman could have walked out on a genius of this calibre is beyond imagining. Hackett is one of the last surviving progressive innovators of a vanishing generation. His instrumental chops just keep getting better, as do his songwriting and arranging skills. I've loved his work from "Nursery Cryme" onwards, and marvel at the breadth of his solo works over the years. As far as I'm concerned, he has only one fault (unfortunately, it's a BIG one): he seems to be blissfully unaware that there's a continent called America, where musicians actually tour, on occasion...!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four and 1/2 stars June 24, 2010
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I won't say too much, but I am a Hackett completist. I have to buy anything he comes out with. The odd thing is; Steve rarely comes out with a thoroughly satisfying record. This one is about as close as it's going to get. The guitar playing is stellar throughout (even more so than usual). The writing is better than usual. I think Steve is in a very good part of his career right now. Maybe he's better off without Kim??
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continued Excellence November 7, 2010
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This will be short. Even though I've never been a big Genesis fan I've always like Steve Hackett's playing. I have quite a few of his albums and they always continue to entertain with the music and craftsmanship involved with that and also with the surprises all the albums contain. This is no exception. Another point I feel should be stressed is the fact that although Mr. Hackett is getting a bit long in the tooth his playing doesn't seem to have suffered any technical rifts. I've noticed with many players in the "rock" or "prog rock" genres their skills tend to leave them a bit as they age. The fingers just don't move with as much dexterity. I don't find this to be the case with OUT OF THE TUNNEL'S MOUTH. To my ears this is an interesting, fresh, stylistically eclectic album from a player still operating at the height of his powers. I feel very comfortable recommending it to anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a magical album April 15, 2011
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Steve's most recent album is only eight tracks long. Two tracks are almost at the 9 minute mark, quite a change from his last couple of albums. Each of these tracks have a myriad of ideas, and often go from delicate classical guitar, to all out rock.

My favourite two tracks are the first one:- 'Fire on the moon' is a beautiful ballad verse with an almost lullaby arpeggiated pattern and Steve singing in the lower register of his voice. The chorus is almost ethereal, it is magical. The chords are excellent. Follows an excellent electric guitar solo, full of emotion, reprised at the end of the song, before the arpeggios return, with a slightly atonal ending, suggesting angst perhaps. This is one of those tracks that you cannot believe is over 6 minutes long. It is worth every second. Classic prog rock. (10/10)

My next favourite track is the third one. 'Emerald and Ash'. I cannot explain in words how exceptional this track is. Listen to the wonderful opening with alto sax and orchestral response. Wonderful verse melody, reminds me a bit of another of Hackett's brilliant songs 'The serpentine song'. The 'dressed in velvet...' passage is simply sublime. Beautiful acoustic guitars and a wonderful melody. Simply breathtakingly brilliant. This, as with the first three tracks, moves into a harder rock passage, a fantastic electric guitar solo with chunking bass, towards the end, before reprising the classical arrangement. (10/10)

'Nomads' begins in the classical/maybe folk guitar vein, before moving into a beautiful ballad, awash with multi tracked guitars. Very spanish sounding, flamenco style, with castanets in the background. I love the harmony vocals in the choruses.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Out of my mouth........
Good, not great, but its starting to grow on me.
Published 16 days ago by Richard Constant
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tunes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recorded in his living room
I've followed Steve Hackett's career since 1978. I lost track of him through 2007 and 2008 or so not knowing he was in a legal dispute with Camino Records and also going through a... Read more
Published on April 15, 2012 by Steven G. Greene
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality work
Very good melodic album. Steve has really has stepped up his game on the vocals - has turned himself into a decent singer over the years - not as reliant on vocoders all the time. Read more
Published on December 5, 2011 by the yipper
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great
Steve Hacket's new album is not an improvement on the last two, unfortunately, but that's a very hard task to accomplish, given the high quality of those excellent records. Read more
Published on June 16, 2011 by E. Minkovitch
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gem
Steve Hackett is a guitar virtuoso. By definition "to excel at an instrument" but to this reviewer, that is defined as an individual who cannot only play and perform nearly every... Read more
Published on June 1, 2011 by Old Prog Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Steve! + Ant Phillips!
Steve Hackett rarely lets you down. Always an exciting, interesting musical voyage. This time up there with 'Defector', 'Spectral Mornings' and the best parts of 'Cured'. Read more
Published on February 17, 2011 by Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Light at the end of the tunnel
Hackett fan since the early 70s. Saw him with Genesis during Trick of the Tail and Wind and Wuthering tours as well as the GTR tour. Own every CD. Read more
Published on February 7, 2011 by Russ Bellinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Steve Hackett: Out of the Tunnel's Mouth
Good album,the live stuff is a joy. Not as good as "To Watch The Storms" and "Wild Orchids". I fear Steve is heading downhill again for me. Read more
Published on October 31, 2010 by AbbysK
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