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Best known as the main guitarist for Genesis from 1971 to 1977, Steve Hackett has long been regarded as one of the leading progressive rock guitarists of his generation. This remastered pressing of his 1978 album features 13 tracks including the 3 bonus tracks 'Narnia' (John Perry vocal), 'Land Of 1000 Autumns/Please Don't Touch' (live) & 'Narnia' (Steve Walsh vocal). EMI. 2005.

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listen  3. Racing In A (2005 Digital Remaster) 5:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 20, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Caroline World Service
  • ASIN: B000AM1TH6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on February 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
1978's "Please Don't Touch" is Steve Hackett's 2nd solo album, and the first one the guitarist recorded after he left Genesis. Steve gets a lot of big name help on this collection, such as singers Richie Havens, Steve Walsh of Kansas, and Randy Crawford, as well as his brother John Hackett on flute and Genesis touring drummer Chester Thompson. This is an excellent album with shades of progressive rock here & there, but also some pop & straightforward guitar rock as well. The music is awesome, Steve's guitarwork throughout fantastic. Steve also takes musical inspiration from classic fictional books for some of the songs: "Narnia" (sung by Walsh) is a fun, lighthearted number based on C.S. Lewis' childrens' classic "The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe," the strange little tune "Carry On Up The Vicarage" is a musical tribute to mystery writer Agatha Christie, and the breathtaking finale "Icarus Ascending" (sung by Havens) is inspired by the classic Greek tale of the doomed flight of Icarus. With the exception of "Vicarage," Steve mostly sings backup or harmony vocals, leaving most of the singing duties to Havens, Walsh and Crawford, who all give great performances. Other standout tracks include the catchy rock of "Racing In A," the wonderful acoustic number "How Can I?" (sung by Havens), the stunningly beautiful instrumental "Kim" (dedicated to Hackett's wife, Kim Poor, who also paints his album covers), the lovely ballad "Hoping Love Will Last" (sung by Crawford), and, of course, the monstrous title track, a menacing rock instrumental featuring some of Steve's most scorching guitar licks ever recorded (originally, Steve submitted "Please Don't Touch" to be recorded by Genesis, but for some reason, the band turned it down. Thank goodness then that he kept it for himself!).Read more ›
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. T. Whay on March 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album was recommended to me by a number of people who like progressive rock. I have to admit I bought it because Steve Walsh of Kansas sings on it. I was absolutely floored by the entire album - not a single bad track.
"Narnia" is the single most inspired vocal performance by Steve Walsh I have EVER heard. It was as though Steve Hackett wrote that song with Walsh in mind. It blends perfectly with his style, even though it is definitely more lighthearted than anything he ever did in Kansas. This album is worth buying just for this single song.
Richie Havens' Icarus Ascending is another soul-shaker - I didn't know what to expect from him having only heard his "Here Comes the Sun" previously. His voice is so profound - so moving, so deep - makes you yearn for more. I'm always sorry knowing there is no more at the end.
Randy Crawford's voice is like pure honey and light! So rich, so earnest. She was a magic choice for this album.
All in all, this is one of my favorite albums of all time - you MUST listen to it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album is like a master class in guitar orchestration. Every line and texture is incredibly well thought out, and not a note is waisted. But far from being just a "guitar album", Please Don't Touch really demonstrates Hackett's genius as a composer. Just terrific writing!! And while it's easy to describe the album as "eclectic", there are common threads that bring the pieces together and make it the perfect CD to listen to in it's entirety. A wonderful, wonderful album!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arik U. Cotton on September 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album, Steve Hackett's second solo album, and the first one he did after he left Genesis, is probably his best one in my opinion. There's a lot more guest performances, and his songwriting is getting to be a bit more conventional.
Steve Walsh of Kansas joins Steve on Narnia and Racing in A. I wonder how many Kansas fans actually own this album because of this. He does a great job with the songs, and makes them his own. During points of the songs, I almost forgot that I was listening to a Steve Hackett album.
Richie Havens joins him on How Can I?, and Icarius Acending. Great performances from him. The songs suit his baritone very well, and the romantic chords of Icarius just totally bring shivers up and down the spine.
R&B stylist Randy Crawford joins in on Hoping Love Will Last. She brings a lot of soul to the song, and makes it a nice ballad to really get into. Steve's guitar is very complimentary to her voice and the lyrics.
Steve does a crazy vocal part on Carry Up On The Vicarage, a song that was a musical tribute to Agatha Christie. Altering his voice several times on the song, it brings out a lot of humour to the otherwise dismal and dark lyrics of the song.
There was a story amoung the Genesis fan base about the title track, kinda controversial as well. The song was originally going to be put on the Wind and Wuthering album, however the members of the band decided not to do it at all, much to Steve's chagrin. It never made it past the rehearsal album. But I think that it would have been a great addition to the album, actually.
This album is definitely my favourite of Steve's albums. I totally recommend it to all fans of Genesis, and even prog fans...or if you just happen to like good music, and like to listen to things that are different from the norm, then this is the album for you.
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