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Voyage of the Acolyte [Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered]

Steve HackettAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 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 (October 11, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B000AM1TGC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,742 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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 1975 album features 10 tracks including the 2 bonus tracks 'Ace Of Wands' (live) & 'Shadow Of The Hierophant' (extended playout version). EMI. 2005.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Masterpieces of Progressive Rock January 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is rightly considered one of the masterpieces of progressive rock. It has the whole spectrum of the genre-- great, unpredictable arrangements (Ace of Wands), esoteric lyrics (The Hermit, Star of Sirius, Shadow of the Hierophant), manic instrumental sections (The Tower Struck Down), astoundingly beautiful moments (Hands of the Priestess), and the drama of classical-like buildups (Shadow of the Hierophant.) In order to perform progrock, you had to have the skills to pull off a wide range of musical moods.

Three vocalists contribute a variety of styles-- Steve himself delivers a quiet folkish song, Phil Collins his high and airy style, and an operatic approach from soprano Sally Oldfield (sister of Mike Oldfield). Steve's brother John Hackett is superb on flute and ARP synthesizer, while John Acock provides moody keyboard backdrops. Steve himself gives a more restrained performance than you would expect from a lead guitarist let loose on his first solo album, but his allegiance if first and foremost to compositional development, as was the tradition in progrock.

I'm not much of an audiophile, but I noticed the improvement in this disc immediately. This was one of the first albums I bought on CD, and I was glad to purchase it again for the improved quality. If you want to begin to explore Steve Hackett's career, or just want to relive a peak of the genre, start right here in 1975 when progrock was still one of the most commercially uncompromised genres in the history of popular music.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut album by Steve Hackett April 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Recorded in June/July of 1975 (soon after Peter Gabriel left Genesis), this debut solo album by Steve more or less pointed in the direction that Genesis would travel following the Lamb Lies down on Broadway (1974). The album was also somewhat successful and reached No. 26 in England and No. 191 in America, which was a source of encouragement for the guys in Genesis (they were recording A Trick of the Tail at the time). More importantly however, Voyage of the Acolyte gave Steve an opportunity to record music that had been dismissed by some of the guys in Genesis.

Joining Steve (electric and acoustic guitars; mellotron; harmonium, bells, autoharp, vocal, effects) were Genesis mates Mike Rutherford (bass guitar, Taurus bass pedals, fuzz 12-string); and Phil Collins (drums, percussion, vibes, vocals); along with Steve's brother John Hackett (flute, ARP synthesizer, bells); keyboardist John Acock (Elka Rhapsody, mellotron, harmonium, piano); Sally Oldfield (vocal); Robin Miller (oboe, cor anglais); and Nigel Warren-Green (cello). For those of you Brand X fans out there (like me) Percy Jones contributes an excellent bass part on A Tower Struck Down. The musicians on this album are all excellent and I loved hearing Phil's drumming, not to mention his vocal contributions. Steve of course, shines throughout and his playing is both delicate and adventurous.

The eight tracks on the album range in length from 1'34" to 11'45" - the pieces are all superb and it is clear that Steve was (and is) an excellent composer. This is a very well recorded and soft album loaded with dreamy mellotron and warm synthesizer tones all over the place.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steve Hackett's Incredible Voyage April 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Steve Hackett's first solo album, a largely instrumental group of songs, remains something incredible, almost 30 years after its release.
The tracks on this disc are predominantly instrumentals, featuring lots of trademark Hackett guitar leads as well as some delicious synth playing and acoustic guitar. "Ace of Wands" is a magnificent mini-epic full of outstanding playing, memorable compostition and perfect instrumentation. "Hand of the Priestess" pats 1 and two as well as "the Lovers" are soft, pastoral pieces featuring delicate acoustic guitar and superb flute leads. "The Hermit" and the "Star of Sirius" feature vocals by Phil Collins and Hackett himself. "Star" has particularily impressive guitar/mellotron textures accompanied by synth and vibes, which border on spacey at times.
"Shadow of the Hierophant," the disc's lengthy closer is a very nice operatic sort of tune featuring vocals of that style by Sally Oldfield. The epic fadeout of the song is not to be missed, but it drags on for far too long, which explains the detraction of a star. "A Tower Struck Down" is the only tense song on this otherwise mellow, often pretty collection of songs.
Fans of Hackett's later work will find this somewhat different from his other material, but most of his followers as well as fans of early Genesis and prog in general will find this incredibly melodic album a real treat.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible remastering March 22, 2007
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I bought this on import LP in 1975 and have been listening to it a couple of times a year for 32 years. I know this recording. At least I thought I did. The remastering of this music is steller. I am hearing things in this original mix that I have never heard before. I even compared this to the initial CD release and there is no comparison. The acoustic instruments have much more depth and presence. The electric soundstage is well balanced. For the first time, the bass and bass pedals can be heard in full depth and brilliance. There could be some serious foundation shaking with the right subwoofer. I always believed this LP could have fit comfortably between Foxtrot and Selling England if Genesis had recorded it. The only thing that keeps this work from being a true Genesis project is the absence of Peter Gabriel's vocals and flute playing. This recording IS that good. It has always been my favorite Hackett release. You need to add this to your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Brilliant - as always.
Published 1 month ago by Bjrn S. Skjveland
4.0 out of 5 stars Spirit also souls!
I'm Young Jun Kim from South KOREA republic.
A lot of thank you for your idealistic imaged album cover!
With me, also souls! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Young Jun Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Not even two weeks after the last Lamb tour show.
Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, and a few others put together this great lost Genesis album. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Truthteller
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh so dated
Only a complete Hackett fan could still think this was worth listening to. After many years it just doesn't cut it.
Published 15 months ago by scrapper
5.0 out of 5 stars Practically a Genesis album
Not only are the Genesis guys (including Hackett himself, obviously) frequently heard from, Hackett was still working very much in the Genesis style of this period, so the arty... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Steve Holtje
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull and Brilliant
Why is this record not so well known? This is one of my all time favorites. Mr. Hackett should have stayed on a bit longer with Genesis but who am I to say?
Published 21 months ago by Kurt P. Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars my favorite Hackett
There was a time that I thought of Steve Hackett as the least important member of Genesis, but a guitarist that I liked and respected. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ken
3.0 out of 5 stars Diet drama
While it is easy for any early Genesis fan to appreciate so many obvious elements retained here, even Hackett's highly assured debut cannot mask the fact that VOTA suffers from all... Read more
Published on June 1, 2010 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Brilliant Timeless,Do Not Miss
Theres not much more to be added about this absolutely fantastic album(one of best in history) other than GET THIS ALBUM!!!! Read more
Published on March 7, 2010 by Russell Sullins
5.0 out of 5 stars just great
The ONLY reason I don't put Voyage of the Acolyte on the same level of brilliance as the classic Genesis albums of the 70's is because the songwriting feels a bit on the simplistic... Read more
Published on February 16, 2010 by B. E Jackson
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