Once Above a Time
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One would have thought that this could have had potential considering the pedigree of Hackett.....it was a complete waste of time and money, sorry.Published 9 months ago by George Lychock
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 on June 21, 2014 by Jack D
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 morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Kokenny
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 on July 7, 2013 by carey hauser
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 morePublished on July 25, 2010 by Music Seeker
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 morePublished on October 31, 2009 by Joseph W. Szilagy