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Please Don't Touch Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 24, 2006)
  • Eng Rmst ed. edition
  • 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 (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,263 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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This release holds a lot of emotional value for me. I first heard this album in my friend's brother's basement room back in 1979 when I was the tender age of fifteen. He had a fantastic stereo system and cranked the title cut. I can still see the back of the album cover in my young hands as I read it while listening. During that memorable evening, I listened to the entire record (yes, record... music was mostly on vinyl back then) and vowed to purchase it, when I had the cash to do so. I was only a kid, at the time.

And I did, not very long after. I played that album to death, almost literally. I bought a second copy because I literally wore it out, over time. This album was one of the musically defining releases of my teen life. When I listen to it, I'm transported back in time to my own listening room, with its large Altec-style speakers and burgeoning record collection.

This particular release motivated me to take classical guitar in the early `80s. I started my education on the guitar taking classical, then moved to jazz a few years later. I recall playing for my teacher one of the short classical pieces on this record, which I had on tape in the car. He panned it, calling it a poorly contrived classical hack job. The respect I had for this teacher dropped several notches. I left his tutelage not long after.

Hackett takes all directions on this album, and it's a unique release for him due to all the guest appearances. The writing is first rate, guitar work innovative and captivating (fabulous use of the Roland guitar synth), and he never lost his progressive edge after leaving Genesis.
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By A Customer on September 24, 1999
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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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