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Surprised there was dedicated thread, but he has three box sets out right now. I've never listened to any of his albums.

5 Classic Albums

A selection of 5 classic studio albums packaged together in a new slim-line slipcase from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Hackett. Includes the albums: Voyage Of The Acolyte, Spectral Mornings, Defector, Highly Strung and Please Don’t Touch.

Premonitions - The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983

Prog rock pioneer Steve Hackett is releasing ‘Premonitions - The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983’, a comprehensive reissue project that includes his first 6 albums, together with a wealth of previously unavailable recordings as well as remixes by Steven Wilson. ‘Premonitions’ comes in a super deluxe box set featuring a total of 135 songs on 10 CDs and 4 DVDs, plus an extensive booklet. Also included in this version are 67 previously unreleased recordings between old and new tracks, live and remixes.

Original Album Collection: Discovering Steve Hackett Box

Former Genesis guitarist STEVE HACKETT offers five studio albums on this specially priced box set, which is being released as part of our ongoing “Original Album Collection” series. Widely considered one of the leading guitarists in the realm of prog rock, this set contains the studio albums “Till We Have Faces” (1984), “Guitar Noir” (1993), “Darktown” (1999), “To Watch The Storms” (2003), and “Wild Orchids” (2006).

I think I'll go with the first one, although it lacks a lot of bonus tracks and I'm normally into getting the fullest versions. The individual reissues do seem a bit overstuffed and Premonitions is very very expensive.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 22 September 2016 12:34 (four years ago) link

Aaaghh, I meant I'm surprised there was no dedicated thread.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 22 September 2016 12:36 (four years ago) link

I've heard the first three. Voyage is essential for anyone who likes prog Genesis, it really does sound like a missing album recorded between Trick of the Tail and W&W. But I think Spectral Mornings is better as a whole. Haven't gone further than that those I'm tempted to check out Wolflight because of that cover alone. Woof!

frogbs, Thursday, 22 September 2016 12:50 (four years ago) link

it's somewhat atypical, but I really like the Randy Crawford sung "Hoping Love Will Last" from Please Don’t Touch

apparently this was going to be on Wind & Wuthering, but Hackett wanted to bring a female singer in to record it and the rest of the band didn't

soref, Thursday, 22 September 2016 13:15 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

ok so Defector is pretty good, I'd definitely get that if you don't have it Robert

though I'm sure most people love him for the proggy guitar instrumentals he packs these albums with, I actually think his ear for pop is quite keen - "Time to Get Out" and "The Show" are both terrific and foreshadow the neo-prog sound to some degree.

that said the next album in line has a cover photo of him sipping on a Mai Tai in front of the beach, which is pretty lol

frogbs, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:09 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Loving Voyage Of The Acolyte, I thought it was all going to be soundscapes but theres a lot of fun in here.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 19 November 2020 00:34 (two weeks ago) link

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