What does it sound like?:
It seems to be pretty much compulsory these days that when an artist tours, it’s documented on a subsequent commercial live release. Thus we have this new set by Steve Hackett, recorded on last year’s tour, and coming in the usual cd, dvd and bluray configurations. As well as tying in with the release of Hackett’s latest studio album, The Night Siren, the show also celebrates the, roughly, fortieth anniversary (December 1976) of one of the most underrated Genesis albums, Wind and Wuthering, which was of course Hackett’s last with the band.
Hackett is once again backed by a great band, including Nick Beggs on bass and Nad Sylvan on vocals, who really capture the essence of the material. The first part of the show concentrates, as you’d expect, on material from The Night Siren, before moving on to a couple of lesser-known solo pieces, Serpentine Song and Rise Again. For me though, the highlight of this part of the show is a lengthy performance of the epic Shadow Of The Hierophant, from his debut solo album from way back when, Voyage Of the Acolyte.
The second half of the show is devoted to classic Genesis material, starting with five tracks from Wind and Wuthering, including a great rendition of one of my favourite tracks from the album, One For The Vine. The remainder is a run of absolute prog classics, impeccably reproduced, and again including some of my personal faves – Firth Of Fifth, The Musical Box and Dance On A Volcano. There’s even a first live outing for Hackett of Inside And Out, a track originally intended for the ‘Wind’ album, but which eventually appeared on the Spot The Pigeon EP. This much overlooked piece has to be one of the best songs to come out of the four man Genesis line up.
The DVD also includes an interesting thirty-minute ‘behind the scenes’ tour documentary, as well as three promo videos for songs from The Night Siren, giving a total running time of a very generous three hours twenty minutes in total.
What does it all *mean*?
I really enjoyed this set, combining as it does the best of new Hackett with the best of old Genesis – and let’s face it, this is the only way you’re going to hear this vintage prog material performed these days.
Goes well with…
An evening of prog.
Might suit people who like…
Hackett, Genesis, Prog at its best.