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04/04/13

Steve Hackett - Manchester United (2011) PRRP 068

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A apresentação de Steve Hackett em 12 novembro de 2001, foi sem dúvida um show apropriado para uma das faculdades de música de maior prestígio, o Royal Northern College of Music, situada em Manchester, Reino Unido, noroeste da Inglaterra. O lendário guitarrista, deu uma aula de rock progressivo para um público conhecedor e entusiasta.

Apoiado por uma banda super competente, Hackett revisitou vários períodos, álbuns solo e como tradicionalmente o faz, canções do seu glorioso período com Genesis, bem como, muito material de seu recente lançamento solo, visto anteriormente aqui no blog, "Beyond Shrouded the Horizon"
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E, durante uma performance de mais de duas horas, ele interpreta majestosamente com sua peculiar habilidade, embora surpreendente, em razão da variedade de improvisos e da musicalidade encantadora com que rejuvenesce antigas canções criando novos arranjos. Steve Hackett nunca é igual; a minha impressão é que ele está sempre buscando a melhor performance de uma maneira quase obsessiva.


Uma mostra de músicas do novo álbum deu início ao show, com a dinâmica 'Loch Lomond " fundindo-se ao mais melódico "The Phoenix Flown", seguido pela combinação arrebatadora de "Prairie Angel" e "A Place Called Freedom".

Grande parte da carreira solo de Hackett ao longo de seus 38 anos foi revisitada, da fulgurante "Everyday" de 79,  à delicada "Serpentine Song", de 2003. Faixas marcadas com belas harmonias numa banda que parecia ter um entendimento quase telepático sobre tudo.

O baterista Gary O'Toole e a guitarrista  e vocalista Amanda Lehmann para mim são excelentes destaques neste show Hackett, além de  Rob Townsend, um multi-instrumentista incrivelmente versátil.


Um dos destaques da noite, e também uma de minhas prediletas, foi uma versão dedicada de "Shadow Of The Hierophant", a última música de Hackett do seu 1º álbum solo em 1975,  "Voyage of the Acolyte", bem como um excelente exemplo de seu estilo influente  e virtuoso e de sua capacidade criativa. PRRP oferece uma gravação soberba, equilibrada e cristalina, que aliado ao alto nível do evento, nos proporciona uma agradabilíssima viagem pela nata do rock progressivo mais do que eclético. Boa audição!



Steve Hackett

Royal Northern College of Music
Manchester, England (2011)
Label: PRRP (Nº 068)


"Serpentine Song" (Guildhall, 11.11. 2011)


Set List:

01.Loch Lomond/The Phoenix Flown 10:44
02.Prairie Angel 3:00
03.A Place Called Freedom 6:14
04.The Golden Age Of Steam 5:08
05.Fire On The Moon 6:38
06.Everyday 7:44
07.Waking Into Life 5:17
08.Carpet Crawlers 5:19
09.Firth Of Fifth 10:43
10.Serpentine Song 7:40
11.Shadow Of The Hierophant 11:27
12.Band Introductions 1:22
13.Into The Light 4:47
14.Walking Away From Rainbows 5:11
15.Blood On The Rooftops 6:32
16.Fly On The Windshield 4:22
17.Sleepers 7:56
18.Los Endos 9:30
19.Watcher Of The Skies 9:04
20.Spectral Mornings 7:22

Total Running Time: 02:16.00

Band Line-Up:

Steve Hackett - guitars, vocals
Amanda Lehmann - guitar, vocals
Phil Mulford - bass, vocals
Rob Townsend - clarinet, saxophone, flute, reeds, percussion
Roger King - keyboards
Gary O' Toole - drums, vocals




 Firth Of Fifth



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PRRP 068 Notes.

Back To The Future

Throughout the course of its long history, rock music has continually developed new styles and genres, but very few of those have fuelled the public's imagination and brought forth such fan admiration and devotion as the progressive rock movement of the late sixties and early seventies. Sophisticated albums such as The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' and 'In Search Of The Lost Chord' by The Moody Blues, both released in 1967, proved beyond any doubt that rock music was indeed an art form in its own right. A new generation of talented young musicians would soon follow this lead and propel popular music to new heights.

By 1970, with the arrival on the scene of such influential bands as King Crimson, Van der Graaf Generator, Yes, ELP and Gentle Giant, progressive rock was becoming firmly established and older acts like Pink Floyd and Procol Harum were joining the movement and producing some of their greatest work. Up until 1977, some of the most daring and brilliant music ever recorded came from the progressive rock community. This was at a time before rock music began to turn into the money-hungry industry it sadly became.

Few progressive rock bands shone as brightly as Genesis. From being early pioneers of the movement, and despite the loss of two key members, Genesis managed to survive the punk sweep of the late seventies and went on to attain superstardom in the eighties and nineties. To this day, they remain one of the most revered icons in the prog world, their recorded output from 1970 to 1977 rightfully considered one of the very best from the era.

The first key member to leave was, of course, singer Peter Gabriel. It is quite impossible to underrate the importance that the charismatic frontman had in the band's rise to stardom. His enigmatic storytelling and bizarre theatrics captivated fans and critics alike, attracting more and more people to Genesis concerts with each passing year of his tenure with the band. Gabriel's decision to leave the group in 1975 could have signified the end for Genesis, but fate, and the depth of talent within the band, decreed otherwise. With drummer Phil Collins installed as lead singer and frontman, Genesis released 'A Trick Of The Tail' and 'Wind And Wuthering', two of the best albums of their entire catalogue. Unfortunately, though, another very important defection lurked ahead.

After the 'Wind And Wuthering' tour, while the band was mixing the live album 'Seconds Out', Steve Hackett, the band's lead guitarist since 1971, announced his intention to leave Genesis. His departure, although not remotely as publicised as Gabriel's, would turn out to be an even greater turning point for Genesis. Steve's unique, ghostly sounds and delicate electric and acoustic touches, an unmistakable ingredient of the band's individual sound, would be sorely missed and the music of Genesis would never be the same again.

Since leaving the group that made him famous, Steve Hackett has been highly prolific. Following the unexpected success of his first solo album, 'Voyage Of The Acolyte', released in 1975 while he was still a member of Genesis, Steve embarked on a very successful and fruitful solo career which has given us no less than 22 studio albums over the course of the last 35 years, not counting two side projects with Yes members: the 1986 GTR album with guitarist Steve Howe and the recent Squackett project with bassist Chris Squire. Steve's next studio effort, scheduled for release in the fall of 2012, will be a sequel to his very popular 1996 'Genesis Revisited' album. 'Genesis Revisited - Volume Two', a 2CD affair, will be, in Steve's own words "...the longest album I have ever produced".

For all his studio work, however, Steve has not shied away from the live stage during all these years. Between 1978 and 1983, he toured heavily to promote each of his first six solo albums. After recording two more, 'Bay Of Kings' (his first acoustic album) and 'Till We Have Faces', he concentrated on the GTR group project and, capitalising on the success of the hit single 'When The Heart Rules The Mind', a long tour was set up to promote the album in North America and Europe. After the tour, Steve retired from the GTR project, electing to stay away from bands and heavy touring for a while. In fact, apart from a brief acoustic tour in 1988, he was absent from the live scene until 1992, at which time he assembled a new band to promote his album, 'Guitar Noir'. Following an acclaimed four-night stay in Japan to promote the 'Genesis Revisited' album in 1996, Steve once again disappeared from the live scene.

It was the release of the excellent 'Darktown' album in 1999 which marked Hackett's definitive return to the stage. Putting together an entirely new band, he began playing live again, and he has not stopped recording and touring since, much to our delight. The concert we now offer with this spectacular stereo remaster was recorded from the audience in Manchester, England, on November 12th, 2011. The set list offers a wide variety of material from Steve's back catalogue, including songs from his latest studio offering, 'Beyond The Shrouded Horizon', and the welcome inclusion of six complete Genesis tracks. We truly hope you will enjoy listening to this special performance from a progressive legend!

PRRP Staff

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