Saturday, February 16, 2013

Steve Hackett: Spectral Mornings

Steve Hackett: Spectral Mornings.  We will have something similar back up here in September for a concert review.  As Steve Hackett is out on tour with an assembled band and vocalist - playing Genesis songs from his unique, and some say best, era of the band.  Genesis had the early Gabriel Phase.  The early post Gabriel phase - my favorite with Abacab and Duke lp's - and the FM radio-friendly, mostly lame Later Post Gabriel Phase.   Steve played on Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, their SLA called Live, Selling England by the Pound, the Lamb, Trick of the Tale, and lastly Wind & Wuthering.  That spans the meat of the seventies - 1972 to 1976, and six masterful albums.  The LP above is..."Spectral Mornings is the third release and the second post-Genesis album by guitarist Steve Hackett. This is also the first recording to feature Hackett's first true touring band, consisting of his brother John Hackett on flute, guitar and bass pedals, long-time collaborator keyboardist Nick Magnus, bassist/vocalist Dik Cadbury, drummer John Shearer and vocalist Peter Hicks.  Lead vocals are provided by Hicks with harmonies by Hackett & Cadbury.  Hackett himself sings lead on "The Ballad of the Decomposing Man".  This is the second album that Hackett used a Roland GR-500 Guitar Synthesizer for. It can be heard on two tracks: "The Virgin and the Gypsy" and "Tigermoth".  In 2005, Spectral Mornings was remastered and re-released on Virgin Records. The new edition features updated liner notes and seven bonus tracks."

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