Shadow Of The Hierophant - Steve Hackett - The Tokyo Tapes (CD, Album)

Very good renditions of good tracks. What else do we need? The minus parts now. The version of "Shadow" is just cut down to its very end and features an average drum solo we could have expected something of another tenure IMO. Difficult to bear in this version. But the studio one from Steve was also a poor experience. At least, he is consistent. Don't be fooled by the two unreleased studio tracks. Just nine minutes of average music. This is my preferred live album from Steve.

Probably because of the mix of great songs but not only from his repertoirea solid line up and a very good selection of some of his best solo songs as well.

Four stars. Wetton, Thompson, Mc'Donald, Colbeck and Steve Hackett, are very competent musicians but they don't have an over dimensioned ego, something that allows them to work as a team, without internal fights or problems, but most important, they all know that this is a Steve Hackett album, so he is in charge of the band and nobody tries to be the star, not even Steve.

The result is an outstanding album, group of former Genesis, King Crimson, Asia, Zappa and Weather Report musicians, working as a solid group instead of a bunch of names joined in the last minute, seems hard to believe they are not part of the same band working for years, because there are practically no bad spots.

They perform Genesis, Asia, King Crimson and Steve Hackett songs as if they had played that stuff for a lifetime, but harder still, they are not afraid of doing it, something very common when doing a cover of a musical icon, some tracks are very faithful to the original version while others are very different, but all have something unique plus a dark mysterious touch that makes them sound original.

In this case, more than in the songs, I want to focus in the performances of the band. Julian Colbeck has the hard task of creating atmospheres in the Genesis to replace Tony Banks is not easycomplement Steve in his material and try to remain faithful in the King Crimson tracks, well he does an excellent job, specially in the intro of "Watcher of the Skies" Ian McDonald shows how versatile he is adding nice extra keyboards, but specially with the flute and Saxophone, his performance on "In the Court of he Crimson King" is breathtaking.

A special mention to "Chester Thompson" who is absolutely brilliant in every track, I had no chance to miss Phil Collins in any "Genesis" song, because he sounds stronger and extremely accurate, his performance in "Los Endos" can only be described as perfect. Now, if somebody asks me for best tracks, I would think it carefully, the whole show is very solid, there are few weak moments and every song has something special, but if I have to chose I would say that I love the faithful version of In the Court of the Crimson King which sounds as good as the original and the Avant Garde oriented cover of Firth of Fifth, this last one specially because any normal Proghead would had expected a total recreation of one of the best guitar solos in history of Prog, but Steve has the guts to make it sound different and fresh without disappointing the audience.

I could spend hours talking about each and every track, but would be like spoiling the surprise for those who haven't heard the album. I believe it's enough to say it's an outstanding release and a very rare opportunity to listen such good and different songs played by the same band and in the same album.

Four solid stars for "Tokyo Tapes" really 4. So, if you are a fan of "Genesis", "Steve Hackett" and early "King Crimson", don't think it twice, get the album and the DVD if possible, you won't regret it. Wetton's voice gives a different perspective from what Gabriel did on the song, Hackett's guitar couldn't be better and the overall performanc of the rest of the band is breathtaking. Highlights: Hackett's guitars obviouslyMcDonald's sax, Thompson's drums this is his territory: experimentation and jazz Wetton's voice is again a highlight Hackett is more than qualified to fill Fripp's shoes another interesting point of viewMcDonald's performance is as great not only great Hackett shows his classical style I never disliked Asia but it was a great disappointment I can't ask for more Colbeck and Thompson do a nice job in their respective instruments Ian McDonald gives one of the best sax solos in the history of prog joined by the mighty Chester Thompson The flute work is really good I can not get tired of this This live album did originally seem a bit more impressive than the Steve's Genesis Revisited album but the minutes worth of mixed live material becomes somewhat tedious after a while.

The classic Genesis pieces work a whole lot better in this five man band setting and I would have hoped that the performance would have stayed as such. This is of course not the case and instead we also get material from Steve's solo career, early King Crimson and even Asia!

It's a real treat listening to John Wetton totally Shadow Of The Hierophant - Steve Hackett - The Tokyo Tapes (CD the one time Asia hit with this acoustic performance that I hope he won't try to re-create any time soon.

Otherwise there aren't any real stand-out performances here since most of these tracks have sounded better on other releases. Ultimately this is another one of those good, but not in any way essential releases made only for the inducted fans. The musical praetorian guard is entirely first rate, a tight rhythm section of Wetton who really shines throughout, reminding us of his greatness and the fantastic Chester Thompson Genesis, Ponty, Zappa and Weather Report leading the charge, Julian Colbeck on keys played with Yes and Crimsonaut Ian McDonald supplying his usual polyvalence on sax, flutes, guitar and ivories, Hackett finds himself and his trusted Gibson Les Paul in shimmering company.

He therefore demonstrates throughout his considerable tonal talents to the max, a consummate mixture of power, grace and elegance. The lead-in jam section on "Firth" is stupendous, as Album) funky bass and funkier drums propel the arrangement straight into the maelstrom of a blistering solo, a modern electric guitar effigy frozen for evermore in genius. I generally comment there and then that if this piece leaves one indifferent, please return to your Rascal Flatts albums and may Peace be with you!

The door is opened, the red-faced Shadow Of The Hierophant - Steve Hackett - The Tokyo Tapes (CD ushered out and the rest of the crew continue there sonic travels towards "the river of constant change". Certainly the solo Hackett material finds equal footing here with pleasurable rides such as ramblers "Camino Royale", "Riding the Colossus", the spectacular "Shadow of the Hierophant" and the evocative "The Steppes".

The melody on "Battlelines" is perhaps a tad commercial but what a gorgeous chorus, finding both Wetton and Hackett in top form! The acoustic section features Steve picking marvelously on the pastoral "Horizons" and the utterly symphonic "Walking Away from Rainbows", two mini gems that shine ever so brightly. I personally do not care much for "Vampyre with a Healthy Appetite", admittedly a cool Halloween song with an icy riff but ultimately silly vocals, so I generally like to keep this low on the radar.

The contrasting effects on "Shadow of the Hierophant" remains a stunner even after so many years, a sheer envelope of unparalleled beauty where volume, density, fragility and power all seem to converge at once from all directions, blooming into this orgasmic explosion of galloping passion and desire, a lesson in the sublime as the mellotron samples smolder in the foreground and Chester rattles of a ruthless drum solo that is simply thrilling his eyes closed in concentrated reverence is to die for.

I can go on but why, you should have gotten the message by now. If you need to get a teaching gig showing off the virtues of prog to the ignorants, this is where you need to start IMHO.

A testament, a textbook, a monument and an education, all rolled into a plastic DVD. Simply breathtaking! I've been strongly dissatisfied with live albums in the past, but this truly stands out and is an excellent addition to any progressive rock collection.

Highly recommended for the prog fan. For all of the guest stars, this live set is filed under Steve Hackett for a reason: the bulk of the album either comes from his solo career or from the recently-released this was released in but recorded in Genesis Revisited he also does " The Genesis tracks "Watcher of the Skies," "Firth of Fifth," "Los Endos," "I Know What I Like" aren't done identically to the original versions, but they're not quite as startling as they sometimes were on Revisitedso they should be easier for an old Genesis to assimilate than the versions on Revisited.

Fortunately, the setlist is spiced up to take advantage of the unique combination of players, and there are some non-Hackett surprises to be found.

There's a lengthy solo Wetton piece called "Battlelines," from a recent album, that I find passable in an Asia-ish way, but that just seems like a bone that Steve threw to John to help get him on board. They don't really involve Hackett that much, but again, given the overall amount of Hackett material on the album, I feel like that's by design.

And finally, there's an acoustic version! Wetton's change of the lyrics to reflect that the performance year was instead of is a little cheesy, but I'm glad they decided to throw in this track.

On the whole, I like this album just fine, yet for all of the good performances and small surprises contained therein, I can't shake the feeling that this album is more of a novelty than an essential part of my collection. According to Colbeck, it was these shows Album) convinced him that he should retire from live rock performance, on the grounds that looking around the stage and seeing all of these old geezers who were then only in their 40s mind you made him decide that live rock music should be done by young people, and I'm not entirely shocked that this would happen.

The album is out-of-print at this time, and given the effort and probable cost that would need to be expended to get it, I'm not sure it's worth the effort. If you have some way to find it easily, though, it's worth hearing for the best parts. It is a purchase I definitely do not regret. The album is from a one night show in Tokyo performed by Hackett and a collection of his friends from the great and good of classic prog, and came off the back of the first Genesis Revisited album, which, to these ears, is the best of the two editions, simply because Hackett, in my opinion, displayed more originality on the classic Genesis song interpretations.

There are also some surprising pleasantries for me. The wonderful way the bass playing of Wetton comes out in the mix, with his wonderfully inventive licks at the end of Firth of Fifth and In That Quiet Earth. Rutherford never sounded that forceful or good, that's for sure! Colbeck is no Tony Banks, but is very quietly efficient, whilst McDonald's flute playing is a delight, and Thompson shows on skins just why he is still the world's most in demand Genesis drummer behind a certain Mr Collins.

Hackett is very careful on this to ensure that the show is more than a Genesis revival, or Hackett number's show, and the inclusion of guest songs is extremely welcome. Of these, the two Crimson songs come out very well, with In The Court especially warm Colbeck is wonderful on thisbut, perhaps the biggest surprises are the Wetton contributions.

Battlelines is a wonderful song, beautifully performed, and the version of Heat of the Moment which appears here is the finest ever recorded, understated, sung and played with extreme feeling. Of course, we love the Genesis songs, but the Hackett solo tracks also serve to remind us just what an important songwriter Hackett has been since he left the band all those years ago. This is an wonderfully enjoyable wallow in nostalgia and great live playing, and is heartily recommended to all.

Also there are some songs from Genesis also sung by Wetton BUT played with different arrangements adding some new parts which were not included in the original versions, a thing which gives some variety, of course.

Hackett also plays some solo acoustic guitar pieces. Some of the old Genesis songs also include some brief melodies and parts of other songs from this band. These versions sometimes sound a bit "strange" but they sound good anyway. In one interview, Wetton said that this project was always a one-off project and that was the only way it was considered then.

A brief one-off tour in Japan in December and that was all. A funny experience for all the musicians who were involved in it, with also very good performances from all of them. The recording and mixing is very clear and very good. The album also includes two bonus solo studio tracks by Hackett which are two good instrumental new songs. At a time when Genesis the Collins-Banks-Rutherford line-up had radically de-emphasised the band's 70's material in their live sets in favour of more commercially viable songs from their 80's and 90's albums and Peter Gabriel never performed any Album) songs liveand the Robert Fripp-led King Crimson also had totally abandoned their early material, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, and Ian McDonald did exactly the right thing when they banded together in the mid 90's to perform classic tracks by these major Progressive Rocks bands in which they had been part in the past McDonald and Wetton in King Crimson and respectively, and Hackett in Genesis ; the golden eras of both bands.

These three men here kept the legacy of these classic Prog bands alive much better than the bands who owned the rights to the names 'Genesis' and 'King Crimson'. The rest of the line-up here consists of Chester Thompson who toured with Genesis for many years on drums and Julian Colbeck who toured with Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe on keyboards.

A very powerful line-up indeed! And, to represent Wetton's presence, they also play the title track from his solo album Battlelines plus an acoustic version of Asia's Heat Of The Moment which sounds much better than the original version. It is truly an excellent set and many of the songs are here in new arrangements while keeping just the right amount of the old.

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IsraBox - Music is Life! Tracklist: CD 1: 1. Watcher Of The Skies Shadow Of The Hierophant - Steve Hackett - The Tokyo Tapes (CD. Riding The Colossus 3. The result is this rather eclectic mix of tracks from both Hackett's history, and that of his friends. The Genesis classics still tend to take pride of place, with excellent versions of "Watcher of the skies" and "Firth of fifth" similar to but different from the "Revisited" versions.

The additional freeform section before Hackett's guitar solo on "Firth of Fifth" may or may not be appropriate, but it does make that wonderful solo sound even better. Hackett also reclaims "Horizons" per Genesis tradition credited on "Foxtrot" as a band composition but clearly Hackett's babyand "In that quiet earth" from "Wind and Wuthering".

The latter is subject to an improvisational section, complete with sax! Ian MacDonald, manages to get two tracks from "In the court of the crimson king" included, sung superbly by fellow ex King Crimson man John Wetton though Wetton was of course not in the band for their first album. Wetton himself contributes the excellent "Battlelines" from his solo work, plus "Heat of the moment" from his time with Asia. Ironically, it is Hackett's solo works which are the relatively and I would emphasise the word relatively weak tracks, perhaps due to a lack of familiarity both within the assembled players, and indeed some of the audience.

Two new studio instrumental tracks round off the album, both of which are competent if unremarkable, "The dealer" Album) slightly the better. If you ignore the rather uninspired sleeve, and can forgive Hackett for not sharing the album credit more evenly, this is a fine double CD collection, with an enjoyable diversity of source material.

As one can expect, the musicianship is fantastic throughout, with a special mention for Ian McDonald's performance on flute and saxophone. Wetton's voice is warm and passionate, his "Battlelines" being easily one of the highlights of the record and that from somebody who's never been a Wetton fan! His performance on the two KC classics is also quite good, although Lake will always be in a different league.

However, the Hackett-penned instrumental tracks are in no way inferior to these "golden oldies", especially "Shadow of the Hierophant", which opens in style the almost completely instrumental second CD. This also contains a stunning version of "Los Endos", driven by the powerhouse rythm section of Chester Thompson and John Wetton who remains a great bassist. It's a pity, though, that the beautiful, melancholy "Blood on the Rooftops" is only hinted at.

The two studio tracks that close the second CD feature Hackett on guitar and percussion and Iron Friedman on keyboards and programming; they're rather interesting, though not as good as those performed live.

Overall, "The Tokyo Tapes" is surely a recommended listen for every self-respecting fan of '70s prog rock. Another very interesting feature of "The Tokyo Tapes" is that the musicians have taken an alternative path some more than others with each song. While this is not always a good thing in some cases through out the album it can be interesting to see a different perspective of a song.

I have to admit that the live versions of "Firth of Fifth" and "Watcher of the skies" are excellent as Shadow Of The Hierophant - Steve Hackett - The Tokyo Tapes (CD "Ride the Colossus. Wetton does an excellent job in the vocal department; some of the tracks just don't seem right without the original vocalists however.

I don't get why Steve Hackett gets all the credit for this album as there are a bunch of equally reputable musicians at his side who seem to be shoved a side.

Anywho, due to many reasons this is probably a four star album but I'm going to settle on three for now. I'd recommend "The Tokyo Tapes" to all classic prog fans; I guarantee you'll find this mix of proggers quite entertaining. Short and sweet. For me personally, Hackett is a brilliant musician and composer, who was a very key member of Genesis.

During the workshop, I played "Please Don't Touch" tune just to indicate to the prog audience who participated actively at Mario's Place the workshop venue that this tune has a strong historic value for Hackett, I believe.

It's because this song was originally approved by the band during the recording of "Wind and Wuthering" album but. So then. Hackett's composition is for me so unique and he has explored his musical talent not limited to just rock but he also adventured into a blues, jazz and a bit of avant-garde music.

You will find his interpretation of avant-garde music in these tracks. This live album "Tokyo Tapes" has been with me since it was released and by then when I got it, I was not so impressed with this record. The main reason was being the fact that the sound is not like typical nuance of Hackett album.

Something strange for me and I did not pay further attention with this record until recently. I try to spin many more times and forget about the Hackett nuance at all. It helps a lot because by doing so I do not need to expect anything on the sounds of this music at all. That's what I feel. Why liking this album? Different Sound. Oh yes, this was actually the thing that turned me down to further explored this album - because the sound was not exactly what I expected with Steve Hackett.

I thought that this album should not be titled under Steve Hackett solo album because I did not find the "soul" of Hackett music in here. Time went by and by the time I switch my mind by releasing any expectation at all from Steve Hackett, I then can easily enjoy the music this album offers.

Even from the start of the album with "Watcher Of The Skies" I can sense how this legendary track by Genesis is being played with modern keyboard sound of Julian Colbeck. This also happens beautifully with "Shadow of the Hierophant" which offers different nuance under this version. Music Experimentation. This thing happens wonderfully - to my ears - for tracks with great insertion of avant-garde style.

This happens, for example - with "Firth Of Fifth" In a nutshell I don't like this version until I find its beauty during interlude where this collaboration of genius musicians Album) avant-garde style. I think Ian McDonald's role in this nuance is very critical.

This also happens with "Los Endos" where so far I has considered that the version of "Genesis Revisited" album is the best one but now I think this live version is also great. I especially like when Ian McDonald plays his inventive sax work. It's great! Collaborative Effort of Great Musicians. All of them are performed combining the strengths of each individual musician from other bands.

It's very enjoyable to listen to Hackett's guitar interpretation of Robert Fripp's King Crimson unique guitar playing.

Chester Thompson is Genesis' drum player during tour, so he should be familiar with some Genesis tracks. For my taste, I do not actually enjoy his style of playing at this album. John Wetton plays like how he played with Asia and not in such a way represents his style with King Crimson at all! Why you are NOT liking this album? If you are newbie to prog or to any of Hackett, Genesis, King Crimson, or Asia music, I do not recommend you to have this album directly.

It's too risky for you if you have not listened to the studio albums before. For newbie in prog, you should listen to the studio albums of Steve Hackett, Genesis and King Shadow Of The Hierophant - Steve Hackett - The Tokyo Tapes (CD prior to listening to this album.

Don't want improvisation. If you are this kind of people, it's gonna be very hard for you to enjoy this album. Conclusion I consider this album, overall, is an excellent addition to any prog music collection. I experience it myself that since couple of days ago I keep listening to this album many spins already.

This also happens with some improvisation on "Los Endos". All of this sum up into one excellent album that any prog head should have. Keep on proggin'.! LINK Pt. Post a Comment. C recommends Mizar6 Get this crazy baby off my head! Steve Hackett - The Tokyo Tapes - - Camino Records Soon after completing work on Watcher of the Skies, Steve Hackett conceived of a series of concerts involving many of the musicians from the Genesis project, to be recorded for a special live release.

This two-disc set from a December performance in Tokyo is the end result. The set list includes many Genesis songs, as well as several taken from Hackett's solo archive. Most of the songs differ considerably from their studio versions, either through vastly altered arrangements or extended instrumental sections.

Wetton does a fine job on lead vocals, the one exception being his solo acoustic reworking of the Asia mega-hit "Heat of the Moment"; the new version with updated lyrics sounds embarrassingly frail. This is a minor misstep, however. Tokyo Tapes is easily the definitive Steve Hackett live collection available to date, and it's a welcome addition to any fan's collection.

The album also contains two Steve Hackett studio tracks. His arrival in the group's lineup at the start ofreplacing original guitarist Anthony Phillips, provided the group with the last ingredient that it needed for success.

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  1. Shadow of the Hierophant. Steve Hackett. From the Album The Tokyo Tapes. April 1, Listen Now. Buy song $ Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to .

  2. Jun 16,  · Sell This Version. SHCD Steve Hackett. The Tokyo Tapes Volume Two ‎ (CD, Enh) SH Records (4) SHCD Russia. /5.

  3. Jun 29,  · Soon after completing work on Watcher of the Skies, Steve Hackett conceived of a series of concerts involving many of the musicians from the Genesis project, to be recorded for a special live release. This two-disc set from a December performance in Tokyo is the end result/10(36).

  4. The Tokyo Tapes is a live and studio album by English guitarist Steve Hackett, released in April by Camino Records. It documents two concerts performed by a supergroup line-up of Hackett, John Wetton, Chester Thompson, Ian McDonald and Julian Colbeck, in Tokyo, Japan in December The album includes two studio tracks recorded by blueskyservices.biz: Progressive rock.

  5. Editorial Reviews. Digitally remastered three disc (two CDs + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) edition of Steve Hacketts legendary Tokyo Tapes featuring John Wetton, Chester Thompson, Ian McDonald and Julian Colbeck. The DVD includes live and rehearsal footage plus band biographies/5(36).

  6. Then the first notes from the closing section of Shadow Of The Hierophant (from Steve’s first album Voyage Of The Acolyte) rang out. The song went straight into a stellar drum solo by Chester – one had only heard him drum with Phil Collins live, and it seemed as if .

  7. Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Steve Hackett - The Tokyo Tapes at Discogs. Complete your Steve Hackett collection.

  8. Mar 11,  · The Tokyo Tapes DVD – Steve Hackett Originally released on VHS and Laser Disc this release filmed in Japan during the December tour of Japan in support of the album Genesis Revisited the video/laser disc/DVD features.

  9. Jan 14,  · Steve Hackett / guitar, percussion. Iron Friedman / keyboards, programming. Steve Hackett. Tokyo Tapes is a live album that was recorded in Tokyo on December 16 and 17 to support Steve Hackett Genesis revisted CD. It covered a large number of classic songs from the England Prog rock movement of the 70s.

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