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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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