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Steve Hackett - Live Rails

the cat   (39 reviews)

Posted: 04/11/2011 | Comments: 0 | Rate:

Live Rails is a Live double disc by the one and only singer/guitarist/songwriter, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Steve Hackett. Hackett played a large role in the early days of the prog rock powerhouse Genesis before leaving to pursue a solo career spanning some three and a half decades, dozens of awesome releases and countless world tours sharing the stage with just about every big name you can come up with. Hackett hasn't just been around the block, he's played every floor of every building.

The span of the album is so gigantic, so exploratory and so well executed it's actually difficult to find a place to start, especially since it clocks in at a Prog-rock-with-a-capital-"P" duration of almost 2 hours. Hackett is the unquestionable master of his domain on every note here and the listener is treated to some of his very best work.

An eerie intro gives way to Steve digging deep into his epic catalog to find the opening track from his 1979 studio album Spectral Mornings, Every Day. Hackett then deliberately fast forwards 30 some years to bring the audience up to speed with some more current material.

Songs like Emerald And Ash and Serpentine Song will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on any willing listener with slight interest in progressive rock. Genesis fans will find themselves at home with the 11-minute cover of Firth Of Fifth in all it's dynamic and adventurous glory, along with the scurrying and frenzied classical guitar work and fist-in-the-air choruses of Blood On The Rooftops. There's even a drum solo that I actually liked featured on the show-stopping spacey instrumental Clocks.

Steve Hackett has earned the title of Legend and is rock solid in light of even the most cynical hipster-ish evaluations of his music. Live Rails is an excellent prog rock album, and though not exactly for everyone, is a mind-blowing account of a top-notch career. If you like progressive music, this is a great buy.

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