Hackett, Steve - Please Don't Touch

Year of Release: 1978
Label: Camino Records
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 37:15:00

If you have never listened to any Steve Hackett album, this could represent a good chance to start.

I've always thought his works were so good that they could not be considered guitar records, like Satriani's for example, because of the great arrangement and high quality composing standard.

I'm sure the first three solo Hackett records (Voyage Of The Acolyte, Please Don't Touch and Spectral Mornings) ought to be owned by all progressive rock fans. Please Don't Touch is, perhaps, the best example in his career. In fact, this disc is the first without Genesis influences, in contrast to Voyage Of Acolyte for example, and has his personal mark. I believe this Please Don't Touch will make you understand that Steve is a little genius.

This composing freedom is remarked upon also because the guitarist presents a wide variety of pieces that represents a lot of different genres. Hackett himself said: "I wanted to get the most diverse and eclectic tracks that I could together on one album; a style mix between a European structured approach to rock and a Spartan black American sound." Surely, a black American song is the wonderful "Hoping Love Will Last," a soulful ballad sung by Randy Crawford. Other guest stars are Kansas' vocalist Steve Walsh, and Richie Havens, who both appear on two songs.

I have to make this consideration: the only piece that Steve will play over the years in his gigs is the title track, which the same musician suggests that it not be played to people with heart conditions?

Originally released by Charisma Records in 1978 (1112) and (reissued?) by Chrysalis (1176); reissued by Blue Plate in 1991 (CAROL-1861-2) and EMI Gold in 1992 and most recently by EMI and Astralwerks in 2005 (37222) (the Astralwerks version including a bonus track)

Narnia (4:06) / Carry On Up The Vicarage (3:11) / Racing In A (5:07) / Kim (2:14) / How Can I? (4:40) / Hoping Love Will Last (4:09) / Land Of Thousand Autumns (1:57) / Please Don't Touch (3:39) / The Voice Of Necam (3:11) / Icarus Ascending (6:21)

Steve Hackett - guitars, keyboards, percussion, voice
Dave Lebolt - keyboards
John Acock - keyboards
John Hackett - flutes, keyboards, bass pedals
Chester Thompson - drums
Phil Ehart - drums, percussion
Tom Fowler - bass
Graham Smith - violin
Hugh Malloy - cello
Richie Havens - vocals
Steve Walsh - vocals
Randy Crawford - vocals

Genesis - Nursery Crime (1971)
Genesis - Foxtrot (1972)
Genesis - Live (1973)
Genesis - Selling England By The Pound (1973)
Genesis - Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974)
Voyage Of The Acolyte (1975)
Genesis - Wind And Wuthering (1976)
Genesis - Trick Of The Tail (1976)
Genesis - Seconds Out (1977)
Please Don't Touch (1978)
Spectral Mornings (1979)
Defector (1980)
Cured (1981)
Highly Strung (1983)
Bay Of Kings (1983)
Til We Have Faces (1983)
GTR - GTR (1986)
Momentum (1988)
Genesis - Three Sides Live (1982)
Genesis - Genesis Archive 1967-75 (1988)
Time Lapse (1992)
The Unauthorised Biography (1992)
Guitar Noir (1994)
Blues With A Feeling (1994)
There Are Many Sides To The Night (1994)
A Midsummer's Night Dream (1997)
Watcher Of The Skies: Genesis Revisited (1997)
The Tokyo Tapes (1997)
Darktown (1999)
Genesis - Genesis - Turn It On Again (1999)
Sketches Of Satie (2000) (w/John Hackett)
Feedback '86 (2000)
Genesis - Genesis Archive #2 (2000)
Live Archive 70s 80s 90s (2001)
Live Archive - Newcastle (2001)
To Watch The Storms (2003)
Live Archive NEARfest (2003)
Live Archive 03 (2004)
Live Archive 04 (2004)
Genesis - The Platinum Collection (2004)
Metamorpheus (2005) (w/The Underworld Orchestra)
Live Archive 05 (2005)
Live Archive 83 (2006)
Wild Orchids (2006)
Tribute (2008)
Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth (2010)
Beyond The Shrouded Horizon (2011)
Genesis Revisited II (2012)

Steve Hackett Live (VHS) (1981)
The Tokyo Tapes (DVD) (1998)
Hungarian Horizons - Live In Budapest (DVD) (2003)
Somewhere In South America - Live In Buenos Aires (DVD) (2003)
Once Upon A Time (DVD) (2004)
Spectral Mornings (DVD) (rec 1978; rel 2005)

Genre: Various Genres

Origin UK

Added: March 9th 2003
Reviewer: Davide Guidone

Artist website: www.hackettsongs.com
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Language: english


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