Steve Hackett, the guitarist that left an unforgettable mark in most of Genesis’ progressive rock era recordings has released a new album titled Genesis Revisited II. As the name indicates, Hackett revisits many of the best loved songs from his Genesis years.
For this recording, Hackett invited some of the finest vocalists in the current scene, including Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth), Simon Collins (Phil Collins’ son), Amanda Lehmann, Conrad Keely, Francis Dunnery, Neal Morse, John Wetton, Nad Sylvan and Nik Kershaw. “It’s a project of Wagnerian proportions!” says Hackett. “I’ve remained true to the spirit of the original songs, whilst changing and highlighting details. The vocalists all contribute their own character to the whole.”
On the musical instrument side, Steve Rothery of Marillion and Roine Stolt of The Flower Kings and Transatlantic contribute guitar parts. Jeremy Stacey and Gary O’Toole are the drummers.
“This time around, I’ve tried to satisfy what everyone wants, including myself,” clarifies Hackett on his choice for the track list. “Initially, I was thinking of just going for the best songs not featured on the first album. But then people thought I should do those tracks where the guitar was emphasized. So, I’ve done both. I’ve also included four songs with Genesis threads, most of which were written during the period and had a Genesis feel, such as the co-written ‘Shadow of the Hierophant’.”
Coinciding with the album release, Steve Hackett has made a video with details about Genesis Revisited II.
Genesis Revisited II comes in a limited edition 2CD Media-book, as well as a beautiful 4LP & 2CD version that highlights the artwork.
Last year, Steve Hackett released his critically applauded solo album Beyond The Shrouded Horizon.