Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited Live At Hammersmith 2013

Genesis Revisited: Live At Hammersmith is a live album and DVD by former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett.

It was recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on 10 May 2013.

With guests including Nik Kershaw, John Wetton, Jakko Jakszyk, Steve Rothery and Amanda Lehmann, Hackett revisited the songs from his time in Genesis including the prog rock studio classic albums Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England By The Pound, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, A Trick Of The Tail and Wind & Wuthering.

Genesis have live albums from this period and both Seconds Out and Genesis Live are high in my poll to find the best prog rock live albums (see below), none of them have the scope of Live At Hammersmith or its follow up Live At The Royal Albert Hall.

Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited Live At Hammersmith

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Songs On Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited Live At Hammersmith

Seconds Out gives us 95 minutes of prime Genesis but this gives us 151 minutes worth or 141 if you knock off the single Steve Hackett as a solo artist track.

CD 1

  1. Watcher of the Skies – 9:12 (originally on the Genesis album Foxtrot)
  2. The Chamber of 32 Doors – 5:39 (The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway)
  3. Dancing with the Moonlit Knight – 7:37 (Selling England By The Pound)
  4. Fly on a Windshield – 3:34 (The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway)
  5. Broadway Melody of 1974 – 3:18 (The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway)
  6. The Lamia – 9:04 (The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway)
  7. The Musical Box – 11:30 (Nursery Cryme)
  8. Shadow of the Hierophant – 10:13 (originally on Steve Hackett’s solo album Voyage Of The Acolyte)
  9. Blood on the Rooftops – 5:45 (Wind & Wuthering)

CD 2

  1. Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers – 2:10 (Wind & Wuthering)
  2. In That Quiet Earth – 5:02 (Wind & Wuthering)
  3. Afterglow – 4:28 (Wind & Wuthering)
  4. I Know What I Like – 6:15 (Selling England By The Pound)
  5. Dance on a Volcano – 6:13 (A Trick Of The Tail)
  6. Entangled – 6:43 (A Trick Of The Tail)
  7. Eleventh Earl of Mar – 7:49 (Wind & Wuthering)
  8. Supper’s Ready – 27:34 (Foxtrot)

CD 3

  1. Firth of Fifth – 10:32 (Selling England By The Pound)
  2. Los Endos – 8:22 (A Trick Of The Tail)

These six Genesis studio albums provide a terrific collection of symphonic progressive rock to choose songs from and it nicely combines some of the obvious tracks with some of the less well known songs.

The reworkings are respectful and played by quality musicians. Of course, for purists it’s only 1/5th of the “real Genesis” and ideally we’d like to hear much more of the live recordings from the 1970s. I really hope that there is gold treasure in the Genesis archives and someone is inspired to release it.

For anyone who went to the concerts, this is a treat and a great reminder of a special night. It is very good to listen to but I can’t make myself believe that it’s an essential part of a prog rock live album collection. I’d have liked Hackett to take a few more risks changing and adapting these songs so that there were no longer imitations of the past.

When I want to hear Genesis live, I’m going to turn to Live, Seconds Out, Rainbow Theatre, The Lamb Live or even Three Sides Live. I like Genesis and progressive rock but I’m not a fanatic. My tastes run too wide.

There are however some tracks worth picking up as mp3 downloads since Blood On The Rooftops is one of my favourite Genesis songs.


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