STEVE HACKETT: 40th "Please Don't Touch" anniversary

  • Steve Hackett's second solo album recently celebrated its 40th release anniverary.


    I was wondering whether you own this record, whether you like it and what's your favorite track on this one.


    our review: https://www.genesis-news.com/c…Touch-CD-review-s345.html



  • I first bought PDT in the early to mid-80s. I don't consider it a perfect album by any means but I like it quite a lot. Favorite track is probably "Narnia."


    A few comments about the review linked to:


    [Carry On Up The Vicarage:] "a female voice says something unintelligible"

    I think that's actually a male "character" voice, apparently recorded from an arcade machine (as shown in some of the photos on the original vinyl inner sleeve), saying something like "I'm Bimbo the Clown. All you do to make me dance is push my buttons down."


    [Carry On Up The Vicarage:] "he distorted his voice with a 'laughing gnome' effect (the voice is simultaneously pitched higher and lower)."

    One of the vocals is pitched higher. The other one he apparently tries to make sound "lower" although it actually doesn't seem to be pitched artificially.


    "One could almost think that Kim was one of Satie’s famous Gymnopédies."

    Most certainly. I remember the first time I heard one of those Satie pieces (which I now have on SKETCHES OF SATIE); I was amazed by the stylistic resemblance to "Kim."


    "Tony Banks praised the song [Hoping Love Will Last] in Chapter & Verse. He felt that it would have been good on A Trick Of The Tail."

    He really said that??? Wow! 8|

    "I don't belong here," said old Tessa out loud...

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  • The first Genesis related record I ever bought, following hearing his Reading festival performance on the radio. For many years my favourite album, still one of them, it is an ideal "desert Island Disc", in that, if you could only own one record, this covers all the styles.

    The vocals on The vocals on "Vicarage" are done using a harmoniser, which changes pitch without changing speed. The effect is used live on intros on the "Spectral Mornings" Live DVD recorded on ARD Musikladen


    Favourite Track? Hard to pick, but I guess Icarus just edges it.

    Ian


    There is a church bell

    That rings on the hour

    Filling the streets

    Stopping the world awhile

  • One of my favorite three from him (along with "Voyage Of The Acolyte" and "Spectral Mornings").


    "Narnia" always puts a smile on my face - it seems obvious to pick as my favorite, but it's an honest statement.

    Stepping out the back way, hoping nobody sees...

  • Best Steve Hackett album ever. Compared face to face with And Then There Were Three, it could not show more clearly what a loss Steve was for the band and how liberated he was after leaving.

  • Best Steve Hackett album ever. Compared face to face with And Then There Were Three, it could not show more clearly what a loss Steve was for the band and how liberated he was after leaving.

    None of that stuff would have ever made it onto a Genesis album, anymore than Phil's cover of You Can't Hurry Love or Peter Gabriel's Modern Love would have. The problem with Steve was that he rated his material far higher than the rest of his bandmates did. He was valued as a player but not as a writer. Looking at the success Genesis continued to enjoy after Steve left, I don't think they considered him to be that great a loss.


    Good for Steve, though; being in Genesis gave him the confidence that he needed to go out there and plough his own furrow as a solo artist.