TotW 01/08/2024 - 01/14/2024: STEVE HACKETT - In Memoriam

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    STEVE HACKETT - In Memoriam

    Year: 1999
    Album: Darktown
    Working title: unknown
    Credits: Hackett
    Lyrics: Yes
    Length: 8:00
    Musicians: Steve Hackett, Roger King, John Wetton
    Played Live: 2001, 2002
    Cover versions:

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    Notes: Steve Hackett's penchant for dark moods culminated in the highly depressive album Darktown. The conclusion was a mesmerising, darkly chanted reckoning for the whole album. In between, voice and instruments merge. In Memoriam is perhaps the perfect finale for such a dark album.

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  • I quite like the track, the whole album is interesting. It has this mystic and dark atmosphere. In Memoriam is a great track for a cold, dark winter evening ....

  • Darktown is probably my favorite SH album and In Memoriam is the perfect finale for this album.

    13 from me.

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    Christian


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  • It's one of his very best albums, quite out of character in it's sound and style, and this track is one of the highlights. 15!


    (Worth noting, Mae McKenna, sister/cousin of members of SAHB, was his support act in 1988, and her 2 albums from that era, Nightfallers and Mirage & Reality (the latter featuring Steve) are very good. She was a backing singer for many SAW acts, and did a lot of the heavy lifting in chorus's for some of their acts).

    Ian


    Putting the old-fashioned Staffordshire plate in the dishwasher!

  • It's one of his very best albums, quite out of character in it's sound and style, and this track is one of the highlights. 15!


    (Worth noting, Mae McKenna, sister/cousin of members of SAHB, was his support act in 1988, and her 2 albums from that era, Nightfallers and Mirage & Reality (the latter featuring Steve) are very good. She was a backing singer for many SAW acts, and did a lot of the heavy lifting in chorus's for some of their acts).

    Blimey there’s a memory. She supported SH on his 1988 acoustic tour and was great. Saw them at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend on that tour and met Steve afterwards. Mae had a fabulous voice. I was also of an age when her attire was quite persuasive too. Anyway…


    To this song, it’s not my cup of tea I’m afraid.

  • To this song, it’s not my cup of tea I’m afraid.

    I know what you mean, but over time it became "my cup of tea". I did not like this one first, but that changed when I re-discovered this album a few years ago (it probably also depends on the mood you're in).

    Worth 12 pts for me!

    ...

  • An appropriate conclusion to DARKTOWN, to be sure, although I don't rank it highly among the album's tracks. I've never been a fan of Steve's pitch-lowered narrations, but this isn't one of his worst uses of it. The track could have been a couple of minutes shorter without losing anything.

    “When the waitress asked if I wanted my pizza cut into four or eight slices, I said, ‘Four. I don’t think I can eat eight.’” -- Yogi Berra

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  • It's one of his very best albums, quite out of character in it's sound and style, and this track is one of the highlights. 15!


    (Worth noting, Mae McKenna, sister/cousin of members of SAHB, was his support act in 1988, and her 2 albums from that era, Nightfallers and Mirage & Reality (the latter featuring Steve) are very good. She was a backing singer for many SAW acts, and did a lot of the heavy lifting in chorus's for some of their acts).

    Help me out here, please.


    SAHB? SAW?


    I'm guessing SAHB might be Sensational Alex Harvey Band. No clue on SAW.

  • Just played this on "the system!" - might be a 16! The ending guitar sound, which he first used on "Wonderpatch" (Live in Nottingham 1990) is absolutely superb, a Roland GR500 I think. Haven't played this album in a while, but am doing so now, and am reminded why it was almost permanently on in my car from 1999-2002! :)

    Ian


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  • 10 from me, really like this and the album. A good musical palette in use and plays to his strengths. The guitar sound is unusual but suits the music, I’m hoping for more of that on his next album. A reminder of what he can do.

  • This doesn't look right to me - the Album name obviously isn't correct, same for the Musicians line up. My CD booklet tells me: Hackett and King, with bass samples courtesy of John Wetton.


    It's an outstanding track though, definitely a 15 in my book.

  • This doesn't look right to me - the Album name obviously isn't correct, same for the Musicians line up. My CD booklet tells me: Hackett and King, with bass samples courtesy of John Wetton.

    Thanks - corrected!

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    Christian


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  • That goes on a bit. 7.


    Edit: really, like that could have been a couple of minutes long and been more effective, leaving you wanting more.

    Yes, before halfway through I was wishing it was over. It could also do without the tedious faux-portentous spoken word stuff. So many of his lyrics are "this is all very significant" but in a really naff teenage poetry sort of way.

    Abandon all reason

  • t could also do without the tedious faux-portentous spoken word stuff. So many of his lyrics are "this is all very significant" but in a really naff teenage poetry sort of way.

    I never thought of it that way, but I totally agree.

    “When the waitress asked if I wanted my pizza cut into four or eight slices, I said, ‘Four. I don’t think I can eat eight.’” -- Yogi Berra

  • Just played this on "the system!" - might be a 16! The ending guitar sound, which he first used on "Wonderpatch" (Live in Nottingham 1990) is absolutely superb, a Roland GR500 I think. Haven't played this album in a while, but am doing so now, and am reminded why it was almost permanently on in my car from 1999-2002! :)

    Just looked this up on Youtube, live version: Steve Hackett - In Memoriam Live (youtube.com) - And it is the same guitar used on Wonderpatch. I assume it's the GR500, no visible writing on it, but it seems to use a parallel port connector rather than a quarter inch jack plug, and the GR500 doesn't use a jack plug.

    Ian


    Putting the old-fashioned Staffordshire plate in the dishwasher!