TotW 01/14/2019 - 01/20/2019: STEVE HACKETT - Icarus Ascending

  • What do you think about "Icarus Ascending"? 7

    1. 15 points - outstanding! (4) 57%
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    STEVE HACKETT - Icarus Ascending
    Year: 1978
    Album: Please Don't Touch
    Working title: unknown
    Credits: Hackett
    Lyrics: Yes
    Length: 06:26
    Musicians: Steve Hackett, Richie Havens, Chester Thompson, John Hackett, John Acock, Tom Fowler, Dave Lebolt, Graham Smith, Dan Owen, Dale Newman
    Played Live: 1978
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    Cover versions: none

    Notes: The final track of Steve Hackett's second solo album Please Don't Touch is one of two songs Steve asked Woodstock legend Richie Havens to sing on. They met when Havens was the support act for Genesis at Earl's Court Arena, London, in 1977.

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    ...cried a voice in the crowd.


  • A good song and a nice finale to the album, although the fadeout arguably goes on a bit too long.

    Monsieur Neddy wears spectacles in bed, that he may see dreams more clearly.

    -- "Dream Gerrard," Traffic

  • It's kind of just about okay. I don't mind bits of it. But I'm not a fan of Havens and overall I've never been keen on this album anyway.

    Abandon all reason

  • Outstanding track from a truly outstanding album. Side 2 is the better side, true, and this has all the drama required to close it. Not a Havens fan either, but he fits this wonderfully, and as for the fade, it's a bit too quick, IMO! The album that got me into Steve, and thus, into Genesis.

    Ian


    There is a church bell

    That rings on the hour

    Filling the streets

    Stopping the world awhile