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Listening Profiles / Re: Obi´s playlist
« on: November 18, 2015, 08:55:01 AM »
And now in conclusion of my journey through Steve´s early years, now listening to Defector, which brings back good memories of the early 80´s, when I watched Steve performing live in Utrecht during the Defector tour.

Listening Profiles / Re: Obi´s playlist
« on: November 18, 2015, 08:07:48 AM »
Still in a Hackett kinda mood, so now listening to the Spectral Mornings remix.

I like it.  :)

Listening Profiles / Re: Obi´s playlist
« on: November 18, 2015, 07:19:54 AM »
Listening to the Voyage of the Acolyte, the Dolby 5.1 version called for more.

So now listening to Steven Wilsons 5.1 remix of another Hackett classisc, being Please don´t touch.

Listening Profiles / Re: Obi´s playlist
« on: November 17, 2015, 08:29:22 PM »
Listening to Steve Hackett - Premonitions - The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983 - Voyage of the Acolyte, the Dolby 5.1 version.

It sounds magical. Waiting for the extended version of Shadow of the Hierophant. Curious if the extension is worth waiting for.

Listening Profiles / Re: Obi´s playlist
« on: November 17, 2015, 08:08:19 PM »
Some songs I like, some I don´t.

I like Godley & Creme, specially the first four, being Consequences, L, Freeze Frame & Ismism.

The later albums are shit, as far as I´m concerned.


Disc 11 [DVD] – Please Don’t Touch (New 5.1 Surround Sound Mix by Steven Wilson)*
01. Narnia
02. Carry On Up The Vicarage
03. Racing In A
04. Kim
05. How Can I?
06. Hoping Love Will Last
07. Land Of A Thousand Autumns
08. Please Don’t Touch
09. Voice Of Necam
10. Icarus Ascending
11. How Can I? [1977 Charisma Promotional Film] (Bonus Video Track)

Disc 12 [DVD] – Spectral Mornings (New 5.1 Surround Sound Mix by Steven Wilson)*
01. Every Day
02. Virgin And The Gypsy
03. Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere
04. Clocks – Angel Of Mons
05. Ballad Of The Decomposing Man
06. Lost Time In Cordoba
07. Tigermoth
08. Spectral Mornings
09. Clocks [1979 Charisma Promotional Film] (Bonus Video Track)

Disc 13 [DVD] – Voyage Of The Acolyte (New 5.1 Mix by Steven Wilson)*
01. Ace Of Wands
02. Hands Of The Priestess – Part One
03. Tower Struck Down
04. Hands Of The Priestess – Part Two
05. Hermit
06. Star Of Sirius
07. Lovers
08. Shadow Of The Hierophant (Extended Version)

Disc 14 [DVD] – Defector (New 5.1 Mix by Steven Wilson)*
01. Steppes
02. Time To Get Out
03. Slogans
04. Leaving
05. Two Vamps As Guests
06. Jacuzzi
07. Hammer In The Sand
08. Toast
09. Show
10. Sentimental Institution *previously unreleased

Disc 9 [CD] – Please Don’t Touch (New Stereo Mix by Steven Wilson)*
01. Narnia
02. Carry On Up The Vicarage
03. Racing In A
04. Kim
05. How Can I?
06. Hoping Love Will Last
07. Land Of A Thousand Autumns
08. Please Don’t Touch
09. Voice Of Necam
10. Icarus Ascending

Disc 10 [CD] – Spectral Mornings (New Stereo Mix by Steven Wilson)*
01. Every Day
02. The Virgin And The Gypsy
03. Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere
04. Clocks – Angel Of Mons
05. Ballad Of The Decomposing Man
06. Lost Time In Cordoba
07. Tigermoth
08. Spectral Mornings

Disc 5 [CD] – Live In Oxford* (New Theatre, 01/07/1979) (I):
01. Please Don’t Touch
02. Tigermoth
03. Every Day
04. Narnia
05. Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere
06. Ace Of Wands
07. Carry On Up The Vicarage
08. Acoustic Medley: Etude In A Minor / Blood On The Rooftops / Horizons / Kim

Disc 6 [CD] – Live In Oxford* (New Theatre, 01/07/1979) (II):
01. Optigan / Tower Struck Down
02. Spectral Mornings
03. Star Of Sirius
04. Shadow Of The Heirophant
05. Clocks
06. I Know What I Like
07. Racing In A

Disc 7 [CD] – Live In London (Theatre Royal Dury Lane, 11/11/1979):
01. Land Of Thousand Autumns/Please Don’t Touch
02. Tigermoth*
03. Every Day*
04. Ace Of Wands
05. Sentimental Institution
06. Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere*
07. Spectral Mornings*
08. Clocks*
09. Acoustic Medley*: Etude In A Minor / Blood On The Rooftops / Horizons / Kim

Disc 8 [CD] – Live At The Reading Festival (28/08/1981):
01. Air Conditioned Nightmare
02. Every Day*
03. Ace Of Wands*
04. Funny Feeling*
05. Steppes
06. Over Night Sleeper*
07. Slogans
08. Tower Struck Down*
09. Spectral Mornings*
10. Show*
11. Clocks

Disc 3 [CD] – Defector (II) / Cured:
01. Jacuzzi
02. Hammer In The Sand
03. Toast
04. Show
05. Sentimental Institution
06. Hercules Unchained (Bonus Track)
07. Hope I Don’t Wake
08. Picture Postcard
09. Can’t Let Go
10. Air Conditioned Nightmare
11. Funny Feeling
12. Cradle Of Swans
13. Overnight Sleeper
14. Turn Back Time
15. Tales Of The Riverbank (Bonus Track)
16. Second Chance (Bonus Track)

Disc 4 [CD] – Highly Strung:
01. Camino Royale
02. Cell 151
03. Always Somewhere Else
04. Walk Through Walls
05. Give It Away
06. Weightless
07. Group Therapy
08. India Rubber Man
09. Hackett To Pieces
10. Guitar Boogie (Bonus Track)
11. Time Lapse At Milton Keynes (Bonus Track)
12. Walking Through Walls (12″ Single Version) (Bonus Track)
13. Cell 151 (BBC Session 04/1983)* (Bonus Track)
14. Walking Through Walls (BBC Session 04/1983)* (Bonus Track)
15. Hackett To Pieces (BBC Session 04/1983)* (Bonus Track)
16. Please Don’t Touch (BBC Session 04/1983)* (Bonus Track)

Disc 1 [CD] – Voyage Of The Acolyte / Please Don’t Touch (I):
01. Ace Of Wands
02. Hands Of The Priestess – Part One
03. Tower Struck Down
04. Hands Of The Priestess – Part Two
05. The Hermit
06. Star Of Sirius
07. Lovers
08. Shadow Of The Heirophant (Extended Version)
09. Narnia
10. Carry On Up The Vicarage   
11. Racing In A
12. Kim
13. How Can I?
14. Seven Of Cups* (Bonus Track)

Disc 2 [CD] – Please Don’t Touch (II) / Spectral Mornings / Defector (I):
01. Hoping Love Will Last
02. Land Of A Thousand Autumns
03. Please Don’t Touch
04. Voice Of Necam
05. Icarus Ascending
06. Every Day
07. Virgin And The Gypsy
08. Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere
09. Clocks – Angel Of Mons
10. Ballad Of The Decomposing Man
11. Lost Time In Cordoba
12. Tigermoth
13. Spectral Mornings
14. Steppes
15. Time To Get Out
16. Slogans
17. Leaving
18. Two Vamps As Guests

A few weeks ago, Steve Hackett released 'Premonitions - The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983', a comprehensive reissue project that includes his first 6 albums on the Charisma label, together with a wealth of previously unavailable recordings as well as remixes by Steven Wilson. 'Premonitions' is released on 23rd October by Universal Music Catalogue/Virgin.

'Premonitions' comes in a Super Deluxe box set featuring a total of 135 songs on 10 CDs and 4 DVDs (5.1 mixes), plus an extensive booklet; included in this version are 67 previously unreleased recordings between old and new tracks, live and remixes.

"I'm pleased that Steven Wilson has done several new mixes in both surround and stereo" - Hackett has declared - "The box set will also contain a number of live shows from the era. I've enjoyed being involved with this comprehensive trip down memory lane. There's also a substantial booklet containing a lot of background info along with many wonderful Armando Gallo shots, and Roger Dean has painted a beautiful picture for the cover. For me it's a proud souvenir that highlights those years. I'll play plenty of this early work at shows in the autumn which will include some numbers not played live for many moons, like 'Icarus Ascending' and 'Star of Sirius' plus all time faves such as 'Every Day' and 'Spectral Mornings'."

Hackett's two most successful albums from the Charisma era, Please Don't Touch and Spectral Mornings, will also be re-released separately in a deluxe expanded version with 5.1 mixes by Steven Wilson in 2016. Both records were previously reissued in 2005 as expanded single disc sets.

2015 marks 40 years from the release of Steve Hackett's first solo record Voyage of the Acolyte; He was the first member of Genesis to release a solo album, before leaving the band in 1977. Hackett's musical career has been blooming over the past four decades, establishing him as a loved icon and pioneer of the genre. His current studio album Wolflight was released in March to critical acclaim, charting at 31; it's the first studio album of new material since Beyond the Shrouded Horizon in 2011 and explores past and contemporary cultures in a revolutionary journey.

The 40th anniversary celebrations continue with 19 UK shows on the 'Acolyte to Wolflight with Genesis Revisited Tour', where fans will have the opportunity to relive the Charisma years while discovering the guitarist's more recent work, together with a selection of Genesis tracks previously unheard live.

Information was taken from

Steve Rothery (UK) / Steve Rothery Band (SRB) - Live in Rome
« on: October 30, 2015, 05:50:59 AM »
A while ago a friend of mine lended me his copy of the Steve Rothery Band Live in Rome 2CD/DVD-set.

Live in Rome features SRB during their second gig ever. Their first appearences was the Plovdiv gig from 2013, which is also available on CD/DVD.

Live in Rome is devided in three sets, with the first one being "The Ghosts Of Pripyat"-set, featuring six of the seven tracks from Steve´s solo album "The Ghosts Of Pripyat" runs for a little more than an hour. All the tracks are real nice instrumentals, with Steve Rothery in great shape. Luckely the music style is different from Steve´s Marillion works, but the guitar sound is very recognizable.

Steve is accompanied by some great musicians, being:

Riccardo Romano -keyboards
Dave Foster -guitar
Yatim Halimi -bass
Leon Parr - drums

The setlist contains:

1.Morpheus - 10:04
2.Kendris - 08:02
3.The Old Man Of The Sea - 12:14
4.White Pass - 11:40
5.Yesterdays's Hero - 11:03
6.Summer's End - 11:15

The only song missing from Steve´s album "The Ghosts Of Pripyat" is the title track itself.

The second set is a short set of Marillion songs played by the Steve Rothery Band, with the addition of Manuela Milanese (vocals on Waiting To Happen & Sugar Mice) and
Allessandro Carmassi  (vocals on Afraid Of Sunlight, Easter). This set runs for around 21 minutes on the DVD and 27 minutes on the CD.

Manuela Milanese is new to me, but she has a real nice voice (with a slight Italian accent), which fits in perfectly in Waiting To Happen & Sugar Mice.

Alessandro Carmassi is the vocalist of a Marillion tribute band called Neverland, so he´s is used to sing the Marillion. He does a real good job on Afraid Of Sunlight and Easter.

The tracklist of this set is as follows:

1.Waiting To Happen - 06:20
2.Afraid Of Sunlight - 07:12
3.Easter - 07:21
4.Sugar Mice - 06:06 (CD-only)

The third and last set consists of three songs played by the Italian prog band RanestRane, with the addition of Steve Rothery on guitar. Riccardo Romano, who is playing keyboards with the Steve Rothery Band, is the keyboardplayer of RanestRane, so that explains the contribution of this Italian band.
This set consists of Marillion´s "Cinderella Search" and two songs from RanestRane. This set runs for approx. 18 minutes.

The tracklist of this set is as follows:

1.Cinderella Search - 06:40
2.Materna Luna - 07:46
3.Monolith pt. 2 - 03:47

Overal this is a real nice release. At some points the camerawork looks a bit amateurish and unfortunately there is no 5.1 surroundmix.

But I must say, I really like this one.


Steve Rothery (UK) / Steve Rothery - Links & Info
« on: October 29, 2015, 05:24:34 PM »
Steve Rothery is best know as the original guitarist and longest continous member of the band Marillion.

In 2013 he announced his first solo album "The Ghosts of Pripyat", which was realised through crowdfunding.
In order to perform this album live on stage, he formed the Steve Rothery Band (SRB).

More details on Steve Rothery & Band can be found at:

Steve Rothery Website:

Steve Rothery on Marillion dotcom:

Steve Rothery on Facebook:

Steve Rothery on Twitter:

Steve Rothery on Kickstarter:

Steve Rothery on Bandcamp:

Steve Rothery on Proggnosis:

Caravan (UK) / Re: Caravan - Biography
« on: October 24, 2015, 06:37:17 AM »
To show that the band meant business this time, an Autumn tour was set up, but Geoffrey Richardson was unavailable. This resulted in the return of Jimmy Hastings on saxes and flutes and the addition of Simon Bentall on percussion and Doug Boyle on lead guitar. Jim Leverton, who had already appeared on 'Battle of Hastings' was still on board. It was evident from the first rehearsals that this new line up was giving the band a real kick: Simon was bringing out the best in drummer Richard and the stunning guitar work of Doug Boyle was giving Pye a new lease of life. As Pye said at the time, 'This will give us the chance to extend and vary our songs: Doug Boyle is a powerful player who will add so much and it's like a breath of fresh air. I'm just the rhythm guitarist and my position is as leader, songwriter and co-ordinator- I'm not the star of the band!'

The concerts took place to a mixed reception. The promotion of the gigs was appalling, which resulted in the cancellation of three of the gigs. However the reception elsewhere was good and the London Astoria had around 1,000 fans calling for more. Confidence was growing and in 1997 a return to the Astoria was accompanied by two successful gigs in Holland organised by Jasper Smit who runs the European Fan Club, plus a date in Dublin. Geoffrey Richardson was now back in the fold.

In 1997 a live album of the Astoria concert was issued and a storming gig took place at the Park Hotel in Diss, Norfolk in May 1998 to a full house, as well as visits to Holland and Germany. Hux records also issued two volumes of live material recorded at the BBC in the 1970's. Return concerts to Diss and to the Astoria in 1999 confirmed the rise of Caravan, most notably in the number of new and younger fans now following the band. The resurgence continued and in the summer of 2002, Caravan made a triumphant return to the US, playing a gig at Nearfest, New Jersey in front of a sell- out, adoring audience. This was followed by two gigs in Quebec, one of which featured Caravan playing a version of For Richard alongside an orchestra conducted by Martyn Ford.

The departure of Dave Sinclair in late summer 2002, mid way through recordings for a new album, was not a happy situation for either the band or Dave. The 're-arrival' of Jan Schelhaas after an absence of 23 years did at least give the band a new impetus, which led to the completion of the new album, 'The Unauthorised Breakfast Item' for release in February 2003.

Caravan (UK) / Re: Caravan - Biography
« on: October 24, 2015, 06:36:57 AM »
A change of label to Arista produced an album, 'Better by Far'. Despite a good deal of promotion, Caravan were now struggling to maintain the level of support they had previously enjoyed and the advent of punk was rendering bands such as Caravan surplus to record company's requirements. Even the loyal Geoffrey Richardson decided to go as session work began to come his way- he left on April 14th 1978.

Terry King the band's old manager signed them up to his own Kingdom Records and a tour and album followed: 'The Album', which was released in November 1980. With Dave Sinclair in tow and Geoffrey Richardson guesting, they managed a few prestigious dates including a full house at London's Dominion Theatre.

All went quiet again however and the band went to ground, although a reunion album was released in July 1982 entitled 'Back to Front', featuring the original line up augmented on some tracks by Mel Collins on saxophone. No longer were the band members in music full time. The only dates of any significance were an appearance at the Marquee in 1983 for the club's 25th celebrations and a 'final' gig in Canterbury in 1985.

And so that was that..........or was it? In 1990 Central TV were putting together a series of concerts to focus on bands from the 1970's and through the efforts of Richard Sinclair, the original bass player, the very first line up got back together to record a set. As a warm up, Caravan played the Canterbury Festival in June 1990, followed by the concert recording at Central Studios in July in front of 400 fans who had discovered what was afoot.

The most unlikely outcome was a gig held that September at Old Buckenham High School in Norfolk where, through persistent and determined advertising, 650 people attended, with many others unable to get tickets. A small number of successful gigs followed, including of course a triumphant return to Old Buckenham in 1991.

With the band members concentrating on other pursuits, it was inevitable that things would quieten down again and the departure of Richard Sinclair on other musical projects added to this. The discovery of old tapes left over from a recording session in 1977 (with Richard Sinclair on Bass), led to a revival of interest and the release of this material under the title of 'Cool Water' in 1994. Pye Hastings and Dave Sinclair had done some live dates with a band called Mirage and were therefore 'up for it' at the suggestion by HTD records to record a brand new Caravan album.

'The Battle of Hastings' emerged in the Autumn of 1995, with the participation of Pye Hastings, Richard Coughlan, Dave Sinclair, Geoffrey Richardson, plus Jim Leverton on bass- an old friend of Geoffrey's. This marked a true return to form for Caravan, with the songwriting of Pye Hastings back to its very best and the contribution of Dave Sinclair on keyboards, plus his songwriting ability evident on a cracking song, 'Travelling Ways' which ultimately gained radio airplay in Britain as well as turning up in Ireland's Top 40 as a charity single recorded by a group of High School students. A further Caravan recording was released in April 1996, a remake of early classics entitled 'All Over You'.

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