Steve back down memory lane

After the success of 2015 CD Box set ‘Premonitions’ revisiting the early days of his solo career, Steve Hackett goes back to Memory Lane vintage style, with a vinyl collection of his first six albums on the Charisma label. ‘The Charisma Years (1975-1983)’ which features 8LPs & 12” EP and is due out on May 27th.  It will include newly remastered versions of the albums taken from original master tapes, as well as live material and tracks never before released on vinyl.

Also on 27th May, Hackett releases 3 separate 2CD/DVD (5.1) Deluxe editions of Please Don’t Touch, Spectral Mornings and Defector.   Please Don’t Touch and Spectral Mornings have been newly mixed in 5.1 surround sound by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes; Defectorincludes a new remaster of the album, a CD of Steve’s set at the Reading Festival in 1980 and a DVD featuring a pseudo 5.1 Surround Sound Up-mix derived from the original stereo masters.

“I’m pleased these early albums, rarities and 5.1 mixes are to be released now in this set on vinyl” – Hackett comments – “Vinyl is still a very exciting listening medium.”

 The Charisma Years boxed set will feature all of Steve’s albums from that period plus a wealth of bonus material which includes:

 – A double LP of a newly mixed concert recorded on the 1979 Spectral Mornings tour at Oxford’s New Theatre

 – A full LP and 12-inch EP of Steve’s appearance at the Reading Festival in August 1981

 – “I Know What I Like’, a special 12-inch live EP with Steve’s band performing the Genesis classic  at Oxford’s New Theatre plus several tracks recorded live at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1979.

To pre-order The Charisma Years box set with a limited edition signed A3 poster go to:

https://thesoundofvinyl.com/*/*/The-Charisma-Years-1975-1983-Signed-A3- Poster/55GO0000000

Tracklisting:  The Charisma Years (1975 – 1983)

 LP1

Voyage Of The Acolyte

Ace Of Wands

Hands Of The Priestess – Pt. I

A Tower Struck Down

Hands Of The Priestess – Pt. II

The Hermit

Star Of Sirius

The Lovers

Shadow Of The Hierophant

LP2

Please Don’t Touch

 

Narnia

Carry On Up The Vicarage

Racing In A

Kim

How Can I?

Hoping Love Will Last

Land Of A Thousand Autumns

Please Don’t Touch

The Voice Of Necam

Icarus Ascending

LP3

Spectral Mornings

 

Every Day

The Virgin And The Gypsy

The Red Flower Of

Tachai Blooms Everywhere

Clocks – The Angel Of Mons

The Ballad Of

The Decomposing Man

Lost Time In Cordoba

Tigermoth

Spectral Mornings

LP4

Defector

The Steppes

Time To Get Out

Slogans

Leaving

Two Vamps As Guests

Jacuzzi

Hammer In The Sand

The Toast

The Show

Sentimental Institution

 

 

LP5

Cured

 

Hope I Don’t Wake

Picture Postcard

Can’t Let Go

The Air Conditioned Nightmare

Funny Feeling

A Cradle Of Swans

Overnight Sleeper

Turn Back Time

LP6

Highly Strung

Camino Royale

Cell 151

Always Somewhere Else

Walking Through Walls

Give It Away

Weightless

Group Therapy

India Rubber Man

Hackett To Piece

LP7 (2LP set)

Live At Oxford (1979)

 

 

Please Don’t Touch

Tigermoth

Every Day

Narnia

The Red Flower Of Tachai

Blooms Everywhere

Ace Of Wands

Carry On Up The Vicarage

Acoustic Medley:

Etude In A Minor / Blood On

The Rooftops / Horizons / Kim

The Optigan

Spectral Mornings

Star Of Sirius

Shadow Of The Hierophant

Clocks

Racing In A

LP8

Live At Reading (1981)

The Air Conditioned Nightmare

Every Day

Ace Of Wands

Funny Feeling

The Steppes

Overnight Sleeper

Slogans

A Tower Struck Down

Spectral Mornings

The Show

Clocks – The Angel Of Mons

12” EP

Live 1979

I Know What I Like

(In Your Wardrobe)

Ace Of Wands

Sentimental Institution

The Red Flower Of

Tachai Blooms Everywhere

 Three of the most significant albums from the Charisma years will also be released separately as deluxe 2CD/DVD editions. Please Don’t Touch, Spectral Mornings and Defector all bring back some cherished moments from Hackett’s past…

 On ‘Please Don’t Touch’ I’d finally embarked on a permanent solo career – Steve recalls. – The strength of the ideas combined with the extraordinary people who had carried them out was a revelation to me. I wanted to be invisible on this record and just to be the catalyst. Each track functioned like an excerpt from a sampler album. Different teams met different styles and that pan-genre approach has stayed with me up to the present day… It’s no coincidence that Steven Wilson offered to remix this stuff in 5.1 surround sound. He’d originally been inspired by ‘Please Don’t Touch’ when he was barely a teenager.”

 He then goes on sharing his memories about ‘Spectral Mornings’: “Suddenly there was a great touring band, wondrous players and singers all. I no longer stood alone. Substantial parts of ‘Spectral Mornings’ had been road-tested. Audiences were hungry for it in a way I couldn’t have imagined. Once more the combination of the classically trained and the self-taught together kindled a kind of blue flame around those songs.” 

Finally, he remembers the ‘Defector’ days… “After the opening snake charmer-like flute notes of ‘The Steppes’, drums boomed out from the next door church we used as an echo chamber, sounding more pagan than C of E in spirit. I was still in love with this killer band that had versatility tattooed all over… Whilst ‘Spectral Mornings’ was a hard act to follow, ‘Defector’ pipped it in the charts by going Top Ten!”

Please Don’t Touch 2 CD/DVD Deluxe Edition

DISC ONE

1. Narnia

2. Carry On Up The Vicarage

3. Racing In A

4. Kim

5. How Can I?

6. Hoping Love Will Last

7. Land Of A Thousand Autumns

8. Please Don’t Touch

9. The Voice Of Necam

10. Icarus Ascending

11. Narnia  (John Perry Vocal Version)

12. Seven Of Cups

13. Narnia (Alternative Version)

DISC TWO – new stereo mix by Steven Wilson

1. Narnia

2. Carry On Up The Vicarage

3. Racing In A

4. Kim

5. How Can I?

6. Hoping Love Will Last

7. Land Of A Thousand Autumns

8. Please Don’t Touch

9. The Voice Of Necam

10. Icarus Ascending

DISC THREE – new 5.1 surround sound mix by Steven Wilson

1. Narnia

2. Carry On Up The Vicarage

3. Racing In A

4. Kim

5. How Can I?

6. Hoping Love Will Last

7. Land Of A Thousand Autumns

8. Please Don’t Touch

9. The Voice Of Necam

10. Icarus Ascending

Spectral Mornings 2CD/DVD Deluxe Edition

 DISC ONE

1. Every Day

2. The Virgin And The Gypsy

3. The Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere

4. Clocks – The Angel Of Mons

5. The Ballad Of The Decomposing Man

6. Lost Time In Cordoba

7. Tigermoth

8. Spectral Mornings

9. Every Day – Single Version

10. Clocks – The Angel Of Mons – Single Version

11. The Caretaker

DISC TWO – new stereo mix by Steven Wilson

1. Every Day

2. The Virgin And The Gypsy

3. The Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere

4. Clocks – The Angel Of Mons

5. The Ballad Of The Decomposing Man

6. Lost Time In Cordoba

7. Tigermoth

8. Spectral Mornings

DISC THREE – new 5.1 surround sound mix by Steven Wilson

1. Every Day

2. The Virgin And The Gypsy

3. The Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere

4. Clocks – The Angel Of Mons

5. The Ballad Of The Decomposing Man

6. Lost Time In Cordoba

7. Tigermoth

8. Spectral Mornings

DEFECTOR Deluxe Edition

 DISC ONE

1. The Steppes

2. Time To Get Out

3. Slogans

4. Leaving

5. Two Vamps As Guests

6. Jacuzzi

7. Hammer In The Sand

8. The Toast

9. The Show

10. Sentimental Institution

11. Hercules Unchained  (B-side of single – released in June 1980)

12. Sentimental Institution  (recorded at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 11th November 1979)

DISC TWO – recorded live at the Reading Festival, 28th August 1981

1. The Air Conditioned Nightmare

2. Every Day

3. Ace Of Wands

4. Funny Feeling

5. The Steppes

6. Overnight Sleeper

7. Slogans

8. A Tower Struck Down

9. Spectral Mornings

10. The Show

11. Clocks – The Angel Of Mons

DISC THREE – new pseudo 5.1 surround sound up-mix from the original stereo master tapes

1. The Steppes

2. Time To Get Out

3. Slogans

4. Leaving

5. Two Vamps As Guests

6. Jacuzzi

7. Hammer In The Sand

8. The Toast

9. The Show

10. Sentimental Institution

Steve Hackett made his mark as Genesis’ guitarist and was the first member 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. The Charisma years are by many considered an essential segment of his catalogue and the box set represents a comprehensive overview of a key slice in the history of prog.

 

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Pre-order The Charisma Years box set with a limited edition signed A3 poster go to:

https://thesoundofvinyl.com/*/*/The-Charisma-Years-1975-1983-Signed-A3- Poster/55GO0000000