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Steve Hackett - Spectral Mornings
Label: Caroline Records
Release: 1979

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
Spectral Mornings
Spectral Mornings - Steve Hackett
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This album is considered by many to be Hackett's best. Personally, I would probably put itjust behind his debut, but only just. The album is book-ended by two classic Hackett pieces, "Every Day" a very pleasing piece that ends on a gargantuan Hackett solo which justkicks, and sends the song straight into the atmosphere. Although the best piece is undoubtedly the title track - Once again, Hackett showcases his ability to get the most outof a simple melody, but a melody which is simply outstanding. And needless to say, the playing is superb - every bit as brilliant as his chops on Genesis classics like "Firth ofFifth". A classic album closer, and one of the greatest tracks that Steve Hacketthas ever recorded.

So, what about the stuff in the middle? Well, nothing really comes close to either EveryDay or Spectral Mornings, but the excellent suite of "Red Flower of Tachai/Clocks" is outstanding. It starts off with some wonderful koto, before really smashing it up in the"Clocks". The piece closes on an outstanding, tribal-drum ending from John Shearer. Asfor the rest, it can be rather cockney (Ballad of the Decomposing Man) and hokey (Virginand the Gypsy) but it's never annoying, and it's certainly not bad. Overall, this is certainly one of his best works, and well worthy of a 9.

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