DVD review STEVE HACKETT ‘Selling England by the Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live at Hammersmith’

The last show of Steve Hackett’s ‘Genesis Revisited 2019’-tour took place at Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in London, England. As the title of this tour announces, Hackett went back in time, days when he was guitarist with Genesis.

‘Selling England by the Pound’, originally released in 1973, is Genesis’ fifth full-length album and Hackett’s favorite record from this period. Therefor it’s not a surprise that the iconic guitarist decided to go on tour with the milestone release being the core of the set. Together with an excellent band, Hackett moved the album literally into the spotlight of the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo. Guys like Roger King, Jonas Reingold and others do an excellent job to let the song shine bright, not to forget Nad Sylvan who’s vocals are brilliant and fit perfectly to the sound of Genesis.

Next to ‘Selling England by the Pound’, being the centerpiece, the set also included songs from the all-time favorites ‘Spectral Mornings’ and ‘At the Edge of Light’, the first one contributing with six songs to the setlist.

‘Selling England by the Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live at Hammersmith’ is a live release that has the focus on the music, the songs and their perfect execution. The scenery supports this approach. There is not a lot of visual gimmicks and frills that diverts attention from the main subject. A well-done light show set the spotlight to support the music without competing with the excellent audio experience.

Usually a DVD release with all the visual impressions is a great experience for fans who couldn’t join the show. Since the music is in focus with’Selling England by the Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live at Hammersmith’, the viualisation is a nice extra treat but listening to the music and closing the eyes is certainly equally good as watching Steve Hackett and bandmates performing the music. However, fans of good music will appreciate both formats, each at its specific moment in time.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Intro (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  2. Every Day (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  3. Under The Eye Of The Sun (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  4. Fallen Walls And Pedestals (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  5. Beasts In Our Time (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  6. The Virgin And The Gypsy (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  7. Tigermoth (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  8. Spectral Mornings (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  9. The Red Flower Of Tai Chi Blooms Everywhere (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  10. Clocks – The Angel Of Mons (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  11. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  12. I Know What I Like (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  13. Firth Of Fifth (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  14. More Fool Me (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  15. The Battle Of Epping Forest (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  16. After The Ordeal (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  17. The Cinema Show (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  18. Aisle Of Plenty (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  19. Déja Vu (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  20. Dance On A Volcano (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)
  21. Los Endos (Live at Hammersmith, 2019)

Label: Inside Out Music

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release Date EU: September 25th, 2020

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