Category Archives: Music

Steve Hackett

Steve Hackett is on tour again. You can see the dates on his site, going up to the end of 2019.

If you like a certain kind of music, you will know Mr Hackett. He was the (sadly underused) guitarist in Genesis during their golden age.

He has releaed a number of solo albums and collaborations, been in other supergroups or worked with other famous musicians, had something of a quiet patch in recent years but came storming back a few years ago with fan-pleasing Genesis revisited albums and concerts. If you watch the Live in Hammersmith dvd you will see me (in the audience).

The latest tour is much the same, but this time with a substantial orchestra. Oddly, although Mr H did a concert in London at the Royal Festival Hall last Thursday, he is down for another at the Palladium this week. There are a very few tickets available.

There’s a mixture of old and new material, and I suspect it’s the old stuff the fans want. Supper’s ready with orchestra sounds great. The extra musicians really fill out the sounds.

From my seat upstairs at the RFH, the sound was ok but not great, rather boomy and lacking nuance. But the concert was very enjoyable, and being filmed, it appeared.

Procol Harum

In case you are a fan and had not noticed, Procol Harum are doing a concert at the London Palladium tonight, and there are still a few tickets to be had.

The Beatles

The Beatles is in the news.

No, that’s not a mistake. I mean the double album released in 1968.

Giles Martin has been let loose wth the ProTools again and has turned it into a seven disc set costing a lot of money with a new, better stereo mix. Just like he did with Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

People on YouTube and elsewhere are talking about it, even before it is out in any of its variations.

They are all annoying me by calling it “The White Album” straight off. No, it’s not, it’s “The Beatles”.

I have seen a few people talking about the recordings, the new stuff and more. I have yet to see anyone not make fundamental mistakes, like getting track titles wrong. This is quite shocking.

Myself, I am not enthusiastic, especially as Martin has decided that the stereo version is the ‘only’ version worth considering. As we all know, The Beatles and George Martin viewed mono as the version to listen to.