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HACKETT STEVE - Bay Of Kings (Digipak)

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HACKETT STEVE - Bay Of Kings (Digipak)Format: CD / Cat No: EDFCD002 / Released: 16/12/2013

Track Listing: 1. Bay Of Kings / 2. The Journey / 3. Kim / 4. Marigold / 5. St Elmo's Fire / 6. Petropolis / 7. Second Chance / 8. Cast Adrift / 9. Horizons / 10. Black Light / 11. The Barren Land / 12. Calmaria / 13. Time Lapse At Milton Keynes / 14. Tales of the Riverbank / 15. Skye Boat Song

More information: Re-Issue of the 1983 solo album in highly collectible digipak format, and available on CD for the first time in nearly 10 years. Includes remakes of two of Steve's earlier pieces, "Horizons" (from the Genesis album Foxtrot) and "Kim" (from Hackett's Please Don't Touch album).

Since his days with Genesis, Steve Hackett had showcased his classical guitar skills on solo pieces like "Horizons". By 1980-1981, Hackett had amassed enough material to release an entire album of his classical work and pitched the idea to his label Charisma. The record company felt such a release wouldn't prove commercially viable - they saw Hackett as a "rock" artist - but the guitarist believed strongly in the project. To this end, he began recording tracks for it on his own time and with his own money. Even after the success of Hackett's 1982 album Highly Strung and its hit single, "Cell 151," Charisma still vetoed the idea. So Hackett left the label and took his project to a smaller one called Lamborghini, who released the album under the title Bay of Kings in 1983. It turned out to be one of the guitarist's strongest efforts ever, truly a labour of love, and sold in respectable quantities. Hackett had taken great care recording his guitar, and his efforts shine throughout this gorgeous-sounding album. The beautiful guitar work was complemented in places by strings and flute (the latter played by Steve's brother John).