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The Tokyo Tapes

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All Music Guide - Steve McMullen
Soon after completing work on Watcher of the Skies, Steve Hackett conceived of a series of concerts involving many of the musicians from the Genesis project, to be recorded for a special live release. This two-disc set from a December 1996 performance in Tokyo is the end result. The band personnel look like potential candidates for a Prog Rockers: Where Are They Now? TV special, with Hackett joined by John Wetton formerly of Asia, Ian McDonald King Crimson, and Chester Thompson and Julian Colbeck touring alum of Genesis and Yes, respectively. The set list includes many Genesis songs, as well as several taken from Hackett's solo archive. Most of the songs differ ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve McMullen
Soon after completing work on Watcher of the Skies, Steve Hackett conceived of a series of concerts involving many of the musicians from the Genesis project, to be recorded for a special live release. This two-disc set from a December 1996 performance in Tokyo is the end result. The band personnel look like potential candidates for a Prog Rockers: Where Are They Now? TV special, with Hackett joined by John Wetton formerly of Asia, Ian McDonald King Crimson, and Chester Thompson and Julian Colbeck touring alum of Genesis and Yes, respectively. The set list includes many Genesis songs, as well as several taken from Hackett's solo archive. Most of the songs differ considerably from their studio versions, either through vastly altered arrangements or extended instrumental sections. Wetton does a fine job on lead vocals, the one exception being his solo acoustic reworking of the Asia mega-hit "Heat of the Moment"; the new version with updated lyrics sounds embarrassingly frail. This is a minor misstep, however. Tokyo Tapes is easily the definitive Steve Hackett live collection available to date, and it's a welcome addition to any fan's collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2008
  • Label: Whd Japan
  • EAN: 4582213912418
  • Catalog Number: 20132/3

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Watcher of the Skies (8:58)
  2. 2 Riding the Colossus (3:32)
  3. 3 Firth of Fifth (9:33)
  4. 4 Battlelines (6:42)
  5. 5 Camino Royale (9:05)
  6. 6 The Court of the Crimson King (7:39)
  7. 7 Horizons (1:53)
  8. 8 Walking Away from Rainbows (3:46)
  9. 9 Heat of the Moment (4:01)
  10. 10 In That Quiet Earth (4:01)
  11. 11 Vampyre with a Healthy Appetite (7:23)
  12. 12 I Talk to the Wind (5:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Shadow of the Hierophant (7:17)
  2. 2 Los Endos (6:54)
  3. 3 Black Light (2:29)
  4. 4 The Steppes (6:46)
  5. 5 I Know What I Like (5:53)
  6. 6 Firewall (4:41)
  7. 7 The Dealer (4:22)
  8. 8 Riding the Colossus (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Hackett Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals
John Wetton Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Chester Thompson Drums
Julian Colbeck Keyboards, Vocals
Ian McDonald Flute, Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals
Aron Friedman Keyboards
Technical Credits
Steve Hackett Producer
Ben Fenner Mastering
Ian McDonald Composer
Peter Sinfield Composer
Billy Budis Management
Aron Friedman Programming
Richard Buckland Engineer
Graham Lilley Guitar Techician
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