Wild Orchids

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Wild Orchids marks the return of the former Genesis and GTR guitarist to his progressive rock roots. If 2005's Metamorpheus was Steve Hackett's penultimate classical record, then Orchids is his art rock flagship. A heady mix of David Gilmour, Adrian Belew, Yanni and Future-era Leonard Cohen, fans of the genre will look upon this 13-track collection (seventeen if you pick up the Special Edition) as a template for excess, but for those who still reserve an upper level seat in the stadium of their hearts for silly narration ("Down Street"), extended blues jams ("Blue Child") Thrak-era King Crimson-inspired arena-rockers ("Ego and Id") Dixieland interludes ("Why") ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Wild Orchids marks the return of the former Genesis and GTR guitarist to his progressive rock roots. If 2005's Metamorpheus was Steve Hackett's penultimate classical record, then Orchids is his art rock flagship. A heady mix of David Gilmour, Adrian Belew, Yanni and Future-era Leonard Cohen, fans of the genre will look upon this 13-track collection (seventeen if you pick up the Special Edition) as a template for excess, but for those who still reserve an upper level seat in the stadium of their hearts for silly narration ("Down Street"), extended blues jams ("Blue Child") Thrak-era King Crimson-inspired arena-rockers ("Ego and Id") Dixieland interludes ("Why") or heavily orchestrated Dylan covers ("Man in the Long Black Coat":), then this impeccably-crafted, surprisingly playful and alternately wince-inducing and beautiful barrage of superior musicianship should inspire the flickering flames of a thousand lighters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • UPC: 693723791722
  • Catalog Number: 237917
  • Sales rank: 103,857

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Dark Night in Toytown (3:38)
  2. 2 Waters of the Wild (5:35)
  3. 3 Set Your Compass (3:37)
  4. 4 Down Street (7:33)
  5. 5 A Girl Called Linda (4:46)
  6. 6 To a Close (4:48)
  7. 7 Ego and Id (4:07)
  8. 8 Man in the Long Black Coat (5:09)
  9. 9 Wolfwork (4:49)
  10. 10 Why (0:46)
  11. 11 She Moves in Memories (4:59)
  12. 12 The Fundamentals of Brainwashing (3:00)
  13. 13 Howl (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Hackett Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Voices, Psaltery, Electric Sitar, Optigan
John Hackett Flute, Electric Guitar
Roger King Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Nick Magnus Keyboards
Jerry Peal Backwards Vocals
Richard Stewart Cello
Colin Clague Trumpet
Dick Driver Double Bass
Gary OToole Drums, Vocal Harmony
Christine Townsend Violin, Viola
Christopher Redgate Oboe, Cor anglais
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Benedict Tobias Fenner Programming, Engineer
Roger King Engineer
Jerry Peal Engineer
Kim Poor Cover Painting
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