'Steve Hackett - The Man, The Music'
(Steve Hackett, et al / DVD / NR / 2015 / MVD Visual)
Overview: 'Steve Hackett: The Man, The Music' explores the life and art of one of the true pioneers of progressive rock. Starting with his years as guitarist in Genesis, playing a key role during their most innovative era on such seminal albums as Selling England by the Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, the film goes on to trace Steve's multifaceted solo career.
DVD Verdict: Taking it from the top, for those unaware, although quite how that could be in this business is beyond me, but doing my due diligence, Steve Hackett is an English guitarist, musician, songwriter and singer. He gained prominence as lead guitarist of the English progressive rock band Genesis, which he joined in 1970 and left in 1977 to pursue a solo career.
Hackett contributed to six Genesis studio albums, three live albums and seven singles. Hackett was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.
In candid and personal interviews, filmed over a number of years, Steve Hackett reveals the joys, tensions and success of a life in progressive rock. Starting with his early childhood years to his arrival at Genesis, playing a key role during their most innovative era on such seminal albums as Selling England by the Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, the film goes on to trace Steve’s multifaceted solo career.
From classic albums such as Voyage of the Acolyte and Spectral Mornings, via Steve’s virtual invention of the classical-crossover genre with Bay of Kings and Sketches of Satie, right up to recent albums like Wolf Light and the hugely successful Genesis Revisited project, Hackett remains a singular voice in music.
Exclusive studio sessions also feature Steve reliving some of his key musical moments and offers a virtual masterclass in some of his electric and acoustic guitar techniques.
Interestingly, we also learn more about his first major shift in musical style. That came with 1981's Cured. Although the album contained some of the progressive and classical pieces for which Hackett was known, it also showcased a much more pop approach. The album was recorded without any of the musicians who had appeared on Hackett's solo albums since Spectral Mornings (Hackett handled all lead vocal duties), apart from longtime collaborators Nick Magnus and John Hackett.
In conclusion, 'Steve Hackett - The Man, The Music,' as interspersed with music and masterclass demonstrations as I have mentioned above, also features interviews with his family, band mates and such luminaries as Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Chris Squire (YES) and long-time producer and musical director Roger King. It also includes a bonus, now-extended interview with Chris Squire – one of Chris's final interviews before his recent sad passing. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.