Recorded on 5th October 2018, it fulfilled a long held ambition of the guitarist’s: to perform the music of Genesis with a live orchestra.
Conducted by Bradley Thachuk, the Heart Of England Orchestra was 41 members strong on stage. That’s not including Hackett’s regular touring band of Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes), plus Jonas Reingold of The Flower Kings on bass, Nad Sylvan on vocals and special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann.
Hackett commented: “It was a fantastic experience for both the band and myself to play alongside an orchestra and to feel the power of the sound this extraordinary combo created. It sounds equally compelling on both film and audio. I’m proud to release this exciting product.”
The 2CD set includes tracks from his time with Genesis alongside his own solo career. Set 1: features ‘Dance On A Volcano’, ‘Out Of The Body’, ‘The Steppes’, ‘Firth of Fifth’, ‘Dancing With The Moonlit Knight’,
‘Blood On The Rooftops’ and ‘Shadow of the Hierophant’. Set 2 features: ‘In That Quiet Earth’, ‘Afterglow’, ‘Serpentine Song’, ‘El Nino’ and ‘Supper’s Ready’ with ‘The Musical Box’ as encore.
The Blu-Ray digipak also includes a behind the scenes documentary plus promotional videos for ‘Under The Eye Of The Sun’, ‘Beasts In Our Time’ and ‘Peace’.
You can watch a trailer for Steve Hackett’s Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall right here at RAMzine.