Steve Hackett: ‘Premonitions’ CD box set of early recordings

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Prog rock pioneer Steve Hackett has announced the release ‘Premonitions – The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983’, a comprehensive reissue project that includes his first 6 albums on the Charisma label, together with a wealth of previously unavailable recordings as well as remixes by Steven Wilson.  ‘Premonitions’ is released on 16th October by Universal Music Catalogue/Virgin.

‘Premonitions’ comes in a Super Deluxe box set featuring a total of 135 songs on 10 CDs and 4 DVDs (5.1 mixes), plus an extensive booklet; included in this version are 67 previously unreleased recordings between old and new tracks, live and remixes.

I’m pleased that Steven Wilson has done several new mixes in both surround and stereo – Hackett has declared – The box set will also contain a number of live shows from the era. I’ve enjoyed being involved with this comprehensive trip down memory lane. There’s also a substantial booklet containing a lot of background info along with many wonderful Armando Gallo shots, and Roger Dean has painted a beautiful picture for the cover.  For me it’s a proud souvenir that highlights those years. I’ll play plenty of this early work at shows in the autumn which will include some numbers not played live for many moons, like Icarus Ascending and Star of Sirius plus all time faves such as Every Day and Spectral Mornings.

Hackett’s two most successful albums from the Charisma era, Please Dont Touch and Spectral Mornings, will also be re-released separately in a deluxe expanded version with 5.1 mixes by Steven Wilson in 2016.   Both records were previously reissued in 2005 as expanded single disc sets.

 2015 marks 40 years from the release of Steve Hackett’s first solo record Voyage of the Acolyte; He was the first member of Genesis to release a solo album, before leaving the band in 1977. Hackett’s musical career has been blooming over the past four decades, establishing him as a loved icon and pioneer of the genre. His current studio album Wolflight was released in March to critical acclaim, charting at 31; it’s the first studio album of new material since Beyond the Shrouded Horizon in 2011 and explores past and contemporary cultures in a revolutionary journey.

 

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Track lists as follows:

PREMONITIONS The Charisma Recordings 1975 1983 BOX SET

CD ONE:

  1. Ace of Wands
  2. Hands of the Priestess
  3. A Tower Struck Down
  4. Hands of the Priestess Part Two
  5. The Hermit
  6. Star of Sirius
  7. The Lovers

Taken from the album Voyage of the Acolyte

  1. Shadow of the Hierophant (Extended version)
  2. Narnia
  3. Carry on Up the Vicarage
  4. Racing in A
  5. Kim
  6. How Can I?

Taken from the album Please Dont Touch

  1. Seven of Cups (previously unreleased) Recorded during sessions for Please Dont Touch

CD TWO:

  1. Hoping Love Will Last
  2. Land of a Thousand Autumns
  3. Please Don’t Touch
  4. The Voice of Necam
  5. Icarus Ascending

Taken from the album Please Dont Touch

  1. Every Day
  2. The Virgin and the Gypsy
  3. The Red Flower of Tachai Blooms Everywhere
  4. Clocks – The Angel of Mons
  5. Ballad of the Decomposing Man
  6. Lost Time in Cordoba
  7. Tigermoth
  8. Spectral Mornings

Taken from the album Spectral Mornings

  1. The Steppes
  2. Time to Get Out
  3. Slogans
  4. Leaving
  5. Two Vamps as Guests

Taken from the album Defector

CD THREE:

  1. Jacuzzi
  2. Hammer in the Sand
  3. The Toast
  4. The Show
  5. Sentimental Institution

Taken from the album Defector

  1. Hercules Unchained (B-side of single)
  2. Hope I Don’t Wake
  3. Picture Postcard
  4. Can’t Let Go
  5. The Air Conditioned Nightmare
  6. Funny Feeling
  7. A Cradle of Swans
  8. Overnight Sleeper
  9. Turn Back Time

Taken from the album Cured

  1. Tales of the Riverbank (B-side of single)
  2. Second Chance

CD FOUR:

  1. Camino Royale
  2. Cell 151
  3. Always Somewhere Else
  4. Walking Through Walls
  5. Give it Away
  6. Weightless
  7. Group Therapy
  8. India Rubber Man
  9. Hackett to Pieces

Taken from the album Highly Strung

  1. Guitar Boogie
  2. Time Lapse at Milton Keynes
  3. Walking Through Walls (12single version) Released as single 1983
  4. Cell 151
  5. Walking Through Walls
  6. Hackett to Pieces
  7. Please Don’t Touch

BBC Radio One Friday Rock show session – 4th March 1983

Previously unreleased

CD FIVE:  Live at The New Theatre, Oxford on 1st July 1979

  1. Please Don’t Touch
  2. Tigermoth
  3. Every Day
  4. Narnia
  5. The Red Flower of Tachai Blooms Everywhere
  6. Ace of Wands
  7. Carry On Up the Vicarage
  8. Acoustic Medley:

Recorded at the New Theatre, Oxford on 1st July 1979

Mixed by Ben Wiseman & Mark Powell at Blitz Productions, London in April 2015

All tracks previously unreleased

CD SIX:  Live at The New Theatre, Oxford on 1st July 1979

  1. The Optigan
  2. Spectral Mornings
  3. Star of Sirius
  4. Shadow of the Hierophant
  5. Clocks
  6. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
  7. Racing in A

 

Recorded at the New Theatre, Oxford on 1st July 1979

Mixed by Ben Wiseman & Mark Powell at Blitz Productions, London in April 2015

All tracks previously unreleased

CD SEVEN: Live at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 11th November 1979

  1. Please Don’t Touch
  2. Tigermoth
  3. Every Day
  4. Ace of Wands
  5. Sentimental Institution
  6. The Red Flower of Tachai Blooms Everywhere
  7. Spectral Mornings
  8. Clocks
  9. Acoustic Medley: 5:01

 

Recorded at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 11th November 1979

Tracks 3, 6, 7, 8 previously unreleased

 CD EIGHT:   Live at The Reading Festival, 28th August 1981

  1. The Air Conditioned Nightmare
  2. Every Day
  3. Ace of Wands
  4. Funny Feeling
  5. The Steppes
  6. Over Night Sleeper
  7. Slogans
  8. A Tower Struck Down
  9. Spectral Mornings
  10. The Show
  11. Clocks

Recorded at the Reading Festival, 28th August 1981

Tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 previously unreleased

 CD NINE:

 PLEASE DONT TOUCHNew Stereo Mix by Steven Wilson

  1. Narnia
  2. Carry on Up the Vicarage
  3. Racing in A
  4. Kim
  5. How Can I?
  6. Hoping Love Will Last
  7. Please Don’t Touch
  8. The Voice of Necam
  9. Icarus Ascending

CD TEN:

SPECTRAL MORNINGS New Stereo Mix by Steven Wilson

  1. Every Day
  2. The Virgin and the Gypsy
  3. Clocks – The Angel of Mons
  4. Ballad of the Decomposing Man
  5. Lost Time in Cordoba
  6. Tigermoth
  7. Spectral Mornings

 DISC ELEVEN DVD

PLEASE DONT TOUCHNew 5.1 Surround Sound Mix by Steven Wilson

  1. Narnia
  2. Carry on Up the Vicarage
  3. Racing in A
  4. Kim
  5. How Can I?
  6. Hoping Love Will Last
  7. Land of a Thousand Autumns
  8. Please Don’t Touch
  9. The Voice of Necam
  10. Icarus Ascending

DISC TWELVE DVD

 SPECTRAL MORNINGSNew 5.1 Surround Sound Mix by Steven Wilson

  1. Every Day
  2. The Virgin and the Gypsy
  3. The Red Flower of Tachai Blooms Everywhere
  4. Clocks – The Angel of Mons
  5. Ballad of the Decomposing Man
  6. Lost Time in Cordoba
  7. Tigermoth
  8. Spectral Mornings

 DISC THIRTEEN DVD

 VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTENew pseudo 5.1 Surround Up-Mix from the original stereo master tapes

  1. Ace of Wands
  2. Hands of the Priestess
  3. A Tower Struck Down
  4. Hands of the Priestess Part Two
  5. The Hermit
  6. Star of Sirius

Taken from the album Voyage of the Acolyte

  1. Shadow of the Hierophant (Extended version)

 DISC FOURTEEN DVD

 DEFECTOR New pseudo 5.1 Surround Up-Mix from the original stereo master tapes

  1. The Steppes
  2. Time to Get Out
  3. Slogans
  4. Leaving
  5. Two Vamps as Guests
  6. Jacuzzi
  7. Hammer in the Sand
  8. The Toast
  9. The Show
  10. Sentimental Institution                     

~

Steve Hackett can be found  online at : http://www.hackettsongs.com/

He is  also on Facebook  and tweets  as @HackettOfficial

Words  by Mike Ainscoe. You can find more of Mike’s writing on Louder Than War at his author’s archive and his website is www.michaelainscoephotography.co.uk

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