Sample Steve Hackett’s forthcoming Genesis Revisited: Live at the Royal Albert Hall concert release in the form of a darkly emotional solo from “Firth of Fifth,” perhaps the guitarist’s signature moment with or without Genesis.
Live at the Royal Albert Hall, due in June 2014, captures a sold-out show at one of London’s most celebrated venues, as Hackett toured behind his well-received tribute project Genesis Revisited II. Recorded in 5.1 Surround, the performance will be available in a standard 2CD/DVD format, and a limited-edition 2CD/2DVDBlu-ray configuration with a gorgeous artbook.
“Firth of Fifth” was originally, of course, a key element of Genesis’ 1973 release Selling England by the Pound, the third of four albums featuring its celebrated five-man lineup of Hackett, Mike Rutherford, Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Phil Collins. After Gabriel’s departure, Hackett recorded two more Genesis studio albums through 1977 before starting his own solo career.
The first Genesis Revisited project, called Watcher of the Skies, was issued in 1996. Roger King, John Wetton and Nick Magnus were among the musicians who contributed to both albums. King and Wetton appeared as part of this Royal Albert Hall show, recorded last October — along with Hackett’s fellow Genesis alum Ray Wilson, who sang on both “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)” and “The Carpet Crawlers.” Wetton, who rose to fame with King Crimson, UK and Asia, handles the vocals on “Firth of Fifth.”