Steve Hackett to Re-Issue Box Set of Collection of Early Recordings

Published 6 years ago on July 10, 2015

By Jonathan Graham

(PRESS RELEASE): 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 Don’t Touchand Spectral Mornings, will also be re-released separately in a deluxe expanded version with 5.1 mixes by Steven Wilsonin 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 Wolflightwas released in March to critical acclaim, charting at 31; it’s the first studio album of new material since Beyond the Shrouded Horizonin 2011 and explores past and contemporary cultures in a revolutionary journey.

The 40th anniversary celebrations continue with 19 UK shows on the ‘Acolyte to Wolflight with Genesis Revisited Tour’, where fans will have the opportunity to relive the Charisma years while discovering the guitarist’s more recent work, together with a selection of Genesis tracks previously unheard live.

Acolyte to Wolflight UK Tour

Oct 06: Guildford GLive
Oct 07: London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Oct 09: Northampton Derngate
Oct 10: Cardiff St Davids Hall
Oct 11: Southampton O2 Guildhall
Oct 13: Basingstoke Anvil
Oct 14: York Barbican
Oct 16: Aberdeen Music Hall
Oct 17: Gateshead Sage
Oct 18: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Oct 20: Leeds Town Hall
Oct 21: Llandudno Venue Cymru
Oct 23: Liverpool Philharmonic
Oct 24: Leicester De Montford Hall
Oct 25: Salford Lowry
Oct 27: Ipswich Regent Theatre
Oct 28: Bristol Colston Hall
Oct 30: Birmingham Symphony Hall




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