Steve Hackett – ‘Genesis Revisited: Live At Hammersmith’ (3 CD & 2 DVD Boxset)

 Steve HackettApart from a brief flirtation when I was 14 with a boy who was into Yes and Marillion I’ve never had much to do with Prog rock, so I have to admit that reviewing a 3CD live set sounded a little bit daunting. However, the influence Steve Hackett and the rest have had on rock music and a whole generation of musicians is undeniable, so I took a deep breath…

Steve Hackett joined Genesis in 1970, replacing original guitarist Anthony Phillips. During this time and up until his departure in 1977 is regarded by many as the classic era for Genesis, with best-selling albums Foxtrot, Selling England By The Pound and The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway featuring many of the band’s best known and best loved early work. It is understandably this era that Hackett focusses on in this show – the live incarnation of the album Genesis Revisited 2, released in October 2012. Of some 35 guest performers on the studio album, 5 performed at the sold out show at the Hammersmith Apollo on 10th May 2013 – John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia), Amanda Lehmann, Jakko Jaksyzk (King Crimson), 80’s pop sensation Nik Kershaw and Steve Rotheray (Marillion), alongside Hackett’s regular band including Nad Sylvan on vocals.

With Genesis Revisited Steve Hackett never strays far from the band’s heyday, the only exception being a handful of songs that were either written for or rehearsed by the band but never recorded. Despite this the material still sounds fresh, Hackett seems happy to explore the songs, new twists and turns are added, intros and outros changed and as you would expect guests add their own touches. Strings and percussion add to the inevitable sense of drama that no Genesis show would be complete without.

The first DVD features the 2hr 41 minute show in its entirety, whilst the second shows 40 minutes of ‘behind the scenes’ footage. The audio is again the whole show, split over 3CDs. Crowd favourites ‘Watcher of the Skies’, ‘The Musical Box’ and the 23 minute epic ‘Supper’s Ready’ are highlights of the performance, with ‘The Musical Box’ in particular receiving a standing ovation.

Hackett says that with this show he felt he had to “..deliver, and then some”. That the release of this 3CD and 2 DVD box set is being followed up by another British and US tour shows that there is still an appetite for these classic songs and Hackett and his band can more than deliver on every occassion.


1) Watcher of the Skies
2) The Chamber of 32 Doors
3) Dancing with the Moonlit Knight
4) Fly on a Windshield
5) Broadway Melody of 1974
6) The Lamia
7) The Musical Box
8) Shadow of the Hierophant
9) Blood on the Rooftops

1) Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers
2) In That Quiet Earth
3) Afterglow
4) I Know What I Like
5) Dance on a Volcano
6) Entangled
7) Eleventh Earl of Mar
8) Supper’s Ready

1) Firth of Fifth
2) Los Endos

DVD1 – Full live show

DVD2 – Behind the scenes featurette


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Steve Hackett – ‘Genesis Revisited: Live At Hammersmith’ (3 CD & 2 DVD Boxset) — 1 Comment

  1. As Steve say,s “these songs are 40 years old”the greatness of a song is if it stands the test of time.I don,t now of any of the Genesis Revisited 2 tracks that do not still sound good today.We are able too enjoy the magic & Mystique of Genesis but with a far better sound quality.Steve & The Band/Guest have certainly done the tracks justice.Shame DVD was not in Blu-Ray.

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