In a recent interview with Guitarist magazine former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has revealed that he will soon be releasing Volume II in a series of albums comprised of “re-recorded” and “re-voiced” Genesis tracks.
Hackett had previously released an album of re-worked Genesis material entitled ‘Watcher Of The Skies: Genesis Revisited’ in 1996. Sixteen years later, the revered guitarist is just weeks away from releasing Volume II: “It’s a re-recording and re-voicing of a lot of Genesis things. It should be out at the end of October,” he said.
Hackett explained that the album is centered around Genesis’ more adventurous periods: “In 1973, I felt I was playing in the best band in the world at that time,” he said. “I’m concentrating on the era that’s before that, and slightly after it, where the music was not afraid to be 20 minutes long at times – where you got a sense of journeying through the musical continuum.”
In the interview, available in issue #359 of Guitarist, on sale on 24 August, Hackett spoke about the guitars, amps and effects he used on Genesis’ classic albums, including ‘Nursery Cryme’ and why he neglected to use any distortion.
“It wasn’t really until I left Genesis – or maybe a bit before then, in 1975 – that I began recording using amp distortion,” he explained. “I couldn’t have really used amp distortion with Genesis live because I’d be playing rock guitar over the top of Mike Rutherford tootling away on a 12-string. I was required to play ‘pastoral’ rock guitar, if there was such a thing: playing very gently with a distorted tone.”
Furthermore, Hackett spoke about working with Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt, who appears on a re-recording of the classic ‘Supper’s ready’ from the 1972 Genesis album ‘Foxtrot.’