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Please Don't Touch

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Steve Hackett left Genesis in June 1977 (following the tour that would be documented on Seconds Out), and started his solo career in earnest with Please Don't Touch. Unlike Voyage of the Acolyte, which was a largely instrumental concept album steeped in the progressive rock idiom, this record is primarily a collection of songs featuring guest vocalists Richie Havens, Randy Crawford, and Kansas' Steve Walsh (their Phil Ehart also chips in here on drums). Although the sum effect is something of a patchwork, the individual pieces are often lovely. Over his career, Hackett has shown a propensity for extremes, in this case letting the jazzy and sentimental "Hoping Love Will Last" segue into the musical maelstrom of "Land of a Thousand Autumns" and "Please Don't Touch" (which will delight fans of Hackett's first record, although the Caroline CD inexplicably pauses too long between the two). In a nod to King Crimson (specifically Lizard), the title track is quickly cut off with the quirky carousel sounds of "The Voice of Necam," which itself dissolves into a mix of airy voices and acoustic guitar. The best tracks belong to Richie Havens: "How Can I?" ("Hackett"'s take on Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill") and the conclusive "Icarus Ascending." Hackett is no singer, so he wisely masks his voice in a "laughing gnome" effect on the delightful "Carry on Up the Vicarage" and hides behind Walsh's lead on "Narnia" and "Racing in A." Perhaps taking his cue from Gabriel (whose debut had appeared in 1977), Hackett seems eager to show his range as a songwriter. While he clearly has a closet full of good ideas and a genuine knack for interesting arrangements, Hackett is too much the eccentric Englishman to appeal to broad commercial tastes. Please Don't Touch remains a uniquely effective amalgam of progressive rock and pop; like his first album, he never made another one quite like it, perhaps because he again taps the concept's full potential here.
© Dave Connolly /TiVo

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1
Narnia (Remastered 2005)
00:04:05

Steve Walsh, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hackett, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Acock, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Ehart, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

2
Carry On Up The Vicarage (Remastered 2005)
00:03:10

Steve Hackett, Composer, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Acock, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

3
Racing In A (Remastered 2005)
00:05:06

Steve Walsh, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hackett, Composer, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Acock, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

4
Kim (Remastered 2005)
00:02:12

Steve Hackett, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - John Acock, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

5
How Can I? (Remastered 2005)
00:04:38

Richie Havens, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hackett, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - John Acock, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

6
Hoping Love Will Last (Remastered 2005)
00:04:22

Randy Crawford, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hackett, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - John Acock, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maria Bonvino, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

7
Land Of A Thousand Autumns (Remastered 2005)
00:01:37

Steve Hackett, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - John Acock, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

8
Please Don't Touch (2005 Digital Remaster)
00:03:38

Steve Hackett, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - John Acock, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

9
The Voice Of Necam (Remastered 2005)
00:03:10

Steve Hackett, Composer, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Acock, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Feydor, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

10
Icarus Ascending (Remastered 2005)
00:06:26

Chester Thompson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Richie Havens, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hackett, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Acock, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dale Newman, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Owen, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

11
Narnia (John Perry Vocal Version / 2005 Digital Remaster)
00:03:36

Steve Walsh, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hackett, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Acock, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Ehart, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

12
Land Of A Thousand Autumns / Please Don't Touch (Remastered 2005)
00:07:52

Steve Hackett, Composer, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - John Acock, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

13
Narnia (Steve Walsh Vocal Version / 2005 Digital Remaster)
00:04:30

Steve Walsh, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hackett, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Acock, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Ehart, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd

Album Description

Steve Hackett left Genesis in June 1977 (following the tour that would be documented on Seconds Out), and started his solo career in earnest with Please Don't Touch. Unlike Voyage of the Acolyte, which was a largely instrumental concept album steeped in the progressive rock idiom, this record is primarily a collection of songs featuring guest vocalists Richie Havens, Randy Crawford, and Kansas' Steve Walsh (their Phil Ehart also chips in here on drums). Although the sum effect is something of a patchwork, the individual pieces are often lovely. Over his career, Hackett has shown a propensity for extremes, in this case letting the jazzy and sentimental "Hoping Love Will Last" segue into the musical maelstrom of "Land of a Thousand Autumns" and "Please Don't Touch" (which will delight fans of Hackett's first record, although the Caroline CD inexplicably pauses too long between the two). In a nod to King Crimson (specifically Lizard), the title track is quickly cut off with the quirky carousel sounds of "The Voice of Necam," which itself dissolves into a mix of airy voices and acoustic guitar. The best tracks belong to Richie Havens: "How Can I?" ("Hackett"'s take on Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill") and the conclusive "Icarus Ascending." Hackett is no singer, so he wisely masks his voice in a "laughing gnome" effect on the delightful "Carry on Up the Vicarage" and hides behind Walsh's lead on "Narnia" and "Racing in A." Perhaps taking his cue from Gabriel (whose debut had appeared in 1977), Hackett seems eager to show his range as a songwriter. While he clearly has a closet full of good ideas and a genuine knack for interesting arrangements, Hackett is too much the eccentric Englishman to appeal to broad commercial tastes. Please Don't Touch remains a uniquely effective amalgam of progressive rock and pop; like his first album, he never made another one quite like it, perhaps because he again taps the concept's full potential here.
© Dave Connolly /TiVo

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