Spectral Mornings

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Spectral Mornings
Studio album by Steve Hackett
Released May 1979
Recorded January–February 1979 at Phonogram Studios, Hilversum, The Netherlands
Genre Progressive rock
Length 39:03
Label Charisma, Chrysalis, Caroline
Producer John Acock & Steve Hackett
Steve Hackett chronology
Please Don't Touch
(1978)
Spectral Mornings
(1979)
Defector
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Spectral Mornings is the third release and the second post-Genesis album by British guitarist Steve Hackett.

The album is the first recording to feature Hackett's first true touring band, consisting of his brother John Hackett on flute, guitar and bass pedals, long-time collaborator keyboardist Nick Magnus, bassist/vocalist Dik Cadbury, drummer John Shearer and vocalist Peter Hicks.

In 2005, Spectral Mornings was remastered and re-released on Virgin Records. The new edition features updated liner notes and seven bonus tracks.

Background[edit]

After the release of his previous album, Please Don't Touch!, in 1978, Hackett wished to tour the material from the album along with material from his previous solo album, Voyage of the Acolyte.[2] This meant that he needed to assemble a touring band, since the personnel on Please Don't Touch! had essentially consisted of guest musicians. The band that he created for this purpose became the band that he used in the studio for Spectral Mornings and the following album, 1980's Defector. Members of Genesis had contacted Hackett to say how much they really liked this and previous albums, since it was material Hackett felt he could have used with the band.[3]

Recording[edit]

This is the second album for which Hackett used a Roland GR-500 Guitar Synthesizer. It can be heard on two tracks: "The Virgin and the Gypsy" and "Tigermoth".

Lead vocals on most of the album were provided by Peter Hicks, which were very often backed with harmonies by Steve Hackett & Dik Cadbury. Cadbury arranged the harmony vocals, having been trained as a counter tenor (falsetto) singer.[2] Hackett himself sings lead on "The Ballad of the Decomposing Man".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Steve Hackett, except where indicated.

  1. "Every Day" – 6:14
  2. "The Virgin and the Gypsy" – 4:27
  3. "The Red Flower of Tachai Blooms Everywhere" – 2:05
  4. "Clocks – The Angel of Mons" – 4:17
  5. "The Ballad of the Decomposing Man" (featuring "The Office Party") – 3:49
  6. "Lost Time in Córdoba" – 4:03
  7. "Tigermoth" – 7:35
  8. "Spectral Mornings" – 6:33
  • 2005 Remaster Bonus Tracks
  1. "Every Day" (Alternate Mix) – 7:08
  2. "The Virgin and the Gypsy" (Alternate Mix) – 4:29
  3. "Tigermoth" (Alternate Mix) – 3:19
  4. "The Ballad of the Decomposing Man" (Alternate Mix) – 4:23
  5. "Clocks" (12" Single Version) – 3:37
  6. "Live Acoustic Set" – 5:40 (Carcassi, Arr. Hackett/Hackett)
  7. "Tigermoth" (Live Version) – 3:58
  8. "The Janitor" – 1:41 (unlisted)(featuring Peter Hicks)[4]

Note: "The Janitor" was a hidden joke-track that had appeared on some early CD copies of the album. It features the vocalist Peter Hicks, here as a studio cleaner, being angry with the musicians about the mess that they made working in the studio.

Personnel[edit]

  • Dik Cadbury – bass
  • John Hackett – flute, keyboards
  • Steve Hackett – guitar, keyboards, vocals, koto, harmonica
  • Peter Hicks – vocals
  • Nick Magnus – synthesizer, keyboards
  • John Shearer – drums[4]

Tour[edit]

Hackett toured the album with the same band in 1979. A recording of an entire show on this tour is found on Discs 1 and 2 of Live Archive 70s 80s 90s, released in 2001.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Connolly, D. "Spectral Mornings – Steve Hackett | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Hackett, Steve, Spectral Mornings 2005 Remaster liner notes, 2005. EMI
  3. ^ Rolling Stone Magazine 22 October 2012 interview with Steve Hackett
  4. ^ a b Sketches of Hackett: The Authorised Steve Hackett Biography, by Alan Hewitt, Wymer Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9557542-3-4