Till We Have Faces (Steve Hackett album)

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Till We Have Faces
Studio album by Steve Hackett
Released August 1984
Recorded 1983–84
Genre Progressive rock, world
Length 41:02
Label Start Records, Ltd.
Lamborghini Records
Producer Steve Hackett
Steve Hackett chronology
Bay of Kings (1983) Till We Have Faces
(1984)
Momentum
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! (favorable)[2]

Till We Have Faces is the eighth solo album by guitarist Steve Hackett. The album is rock, with elements of world music. The majority of the album was recorded in Brazil, while the final mixing was done in London. The name of the album comes from a novel by C.S.Lewis, whose work is a long-time influence on Hackett.

As with most of Steve Hackett's records, the sleeve painting was created by his wife at the time, Kim Poor, the Brazilian artist, under the title Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats, after an instrumental piece by the group Genesis, on the album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.

The album yielded a single which was split into two-halves, "A Doll That's Made in Japan", the 12" B-side, "Just the Bones" was never reissued in any form.

Track listing (original LP/CD version)[edit]

  1. "Duel" (Steve Hackett) – 4:50
  2. "Matilda Smith-Williams Home for the Aged" (Hackett, Nick Magnus) – 8:04
  3. "Let Me Count the Ways" (Hackett) – 6:06
  4. "A Doll That's Made in Japan" (Hackett) – 3:57
  5. "Myopia" (Hackett, Magnus) – 2:56
  6. "What's My Name" (Hackett, Magnus) – 7:05
  7. "The Rio Connection" (Hackett) – 3:24
  8. "Taking the Easy Way Out" (Hackett) – 3:49
  9. "When You Wish upon a Star" (Ned Washington, Leigh Harline) – 0:51

Track listing (1994 CD reissue)[edit]

  1. "What's My Name" – 7:06
  2. "The Rio Connection" – 3:21
  3. "Matilda Smith-Williams Home for the Aged" (modified version) – 8:07
  4. "Let Me Count the Ways" – 6:06
  5. "A Doll That's Made in Japan" – 3:57
  6. "Duel" – 4:48
  7. "Myopia" – 2:56
  8. "Taking the Easy Way Out" – 3:50
  9. "The Gulf" – 6:33
  10. "Stadiums of the Damned" – 4:37
  11. "When You Wish Upon a Star" – 0:48

Note: Bonus tracks "The Gulf" and "Stadiums Of The Damned" were from the (then) unreleased Feedback 86. The version of "The Gulf" heard here is missing a brief intro, is faded out early, and has added backing vocals.

Personnel[edit]

  • Steve Hackett – guitars, guitar synth, koto, rainstick, Etruscan guitar, marimba, percussion, harmonica, vocals
  • Nick Magnus – keyboards, percussion, drum programming
  • Rui Mota – drums
  • Sérgio Lima – drums
  • Ian Mosley – drums, percussion
  • Waldemar Falcão – flute, percussion
  • Fernando Moura – Rhodes piano
  • Ronaldo Diamante – bass
  • Clive Stevens – wind synthesizer
  • Kim Poor – Japanese voice on "Doll"
  • The Brazilian Percussionists – Sidinho Moreira, Junior Homrich, Jaburu, Peninha, Zizinho, Baca

References[edit]

  1. ^ Caldwell, Rob. "Steve Hackett Till We Have Faces review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Welch, Chris (6 September 1984). "Steve Hackett 'Till We Have Faces'". Kerrang! 76. London, UK: Spotlight Publications Ltd. p. 27. 

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