To Watch the Storms

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To Watch the Storms
Studio album by Steve Hackett
Released 2003
Recorded 2003
Genre Progressive rock, art rock
Label Camino Records (UK), InsideOut Music (US)
Producer Steve Hackett
Steve Hackett chronology
Genesis Files
(2002)
To Watch the Storms
(2003)
Metamorpheus
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

To Watch the Storms is a studio rock album by Steve Hackett. It was his first studio album in 4 years since Darktown in 1999. It was recorded with his then touring band including his brother John and producer and keyboardist Roger King. It shows Steve's compositional trademark which gave his earlier classics, Voyage of the Acolyte and Spectral Mornings grace. The album was released in three formats including a standard and special editions. Cover artwork was by Kim Poor. There was also a Japanese edition with an extra track not included on the UK releases and alternate cover art, also by Kim Poor.

Track listing[edit]

Standard Edition (CAMCD31)[edit]

  1. Strutton Ground
  2. Circus of Becoming
  3. The Devil Is an Englishman
  4. Frozen Statues
  5. Mechanical Bride
  6. Wind, Sand and Stars
  7. Brand New
  8. This World
  9. Rebecca
  10. The Silk Road
  11. Come Away
  12. The Moon Under Water
  13. Serpentine Song

Special Edition (CAMCD31SE)[edit]

Includes 4 bonus tracks, a 40-page booklet with extended sleeve notes from Steve and original Kim Poor artwork for each track. Packaged in slipcase.

  1. Strutton Ground
  2. Circus of Becoming
  3. The Devil Is an Englishman
  4. Frozen Statues
  5. Mechanical Bride
  6. Wind, Sand and Stars
  7. Brand New
  8. This World
  9. Rebecca
  10. The Silk Road
  11. Pollution B
  12. Fire Island
  13. Marijuana, Assassin of Youth
  14. Come Away
  15. The Moon Under Water
  16. Serpentine Song
  17. If You Only Knew

Japanese Edition (UICE1064)[edit]

Includes 4 bonus tracks and an obi strip. Packaged in a slipcase.

  1. Strutton Ground
  2. Brand New
  3. This World
  4. Circus of Becoming
  5. The Devil Is an Englishman
  6. Frozen Statues
  7. Mechanical Bride
  8. Wind, Sand and Stars
  9. Rebecca
  10. The Silk Road
  11. Come Away
  12. The Moon Under Water
  13. Serpentine Song
  14. Flame
  15. Pollution B
  16. Fire Island
  17. If You Only Knew

Digital Downloads[edit]

  1. Brand New (edit)

Personnel[edit]

  • Steve Hackett – Vocals, Guitar
  • Roger King – Keyboards
  • Rob Townsend – Brass, Woodwind
  • Terry Gregory – Basses, Vocals
  • Gary O'Toole – Drums, Vocals
  • John Hackett – Flute on "Serpentine Song"
  • Ian McDonald – Saxophone on "Brand New"
  • Jeanne Downs – Backing Vocals
  • Sarah Wilson – Cello
  • Howard Gott – Violin

Facts[edit]

  • "The Devil Is an Englishman" is a cover version of the song by Thomas Dolby.
  • This is the album where digital downloads were tested for the first time.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Couture, F. (2011). "To Watch the Storms – Steve Hackett | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011.