Defector (album)

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Defector album cover.jpg
Studio album by Steve Hackett
Released June 1980
Recorded Spring 1980 at Wessex Sound Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock
Length 36:52
Label Charisma Records (original release)
Virgin Records (1989 UK reissue)
Producer John Acock & Steve Hackett
Steve Hackett chronology
Spectral Mornings
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Defector was the fourth solo album from former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. It was released in 1980 on the Charisma label.

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

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Steve Hackett, except where indicated.

  1. "The Steppes" – 6:05
  2. "Time to Get Out" – 4:11
  3. "Slogans" – 3:46
  4. "Leaving" – 3:16
  5. "Two Vamps as Guests" – 1:58
  6. "Jacuzzi" – 4:36
  7. "Hammer in the Sand" – 3:11
  8. "The Toast" – 3:42
  9. "The Show" – 3:40
  10. "Sentimental Institution" (Steve Hackett and Peter Hicks) – 2:44

2005 Remaster Bonus Tracks

  1. "Hercules Unchained" (B-side of "The Show") (Steve Hackett and Peter Hicks) – 2:44
  2. "Sentimental Institution" (Live at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) (Steve Hackett and Peter Hicks) – 3:02
  3. "The Steppes" (Live at the Reading Festival) – 6:33
  4. "Slogans" (Live at the Reading Festival) – 4:19
  5. "Clocks – The Angel of Mons" (Live at the Reading Festival) – 5:54


Vocal Credits[edit]

"Time To Get Out" and "The Toast" are sung by Pete, Dik & Steve together. "Leaving" and "The Show" are sung by Pete with the others adding harmonies. "Sentimental Institution" and the bonus track "Hercules Unchained" are sung by Pete alone. This is the only Steve Hackett album with vocals on which none of the lead vocals are by Hackett himself.


  • Recorded at Wessex Studios
  • Produced by Steve Hackett and John Acock


  1. ^ Dawson, Michael P. "Defector – Steve Hackett | AllMusic". Retrieved 25 July 2011. 

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