The Tokyo Tapes

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The Tokyo Tapes
Live album by
Released27 April 1998
Recordedfrom two concerts at Koseinenkin Hall in Tokyo, Japan on 16 & 17 December 1996.[1]
GenreProgressive rock
LabelCamino Records
ProducerSteve Hackett
Steve Hackett chronology
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Tokyo Tapes
Dark Town
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]

The Tokyo Tapes is ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett's live album featuring a progressive rock supergroup line-up of John Wetton (from King Crimson, UK, Asia), Chester Thompson (from Weather Report, Frank Zappa, Genesis live), Ian McDonald (from King Crimson, Foreigner) and rounded out by keyboardist Julian Colbeck (worked with Hackett and with Yes spin-off Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe). The album was compiled from two concerts at Koseinenkin Hall in Tokyo, Japan on 16 & 17 December 1996. The album also contains two Steve Hackett studio tracks.

In 2001, a live DVD also called The Tokyo Tapes and culled from the same two performances was released. It contained all 17 live tracks plus 18 minutes of bonus rehearsal footage and band biographies.

Both the CD and the DVD were promoted with the tagline: "What would it sound like if occasional members of GENESIS, KING CRIMSON, ASIA, YES, ZAPPA & WEATHER REPORT all got together to form a unique team just for one night?"

Track listing[edit]

Original artists for live songs are listed in brackets.

Disc 1

  1. "Watcher of the Skies" (Banks, Rutherford, Hackett, Gabriel, Collins) – 8:59 [Genesis]
  2. "Riding the Colossus" (Hackett) – 3:32 [Solo Steve Hackett]
  3. "Firth of Fifth" (Banks, Collins, Hackett, Rutherford, Gabriel) – 9:32 [Genesis]
  4. "Battlelines" (Wetton, Marlette, Mitchell) – 6:43 [Solo John Wetton]
  5. "Camino Royale" (Hackett, Magnus) – 9:06 [Solo Steve Hackett]
  6. "The Court of the Crimson King" (McDonald, Sinfield) – 7:39 [King Crimson]
  7. "Horizons" (Hackett) – 1:53 [Genesis/Solo Steve Hackett]
  8. "Walking Away from Rainbows" (Hackett) – 3:47 [Solo Steve Hackett]
  9. "Heat of the Moment" (Wetton, Downes) – 4:06 [Asia]

Disc 2

  1. "...In That Quiet Earth'" (Hackett, Rutherford, Banks, Collins) – 4:02 [Genesis]
  2. "Vampyre With a Healthy Appetite" (Hackett) – 7:23 [Solo Steve Hackett]
  3. "I Talk to the Wind" (McDonald, Sinfield) – 5:37 [King Crimson]
  4. "Shadow of the Hierophant" (Hackett, Rutherford) – 7:14 [Solo Steve Hacket]
  5. "Los Endos" (Banks, Collins, Rutherford, Hackett) – 6:54 [Genesis]
  6. "Black Light" (Hackett) – 2:30 [Solo Steve Hackett]
  7. "The Steppes" (Hackett) – 6:48 [Solo Steve Hackett]
  8. "I Know What I Like" (Hackett, Banks, Rutherford, Collins, Gabriel) – 5:51 [Genesis]
  9. "Firewall" (Hackett) [Studio Track] – 4:41
  10. "The Dealer" (Hackett) [Studio track] – 4:23
  11. "Los Endos" (Hackett) ['Revisited' Studio Version] 8:52

Credits (live tracks)[edit]

Credits (studio tracks)[edit]

  • Steve Hackett – guitar, percussion
  • Aron Friedman – keyboards, programming


  1. ^ "Discogs: Steve Hackett – The Tokyo Tapes (1996) album releases & credits". Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  2. ^ "AllMusic: Steve Hackett – The Tokyo Tapes (1996) album review by Steve McMullen, releases & credits)". Retrieved 22 August 2010.