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Spectral Mornings

a Studio release
Steve Hackett

Release Year: 1979

Date Label Catalog # Comments
1979 LP
1991 CD Blue Plate CAROL-1862-2
1979 LP Charisma 1223
Remastered in 2005 at Steve Hackett's MAP studios by engineer Benedict Fenner, in direct collaboration with Steve Hackett and including includes previously unreleased bonus tracks and new liner notes.
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 10/2/2004 12:00:00 AM
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  1. Every Day
  2. The Virgin And Gypsy
  3. The Red Flower Of Tai Chi Blooms Everywhere
  4. Clocks
  5. The Ballad Of The Decomposing Man
  6. Lost Time In Cordoba
  7. Tigermoth
  8. Spectral Mornings

    Bonus Tracks on 2005 Remaster:

  9. Everyday (Alternate Mix)
  10. The Virgin And Gypsy (Alternate Mix)
  11. Tigermoth (Alternate Mix)
  12. The Ballad Of The Decomposing Man (Alternate Mix)
  13. Clocks (12" Single Version)
  14. Live Acoustic Set: Tigermoth (Live Version)
Steve Hackett
Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Dik Cadbury
John Hackett
Flute, Keyboards
Peter Hicks
Nick Magnus
Synthesizer, Keyboards
John Shearer

Reviewed by Eric on 24 Feb 2004

My favorite of all the Steve Hackett solo albums- Spectral Mornings is a wondrous work of progressive rock. Opening with Every Day, Hackett delivers stunning guitar work in particular the ending which seems to shoot off into the cosmos as the song progresses. The Virgin And The Gypsy is a beautiful ballad reminiscent of Genesis as is Clocks - The Angel Of Mons, which should have great appeal for fans of Trick Of the Tail. The curiously titled The Ballad of The Decomposing Man (Featuring the Office party) is reminiscent of The Beatles or 10cc although this is the weakest song here. The title track and instrumental Spectral Mornings is a perfect ending to a nearly flawless album.
While most progressive fans should already have this in their collections, those who don’t, need to purchase this as soon as possible. Spectral Mornings was recorded in 1979, a time when progressive rock was long thought dead. Obviously not true as Hackett proved everyone wrong with this masterwork of great music.

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