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.