Steve Hackett

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Legal name: Stephen Richard Hackett


Stephen Richard "Steve" Hackett (born 12 February 1950) is an English musician, singer and songwriter. He gained prominence as lead guitarist of the English progressive rock band Genesis, which he joined in 1970 and left in 1977 to pursue a solo career. Hackett contributed to six Genesis studio albums, three live albums and seven singles. Hackett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.

Hackett released his first solo album, Voyage of the Acolyte, while still a member of Genesis in 1975. After a series of further solo albums beginning in 1978, Hackett co-founded the supergroup GTR with another progressive guitarist, Steve Howe of Yes and Asia, in 1986. The group released the self-titled album GTR, which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 in the United States and spawned the Top 20 single "When the Heart Rules the Mind". When Hackett left GTR in 1987, the group disbanded. Hackett then resumed his solo career. He has released albums and toured worldwide on a regular basis since.

MusicRadar has described Hackett as "one of the UK's most innovative and influential guitar players" who is "widely credited with inventing two-handed tapping and introducing sweep picking to rock 'n' roll electric guitar". His body of work encompasses many styles; in addition to his work in progressive rock, he has explored pop, blues, world music and classical music on his solo recordings. He is cited as an influence on guitarists such as Eddie Van Halen, Alex Lifeson, Brian May and Steve Rothery.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Voyage of the Acolyte Steve Hackett 5 7
1978 Please Don’t Touch Steve Hackett 7
1979 Spectral Mornings Steve Hackett 5 9
1980 Defector Steve Hackett 4 6
1981 Cured Steve Hackett 2
1982 Highly Strung Steve Hackett 4
1983 Bay of Kings Steve Hackett 6
1984 Till We Have Faces Steve Hackett 2
1988 Momentum Steve Hackett 4
1993 Guitar Noir Steve Hackett 4
1995 Blues With a Feeling Steve Hackett 1
1996 Watcher of the Skies: Genesis Revisited Steve Hackett 4 4
1997 A Midsummer Night's Dream Steve Hackett with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2
1998 Darktown Steve Hackett 3
2000 Sketches of Satie John Hackett & Steve Hackett 4.5 1
2000 Feedback 86 Steve Hackett 2
2001 Feedback 86 + Live 90’s Steve Hackett 1
2003 To Watch the Storms Steve Hackett 4
2005 Metamorpheus Steve Hackett 1
2006 Wild Orchids Steve Hackett 4
2008 Tribute Steve Hackett 3 3
2009 Out of the Tunnel's Mouth Steve Hackett 4 3
2010 The Book of Bilbo and Gandalf Marco Lo MuscioSteve HackettPär LindhJohn Hackett 1
2011 Beyond the Shrouded Horizon Steve Hackett 2
2012 Genesis Revisited II Steve Hackett 4 2
2012 The Rome Pro(G)ject Steve Hackett · David Cross · David Jackson · Richard Sinclair · John Hackett · Nick Magnus · Francesco Di Giacomo 1
2015 Wolflight Steve Hackett 3
2016 5 Classic Albums Steve Hackett 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 The Unauthorised Biography Steve Hackett 2
2002 Genesis Files Steve Hackett 1
2015 Premonitions: The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983 Steve Hackett 1
Guitaire Classique Steve Hackett 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Time Lapse Steve Hackett 2
1995 There Are Many Sides to the Night Steve Hackett 2
1998 The Tokyo Tapes Steve Hackett 4
2001 Live Archive Steve Hackett 2
2002 Somewhere in South America Steve Hackett 1
2003 Live Archive NEARfest Steve Hackett 1
2003 Hungarian Horizons: Live in Budapest Steve Hackett 1
2004 Live Archive 03 Steve Hackett 1
2004 Live Archive 04 Steve Hackett 1
2004 Once Above a Time Steve Hackett 1
2005 Live Archive 05 Steve Hackett 1
2006 Live Archive 83 Steve Hackett 1
2011 Live Rails Steve Hackett 4 1
2011 Fire and Ice: The Soundtrack Steve Hackett 1
2013 Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith Steve Hackett 2
2014 Genesis Revisited: Live at the Royal Albert Hall Steve Hackett 1
2015 Access All Areas Steve Hackett 1
2016 The Total Experience Live in Liverpool: Acolyte to Wolflight With Genesis Classics Steve Hackett 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 How Can I? Steve Hackett 1
1979 Clocks - The Angel of Mons Steve Hackett 1
2015 Spectral Mornings 2015 Beggs · Booth · D’Virgilio · Hackett · Longdon · Reed 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Guitar Wars Steve Hackett, John Paul Jones, Paul Gilbert, Nuno Bettencourt 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Outwitting Hitler Steve Hackett 1

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