Steve Hackett has announced he will release a brand new solo acoustic album, Under A Mediterranean Sky, through InsideOut Music on January 21. It’s Hackett’s first acoustic album since 2005’s Metamorpheus. You can see the new album artwork and tracklisting below.
The new album, recorded during lockdown with long-time musical partner Roger King, is musical journey around the Mediterranean.
“A lot of acoustic ideas had been forming over the years, and it felt like the perfect time to create this album,” notes Hackett, “a time to contemplate the places we’ve visited around the Mediterranean with the kind of music which evolved from the world of imagination.
“Because we can’t really travel, substantially at the moment, I hope that the album will take people on that journey. Whether you sit down and listen to it or drift off to it with a glass of wine…”
Under A Mediterranean Sky features Hackett playing nylon, steel string and twelve string guitars, charango and Iraqi oud, with keyboards, programming and orchestral arrangements from Roger King. Also featured are John Hackett and Rob Townsend, flute (Casa del Fauno); Malik Mansurov, tar and Arsen Petrosyan, duduk & Rob Townsend, Sax (The Dervish And The Djin); Christine Townsend, violin (The Memory Of Myth and The Call Of The Sea). All tracks were produced by Steve Hackett and Roger King with all tracks recorded and mixed by Roger King at Siren.
“I had a great time doing this album, seeing it take shape, and I’m very pleased with the outcome. I’m very proud of it,” says Hackett. “The nylon guitar has a very individual sound but, within the compass of what the nylon-strung guitar can do, there are a lot of different tones. You can do the full-on attack, the kind of salvo that you expect from the flamenco players but, at the same time, it can also be very gentle, gentle as a harp. It’s shades of black and white. It’s also exciting to play alongside instruments from around the world, as well as a wide range of orchestral sounds.”
Under A Mediterranean Sky will be available as a Limited CD digipak, gatefold 2LP + CD and LP-booklet and digital album.
Steve Hackett: Under A Mediterranean Sky
1. Mdina – The Walled City
2. Adriatic Blue
4. Joie de Vivre
5. The Memory of Myth
6. Scarlatti Sonata
7. Casa del Fauno
8. The Dervish And Yhe Djin
10. Andalusian Heart
11. The Call of the Sea (Steve Hackett)
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- Steve Hackett - Clocks - UK - 12" vinyl - £10.00, $13.90, €11.70 (New Item) (arrived 20-Jul-2021 16:48)on July 29, 2021 at 3:41 pm
STEVE HACKETT Clocks (1979 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single on the blue 'Mad Hatter' Charisma label, also includes Tigermoth and an acoustic set which were both recorded live at Pavillion De Paris on 11th June 1979. The picture sleeve displays a vintage price sticker and shows just light storage wear while the vinyl remains in excellent condition CB34112)
- Steve Hackett - Cell 151 - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $11.12, €9.36 (New Item) (arrived 16-Jul-2021 16:10)on July 29, 2021 at 3:41 pm
STEVE HACKETT Cell 151 (1983 UK 7" vinyl single, also featuring Time Lapse At Milton Keynes, picture sleeve with 1983 tour dates on the back CELL1)
- Steve Hackett - Spectral Mornings - 1st - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $27.80, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 15-Jul-2021 11:57)on July 29, 2021 at 3:41 pm
STEVE HACKETT Spectral Mornings (1979 UK first press 8-track LP on the small pink 'Madhatter' Charisma label, picture sleeve. The sleeve & vinyl are Near Mint with few signs of wear & play CDS4017)
- Steve Hackett - Voyage Of The Acolyte - 2nd - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $27.80, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 05-Jul-2021 11:05)on July 29, 2021 at 3:41 pm
STEVE HACKETT Voyage Of The Acolyte (1975 UK small 'Madhatter' label 8-track vinyl LP, the debut solo album by the Genesis guitarist with guest appearances from Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins & Sally Oldfield. The smooth variant gatefold picture sleeve [with artwork by Kim Poor] shows some light age discolouration with the vinyl in excellent condition CAS1111)
- Steve Hackett - Defector - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $13.90, €11.70 (New Item) (arrived 01-Jul-2021 09:13)on July 29, 2021 at 3:41 pm
STEVE HACKETT Defector (1980 UK blue 'Mad Hatter' Charisma label 10-track vinyl LP, the fourth solo studio album from the former Genesis guitarist, including The Steppes and the 'tapping' showcase Slogans. The picture sleeve comes with picture/lyric inner and shows some light edgewear while the vinyl appears barely played CDS4018)