This 100 minute DVD features the triumphant performace of Steve Hackett and his band playing a magical set in the heart of Japan. In this feature concert footage, Hackett demonstrates his uplifting musical prowess by perf... more »orming his emotion-building balla« less
"While I loved this concert DVD, I want MORE! Of course, I'm more of a John Wetton fan than a Steve Hackett fan but Hackett is brilliant in this show. I think it would be great if Wetton took a page from Hackett's book and does a show like this one of his own -but revolving around his material. The only drawback is the fact that "Watcher of the Skies" was the best performance in this concert but was played at the very beginning which is like having dessert first. The way the stage is lit at the beginning is awe-inspiring, though. The stage is shot with a Rembrandt-like golden light and the floor is covered in billowing dry ice clouds. It looks almost like the band is performing on top of a cloud at sunrise!For those who want great music played by great musicians, this is for you. For those who want a band that prances around the stage, this is NOT for you, but maybe I can recommend something by NSync or Brittney Spears..."
Great performance / Disappointing DVD
checkyeah | 02/09/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The entire concert: song selection, musicians and camera work were all excellent. The less than sharp video quality and the lack of 5.1 audio were disappointing. Maybe I've been spoiled by the incredible audio and video quality of YesSymphonic DVD, but I was expecting more from this.If you are a fan of "Classic" Genesis and Steve Hackett, it's a worthwhile purchase, but the DVD seems to have been simply transfered from video tape without taking advantage of the capabilities offered in the DVD format."
3 DVDs - all excellent - all different
MisterH | NJ, USA | 08/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are three DVDs to date form Steve. They are all excellent and they are all different.
It goes like this:
Tokyo: Progressive rock, less focus on Steve, more vocals, great classic gennesis tunes with vocals intact.
South America: Progressive jazz/rock/classical, more focus on Steve, and as Steve says and I agree on of the most precise bands he has ever played with.
Hungary: Classical trio, with just three musicians, it's hard not to focus on Steve who is just as talented classically, if not more, as he is talented with other styles. There is some mind numbing classical technique here.
The fact that these three DVDs are so different allowed me to buy all three without having to see the same concert with different musicians.
Great show wiith great musicians
checkyeah | 05/05/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you like to hear a compilation of good old prog songs of your favorite bands, this DVD is for you. If you like Genesis,King Crimson and projects from old members of these bands, you got to have this video. It is very well shot and has a beautiful light show. The music is simply great with songs from Hackett's solo stuff, John Wetton, King Crimson and Genesis. And on the extras, you got 20 minutes of rehersal."
The Hackett Magic!
Russ Bellinger | Bradenton, Florida USA | 12/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this DVD! There is no other like it, and that is because there are few bands/musicians out there today on the level of these guys. I saw Hackett with Genesis a couple of times back in the 70s and he is no different here. He still maintains the power and impact he always had. In fact, he is even better! John Wetton sings with such power and passion that he really adds to this performance. Hackett knew what he was doing
when he assembled this band. Chester is also fantastic. There is alot of emotion here, even though they don't jump around the stage. They don't need to. Can't wait to see the concerts he recently recorded on tour in South America for DVD. Hopefully we will see them sometime in 2002! Buy this !"