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*** Steve Hackett -- Watcher of the Skies

Weird outing by the former Genesis guitarist. If you're going to redo old songs, you'd think that you would make the effort to improve on the original, or at least change them. Aside from the different players and vocalists, these are all fairly faithful to the original Genesis tracks. Among the singers, we've got John Wetton (ex King Crimson, Asis, UK,) who does an absolutely fantastic "Firth of Fifth", Paul Carrack (Mike and the Mechanics, Squeeze) and Colin Blunstone (ex Zombies). Musicians include Bill Bruford (who actually did play with Genesis for a while after Gabriel left), Ian McDonald (ex. King Crimson, Foreigner) and Chester Thompson (Genesis). Even Tony Levin pops by for a while. In short, you've got a near who's who of progressive players, doing a pretty unimaginative job of retooling classic Genesis tracks. Stick with the originals.

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