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Steve Hackett

Once Above A Time DVD

Review by Gary Hill

This new live DVD from Steve Hackett shows a vital and powerful progressive rock band creating an awesome musical landscape on the live stage. The film was recorded in April of 1994 in Budapest, and it find the former Genesis guitarist and his band making their way through songs from his solo repertoire and old Genesis material. The group is very capable, and all the material comes across very strong. This must have been some show to see in person!

The video filmography, both sound and visually really is nearly flawless and makes this one of the best videos of its kind. The band boasts strong vocal harmonies in addition to stellar musicianship. The only real complaint is that I wish the "backstage" segment would have included more interview stuff than the non-interview video snippets that make up the bulk of it.

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