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Please Don't Touch! [UK]
2. Carry on up the Vicarage
3. Racing in A
5. How Can I?
6. Hoping Love Will Last
7. Land of a Thousand Autumns
8. Please Don't Touch
9. Voice of Necam, The
10. Icarus Ascending
11. Ace of Wounds - (live)
12. Narnia - (previously unreleased, John Perry Vocal Version)
13. Land of a Thousand Autumns (Please Don't Touch)
14. Narnia - (Steve Walsh Vocal Version)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 37222
John Acock; Steve Hackett
Personnel: Steve Hackett (vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion), Randy Crawford, Steve Walsh (vocals), Richie Havens (vocals, percussion), Graham Smith (violin), Hugh Malloy (cello), John Hackett (flute, piccolo, keyboards, bass pedals), Dave Lebolt, John Acock (keyboards), Tom Fowler (bass), Chester Thompson (drums), Phil Ehart (drums, percussion), James Bradley (percussion), Dale Newman, Dan Owen, Maria Bonvino (background vocals).
Recorded between November 1977 and February 1978.
All songs written by Steve Hackett.
Steve Hackett left Genesis in June 1977 (following the tour that would be documented on Seconds Out), and started his solo career in earnest with Please Don't Touch. Unlike Voyage of the Acolyte, which was a largely instrumental concept album steeped in the progressive rock idiom, this record is primarily a collection of songs featuring guest vocalists Richie Havens, Randy Crawford, and Kansas' Steve Walsh (their Phil Ehart also chips in here on drums). Although the sum effect is something of a patchwork, the individual pieces are often lovely. Over his career, Hackett has shown a propensity for extremes, in this case letting the jazzy and sentimental "Hoping Love Will Last" segue into the musical maelstrom of "Land of a Thousand Autumns" and "Please Don't Touch" (which will delight fans of Hackett's first record, although the Caroline CD inexplicably pauses too long between the two). In a nod to King Crimson (specifically Lizard), the title track is quickly cut off with the quirky carousel sounds of "The Voice of Necam," which itself dissolves into a mix of airy voices and acoustic guitar. The best tracks belong to Richie Havens: "How Can I?" ("Hackett"'s take on Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill") and the conclusive "Icarus Ascending." Hackett is no singer, so he wisely masks his voice in a "laughing gnome" effect on the delightful "Carry on Up the Vicarage" and hides behind Walsh's lead on "Narnia" and "Racing in A." Perhaps taking his cue from Gabriel (whose debut had appeared in 1977), Hackett seems eager to show his range as a songwriter. While he clearly has a closet full of good ideas and a genuine knack for interesting arrangements, Hackett is too much the eccentric Englishman to appeal to broad commercial tastes. Please Don't Touch remains a uniquely effective amalgam of progressive rock and pop; like his first album, he never made another one quite like it, perhaps because he again taps the concept's full potential here. ~ Dave Connolly
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