I bought Genesis Revisited II last June, and it's fantastic; way better than today's pop music.
I never get tired of listening because of Steve's refreshed playing including the beautiful acoustics on the last two Foxtrot tracks.
I'm sure you know what they are ;--).
Still have to buy the first GR, and some other solo albums by Steve.
Besides Genesis, are you into any other prog bands?
Mine are Yes, Rush, Dream Theater, Muse, Alan Parsons and Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson.
Will you be broadcasting on the 40th anniversary of the Lamb?
What a year 1974 was.
Also this year will mark 40 years of the Yes album Relayer, (released over one week after Lamb), Rush's debut, Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Supertramp's Crime of the Century.
BTW, you look young and lovely in those photos, and meeting Peter and Steve had to be a joy for you.
All the best and keep up the terrific work.
Take care, Randy
Yes, what a year it was...1974.
I was 14 and just being introduced to portions of all the Progressive Rock albums you named, above, via New York City's silky-voiced nighttime female DJ - Alison Steele "The Nightbird" on WNEW-FM.
She was my inspiration to go into Radio, as a career...which led to my several decades in Television.
I agree it was, to us in free-form radio & progressive music, Halcyon Days of musical exploration - nearly free of corporate-controlled artists and their creative output.
People like Steve Hackett..and Peter Gabriel...and, yes, even Phil Collins (remember the searingly great stuff out of Brand X days?!?) could create things outside the purview of the stilted & time-constircted Top 40 playlists - and STILL be popular with/to us?
Of course, of course you can lump in there everyone from Yes to ELP to Gentle Giant to Genesis to Renaissance to (and the list goes on ;-)
It was OUR time...as fleeting as it was: it belonged to us.
As for Genesis: Revisited II...it was (and still is!) the right time for it.
God bless Steve Hackett for continuing to be the Standard Bearer for this beloved music, for us.
He really loves doing his own solo music..he has every right to (for he is very, very gifted and prolific in composing his own works).
But, he realizes that we all love it so...and that the magically layered, mystically lyric'd and outrageously-complex early-Genesis compositions still means the world to us who bonded to it, in our younger years.
He wants to bring it up-to-date, into the wondrously potent world of modern-day technology and presentation.
(Something that the other original members of Genesis never had the opportunity of doing, in a full beginning-to-end concert, given their other highly-different styles).
Although it is quite likely we will never see the original line-up do this early era, again, in person..its a superlative show.
The younger musicians he's assembled for the continuing WorldWide GR II Tour are quite exceptional, as well.
They do a very fine job at recapturing what is the core essence of the early-Genesis.
As for your compliment to my pictures (with Peter and with Steve)...I blush as I thank you, most sincerely, for your kindness.
I had hoped to radiate outwards all the joy of the inward listening to their gifts of music for the last 38 years.
The Music kept me company during many hours of loneliness and trying times.
And, I believe this to be true for most all of us.
We wrapped ourselves in it...its visuals portrayed via historic fables, socio-political satire and witty-barbs were tremendously amusing..as well as romantic.
A delight, all the way 'round.
As are everyone's comments who take the time to write to me, here, at my humble little website.
Thank you for doing so, Randy.....it made me smile, today.
P.S. - I adore Muse and Rush...as for the Dream Theatre boys - I've only listened to their stuff with Tony Levin (Liquid Tension Experiment...which stood my long hair out on end! That is COMPLEX!!!). Still need to get into the talented Steve Wilson and Porcupine Tree's work...when I get more time. Heard so many good things! ;-)