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The Piper Plays His Tune
A completely solo project coming out of the UK Covid19 lockdown, where John Hackett writes, sings and plays all the parts himself.
Full Track List:
- Masters of my past
- In love
- Crying Shame
- Broken Glass
- Too late for dreamers
- Loved by you
- There you go again
We Are Not Alone
The 2017 studio album by The John Hackett Band - We Are Not Alone - offers a heady and eclectic mix of solid song-writing, swirling mellotron and on occasion, free improvisation. Virtuosic flute and guitar performances are liberally littered throughout the memorable compositions. John's brother, Steve Hackett, makes a special guest appearance on harmonica on the song Never Gonna Make A Dime, which tells the true story of the Hackett family's brief move to Canada in the Fifties. Special double CD edition with bonus disc recorded live At The Classic Rock Society, 2016.
Full Track List:Disc One: We Are Not Alone 1. Take control Parts 1 & 2 2. Never Gonna Make a Dime 3. Blue Skies of Marazion 4. Summer Lightning 5. Queenie and Elmo's Perfect Day 6. Castles 7. Ossian's Lament 8. Jericho 9. Winds of Change
Disc Two: Another Live - Live at the Classic Rock Society 20161. Another Life 2. Look Up 3. Life in Reverse 4. Whispers 5. Castles 6. Burnt Down Trees 7. Queenie and Elmo's Perfect Day 8. Poison Town 9. Satellite 10. Ego and Id 11. Mr Magnolia 12. Libertango 13. Overnight Snow 14. Stella 15. Forest 16. Headlights 17. Dreantown 18. Magazine 19. Red Hair
was it for this…?
'—Was it for this That one, the fairest of all Rivers, lov'd To blend his murmurs with my Nurse's song, And from his alder shades and rocky falls, And from his fords and shallows, sent a voice That flow'd along my dreams?' William Wordsworth, The Prelude 1799 ‘There can't be many of us who haven't at some point wondered what the sum total of our lives is going to be; all the good and poor choices, the happy and not-so-happy accidents, the healthy and toxic relationships, the influences that enrich or deplete. I was very fortunate to have met Danny Chang (of The Kentish Spires) around 2004. He took me under his wing, opened his studio to my mad ideas, and suggested I do an album. It was recorded in Autumn/Winter 2006/07. Dan produced, John Fraser engineered and played some beautiful (at times brutal) piano. Then there was Ryan on drums, Colin on keys, Peter and Susie on harmonies. To be honest I was out of my depth, slightly unhinged and somewhat over-adrenalised, but I was managed with grace, kindness and pragmatism and I'll be eternally grateful for that. For Will Wordsworth it started with the rushing of the river Derwent and the sweet simplicity of lullabies, surging towards the heady prospect of a new enlightenment in revolutionary France. My staging posts were mostly musical. From Salvation Army brass bands and choirs, to the tribal punk of Adam & The Ants, the jazz hands and Broadway babies of musical theatre and the sweeping possibilities of progressive music where sentiment can bleed beyond those three magic minutes. Here were songs about dying movie stars, parallel universes, off-kilter romance, Dad dancing, David Lynch and the von Trapp family. As Danny reassured me, I was never going to have to worry about my chart position... So was it? For this, I mean. The answer can only ever be yes. For all of us. Only you can bring what you bring to the table. What you are and what has shaped you are unique to you, and the contribution you make is singular. What a wonderful gift. What a responsibility. What an opportunity.’ Jeremy, December 2020
Track Listing1) Queen of the May 2) Sweet Liesl 3) Heaven Help Me Now I’m On My Own 4) Botox Baby 5) yellowleaf 6) A Polo Shirt In Yonkers 7) Cary Grant Is Dying 8) Necessary 9) Curtain Call 10) Hello, Disco 11) Live From The Cliff Face 12) It’s Not About Love 13) Sometime My Arms Bend Back 14) If I Bump Into Jesus
John Hackett’s long awaited new rock album and is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Checking Out of London (released in 2005), featuring Steve Hackett, Anthony Phillips & Nick Magnus with lyrics by Nick Clabburn.