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Steve Hackett: Premonitions: track listing and price drop!

Two pieces of good news for Steve Hackett fans. Premonitions, the forthcoming 14-disc box set has dropped in price significantly on Amazon UK and SDE can also bring you the full confirmed track listing.

The box features Hackett’s first six albums, plus several live shows and rarities. Steven Wilson has remixed the Please Don’t Touch and Spectral Mornings in 5.1 surround sound and since the original multi-track tapes are missing for Voyage of the Acolyte and Defector, ‘pseudo’ surround mixes have also been created for for those albums. Steve Hackett has already commented that
“the Wilson surrounds I’ve so far heard are spectacular. The lushness suits much of that material.” Some of the DVDs also feature Charisma promotional films of the era.

The box is available to pre-order now in the UK for £87 which is £25 cheaper than it was. That’s £6.21 per disc which is decent, if not outstanding value. We await further details in terms of packaging and presentation.

Premonitions is due for release on 16 October 2015

Update 27/7: Artwork updated. It is now not available for pre-order on Amazon but Europeans can get it for a similar price as above from JPC.de.



Disc 1 [CD] – Voyage Of The Acolyte / Please Don’t Touch (I):

  • 01. Ace Of Wands
  • 02. Hands Of The Priestess – Part One
  • 03. Tower Struck Down
  • 04. Hands Of The Priestess – Part Two
  • 05. The Hermit
  • 06. Star Of Sirius
  • 07. Lovers
  • 08. Shadow Of The Heirophant (Extended Version)
  • 09. Narnia
  • 10. Carry On Up The Vicarage
  • 11. Racing In A
  • 12. Kim
  • 13. How Can I?
  • 14. Seven Of Cups* (Bonus Track)

Disc 2 [CD] – Please Don’t Touch (II) / Spectral Mornings / Defector (I):

  • 01. Hoping Love Will Last
  • 02. Land Of A Thousand Autumns
  • 03. Please Don’t Touch
  • 04. Voice Of Necam
  • 05. Icarus Ascending
  • 06. Every Day
  • 07. Virgin And The Gypsy
  • 08. Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere
  • 09. Clocks – Angel Of Mons
  • 10. Ballad Of The Decomposing Man
  • 11. Lost Time In Cordoba
  • 12. Tigermoth
  • 13. Spectral Mornings
  • 14. Steppes
  • 15. Time To Get Out
  • 16. Slogans
  • 17. Leaving
  • 18. Two Vamps As Guests

Disc 3 [CD] – Defector (II) / Cured:

  • 01. Jacuzzi
  • 02. Hammer In The Sand
  • 03. Toast
  • 04. Show
  • 05. Sentimental Institution
  • 06. Hercules Unchained (Bonus Track)
  • 07. Hope I Don’t Wake
  • 08. Picture Postcard
  • 09. Can’t Let Go
  • 10. Air Conditioned Nightmare
  • 11. Funny Feeling
  • 12. Cradle Of Swans
  • 13. Overnight Sleeper
  • 14. Turn Back Time
  • 15. Tales Of The Riverbank (Bonus Track)
  • 16. Second Chance (Bonus Track)

Disc 4 [CD] – Highly Strung:

  • 01. Camino Royale
  • 02. Cell 151
  • 03. Always Somewhere Else
  • 04. Walk Through Walls
  • 05. Give It Away
  • 06. Weightless
  • 07. Group Therapy
  • 08. India Rubber Man
  • 09. Hackett To Pieces
  • 10. Guitar Boogie (Bonus Track)
  • 11. Time Lapse At Milton Keynes (Bonus Track)
  • 12. Walking Through Walls (12″ Single Version) (Bonus Track)
  • 13. Cell 151 (BBC Session 04/1983)* (Bonus Track)
  • 14. Walking Through Walls (BBC Session 04/1983)* (Bonus Track)
  • 15. Hackett To Pieces (BBC Session 04/1983)* (Bonus Track)
  • 16. Please Don’t Touch (BBC Session 04/1983)* (Bonus Track)

Disc 5 [CD] – Live In Oxford* (New Theatre, 01/07/1979) (I):

  • 01. Please Don’t Touch
  • 02. Tigermoth
  • 03. Every Day
  • 04. Narnia
  • 05. Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere
  • 06. Ace Of Wands
  • 07. Carry On Up The Vicarage
  • 08. Acoustic Medley: Etude In A Minor / Blood On The Rooftops / Horizons / Kim

Disc 6 [CD] – Live In Oxford* (New Theatre, 01/07/1979) (II):

  • 01. Optigan / Tower Struck Down
  • 02. Spectral Mornings
  • 03. Star Of Sirius
  • 04. Shadow Of The Heirophant
  • 05. Clocks
  • 06. I Know What I Like
  • 07. Racing In A

Disc 7 [CD] – Live In London (Theatre Royal Dury Lane, 11/11/1979):

  • 01. Land Of Thousand Autumns/Please Don’t Touch
  • 02. Tigermoth*
  • 03. Every Day*
  • 04. Ace Of Wands
  • 05. Sentimental Institution
  • 06. Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere*
  • 07. Spectral Mornings*
  • 08. Clocks*
  • 09. Acoustic Medley*: Etude In A Minor / Blood On The Rooftops / Horizons / Kim

Disc 8 [CD] – Live At The Reading Festival (28/08/1981):

  • 01. Air Conditioned Nightmare
  • 02. Every Day*
  • 03. Ace Of Wands*
  • 04. Funny Feeling*
  • 05. Steppes
  • 06. Over Night Sleeper*
  • 07. Slogans
  • 08. Tower Struck Down*
  • 09. Spectral Mornings*
  • 10. Show*
  • 11. Clocks

Disc 9 [CD] – Please Don’t Touch (New Stereo Mix by Steven Wilson)*

  • 01. Narnia
  • 02. Carry On Up The Vicarage
  • 03. Racing In A
  • 04. Kim
  • 05. How Can I?
  • 06. Hoping Love Will Last
  • 07. Land Of A Thousand Autumns
  • 08. Please Don’t Touch
  • 09. Voice Of Necam
  • 10. Icarus Ascending

Disc 10 [CD] – Spectral Mornings (New Stereo Mix by Steven Wilson)*

  • 01. Every Day
  • 02. The Virgin And The Gypsy
  • 03. Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere
  • 04. Clocks – Angel Of Mons
  • 05. Ballad Of The Decomposing Man
  • 06. Lost Time In Cordoba
  • 07. Tigermoth
  • 08. Spectral Mornings

Disc 11 [DVD] – Please Don’t Touch (New 5.1 Surround Sound Mix by Steven Wilson)*

  • 01. Narnia
  • 02. Carry On Up The Vicarage
  • 03. Racing In A
  • 04. Kim
  • 05. How Can I?
  • 06. Hoping Love Will Last
  • 07. Land Of A Thousand Autumns
  • 08. Please Don’t Touch
  • 09. Voice Of Necam
  • 10. Icarus Ascending
  • 11. How Can I? [1977 Charisma Promotional Film] (Bonus Video Track)

Disc 12 [DVD] – Spectral Mornings (New 5.1 Surround Sound Mix by Steven Wilson)*

  • 01. Every Day
  • 02. Virgin And The Gypsy
  • 03. Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere
  • 04. Clocks – Angel Of Mons
  • 05. Ballad Of The Decomposing Man
  • 06. Lost Time In Cordoba
  • 07. Tigermoth
  • 08. Spectral Mornings
  • 09. Clocks [1979 Charisma Promotional Film] (Bonus Video Track)

Disc 13 [DVD] – Voyage Of The Acolyte (‘Pseudo’ surround version created using Penteo upmix software)*

  • 01. Ace Of Wands
  • 02. Hands Of The Priestess – Part One
  • 03. Tower Struck Down
  • 04. Hands Of The Priestess – Part Two
  • 05. Hermit
  • 06. Star Of Sirius
  • 07. Lovers
  • 08. Shadow Of The Hierophant (Extended Version)

Disc 14 [DVD] – Defector (‘Pseudo’ surround version created using Penteo upmix software)*

  • 01. Steppes
  • 02. Time To Get Out
  • 03. Slogans
  • 04. Leaving
  • 05. Two Vamps As Guests
  • 06. Jacuzzi
  • 07. Hammer In The Sand
  • 08. Toast
  • 09. Show
  • 10. Sentimental Institution

*previously unreleased



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11 responses to Steve Hackett: Premonitions: track listing and price drop!

  1. Chris says:

    Do you know if the DVDs with the Steven Wilson 5.1 mix also contain a hi-res version ?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      If you mean hi-res stereo then I reckon they probably will, although at this point I don’t know for sure. Will try and find out though :) Sorry just noticed Tom M has confirmed that they do.

  2. Tom M says:

    “DVDs 1-2 includes 5.1 surround sound mixes of Please Don’t Touch and Spectral Mornings, 2 promotional videos, and the new stereo mixes in 96/24.”

    Someone else inquired whether or not the 5.1 will be DTS or DVD-A. The inclusion of 96/24 stereo versions certainly imply the discs will be DVD-A. But there are two ways to interpret the above statement. Will just the stereo mixes be hi-res or will everything mentioned be hi-res? I hope for the latter, especially since the Yes and King Crimson sets came that way.

  3. Steven says:

    What a godawful mess. Much of this has been released many times before, and that which hasn’t is either compromised (fake 5.1 due to missing multi-tracks) or incomplete (are we really to believe there are no other BBC sessions from this era)?

    And where are the 5.1 mixes for Cured and Highly Strung?

    Please, Universal, if you are going to change a premium for a box set like this, at least take the trouble to get it right – as things stand, the contents do a great disservice both to the fans and Mr Hackett….

    • Erik says:

      Hardly charging a premium for this. The 5.1, genuine and pseudo, plus the hi-res stereo mixes are worth the price alone. Let’s face- artists like Steve aren’t selling huge quantities any more and projects like this still require large productions spread over fewer units sold. I’m glad this got done at all.

  4. Runicen says:

    I’m going to have to second Steven’s misgivings on this set.

    Not to take away from the music or the new Steven Wilson remixes, which I’m sure are the tops, but why charge a premium for a set and then arrange the tracks like a budget set? Yes, yes, yes – I’m SURE we can all rearrange these things in iTunes or our program of choice, but isn’t the entire point of box sets priced in the premium-ish range that the buyers will at some point pop the discs in their player? “Enjoying the physical product” and all that.

    It may be a nit to pick, but this set feels like it has one foot in and one foot out between the new mixes and the sequencing.

    • Richard says:

      agreed, not putting each album on a separate disc has completely put me off buying this set, even though I would like the 5.1s. I’ll stick with the 2005 remasters.

  5. Philip says:

    Just seen this :

    “His Charisma albums Please Don’t Touch and Spectral Mornings are to be re-released separately, along with Wilson remixes, next year.”

  6. Jay says:

    My biggest complaint is they leave of some bonus tracks from spectral mornings and please don’t touch that they could easily fit on their new steven Wilson stereo mix CDs. Let me part with my old CDs easily if you want me to upgrade happily.

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