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“This isn’t a guitar record per se, although there is some amazing playing on it. Steve Hackett was definitely influenced by Robert Fripp.
“I didn’t find this out until recently, but the band was really influenced by Family, who were big in England in the ‘60s and ‘70s, although they couldn’t get arrested in the States. I was kind of blown away by that fact and, at the same time, a little depressed, because I realized how much Genesis ripped off Family. Even so, they did it in a way that was more palatable and image-friendly… and better, in a way.
“Hackett is a very unique player. He’s more melodic than Fripp, but he’s no less bizarre. He was very much into sounds that were clean and sounds that were fuzzy, with nothing really in-between. He’d use the bass pickup on a Les Paul, but then he’d flip it with a fuzz box and get some interesting tones.
“Of all the records, this is more about the songs, the vibe and the charisma of the band, but I do like what Hackett is doing in the context of everything else.”