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The 10 albums that changed Steve Hackett's life

These are the albums that influenced the life of guitarist Steve Hackett (Genesis, GTR).

Steve Hackett is best known for his guitar work in Genesis during the band’s progressive rock heyday, but he’s a solo star and composer in his own right, too. (And don’t forget about his time in the 1980s when he teamed up with fellow prog super-star Steve Howe to create GTR).


If the brevity of Hackett’s answers is any indicator, he’s a fellow who prefers to let the music do the talking. So what artists and works have spoken to his artistic soul?

Here are the 10 Albums That Changed Steve Hackett’s life.


The Beatles

Music was changing and coming from the four corners of the globe.


Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper were heading up Dylan’s most fantastic band; that was both zany and inspiring.


Art Garfunkel

Jimmy Webb and Art Garfunkel personified the best American music has to offer.


King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King

The first truly eclectic album.


John Mayall & The Blues Breakers
Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton

Blues meets rock as guitar comes of age.


The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Butterfield was the greatest blues harp player of all time.


Miles Davis
Live Evil

Miles managed to make the trumpet sound like a guitar — explosive primal energy.


Joni Mitchell
Ladies of the Canyon

Beautiful acoustic songs, personal yet universal.


Anne-Sophie Mutter and Salvatore Accardo
Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor

Anne is the greatest violinist of our time, and Bach is timelessness itself.


Andrés Segovia
The Legendary Andrés Segovia in an All-Bach Program

Bach plus Segovia is pure dedication and magic for music.