Information on Steve Hackett’s newest album was recently released. The new album, entitled The Night Siren, will be released March 24 2017. This is extremely exciting news. The man already has a very impressive discography, but new music is always welcome.
Steve Hackett has been quite prolific and productive for the last several years. He has released several solo albums and recorded an album with the late great Chris Squire. It seems as if he has been on tour nonstop. Somehow he also found the time to guest on other artist’s albums including John Hackett, Nick Magnus, Dave Kerzner, Steve Rothery, Nad Sylvan and John Wetton among others.
One of the constants of Hackett’s long career, besides his fantastic music, has been many wonderful album covers. For the bulk of his career most of the album covers featured artwork produced by his now ex-wife, Kim Poor. An unfortunate aftermath of their divorce in 2007 was a shift to the use of photography for his album covers. Gone are the beautifully dreamlike painting of Kim Poor.
The reveal of the upcoming album cover for The Night Siren left me a bit underwhelmed. As it stands now I would rate it as one of my least favorite Steve Hackett album covers. With that being said, here are my favorite Steve Hackett album covers.
Guitar Noir (1993)
An album cover where the colors used by Kim Poor reflect the sounds and atmospheres of the music. A beautiful album cover for an incredibly emotional album.
Spectral Mornings (1979)
Once again the cover, beautifully rendered by Kim Poor, reflects the feel of the music. Arguably Hackett’s definitive album musically. One could argue the same for the artwork.
Guitar Noir / There Are Many Sides To The Night (2008)
Two of Hackett’s prior albums reissued together. The cover contains my absolute favorite photo of Steve Hackett. I would love to have been sitting at the same table enjoying a cup of coffee and this moment in time.
Live Archive 90’s (2001)
I love this photo, the man at work live.
Live Archive 70,80,90’s (2001)
Like Genesis, Steve Hackett over the years has effectively used lighting during his live shows. This photo captures one of those moments.
An incredibly intimate painting by Kim Poor. A wonderful reflection of the intimate acoustic music contained on the cd.
Live Archive 04 (2004)
Another great live photo, so full of mystery. Somehow the colors convey the sounds of the Hackett concert experience. The filter used on the photograph gives the image an impressionistic look.
Musically and art wise Spectral Mornings and Defector are an excellent one-two punch.
Out of The Tunnel’s Mouth (2009)
The start of a new era in Steve Hackett album covers. Kim Poor’s painting are now just in memory. There is something about the cover photo that has a sense of new beginnings. As a photograph it does has a bit of a painterly quality to it.
Another fantastic dreamlike Kim Poor painting. Like much of her work there is a sense of stillness, drama and mystery.