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Hackett and co in Spectral video

Magenta mastermind Rob Reed has launched a video to accompany Steve Hackett’s charity release of Spectral Mornings.

It was recorded to support Parkinson’s Society UK, featuring Reed and bandmate Christina Booth alongside Big Big Train’s David Longdon and Nick D’Virgilio plus Nick Beggs of Steven Wilson’s band.

Reed decided to cover Hackett’s 1979 solo album title track because he’d always admired the piece. He recently said: “I thought it would be amazing to re-record with the addition of lyrics.

“David wrote them and we did a demo, which sounded fantastic. I had the idea of a duet, so we asked Christina. Steve kindly agreed to play guitar on the track, which was wonderful.

“I really think we have been respectful to the original piece and hopefully brought something new to it as well.”

Spectral Mornings is available today via Cherry Red, complete with three alternative versions:

  1. Spectral Mornings 2015

  2. Spectral Mornings 2015 (Acoustic Mix)

  3. Spectral Mornings 2015 (Instrumental)

  4. Spectral Mornings 2015 (Classic Mix)

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history. He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.