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The second solo album by English guitarist Steve Hackett, and his first after leaving Genesis in 1977.
The album featured several guests including R&B singer Randy Crawford on "Hoping Love Will Last", American folk icon Richie Havens on two songs, the drummer and vocalist for the progressive rock band Kansas (Phil Ehart and Steve Walsh respectively), Frank Zappa alumnus Tom Fowler, Genesis concert drummer Chester Thompson (also a Zappa alumnus), and Van der Graaf violinist Graham Smith.
This was also Hackett's first album to feature his pioneering use of the Roland GR-500 Guitar Synthesizer.
Hackett had previously released a solo album, Voyage of the Acolyte, while still a member of Genesis, but he was frustrated by the collaborative process of Genesis which left much of his creative work unreleased. He wrote a song, "Please Don't Touch", that Genesis rehearsed but ended up setting aside, partly because the other members of the band did not want to use it. He also wrote a second song, "Hoping Love Will Last", that he felt was appropriate only for a female singer, which was something that the band could not use. Eventually, the track Wot Gorilla? was decided on as the last track on the first side of Wind and Wuthering, and this decision sealed Hackett's decision on leaving Genesis. Hackett quit Genesis and began to record the album Please Don't Touch, using the rejected Genesis song as the title track.
"Narnia" – 4:05
"Carry On Up the Vicarage" – 3:11
"Racing in A" – 5:07
"Kim" – 2:13
"How Can I?" – 4:38
"Hoping Love Will Last" – 4:23
"Land of a Thousand Autumns" – 1:38
"Please Don't Touch" – 3:39
"The Voice of Necam" – 3:11
"Icarus Ascending" – 6:27
"Narnia" (John Perry vocal) – 3:36
"Land of 1000 Autumns / Please Don't Touch (live)" – 7:53
"Narnia" (Alternate version w/Steve Walsh vocal) – 4:30
Steve Hackett – Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, Roland GR-500 Guitar Synthesizer, vocals (2), backing vocals (1, 3, 9, 10), keyboards, percussion
John Hackett – flute, piccolo, bass pedals, keyboards
John Acock – keyboards, engineer
James Bradley – percussion
Phil Ehart – drums, percussion
Tom Fowler – bass
Richie Havens – vocals (5, 10), percussion
Dave Lebolt – keyboards
Hugh Malloy – cello
Graham Smith – violin
Chester Thompson – drums, percussion
Steve Walsh – vocals (1, 3)
Maria Bonvino – guest female soprano (6)
Randy Crawford – vocals (6)
Feydor – vocals on "The Voice of Necam"
Dan Owen, Dale Newman – guest vocals on "Icarus Ascending"