Steve Hackett Reflects On The First Genesis Record Without Him

Due to various reasons, from creative differences to personal conflicts, successful acts might disband or carry on after a member’s departure. The latter was the case for Genesis as the band went on to record another studio record after guitarist Steve Hackett left. While recently chatting with Rock History Music, Hackett recalled the time he had heard Genesis’ first record without him and discussed how it sounded.

One might wonder how former members of successful acts might feel after their departure. Since most bands recruit another musician to fill in for their ex-bandmate, they manage to move on quickly while the former member embarks on other projects. Yet, Genesis didn’t hire another musician right away to record their then-upcoming album.

The band’s first album without Steve Hackett was ‘…And Then There Were Three…‘ and it reflected the newly established trio with reference to Agatha Christie’s mystery tale. After the release, Steve Hackett’s reaction was a matter of question, and the guitarist recently revealed his feelings upon hearing it for the first time.

Hackett disclosed that Genesis’ manager Tony Smith showed him the record first. The musician explained that upon hearing it, he realized how the band sounded without him and recognized that it was a three-piece work. Steve remarked that there was another three-piece project released around the same time.

The other trio work was for his former bandmate Mike Rutherford’s solo album, ‘Smallcreep’s Day.’ Hackett recalled that he had complimented Rutherford and drummer Simon Phillips in terms of production and the drum sound, although the musicians believed the drum sound was ruined when compared to the initial recordings. So, around the same time, both Genesis and Mike Rutherford’s solo projects were created by a three-piece that excluded Steve Hackett.

Hackett expressed his thoughts upon hearing Genesis’ first album without him and Rutherford’s solo work:

“Tony Smith played it to me funnily enough. I heard it, and I thought, ‘Well, that’s what they sound like without me. It’s a three-piece.’

There was another three-piece that I was hearing around about the same time, which was Mike Rutherford with ‘Smallcreep’s Day,’ and I felt that in terms of production and the drum sound with Simon Phillips [and] I complimented them on that.

He thought the drum sound was ruined compared to what it was at first. But for my money, I thought in terms of production [and] it sounded really good.”

You can watch the interview below.