Steve HackettThe Musical Box (Genesis, 1971)
Our first introduction to Steve Hackett's playing after he joined Genesis and he does so in a very restrained manner, adding very simple layers of guitar and faint arpeggios to add depth to the track rather than dominate it. That is until about 7 minutes in where and Banks tears things up with a storm of duelling lead guitar and keyboard.The Return of Giant Hogweed (Genesis, 1971)
This one features Hackett far more prominently, starting off with one of the first examples of two-handed tapping in rock playing a classical-sounding motif in harmony with Banks' keyboard, some solid riffing throughout and a top-notch solo toward the end.Horizons (Genesis, 1972)
An early example of Hackett's classical guitar playing. A development on a theme from a Bach piece, this is relatively simple but nonetheless beautiful for that.Supper's Ready (Genesis, 1972)
This 23 minute epic features a large amount of superb playing, including another tapping lick and some brilliant riffing in 9/8 time. My favourite bit, though, comes during the climax of the song with Hackett playing a flurry of lead licks, bends and volume swells which lead into and embellish a repeated theme.Dancing With the Moonlit Knight (Genesis, 1973)
Very probably my favourite Hackett performance with Genesis. The simple chord riff with the bridging trill he plays at the beginning and end of this song (and reprises on a later one) is beautiful. What originally hit me about this song however, was his barnstorming solo around 3 minutes in after Banks kicks in with a proto-metal keyboard riff. Awesome stuff.
I'll leave it there for the time being, as its getting pretty later where I am. Stay tuned for more.