In May of 1978, ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett released his 2nd Solo album, Please Don't Touch. The album was remastered in 2005.
Here is a quote from Steve Hackett: "I recorded it in Los Angeles with many friends including Ritchie Havens. I wanted to make a record which was a cross between white English music and American black music, and I worked with several people who managed to make that possible. I wanted to do an album which was a combination of as many different kinds of music as possible. For that I remember an album called “The rock machine loves you” that CBS put out in the 1960’s, it was a big hit. I wanted my album to sound like a sampler of different artists, so I made it a mixture of fusion, jazz, pop, rock, with the influence of French music, etc. I was completely free, I worked with Randy Crawford, and Steve Walsh of Kansas, who had a marvelous voice."
He asked Steve Walsh to be a guest vocalist on two tracks:
The remastering brings out the glorious harmonies and the tremendous leads on both songs even more!
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Later, a radio version of Narnia" was released with another lead singer, most likely due to Steve’s highly recognizable voice and the fact that the record company did not want it to be recognized as a KANSAS song.
Here is a quote from Steve Walsh: "Steve Hackett was a great guy with a band-GENESIS that is still together (I guess), but really ceased to exist after Peter Gabriel left. He approached Phil Ehart and me to do some work along with Chester Thompson and Richie Havens, and other very accomplished guys. It was great. I was young and successful and in L.A. recording with a guitarist from one of my favorite bands of all time. Later when I was getting STREETS together, I inquired about Steve to John Kaladner, of Geffen Records. Well, I didn’t end up with Steve and John didn’t end up with STREETS, but I still would love to see what Steve was up to musically. "
From an original photo by: Armando Gallo during Steve Walsh's recording session at The Record Plant in Los Angeles.