The Tokyo Tapes (2CD/DVD)

  • A new remastered 2CD & DVD edition of Steve Hackett's legendary "Tokyo Tapes" featuring John Wetton, Chester Thompson, Ian McDonald & Julian Colbeck
  • Includes a brand new studio track - "All Along the Watchtower" by Steve Hackett & John Wetton & two studio tracks from the 1997 release "Firewall" and "The Dealer"
  • All tracks newly remastered by Ben Fenner
  • Discs Three - NTSC region free DVD of the December 1996 Tokyo concerts, bonus rehearsal footage and band biographies
  • Also features booklet with photos, memorabilia and essay

"What would happen if occasional members of Genesis, King Crimson, Asia, Yes, Frank Zappa & Weather Report all got together to form a unique team for just one night" - Such an event took place in December 1996 in Tokyo, when Steve Hackett gathered together a group featuring JOHN WETTON (Bass / Vocals), IAN McDONALD (Flute / Sax / Guitar / Keyboards / Vocals), CHESTER THOMPSON (Drums) and JULIAN COLBECK (Keyboards / Vocals) to perform a wonderful set that featured classic tracks such as "Watcher of the Skies", "Firth of Fifth", "The Court of the Crimson King", "Shadow of the Hierophant", "Los Endos" and many more. Esoteric Antenna are pleased to announce a new special release of "THE TOKYO TAPES" which has been newly remastered and includes a brand new studio track especially recorded for this reissue, "All Along the Watchtower" by STEVE HACKETT & JOHN WETTTON, along with two studio tracks featured on the 1997 CD release. This set also features an NTSC / Region Free DVD of the Tokyo Tapes concert, (long deleted), and bonus rehearsal footage. This version of "Tokyo Tapes" is the ultimate edition of this classic live album.

DISC ONE - CD
Watcher of the Skies
Riding the Colossus
Firth of Fifth
Battlelines
Camino Royale
The Court of the Crimson King
Horizons
Walking Away from Rainbows
Heat of the Moment

DISC TWO - CD
In That Quiet Earth
Vampyre with a Healthy Appetite
I Talk to the Wind
Shadow of the Hierophant
Los Endos
Black Light
The Steppes
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)

Bonus tracks:

Firewall (studio track)
The Dealer (studio track)
All Along the Watchtower - Steve Hackett & John Wetton (studio track)

DISC THREE - REGION FREE NTSC DVD
Watcher of the Skies
Riding the Colossus
Firth of Fifth
Battlelines
Camino Royale
The Court of the Crimson King
Horizons
Walking Away from Rainbows
Heat of the Moment
In That Quiet Earth
Vampyre with a Healthy Appetite
I Talk to the Wind
Shadow of the Hierophant
Los Endos
Black Light
The Steppes
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
Bonus features:

Eighteen minutes of rehearsal footage
Band Biographies

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For me, this album is a testament to his play. “Dark Wings of Steel” will not replace the classics, but it will find its place among them. The future is bright for one of heavy metal’s veteran acts." - Metal Underground
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