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The Charisma Years 1975-1983 (Vinyl Boxed Set) Uni­ver­sal/Vir­gin

If any­one was in doubt about the as­ton­ish­ing come­back of vinyl, then this fan­tas­tic box set of LPs from Steve Hack­ett should pro­vide the proof! Steve is al­ways aware of trends, ei­ther set­ting them or get­ting on board quickly, and this set is an ab­so­lute tri­umph. As the ti­tle sug­gests, this col­lec­tion re­vis­its his for­ma­tive albums, from Voy­age Of The Acolyte to Highly Strung – all of which have been re­mas­tered, with new stereo mixes of Please Don’t Touch and Spec­tral Morn­ings by Steven Wil­son. Each LP is faith­fully re­pro­duced here (in­clud­ing the in­ner sleeves) and pressed in top-qual­ity vinyl. If this wasn’t enough to whet your ap­petite it also in­cludes live record­ings from Read­ing in 1981 and Ox­ford in 1979 and a live 12-inch EP from Ox­ford and Drury Lane in 1979. With many of Steve’s most revered songs in­cluded, this is the per­fect way to in­dulge nos­tal­gia in a con­tem­po­rary for­mat, as an ex­clu­sive down­load card is also in­cluded in this fab­u­lous nine-al­bum set.

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