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Released  October 1975
Release date  October 1975
Label  Chrysalis Records
Artist  Steve Hackett
Producer  Steve Hackett
Genre  Progressive rock
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Recorded  June–July 1975 at Kingsway Recorders, London
Length  40:52 (Original issue) 1:04:25 (2005 issue)
Voyage of the Acolyte (1975)  Please Don't Touch (1978)
Similar  Spectral Mornings, Please Don't Touch, Wolflight, Defector, Genesis Revisited

Voyage of the Acolyte is the debut solo album by English progressive rock guitarist Steve Hackett. It was released while he was still a member of Genesis. The album was recorded two weeks after the last show of the The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour and was released in 1975 on Chrysalis Records in the U.S. and Charisma Records for the rest of the world.


It featured heavy contributions from Genesis bandmates Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford. In an interview with Phoenix FM Hackett stated that some of the tracks, particularly "Shadow of the Hierophant", were rehearsed by Genesis during the writing and recording of Foxtrot in 1972.

The album went silver in the UK. In a 1987 MTV interview Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks stated that the album didn't do much for Genesis, however it is considered by many Genesis fans to be a lost Genesis album.

The tracks are named after, or with reference to, the Minor and Major Trumps of the Tarot card deck.

The album was reissued in 2005 by Virgin Records, and in the U.S. in 2006 by Astralwerks, featuring bonus tracks.

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Track listing

All songs written by Steve Hackett, except where indicated.

Side 1

  1. "Ace of Wands" – 5:23
  2. "Hands of the Priestess, Part I" – 3:28
  3. "A Tower Struck Down" (Steve Hackett, John Hackett) – 4:53
  4. "Hands of the Priestess, Part II" – 1:31
  5. "The Hermit" – 4:49

Side 2

  1. "Star of Sirius" – 7:08
  2. "The Lovers" – 1:50
  3. "Shadow of the Hierophant" (Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford) – 11:44
  • 2005 Remaster Bonus Tracks
    1. "Ace of Wands" (Live) – 6:32
    2. "Shadow of the Hierophant" (Extended Playout Version) – 17:01


    Credits are adapted from Voyage of the Acolyte liner notes.

  • Steve Hackett – electric & acoustic guitars, Mellotron, harmonium, bells, autoharp, vocal on "The Hermit", effects
  • John Hackett – flute, ARP synthesizer, bells
  • Mike Rutherford – bass guitar, bass pedals, 12-string fuzz-bass
  • Phil Collins – drums, vibes, percussion, vocals on "Star of Sirius"
  • John Acock – Elka synthesizer, Mellotron, harmonium, piano
  • Sally Oldfield – vocal on "Shadow of the Hierophant"
  • Robin Miller – oboe on "Star of Sirius", English horn on "The Hermit"
  • Nigel Warren-Green – cello on "The Hermit"
  • Percy Jones – additional bass guitar on "A Tower Struck Down"
  • Johnny Gustafson – bass guitar on "Star of Sirius"
  • Technical personnel

  • Engineering by John Acock
  • Assistant engineers: Louie Austin ("Hierophant" only), Paul Watkins, Rob Broglia
  • Equipment: Tex Read, Geoff Banks, Steve Baker
  • Organization: Tony Smith, Alex Sim
  • Artwork by Kim Poor – this album art won Album Cover of the Year 1976.
  • Songs

    1Ace of Wands5:25
    2Hands of the Priestess - Part 13:29
    3A Tower Struck Down4:52


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