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A Life Within a Day

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A Life Within a Day is the only studio album by the musical project Squackett, featuring Chris Squire (Yes) and Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis). It was released on 28 May 2012, although it had been written and recorded a few years earlier.[1] The title track, "A Life Within a Day" won the 'Anthem' award at the 2012 Progressive Music Awards.[7] The song "Aliens" was first written as a Yes song titled "Aliens (Are Only Us from the Future)" which was performed during the first leg of Yes's In the Present world tour, but had never been released on an album.[8]

A Life Within a Day
Squackett cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released28 May 2012 (2012-05-28)[1]
GenreProgressive rock
LabelEsoteric Antenna[2]
MVD Audio (US/Canada)
ProducerRoger King[3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[4]
Classic Rock5/10 stars[5]
progplanet.com3/5 stars[6]

Three decades earlier, Hackett had worked with Squire's Yes bandmate Steve Howe in the band GTR.

The project name Squackett is a portmanteau of "Squire" and "Hackett".

An edition that includes a DVD containing a 5.1 surround sound version of the album was released on June 5, 2012.

Steve Hackett performed "Stormchaser" during the first part of his 2009 tour with his band. So far that was the only performance of Squackett material.

Track listingEdit

All songs by Steve Hackett, Chris Squire and Roger King, except where noted.[9]

1."A Life Within a Day" 6:35
2."Tall Ships" 6:18
3."Divided Self"Hackett, Squire, King, Nick Clabburn4:06
4."Aliens"Hackett, Squire, King, Fran Healy5:32
5."Sea of Smiles" 5:25
6."The Summer Backwards" 3:00
7."Stormchaser" 5:26
8."Can't Stop the Rain"Hackett, Squire, King, Gerard Johnson, Simon Sessler5:47
9."Perfect Love Song"Hackett, Squire, King, Johnson4:04


String players on "Life Within a Day"
  • Christine Townsend – viola, violin
  • Richard Stewart – cello
  • Dick Driver – double bass
  • Roger King – producer, programming
  • Xu Bing – cover image
  • Jon Brewer – licensing
  • Mark Powell – project coordinator
  • Vicky Powell – coordination
  • Phil Smee – artwork, design
  • Angéla Vicedomini – photography
  • Maurizio Vicedomini – photography


  1. ^ a b "Squackett - A Life Within a Day (2012) : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Squackett - A Life Within a Day (2012) : Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Squackett - A Life Within a Day (2012) : Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ Stubbs, David (July 2012). "Squackett - Squackett". Classic Rock. No. 172. pp. 96–97.
  6. ^ "Squackett - A Life Within a Day (2012)". Archived from the original on 24 September 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  7. ^ "All the winners from the 2012 Progressive Music Awards". Prog Magazine (Future Publishing). Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Yes Tour Statistics: In the Present Tour". Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Squackett – Chris Squire & Steve Hackett – A Life Within a Day". Retrieved 11 September 2012.