Wild Orchids is an art rock album released by Steve Hackett in 2006. It follows on from the success of the previous studio outings To Watch The Storms in 2003 and Metamorpheus in 2005. The album is released in three formats including a standard and special editions. Wild Orchids is released according to the dictate of the music market, that is, in a regular album version and a special edition with four bonus tracks, a slightly different sequence of tracks and a bigger booklet. The cover is (as usual) by Hackett’s wife, Kim Poor, and the album is (as usual) dedicated to her.
John Blandish is worth $100 million. His heiress daughter is soon to be wed to Foster Harvey, who believes she's a cold, unfeeling woman, despite loving her. Her cold emotional state is in large part due to leading a restricted life. A low level thug named Johnny overhears their secret wedding night plans, and peddles the idea of robbing her of the $100,000 worth of diamond jewelry with which she will be adorned to two groups of his gangster acquaintances, who are in competition with each other.
Wild Orchids is an art rock album released by Steve Hackett in 2006. It follows on from the success of the previous studio outings To Watch The Storms in 2003 and Metamorpheus in 2005. Steve Hackett proves once more that it is possible to flirt and experiment with new musical directions without losing one’s own profile. Some listeners may feel cowed by the plenty of styles and sounds on offer, while others may appreciate this boundlessness. With the oscillations between band and orchestral sounds and electronic and production experiments Wild Orchids may be the closest thing to realization of Hackett’s musical visions. When one listens to this album one feels that this is not just another album but perhaps the most ambitious offering of Hackett’s whole career. One has to listen carefully and closely.
Lillie Sterling comes with her husband, John, on a business trip to Java, expecting a second honeymoon. On the ship, she witnesses Javanese Prince De Gace mercilessly whipping a servant and shrinks in horror from the sight. When John is befriended by the Prince, who is very attracted to Lillie, she tries to have little to do with him. During a conversation in their room, John is called away to answer a wire, and the Prince steals a kiss in his absence, for which she slaps him.
At the urging of her curmudgeon old grandfather Jerome Cedric (C. Aubrey Smith), spoiled rich kid Annie Holt (Carole Lombard) is forced to marry into royalty in order to save her banker father, Bill Holt (Walter Connolly), from financial ruin. The man she really desires is Tony Gage (Lyle Talbot). It takes a well-written insurance policy and a sacrificial act on the part of a close relative to re-unite Annie and Tony.