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  • Audio CD (February 28, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Arista/Sony BMG
  • ASIN: B00000DOQE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. When the Heart Rules the Mind
2. The Hunter
3. Here I Wait
4. Sketches in the Sun
5. Jekyll and Hyde
6. You Can Still Get Through
7. Reach Out (Never Say No)
8. Toe the Line
9. Hackett to Bits
10. Imagining

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1986 Arista Records 10 tracks

Customer Reviews

GTR 1986. featuring Phil Spalding, Steve Hackett, Jonathan Mover, Steve Howe, and Max Bacon.
D. Otto
I couldn't attribute it to Geoff Downes production, just because I felt he was too much of a pro to create such a thin sounding album.
Patrick M McAfee
This is a group, that never really went anywhere, and that's a shame, because there is some really good songs here.
Eric J. Weik

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Patrick M McAfee on August 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Though I always liked the GTR album, I felt that the original LP release and the original CD release sounded awful. I couldn't attribute it to Geoff Downes production, just because I felt he was too much of a pro to create such a thin sounding album. Well this new release has proven that it was just a horrendous mastering job. I emplore anyone who likes the GTR album to purchase the remaster. It sounds so, so, so, SO much better. It is an amazing and full production that is everything the first release wasn't. Plus, at the price, how could you go wrong?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brad on November 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Wow--I totally forgot about these guys for years until I happened to randomly think of them one day while doing a search on Amazon.com. Much to my surprise I found a remastered version of this long-forgotten album. Since I am in the process of replacing many of my cassette albums with CDs, I decided to give this one a try.
As a couple of others have mentioned, the remastering of this album makes it an even better listen. The awesome hit "When The Heart Rules The Mind" sounds as fresh and exciting as when I first heard it on the radio over 15 years ago. Song like "The Hunter" (which I believe did have a video back in the day when MTV actually played videos), "Here I Wait", and "Imagining" also sound fine with the highly layered production. The two instrumentals aren't back, while the other tracks range from average to very good.
This is not the best "supergroup" effort I have ever heard, but it is certainly an interesting and worthwhile listen. Call it a slightly more produced and progressive version of early '80s Asia, which makes sense considering the artists who put this band together. Definitely worth the price for a more obscure piece of that '80s music puzzle.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Worthing on July 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this on cassette when it was originally released in 1986 and I liked it. Seeing it had been remastered and available on cd I picked it up. I had forgotten what a great recording this was.
Featuring the great prog-rock guitarists Steve Howe of Yes and Steve Hackett of Genesis with help with little known musicians; bassist Phil Spalding, drummer Jonathan Mover and outstanding vocals by Max Bacon this group may have released one the most underrated discs of its era.
This album has great playing by all and some great songs including the hit single "When the Heart Rules the Mind" and the "The Hunter" written by Buggles and Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes.
If you want some eighties music nostalgia get this disc pop it in your cd player and this will take you back to the era of the supergroups.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey T. Munson on April 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
GTR was formed in 1986 by veteran progressive rock stars Steve Howe, who played guitar as a member of Yes and Asia, and Steve Hackett, former guitarist for Genesis. Along with bassist Phil Spalding, drummer Jonathan Mover, and the superior vocals of Max Bacon, GTR's self-titled debut went soaring up the charts.
The signature song on the cd is "When the Heart Rules the Mind" and features Howe and Hackett at their very best. "The Hunter" and "Here I Wait" are also very good.
There are two guitar solo tracks on the cd, one by Howe ("Sketches in the Sun") and one by Hackett, appropriately titled "Hackett to Bits". I've been a big fan of prog-rock groups such as Asia, Yes, and ELP, and this fine cd deserves a place alongside these other groups. If you like good guitar playing and top notch vocals, then check out GTR. You'll be glad you did.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David P. Rosato on July 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This 1986 release from this British supergroup gives fans of Yes, Asia and Genesis a bittersweet feeling. This group gave us one album and made us wonder what could have been. Besides that sentiment, this album is one for a collection, in an era when MTV played quality music, GTR's "When the Heart Rules the Mind" was of a high-quality nature. The aforementioned song is worth its weight in the guitar exchanges between Steve Howe and Steve Hackett. Max Bacon's voice shoots to the sky and Phil Spalding and John Mover do an admirable job as the rhythm sound of the band. "The Hunter" is good as well and "Here I Wait" once again displays Bacon's voice with the guitar heroics of Howe/Hackett. Each guitarist does a solo version song, with this writer prefering Hackett's, "Hackett to Bits." "Reach Out" and "You Can Still Get Through" give the later half of the CD a strong punch. With this CD, you can get the expression of Hackett's ability and listen to Howe's guitar and it will remind you of his days with Yes and Asia. It is worth the purchase to listen to this band, albeit for one album.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "Zack" on May 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There are some REALLY good songs on this album - ones that have stuck in my head for going on 15 years. To me, that's what makes an album worth owning: songs that really stick with you. Okay, the album WAS made in 1986, and it does sound that way ... but to me - and call me nuts (I've been called worse) - the melody, hook (chorus), and arrangement of a really good song make it listenable, memorable, and give it a life outside of the time period in which it was recorded. This is the case here, at least to my ears. And while it's true that I grew up in the 80's, generally, I don't like to live in nostalgia-land. The songwriting & performances are enough to make this a CD worth owning - even if you hated the 80's.
The remastering job, incidentally, does make a difference. 80's records were awful bright sounding ... but as mastering standards and technology changed, things got louder (and in some cases, not as "tinny"). It's a lot more listenable than the original.
And is this the "prog-rock" album fans were hoping for? No - but it has its moments, and some good "arena rock" songs. Check it out.
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