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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, energetic, guitars, short-lived!
I first heard of this band on the radio with "When the Heart Rules the Mind," and the song struck me as excellent.
Time passed, and after getting Internet access, I discovered who the band was. YES is my favourite band, and here was Steve Howe, guitar master for GTR. And then who else is there, but Steve Hackett from Genesis. I HAD to get a GTR album to...
Published on June 22, 1998

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable album
This self-titled debut album from GTR was released in 1986. It is comprised of ten tracks. The material is in a pop rock--with progressive leanings--musical direction. Throughout, I find the songwriting to be solid, the musicianship to be tight, and the sound quality to be satisfying. Steve Howe and Steve Hackett do well with the guitar duties. Max Bacon's smooth,...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, energetic, guitars, short-lived!, June 22, 1998
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This review is from: King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents GTR (Audio CD)
I first heard of this band on the radio with "When the Heart Rules the Mind," and the song struck me as excellent.
Time passed, and after getting Internet access, I discovered who the band was. YES is my favourite band, and here was Steve Howe, guitar master for GTR. And then who else is there, but Steve Hackett from Genesis. I HAD to get a GTR album to discover what else they had.
This album was the only one I could find. As a live performance, it is powerful and dynamic, with catchy guitar riffs and energetic lyrics. If you like progressive seventies meets the eighties, this is the epitome.
Too bad the band didn't last long after this live concert.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I never thought I'd find it on CD, September 21, 1999
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This review is from: GTR (Audio CD)
I've loved GTR since the 80's when I heard "When the Heart Rules the Mind" and became hooked ever since then.
I was extremely happy to see that Amazon.com has it available for purchase, and at a rather reasonable price, too. You just can't find this kind of music in stores.
I can't wait to get it!!
:o)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quit whining, it IS an 80's album!, August 8, 2007
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This review is from: GTR (Audio CD)
To those of you who are here bemoaning the fact that this album sounds like a "total 80's album" I have just one thing to say: It IS an 80'S album! I realize that the band included a pair of very highly regarded progressive rock guitarists (Yes/Asia's Steve Howe and Genesis's Steve Hackett), but were you really expecting high concept art rock in 1986, especially with Geoff Downes's involvement as producer? This is exactly like hearing ELP fans dump on the 3 album for not sounding exactly like ELP.

I think it helps to look at GTR's 1986 debut album like you would an Asia album. You know the players involved will have the technical chops to pull off progressive rock, but that making a good pop/rock album is the main focus. To that end, I think GTR passed with flying colors. This is a very solid effort, and is the kind of 80's pop-oriented rock album on par with what Asia and 3 were releasing at the time. Yes, it is very heavy on the synthesizers, but that was par for the course in the mid 80's. Howe and Hackett deliver very solid performances, but both kept their (justified) egos firmly in check, which no doubt infuriates those who expected an all-out solo-fest. Vocalist Max Bacon (Bronz, Nightwing) also shines on this album. It's a shame we haven't heard more from him in recent years. Leadoff singles "When the Heart Rules the Mind" and "the Hunter" are obvious highlights (the former being very reminiscent of Orion the Hunter's "So You Ran"), but the whole album is quite good.

This is a fantastic 80's pop/rock album, and one that should definitely appeal to fans of 80's pop/rock/AOR in general and Asia in particular. The key is judging the album on its own merits rather than expecting something unrealistic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GTR, August 22, 2000
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This review is from: GTR (Audio CD)
What a great Album! I've listened to the tape repeatedly for well over a decade and was thrilled to be able to get the CD. Filled with excellent music and guitarwork - not all top40 songs, but a masterpiece compilation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Howe/Hackett/Guitar Lovers, October 9, 1999
This review is from: King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents GTR (Audio CD)
To truly enjoy this music one must understand one thing. This was little more than an experiment for two legendary guitarists. Great musicians often find inspiration in working with other (often young) tallented musicians. In this CD we find a wonderful example of just that. This is not YES or GINISES, it is a wonderful and fresh experiment by two fantastic guitarists. Those who are over-analysing this music are missing the point. If you are capable of appreciating what this kind of effort means, you'll love this CD. WHRTM is fantastic. The vocals are powerful, the guitar is inspriing, and bottom line, it is just one great song. "Hackett To Bitz" is killer. Listen and enjoy, but only if you can truly appreciate what this CD is about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent musicianship throughout the album., April 2, 1999
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This review is from: King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents GTR (Audio CD)
I bought the import version of the GTR album, and it is a delight to the senses. The layering of the quitars showcases the craftsmenship of Steve Howe and Steve Hackett. You can hear new instrumentation each time you listen to GTR. The only problem is GTR did not make more than one album.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable album, March 23, 2005
This review is from: GTR (Audio CD)
This self-titled debut album from GTR was released in 1986. It is comprised of ten tracks. The material is in a pop rock--with progressive leanings--musical direction. Throughout, I find the songwriting to be solid, the musicianship to be tight, and the sound quality to be satisfying. Steve Howe and Steve Hackett do well with the guitar duties. Max Bacon's smooth, pleasing tenor singing is impressive and industrious. Minimal keyboard work is also provided. Two tracks are instrumentals--Howe's "Sketches in the Sun" and Hackett's "Hackett to Bits." The album's harmony vocals are remarkable and attractive, too. Even though all the pieces are worthy, my favorites are "When the Heart Rules the Mind," "The Hunter," and "You Can Still Get Through." The nicely written "When the Heart Rules the Mind" displays a winning chorus that is spirited and unforgettable, one of my favorite choruses in general. "The Hunter," an easygoing composition, exhibits nice vocals from Bacon and a creative, memorable intro that includes an infectious bass guitar line from Phil Spalding and atmospheric keyboard work. The catchy "You Can Still Get Through" features a gratifying refrain. The CD insert includes the song lyrics. A black-and-white photo of each member of the group is displayed on the back of the CD jewel case. The disc is just over 44 minutes. This is a recommendable album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars De un fanatico de Yes , desde Montevideo, Uruguay, April 18, 1999
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This review is from: GTR (Audio CD)
GTR es la simbiosis de lo mejor de Yes, Genesis y King Crimson. Las guitarras de Hackett y Howe conforman el ambiente en un disco (lamentablemente el único) en el que tambien se luce un vocalista de calidad como Max Bacon, que es de lo mejor que he escuchado en mucho tiempo. The Hunter y When the Heart Rules the Mind resultan ser obras maestras al lado de la basura que se escucha en la radio. Merece 5 estrellas por que no hay mas. Fans de Yes y Genesis, este CD no puede faltar en sus colecciones!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bacon to the Max, September 19, 2013
This review is from: King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents GTR (Audio CD)
Note that this review is for the live album "King Biscuit Flower Hour presents GTR" - most of the reviews attached to that album on Amazon are actually about the original studio album. I'm talking about the live album which was later re-released as "GTR's Greatest Hits Live" with a different cover (although as far as I can tell, it's the same album).

Both versions of this live album are now long out of print and are going for ridiculous prices - don't waste your money. For a long time I was a rabid collector of progressive rock albums and a big fan of Genesis and Yes, so naturally I bought this album as soon as it came out. Even though I didn't really like the studio album, which was clearly just an attempt by Howe and Hackett to make some money jumping on the pop-prog bandwagon that Asia set rolling. Unfortunately neither one was really suited to that type of music, so even though I kind of like Asia's first two albums, the GTR album was a disaster. Which was made even worse by their choice of lead singer.

I thought Max Bacon's caterwauling on the studio disc was bad, but his singing here is ear-piercingly worse. Hard to imagine, but true. Where did they find that guy, and what made them choose him for this band? He's just god-awful - every bit as bad as the shiny, silver suit he's wearing on the album cover would lead you to believe.

There are some positives to this album - it has an otherwise unreleased song called "Prizefighters" that isn't bad (but also isn't anything to write home about), Hackett and Howe both do solo performances, and the band covers some Genesis and Yes songs. This could be the only documented evidence in existence of teenage girls screaming in ecstasy for obscure old Genesis songs.

But none of that makes it worth paying an arm and a leg for. Prizefighters is only so-so, the other GTR songs aren't that great and sounded better on the studio album, and much better live versions of the Genesis and Yes material can be found elsewhere. If you're a Hackett or Howe fan and happen to find a copy of this album in a used CD bin somewhere for a couple bucks, it's worth picking up as a curiosity. But don't pay collector prices for it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!, May 18, 1999
By A Customer
This review is from: GTR (Audio CD)
I have been looking for this 4-ever...nobody I talked to had ever heard of it. I was starting to think I was goin' nuts. Good job Amazon!
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