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Not Necessarily Acoustic [Live]

Steve HoweAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 29, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Herald-Classic Rock
  • ASIN: B000003S01
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,485 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Valley Of Rocks
2. Heritage
3. Arada
4. Country Mix: A. White Silver Sands/B. Green Bay Polka/C. Steel Guitar Rag...
5. Excerpts From Tales From Topographics Oceans: A. The Revealing Science Of God...
6. Bareback
7. Sketches In The Sun
8. Cactus Boogie
9. Second Initial
10. Corkscrew
11. The Glory Of Love
12. Dorothy
13. Meadow Rag
14. Concerto In D 2nd Movement
15. Surface Tension
16. Masquerade
17. Mood For A Day
18. Swedish Rhapsody
19. Whispering
20. Roundabout
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Howe -- Alone and Awesome November 20, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is probably my favorite CD of the last 2-3 years. It seems to have been re-released (hurray!) since I had to get it used a while ago. This wonderful live album shows Steve at his best, all by himself, in front of an audience. He plays a great variety of pieces from classical to the Yes classics in his own solo arrangements. And he rocks on all of it. He plays a Scharpach steel string acoustic, his Kohno classical, a Martin 12-string, and a Steinberger electric. The emphasis is on the Scharpach and the Kohno. Steve is a great musician, not just a spewer of fast leads. Every tune has great rhythm, melody, counterpoint. And, he's having fun and you can tell. If you like guitar music, this album is a must.

I am a fingerstyle guitar player. Steve is an inspiration. I don't know of any other rocker (except maybe Steve Stevens) who can rip it up on a classical (nylon-string) guitar like Steve Howe does on this record. You'll love it. Wish I could give it more than five stars ...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan since the Yes Album October 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Steve Howe fan for quite some time and can even play a couple of his tunes (although not well). I purposely wrote this review without reading other reviews although I had seen some previously for various Steve Howe CDs. The one criticism I had seen repeat itself concerns Steve's singing and I think the criticism is largely unwarranted. No, he's no Gino Vanelli but most listen to Steve for his songwriting and gift as a guitarist. On this album he plays some YES vocal pieces. If he didn't sing, the song would probably be just segments in a medley as playing the entire song without any vocal would sound - well, boring. I for one was pleased to hear the entire song. He sings very much on key and in tempo. I, for one can appreciate the talent it takes to not only play a difficult piece on guitar but to sing in tune and all at the same time. His version of Roundabout is wonderful. The liner notes refer to four separate live sets each with a different guitar. On this CD the four sets are randomly sequenced which provides for a nice mix of guitar types. And with 22 songs (62 mins.) it's a great value.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous & Lovely October 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Steve Howe is my hero.His fellow Yes bandmembers are as well,but Steve has become my ...Hero!...I've always enjoyed the Man's guitar playing,but have only become aware more recently how deeply his creative genius has affected me.This recording almost definitively describes these qualities.A live offering,the show is almost unbelievable in how warm a performance it is.Personally speaking,I even love when he sings!The show has a flow and rhythm,an intimacy to it that is so often absent from proceedings such as these.Mr.Howe's enthusiasm for his craft shines through brightly and easily.At one point,early in the performance,he remarks,mildly "I'm sorry,but my guitar is tired!"-Whereupon he immediately disproves what he's said,and makes one wonder just what that instrument would sound like had it gotten a good night's rest.Joyous,playful,poignant and astounding...everyone I've ever played this for has enjoyed it immensely.One of the finest guitar performances I've ever heard-as highly recommended as is possible-once you've heard this,you, too will love Steve Howe...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pivotal September 10, 2006
By Sally
Format:Audio CD
I became a fan of the acoustic guitar and of Steve Howe due to this album. Many styles of acoustic (and electric) are represented in a pure, unmasked form. Mistakes are not edited out. It is beautiful to listen to. The timbre of the many guitars used in the show comes across. I have listened to it probably a hundred times since getting it in 2004. I often listen in the car, where my passengers always enquire, "Who is this?". They are impressed that so many different styles and sounds are coming from one person in a single show. They really enjoy it. These are folks who are not Yes fans, nor guitar players.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Howe July 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
With the exception of three tracks which feature electric guitar, this album is an acoustic tour de force. All his greatest "acoustic" hits are here on one brilliant collection. Nobody plays acoustic guitar better, or with more feeling, than Steve Howe. Highlights: Valley of the Rocks, Country Miz, Surface Tension and (of course) Clap.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun August 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
He is not my best guitarist (mine is Allan Holdsworth and Jan Akkerman maybe) but how I cannot admire him? Here is a great CD you can enjoy his intimate live(all solo guitar playing). Atmoshere is very frendly, family like. There are so many songs and all of them are enjoyable. Because he sings his chorus part of the 'Roundabout' while playing guitar, you can be a lead singer of this greatest prog song (unplugged duet of you and yeah, Steve!). 2 weeks ago, I saw him at YES concert (7.31.2001 Concorde, california). He as well as all other yes members played as usual(Yes-like)! But it was somewhat sad b/c they looked a little bit... Thanks, guys.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Steve Howe's definitive live performance" April 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD
After being dismissed from Yes following the "Union" tour, Steve recorded "The Grand Scheme Of Things" and decided to undertake his 1st ever solo tour.

On December 13, 1993, Steve arrived in Philadelphia - one of his favorite cities - and decided to record a live CD.
Steve's set was divided into four segments:
(1) Scharpach 6-string acoustic; (2) Kohno nylon string acoustic; (3) Martin 12-string acoustic; & (4) Steinberger 6-string electric.

Steve played completely solo - no pre-recorded backing tracks.

This review will be broken into 4 segments.

The Tracks:

(The nylon string set) "Heritage" , a previously unreleased piece, is a soothing Spanish/Classical piece which sets a peaceful mood.

"Arada" is a traditional piece which features some sliding bass notes in it's sub-minute appearance.
The "Topographic Oceans" medley features a section from each of the four movements,and vocals from Steve.
His solo from 'The Ancient' highlights the medley.
"Corkscrew" from 'Grand Scheme' follows an unusual pattern and is an acquired taste.
"Concerto in 'D'- 2nd movement" actually benefits from this solo arrangement as opposed to the electric/orchestral arrangement from 1979.
"Surface Tension" copies the 1979 version to the letter.
The last of the nylon pieces is the 1971 classic "Mood for a Day". The clarity is so much better on this digital recording.
(The 12-string acoustic set) Only two songs from the 12-string set made the album.
"Sketches in the Sun", originally done as an electric 12-string piece on 'GTR', features a "drop-D" tuning, which has Steve flat-picking the lower strings, while finger-picking the upper strings. The effect is much like a harpsichord, and very melodic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve how at his best
I have listened to a lot of solo Steve Howe but this album is his best as far as I am concerned. None of his bs between songs, just his powerhouse exquisite guitar playing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Marty Reeh
5.0 out of 5 stars Howe's best
If you only buy one Howe solo alblum, this is the one. A must for every guitar player and
one of my favorite guitar albums of all time. Read more
Published on July 19, 2012 by Johnf
3.0 out of 5 stars Thank you notes
Much like the similar-minded Hackett solo concert releases, this plays to the fanbase and is predicated upon prior engagements.
Published on May 7, 2010 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Not necessarily acoustic - Steve Howe cd review
Merry Christmas Steve!

Yes indeed. An absolutely wonderful record. Great stuff from Yes (Masquarade, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Roundabout) but, really, an... Read more
Published on November 29, 2009 by Joseph Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful.
Yes, what an amazing performance by Steve, Fantastic. Just had to throw in some comments about his singing however--I really LOVE it!! Read more
Published on April 19, 2006 by JadeRain
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring and classic
Published on June 10, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the guitar�
You will not be able to help but love "Not Necessarily Acoustic"!
It is detailed and alive. I promise that you will love it! Buy it now love it for ever!
Published on November 24, 2002 by C. Muckle
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong music, weak vocals
Great music! A little weak on the lyrics/vocals, but that's not why I listen to the guy anyway.
Published on August 30, 2001 by Amazon Customer
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