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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B00006RY6H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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2. Meridian Strings
3. Secret Arrow
4. Moon Song
5. Shifting Sands
6. Avenue De Bel Air
7. Resonance
8. The Anchor
9. Moment In Time
10. Simplification
11. Camera Obscura
12. Small Acts

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2002 solo album for the famed guitarist (Yes, Asia, GTR) is an ambient, new age-inflected work. Digipak. Inside Out. 2002.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Simon Barrow on December 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Essentially a set of fresh soundscapes ideally suited to Steve Howe's crystalline guitar playing (the Gibson ES-175D and Fender Precision Bass take the most prominent spots in a sea of strings that also includes Koto, Danelectro Coral sitar, Autoharp and mandolin), 'Skyline' employs electronic keyboards for atmosphere and texture. The bass additions harmonise unobtrusively into the instrumental blend, and the percussion provides more of a pulse than a beat, "pushing the rhythms enough to complement the flavour", as Howe says in a brief, prosaic liner note. Paul Sutin, a long-term collaborator, takes the keys on eight of the twelve tracks - which clock in at exactly one hour in total. A very rounded project.
Under the bar code on the back of the package we are encouraged by InsideOut to 'File under Progressive Rock'. This is a tag that Howe will never escape, and just to rub it in there are two stickers reminding us that he is 'the guitarist of [rather than 'for', interestingly enough] Yes'. In 'Skyline's context such labels are largely meaningless, of course, though they emphasise the particular market niche which provides Howe's bread-and-butter income. And at least they fend off the other term that might well pollute such a venture, 'New Age'. It's hard to deny that this is restful, ambient music. But that need not be the insult it often implies. There are some softly strong themes at work here, and in a couple of places ('Secret Arrow' and 'Camera Obscura' come to mind) it as if a few of Howe's trademark ascending and descending runs, with their oddly metered phrasing and counter-harmonic propensities, are being gently lowered toward us from the rooftop. This is soloing in slow motion, composition patiently reconstructed, improvisation through temporal expansion.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Worthing on January 21, 2003
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Knowing and liking Howe's work from the prog-rock group Yes, I decided to give his solo work a listen. What a pleasant surprise! He is so much more than just a rock guitarist. He is a guitar virtuoso.
He plays many different styles and stringed instruments on this disc. A total of 24 as a matter of fact.
He ranges from New Age to Jazz to Flamenco. It is a very melodic and soothing album. If your looking for the long guitar solos of Yes, you're not going to find them here. What you will find is 60 minutes of wonderful, outstanding guitar playing from one of the music world's most talented guitar players.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jedi008 on January 27, 2003
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This is a long over due album form Steve Howe. He brilliantly plays almost all the instruments (most of which are guitar or other fretted stringed instruments) and layers them in a non-competive way. Although this is a much more ambient style album, it is clearly a musician's album as anyone who takes the guitar serious would thoroughly enjoy his work.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Fresno on February 24, 2004
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En ocasiones, una mala (o buena) crítica hecha, en un momento dado, marca para siempre un disco. En este caso, todo el mundo parece estar de acuerdo en que "Skyline" es una obra menor dentro del catálogo de Steve Howe. A mi, por el contrario, me parece un disco excepcional. Tranquilo y lejos de los vertiginosos fraseos que utiliza en Yes, este disco es una auténtica delicia. Catalogar a esto como New Age es hacerle un flaco favor. Darle una oportunidad y escuchad Skyline, vuestros oídos lo agradeceran.
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