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Sound Proof

Greg HoweAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Greg Howe started playing the guitar at the age of 10 and by his middle teens, after discovering Van Halen, became obsessed with the guitar. By his late teens he had already begun playing in clubs with his rock band, which featured his brother Al on lead vocals. Over the course of the next few years Greg continued to hone his guitar skills while playing and performing a repertoire of mostly ... Read more in Amazon's Greg Howe Store

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  • Audio CD (June 24, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tone Center
  • ASIN: B0018OAOXK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,904 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Emergency Exit
3. Tell Me Something Good
4. Connoisseur pt 1
5. Reunion
6. Morning View
7. Walkie Talkie
8. Rehearsal Note
9. Side Note
10. Sunset In El Paso
11. Write Me A Song
12. Child's Play
13. Sound Proof
14. Connoisseur pt 2

Editorial Reviews

Greg Howe's highly technical, yet very melodic, guitar style has established him as one of the most innovative guitar instrumentalists of our time and a true guitarist s guitarist. On Sound Proof , Greg has assembled a hot band that has gelled together to create a freshly unified sound. This record is a veritable smorgasbord of hot chops as each player never fails to impress on these awesome jazz/rock/fusion compositions.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greg Howe knows how to shred! June 24, 2008
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Greg Howe has done it again. This album is sure to satisfy any guitar shred craving you may have. Greg is always striving to push in new and different directions with his music and Sound Proof is all the proof I need. This album is already one of my favorites and I highly recommend you get it NOW!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good September 17, 2008
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Despite the wonderful reviews I am afraid I will have to pan this particular album. I have 5 other Greg Howe's and they are all superior. So if you are just discovering him buy earlier efforts.

This isn't a bad piece of work; it just doesn't come close. For example, I am listening to it on Itunes as I type. Itunes went from the last cut of this album to the first cut of Extraction and I could tell immediately that I had stopped listening to Sound Proof and had moved onto something else.

Sorry, Greg
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars greg howe is just a master musician playing a guitar August 5, 2008
By Jmip
Format:Audio CD
I have several of greg howe's releases. this is another incredible composition! I agree with all the current reviews. if you like greg howe, get this cd. I have my personal favorites like "sound proof", "child's play" and "morning view", but that is a matter of personal taste. ( I especially became "affected" by the movement beginning at 1:06 and then again at 1:52 of the song "morning view." I just had to keep repeating it, over and over. then I picked up my guitar and started playing it. I just had to smile, as I loved the "feel!") there's something on this cd for everyone, and one will have the same experience throughout the cd. greg howe is a MASTER guitar player, but he also showcases his drummer, Gianluca Palmieri, who ROCKS!!!!! as a guitar player myself, I found this cd inspiring, and I just love following the drumming!!!!!!!!!!! greg is smooth, effective and of course, the consummate musician. recommendation: BUY IT! Greg Howe is one of the finest players around. true musicianship!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Greg Howe Almost Breaks the Tone Barrier November 8, 2008
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Greg Howe is an inspirational player but he plays it safe on this recording and the result is a mediocre outing.

I have always been inspired by Greg's playing and you will be too if you explore his other recordings. But, I usually can not get through one of Greg's disks without wanting to pick up a guitar. I am typing as I listen to Sound Proof. That is a big vote of "No Confidence."

While I love Greg's playing, his tone has always annoyed and perplexed me. At first I thought it was that "lost high frequency hearing to countless loud nights on the road" syndrome I often associate with players with a very bright guitar tone. Then, I thought it might be that years of practicing with the Rivera era Fender had just conditioned him to play his best in that (less than pleasant) tonal range.

The guitar tone is pretty good on this record and I guess we have people like Greg's Producer and Gurthie Govan's influence to thank for that (Cornford Endorsement). But, the mix of the album is subdued, lacks lower and mid-bass and the drums are an overcompressed jumble.

Bottom line: Listening to Sound Proof you just can't help but wonder what would come out if you put Greg in a room with Scott Kinsey (keyboards); Gary Willis (bass); Kirk Covington (drums) and put TJ Helmerich behind the console.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic album from Howe July 23, 2008
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I've been a fan of Greg Howe for ages and really like this new album. I agree with the other reviewer that it's got a similar feel to Introspection--many tunes are jazzier and not as heavy as some past work. But true to all of Greg's music there's a ton of fantastic grooves with lots of detailed and intricate, melodic playing. Greg's just an amazing musician and one of my favorite guitarists. Very solid playing from all the other musicians on the CD as well. If you ever get a chance to see him play be sure to hold onto your seat.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars his best recording yet!!! August 8, 2008
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Greg Howe is at a point in his career where he's just amazing. This is his best recording yet; no matter which perspective you analyze it from: his playing, compositional skills, or his sound; he's just at his best.
He's also reached a level of maturity that you will not find in any of his earlier recordings; so feel free to buy this album and enjoy one of the finest jazz/fusion guitarists the genre has ever seen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greg Howe December 31, 2012
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soulful playing which many lack,pinpoint accuracy,great control,seems like every note is acconted for,
Be it a Strat or Laguna,Greg is always coming out with the unexpected,and thats exciting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound Proof? Sounds GREAT May 1, 2012
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Wow, Even tho I am 59 years old just got into Greg Howe from Pandora. Great Fusion Rock, great recording and top notch players. A must have.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gonna buy more from Howe
Don't know why I never checked this guy out before. This has become an instant favorite for me. I love shredding guitar, but I love it way more when it's sensible and melodic. Read more
Published on August 13, 2011 by David Porter
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of Greg's best compositions
I think the songs are a bit hit or miss for me. Songs like Walkie Talkie and Emergency Exit are too "difficult for the listener" for me to really enjoy, with the disjointed rhythm... Read more
Published on January 25, 2010 by Ahmad I. El Sad
5.0 out of 5 stars HOWE do you do?
Amazing guitar playing by Greg Howe. This CD is better than I had expected. Solid.
Published on May 1, 2009 by J. Lizik
3.0 out of 5 stars Greg Oh How.???
Well, what can I say... I was a little dissapointed with Gregs latest offering.I have been a fan for years, I love Gregs technique, melodic construction and everything that enables... Read more
Published on February 26, 2009 by Malcolmius
5.0 out of 5 stars Gregs golden egg
With most of the tracks of this album played straight into his Cornford amp, the songs are addictively complex, yet catchy and melodic. Read more
Published on January 25, 2009 by Joshua A. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Greg Howe Never Disappoints
Greg Howe continues to amaze. Makes we wonder why I even play guitar. Greg's got chops from Heaven. A host of styles and tones make you wonder what is coming next. Read more
Published on December 28, 2008 by Jeff Fatland
5.0 out of 5 stars simply great
a greg howe fan for years and this equals his no. 5 cd, love all of them and cant wait for more
Published on December 17, 2008 by M. thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
The music was very enjoyable! I remember him as a guitar metal shredder a long time ago and never really paid too much attention to him. Read more
Published on December 15, 2008 by Julio C. Flores
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