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  • Audio CD (June 28, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B0009RQRIS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tiger’s Den 3:46
2. Labyrinth 3:57
3. Band Of Light 3:34
4. Ultra Definition 3:39
5. Ragga Of Our Time 4:12
6. Ebb And Flow 4:03
7. Realm Thirteen 4:27
8. Without Doubt 3:45
9. Highly Strung 4:30
10. Hour Of Need 5:13
11. Fools Gold 4:05
12. Where Words Fail 4:16
13. In The Skyway 3:13
14. Livelihood 3:34
15. Free Rein 3:52

Editorial Reviews

Originally Release '05. An instrumental album joined by Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel) on bass, Oliver Wakeman (son of Yes's Rick Wakeman) on keyboards, and Steve's own sons, Virgil and Dylan on Moog synthesizer and drums respectively, 15 trax.

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Too bad the song writing isn't up to the same standard.
K. Croteau
Steve is truly a guitarist playing excellent chords and lead solos within a variety of musical styles.
Michael A. Matteo
Not to say Howe's contribution isn't top notch, because it is.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Steven L. Hirsch on July 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD can be monotonously boring at times but overall I enjoyed Steve and Tony's playing here. The other musicians, Oliver Wakeman, Virgil Howe, and Dylan Howe are somewhat situational beneficiaries of their respective father's fame and in my opinion are prog rock's "not ready for prime time" players. The arrangements seem to be dumbed down for them; often plodding and repetetive, and the rhythm momentum and changes on many cuts has a stuttered feeling, not quite sure of itself. Even amidst this jungle, Steve's multiple guitars do shine through more than once with his inimitable glistening melodical precision. I can't help but wonder though if some of the 15 songs on this CD were thrown together in too quickly a manner so that Steve could play more of his many different instruments, I suppose to show the "Spectrum" of his talents and modes. Some tunes come off instead as being more cursory studies than truly mastered arrangements. While not quite nepotism, this would have been a better album with more experienced and seasoned musicians backing Steve and Tony and they needed to take more time in crafting the sound. Alas, I continue to mourn for the days when art rock albums were actual masterworks of the prog rock art. I am disappointed that high caliber musicians whom I greatly respect rush music to the marketplace for $$ sake clearly without the passion and obsession and intense creativity that marks the finest of the genre. Wealth and fame make you lazy. I copied this CD into iTunes and put it back up on the Marketplace.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on July 6, 2005
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Given that I recently read a statement from Steve Howe that said: "I have tried to capture to the greatest extent possible, different styles from around me and bring them into a format which fits my guitar instrumentals.", Spectrum is certainly a very fitting title to his new solo album. It covers a wide array of musical styles that are meticulously worked into Howe's clever songwriting style which exhibits versatile compositions, cohesive musical structure and eclectic musicianship.

Accompanied by his sons Dylan on drums and Virgil on keyboards, Steve Howe also enlisted the services of bass god Tony Levin whose chiming bass arpeggios are priceless and Oliver Wakeman of Ayreon and Wakeman-Nolan fame to present us with the highly optimistic-sounding music on Spectrum. Throughout the whole album which easily spans over an hour of running time, Howe plays happy melodies that express feelings of "self-confidence, a freshness and a feeling of 'being above'" as the InsideOut press info documents. Most of the songs on the album are wonderfully easy to enjoy, often played on Howe's trademark acoustic guitar with a lush sound to them. Oliver Wakeman and his son Virgil Howe provide the sweeping moog sounds on tracks like "Without Doubt", "Hour of Need" and "Free Rein" over which Howe lays down delicate segments of acoustic guitar notes that are enhanced by various world music elements including sitar and tabla. "Band of Light" and "Ragga of Our Time" are two cuts that seem to come from Howe's love for Latin-inflected jazz that is also reminiscent of Santana a bit. The Latin groove of the former track is especially haunting when it's matched up with glorious cymbal work by Dylan Howe.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Gately on August 2, 2005
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Steve Howe's solo music isn't the sort you'd ever hear on the radio, mainly because it's low on emotion. The drumming of Dylan Howe, who also performed on dad's "Elements" with brother Virgil Howe, is not very exciting. Between Virgil Howe, whose release of "Yes Remixes" disappointed many Yes fans but pleased this one, and Oliver Wakeman, who collaborated with Steve Howe for "The Three Ages of Magick" there is very little spirit coming from the keyboards. Tony Levin is known to have soulful talent, but his bass work is low in this mix. Steve Howe plays his typical style of honky tonk rock, much of which we've heard before, and he adds some nice contemplative songs, many of them variations of his music from past decades. But there's nothing there that makes your heart pound with passion. Personally, I find Steve Howe does best when he's paired with someone who has a lyrical, musical, quality. These Yeskids are too much like their parents. I'm reminded of Benny Hill too often when I hear their performances. I own every Steve Howe release, and this one is in the middle of the pack. Highlights: "Labyrinth", "In The Skyway", and "Where Words Fail". If you like twang, you'll like this album.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Matteo on August 17, 2005
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This is an extrodinary CD by and extrodinary guitarist. Steve seems to shy away from the blazzing guitar solos that he played in the 70s but he more then makes up for it with his complicated, excellent chord playing. Steve is truly a guitarist playing excellent chords and lead solos within a variety of musical styles. This CD features mostly electric guitar with some accustic guitar sprinkled in. Buy this CD along with Elements and Skyline

Keep the CDs coming Steve.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Croteau on September 11, 2005
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Steve's playing is delightful on this CD! Too bad the song writing isn't up to the same standard. This may have otherwise gone down as a classic. Regardless, this still is one of Steve's better releases and it will remain in my collection.
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