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Steve Howe Album [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

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

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B004708KBK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

CD reissue of this 1980 album. Steve Howe is best known at the guitarist for Yes, Asia and GTR. He also has released a few extraordinary solo albums over the years. The Steve Howe Album was originally issued on Atlantic Records. Guesting on this album are Yes drummer Alan White, vocalist Clair Hammill, drummer Bill Bruford and keyboardist Patrick Moraz.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Varied and Satisfying February 24, 2003
By Howie
Format:Audio CD
I first heard the opening cut "Pennants" on the college radio station when I was working in the dorm cafeteria washing greasy pots and pans. The drums first caught my ear, and made me wander over to the wall-mounted speaker. "That's Alan White," I thought.
Being a drummer myself, I was naturally tuned to Alan's distinctive style of playing. But, I quickly figured out who was doing the guitar playing. "That's Steve Howe." I didn't know this album was pending (in those pre-internet days, one rarely got a heads-up about new releases; they often just joyously appeared).
When I was done with my work shift I ran to the local record store and bought the album.
The first thing that struck me was the balance. This album is quite varied, and Mr. Howe shows himself as comfortable as a calico cat in many genres. It is also notable in that over half the album is instrumental (and Steve thankfully only sings a couple of the vocal songs).
Some of the songs sound a bit dated today, but "Pennants" is always fun, and it always brings me back to that moment, up to my elbows in greasy pots and pans, when I realized there was another bit of that old Yes Magic on the prowl.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic improvement. November 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This, Howe's second solo effort, is a dramatic improvement to that of his debut recording. It is also a more diverse effort. There are some compelling progressive numbers, some moving classically influenced pieces, some country, ragtime blues, yet it all works. Sensibly, Howe only sings on one number and manages not to spoil things(as he did on his debut). A female vocalist is present on one other cut otherwise the rest are instrumental numbers. Moraz, Bruford, and White are all guests on this brilliantly executed eclectic set. Highly recommended...Simon
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Howe and his many magic guitars December 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A spreadsheet accompanies this album: what guitar(s) out of 12 or so are played on a given track. Mr. Howe is really showcasing his fantastic abilities. A wide range of guitars is employed as well as a a very broad range of music from ragtime, to classical to Southern US Rock and Roll.
I like "Double Rhondo" the most. a solo electric Les Paul Fender is played like a solo instrument to a Mozart like Concerto that Howe composed and has a 59 piece symphony orchestra play. It is like someone went to the past to Wolfgang Mozart and showed him an electric guitar and Mozart showcased that instrument in a Concerto.
Good work on this album by Howe. he is truely an artist of the first order. His true place in life is with Yes, but this is his best solo work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No reason for hostility August 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Except for the inside cover (which advertises Steve Howe's huge guitar collection), there is little immodesty associated with this CD, and consequently not much reason to get hostile at Steve for it. True, he does overreach himself when he tries to sing solo (only briefly, at the end of "All's a Chord") or write lyrics (on "Look Over Your Shoulder"), but he simply plays his guitars without a great deal of ostentatiousness on the rest of the tracks, and the results are more than listenable. Side one is the one that rocks more, especially "Pennants" (which sounds kind of like Yes-meets-the-Ventures) and the rest of "All's a Chord." "Cactus Boogie" is a pleasant little bluegrass tune that adds diversity. Side Two veers more to the classical side of things, with two of Steve's trademark Spanish acoustic-guitar numbers, much like the ones he contributed to Yes albums. "The Continental" is a folksy duet with violinist Graham Presket, and the last two tracks are an interesting experiment with an electric guitar and orchestra arrangement. The results are not wholly successful, but are still pleasant and worth a listen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ideal showcase for Howe's guitar expertise February 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
As mentioned, Howe only sings during the coda of "All's a Chord", and he employs another singer for "Look Over Your Shoulder." Other than those fairly decent vocal numbers, this is a fine instrumental album, with the solid "Pennants", the chirpily humorous numbers "Cactus Boogie" and "The Continental", the more romantic "Surface Tension" and the syncopated "Diary of a Man Who Vanished". There's a variety of instrumentation here that shouldn't be overlooked by any Yes fan or guitar enthusiast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diary Of A Man Who Vanished December 4, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Steve Howe's second solo album was recorded around the time that Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman left Yes in 1979 and was released at the end of the year. The album opens with a rocking song called Pennants with Steve on guitars and bass, Alan White on drums and Ronnie Leahy (Stone The Crows, Jack Bruce among others) on keyboards. The next song, called Cactus Boogie, has a nice country flavor with Steve playing all the instruments except percussion, which is done by Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull). All's A Chord is next and features Steve joined by former Yes members Patrick Moraz and Bill Bruford as well as being the first of two songs with lyrics and the only one Steve sings. Diary Of A Man Who Vanished is a neat little guitar piece. The first half of the album ends with Look Over Your Shoulder with Steve, Alan and Ronnie while Claire Hamill handles the singing.

The second half begins with the nice ragtime piece called Meadow Rag. The Continental is next and features Steve playing with Graham Preskett on Violin. Surface Tension is another cool Steve solo piece. Double Rondo features Steve backed by a 59 Piece Orchestra Conducted and Orchestrated by Andrew Jackman (The Syn). The Orchestra also appears for Steve's cover of Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto In D (Second Movement). There isn't a bad moment on this album and the remaster sounds top notch. Not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really cool
The Steve Howe album is probably an improvement over Beginnings, not necessarily because the songwriting is better but because it's more Yes-like and listenable overall (which is... Read more
Published on June 1, 2012 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars THE best Steve Howe solo release
This album simply has a lot to offer. Lots of different styles. Great songwriting. I don't really pay attention to his playing skills. These are just great songs. Read more
Published on March 4, 2011 by The Wise Old Owl
4.0 out of 5 stars Many moments of guitar brilliance
This album has a tendency to grow on you. "Look over your Shoulder" is spooky and wistful. "Cactus boogie" is upbeat and happy like "The Clap". Read more
Published on September 10, 2008 by Progfrog
4.0 out of 5 stars nice, crisp and clean
I didn't keep any of the Jon Anderson or Chris Squire albums that I tried and I think Fragile is Yes' best album and it's the only one I have. Read more
Published on September 16, 2007 by Jack F. Chavoor
3.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious, though not without flaws.
Steve Howe's first solo album will be of great interest to fans of Yes' 70s work since it reveals how much a part of their musical fabric Howe's distinctive guitar work really was. Read more
Published on September 13, 2007 by Paul Hightower
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve looks over his shoulder and dosent look back
All's A Chord is another great song from Steve and a good vocal by the man

Double Rondo & Concerto In D (2nd Movement - Steve with an orchestra and mind blowing results,... Read more
Published on February 2, 2007 by K. Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good music
I already wrote about other two albums of Steve Howe, but this is special. First of all because it''s one of the first lps that I won - recently I bought in cd. Read more
Published on September 21, 2000 by "hobbitbr"
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss this Album
The critic's review has completely ignored the fact that Steve Howe may be one of the most skilled guitar players of our time, approaching 'classical' skill, which is what makes... Read more
Published on June 16, 2000
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