- Audio CD (May 17, 1994)
- Original Release Date: 1975
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Atlantic
- ASIN: B000002IHF
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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[These albums are BEGINNINGS, by Steve Howe, FISH OUT OF WATER, by Chris Squire, i, by Patrick Moraz, RAMSHACKLED, by Alan White, and OLIAS OF SUNHILLOW, by Jon Anderson. (In all fairness, Moraz's i was not his first solo effort.)]
Steve's first album is really quite good, and it does hold up over time. There is an energy and brashness here that is rather stunning. One would have thought that Mr. Howe was the iconoclastic confounder of the Yes Stable. But he shows us here that he is a traditional songsmith.
However, his voice is appallingly bad, and his decision to sing is really a bad move (he was to repeat that move time and time again, never learning from his initial mistake). I had to give this excellent album 4 stars solely because it is marred by Steve's Larynx.
One could only imagine how perfect this album would have been had Jon sung on it - it would have almost become "The Lost Yes Album".
You will probably squirm in your seat the first several times you hear him reach the chorus of "Australia." And that won't be the only part that makes you question his ability to self-assess.
What's unique about this album is that Steve is so clearly making a sincere attempt to sing exactly what is in his head. On other albums, he keeps most of the lyrics more closely in his vocal range, so you only hear the odd tonal quality of his voice, not an actual inability to hit the pitches. But on this album, he clearly just doesn't care about his own limitations. He knows where he wants the melody to go, and come hell or high water, he's going to get his vocal cords to go there -- or at least to get in the neighborhood.
The result is a very honest, sometimes raw, and always impassioned set of performances. And to make matters easier for the listener, a great deal of the vocals are layered, so that the harmonies blend out many of the imperfections that are more obvious in the solo lines.
Beyond this, the songs are simply terrific. "The Nature of the Sea" is captivating from its first bar -- and I'll guarantee that even if you didn't know the title, you'd hear the ocean in the instrumentation. The horns on "The Lost Symphony" are fabulous; the orchestra on "Beginnings" mops the floor with anything on "Magnification"; and "Ram" makes you wish for more songs with a washboard in them.
Yes albums tend to be awash in mysticism and metaphor; this album has a beautiful real-world foundation to it. It is music of this Earth -- vast in variation, full of struggles, and, yes, not without its flaws.Read more ›
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Everyone trashes Steve's singing but it honestly isn't that bad at all. Just for a point of reference I just heard this for the first time today, and have listed to Fish Out of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Quintesential proggresive guitarist a few curves to this one but great fun to listen to!Published 17 months ago by Mark Petersen
Steve Howe is one of the best musicians that ever picked up an axe. He always entertains and is always worth many listens...Published 17 months ago by harry furness
Over the years I have been having a hard time finding this recording. I had it one, in the day, on vinyl, but that one is long gone. Good tunes and great sound.Published 21 months ago by scott Strait
The best guitarist in music history of the last 100 years!!!!!!!Published on August 1, 2014 by Dare rogers
When this record caame out,Yes's Relayer album was still ringing in my ears so it was a little strange to hear Steve doing mostly song based rock. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Phillip
For years i have heard YES fans fault this album for his singing. Look, his vocal style comes from a folk music
tradition, maybe even influenced more by American folk music... Read more
At first I thought this was a far cry from Jon Anderson's debut, but it's actually almost as good. The songwriting improves the more you're exposed to it. Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by Bryan