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GTR is the supergroup that features Steve Howe (Asia & Yes), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Max Bacon, Phil Spalding and Jonathan Mover. This CD was produced by Geoffrey Downes (Buggles, Asia). GTR went gold in 1986 and featured the hit When The Heart Rules The
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As a couple of others have mentioned, the remastering of this album makes it an even better listen. The awesome hit "When The Heart Rules The Mind" sounds as fresh and exciting as when I first heard it on the radio over 15 years ago. Song like "The Hunter" (which I believe did have a video back in the day when MTV actually played videos), "Here I Wait", and "Imagining" also sound fine with the highly layered production. The two instrumentals aren't back, while the other tracks range from average to very good.
This is not the best "supergroup" effort I have ever heard, but it is certainly an interesting and worthwhile listen. Call it a slightly more produced and progressive version of early '80s Asia, which makes sense considering the artists who put this band together. Definitely worth the price for a more obscure piece of that '80s music puzzle.
Still I love to put this CD on, strap on my headphones and enjoy. I wouldn't be able to listen to it over the speakers as the music would have to contend with my wife's justifiable ridicule of the lyrics.
Fans should remember "When The Heart Rules The Mind" from 1986. It's style is silimar to Europe's "The Final Countdown" without all the keyboards. It was the biggest song on here, and took "arena rock" to a new level. It meshes acoustic and electric guitars in an upbeat performance that does include an interlude of big drums after a blistering guitar solo in the middle. One of my favorite songs.
"The Hunter" was written by Steve Howe's Yes and Asia buddy Geoff Downes. Very haunting keyboards and acoustic guitars in a tempo just above that of a ballad. Very enjoyable track. (Incidentally, the John Payne version of ASIA also recorded this same song on their Anthology CD. That version is pretty good too.)
"Hackett To Bits" (an instrumental) and "Imagining" are two tracks that blend into each other and make up the same song. This is an amazing piece of music. There is some excellent drumming and guitar work. Don't let acquaintanceship with Yes and Genesis fool you - these guys can rock out with the best of everyone short of Van Halen heaviness.
"Toe The Line" is the only ballad on here, although the instrumental "Sketches In The Sun" comes close. The rest of these songs are quality recordings. Hackett and Howe had quite a formidable musical outfit with this group, although it lasted only very briefly. I like all the CD, although my personal faves are the first two and Imagining. And with producer Geoff Downes at the controls, it's hard to not hammer out a winner in the studio.
This release may be very hard to find - you may have to suffice your search for it with "When The Heart Rules The Mind" and "The Hunter" downloads, but those are best tracks here if that's all your search for this music can produce. Good Luck.
Overall, the singing & writing isn't great or terrible. The lyrics aren't cliched, just rather incoherent (a common problem when Hackett has tried to go "pop") - in fact, songs like "Reach Out" could have been much stronger just by having better lyrics.
Another song with potential that it doesn't live up to is "Jekyll And Hyde," which underplays the musically catchy verses and overplays the uninteresting chorus.
Oddly, despite the band's name and theme, this is not really a guitar-oriented album.
Hackett doesn't seem to have had his heart in this band, or this album. But he seems to have had a lot to do with this album's best song, "Imagining." I think he can be proud of that achievement, at least. (In fact, he's been known to include a snippet of the song in his live medleys.)
Whatever its faults, this album has its moments, so I find it worth a listen now and then.