Howe, Steve - Natural Timbre

Year of Release: 2001
Label: Spitfire
Catalog Number: SPT 15208-2
Format: CD
Total Time: 54:35:00

This is Steve Howe's first all acoustic solo instrumental album. Are you surprised? It was indeed a thought-provoking thing to know that a great guitar player such as Howe hadn't put together an album like this long ago. Known for his work with Yes over the last thirty years, Howe has earned his place amongst the progressive rock immortals. It is not unusual, however, that a great artist such as Howe hasn't done something that he has always wanted to do; it happens to the best of us in all professions. Most of us never accomplish everything we want to and live our dreams. Howe has done all of that and more. I am quite pleased that I have had the opportunity to hear this tremendous effort of guitar virtuoso. Howe blends elements of rock, progressive, jazz, blues, and folk to give only the serious listeners what they would expect from such a high level six-string aficionado as Howe.

The acoustic ramblings of "Pyramidology," "Dream River," and "Solar Winds" will satisfy the most astute listeners. Those of you that have enjoyed the likes of Andreas Segovia and Joe Pass, and require only the most excellent listening experiences will appreciate the way Howe weaves the tapestry of life and emotions into the strings of his acoustic guitars. Yes fans will delight in the closer "Your Move." The first few notes will bring a smile to your face instantly.

Steve Howe has always wanted to sit down and collect his life experiences and thoughts and let them flow like a river through the music of an acoustic guitar. He succeeds in creating a clear sparkling stream without end. I found this CD to be very tranquil and beautifully moving. The pictures that are created with the sounds of something as simple as an acoustic guitar become a musical Picasso in the hands of one of our greatest artist.

Distant Seas (6:14) / Provence (4:00) / Intersection Blues (2:28) / Family Tree (4:29) / J's Theme (3:52) / In the Course of the Day (3:32) / Dream River (3:58) / Golden Years (4:35) / The Little Galliard (1:22) / Up Above Somewhere (3:56) / Curls and Swirls (2:33) / Pyramidology (3:06) / Lost for Words (3:34) / Winter (2:16) / Solar Winds (3:53) / Your Move (3:27)

Steve Howe - acoustic guitar

Yes - The Yes Album (1971)
Yes - Fragile (1972)
Yes - Close To The Edge (1972)
Yes - Yessongs (1973)
Yes - Tales From Topographic Oceans (1974)
Yes - Relayer (1975)
Beginnings (1975)
Yes - Going For The One (1977)
Yes - Tormato (1978)
The Steve Howe Album (1979)
Yes - Yesshows (1980)
Yes - Drama (1980)
Yes - Classic Yes (1982)
Asia - Asia (1982)
Asia - Alpha (1983)
GTR - GTR (1986)
Yes - Union (1989)
Asia - Then And Now (1990)
Yes - Yesyears (1991)
Yes - Yesstory (1991)
Turbulence (1991)
Asia - Aqua (1992)
The Grand Scheme Of Things (1993)
Yes - Highlights: The Very Best Of Yes (1993)
Yes -Talk (1994)
Not Necessarily Acoustic (1994)
Mothballs (1995)
Homebrew (1996)
Yes - Keys To Ascension I (1996)
Yes - Keys To Ascension II (1997)
Yes - Open Your Eyes (1997)
Yes - Yes, Friends And Relatives (1998)
Quantum Guitar (1998)
Pulling Strings (1999)
Portraits Of Bob Dylan (1999)
Yes - The Ladder (1999)
Homebrew 2
Yes - House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues (2000)
Yes - House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues (video) (2000)
Yes - Yes, Friends and Relatives - Volume Two (2001)
Yes - YesSymphonic (ep) (2001)
Natural Timbre (2001)
Yes - Magnification (2001)
Homebrew 1 & 2 (2002)
Masterpiece Guitars (w/Martin Taylor) (2002)
Skyline (2002)
Steve Howe's Remedy - Elements (2003)
GTR - King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents GTR
Spectrum (2005)
Homebrew 3 (2005)
Steve Howe Trio - The Haunted Melody (2008)
Motif (2008)
Steve Howe Trio - Travelling (2010)
Homebrew 4 (2010)

Genre: Other

Origin UK

Added: October 26th 2001
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck

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