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Steve Howe


Crossover Prog

2.70 | 163 ratings

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2 stars I well remember my seventeeth birthday, the following year, '76. I asked my sister for two albums, and chose this one, and Steve Hackett's 'Voyage Of The Acolyte'. These were my two favourite guitarists at the time, and I was really looking forward to listening to two first class albums. When she gave them to me, I perused the covers for ages, thinking both of them were top class. Then, on a whim, I chose Mr Hackett's album to play first. I was stunned how good it was, and enjoyed every minute of it. Then I played 'Beginnings'. Oh dear! What a disappointment. Obviously, his ability wasn't, and isn't, in question. But the songs lacked coherence and melody, and, as everyone knows, the man just cannot sing. I was so frustrated, but I realised then that he was at his best when a member of a band, and not so effective when allowed out alone. I cannot honestly say one track stood out for me. And yes, I played the record quite a few times over the following weeks, just in case it was me not getting something. No use. I have never desired to own a solo album by Mr Howe since. However, someone gave me a taped copy of 'Turbulence', a few years ago. This was a big improvement. But still fell short of what I expect from him. Maybe I just expect too much. Sorry this is so negative but I just can't find anything particularly good to say about this album. His playing is exemplary though, pity his songwriting isn't up to the same standard. His songs just don't stand out enough for me.
chessman | 2/5 |


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