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The Steve Howe Album – Part 2 – 281

The Steve Howe Album
The Steve Howe Album

Produced by Preston Frazier, David Gordon, Bill Govier, Wayne Hall and Michel Arsenault.

We finish off listening to The Steve Howe Album this week and there’s a bit of a difference of opinion about it! The two pence segment is about the news that Billy Sherwood is working on a new Yes live album and Mark reviews Trevor Rabin’s solo outing, ‘Wolf’. Plenty to get your teeth into…

  • Is side two as good as side one?
  • How do the orchestral arrangements work?
  • Who is this Vivaldi bloke anyway?

Listen to the episode then let us know what you think!

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10 replies on “The Steve Howe Album – Part 2 – 281”

You spoke the other week about female singers covering Yes vocals, that it falls in their range complementing Anderson’s tenor-alto. You mentioned Band Geeks’ Ann Marie as an example. She is a fine singer, but listen to their cover of Heart of the Sunrise. When she sings the higher notes, they are well within her range; when Jon sings it, they are at the top of his range. Ann Marie’s tone is comfortable, but Jon’s has that high tone. By that, he is lifting us up with him; carrying us, urging us, to go with him. It also has a more plaintive tone when he sings “I feel lost in the city.” All that is missing from someone singing in their mid-range.

Kevin, was puzzled by your comments about The Continental. Whilst I can hear how Steve’s version might make you think of the Wild West, the original is anything but. MAK was closer with his Great Depression impression. But this is all down to our first impressions of hearing a song. The Original is from the 1934 film “The Gay Divorcee” starring Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers and is nothing like the Ray Conniff version. Ray Conniff was very popular in the 50s and 60s and took middle of the road songs and made them even more middle of the road using sickly sweet choral harmonies. A sort of vocal equivalent of what Mantovani did with strings.

Fantastic discussion this week about the final two tracks on TSHA. I hope you find many other tracks over which you disagree – this prompts me to condider the tracks in more depth. I recall my own impressions were similar to Kevin’s and I rarely listened to the Double Rondo or Vivaldi, but now I’ll have to buy the album (again) and give them some more attention. Keep up the great work, guys.

Thanks, Tim! Yes it was good to be able to bat it about this week. A difference of opinion is always good!

*** Yes fans please be aware of fake signed Yes albums on Ebay, in my opinion there is a very high possibility of them being faked, this I can tell for many reasons. *** Items have been reported ..before you buy please ask for help here, or ask many questions of the seller. David W.

Thanks for pointing this out Dave! I’m sure none of us want to see fake goods being sold!

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