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What did they do next part 26a – Steve Howe – 506

Steve Howe by William Mulryne
Steve Howe by William Mulryne

Produced by Wayne Hall and Jeffrey Crecelius

In a break from our very well-received technical episodes, Mark and I return this week to the what did they do next series.

We are still in the so-called YES hiatus period of 2005-ish and we have just two band members yet to consider, the first being Steve Howe. SO we’ve taken a look around the various sources to see what Steve was up to at this point and one of the most useful was, perhaps unsurprisingly, his autobiography, All My Yesterdays.

So, what do you think we chose to talk about this week and listen to next week? You will need to be a bit of a hard-core Steve Howe fan to know the answer, I suppose, but keep listening and see if you are correct then take the opportunity to listen yourself this week and then see how our opinions differ from yours next week. Do let us know, of course.

  • What was Steve up to now?
  • Who was he working with?
  • What Yes connections can we discover?

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The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from:

3 replies on “What did they do next part 26a – Steve Howe – 506”

‘Spectrum’ is one of my favorite Howe albums. I got the cd on release from InsideOut. Love the songs, the playing by Steve, Oliver, Tony, Dylan & Virgil. Oliver on 4 tracks, Tony on 7 tracks, Virgil on 2, Dylan on drums on all. I’ve talked to Steve about it over the years. It’s one of his favorites of his solo albums; he’s very happy with it. I highly recommend it to those who don’t have it. Great instrumental mostly prog rock- “Hour of Need” is instrumental, no Howe singing. See my photo below of the credits from the cd booklet.

Kevin, Mark, and/or Everyone,
You mentioned that Steve Howe said Spectrum was a bit like Turbulence. What do you think of that album?

It’s a number of years since I last listened to ‘Spectrum’, so I’m looking forward to revisiting it before next Friday’s edition of YMP. I recall thinking that ‘Turbulence’ was stronger and cohered better, but that there was some good material on ‘Spectrum’ – and (sorry, Steve!) thankfully no singing. I like the way SH visits different styles and genres of music, with a distinctive twist. It evidences a wide span of listening and musical appreciation, which in turn strengths the scope and form of his playing.

I’m always a little taken aback that there seem to be quite a number of Yes solo albums you guys haven’t heard yet (and presumably even more sessions or collaborations)… but it’s great to listen to fresh takes, especially from well rehearsed and informed Yes appreciators such as yourselves, because that enables me to re-listen with fresh ears to an extent, too. That is always rewarding, and it often leads to a change of perspective and appreciation. (The fact that I’ve only listened to a ‘Spectrum’ a few times since it came out in 2005 tells me that it didn’t make a huge impression overall – so I’m glad to have that challenged. We can all so easily miss gems because we didn’t stick with listening long enough.)

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