Steve Howe - Genius

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  1. Papanate

    Papanate Gold Supporting Member

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    I've been going retro and listening to loads of early YES.

    I keep being hit in the face with how incredible Steve Howe
    can be - he plays parts that aren't typical - he doesn't pander to
    the common tastes of the day (or any day for that matter); and his
    choices in tone are extraordinarily good to my ears.

    He has a deep repertoire - but to kick this off I give you:

    Roundabout - I've Seen All Good People - Long Distance Runner.
    Brilliance in approach and tonal choices - combines with fab
    parts that are constructed to move the song along.
     
  2. davebc

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    What a great, great, player!

    Howe was a technical versus a feel player, but never played over the listeners head.

    He kept it simple and melodic.

    And competing with some serious heavyweights for the time.

    Yes was such a unique and cutting edge band. They moved with the precision of a musical time piece.

    And only great bands even dared attempt covering those tunes, let alone actually pulling them off.

    What an incredible period for music.

    When you listen to Yes in the musical context of the early 70's,,,there's no denying how incredible they were.

    Wow!
     
  3. amstrtatnut

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    One of my all time faves. I compared a lot of 70s rock to yes and it didnt measure up. So I missed out on some good music due to my snobbery. Happily now I can enjoy Yes and AC/DC.
     
  4. daacrusher2001

    daacrusher2001 Silver Supporting Member

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    Howe is brilliant - I saw Yes multiple times back in the day - some of my favorites:

    Close To The Edge
    Siberian Khatru
    Yours Is No Disgrace - the live Yessongs version - love that solo
    Sound Chaser
     
  5. Matt L

    Matt L Supporting Member

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    Great player, great band. I think I like the parts he wrote more than his actual soloing. He was clearly far more advanced and versatile than nearly any rock player of his era. I love his earliest tones with the ES-175 and also Tele.
     
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    Didn't he play through a Twin in the early days...when everyone else was using Marshalls?

    This thread just started and made me realize I must replace my early Yes records asap!
     
  7. MrX

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    He's simply a brilliant player! I'm a huge early YES fan.
     
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    Drama and Close to the Edge are my favourites.

    His work with Asia and the GTR album are also cool.
     
  9. Route234

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    I like his solo work as well. Great player obviously. If you ever get a chance to see him do a solo acoustic show its worth it.
     
  10. Nevets

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    He's a genius for sure. Love him. He was the player me and my buddies back in the 80s wanted to be.
     
  11. Bussman

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    One of my favourite guitar player!
     
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    I agree. Brilliant player for sure. The acoustic interlude in "The Ancient" is still one of my favorite pieces of music.
    This thread is a good reminder to start listening to Yes again- thanks OP!
     
  13. buddyboy

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    To me, he is one of the best of all time in the rock/pop/prog, etc field. Tone-wise, that 175 ripping through a TR or DSR represents the best Gibson humbucker tone ever! It's ballsy, middy, and not boomy. Just a great Gibson tone. And he plays like a supercharged Chet Atkins or Scotty Moore.

    I like about five of their songs. The ones where he's featured.
     
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    I wasn't really a fan at that time of a lot of the sounds he used and the styles he played, but always knew he was a genius level player despite my personal tastes. Every time I listen to him these days I absolutely love it!
     
  15. Carlo

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    Steve Howe made a huge impact on my guitar playing. I first saw Yes live on the Tales From Topographic Oceans tour in Binghamton NY ('73 -'74?). It was like watching a well oiled machine.
    I was a local guitar hero because I could play Mood For A Day!

    He was the one who turned me on to Django Reinhardt.
     
  16. Gurtz

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    Love Steve Howe! His hybrid picking... Oh Yes!
     
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    Steve Howe is great without doubt. He was also really lucky to land that gig. What makes early Yes so incredible for me is Bruford and Squire. I think any guitar player that landed that gig would have been doomed to be talked about 40 years later.
     
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    Steve Howe was playing all the way back to at least 1964 doing session work with Joe Meek.
    His earlier bands shows his interesting unconventional rock style.

    BODAST (right before Yes)....



    Early Starship Trooper Wurm riff...



    Tomorrow...

     
  19. Guitarworks

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    Always been a fan of Steve Howe. Sometimes a high-profile player receives the overwhelming bulk of their acclaim from their time with just one group. Not so with Howe. I really enjoyed all of his work across his career in Yes, ABWH, Asia and GTR...and while you can hear Howe's contributions in each one, these are four relatively divergent groups. I think I could count on one hand the number of other players of Howe's stature about whom I could also say this.
     
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    A main influence of mine since the 70's!
     

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