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Howe, Steve: Remedy Live (DVD)

This DVD is a recorded live presentation of Steve Howe's first solo band on their Remedy European Tour during 2004. It is full of interesting tracks that are not normally covered in Howe's Yes or Asia performances. In addition, both of Howe's sons, Dylan, (drums) and Virgil, (keyboards), join him on this tour to make it a family affair. With Steve Howe on vocals and guitar; Ray Fenwick, on guitar; and Derrick Taylor on bass, they all make for a strong band full of talent.

The highlights for me were the Acoustic Steve Howe set, which included Mood for the Day, Wurm, To Be Over, and Clap,, some of my favorite Howe penned Yes songs. The Nature of the Sea, Excerpts from Close to the Edge, (my favorite Yes album), America/Southern Solo , and Excerpts from 'Ancient', were highlights of the Remedy section of the DVD.

Included with the video is some of Steve Howe's most extensive interviews discussing among other things, how his sons decided to pursue music. Accompanying their famous father on tour must have been a real honor and its nice Steve shared the performances with his fans. The backstage footage during their rehearsals in the studio and Steve and the band's extensive interviews and comments on songs provide great insight into the composer's creative process.

The DVD was presented in 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS sound options and you can hear the difference. Included is over 131 minutes of insight, performance, and music from one of rock's most famous and innovative guitarists.

Relax and immerse yourself within the world of Steve Howe and his music. Oh, by the way, Roger Dean contributes original cover art and graphics to the package.

Track Listing:

Remedy

SMALL ACTS OF HUMAN KINDNESS
SENSITIVE CHAOS
COUNTRY VIPER
DIARY OF A MAN WHO VANISHED
ACROSS THE COBBLESTONE
AMERICA/SOUTHERN SOLO
THE NATURE OF THE SEA
WHERE I BELONG
PENNANTS
EXCERPT FROM 'CLOSE TO THE EDGE'
SO BAD
LOST SYMPHONYWHILE

Howe Acoustic

ROME'S BURNING
RAGA/MYWHITE
BICYCLE
WURM
EXCERPT FROM 'THE ANCIENT' (Acoustic)
J'S THEME (Acoustic)
MOOD FOR A DAY (Acoustic)
SECOND INITIAL (Acoustic)
TO BE OVER (Acoustic)
INTERSECTION BLUES (Acoustic)
CLAP (Acoustic)

Added: January 28th 2012
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
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Howe, Steve: Remedy Live (DVD)
Posted by Scott Ward, SoT Staff Writer on 2012-01-28 09:42:07
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He is one of the most innovative guitarist of his generation and when you hear him play it is easily recognizable who the man is massaging the fret board in such a unique way. Steve Howe is one of those rare individuals who not only plays his instrument, he brings out something in the music that only he can interpret but we all can appreciate. Through his days with the band Yes Howe was known as the guy who could bring the classical and rock and roll together in a way no other guitarist on the planet could. As a solo artist he travels through many other musical landscapes but with each journey he puts his own indelible stamp wherever he roams. So just sit back and get blown away by what he brings to you. Whether it be with the full band or sitting on a stool alone with his acoustic, Howe mesmerizes with his abilities to draw out such feeling and emotion from his guitar.

The first part of this DVD is a full set with his band that was recorded at the Newcastle Opera House during their 2004 tour. From the very beginning Howe lets all know that this is not going to be another version of his other band Yes on stage. He for the most part sticks to his solo work with emphasis on where he has been exploring musically. With a smooth jazzy feel he rips through some of his most dynamic solo stuff like "Small Acts of Human Kindness", "Sensitive Chaos" and "Diary Of A Man Who Vanished". He also brings some country flavor to the party with "Country Viper" and the bluesy "America/Southern Solo". He does give a nod to the progressive style we associate with Howe in the terrific "Rome's Burning" and the absolutely stunning "Raga/My White Bicycle". For the Yes fans he dose give a taste with a short excerpt from "Close To The Edge" and ends the concert with another Yes classic "Wurm". What a fun journey he takes you on for a little over an hour with this mostly instrumental treat.

Howe isn't done yet though, on this disc you also get a short acoustic performance where he runs through just as many genres and his amazing talent is even more on display in this intimate setting. You would be hard pressed to come up with a better acoustic set then this one. His ability is so fluid and looks so easy but is really one of the most intricate and dynamic displays of fret board mastery. "J's Theme" and the timeless "Mood For A Day" are just a couple of highlights from a set that has no low spots.

The final piece to this DVD is a tour diary that has many interviews and backstage moments with the band as they rehearse for this tour. How gives you some insight into his self and how it is to have two of his sons in the band with him. Of course you also get their views on being on stage with dad too.

All in all this is a terrific live performance from a magnificent talent and should be a treasure you put into your collection.



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