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GTR Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Jan 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: King Biscuit Flower
  • ASIN: B000005EJ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,690 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jekyll And Hyde
2. Here I Wait
3. Prizefighters
4. Imagining
5. Hackett To Bits
6. Spectral Mornings
7. I Know What I Like
8. Sketches In the Sun
9. Pennants
10. Roundabout
11. The Hunter
12. You Can Still Get Through
13. Reach Out (Never Say No)
14. When The Heart Rules The Mind

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The playing's outstanding all the way through. 9 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
A rare an overlooked classic, this features Steve Howe (Yes) and Steve Hackett (Genesis) playing live in their short lived Gtr (studio abbreviation for guitar) combo. Again, a fantastic mix of original compositions and classics from their original bands and from when they went solo too.
There's a distinctly 80's feel to the backing musicians sound and I'm not a huge fan of the vocalist, but the guitar players deliver, and that's what counts, right?
Steve Hackett gets his showcase on "Hackett To Bits" and also drops in "Spectral Mornings" from his solo period and the great "I Know What I Like" from Genesis' "Selling England by the Pound". He plays a full solid body and has perfected the use of sustain in his playing.
In contrast, Steve Howe's classical training and use of the classic Gibson semi-acoustic leands itself to unaccompanied pieces. "Pennants" is the selection here. Yes fans are treated to another adaptation of set closer "Roundabout".
The album ends on a high note with Gtr's stongest group composition "When The Heart Rules The Mind" but the playing's outstanding all the way through. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaw droppingly accomplished and musical 16 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
Steve Howe and Steve Hackett's GTR was one of the shortest-lived supergroups, releasing only one album in 1986 and breaking up a year later.
During that year, they gave a handful of concerts, and the live King Biscuit Flower Hour captures their virtues superbly well, arguably even better than the studio record.
Not only highlights from GTR are featured, but also we find Yes' "Roundabout" and Genesis' "I Know What I Like," as well as the previously unreleased song "Prize Fighter." Both guitarists are in fine form, and their solos are generally jaw-droppingly accomplished and musical -- in fact, they're so good, it's easy to overlook the fact that GTR's songs were frequently not very memorable. For Howe and Hackett fans, this King Biscuit Flower Hour is certainly worthwhile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prog rock gods give stellar live performance. 16 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
Thankyou as always King Biscuit for exemplary live recordings of wonderful music. Steve Hackett and Steve Howe (Genesis and Yes respectively) show off their huge talent in this show from Wiltern Theatre L.A. in July 1986. This band had huge potential and sadly didn't stay together long. I think this is their very best legacy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So good to hear this album as it should be! 12 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm a big Steve Hackett fan since 1981, and when this album came out in '86 I ordered it straight away. This was about the time of "Invisible Touch" released by his old band. I have to say I was disappointed, not by the songs or musical arrangements, but by the poor, "tinny" production of the vinyl LP.This remastered CD is so much better, how it should be. I have it my car now and love to hear those familiar tracks and be able to identify whether Hackett or Howe is playing and enjoy it so much better. Although not so "proggy" as you may think, it has elements of Hacketts solo work ( eg: "When The Heart Rules The Mind" has a riff that sounds very much like " Everyday " ), and lots of " Yes " phrasings, it does not disappoint at all. If you buy this, don't forget to buy the live CD aswell, it's got a re-arranged "Spectral Morning's" on it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, energetic, guitars, short-lived! 22 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first heard of this band on the radio with "When the Heart Rules the Mind," and the song struck me as excellent.
Time passed, and after getting Internet access, I discovered who the band was. YES is my favourite band, and here was Steve Howe, guitar master for GTR. And then who else is there, but Steve Hackett from Genesis. I HAD to get a GTR album to discover what else they had.
This album was the only one I could find. As a live performance, it is powerful and dynamic, with catchy guitar riffs and energetic lyrics. If you like progressive seventies meets the eighties, this is the epitome.
Too bad the band didn't last long after this live concert.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I never thought I'd find it on CD 21 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've loved GTR since the 80's when I heard "When the Heart Rules the Mind" and became hooked ever since then.
I was extremely happy to see that Amazon.com has it available for purchase, and at a rather reasonable price, too. You just can't find this kind of music in stores.
I can't wait to get it!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GTR 23 Aug 2000
By James A. Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What a great Album! I've listened to the tape repeatedly for well over a decade and was thrilled to be able to get the CD. Filled with excellent music and guitarwork - not all top40 songs, but a masterpiece compilation.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quit whining, it IS an 80's album! 9 Aug 2007
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
To those of you who are here bemoaning the fact that this album sounds like a "total 80's album" I have just one thing to say: It IS an 80'S album! I realize that the band included a pair of very highly regarded progressive rock guitarists (Yes/Asia's Steve Howe and Genesis's Steve Hackett), but were you really expecting high concept art rock in 1986, especially with Geoff Downes's involvement as producer? This is exactly like hearing ELP fans dump on the 3 album for not sounding exactly like ELP.

I think it helps to look at GTR's 1986 debut album like you would an Asia album. You know the players involved will have the technical chops to pull off progressive rock, but that making a good pop/rock album is the main focus. To that end, I think GTR passed with flying colors. This is a very solid effort, and is the kind of 80's pop-oriented rock album on par with what Asia and 3 were releasing at the time. Yes, it is very heavy on the synthesizers, but that was par for the course in the mid 80's. Howe and Hackett deliver very solid performances, but both kept their (justified) egos firmly in check, which no doubt infuriates those who expected an all-out solo-fest. Vocalist Max Bacon (Bronz, Nightwing) also shines on this album. It's a shame we haven't heard more from him in recent years. Leadoff singles "When the Heart Rules the Mind" and "the Hunter" are obvious highlights (the former being very reminiscent of Orion the Hunter's "So You Ran"), but the whole album is quite good.

This is a fantastic 80's pop/rock album, and one that should definitely appeal to fans of 80's pop/rock/AOR in general and Asia in particular. The key is judging the album on its own merits rather than expecting something unrealistic.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent musicianship throughout the album. 3 April 1999
By mbytor@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought the import version of the GTR album, and it is a delight to the senses. The layering of the quitars showcases the craftsmenship of Steve Howe and Steve Hackett. You can hear new instrumentation each time you listen to GTR. The only problem is GTR did not make more than one album.
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